Depeche Mode by Dave Thompson
Some Great Reward

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This biography examines the success of Depeche Mode. In 1980, on a progressive new label named Mute, four English youths from Basildon formed a group that they believed pointed to the merger of music and technology - a New Romantic-style, completely electronic pop band. Throughout their history, Depeche Mode have combined success with innovation, producing records that have mixed melodic lines and pop star preening with completely synthesizer driven noises, altering the sound of New Wave / modern music. Depeche Mode in the mid-1990s still fill stadiums and their studio album, "Songs of Faith and Devotion", debuted at number one worldwide. How did Depeche Mode come so far? How did they find and reproduce those sounds on their records? And what are the secrets of their production techniques and their lifestyles? This book analyzes the band within the context of their own careers and the external events that moulded them.

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Dave Thompson is one of the leading authorities on all things music. He has published more than 100 books - including the wonderful 1000 Songs That Rock Your World - and is a regular contributor to Goldmine magazine, as well as Rolling Stone. He is currently working on the Standard Catalog of American Records. A prodigious writer, Thompson was ranked as one of the Top 5 biographers by Mojo magazine. His biographies have included works on David Bowie, Deep Purple, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Cure, KISS, and many, many more.
Published November 15, 1994 by St. Martin's Griffin. 274 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Thompson's book follows the group's founding by Vince Martin (who soon left to form Yaz with Alison Moyet), their early struggles to master their sound, and their ongoing search for critical legitimacy--even as they continued courting British teeny- boppers on TV and in fanzines.

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