The Velvet Underground's The Velvet Underground and Nico Paperback
by Joe Harvard
Part of the 33 1/3 series
33 1/3 is a new series of short books about critically acclaimed and much-loved albums of the last 40 years.
Focusing on one album rather than an artist's entire output, the books dispense with the standard biographical background that fans know already, and cut to the heart of the music on each album.
The authors provide fresh, original perspectives - often through their access to and relationships with the key figures involved in the recording of these albums.
By turns obsessive, passionate, creative, and informed, the books in this series demonstrate many different ways of writing about music. (A task which can be, as Elvis Costello famously observed, as tricky as dancing about architecture.) What binds this series together, and what brings it to life, is that all of the authors - musicians, scholars, and writers - are deeply in love with the album they have chosen.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 128 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 01/05/2004
- Category: Rock & Pop music
- ISBN: 9780826415509
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Review by duck2ducks
Just discovered the "33 1/3" series of books, where each volume takes one noteworthy & influential album and delves into it in excruciating detail - the band members, their history, the making of the album, thoughts & explanations on all of the songs, etc. It's not perfect - at times, the author's prose gets a little too full of its own cleverness - but for music geeks like myself, this is a fantastic discovery. (And I can't help but note they have a volume on Aqualung...!)