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'The Pop artists were among the first to understand the desire of consumers to change their lives through the purchase of clean, manufactured commodities. YBA, on the other hand, was more interested in the dirt that accrues beneath the laminate surface of shiny things. Their special perception was that cheap language and cheap materials didn't have to equal cheap thinking. ...more
Paperback, 554 pages
Published November 5th 2009 by Faber & Faber
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Darran Mclaughlin
Oct 08, 2011 Darran Mclaughlin rated it really liked it
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Very interesting collection of essays, interviews and articles about contemporary art, primarily focussed upon the generation if British artists who emerged in the Sixties and the YBA's. I have come to the conclusion that I was wrong about Damien Hirst, who Gordon Burn rates very highly. I now think he is in fact one of the greatest artists of our times. I am really looking forward to the retrospective at the Tate Modern next year.
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Gordon Burn was an English writer born in Newcastle upon Tyne and the author of four novels and several works of non-fiction.

Burn's novels deal with issues of modern fame and faded celebrity, as well as life through a media lens. His novel Alma Cogan (1991), which imagined the future life of the British singer Alma Cogan had she not died in the 1960s, won the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel.
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