Talking Heads - Fear of Music (BOK)

Jonathan Lethem

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Fear of Music, the third album by Talking Heads, was recorded and released in 1979. It is, like each of their first four albums, a masterpiece. Edgy, paranoid, funky, addictive, rhythmic, repetitive, spooky, and fun - with Brian Eno's production, it's a record that bursts out of the downtown scene that birthed the band, and hints at the directions (positive and negative) they'd take in the near future. Here, Jonathan Lethem takes us back to the late 1970s in New York City and situates Talking Heads as one of the most remarkable and enigmatic American bands. Incorporating theory, fiction, and memoir, and placing Fear of Music alongside Fritz Lang, Edgar Allen Poe, Patti Smith, and David Foster Wallace. Lethem's book is a virtuoso performance by a writer at the peak of his powers, tackling one of his great obsessions.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2012 Forfatter Jonathan Lethem
Macmillan DMACDIS Orphans
ISBN 9781441121004
Antall sider 160 Dimensjoner 12,1cm x 16,4cm x 1,9cm
Vekt 154 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups


"Lethem, who writes about music better than most professional critics, explores every possibility, considers every angle, unpacks every generalisation ... Lethem's book demonstrates what happens when the twin beams of passionate fandom and slicing critical intelligence intersect to illuminate a record you only thought you knew ... So be warned: his obsession is contagious." – The Observer “In his new book Fear of Music, Jonathan Lethem delivers an impassioned, hilarious and unabashedly personal take on the classic Talking Heads album of the same name.” – “His achievement in Fear of Music is to let his personal passion for the album inform his thoughts on it with a vital urgency, without ever allowing those feelings to run rampant and obscure the work at hand. …[It is] a powerful piece of scholarship on a band that deserves, and whose work holds up to, close examination of the serious kind Lethem does here. [Lethem] revels in Fear of Music's strain, the way it encompasses punk and disco, aggression and passivity, paranoia and resolve, gleefully dancing its way off the brink. This ain't no party, indeed.” – The Atlantic "The collision of Lethem and Talking Heads makes perfect sense. Both can’t escape being identified with New York – or, in Lethem’s case, Brooklyn – and despite working in disparate modes, each brings the formalism and precision of the high arts to popular forms." – "Lethem analyzes each of the songs in his book, alternating between close readings of lyrics, song structure, and meditations on the album as a whole. …His prose is as sharp as ever, and his visual evocations demand accompaniment by the tracks themselves. As he puts it in the epigraph, “turn it up, for f--k's sake." – The Daily Beast “This ain't no party/ This ain't no disco/ This ain't no foolin' around. No, this is music criticism, and in the right hands it's serious business. The latest installment in the addictive 33 1/3 line of music books—each of which pairs an author with an iconic pop album—finds novelist Jonathan Lethem in deep consultation with his 15-year-old self over the secret messages hidden all over Talking Heads' third album, Fear of Music. …When Lethem's really on a roll, as he is through most of this, overthinking becomes contagious.” – Details "The book, part of the 33 1/3 series, is full of long, brilliant passages of music criticism interspersed with riffs on topics such as science fiction, paranoia, fame, and Asperger’s syndrome. But it’s at its most interesting at those moments when Lethem tilts the mirror of autobiographical reflection at just the right angle to reflect both himself and the music of Talking Heads in some new light." - "Lethem's collection Anxiety of Influence proved him the consummate essayist...These are the themes of Fear of Music, and this is what made Lethem literally the most perfect writer in the world to reflect on it. He is writer as fanboy writing about an album for disappointed fanbots, people who have loved something that turned out to be dangerous for them, people who have come to question all commonly accepted wisdoms ("People say not to worry about the air") and who still, for some reason are willing to let their fear of art break their already broker hearts." – PopMatters