A Year with Swollen Appendices

A Year with Swollen Appendices : Brian Eno's Diary

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The diary and essays of Brian Eno republished twenty-five years on with a new introduction by the artist in a beautiful hardback edition.

'One of the seminal books about music . . . an invaluable insight into the mind and working practices of one of the industry's undeniable geniuses.'

At the end of 1994, Brian Eno resolved to keep a diary. His plans to go to the cinema, theatre and galleries fell quickly to the wayside. What he did do - and write - however, was astonishing: ruminations on his collaborative work with David Bowie, U2, James and Jah Wobble, interspersed with correspondence and essays dating back to 1978. These 'appendices' covered topics from the generative and ambient music Eno pioneered to what he believed the role of an artist and their art to be, alongside adroit commentary on quotidian tribulations and happenings around the world.

This beautiful 25th-anniversary hardcover edition has been redesigned in the same size as the diary that eventually became this book. It features two ribbons, pink paper delineating the appendices (matching the original edition) and a two-tone paper-over-board cover, which pays homage to the original design.

An intimate insight into one of the most influential creative artists of our time, A Year with Swollen Appendices is an essential classic.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 155 x 216 x 40mm | 1,030g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 0571364616
  • 9780571364619
  • 111,180

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A cranium tour of one of the most creative minds of our age. -- Wired

Brian Eno's dual role in experimental and popular music is without precedent, and his influence on the music scene as a whole is difficult to overstate. -- Pitchfork

Behind Eno stand John Cage, Marcel Duchamp, and Erik Satie. -- New Yorker

As singular and as entertaining as anything the pop polymath has produced. -- Observer, The 50 Greatest Music Books Ever

A Year with Swollen Appendices is by turns fascinating, engaging and wonderfully mundane. Our world has changed in profound ways, but Eno's ideas are remarkably durable, his perspectives still feel fresh with possibility. This writing hasn't lost any of its power to entertain, persuade and inspire. -- The Wire

At the end of 1994, the ambient giant began to keep a diary, writing about his collaborations with artists like David Bowie, U2, James and Jah Wobble. He also wrote about the role of generative and ambient music, plus observations on art, the role of artists and the world around him...The 25th anniversary hardcover has been redesigned in the size of the original diary. It features two ribbons, pink paper delineating the appendices (matching the original edition) and a two-tone paper-over-board cover, which pays homage to the original design. -- Ryan Middleton, Magnetic Magazine

A captivating document of a brilliant and relentlessly driven mind. -- Brian DeGraw

Interesting and lastingly relevant. -- Under the Radar
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About Brian Eno

Brian Eno, musician, producer, visual artist and activist, first came to international prominence in the early seventies as a founding member of British band Roxy Music. His visionary production includes albums with Talking Heads, Devo, U2, Laurie Anderson and Coldplay, while his long list of collaborations include recordings with David Bowie, David Byrne, Grace Jones, Karl Hyde and James Blake, among many others. His visual experiments with light and video continue to parallel his musical career, with exhibitions all over the globe.

To date he has released over thirty albums of his own music and exhibited extensively, as far afield as the Venice Biennale and the sails of the Sydney Opera House. He is a founding member of the Long Now Foundation, a trustee of ClientEarth and patron of Videre est Credere. His latest album with brother Roger, Mixing Colours, was released on Deutsche Grammophon in March 2020.
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