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Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD von [Aston, Martin]
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Pressestimmen

4AD get the lavish label history they deserve MOJO

Aston has impressive access to some of rock s most reclusive figures Q

The book is an exquisite reflection of 4AD itself extravagant, atmospheric, and rich in texture and timbre. PITCHFORK

Facing The Other Way represents one of the greatest stories to emerge from rock and roll's modern history DROWNED IN SOUND

The conviction of Aston's storytelling blows dust off the needle so that those records and their often magical beauties are dragged out to be admired once again Compelling stuff MOUTH MAGAZINE

'Martin Aston's 600-page chronicle is a suitable extravagant enterprise' GUARDIAN

A fanatically scholarly account of the definitive art-pop label of the 1980s. THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT"

4AD get the lavish label history they deserve MOJO

Aston has impressive access to some of rock s most reclusive figures Q

The book is an exquisite reflection of 4AD itself extravagant, atmospheric, and rich in texture and timbre. PITCHFORK

Facing The Other Way represents one of the greatest stories to emerge from rock and roll's modern history DROWNED IN SOUND

The conviction of Aston's storytelling blows dust off the needle so that those records and their often magical beauties are dragged out to be admired once again Compelling stuff MOUTH MAGAZINE

'Martin Aston's 600-page chronicle is a suitable extravagant enterprise' GUARDIAN

A fanatically scholarly account of the definitive art-pop label of the 1980s. THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

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'4AD get the lavish label history they deserve' - MOJO

'Aston has impressive access to some of rock's most reclusive figures' - Q

'The book is an exquisite reflection of 4AD itself--extravagant, atmospheric, and rich in texture and timbre.' - PITCHFORK

'Facing The Other Way represents one of the greatest stories to emerge from rock and roll's modern history' - DROWNED IN SOUND

'The conviction of Aston's storytelling blows dust off the needle so that those records and their often magical beauties are dragged out to be admired once again... Compelling stuff' - MOUTH MAGAZINE

'Martin Aston's 600-page chronicle is a suitable extravagant enterprise' - GUARDIAN

"A fanatically scholarly account of the definitive art-pop label of the 1980s." - THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

Kurzbeschreibung

The first official account of the iconic record label.

An NME Book of the Year 2013

A Rough Trade Book of the Year 2013

A Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year 2013

This Mortal Coil, Birthday Party, Bauhaus, Cocteau Twins, Pixies, Throwing Muses, Breeders, Dead Can Dance, Lisa Germano, Kristin Hersh, Belly, Red House Painters.

Just a handful of the bands and artists who started out recording for 4AD, a record label founded by Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent in 1979, a label which went on to be one of the most influential of the modern era.

Combining the unique tastes of Watts-Russell and the striking design aesthetic of Vaughan Oliver, 4AD records were recognisable by their look as much their sound. In this comprehensive account concentrating on the label’s first two decades (up to the point that Watts-Russell left), music journalist Martin Aston explores the fascinating story with unique access to all the key players and pretty much every artist who released a record on 4AD during that time, and to its notoriously reclusive founder.

With a cover designed by Vaughan Oliver this is an essential book for all 4AD fans and anyone who loved the music of that time.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 11835 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 673 Seiten
  • Verlag: The Friday Project; Auflage: Reprint (26. September 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00C0IGPCC
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It Couldn't Happen Again... 15. Juli 2015
Von Joe - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
I grew up a Cocteau Twins fan, so when I came across such a humungous book telling the entire story of Ivo and 4AD, not only did I have to have it immediately, but I was flabbergasted that such a book was ever written in the first place. Are there really that many people out there who love this stuff as much as me?

Guess so. And I assume if you're reading this, you might be one of these fellow freaks.

This is primarily a biography of Ivo, about whom I knew precious little. Now, I know much about this man, his vision, his faults and his baby 4AD. For me, it's a fascinating study in the overlap of eccentricity, mental disorder and artistic productivity. This story isn't always a happy one.

The story of my fave Cocteau Twins also takes up a fairly large chunk of this book. And after reading this, I don't like them as much any more. What immature children they were! I had known that Robin and Liz struggled emotionally, but I romanticized this as what helped them to make such fantastic music. (And it probably did.) But why did they have to be such noncommunicative babies with Ivo? Their passive aggressive behavior led to such stupid tensions--it made me so frustrated. For think of what incredible music they could have made had the band survived into the late 1990s--or longer? I wish they could have been mature and made their 4AD relationship last.

But then--I reminded myself as I was reading--they were just kids. Twenty-somethings with an international record label deal, romping on world tours, dealing with marriages, divorces and drug addiction. I can only imagine how I would have behaved had my life been placed on such a trajectory at such a young age.

Kudos to Martin Aston for weaving together a hundred little stories into one. This took some literary dexterity on his part and he did a fantastic job to make this big book fun to read. Aston introduced me to the lions share of other 4AD bands that I had never heard of, and some that I hadn't listened to in forever, like Throwing Muses and Lush for example. I gave so much of this stuff a fresh listen for the first time in a long time and fell in love all over again.

Thanks, Martin Aston!

