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My Book: Black Book: The Live History of Blur
25 January 2013
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DrBeatle
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Hi everyone! I know this is a Beatles forum, but Joe invited me to pass along some info on a book I've recently released, less than a month ago, on another band I'm as obssessive about besides The Beatles, Blur.

My book is Black Book: The Live History of Blur (2nd Edition). It's an expanded and updated "sequel" to my original 2009 book. It's just under 500 pages long and is a history of the band's live performances from their beginning in 1989 to the present day. I managed to collect over 250 concert recordings of theirs (and have since gotten even more since I published this…it never ends) and in the book I chronicle each recording with information on it's length, sound quality, set list, and reviews of the performances. I attempted to make the book not only a reference for collectors, but a narrative of how the band's music and performances developed onstage over the last 20 years and counting. There's also an extensively researched tour date chronology that covers their entire career, as well as a list of every song they've ever recorded and whether (and when) it was played live. There's a collage section of ticket stubs over their entire career, and finally, as an added bonus, a review of their lost (and never released) documentary, B-Roads (which I was lucky enough to get a copy of…don't ask me how!).

 

If you're interested, it's available on Amazon, Amazon.co.uk, and other worldwide Amazon sites, in both print and Kindle versions (and I'm working on an iBooks version).

For more info, you can go to my sites at:

 

http://www.blurliveaudioarchiv…..ogspot.com

http://www.facebook.com/blackbookblur

http://www.twitter.com/blackbookblur

http://www.blackbookblur.tumblr.com

 

And I'm happy to answer any questions if anyone has any. I hope this doesn't come across spammy…thanks! a-hard-days-night-john-1

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25 January 2013
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Wow. Sounds incredible and far down delving. How long did it take you to get this together DrBeatle, sounds like a long term project?

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
25 January 2013
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It sure was! I started collecting their live recordings in 1997 and in 2003 I started cataloguing everything just to make a database for myself, but it kept growing and growing so I decided to make it into a full-blown book, which was finally published in 2009. I literally started working on the collecting, revising, correcting, and rearranging for the 2nd edition the same week the 1st edition was published, so that took an additional 3 years. It's definitely a labor of love…I didn't get paid one cent to do any of this! :-)

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25 January 2013
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Thats incredible and a real labour of love. So whats you're favourite live show and why? Have Blur improved as a band over time when playing live; some artists find it a slog to keep going live but have to for finance and fanbase or just keep doing the same type of live performance all the time. They might change the odd song but the actual gig is incredibly similar to the other 99 recently.

Did you get any input/feedback from the band before, during or after?

I will admit i know little of Blur.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
25 January 2013
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meanmistermustard said
Thats incredible and a real labour of love. So whats you're favourite live show and why? Have Blur improved as a band over time when playing live; some artists find it a slog to keep going live but have to for finance and fanbase or just keep doing the same type of live performance all the time. They might change the odd song but the actual gig is incredibly similar to the other 99 recently.

Did you get any input/feedback from the band before, during or after?

I will admit i know little of Blur.

I've heard so many shows that's it's hard to tell :lol: The one that immediately springs to mind is Wembley Arena, December 9, 1997. The sound quality is amazing but beyond that, the playing is blistering, the mood onstage and in the crowd is magical, and the set list is great. It also was the end of the tour supporting my favorite album of theirs (the self-titled one in 1997, conicidentally an album that is compared with the White Album in terms of scope, even though the recording sessions were much more harmonious than the 1968 sessions!).

They were actually really good from the beginning in terms of musicianship but played drunk a lot and often didn't harness their manic energy. They certainly matured…by 1997 they were masters of the craft, both in terms of playing, pacing, and presentation. Typically the sets stayed relatively constant throughout a tour, but there are lots of instances of weird covers or rare times they play a deep album cut or b-side that is usually not played.

I have had contact with the band and they're aware of both books…dunno if they like them but I haven't heard anything negative, so that's good :) A close friend of mine is in the inner camp so I get lots of inside info and from what I've heard, they're flattered and enjoy it.

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25 January 2013
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Do you know why Damon changed his "woo-hoo" for live concerts (Song 2) to different sound? Now it just sounds weird… Oh and good luck with book, i like 90's music and therefor Britpop too :) .

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25 January 2013
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No idea, you're right that live it's more of a "WAAHHOOO!" That's one song where not a single live version comes close to the studio version. Every band has songs like that and that's one of Blur's.

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26 January 2013
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Long John Silver
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Exactly, and the best version I saw of that song (live one that is) is their T Park concert:

 

but mostly because of the audience.

Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.
26 January 2013
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Congrats on your latest edition. I'm passing on the info to a Blur fan friend.

parlance

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27 January 2013
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parlance said
Congrats on your latest edition. I'm passing on the info to a Blur fan friend.

parlance

Thanks for the kind words, and thanks for passing the info along! I hope they like it if they decide to check it out. :-)

 

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