(((O))) Category: Book
This book will tell you one side of the Hey Colossus story, but really it’s not just about HC but about music in general too. Joe is a lively narrator, and casts a world wearied view over the music industry in general.
It fills in little gaps of his musical history while creating more unanswered questions, and this is weirdly more satisfying than having the whole story parked in front of us.
This is an exceptional collection of photographs showing the highs and the lows, the dry and the wet, the pre, post and during gig emotions experienced by that strange and eclectic thing, the festival crowd.
The book, like the music, kindled a fire. I was already hungry. I am hungrier now; to observe, listen, learn, interact, support and create. To be involved and to be heard. To be conscientious, thoughtful, and just. And what more could you want of art than that?
The story of a strange rollercoaster section of a life is so obviously told with a self-deprecating grin throughout, because for all its ups and downs, Porcelain is a very funny book. By Si Forster
‘Don’t Suck, Don’t Die’ is an odd book. Written by Vic Chesnutt’s touring partner and close friend Kristin Hersh, it’s not so much a biography as a very lucid recollection of a few incidents that passed between the two artists, written entirely as a one-sided conversation from Kristin to Vic.
Being just shy of 300 pages, there are inevitably pieces of the post-rock puzzle missing, but Storm Static Sleep in no way makes a claim to be definitive. It does however give a greater understanding of exactly what post-rock is and where it has come from, by intelligently exploring the histories of some of the genre’s most significant and important bands. By Remfrey Dedman