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This is the album that sent a shockwave of empowerment through the nation's cultural underground. In 1985, Olympia, Washington band Beat Happening released their eponymous debut of lo-fi pop songs on K Records and challenged every conception held about music. At the center of the group was the enigmatic Calvin Johnson and his revolutionary vision of artistic creation. His foresight and industriousness allowed him to recruit to the K Records roster other free-spirited artists like Beck, Modest Mouse, and Built to Spill long before they gained widespread acclaim.

This book, structured in abecedarian fashion, breaks down the fundamental components that defined Beat Happening's self-titled album. With a foreword by Phil Elverum, it's organized in a light-hearted yet incisive format, each of the book's chapters details a particular facet of the record-band members, historic shows, recording sessions, songs, and ideologies-parts reflecting the album as a whole. These alphabetic ingredients constitute a recipe book for feeding your creative spirit.

Here is the story of a band that popularized do-it-yourself projects and home recording with four-track tape machines decades before the digital revolution would extend an open hand to garage bands everywhere. This is the story of musical pioneers. This is Beat Happening.


I actually saw their first performance. It was in somebody's kitchen, and Calvin jumped up and started performing on somebody's kitchen top. I thought from the first moment I heard their stuff that he had a very unique take on punk ... It was really quirky and really affected, but they were the ultimate DIY band. They had two instruments, which they borrowed - they didn't even own the instruments - and they never rehearsed ... So here's this band who don't own instruments, don't rehearse, they didn't even pay for their own records, and yet their first album is being honoured in the book series 33 1/3. You've got the Ramones, Michael Jackson, the Beatles . oh, and Beat Happening ... I think that Beat Happening got the respect they deserved ... It was them going: 'We are punk. This is who we are. We're not going to conform or change what we do based on peer pressure.' Gwilym Mumford The Guardian


Structured in abecedarian fashion, this installment of the 33 1/3 series breaks down the fundamental components that defined Beat Happening's self-titled album.


Auteur Bryan C. Parker

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GTIN 9781628929270

Date de publication 27.10.2015

Langues Anglais

Nombre de pages 184

Type de produit Livre de Poche

Dimension 165 x 135 x 10  mm

Poids du produit 175 g

Beat Happening's Beat Happening

Bryan C. Parker

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