Talking Heads' Fear of Music by Jonathan Lethem
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In a truly tender moment in the book, and there are more than a few, Lethem recalls seeing the big ''Stop Making Sense'' version of the band at the Forest Hills tennis stadium in 1982.
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It's the summer of 1979. A fifteen-year-old boy listens to WNEW on the radio in his bedroom in Brooklyn. A monotone voice (it's the singer's) announces into dead air in between songs "The Talking Heads have a new album, it's called Fear of Music"; - and everything spins outward from that one moment.
Jonathan Lethem treats Fear of Music; (the third album by the Talking Heads, and the first produced by Brian Eno) as a masterpiece - edgy, paranoid, funky, addictive, rhythmic, repetitive, spooky and fun. He scratches obsessively at the album's songs, guitars, rhythms, lyrics, packaging, downtown origins, and legacy, showing how Fear of Music hints at the directions (positive and negative) the band would take in the future. Lethem transports us again to the New York City of another time - tackling one of his great adolescent obsessions and illuminating the ways in which we fall in and out of love with works of art.

 

About Jonathan Lethem

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JONATHAN LETHEM is the author of six novels, including Motherless Brooklyn,The Fortress of Solitude, and Gun, with Occasional Music. He lives in Brooklyn.
 
Published April 26, 2012 by Bloomsbury Academic. 160 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Dorian Lynskey on Jul 07 2012

...be warned: his obsession is contagious. By the end I was right there with him, inside the bunker.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Pat Irwin on Jun 03 2012

In a truly tender moment in the book, and there are more than a few, Lethem recalls seeing the big ''Stop Making Sense'' version of the band at the Forest Hills tennis stadium in 1982.

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