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A Year With Swollen Appendices

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Provocateur, cult figure, cerebral rock star, and studio experimentalist, Brian Eno has greatly influenced an encyclopedia of styles--from art rock to punk to world music to techno to ambient music. A founding member of Roxy Music, he went on to work as a solo artist and a producer/collaborator with U2, Talking Heads, David Bowie, Sting, Bono, and others. This diary covers ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 20th 1996 by Faber and Faber (first published 1996)
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Sep 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Eno fans, recording enthusiasts, 1995 revisionists
Shelves: memoir, music
This book pretty much blew my mind into tiny shreds.

This book consists of Brian Eno's diary from the year 1995, and a set of swollen appendices of essays, letters, and other ramblings about everything from the lottery to generative music to screensavers to war and peace.

1995 was a year in which Brian Eno worked on some of my favorite records of all time! Including David Bowie's completely slept-on masterpiece "Outside" (which, along with Sugar's "File Under Easy Listening" and the Cure's "Faith
Oct 23, 2007 rated it did not like it
I am a mega fan of Roxy Music and Eno's first four solo albums - including "Discreet Music." And I hate this book. Basically Eno just name drops like crazy and lives the life of someone who isn't that interesting. I was very disappointed with this book. If it was charming that would be one thing, but he's a bore.

The second part is a little bit more interesting, but barely. Look you rock or you don't rock. And right now Eno's not rockin'. He's producing Coldplay for god sake!

And one more thing: E
Jeanne Thornton
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
glamorous and insufferable and highly quotable. highlights: the interview about CD roms, Bono hagiographic parts, count to a billion, busted transsexual enthusiasms, the appendices, the "outside" character sheets, getting lost on the boat in Egypt. everyone needs to publish a year of diaries I think and this is a good one
MacDara Conroy
Jul 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I value this more for its inspirational quality more than anything - it's not so much a book-as-created-thing as it is a medium for the thoughts and ideas in Eno's head. And a lot of ideas he has! If I owned my own copy (I borrowed this one from the library) I could see myself going back from time to time, turning to random pages for a bit of creative/cognitive refreshment. But it's out of print, and a scheduled reissue had failed to materialise. What a shame.
Cheryl Mcenaney
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. A candid, funny, interesting glimpse inside an incredibly gifted and idiosyncratic artist, futurist, and thinker. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.
Fai Ahmed
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book, wish-list
This book is so strange, there were part I felt bored to death because it was too personal but there were parts that touched me deeply and inspired me as a visual artist and left me with "oh Eno, you son of genius bitch"
It wasn't about his process in music or art as I thought to be. This book has a lil bit of politics and religions in his point of view. I loved when he talked about his frustrating long nights,that part very beautiful and melancholic. Also when he talks about books is pretty int
Mar 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: eclectic thinkers
(I originally wrote this in 2006; this version is edited from the one on my website.)

Simply brilliant. Eno is much more than a musician, and his annotated diary for the year 1995 is much more fascinating than one might expect. He is an enormously complex and busy thinker, intimately connected to the most amazing people - not just musicians (though David Bowie, U2, Daniel Lanois, Luciano Pavarotti and others appear frequently throughout the year) but luminaries in other realms, people like Stewar
Philippe Billé
Dimanche 6 avril 2014. Brian Eno affirme avoir tenté plusieurs fois de tenir un journal personnel, sans jamais réussir à mener l'entreprise au-delà du 6 janvier, mais il y est enfin parvenu tout au long de l'année 1995. L'ouvrage, intitulé A year with swollen appendices : Brian Eno's diary, a paru dès l'année suivante, puis a été traduit en 1998 sous le titre Une année aux appendices gonflés : Journal. C'est un fort volume, de près de cinq cents pages, dans lequel le journal à proprement parler ...more
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
As usual with Eno, interesting and unique ideas pop up throughout the book--bits of genius to spot. It's a diary so sometimes/often there are things that just didn't hold my attention for long. Essays in the second half are mostly interesting. He gets to flesh out his ideas here around more specific topics and lengthier.
Worth reading if you are an Eno fan, fun references to working on "Outside" and other music.
Melting Uncle
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a shame this book is out of print! I got mine through inter-library loan.

This is Brian Eno's 1995 diary- notes for every day plus a bunch of extra stuff at the end (swollen appendices!)

This book is full of brilliant observations and musings about art, creativity, recording, and the like. There are also less engrossing parts about CD-ROM's and 90's politics/current events. Maybe Brian E. doesn't want the book in print because it's kind of dated?? C'mon, man! Also, there are many kind of gros
Matt Champagne
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
The only things I remember about this are all the mentions of ambient music, and a choral experiment Eno runs (or at least talks about wanting to run) where it's something about having a bunch of singers in the room and he has them randomly sing whatever note they want. If there are enough singers, many of them will be singing the same note. Something like that. Kind of the idea behind if you're at a huge concert and there are a ton of people there and they start singing, because there are so ma ...more
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a great way to start the year! I enjoyed following Brian Eno’s daily activities, reading about his family, the projects he works on, and the things that interest him. It was like spending time with a great thinker, a futurist. I enjoyed this book so much that I’ll eventually read it again in a couple of years. My copy is ragged, swollen and wavy, because of the “accident”: I fell asleep in the bathtub while holding it in my hand, woke up, starled, as it was falling into the water (ensuing p ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Idea for a Ragga Gospel Choir called Sounds of Slackness.