It seems like this type of record label and what Ivo accomplished was so very radical in the 1980s. And, given the current state of technology and music, it would be near impossible to ever do again. This is the wonderful story of a great artistic adventure: Ivo, the self-made patron. 'Facing The Other Way' made me nostalgic. It made me go back and listen to this stuff over and over and over again and really appreciate what it took to make these albums exist. Awesome.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Very interesting, but could have used a good copy editor 25. November 2013
Von too_old_to_be_so_indie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In the 80's, my musical tastes ranged from top-40 to the poppier side of new wave, and as the 90's started, I veered in the direction of folk-rock. But then in 1992 a friend told me I should listen to Cocteau Twins. So I went to a good local record shop and found the Cocteau section, but I had no idea which release to choose as my entry point. A shop employee suggested "Blue Bell Knoll". I took it home, and from the first listen I was captivated, and from there I went on to explore the rest of the label's offerings. The artists on 4AD changed the way I thought about music, and many of the 90'S 4AD releases are still among my all-time favorites.

With that background, I have very much been looking forward to the release of this book. I just got the book yesterday, and I'm a little over 200 pages into it at this point. So far it has been a thoroughly enjoyable in-depth look at the label, highlighting each band and giving the story of each release in more-or-less chronological order.

The one thing that surprises me -- particularly given the label's reputation for attention to detail -- is the somewhat slipshod editing of the book. I really wasn't expecting glaring typos... for example, in the first photo section, Pixies are listed as "Piixies", while an early reference to The Normal's song "Warm Leatherette" is misspelled as "Warn Leatherette". And there are others. It gives the impression that no one at the publisher took the time to give the book a full read once it was finished.

That said, the author has done an amazing job of tracking down every possible source for information and quotes, and the book has encouraged me to seek out some of the obscure and early 4AD releases that aren't already in my collection.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good read for any 4AD fan 2. März 2016
Von Bari T - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I mostly enjoyed reading this book, made better by being able to listen to all the mentioned artists and tracks on YouTube as I read the text. I was first introduced to 4AD via a track from "This Mortal Coil"s first album which was played on a college station near me. When I bought the vinyl album in 1984, I wasn't aware that it wasn't a band, and when I realized it, I proceeded to get albums from the artists that participated in the projects and became one of the many 4AD fans that blindly relied on the label's releases as a good bet even without hearing anything from them beforehand. I have many CDs from that label and have always been a Voughn Oliver and Chris Bigg fan as well as of Ivo.

This is a very interesting insight into the world of the music industry of the time with the specific look at indie labels and this very special label headed by a very talented and gifted individual that brought in very diverse acts and thus shaped the music scene.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen I liked the book — but at the same time it ... 11. September 2014
Von Ultan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A very thorough treatment of 4AD's "Ivo years". I liked the book — but at the same time it was a struggle to get through in the sense of being (for this dedicated but simple alternative music fan!) overly academic, overloaded with facts and lightweight in terms of human insight. When I read pop music books I generally look for a spark, a bit of fun, some gossip, scandal, a bit of pop psychology, sociology, social history, an insight into character. For example, the book told me very little about Red House Painter, Mark Kozelek's background or that of Tanya Donnelly — and I'm a junkie for that kind of stuff! In general Facing The Other Way had too little of the personal and too much of the abstract.
Of course it's very thorough on how/when/where bands were signed, who the personnel were, who produced this, mixed that, engineered the other thing, how a single was distributed, what Ivo thought of various releases, what number they got to in the charts, but the style is always slightly lumpen and humourless. Plodding even. I think this book is really for the army of 4AD nerds that inhabit cyberspace (rather than plain old Cocteau Twins, Belly or Mojave 3 fans like myself) and I get the feeling it was written with the intention of not leaving any tiny detail out or getting any little factoid wrong in order to avoid the author being inundated with indignant mails from bedroom-bound, long-raincoat-wearing Dif Jus and Xmal Deutschland obsessives.
Were I the book's editor, I would have recommended the cutting of maybe 10% of the content and tried to make it more snappy. Nonetheless, there is a great story in there: the music business eats artists and aesthetes like Ivo and Vaughan Oliver for breakfast and that 99.99% of the people who start a band, all bright-eyed and idealistic, end up broke, bitter and washed up. Ivo (4AD's founder and, until the mid '90s, its heart and soul) is the star of the book. His pursuit of beauty in music and his unearthing of shining talents like the Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance and Red House Painters is, along with the growth of 4AD and Vaughan Oliver's groundbreaking artwork, the book's narrative thread. When, as 4AD grows, running a record business rather than a record label becomes the reality, Ivo's slow breakdown is documented, with him eventually moving to the States, distancing himself from the label's day-to-day running and, finally, selling his shares. The bitching, fallings-out, band break-ups and sackings are fascinating. For me, though, there was serious detail lacking on what exactly went on between the Cocteau Twins and 4AD (and inside the Cocteaus!). There's a whole book to be written just on that, maybe. Similarly the Pixies story is too rushed through for my liking.
Final verdict: well worth the read, but brace yourself for an avalanche of facts and figures. It feels like the author tried to fit too much in, and, therefore it's a slow and sometimes laborious read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Essential for any 4AD fan. 29. Januar 2014
Von Trond Berger - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Being a loyal Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance and Pixies fan since my teens this book is like a dream come true. It gives you the whole story of the label in great detail - down to every release - and it made me discover a lot of new stuff that I had not heard before, since just about every record mentioned here is available on Spotify, at least from where I live anyway (Norway). The author does a fantastic job at getting under the skin of the key characters of the 4AD family, especially the enigmatic label boss Ivo Watts-Russell. The book is an enjoyably light read and if you're a fan you'll find yourself flying through the pages. Recommended!
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