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The Stranglers: Song by Song 1974-1990 (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Illustriert, 30. November 2001

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The Stranglers outlasted and outsold virtually every other band of their era, recording ten hit albums and releasing 21 Top 40 singles. Their hits, including Golden Brown, No More Heroes and Always The Sun, were written against a background of spectacular success, dismal failure, drug dependency, financial ruin, infighting and misfortune. Understandably, the band have been loath to reveal the true meaning behind their songs, instead revelling in the mystery and confusion they created. As a response to David Buckley's one-sided biography of the band ("No Mercy", Hodder & Stoughton, 1997), Hugh Cornwell, founding member and songwriter, is determined to set the record straight, displace the myths and explain for the first time the real stories behind The Stranglers, his departure and the origins of all their songs.

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A Brilliant Exposition 6. Juli 2002
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If only other composers did this: write a book about just what they meant and what they were doing. Yet it's a safe bet others in the business, a trade given to Tommy Lees and J-Los, couldn't possibly handle it as well, and with the humor and respectful reflection in this book. Hugh Cornwell is a smart man, a former doctoral candidate and teacher. Herein he takes us through his fifteen years with the Stranglers, documents what they were trying to say and why, and informs us just who Dagenham Dave is (was, actually). His reflections on the band's personalities are quite interesting. Dave Greenfield NEVER heard Ray Manzarek before joining the band. (Really.) Jet was in jazz bands. And JJ Burnel is a born joiner (from karate classes to the Hell's Angels to the Mishima crowd). All in all, you'll never get this information elsewhere--and never as well written and with such heart.
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Excellent Stranglers Historical Document 19. Juni 2002
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While it's true this is only for the ardent Stranglers fan (i.e.--one who has followed them through any period containing Hugh Cornwell), many of the stories regarding the punk zeitgeist and tenor of the period in regards to the band's dealings with chart success, record companies, producers and the British press bring a fresh take to the well-documented punk era, and all that followed in its wake.
Though the interviewer tends to over-involve himself at times (opinions, lack of basic studio knowledge, etc.), he keeps the ball rolling with pointed questions and in-depth discussions of seemingly minute details; most often guiding Cornwell to other interesting points. One such item involves the "MenInBlack" theme in which the band entrenched themselves in the period '79-'80. You get not only the Cornwell explanation of the phenomena, but his personal views, why the band was so interested, yada yada yada...
A very impressive aspect of the book is the overall message that The Stranglers were never totally meshed-in with what is generally considered the "Punk" idea. While most groups were more concerned with looking the part or getting their rocks off, Cornwell and the boys appear quite conscious of their place among the UK music industry. There is much talk of chart positions, commerciiality, calculated structuring of songs and albums, record company pressures, and much more in that vein. These guys were professionals. Music was their job. They ran a business, and Song By Song details the growth and dissipation of The Stranglers as a commercial outfit.
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the real story - 14. Dezember 2003
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In his own words, Cornwell tells us what was really behind those great Stranglers tracks. Far better than the other Stranglers book 'No Mercy', which was more concerned with the trivial and mundane. Hugh tells us what the songs meant, what was going on and how he felt at the time. Clearly shows Hugh was the key player in the Stranglers success and deserves his place in rock history. Buy it!
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Need more like this 9. August 2013
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I really wish more songwriters would sit down and do this.

Sometimes you listen to a song, make an interpretation in your own head as to what it's about and rarely do you ever find out it it's right or wrong.

In this book Hugh sits down and discusses each song - sometimes at some length, and many times after not listening to it for years. For me, this was really interesting and made me want to revisit all my Stranglers albums... and my youth but that's another matter.

I'd definitely recommend this to any fan of the early Stranglers, maybe not so much to the casual fan - although there's nothing to stop you from using this as a reference guide to look up just the songs you like.

I really liked that it was written chronologically and split up by album and that the conversational style often let the story wander slightly off topic and gave you an insight into the workings of the band at the time. The story about looping tape around pencils in the studio to create a longer drumloop was a real eye-opener - I had no idea... and where else would I have found out.

Well worth my $ and my time reading.
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A great Band Song By Song! 5. April 2003
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I really enjoyed this overview of The Stranglers song catalog, As told by Hugh Cornwell. I thought it might be dry and sort of boring in some respects, but I was thankfully Wrong! I found myself re-exploring songs and albums from a new jumping off point. Hugh speaks in actual musical terms, he addresses lyrical content, inspirations, as well as the cultural world of Music while they were being created. I have loved this band for so long so I was thrilled to see this book available in America. Never just another Punk Band, The Stranglers should be part of your Life, like they were part of Hugh's, and mine!
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