New paperback. Some shelf wear and marks on cover.
Format: Paperback, 136p
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Trade
In 1993, a quirky California boy by the name of Beck burst onto the scene with the irony-warped anthem "Loser," a song that seemed to encapsulate his generation. Ironically, he has since earned a reputation as one of the most innovative, stylish, and vital recording artists of our time?selling millions of records in the United States alone, heading up numerous Album of the year lists, and taking home a few Grammys and MTV spacemen to boot. This insightful portrait of Beck explores his unorthodox childhood, his rise to fame, and the dramatic impact his artistry has had on the landscape of contemporary music.
When Odelay hit shelves in the summer of 1996, it was clear this eccentric young man was a musical force to be reckoned with. Born Bek David Campbell in Los Angeles in 1970, he boasted a diverse family tree?a Warhol Superstar mother, a bluegrass musician father, and an acclaimed artist grandfather. An adolescence spent laying down audio oddities on any recording device he could find and learning to strum old blues songs on a pawn shop guitar paved the way for such critically acclaimed outings as Mellow Gold, Odelay, Mutations, and Midnight Vultures. Mixin' and matchin' funk, folk, R&B, soul, hip-hop, and rock 'n' roll into a heady sonic cocktail, Beck has crafted a singular sound that is as hard to pin down as it is recognizable.
Exploring his musical history, live performances, and recording sessions?and featuring a complete discography that includes hard-to-find collaborations and appearances?this is a comprehensive and fascinating look at the inimitable and ever-evolving Beck.
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