Fool the World: The Oral History of a Band Called Pixies

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Macmillan, Mar 21, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 316 pages
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It's the 1980s and the rock landscape is littered with massive hair, synthesizers, and monster riffs, but there is an alternative being born in the sleepy East of America-we just don't know it yet.
Before the Internet, MTV, and iPods provided far-off music fans with information and communities-and before Nirvana-kids across the world grew up in relative isolation, dependent on mix tapes and self-created art to slowly spread scenes and trends. It was under these conditions that four young musicians found one another in Boston, Massachusetts, and started a band called Pixies.
During their initial seven-year career, Pixies would play some of Europe's most gigantic festivals, keep the press guessing, and cultivate a fervid international fan base hungry for more and more of their unique surf punk. The band worked fast, cranking out four albums at a breakneck pace, but ultimately pressures and personality clashes took their toll: Pixies broke up just as bands were singing their praises as the rock'n'roll innovators.
For twelve years, a Pixies reunion seemed impossible, but a sudden announcement in 2004 proclaimed the unthinkable-Pixies were getting back together. Their extremely successful reunion tour finally gave the group something they'd always lacked in their homeland: proof that their bone-rattling music had left an indelible impact.
Fool the World tells Pixies' story in the words of those who lived it, from the band members to studio owners, from A&R executives, producers, and visual artists who worked with them to admirers of their music, such as Bono, PJ Harvey, Beck, and Perry Farrell. With new cartoons by Trompe Le Monde illustrator Steven Appleby, Fool the World is a complete journey through the life, death, and rebirth of one of the most influential bands of all time.

 

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This oral history of a band that was more famous in death than in life richly details the Pixies├ƒ┬»├‚┬┐├‚┬Ż rise from Boston-club-scene unknowns to influential cult darlings. However, its delivery is ... Read full review

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I'm currently in the middle of reading this excellent interview-based book by Josh Frank, who's original intention was to conduct interviews about the Pixies in hopes of constructing a musical based on Charles "Black Francis" Thompson, the Pixies' lead singer. The project then moved, on the suggestion of Frank's mother, towards a book culled from the numerous interviews Frank did with the members of the Pixies, various recording industry staff (4AD, producers, mixers, recording studio heads, etc.), family, and fellow musicians (especially the very-important-to-the-Pixies-story Throwing Muses). Fool the World becomes a documentary about the Pixies in the literal sense, and what really makes FTW shine are these included third-party observations which bring both the scene (or lack thereof) and band to life. This removes a sense of myopia which most band interviews and their interviewees fall prey to. 

Contents

Putting a Band Together 1985
16
Boston and the Early Days 19851986
24
The Rat Fort Apache and the Scene
37
Gary Smith and The Purple
53
Surfer Rosa 1988
91
Doolittle Days 1989
137
All Over the World 1989
156
Bossanova Bound 1990
172
ln Heaven Everything ls Fine 19921993
221
A P After Pixies 19932004
233
The Reunion 2004
247
Pixies Lasting Impact 2005+
271
Where They Are Now
281
Fun Facts
289
Selected Discography
299
Acknowledgments
305

LE MONDE
189
Touring with U2 1991
210

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About the author (2006)

Josh Frank is a pop culture dramatist. A director, producer, and writer of plays and books, he currently has a number of projects in development. He is twenty-nine years old and lives between Austin, Texas and New York City.

Caryn Ganz is an associate editor at Spin magazine. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Post, Entertainment Weekly, Seattle Weekly, and Mixte. She lives in Manhattan.

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