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Beck: The Art of Mutationby Nevin Martell
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In 1993, a quirky California boy named Beck burst onto the scene with the irony warped anthem "Loser." 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. This insightful portrait explores Beck's unorthodox childhood, his rise to fame, and his impact 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 1970 to a Warhol Superstar mother and a bluegrass musician father, Beck spent his adolescence recording audio oddities and learning to strum old blues songs on a pawn shop guitar — planting the seed for his critically acclaimed outings Mellow Gold, Odelay, Mutations, and Midnite Vultures. Mixing funk, folk R&B, soul, hip-hop, and rock 'n' roll intoa 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
Beck Hansen has traveled light years since his debut single, "Loser", took Western culture by storm in 1994. This is an in-depth, all-access exploration of the man's life, art, history and music by veteran music author Martell. Photos.
Includes discography (p. 107-126), videography (p. 127), directory of Web sites (p. 128), and bibliographical references (p. 129-134).
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