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Book Title: Sonic Transmission: Television Tom Verlaine, Richard Hell|
The author of the book: Tim Mitchell
Edition: Glitter Books
Date of issue: February 25th 2015
ISBN 13: 9781902588162
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 529 KB
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Reader ratings: 6.1
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The book is a little heavy on Richard Hell and Tom Verlaine, much lighter on the rest of the band members. I wanted to learn more about Richard Lloyd, but the info about him is scant in the book. Whereas Hell and Verlaine warrant full biographies in the book from their childhoods onward, as well as a blow-by-blow inventory of their post-Television activities, Richard Lloyd gets just a little more than short shrift by the author.
Also, the book seems as though it may have been rushed to print, as there's a Preface listed in the table of contents and yet doesn't actually appear in the book; many of the paragraphs are missing the first letter; and the photos in the book are all black and white, not very good, and lack any kind of descriptive captioning.
That said, it is a fairly thorough history of the brief existence of an amazing band central to the whole CBGB scene and punk music overall. Without Television having walked in the door at CBGB, we may never have heard of Blondie, the Ramones, Talking Heads, and a slew of other punk bands coming out of NYC at the time.
Also for fans of Patti Smith, there is a ton of information in here about her, and about her ongoing relationship, at times romantic, at other times merely professional, with Tom Verlaine. Together these two were the resident poet laureates of the New York punk scene.
It's a good read overall, and with a little more care to the printing and to being even-handed toward all the members, it could've been a great read. Still, though, recommended for fans, definitely.
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