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Beck On Track

Every Album, Every Song

Arthur Lizie
UK retail price: £15.99
US retail price: $22.95

Beck Hansen has enjoyed three decades of success, creating an unprecedented variety of music across a labyrinth of releases that challenge conventions and push pop music boundaries. He’s been individually pigeonholed as folk, anti-folk, lo-fi, alternative, hip-hop, rock, R&B, rap, country, noise, dance-pop, and electronica – by critics of only one album. Mainly, he’s just Beck.

Beck’s free-range approach to music and art was fostered at an early age. His father is a classically trained musician, his mother lived life as art, and his grandfather was a central figure in the experimental Fluxus scene. Beck absorbed these influences, then dropped out of school at age 14 to forge his own path. Just nine years later, he became an ‘overnight success’ with the so-called slacker anthem ‘Loser’.

This book provides meticulous, chronological organization to Beck’s seemingly overwhelming official recorded output, from the indie experimentation of Stereopathetic Soulmanure and One Foot in the Grave, through the commercial and critical heights of Odelay and Morning Phase, and into the mainstream successes of Guero, The Information, and Colors. Along the way, details of more than 300 songs include the expected (‘Where It’s At’), the underappreciated (‘Rental Car’), and the obscure (‘Brandon Nevins’).

The Author

Arthur Lizie is the author of numerous music books, including Prince FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Purple Reign, Prince on Prince, and Neil Young on Neil Young, the latter two both in the popular ‘Interviews and Encounters’ series. His next book is the story of Stevie Wonder told through 11 songs. His most story-worthy rock memory is attending the original Live Aid concert in Philadelphia. He is a professor of communication and lives in the southern suburbs of Boston, USA, perpetually searching for ingredients for the perfect curry.

Number of Pages: 176
Number of colour pictures: 40
ISBN: 9781789522587
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UK retail price: £15.99
US retail price: $22.95


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