Gang of Four's Entertainment!

Gang of Four s Entertainment Following hard on the explosion of British punk in Gang of Four produced post punk s smartest record Entertainment For the first time a band wedded punk s angry energy to funk s propulsive bea

Following hard on the explosion of British punk, in 1979 Gang of Four produced post punk s smartest record, Entertainment For the first time, a band wedded punk s angry energy to funk s propulsive beats and used that music to put across lyrics that brought a heady mixture of Marxist theory and situationism to exposing the cultural politics of everyday life.But for an AmerFollowing hard on the explosion of British punk, in 1979 Gang of Four produced post punk s smartest record, Entertainment For the first time, a band wedded punk s angry energy to funk s propulsive beats and used that music to put across lyrics that brought a heady mixture of Marxist theory and situationism to exposing the cultural politics of everyday life.But for an American college student from the suburbs and, one expects, for many, many others, including British youth Jon King s and Andy Gill s mumbled lyrics were often all but unintelligible Political rock n roll is always something of an oxymoron rock audiences by and large don t tune in to be lectured to But what can it mean that a band that made pop songs as political theory actively resisted making that theory legible Coming to terms with the impact of Entertainment requires us to take the mondegreen the misunderstood lyric seriously The old joke has it that the title of R.E.M s debut album should have been not Murmur, but Mumble true, so far as it goes But that s the title, too, of rock n roll s Greatest Hits compilation and that strategic inarticulateness itself, which creates such an important role for the listener, has an important politics.

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  1. A 3 star book for a 5 star album I respect the author s hyper analytical and intelligent approach to the legendary 1979 album, but it just comes off too dry and stiff I would rather read about the making of the music and songs than what Foucault says about Marxism.


  2. In my teens, I always had a kind of fascination with the idea of punk the DIY ethos, the critical spirit, the desire to burn down and reinvent When I started listening to the British punk rock of the late 70 s and to the American hardcore punk of the early 80s, I found the execution considerably less thrilling three or four power chords played at breakneck speed, with a vocalist shouting over top of it all and lyrics that seem to have taken him all of five minutes to think up In Hegelian terms, [...]


  3. It s of a history of the writer and his first experience with the album He writes like the college professor that he is.


  4. Fantastic album, dullish book Like all of us, the author hears what he wants to hear in his favourite things In this case it means that he hears the things a W.M Keck Professor of English at Pomona College, USA, will hear He has the phrasing of a post theory leftist academic in an English department, and that s not a good thing, especially 40 years after the whole theory wave swelled up around the time of Entertainment Sure, the Gang of Four were teenage Marxists, but they were also spunky and i [...]


  5. I came for non fiction storytelling and stayed for its literary theory background Dettmar s deconstruction of several Marxist concepts or keywords is as unexpected as resourceful However, that doesn t forgives his work of its preposterous and absolutely unnecessary connections between Entertainment and several anachronical lame popular approaches Elvis Costello, really Besides, it s a bummer there s no historical revision of this fantastic record 33 1 3 Books usually shine for their meticulous h [...]


  6. Ugh Where did the passion go in writing about music you love I thought after the first few moments that this book might possibly go towards the light of caring about a recordbut no It s another piece of academia, which seems to be where 33 and 1 3 wants the series to go There s no passion, just analysis, and sometimes to a fault It shouldn t be about who s interpretation fits best, or where one believes the lyrical content is directed, it should read about why we care, or shouldd this book just [...]


  7. One of the best of the 33 1 3 series, mainly because this record formed so much of my political thinking through slapping guitars Marxist theory, Situationalism, anti consumerism, and the fact that no gift comes without strings Sign me up




  8. The book started out really well and just trickled out by the end I felt that it could have analysis of the album and the individual songs than it did.


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