Use your Illusion I and II

Use your Illusion I and II

Book - 2007
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It was the season of the blockbuster. Between August 12 and November 26 1991, a whole slew of acts released albums that were supposed to sell millions of copies in the run-up to Christmas. Metallica, Michael Jackson, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Garth Brooks, MC Hammer, and U2 - all were competing for the attention of the record-buying public at the same time. But perhaps the most attention-seeking act of all was Guns N Roses. Their albums Use Your Illusion 1 and 2, released on the same day, were both 75-minute sprawlers with practically the same cover design - an act of colossal arrogance.

On one level, it worked. The albums claimed the top two chart positions, and ultimately sold 7 million copies each in the US alone. On another level, it was a disaster. This was an album that Axl Rose has been unable to follow up in fifteen years. It signaled the end of Guns N Roses, of heavy metal on the Sunset Strip, and the entire 1980s model of blockbuster pop/rock promotion. Use Your Illusion marked the end of rock as mass culture. In this book, Eric Weisbard shows how the album has matured into a work whose baroque excesses now have something to teach us about pop and the platforms it raises and lowers, about a man who suddenly found himself praised to the firmament for every character trait that had hitherto marked him as an irredeemable loser.

Publisher: New York : Continuum, 2007
ISBN: 9780826419248
0826419240
Branch Call Number: 782.42 We
Description: 125 pages ; 17 cm

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Feb 29, 2016

a waste of time.. i doubt the writer/"reviewer" had the slightest encounter with GN'R, nor was the book properly edited, nor proof read. content includes unnecessary vocabulary that even a PhD would be googling on wiki, to frequent cut and paste quotes/rumors from tabloids - maybe that's why "get in the ring" was directed to paparazzi alikes. if one's looking for an easy read biography/timeline of how the album was recorded and came about, look elsewhere.

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