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To this day, Gentlemen remains as cursed as its controversial narrator, an album out of time even in its time. Released in October 1993, when grunge ruled the world, it sold far less than works by most "alternative" bands of the day. Despite glowing reviews and feverish tour support, Gentlemen faded from view--and yet it remains dearly beloved to almost everyone who's heard it.
Drawing on new, in-depth interviews with all of the band members, Bob Gendron dissects the record's charisma, arrangements and lyrics. He also delves into the memories, histories, experiences and influences of the Afghan Whigs, most notably those driving Dulli, a polarizing frontman whose fierce pretentiousness, GQ appearance and gloves-off boisterousness concealed deep-rooted mental depression and chemical dependency.
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By Francis on 02-14-13
Would you consider the audio edition of Afghan Whigs' 'Gentlemen' (33 1/3 Series) to be better than the print version?
Gendron's write up takes an under-rated album and turns it into a great listening experience. Duli comes alive in this story and his supporting crew all have their characters accurately conveyed in this well-researched narrative.
For those of you who like the 33 and 1/3 Series stories that actually are about the artists instead of the writer, this is your book.
I always thought that Black Love was the Whig's best album. I owned and listened to Gentlemen but was unconvinced of it being genius. Until this audiobook.
Now I see it differently. Through interviews and media reports, Gendron puts you in the mind's of Duli and the rest of the band.