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Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs

A Field Guide (33 1/3)

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Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group

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Language:English | Number of Pages: 157 | Format: Paperback

Isbn-10: 0826419259 | Isbn-13: 9780826419255 | Publish date: 

Category: Music

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Book Description
This is a fully illustrated oral history of the Magnetic Fields' 1999 triple album, "69 Love Songs" - an album that was afforded "classic" status by many almost as soon as it was released. LD Beghtol's book is chatty, incestuous, funny, dark, digressive, sexy, maddening, and delightful in equal measures. It documents a vital and influential scene from the inside, involving ukuleles and tears, citations and footnotes, analogue drum machines, floods of cognac, and a family tree, and, oh, a crossword puzzle too. The centre of the book is the secret history of these tuneful, acerbic, and sometimes heartbreaking songs of old love, new love, lost love, punk rock love, gay love, straight love, experimental music love, true love, blue love, and the utter lack of love that fill the album - as told by participants, fans, imitators, naysayers, and others. It also includes studio anecdotes, a glossary, performance notes from the full album shows in New York and London, rare and unpublished images, personal memorabilia, and much much more.
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    This book makes me thing of three things:


    1. LD Beghtol is extremely pretentious, which isn’t always a bad thing


    2. This book could have used a strong editor


    3. It contained a lot of nerdy Mag Fields facts


    Now I know that Stephin Merritt instructed the rest of the band ...continue

    This book makes me thing of three things:

    1. LD Beghtol is extremely pretentious, which isn’t always a bad thing

    2. This book could have used a strong editor

    3. It contained a lot of nerdy Mag Fields facts

    Now I know that Stephin Merritt instructed the rest of the band that “It’s A Crime” was recorded with the phrase “Swedish reggae” constantly in mind, and that there’s a staggering number of statistics web-sites available solely built because some listeners of “69 Love Songs” were…a little too interested.

    End result: cool for music trivia trainspotters like myself, but extremely demanding considering Beghtol’s pretentious style of writing and collating stats.

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