Author:Thom Yorke & Stanley Donwood
What a curious item this very short book is! Stanley Donwood is an old school friend of the Radiohead front man, and designed artwork for the band’s albums around the Kid A/Amnesiac era. The book compiles diary entries, sketches, drafts of lyrics, faxes, notes and general scribblings that the pair exchanged with each other between 1999 and 2000 during the creation of those albums. The two authors do seem to be kindred spirits on the same wavelength, although the text frustratingly doesn’t identify who wrote what, and there is no apparent order in the random way these pieces are sequenced. The most interesting discovery for me was that some lyrics are revealed to be fragments of much longer pieces of writing, which places them in a rather different context at times. Overall, the book veers from emotion to emotion, one piece being black humour, the next having a rather despairing tone at the state of the world, while others have dark and often violent undertones. I think this book, which attempts to give some insight into the creative process, will certainly divide opinions among fans – some will love it while others will perhaps merely shrug their shoulders or roll their eyes.
Length of Read:Short
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
One thing you’ve learned
Definitely one for the committed fan!