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PJ Harvey: Rid of Me: A Story (33 1/3 Series)

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Publisher Comments:

Rid of Me joins Music From Big Pink by John Niven and Meat is Murder by Joe Pernice as one of three fictional titles in the 33 1/3 Series, and tells the story of Kathleen and Mary, two women who find themselves alone in a house in the middle of the dark, forbidden forest that borders their depressed valley town. Amidst a dramatic natural setting, they negotiate their freedom, their pasts, their survival, and each other. Rid of Me is a story of escape and desire, violence and gender, landscape, family, and memory. It's a twisted fairy tale, a queer dystopia/utopia, and a lyrical exploration of kidnapping, dreams, murder, sex, revenge, and love.

Kate Schatz's Rid of Me is at once a wholly original work of fiction and an innovative meditation on one writer's relationship to an album. The album in question is PJ Harvey's 1993 recording Rid of Me, a release noted again and again for its raw sound, dark lyrics, and unabashed presentation of female sexuality, desire, and rage. In her prologue, Schatz states that the book is "not about Rid of Me, but because of it" and the book's 14 chapters (one for each song on the album) use the lyrics, moods, images, and characters to create something entirely different, yet intimately connected to the music.

Review:

"It was only a matter of time before a clever publisher realized that there is an audience for whom Exile on Main Street or Electric Ladyland are as significant and worthy of study as The Catcher in the Rye or Middlemarch. The series... is freewheeling and eclectic, ranging from minute rock-geek analysis to idiosyncratic personal celebration." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Ideal for the rock geek who thinks liner notes just aren't enough." Rolling Stone

Review:

"One of the coolest publishing imprints on the planet." Bookslut

Review:

"These are for the insane collectors out there who appreciate fantastic design, well-executed thinking, and things that make your house look cool. Each volume in this series takes a seminal album and breaks it down in startling minutiae. We love these. We are huge nerds." Vice

Review:

"A brilliant series... each one a word of real love." NME

Review:

"Passionate, obsessive, and smart." Nylon

Review:

"Religious tracts for the rock 'n' roll faithful." Uncut

Review:

"We... aren't naive enough to think that we're your only source for reading about music (but if we had our way... watch out). For those of you who really like to know everything there is to know about an album, you'd do well to check out Continuum's 33 1/3 series of books." Pitchfork

Synopsis:

This book's collection of stories are dark and seductive in their portrayals of women, kidnapping, love, sex, isolation and power. Musically, apt comparisons have been made to everything from Beefheart and Patti Smith to Delta Blues and Celtic punk. But lyrically and emotionally, Rid of Me encompasses the gothic horror of Shirley Jackson and Poe, the confessional pain of Plath, the carnality of NiN, and the sardonic wit of Dorothy Parker.

Synopsis:

33 1/3 is a series of short books about a wide variety of albums, by artists ranging from James Brown to the Beastie Boys. Launched in September 2003, the series now contains over 50 titles and is acclaimed and loved by fans, musicians and scholars alike.

Synopsis:

<span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">Rid of Me </span>joins <span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">Music From Big Pink</span> by John Niven and <span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">Meat is Murder</span> by Joe Pernice as one of three fictional titles in the 33 1/3 Series, and tells the story of Kathleen and Mary, two women who find themselves alone in a house in the middle of the dark, forbidden forest that borders their depressed valley town. Amidst a dramatic natural setting, they negotiate their freedom, their pasts, their survival, and each other. <span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">Rid of Me</span> is a story of escape and desire, violence and gender, landscape, family, and memory. It's a twisted fairy tale, a queer dystopia/utopia, and a lyrical exploration of kidnapping, dreams, murder, sex, revenge, and love. <br/><br/>Kate Schatz's <span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">Rid of Me</span> is at once a wholly original work of fiction and an innovative meditation on one writer's relationship to an album. The album in question is PJ Harvey's 1993 recording <span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">Rid of Me</span>, a release noted again and again for its raw sound, dark lyrics, and unabashed presentation of female sexuality, desire, and rage. In her prologue, Schatz states that the book is "not about <span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">Rid of Me</span>, but because of it" and the book's 14 chapters (one for each song on the album) use the lyrics, moods, images, and characters to create something entirely different, yet intimately connected to the music. <br/>>