Idea for a story, enigmatic artist is offered millions of pounds for his diary. What doesn't do for the artist? His art?

I love Eno, but really this diary diminished him somewhat. Up close, he is (obviously) less enigmatic and even a little dull. His working methods - when explained - imagine you are a 31st century silt punk playing a new orgasmathon, are just a little silly.

Eno is working on projects with Bowie and U2, but by 1996 this are
Dec 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: music, non-fiction
I picked this book up after the graphic designer, Stefan Sagmeister, mentioned it in a lecture he gave some years ago. Admittedly, I've had this book tucked in my desk cubby, pulling it out every so often during lunch breaks over the last 4 or 5 years. After finally finishing it, I won't say "A Year" changed my life in the way it seemingly changed Sagmeister's, but Eno is a fascinating personality with many insights that I will go back to in the future. (His Turner Prize speech is one for the ag ...more
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Mr Eno made my favourite LP of all time; 'Another Green World'. I think if he'd kept a diary around that period, or when he was composing the Ambient album series this might've made a more interesting read.
I don't care about U2 or James or post-'Scary Monsters' Bowie because by 1995 (the year this diary records) Eno had become a big shot celebrity record producer, which is wonderful for him, but the really interesting stuff had happened years before that. Now I'm not saying there aren't fascinat
Sep 22, 2007 rated it really liked it
Brian Eno's diary (1995 I think). This is ideal reading for the bathroom I guess. As long as it doesn't bother you that this guy gets to do with his time what-all he writes about getting to do with his time, it's great. No, not just for the celebrity encounters (this is pretty much following his own celebrity peak, after working lots with U2). I found it inspiring, at least w/r/t ideas about sound and music and pop music. And then he's interseted in whole lots more than that -- politics and such ...more
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
A really interesting book to get the creative juices flowing and think outside the box a bit....Father Brian Eno (Father Ted joke there!) is such an interesting man. Honest and certainly very modest. Insights into his life, particularly his young children, were tender and lovingly written. The wine bottle episode made me cringe ever so slightly though. Very hard to get hold of, so recommended for something a bit different...or the person who has everything ;)
Nov 30, 2007 rated it it was ok
Not as egotistical as I anticipated. Though Eno may be one of music's largest intellectual egos, his year long diary (circa 1995) is an interesting blend of his musical projects at the time (producing an album from James, working on the Passengers project, working on a U2 album--none of which I cared about), his art (working on an install with Laurie Anderson--someone I do care for) and his family life.
Antoine Salem
Aug 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
This is a must read for anyone serious about creativity. Eno's ideas on self generating art are really inspiring and a refreshing contemporary and original approach to the more well known techniques such as painting by numbers, twelve tone row, etc... Equally interesting are the very personal reflexions of this famous music producer while working with U2, Bowie and many more.
Jul 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Eno shares a year in his life including some meals, lots of porn, famous people, walking slowly through water to his neck, designing iconic sounds we've all heard a million times. This book helped me think through all sorts of problems, and really inspired me. An excellent read. Only downside: it's out of print. Someone reprint it!!
Aug 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Extremely entertaining and, like most diaries, does not need to be read cover to cover in sequential order. Even if you're not a fan of Eno, this is one of the more thought provoking and intimate looks at a man consumed with creativity, insight, and occasionally using high-powered graphic programs like Photoshop to merely enlarge women's "bottoms."
Nov 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, music
I've seen unfavorable reviews of this book and I don't know why. Here, in one succinct tome, you get Eno's most personal ideas about music theory, creativity, eating brown rice, quitting smoking.

It helps, you surmise, to be a complete and utter Enophile.
Aug 10, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: art, music
Agreeing with Josh Berman's review on all counts. Yes, much name-dropping and globe-trotting with all the cool kids from geek high school and it's all just pretentious and vapid and annoying as hell. A gift received with great anticipation, and a big disappointment.
S.H. Butler
Jan 07, 2008 rated it it was ok
oh brian eno, it's not that i don't love you. it's that you're a total windbag. i love your music, but your daily journal is as exciting as creamed corn. a couple of bright spots here and there, but nothing overall worth the time or effort.
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
It was okay. Lots on Bosnia and Serbia. I can't get the image of Eno swimming in his pool, nude, with an erection. Yikes, that kind of image is not something I want to think about while listening to Here Come The Warm Jets.
Aug 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is not a read-straight-through book, even if the diary is an obvious linear narrative. I enjoyed the peek into Eno's life, but the real joy of the book for me was the set of "swollen appendices."
Sep 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
this was an enjoyable walk through a busy year in a creative genius's life. and there's a great risotto recipe too.
thanks for the swollen appendices, more precise formations of his thoughts on many topics, including thinking/ perceiving.
Sep 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy reading journals, this is a fascinating look into the daily life of Brian Eno during 1995. The Swollen Appendices at the end is quite interesting collection of essays on various interests. As I'm a big Eno fan, I found this to be a compelling read.
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
any insight into the mind of the Eno is valuable, but this is a huge wodge of it. the diary is delightful and funny, but the appendices are the real gem - small concentrated servings of Eno-mind. priceless and wonderful.
Apr 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
A day by day document of a great creative mind. The most inspiring bio I've ever read.
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