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10 thoughts on “Gothic Rock

  1. says:

    I haven t seen a copy of this in years, but it s still the classic encyclopedia on gothic rock music Personally, I differ with Mercer on a number of points I still think Joy Division was a goth band, and on at least several albums, so were The Cure and Siouxsie , but I still like his breezy, playful style He s one of those rare people who finds inventive ways to describe music without making a million comparisons mostly obscure or coming off as pretentious Most of the bands covered were ac I haven t seen a copy of this in years, but it s still the classic encyclopedia on gothic rock music Personally, I differ with Mercer on a number of points I still think Joy Division was a goth band, and on at least several albums, so were The Cure and Siouxsie , but I still like his breezy, playful style He s one of those rare people who finds inventive ways to describe music without making a million comparisons mostly obscure or coming off as pretentious Most of the bands covered were active during the late 70 s and throughout the 80 s, so it serves as a great historical reference


  2. says:

    This is a very good book to get if you re new to the goth scene and you want to become a good lil goth It s also a good read if you re not a goth but are just curious about the bands and the scene, curiousity is a lovely little thing It also has a lot of lovely pictures Pictures are a good thing, right


  3. says:

    This book is a great blast from the past It s a fairly detailed encyclopedia of the Gothic rock scene throughout the 80 s and early 90 s by one of the journalists who covered it Though fairly dated now I think few of the bands covered exist any Mercer does his surly sarcastic best to give an overview of the Goth scene, from the bands to the fans, writers, artists, showing where the scene had been and where it was going I loved this book in 1992 and its still a great read today Highly r This book is a great blast from the past It s a fairly detailed encyclopedia of the Gothic rock scene throughout the 80 s and early 90 s by one of the journalists who covered it Though fairly dated now I think few of the bands covered exist any Mercer does his surly sarcastic best to give an overview of the Goth scene, from the bands to the fans, writers, artists, showing where the scene had been and where it was going I loved this book in 1992 and its still a great read today Highly recommended to anyone interested in the history of Gothic music


  4. says:

    This is a fairly good book, a decent history, but I have to say that with a caveat The sad fact is there are not many such resources out there, despite the genre dating back as long as it does and far outlasting punk, of which there can not ever be too many damn books written about Sarcasm intended The thing is, I disagree with a number of things the author writes, obviously defining what bands albums are goth is it even possible to do so objectively Personally, I think the author ove This is a fairly good book, a decent history, but I have to say that with a caveat The sad fact is there are not many such resources out there, despite the genre dating back as long as it does and far outlasting punk, of which there can not ever be too many damn books written about Sarcasm intended The thing is, I disagree with a number of things the author writes, obviously defining what bands albums are goth is it even possible to do so objectively Personally, I think the author overlooks some albums many old schools goths would both consider goth and a critical work contributing to the entire goth culture, music, world that followed Among other things Frankly, I think someone capable of being aobjective historian yet one that is open to the opinions and assertions of many people who actually do know and did live through a relevant early history through the present, although that statement just showed my own bias, I suppose Due to the paucity of resources, I d recommend this book Should people ever decide to do a great dealon the subject, with possibly better,comprehensive and, if possible, a bitobjective information, my recommendation of this book would go down


  5. says:

    The best


  6. says:

    This is a very interesting book covering the history of Gothic rock Like so many memorable genres of rock and dance music it always seems to make it s first appearance in England lol Most of the bands mentioned I do not recognize because part of it is because they are mainly bands that were concentrated in England with the exception of the super groups like The Cure and The Cult andpopular cult faves like Alien Sex Fiend , Sisters of Mercy and so on Another part is generational Most of This is a very interesting book covering the history of Gothic rock Like so many memorable genres of rock and dance music it always seems to make it s first appearance in England lol Most of the bands mentioned I do not recognize because part of it is because they are mainly bands that were concentrated in England with the exception of the super groups like The Cure and The Cult andpopular cult faves like Alien Sex Fiend , Sisters of Mercy and so on Another part is generational Most of the indviduals and bands felt like Goth culture hit it s peak at 1984 which would have clocked me in at about 9 years of age and in 4th grade so naturally most of theobscure groups are really lost on me since I was by no means involved in Gothic culture then Some other oddities in this handbook are groupies that got famous to a small degree by just showing up at gigs and looking wellgothic The author is quite apparent in his level of interest with some of these groups, some which are quite well known Some groups get three or four pages while others are lucky to get a paragraph or even a sentence Some bands were so short lived a sentence does sum it up accurately but other,influential groups often get the shaft Groups that are often responsible for bringing in new listeners that may take a liking to Goth which isn t entirely fair Mick Mercer goes on to predict at the end of the book that the Gothic genre would die out It had a resuscitation in the mid 1990 s with a newer, sleeker, vinyl look which is actually what I prefer Despite Goths looking cold blooded and vampiric all that lace and crushed velvet just got too hot for me I had some very genuine fun at Goth and quasi Goth clubs in Denver The Snakepit and Club Onyx were my main staples for Goth in Denver in the 1990 s Goth kind of died out again, yet not completely and it really depends where in the US you live to access it Denver has virtually no visible Goth scene now but I imagine there are a few die hards here and there while Seattle still has a fairly decent sized scene with still existing Goth shops and clothing , a Goth club The Mercury and small groups that turn up here and there like at the Zombie Crawls or at Gay Pride So Goth still lives on in one form or anotherI don t count Emo to be Goth, sorry Not even when they borrow source material from older groupssorryit just doesn t work Too pop music in my opinion to count I wonder what ol Mick thinks of Emo Is Emo still around actually


  7. says:

    I found this book to be a delightful read For anyone just casually interested in the topic or anyone knee deep into the gothic music scene, it s a great book to pick up.


  8. says:

    greatest book


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