About the Author

Kate Schatz is a writer, editor, and teacher whose fiction and essays have been published in Denver Quarterly, West Branch, Bitch!, Kitchen Sink Magazine, and BlitheHouse Quarterly, among othes. Kate received her MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University and won the John Hawkes Memorial Prize in Fiction and the Francis Mason Harris Prize. She's a co-founder and editor of The Encyclopedia Project, a five-volume book series that publishes new writing and visual art. She lives in Oakland, CA, with her boyfriend, their dog Buzz, and their cat Stevie Nicks.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826427786
Author:
Schatz, Kate
Publisher:
Continuum
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Rock
Subject:
Music-Rock History
Subject:
Rock
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
33 1/3
Series Volume:
48
Publication Date:
July 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
6.51 x 5.36 x 0.34 in

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Product details 128 pages Continuum International Publishing Group - English 9780826427786 Reviews:
"Review" by , "It was only a matter of time before a clever publisher realized that there is an audience for whom Exile on Main Street or Electric Ladyland are as significant and worthy of study as The Catcher in the Rye or Middlemarch. The series... is freewheeling and eclectic, ranging from minute rock-geek analysis to idiosyncratic personal celebration."
"Review" by , "Ideal for the rock geek who thinks liner notes just aren't enough."
"Review" by , "One of the coolest publishing imprints on the planet."
"Review" by , "These are for the insane collectors out there who appreciate fantastic design, well-executed thinking, and things that make your house look cool. Each volume in this series takes a seminal album and breaks it down in startling minutiae. We love these. We are huge nerds."
"Review" by , "A brilliant series... each one a word of real love."
"Review" by , "Passionate, obsessive, and smart."
"Review" by , "Religious tracts for the rock 'n' roll faithful."
"Review" by , "We... aren't naive enough to think that we're your only source for reading about music (but if we had our way... watch out). For those of you who really like to know everything there is to know about an album, you'd do well to check out Continuum's 33 1/3 series of books."
"Synopsis" by , This book's collection of stories are dark and seductive in their portrayals of women, kidnapping, love, sex, isolation and power. Musically, apt comparisons have been made to everything from Beefheart and Patti Smith to Delta Blues and Celtic punk. But lyrically and emotionally, Rid of Me encompasses the gothic horror of Shirley Jackson and Poe, the confessional pain of Plath, the carnality of NiN, and the sardonic wit of Dorothy Parker.
"Synopsis" by , 33 1/3 is a series of short books about a wide variety of albums, by artists ranging from James Brown to the Beastie Boys. Launched in September 2003, the series now contains over 50 titles and is acclaimed and loved by fans, musicians and scholars alike.
"Synopsis" by ,
<span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">Rid of Me </span>joins <span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">Music From Big Pink</span> by John Niven and <span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">Meat is Murder</span> by Joe Pernice as one of three fictional titles in the 33 1/3 Series, and tells the story of Kathleen and Mary, two women who find themselves alone in a house in the middle of the dark, forbidden forest that borders their depressed valley town. Amidst a dramatic natural setting, they negotiate their freedom, their pasts, their survival, and each other. <span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">Rid of Me</span> is a story of escape and desire, violence and gender, landscape, family, and memory. It's a twisted fairy tale, a queer dystopia/utopia, and a lyrical exploration of kidnapping, dreams, murder, sex, revenge, and love. <br/><br/>Kate Schatz's <span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">Rid of Me</span> is at once a wholly original work of fiction and an innovative meditation on one writer's relationship to an album. The album in question is PJ Harvey's 1993 recording <span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">Rid of Me</span>, a release noted again and again for its raw sound, dark lyrics, and unabashed presentation of female sexuality, desire, and rage. In her prologue, Schatz states that the book is "not about <span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">Rid of Me</span>, but because of it" and the book's 14 chapters (one for each song on the album) use the lyrics, moods, images, and characters to create something entirely different, yet intimately connected to the music. <br/>>
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