Boring Machines Disturbs Sleep: In With The Old

Boring Machines Disturbs Sleep

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

In With The Old

While looking out the Syd Barrett biography mentioned earlier, I also found two great books that I haven't read in years and now looking foward to getting stuck into once again. First off is this critical discography of German electronic music pioneers Tangerine Dream by Paul Stump. Tangerine Dream are a collective that has recorded over 60 albums since the late 1960's and that are always pushing the boundaries. This book really makes sense of their "mammoth output".

The second book comes from one of my favourite authors of all time, George P. Pelecanos. Famous for his hard-hitting crime novels set in and around Washington DC, King Suckerman is the best of them all. You need to read this book, if you don't believe me, read this:

"King Suckerman weaves the blaxploitation films, the drug deals, the soul music and the racial tensions that defined the 70's into a story of natural-born killers and two men who risk everything to bring them down."

This book really should be made into a film, it was published almost 10 years ago and features his two greatest characters Dimitri Karras and Marcus Clay. Check Pelecanos' website as he is preparing to release 15th novel "The Night Gardener" in August 2006. I cannot wait.


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