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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  94 ratings  ·  8 reviews
In 17, Drummond analyzes the past, present, and possible future of music and the ways in which we hear and relate to it. He references his own contributions to the canon of popular music, and he provides fascinating insider portraits of the industry and its protagonists. But above all, he questions our ideas of music and our attitude to sound, introducing us throughout thi ...more
Hardcover, 412 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Beautiful Books
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Terry Clague
'...It is a well known fact that most artists produce their best work early in their career. They may refine what they do but you usually get the measure of what they are about on their first outing.'
Steve Duffy
Since "17" is crafted pretty much in the form of a polemic against recorded music, and since I consider recorded music as necessary to my daily well-being as water, food and sleep, three stars might be seen as a generously high rating. However, if you view the book not so much as a polemic but as a provocation, meant to elicit a reaction, then it falls in a direct line with Drummond's previous activities - it's a bold destructive gesture, from the master of bold destructive gestures. The diary a ...more
Another book which I put off reading for far too long. I always do the same with Bill Drummond's books - I grab whatever I can find to purchase then deny myself the pleasure of reading it. There's no rational explanation to this, only the thought on my part that I don't want to have nothing to look forward to!

The book covers a cornucopia of issues, but centres on the belief that all recorded music is now redundant. Drummond espouses radical ideas, which make you question your own standpoint, and
Mark Farley
Bill Drummond's inspirational odyssey to wipe the slate clean and start all forms of music again troubled me when I heard about this. I pleaded in my mind for Bill to stop. After all, he and the KLF were one of the many culprits responsible for my ever passionate love of music and Bill himself wrote one of my favourite books on the subject, his "45" but the nature of The17 and his latest piece of art terrorism is clearly born from frustration. The same frustration that is ever growing in music, ...more
Drummond's ideas about recorded music and "The 17" are quite interesting, but I don't really care about his personal experiences lecturing on the topic. Also, I really need to get a dedicated ereader, because reading ebooks on my laptop using Digital Editions is pretty awful.
Bill Drummond (Big in Japan, KLF, Timelords, etc.) is trying to reinvent music with his Cage-esque The Seventeen project. "17" is his tour diary, memoir & manifesto. A good read, if you're a music nut who cares about Bill Drummond.
Francis Jones
Been chipping at this one over a year, most of the time he is explaining the same theories and experiments again. Although I really commend what he has done, and enjoy his writing, I can't tear through this very quickly.
Alan Fricker
A charity shop find. Wanders well in places and poorly in others. A project I find less interesting than some from the author.
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