Ever wondered what Tim Farron thought of NWA’s Straight Outta Compton, or maybe what J K Rowling made of the Violent Femmes? Maybe you’ve harboured a secret desire to learn Richard Osman’s views on Roxy’s For Your Pleasure, or Ian Rankin’s on Madonna’s first album? If so, then this is your perfect book!
Based on the blog of the same name, this crowd funded book has a simple but very Afterwordish premise: choose a well known person, send them a ‘classic’ album they never got round to hearing, get them to listen to it three times and then put their thoughts down on paper.
The book contains some of he best bits from the blog, as well as a smattering of new material. Each album has a fairly comprehensive introduction by the author, before getting into the meat of the piece, which is of course the guest reviewer’s thoughts – why they never bothered with the album before, and what they make of it on hearing it now. Mostly these views are quite insightful, even witty at times, but always very engaging. There are twenty three pieces here, all reasonably brief, ten or a dozen pages each, so if you’re finding a particular one a bit of a bore it’s not long till you’re on to the next album. If I had a criticism, it’s that the author’s sections are sometimes a little too long, while the guests’ contributions are rather too brief.
Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the book overall. Its format makes it easy to dip in and out of when you’ve got a bit of spare time, and there’s some very interesting album choices put forward. I think the concept will certainly grab the attention of plenty of Afterworders, and it’s very well executed. Give it a try – it’s well worth it!
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Quirky music review books and blogs.
One thing you’ve learned
Chris Addison isn’t that keen on What’s Going On and Danny Finkelstein isn’t that struck on The Velvet Underground either.