A blog about Bloomsbury Academic's 33 1/3 series, our other books about music, and the world of sound in general.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Blender ♥ Erik

There's a 4-star review of Erik Davis' Zeppelin book in the May issue of Blender, by Steve Kandell.

"While the books in Continuum's long-running 33 1/3 series generally cast classic albums in a personal, anecdotal light, this volume deconstructs cock-rock's most inscrutable magnum opus as a collision of music and magick. Though Jimmy Page's Aleister Crowley fixation has been well-documented, Davis makes the case that every aspect of the record, from the lyrics to the packaging, is rooted in Satanic mysticism. A helpful reminder to haters who dismiss the record as Dungeons and Dragons pabulum that worshipping the devil is pretty cool."

The same issue also carries a nice guide to the Joy Division / New Order catalogue, by Live at the Apollo author Douglas Wolk. I would have given Low-Life four stars rather than Douglas' three, but otherwise no quibbles.

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