January 13, 2008

The Thirty Three And A Third Annual Report Of Throbbing Gristle: aka Drew Wrote A Book

It’s simply too late to turn back now: Drew Daniel is a published author. His first book is brought to you by Continuum Books as the latest installment in their 33 1/3 series of book-length critical studies of “classic albums.” Improbably enough, Drew’s contribution concerns Throbbing Gristle‘s immortal fan-puzzler “20 Jazz Funk Greats”. The book jerks back and forth between interviews with all four members of the band and Drew’s own interpretive heavy breathings, and includes a never-before-published photograph of the album’s mastertape taken by Chris Carter and an illustration from the notebooks of Genesis P. Orridge.

As with christening a ship, the reproduction of a commodity is never complete without the apology for the first gaffe, flub, or typo discovered therein, and Drew’s book is no exception to this rule. Sensitive readers will no doubt curl their lips with disdain when they turn to page 134 and see the following quote introducing Drew’s analysis of the song “Walkabout”:

“Arise and walk about in the land, in the length of it and in the breadth, for I will give it unto thee.” Genesis 13:17 (Tndale Translation).

Who, you may well ask is Tndale? Dear reader, the intended reference is to William Tyndale, the Bible translator martyred for his efforts in 1536. Nobody’s perfect. Seriously, all typos aside, Drew is awfully happy to bring this text to print and eager to chat about it so if you want to, um, interview him about his text please email him at: dr dot drew dot daniel at gmail dot com. As of today you can buy the book in a real honest-to-god bookstore or you could snag it online too.

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