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Bob Mould's Workbook [Paperback]

Item : Bob Mould's Workbook [Paperback]
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Author Author : Biggins, Walter, Couch, Daniel
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 1501321358
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9781501321351
Publisher Publisher : Bloomsbury Academic
Pages Pages : 160
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100599123

In 1989, Bob Mould took a left turn. Already legendary before his 30th birthday for his noise-and-nuance work in H??sker D??, Mould had recently walked away from his old band. He re-emerged with his debut solo album:Workbook. Filled with chiming acoustic guitars, multitracked vocals, pristine production, and even a cello,Workbookwas both admired and questioned for Mould's perceived departure from his post-punk roots.

Three decades later, the album has emerged as a key for understanding the nascent alternative rock genre and the concerns Mould would explore for the duration of his career. Fusing post-punk sound and confessional lyrics with a richer emotional and musical range, Mould'sWorkbookmerged worlds that seemed unbridgeable at the time. Alternative rock emerged from the wreckage of the 1980s, andWorkbookwas a model for the genre's maturation.

Workbookserves its title in two ways-as a map for musicians to follow into a new mode, and as a journal of Mould's struggle toward adulthood. It opens conversations about rock, identity, spirituality, authenticity, and the perils and promises of mainstream culture. Walter Biggins and Daniel Couch, two critics who grew up withWorkbook, extend these conversations-through letters and emails to each other, and through correspondence with Mould andWorkbook'smusicians and producers. That crosstalk leads to, through this seminal album, a deeper understanding of ???alternative rock??? at the moment of its inception, just before it took over the radio.

Workbookoffers a close look at the music, production, and contexts of the album, and, by doing so, places the record in the center of the various discourses that would evolve into alternative and, later, indie rock

Walter Bigginsis an executive editor at the University of Georgia Press, USA, as well as a freelance writer, based in Atlanta, Georgia. His work has appeared inGlide Magazine,Booksls'

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