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Posted August 19, 2011
I've finished reading the sample just now, and although it may read as if the author simply found something interesting to ponder in his free time it is highly entertaining to see where his mind has taken him. I am assuming the rest of the novel will be just as thought provoking.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 28, 2010
Recommended - A Great Read - Thought-Provoking and Funny
This is an extremely well-written, thought-provoking book that is laugh-out-loud funny at times! It is interesting on many different levels and makes some excellent points about the nature of criticism---what qualifies someone to be a critic and how we judge popular culture. Most of the book is about music, but the theory is especially fascinating when it is applied to politics and sports. I think this would be a great choice for book clubs as it provides lots of fodder for discussion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Not as trendy and superficial as it looks. Entertaining and thought provoking. One can apply it to one's own preferences. Easy-reading.
This is an entertaining and interesting theory with much behind it. I find that the Rolling Stones' "Harlem Shuffle" and their earlier "Hot Stuff" could apply to the expensive radioactive uranium tiles that were originally used extensively in some Manhattan Harlem buildings on floors and bathrooms that were removed by contractors revovating. So, that would make the Rolling Stones "Advanced?" I can listen to D. Harry's (Blondie's) "Union City Blue's" a zillion times--what is that song about--math set theory/union, mining operations in Mexico near a large city, Mexican damsel discussing boyfriend, etc. That makes Blondie "Advanced?" Hard-core dance Reggae is great, but Reggae artist songs such as B. Marley's "Kaya," Freddy Mc Gregor's "Works of Jah," and U Brown's "Tu Sheng Peng" are in any way similar to Blondie's "Rapture," or Sting's "The Bed's too Big Without You?" The author states that Reggae was the inspiration, but those songs are not close to rap or reggae. The B-52s and David Bowie are great, but where did Bowie or the B-52s cave in--as their latest releases are cultural communication pieces. The Beach Boys' "[Lets] Do it Again" does not sound phony, its quite beachy. Much of all of this is cultural; and, as it is with reader-response criticism--what one sees is what one knows and visa-versa. And, once it leaves the artist, what the artist's original intent is/was, may not matter or be significant... This "Advanced Genious Theory" book discusses in detail "Advanced Genious" as the artist's (writers, musicians, etc.) ability to communicate a culture/different culture(s) to many people's satisfaction and whether the artist can continue to do so without failure. I love writer Thomas Pynchon, and have read many of his books, but JG Ballard is also quite great, though the author does not mention Ballard. Marlon Brando was a great actor, but so was Klaus Kinski (such as in W. Herzog's, "The Wrath of God"), though the author does not mention Klaus Kinski. The author does not seem to come up with many Advanced women, though I would say that Blondie, (Diana Ross and the Supremes, ABBA, though before my time), Ofra Haza, Sade (mentioned), Barbara Striesand, and others could be said to be "Advanced." Then, there was that rapper TuPac with "How do you want it, how do you need it" song that was so "Advanced" who would want to listen to it as it describes the low self-esteem beyond-ghetto guy making it rich with 100s of N words and all. Andy Warhol could not help his socialite "Advanced" friend except putting her in the "Factory Girl" film, but this I did not see menioned in the Warhol section of the book. Not mentioned is Marlene Dietrich... Yet, one can listen to a wonderful J.S. Bach piece or a spiritual and wonder what this book is really about. Many of the so-called "Advanced" do seem to sometimes mention "Advanced" people in their works such as E. John's "Rocket Man."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 17, 2011
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