Fool the World: The Oral History of a Band Called Pixies

St. Martin's Publishing Group, 01/04/2007 - 336 páginas

It's the 1980s and the rock landscape is littered with massive hair, synthesizers, and monster riffs, but there is an alternative being born in the sleepy East of America-we just don't know it yet.
Before the Internet, MTV, and iPods provided far-off music fans with information and communities-and before Nirvana-kids across the world grew up in relative isolation, dependent on mix tapes and self-created art to slowly spread scenes and trends. It was under these conditions that four young musicians found one another in Boston, Massachusetts, and started a band called Pixies.
During their initial seven-year career, Pixies would play some of Europe's most gigantic festivals, keep the press guessing, and cultivate a fervid international fan base hungry for more and more of their unique surf punk. The band worked fast, cranking out four albums at a breakneck pace, but ultimately pressures and personality clashes took their toll: Pixies broke up just as bands were singing their praises as the rock'n'roll innovators.
For twelve years, a Pixies reunion seemed impossible, but a sudden announcement in 2004 proclaimed the unthinkable-Pixies were getting back together. Their extremely successful reunion tour finally gave the group something they'd always lacked in their homeland: proof that their bone-rattling music had left an indelible impact.
Fool the World tells Pixies' story in the words of those who lived it, from the band members to studio owners, from A&R executives, producers, and visual artists who worked with them to admirers of their music, such as Bono, PJ Harvey, Beck, and Perry Farrell. With new cartoons by Trompe Le Monde illustrator Steven Appleby, Fool the World is a complete journey through the life, death, and rebirth of one of the most influential bands of all time.


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This oral history of a band that was more famous in death than in life richly details the Pixies� rise from Boston-club-scene unknowns to influential cult darlings. However, its delivery is ... Ler crítica na íntegra

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Cast of Characters
Long Days Journey into the White by Josh Frank Foreword by Chas Banks
B P Before Pixies 19611984
Putting a Band Together 1985
Boston and the Early Days 19851986
The Rat Fort Apache and the Scene 19851987
Gary Smith and The Purple Tape 1987
All Over the World 1989
Bossanova Bound 1990
Trompe Le Monde 1991
Touring with U2 1991
In Heaven Everything Is Fine 19921993
A P After Pixies 19932004
The Reunion 2004

Signing Up With 4AD 1987
Surfer Rosa 1988
European Tour with Throwing Muses 1988
Doolittle Days 1989
Pixies Lasting Impact 2005+
Where They Are
Fun Facts
Selected Discography

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Acerca do autor (2007)

Josh Frank is a pop culture dramatist. A director, producer, and writer of plays and books, he currently has a number of projects in development. He is twenty-nine years old and lives between Austin, Texas and New York City.

Caryn Ganz is an associate editor at Spin magazine. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Post, Entertainment Weekly, Seattle Weekly, and Mixte. She lives in Manhattan.

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