The year was 2000. The alternative music scene had all but died, and pre-packaged pop stars had filled the vacuum. But in a basement apartment in the heart of downtown Toronto, two musicians were forming a creative partnership that would revive the mass appeal of indie music and forever change how we think of a band.In this biography of the ever-evolving indie-rock collectThe year was 2000. The alternative music scene had all but died, and pre-packaged pop stars had filled the vacuum. But in a basement apartment in the heart of downtown Toronto, two musicians were forming a creative partnership that would revive the mass appeal of indie music and forever change how we think of a band.In this biography of the ever-evolving indie-rock collective, Broken Social Scene, music columnist Stuart Berman tracks the group's inception by Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning; groundbreaking performances at Ted's Wrecking Yard that raised the band's local status to mythical proportions; Broken Social Scene's meteoric rise upon the release of breakout album You Forgot It In People; the creation of Arts & Crafts records with music-biz maverick Jeffrey Remedios; and life on the road with revolving bandmates, including members of Stars, Metric, The Dears, and international pop sensation Feist.Stuart Berman has drawn from hours of interviews with members and affiliates of Broken Social Scene, and exclusive, never-before-seen photographs, gig posters, and artwork to create a spectacular oral and visual history of this ever-evolving indie-rock collective....
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This Book is Broken Reviews
It's difficult to downplay the importance that Broken Social Scene played, both in indie culture as a whole, and to me personally. Their grandiose and sweeping, yet somehow still incredibly intimate and personal, rock symphonies reached me at a critical period in my teen years, and to this day they remain one of my favourite bands. I've always appreciated their philosophy toward the intersection of art and commerce, as exemplified by their Arts & Crafts label, and whether you know it or not, they deserve your thanks for the impact they had on the distribution of independent music in Canada.Given my adoration of the band's music and their legacy, of course I was interested in learning more about them. The insight this book provides, however, is pretty slim - it's a respectful, reverent account of the collective's roots, handled in the style of an oral history, and though it alludes to certain dramas and tribulations, it never expounds upon them, leaving the narrative without much tension or direction. At it's best, "This Book Is Broken" is a tribute to Broken Social Scene's contributions to independent music, and features a lot of interesting people saying nice things about the band's music.A good read to place a great band in some sort of cultural context, I'm nevertheless left feeling that, if you want to understand the band, you would be better advised simply to listen to any of their incredible records.
fun, visually entertaining book about my favorite band forever, Broken Social Scene. in fact, I'm even listening to "Passport Radio" as I type this out, how corny...there's not much to say about this book other than that This Book is Broken is Broken Social Scene's biography; it's pretty self explanatory. the author set each chapter up with a brief, stylish summary of what happened in x set of years followed by little commentaries by various band members. very clever and representative of the ever shape shifting Broken Social Scene. the book is also filled with various pictures of the band members, most of their early days in the 90s.a great quote by Leslie Feist ties all that is Broken Social Scene together,"Broken Social Scene will be a band even when we're old and grey, even if it's just at a potluck, because it was never something that needed to be defined."\m/
Broken Social Scene may be my favorite band of all time. Mostly, this is due to their great music. Still, the band's "collective" quality makes the cast of characters part of an intriguing draw to learn more about how such a band could exist. The book focuses upon the many talented and dedicated characters that comprise Broken Social Scene. This was exactly what I was looking for in a Broken Social Scene book.
This is an absolute joy to read, Berman really doesn't impose his own voice onto the narrative of the band too much, using instead snippets from various interviews of the band and their associates to create a chronological group narrative of the story of BSS, and it's an absolute joy to read.
It was an incredible experience reading the story behind the scenes of Broken Social Scene and all of the people involved in the band and this new music scene that was happening in Toronto. The format of the book worked for me, and the interviews were really filled with content.
This book is fun, interesting, but most of all insightful. It really gets you into the minds as they went from happy nobodies to drama-filled and famous
liked the photos