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  • Title: Guided by Voices: A Brief History: Twenty-One Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock and Roll
  • Author: James Greer Steven Soderbergh
  • ISBN: 9780802170132
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Paperback

  • 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 sungGuided 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.
    James Greer Steven Soderbergh
    James Greer, one of the nimblest and most multilayered American fiction writers, has, with his latest novel The Failure, pulled off a sublime and shivery smooth literary hat trick cum emotional gotcha I defy anyone to come up with an equation to explain how this book s first impression as a ridiculously clever, funny crime story can gradually disclose a metanovel built from far encyclopedic scratch only to reveal upon its conclusion a central, overriding thought so heartfelt literally it trembles your lower lip This is one stunning piece of work Dennis Cooper, author of Ugly Man James Greer s The Failure is such an unqualified success, both in conception and execution, that I have grave doubts he actually wrote it Steven Soderbergh Greer has done it again a big city, techno jargon filled thrill ride with slick medium brow drop references to our once shared mythological hometown What could be poignant Robert Pollard, rock musician How do you assess if your life has been a success For starters, take time and turn it on its head You ll first need to find its head Luckily, James Greer s novel The Failure will help it s a brainy, boisterous, unsettling, and unsettled look at a group of people thrust into the most confounding of existences, complete with petty crime, high science, love, sex, and cars The narrative winds and darts, gleefully uncooperative The characters have funny names and sometimes funny existences Still, you will recognize them They are us Ben Greenman, author of Please Step Back


    Commentaires:

    Patrick
    Another bio of one of my all-time favorite bands that is lacking in some way. It seems like they filled the 300 pages without really saying anything. I want to know what makes Pollard tick, damn it! And don't just tell me "Budweiser."

    Ryan Blacketter
    This book on Bob Pollard is a crass, brilliant, occasionally slurry, ego-fueled drinking party. Loved it.

    B
    GBV GBV GBV!

    Ron
    GBV fans will be delighted to learn such little gems as that Bob began to think rock was evil before converting to the religion of Devo, that Titus was a street where he lived and Needmore (which seemed to be a funny joke of a publishing company) the street behind it, that Giant Steps was a math game Bob used in school, and that Big Daddy was actually Bob's son's pet rooster. They will also be dismayed to learn that their musical hero was/is a full blown narcissist and that he and the band exhib [...]

    Chris
    Hunting Accidents is essential reading for uber-fans of Robert Pollard. Any let's be honest, is there any other kind of fan of Uncle Bob? This brief history of the eccentric and prolific songwriter gives us an inside look at his creative process as well as his personal life. James Greer is a former bassist for Guided By Voices, so he has a unique and invaluable perspective on Bob the person as well as the musician. That being said, Greer's writing is hit or miss, and sometimes he lingers too lon [...]

    Amy
    All the same information just told straight instead of trying to be so darn kooky would have made this 4 stars. Got this because Pollard explains meanings of his songs in it. Probably the best part of the whole thing too.

    Alex Aguilar
    disclaimer: i jam hard on GBVi pretty much agree with the other 3-star reviews. it feels like a schleppy book about (prolificity aside) schleppy rock bros. which i'm cool with them being that, and the idea of the feeling of the book mirroring that for funsies, but after a certain point it just ended up coming off as lazy to me. i dunno. wished there was a little more tobin sprout.

    Alex
    Good book, but it's written with the tone of someone who would've written for SPIN in the 2000's (which James Greer did): kind of excessive adulation for its subject matter, with a sense of self-importance in their adulation ("it's only because they're the best band in the universe", kind of like that) and I guess as a result of that it's maybe too apologetic at times? It also functions basically as a Robert Pollard biography, since all of the other members are given second priority, if that, to [...]

    molly
    I'd recommend this for GBV fans. It's good for at least a skim through. I got a kick out of the fact that their first EP was recorded less than three miles from where I grew up in the 'burbs of Northern Kentucky. How cool would it have been to run into them then and had some beers, course I would have been 7 but, whatever. The discography in the back of not only GBV albums but solo and side projects as well is extensive and quite useful. I liked that. I also liked the chapter of notes by Bob on [...]

