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Released when ELP and Elton John were plodding from one packed stadium to the next Radio City was a radical album influenced by records that were already deemed oldies and yet sounding like a lean electrical jolt from the future Here Bruce Eaton examines the key ingredients of Radio City's lasting appeal and through extensive interviews with all of those involved gets to the heart of the cult of Big Star


10 thoughts on “Big Star's Radio City

  1. says:

    I'm a fairly recent Big Star convert I was a huge Teenage Fanclub fan long before I knew who Alex Chilton even was I thought The Replacements had written Alex Chilton about some guy they were friends with who had died somewhere but not in Memphis I discovered September Gurls somewhere down the line and somehow picked up an mp3 of Thirteen But it wasn't until recently that I went a little nuts for Alex ChiltonFor the past month and I can't say what sparked it I've been listening to nothing but Big Star Seriously; nothing else Okay so maybe a Bat For Lashes cover of Kangaroo and The Box Tops but that's all Chilton territory Then I learned that this book was about to be released and I knew it was kismetAnd it's a really enjoyable read The right balance of what it's like to fall in love with an album what goes into making such an album come into existence and in the end what it's like to come to a point when you cast aside musical expectations for pure musical pleasure There is no piece of music in the world that you have to likeEaton's book totally did my new obsession justice If that can be called a review then there you have it I can't help but think now that uoting a line you loved from someone's book is a little like air drumming to their drum solo no?


  2. says:

    This book is notable because of who Eaton talks to in its research including the mercurial Alex Chilton himself and Chilton's answers indicate he didn't care much for Big Star's landmark album But the narration of the recording of the album got bogged down in very technical details so this would probably be fun for someone who's a bigger gear geek than me


  3. says:

    Sort of the classic 33 13 type of book where you get a combination of geek tech talk about the music as well as the focus behind the making of the classic Radio City by greats Big Star The interesting part of the book is the interview with Alex Chilton where he talks about his family and his take on the music world What is brought up is that Chilton is very much like a jazz musician He looks at the material not as something old or new but the approach is very important to him Also it is interesting that he has mixed feelings about this great and classic iconic albumThere is no drama exposed here but for those who love this album and I do there is tons of material on the making of it Sometimes the book is a tad dry but then it serves its purpose greatly Which is a fan's level to a wonderful album


  4. says:

    Eaton's got a good heart and he's got a good understanding of why Radio City is so great he's the first professional writer I've ever seen who's talked about O My Soul like the goddamn rock masterpiece it is What he doesn't have here sadly is a very interesting narrative For this I don't blame him I blame Big Star I mean Eaton is right the reason why Radio City is important is because it sounds great the guitar playing the drumming Chilton's singing etc The only way you can experience these things fully is by well experiencing them; the pleasures of listening to Radio City can't really be captured in words So Eaton's interviews with the band aren't really all that compelling to me Most of the guys can't seem to remember what even happened in the early 70's Chilton is especially perhaps appropriately unsatisfying alternating between wrongheaded criticisms of this his best record and slightly interesting criticisms of his contemporaries the first Led Zeppelin record was when I started to check out though even those recollections are frustratingly hazy and weird All that being said this book probably has the most references to sound engineering per page that I've ever encountered so if you're a real soundhead and you're really really into Radio City you might enjoy Eaton's work than I did


  5. says:

    This is about a 25 rounded up Some great source material tons of interviews with the actual people involved which would probably be enough to make this a four star book for a serious Big Star geek which I'm not But there are some serious problems with the writing and editing The book is riddled with typos and generally subpar writing on the part of the primary author at one point he uses the phrase for most intensive purposes rather than intents and purposes and he just can't seem to get it's vs its straight and the formatting isn't so hot either I understand why they published this author's book as he had access to Chilton and everyone else involved but they really should have taken a firmer hand with the editingOtherwise it's a fine kind of Behind the Music documentary style look into the album and the band but that's my least favorite kind of 33 13 book I like the weird adventurous ones much better It did make me want to give this record close listens than I have up to now though so on that front I suppose it's a success


  6. says:

    This is pretty much exactly what I'm looking for in a 33 13 book An oral history of the making of an album by the people who made it bolstered with some author comment in this case by an author who collaborated musically with one of the main players that doesn't come off too much like reading a wildly speculative grad school dissertation I love that this book gave John Fry the floor even though I'm not nearly sound geek enough to know about things like EMT reverb units or Universal 176 not 1176 compressors but I would like to know about those things and I imagine that this is very appealing information to people who do know about those things so alright then I love that this book isn't too gossipy or Chilton worshipping or Chilton demonizing I love that I bought a book about an album called Radio City and I got a book about an album called Radio City Cheers then But yes 33 13 you need a better copyeditor


  7. says:

    I was really looking forward to this one since I've really grown to love and appreciate Big Star over the years But in the end I'm walking away from it a little disappointed due to two unfortunate decisions by Eaton though I think both came from good intentions First was the decision to go straight to the source I'm thrilled he got so much access to Chilton and the others But that meant that much of the book was presented as an oral history but didn't read smoothly like the best of those do Likely not Eaton's decision but it didn't help that the formatting left it very unclear as to where the uotes ended and Eaton's thoughts began The second was the decision to focus so much on Eaton getting to play with Chilton I mean it's awesome and I don't begrudge it being mentioned but the focus on it for so many pages really skewed the view of Chilton's post Big Star career not to mention that this shouldn't have even been the focus of the book


  8. says:

    I'm a giant Big Star fan and enjoyed reading the interviews with many key players in the Big Star universe and the associated commentary that Bruce Eaton brings but this was hand down the most poorly edited book I've ever read The typos the half baked sentences and the intensive purposes one of those is then enough thanks were so freuent I wondered halfway through if the book was meant to be some sort of Dadaist commentary on the hazy contrasting recollections of events put forth by the band members themselves


  9. says:

    I'm going a little nuts waiting for the new Big Star box sethttpwwwrhinocomstoreProductDet


  10. says:

    This is a solid entry in the 33 13 series It is rather technical and very detailed on the topic of the album's recording and engineering no surprise given Big Star's reputation as a studio band and a fair amount of material was a little over my head but I didn't mind that too much Eaton weaves together an oral history and creates a narrative that flows well I should ualify my review by adding that I'm definitely in the casual listenergenerally curious camp for Big Star rather than a superfan so I'm not sure how much the book adds to the overarching mythos of the band's story