Fear of Music

Fear of Music : The Greatest 261 Albums Since Punk and Disco

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If there had been a music book of the year award in 2002 Garry Mulholland's This is Uncool: The Greatest 500 Singles Since Punk and Disco would have walked away with it. The review coverage was extremely impressive. Virtually unlike any other music journalist in this country Garry Mulholland has that knack of writing about music with such clarity that brings it all back again, and has you searching for some long-lost dusty record. But despite going to great lengths to demonstrate the superiority of the single format over the full length album in This Is Uncool, the next logical step is Fear of Music: the Greatest 261 Albums Since Punk and Disco, which roughly follows the original successful, chronological formula of This Is Uncool but, naturally, focuses on albums rather than singles. Or, in Garry Mulholland's words: 'Entire albums don't slap you in the face when blasted out of a radio in the hairdressers. You have to buy them, listen to them, and form a deeper relationship ...' The book features plenty of Mulholland's witty, irreverent and insightful criticism, taking in classics from the last thirty years by everyone from Television, David Bowie and The Smiths, through to Eminem, Snoop Doggy Dog, Earth, Wind and Fire and The Prodigy.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 182 x 186 x 30mm | 997.91g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 32
  • 0752868314
  • 9780752868318
  • 1,500,117

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'A thrilling call to go thumbing through your old CDs and vinyl... enthralling. *****' -- Caspar Llewellyn Smith - Observer Music Monthly OBSERVER 'An infectious enthusiasm that will leave you listening afresh to those Mojo-approved apres-Punk staples... and a long overdue privileging of pop that is black, gay or female.' TIME OUT 'Full of short, excitable essays about the records Mulholland still dribbles over... this book's full of wide-eyed love, as a fan's testimonies should be.' THE WORD 'The brilliantly written work of an enthusiastic and savvy music fan. It's sexy to look at too. And chunky enough to chuck in those heated arguments about music.' TIME OUT - Christmas Presents 'Crisp, witty and insightful reviews... the choices are thought-provoking throughout in a fascinating book and an ideal companion to its predecessor.' EVENING HERALD 'Brilliant dip-in/dip-out material, it offers fresh reviews of the elpees that Mulholland would trample over his wife and kids to rescue from a burning house.' HOT PRESSshow more

About Garry Mulholland

As well as being the author of This is Uncool: The Greatest 500 Singles Since Punk and Disco, Garry Mulholland has contributed frequently to the Guardian and Time Out. He currently writes for the Observer Music Monthly and Q magazine.show more

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