The Pixies were a shock to the system. Emerging from their first rehearsal held in a squalid Boston basement, they were soon the toast of the world and the new saviors of rock 'n roll. Forerunners of grunge and with a repertoire of seriously weird songs, they made a virtue out of eccentricity. The Pixies have recently reformed for a sell-out tour in 2004....
|Title||:||The Pixies And Frank Black|
|Number of Pages||:||224 Pages|
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The Pixies And Frank Black Reviews
this is - by far - the worst book i have ever read. i figured i'd finally learn why the pixies had broken up. guaranteed good reading, right? wrong. i expected an indepth biography. what i got was a half-assed amalgamation of actual biographies that preceeded this book, interspersed with a FICTIONAL NOVEL about a girl who grows obsessed with frank black. did you catch that? it was an every other chapter situation. one chapter would pretend to tell you something about the pixies, and the next would tell you more than you could ever want to know about some weird ass chick who lives in massachusetts and spends all of her time thinking about frank black. i think the "author" (use that term loosely) intended to provide details of the pixies in a non-traditional biographical format, but all he really did was annoy me.if you'd like to learn more about the pixies, find another book. this book was godawful.
Well I give this two stars and I'm feeling generous. I had to read this book, not because I'm a solid Pixies fan, but because Charles Thompson IV, alias Black Francis, alias Frank Black....attended my wedding back in 1990.So now I've read this biog of the band, I've caught up on what musical water has passed over the previous twenty years.I saw them play in Manchester in the late eighties, and spent time with Kim Deal, Joe Santiago and Dave Lovering...a close friend of mine was their tour promoter.John Mendelssohn's biog fills the gaps in time for me, but with each chapter alternately filled with 'Vicky's story', I found the book extremely tedious.
All and all informative enough, but the Author is a terrible writer, and seemed it would be hilarious to insult every member of the band any chance he got.Also, every other chapter is a terribly written fictional story. Your guess is as good as mine as to why they included it.Bottom line, if you're a fan of the band, you can find a better read on Wikipedia. And you won't have to skip through a seemingly teenage-written novella about some dumb girl who starts a band.
I've never felt this comfortable ditching a book only having read 4 pages, but this author is insufferable. A total wretch and not even a funny one. Fine, so he didn't care for Charles when he met him or whatever. Does that make publishing a book of insults (and not just geared toward the Pixies, but other musicians and humanity itself) honorable? And what were the publishers thinking? Zero stars.
A partly fictionalised, fantastical account of one of the greatest groups of modern music and the core influence of much popular music today. Ex-Rolling Stone journalist John Mendelssohn weaves anecdotes with with, pith and candour and salacious happenings.