    Vanessa
    I enjoyed learning more about the GbV story because I love them. The subject was interesting but the books lost points in the writing. Some parts were confusing because of the way things were worded. In other parts the author would jump from one subject to another random subject for seemingly no reason without tying it together. The author would often make attempts at jokes or sarcasm that was either inappropriate or just not funny. I mean, I think I get what he was going for but it didn't work. [...]

    Jon
    This book should be a delight to all the GBV obsessed. Even has some wonderful band member flow charts and a discography (including side projects and even some of the bigger bootlegs) in the back. Answers many questions and reveals Robert Pollard's songwriting process (most everything in his lyrics comes from his personal life, friends, etc. and it's really not as cryptic as it appears). Being written by an ex-band member you can also trust in the knowledge.

    Luke
    Well-meant, but totally useless book. Extremely self- and Bob Pollard-indulgent. And I'm telling you this as a fervent admirer of Guided by Voices. I thought this book would help me as a latecomer to GBV, but it's kind of unreadable. One chapter has Pollard's annotations to some songs. This part was cool. Otherwise, couldn't get thru a single chapter.

    Meagan
    Here's the rare rock and roll book where the discography at the back doesn't feel like filler (oh thank you, I really needed this chronological list of all the Swedish import B-sides) and is instead an invaluable resource. Though one that already needs updating. This book has all of the joy of Guided By Voices without the inconvenience of some drunk guy yakking on your shoes. Cheers!

    Chris Pinner
    A solid if occasionally a little-too-stylistically-obsessed bio of the Dayton OH band. Bob's story behind Teenage FBI is obvious bullshit, but adorable. The only minor ruining of the book is the reunion of GbV in 2010 or so that makes this book's aura of finality a bit misleading, but that is OK. Everything about GbV ends up being misleading anyhow.

    Jeffrey Bumiller
    If you're the kind of person who spends 2+ months agonizing over making the perfect two disc Guided by Voices mix CD and finally completes it only to realize you left off Office of Hearts or Always Crush Me, or (insert fav track here), then you're gonna wanna read this book if you haven't already.

    Chris Bernhardt
    Being from (near) Dayton and a GBV fan, I was delighted when I saw this in the public library. Not well written but you can fly through it and learn everything you will ever want to know about Robert Pollard and his drinking habits. Kim Deal details included. Fun bw photos included. Highly entertaining.

    Jean Bosh
    At times, Greer sounds like a too-reverent fan boy.However, having played in GBV for a brief period (who hasn't played in GBV for a brief period?), Greer is close enough to Bob and his pals to give all the hilarious stories, inside jokes, relevant background, and memorable Bobspeak that all of us GBV-obsessed robot boys have been learning to hunt.

    Rick Sanders
    The author makes clear that there was a distinction between Pollard's music (beautiful, heartfelt) and personality (crass, macho). I guess the author can't be faulted for describing Pollard's behavior, but it gets hard to read. Like smoking in the boys room, it's cool for a couple minutes but then it gets nauseating.

    Greg
    One day this band, and Robert Pollard in particular, will get the acclaim they deserve. And maybe the book they deserve too. Sadly it will probably be after they’ve long gone. Until then, this does a good job while it lasts and has some great stories, but ultimately it leaves you wanting something more substantial.

    Jeff
    I was left wanting more classic Robert Pollard stories. It does come with the best Robert Pollard quotemething along the lines that the secret to pissing sitting down from a car is the relaxation of the asshole.

    Dan
    An easy read, though probably interesting for fans only.

    Will
    Great book if you are a fan of GBV. Could of used a little more insight into how Bob became such a great lyricist. Kinda jumped from Sports to early GBV and missed where that talent came from.

    Andrew
    Rock on, Bob.

    Matt Macneil
    This was really fun and I read it while really hungover so it was kind of like method-reading.

    Jared Busch
    Like I said before, everything that comes out of Bob Pollard's mouth, including vom, is genius. It's a very well-written and well-documented biography of the best goddamn rock band ever.

    Ian
    Recommended

    Nate Dalgas
    an insider's point of view to the life and times of bob pollard and his band guided by voices.

    Jhyle
    It was a really great read. It really made me want to drink beer and start a band.

    Kendra Hoffman
    One of the best books about one of the best bandsis will always be a favorite.

    Christian Schultz
    Anecdotes are almost all you'll get. If that sounds fun, enjoy.

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