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Lowdown: The Story of Wire

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Without London band Wire, punk rock might never have developed beyond primitive three-chord thrash and cliched songs about tower blocks and dole queues. Arguably the first art-punks, the four musicians - Colin Newman on vocals and guitar, Graham Lewis on bass and vocals, Bruce Gilbert on guitar and Robert Gotobed (nee Grey) on drums - evolved fast from their groundbreaking ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Omnibus Press (first published January 12th 2009)
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Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
I hesitated to pick this up as a)so often when you read a band biog you like a band less once you've read it and b)I've never got past Pink Flag and Chairs Missing with Wire. 154 doesn't get to me, and I have avoided their Mute era work as 80s Mute stuff is not my taste, and the 90s Techno/Industrial/Glitch stuff doesn't intrigue me at all. But PF and CM are records I come back to and always love as fiercely each time.

Wire (at least the Wire that I am familiar with) are a band that make paranoid
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There's a real sense of unfinished business regarding Paul Lester's Wire biography Lowdown. Of course, there's the fact that the band is still very much a prolific, actively touring artistic force to be reckoned with up to this day, but that still shouldn't keep the author from at least reaching some sort of satisfactory narrative closure. The way he wrapped up something that was a good and informative read for the most part was rather jarring unfortunately, turning the book into a flawed work t ...more
Apr 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
I love wire, but this was SO. FUCKING. BORING.
Jul 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
oh dear. unofficial and cobbled together largely from existing material this is just a repetitive mess..

Totally lacking in original insight, this is unlikely to give anyone fresh insight into one of the most consistently innovative band still recording. To be charitable to the author I suspect that the band members aren't the most colourful of characters and only Graham Lewis seems willing to offer and critical analysis of the band's oeuvre, but that cannot excuse the repetition within the conte
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Jan 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
Terrible. Avoid this book.
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