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The Smiths: Meat Is Murder (33 1/3 Series)

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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.

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"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

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

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

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"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

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

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"Passionate, obsessive, and smart." Nylon

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

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"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

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This title is one of many in a series of books which focus on epic albums of our time. Here, Joe Pernice looks at The Smith's album Meat is Murder.

Synopsis:

A Catholic high school near Boston in 1985. A time of suicides, gymnasium humiliations, smoking for beginners, asthma attacks, and incendiary teenage infatuations. Infatuations with a girl (Allison), with a band (The Smiths) and with an album, Meat is Murder, that was so raw, so vivid and so melodic that you could cling to it like a lifeboat in a storm.<br/><br/>Excerpt<br/>One morning as I was jogging my way past the bronze plaque commemorating the deaths of one student and one motorcyclist, my necktie flapping like a windsock, Ray floored the brake pedal of his Dodge as he closed in on me. Fifty mile an hour traffic came to a screeching, nearly murderous halt behind him. He leaned over and rolled down the passenger side window in one fluid motion. He dispensed with formalities while I marveled at the audacity of his driving and, tossing something at me, winked and said, "Here. I'm going to kill myself." He pegged the gas, leaving a surprisingly good patch of rubber for such a shitty car. In the gutter, sugared with sand put down during the winter's last snow, I saw written in red felt ink on masking tape stuck to a smoky-clear cassette: "Smiths: Meat.">

About the Author

Joe Pernice is the singer-songwriter behind The Pernice Brothers. His previous band was The Scud Mountain Boys, and he has also recorded under the name Chappaquiddick Skyline. He runs his own record label and has also published a book of poetry.

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markslaughtered, June 20, 2008 (view all comments by markslaughtered)
I began the 33 1/3 series when I picked up the Meat Is Murder edition. I always found the Smiths to be interesting, dark and amusing but reading Pernice's take on the album I found myself realizing that we do this same thing with other albums from our past before IPOD's and mix cd's. They bring back a time and place from our youth and memories of unrequited whatever. It also forced me to listen more closely to the album never realizing that what I was hearing at the end of the album was the sound of a bone saw slicing flesh and bones of animals! Very clever take on how to write a review too. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and came to appreciate the Smith's music a bit more as a result. It also made me search the rest of the 33 1/3 series for something as entertaining as Pernice's take and, as usual that search has gone...unrequited.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780826414946
Author:
Pernice, Joe
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Author:
Pernice, Joseph T.
Location:
New York
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Rock
Subject:
Rock
Subject:
Alternative
Subject:
Smiths (Musical group)
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Rock
Subject:
Alternative & Indie
Subject:
Music-Popular Performers
Subject:
Music-Rock History
Subject:
Popular Culture
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
33 1/3
Series Volume:
248
Publication Date:
20030931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
110
Dimensions:
6.58 x 4.74 x 0.3 in

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Product details 110 pages Libri - English 9780826414946 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 title is one of many in a series of books which focus on epic albums of our time. Here, Joe Pernice looks at The Smith's album Meat is Murder.
"Synopsis" by ,
A Catholic high school near Boston in 1985. A time of suicides, gymnasium humiliations, smoking for beginners, asthma attacks, and incendiary teenage infatuations. Infatuations with a girl (Allison), with a band (The Smiths) and with an album, Meat is Murder, that was so raw, so vivid and so melodic that you could cling to it like a lifeboat in a storm.<br/><br/>Excerpt<br/>One morning as I was jogging my way past the bronze plaque commemorating the deaths of one student and one motorcyclist, my necktie flapping like a windsock, Ray floored the brake pedal of his Dodge as he closed in on me. Fifty mile an hour traffic came to a screeching, nearly murderous halt behind him. He leaned over and rolled down the passenger side window in one fluid motion. He dispensed with formalities while I marveled at the audacity of his driving and, tossing something at me, winked and said, "Here. I'm going to kill myself." He pegged the gas, leaving a surprisingly good patch of rubber for such a shitty car. In the gutter, sugared with sand put down during the winter's last snow, I saw written in red felt ink on masking tape stuck to a smoky-clear cassette: "Smiths: Meat.">
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