A Year with Swollen Appendices

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Faber & Faber, 1996 - Music - 424 pages
'I've never succeeded in keeping a diary past the 6th of January before (so I know a lot about the early Januaries of my life), but at the end of 1994 I made a resolution to keep one for 1995. When I started I had no intention at all of publishing it. It wasn't until mid-October that I started to think that, with its mishmash of ideas, observations, admirations, speculations and grumbles, I might be able to make it a book. The diary also covers four recording projects caught at different times in their evolution. The project with James (whose 'Laid' and 'Wah Wah' albums I'd produced two years earlier); the David Bowie project which became 'Outside the Passengers' record; a collaboration between members of U2 and myself with occasional visitors. And 'Spinner', which was based on a soundtrack I'd made for Derek Jarman's last film. Of course, a lot of these entries were written after a day's work, and workdays can be good or bad. The good ones produce a glow of congratulation, the bad ones a frenzy of recrimination. As a result some of my best friends - those people with whom I work most closely - occasionally come in for my grumblings. I assume they'll ignore them as usual.' Brian Eno

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Perhaps my favorite of all books. Eno will have you THINKing about art, music, technology, society, wars, art museums, the business side of entertainment, and just about everything else. Read full review

About the author (1996)

Mark Prendergast, born in Dublin, has written about classical music and rock for newspapers, journals, and magazines worldwide. Now resident in London, his "Ambient Century" is the culmination of two decades listening with 'all gates open'.
Brian Eno is a celebrated and innovative musician, producer, composer, and visual artist. He has produced albums for such legendary musical artists as U2, Talking Heads, and David Bowie, as well as recorded and played along with the Velvet Underground, John Cale, and Television. His solo experiments in the albums "Music For Films" and "Music for Airports," among others, have established him as a pioneer of ambient music. Brian Eno remains true to his passion for ever-shifting musical styles and experimentation.

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