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Pet Shop Boys, Literally Hardcover – 19 March 2020
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The Pet Shop Boys are one of the most successful and unusual bands of the last five decades. They are the pop duo that proves pop music can be modern, ecstatic and playful as well as serious and intelligent, winning them legions of devoted fans throughout the world.In 1989, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe invited journalist Chris Heath and photographer Lawrence Watson to shadow them around Hong Kong, Japan and the UK as they embarked on their first-ever tour. This book is the result- an immersive portrait giving access into the duo's inner sanctum, showing them in brilliantly observed detail as they work, relax, gossip, argue and occasionally try to make sense of what they do.'As clear a picture as could be wished for of the seething mass of elegant contradictions that is thePet Shop Boys' on-the-road experience.' Independent on Sunday'This superbly reported book transcends tired rock journalism cliche. It's about what it means to be a pop star, what it means to be a Pet Shop Boy. how to love pop, hold it to a higher standard and subvert its expectations.'Laura Snapes
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Candid, hilarious and revealing...gloriously gossipy. [They set] a benchmark for music biographies. Engrossing stuff. ― Classic Pop Magazine
Candid, insightful and frequently hilarious dispatches from the front line of pop stardom. An astonishingly intimate and honest portrait of the maverick duo. Page turners of the highest order, saying more about their subjects than any “straight” biographies could ever hope to achieve. ― Record Collector Magazine
- Publisher : WILLIAM HEINEMANN - TRADE (19 March 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 178515236X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1785152368
- Dimensions : 13.79 x 3.56 x 20.4 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 31,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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No, there isn't any digging deep into 'the creative process', perhaps because it charts the course of a tour rather than the recording of an album. But the wealth of observation of the PSB in action, and their sheer hilarious, bitchy bloody-mindedness (this is certainly no hagiography, which some readers might find a bit off-putting) is a delight.
Also recommended, but slightly darker, "PSB vs America".
So it's good to have this 'new edition' with updated notes.