Guided by Voices

Guided by Voices

A Brief History : Twenty-one Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock and Roll

Book - 2005
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Guided by Voices was one of the most popular indie-rock bands of the 1990s. Critics internationally have lauded the band's brain trust, Robert Pollard, as a once-in-a-generation artist. Pollard has been compared by The New York Times to Mozart, Rossini, and Paul McCartney (in the same sentence) and everyone from P. J. Harvey, Radiohead, R.E.M., the Strokes, and U2 has sung his praises and cited his music as an influence. But it all started rather prosaically when Pollard, a fourth-grade teacher in his early thirties from Dayton, Ohio, began recording songs with drinking buddies in his basement. James Greer, an acclaimed music writer and former Spin editor, enjoys a unique advantage in having played in the band for two years. This personal connection grants him unparalleled insight and complete access to the workings of Pollard's muse.
Publisher: New York : Black Cat/Grove, c2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780802170132
Branch Call Number: 782.42166 Gree
Characteristics: xvi, 319 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.


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Nov 07, 2017

James Greer's celebration of Guided by Voices (and, therefore, of all things Robert Pollard) is an admirer's sincere, cocoonish labor of love, committed to telling how Pollard/GBV "came to be considered by some one of the truly great artists of our time." The keenness of Greer's interest ensures a detailed retelling of GBV history, from its start as a Dayton, Ohio, garage band (Pollard was then a fourth-grade teacher).

Aug 18, 2015

Excellent book if you're a fan of the band Guided By Voices- in fact if you are a fan, I'd go so far as to say it's a must read- because it's such a great chronicle of who they are.


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