Manic Street Preachers: Album by Album (Kindle)
In a career that’s spanned thirty-five years and generated fourteen albums, fifty-three singles (two of them UK number ones), four Brit Awards, two Ivor Novellas and inspired literally hundreds of university dissertations, quite a few PhD’s and the odd specialist subject on Mastermind, Manic Street Preachers have become, in the words of their 2011 singles collection, national treasures. The Welsh trio (who, to many, will always be a quartet) have a uniquely intense impact on their fans; educating them as much as they entertain and inspire. This book collects fourteen brand new essays, one for each Manics album, from fourteen different writers from diverse backgrounds, tracing the band’s impact on fans and culture and setting each of their works, from 1992’s Generation Terrorists to 2018’s Resistance Is Futile and beyond, into context. The essays are linked by a detailed month-by-month biography by music critic and Manics fan Marc Burrows (The Guardian, The Quietus, Drowned In Sound), who compiled and edited the book, tracing the band’s development from glamourpuss upstart intellectuals to the elder statesmen of British indie rock, via an era-defining run of hits, an historic trip to Cuba and one vanished genius. Manic Street Preachers: Album by Album includes a complete discography and is sourced from in-depth archival research, making it one of the most comprehensive and detailed works devoted to the band yet compiled.
Manic Street Preachers: Album by Album is a collection of essays, linked by a forensically detailed timeline, detailing the Manics' career. It's also a very personal, often incredibly affecting, catalogue of what the band and their music means to their fans. Sometimes superficial, sometimes searingly moving, fans' memories connected to each album in turn - the losses, the adventures, the discoveries, the fun, the sadness - resonate deeply.NetGalley, Ophelia Sings
The Manics' later albums have escaped me somewhat. You get older, your teenage heroes melt into the background, it happens. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in all of it - from the gigs I remember, to the albums which have passed me by. And yes, I was inspired to play catch up, to see what I've missed, and in a strange way it felt like a small part of me coming home.
This is a glorious book, and a fitting tribute to a band which deserve not to be forgotten, ever. Silly, silly me.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Michelle Coates
Absolute must read for all fans on the group!
Certainly one that kept me entertained and engaged along the way, and one which reminded me quite what a fabulous, ludicrous band they were in that long-lost age of their pomp. And it should go without saying that their best album since Everything Must Go was Journal For Plague Lovers.NetGalley, Alex Sarll
Definitely one for the fans, this is a thoughtful and insightful recounting of the Manic Street Preachers on an album by album basis. Plenty of context and back story to keep the reader interested!NetGalley, Louise Gray