New Stranglers book coming next year

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Re: New Stranglers book coming next year

Post by Ravenette » 22 Oct 2014, 18:05

Oh good, running out of reading material for the bathroom visits...
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Re: New Stranglers book coming next year

Post by iain » 22 Oct 2014, 19:00

These essential books I have purchased are piling up now. Must get round to reading them one day...
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Re: New Stranglers book coming next year

Post by T.F.P.R.H.G » 22 Oct 2014, 20:06

Ravenette wrote:Oh good, running out of reading material for the bathroom visits...
may i just point out reading on the bog is a disgusting habit.
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Re: New Stranglers book coming next year

Post by Dom P » 22 Oct 2014, 20:39

Reading the first blog, I think Mr Knight has made some questionable assumptions here! He's either missed the point of the Stranglers lyrics or.. er... it's over my head!
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Re: New Stranglers book coming next year

Post by MiB81 » 23 Oct 2014, 09:38

Bobinblack wrote:...

Has anyone noticed any mention of the band's MUSIC btw?
er, yes, from the first link :oops:
" Using their savagely under-celebrated songs as a dark prism for the decline of the West, Phil Knight constructs a gripping entertainment for the mind that will convince even anti-fans that The Stranglers were the crucial band of their era"
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Re: New Stranglers book coming next year

Post by Bobinblack » 23 Oct 2014, 11:04

That'll learn me to take such things more seriously then :smt003

Erm which link please?
'Peaches - A Chronicle of The Stranglers from 1974 to 1990', out 2014 on Soundcheck Books.

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Re: New Stranglers book coming next year

Post by Burn e 77 » 23 Oct 2014, 11:20

A quote from Mr Phil Knight's rather good blog, regarding the Stranglers misogyny:

"Instead of having a whole lotta love the stranglers gape into the Mersey Tunnel equipped with only a sausage. Flaccid and and post-coital rather than priapic and anticipatory"

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Re: New Stranglers book coming next year

Post by Bag Lady » 23 Oct 2014, 12:19

Bobinblack wrote:That'll learn me to take such things more seriously then :smt003

Erm which link please?
The very first one in this thread: http://www.zero-books.net/books/strangled

The quote comes from the "reviews and endorsements" section at the end.

From the blogs I think it will concentrate more on lyrical content than music though. Although this one http://andwhatwillbeleftofthem.blogspot ... sewer.html does yield "Bring On The Nubiles", perhaps still a little bit too strong for daytime Radio 2, depicts an equally implausible pre-pubescent orgy, this time given extra brio by the juddering bass-line and Dave Greenfield’s whooping organ, which almost blows a gasket, like an orgasmatron going into meltdown.
At least I think this refers to music...
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Re: New Stranglers book coming next year

Post by Bobinblack » 23 Oct 2014, 12:37

I hope it does well, the book. I respect anyone who can write intelligently and entertainingly about lyrics and song meanings, I bloody struggle to remember single lines from so many songs :oops:
'Peaches - A Chronicle of The Stranglers from 1974 to 1990', out 2014 on Soundcheck Books.

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Re: New Stranglers book coming next year

Post by theraven1979 » 23 Oct 2014, 19:35

Anyone know Phil? Can we get him on here?

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Re: New Stranglers book coming next year

Post by painter in black » 30 Oct 2014, 10:33

I think, I read somewhere that he went to the same school as JJ?

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Re: New Stranglers book coming next year

Post by Rich » 30 Oct 2014, 16:24

Sounds like an interesting angle for a book on The Stranglers. I will definitely be getting this.

I don't see a whole lot of difference with this from academics dissecting so called 'classic' authors for an English Literature 'O' level. Perceived wisdom is that a certain fraternity of literature 'greats' are the benchmark to strive for. Thats because they are 'powerhouses', and therefore the messages within their scribblings should be taken more seriously, scrutinised more forensically and dissected more keenly. I don't.

I'd rather enjoy a John Cooper Clarke than a Keats, for example.

So is there any less value, from an academic perspective, in doing this for the lyrics (poems?) of a significant player in popular culture during a particular point in history? Those of us who lived through the '70's fully appreciate how completely and utterly different society is today than it was then (and therefore, what possible importance could be attributed to this standpoint/book).

OK, pretentious bollocks, I know.

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