69 Love Songs

A Field Guide

Beghtol, LD

Book - 2006
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
69 Love Songs
A fully illustrated oral history of the Magnetic Fields' 1999 triple album, 69 Love Songs - an album that was afforded "classic" status by many almost as soon as it was released. LD Beghtol's book is'chatty, incestuous, funny, dark, digressive, sexy, maddening, and delightful in equal measures. It documents a vital and influential scene from the inside, involving ukuleles and tears, citations and footnotes, analogue drum machines, and floods of cognac. Oh, and a crossword puzzle too. The centre of the book is the secret history of these tuneful, acerbic, and sometimes heartbreaking songs of old love, new love, lost love, punk rock love, gay love, straight love, experimental music love, true love, blue love, and the utter lack of love that fill the album - as told by participants, fans, imitators, naysayers, and others. Also included are a lexicon of words culled from the album's lyrics, recording details, performance notes from the full album shows in New York, Boston and London, plus rare and unpublished images, personal memorabilia, and much much more.

Publisher: New York :, Continuum,, 2006
ISBN: 0826419259
Branch Call Number: 782.42 Be
Characteristics: ix, 157 pages : illustrations ; 17 cm
Alternate Title: Sixty-nine love songs


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Apr 24, 2014
  • CRRL_CraigGraziano rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This encyclopedia-like volume in the series was made to be read along with the triple disc magnum opus, dropping tidbits of information, explaining lyrical references, and basically trying to keep up with Merritt's short, genre- and gender-bending songs.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/33_1_3_series


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