Guided by Voices: A Brief History: Twenty-One Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock and Roll

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Dayton, Ohio's Guided By Voices--GbV, as they're known to their dedicated legion of fans--is Robert Pollard (along with a shifting line-up of coconspirators). Guided by Voices: A Brief History follows the fascinating story of leader Robert Pollard's twenty-one year evolution from unrecognized garage-rock genius to his discovery, at age thirty-six, by rock critics and fans. Critics--whose praise went so far as to hail him as "this millennium's William Shakespeare"--drew comparisons to everyone from Paul McCartney ...
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Dayton, Ohio's Guided By Voices--GbV, as they're known to their dedicated legion of fans--is Robert Pollard (along with a shifting line-up of coconspirators). Guided by Voices: A Brief History follows the fascinating story of leader Robert Pollard's twenty-one year evolution from unrecognized garage-rock genius to his discovery, at age thirty-six, by rock critics and fans. Critics--whose praise went so far as to hail him as "this millennium's William Shakespeare"--drew comparisons to everyone from Paul McCartney and The Who to Rossini, while fans went bananas at some of the best live rock 'n roll shows ever staged. All the while Robert Pollard wrote, literally, thousands of songs.

Written with full, frank and exclusive cooperation from Pollard, Guided by Voices: A Brief History includes a foreword by famed American filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, cover art by Pollard, a photographic history of the band and contributions from Ric Ocasek of The Cars, Pete Townshend of The Who, Peter Buck of R.E.M., Steve Malkmus of Pavement, and the legendary critic Richard Meltzer.
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For rock critics, Ohioan indie rockers Guided by Voices (GBV) are a dream. Their career is the classic underdog-makes-good story: a ragtag bunch of mid-thirties schoolteachers and journeymen give rock stardom one more try-and succeed! To recount this journey, screenwriter, former SPIN editor, and erstwhile GBV bassist Greer puckishly begins with the series of 2004 gigs that marked the end of GBV. From there, he ducks and dives through 20 years, with plenty of rambling interjections and conversational off-ramps along the way. Greer is understandably focused on songwriting engine/frontman Robert Pollard, the lone constant in GBV, but there are plenty of band members and confederates carrying their narrative weight, including critic Richard Meltzer and Who guitarist Pete Townshend. It's a story of friendship, drinking, music, and how you don't have to leave home to become a star. This first biography of the band will be pleasingly familiar to readers of Jimmy McDonough's labor of love, Shakey: Neil Young's Biography. Warmly recommended for all libraries.-Matthew Moyer, Jacksonville P.L., FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780802170132
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/9/2005
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,001,093
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.85 (d)

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