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In 1978, Siouxsie and the Banshees declared 'We don't see ourselves in the same context as other rock'n'roll bands.' A decade later, and in the stark aftermath of a devastating storm, the band retreated to a 17th-century mansion house in the deracinated Sussex countryside to write their ninth studio album, Peepshow. Here, the band absorbed the bygone, rural atmosphere and its inspi ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published October 18th 2018 by Bloomsbury Academic
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Alex Sarll
Perhaps unfairly, I was a little surprised to see 33 1/3's Siouxsie book covering the obvious hit album, the big, full-production number; if I'd guessed I would have expected one of the earlier, (post-)punkier albums would be more in line with the imprint's aesthetic. And yes, I know it's a big wide line, and contributors propose their own subjects...but you still come to these assumptions, don't you? Still, I'm glad this is where it landed: one of the first goth albums (as against compilations) ...more
Zack
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The 33 1/3 series keeps cranking out great stuff. This one, focusing on a mid career album, is written by Samantha Bennett - an Associate Professor at the Australian National University and musician. Bennett takes an academic comparative analysis perspective, using film studies techniques in application to an album from a band heavily influenced by film and paracinematic experiences - and she does an awesome job. It's refreshing to read a positive (but critical) analysis of an album which isn't ...more
Jeremy
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read there would be book-length analysis of Peepshow my first thought was "finally!" On constant rotation in my collection since its release, this has been one of my favorite listens for so long that I kinda forgot how good it is. I just love this album, and Samantha Bennett's book reminded me of all the reasons why. Her technique of talking about the album as a filmic work or the soundtrack of a nonexistent movie works perfectly. If you love Siouxsie and the Banshees, you must read this.
Alison
Sep 21, 2018 added it
An intriguing look at the recording of "Peepshow" by Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Covering the recording location at Berry House in 1987 after the Great Storm had turned the idyllic countryside into a type of haunted landscape.

It explores the title choice and voyeurism influences of each track. It was fascinating for me to read how each track has its roots in a vintage movie or the references that they contain.

A must read for all die-hard fans.
J Earl
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Siouxsie and the Banshees' Peepshow from Samantha Bennett is a wonderful addition to this series. Many volumes focus on lesser known or less popular works by the artists while this one focuses on one of their bigger commercial successes, but does so through a different lens, which shows this work in a different light.

The basic lens through which we come to view this album, it's creation, and the individual tracks is a filmic one. From how they perceived what they were doing to how th
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Theediscerning
Aug 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Very much yes, and very much no. When the subject of this book landed with the 'Peek-a-Boo' single, I liked it a lot, but always thought it was not Siouxsie. Well, what was I to know in my teenaged naivety about Pabst, Dietrich, and other cinematic references that were then hidden to me, and the film-based oeuvre of the band that I was completely unaware of? The chapter discussing this, and indeed the (wannabe-haunted) house setting of the whole album's recording before it were fine reading. ...more
Rob
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big Siouxsie & The Banshees (SATB) fan. So I was excited to see this review of Peek-a-Boo, even though it's not my favorite SATB. And I was lukewarm on the book when started, but quickly became engrossed and burned through this. It gave me a much deeper appreciation of this album in particular, as well as the band's technical depth around film and film score.

Listening to and reading about SATB, you know they were influenced by film. But to read Samantha Bennett's track-by-t
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Andrew Sutherland
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
As a fan, some of the band's background and commentary was very interesting, and I was really looking forward to this one, but the depth as which Bennett analyzes the films she attributes to each song is so deep that it starts to get boring and even a bit thin relatively quickly.
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I loved this book. It briught back memories of when Siouxsie and the Banshees were amongst my favourite group.
It full of informations, well researched and it helped me to better understand their songs.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC
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