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Pretty Hate Machine by Daphne Carr
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Better than most of the book's I've read in this series so far, Pretty Hate Machine's approach is to pose the theory that the music of Nine Inch Nails is influenced and fueled partially by the socio-economic Rust Belt context from which it sprung. To prove it, Carr interviews NIN fans from around the western Pennsylvania/eastern Ohio area, getting them not only to talk about the music, but about their entire lives as well. The stories collectively provide a grim portrait of late capitalism in America, where the manufacturing industry has all but disappeared, leaving quiet destruction in its wake.
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