Patti Smith's 'Horses' (33 1/3 Series)

  • by Philip Shaw
  • Narrated by Steven Crossley
  • 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Described as the perfect fusion of poetry and garage-band rock and roll (the original concept was "rock and Rimbaud"), Horses belongs as much to the world of literary and cultural criticism as it does to the realm of musicology. While Horses pays homage to the record's origins in the nascent New York punk scene, the audiobook's core lies in a detailed analysis of Patti Smith's lyrics and includes discussions of lyrical preoccupations: love, sex, gender, death, dreams, god, metamorphosis, intoxication, apocalypse, and transcendence. Philip Shaw demonstrates how Horses transformed the possibilities of both poetry and rock music; and how it achieved nothing less than a complete and systematic derangement of the senses.


Audible Editor Reviews

Recipient of multiple Earphones Awards as well as the Galaxy British Book Award, narrator Steven Crossley gives another performance so authentic that it feels as though he's lived the experiences himself. Patti Smith's Horses is described as the perfect fusion of poetry and rock, and Philip Shaw provides an exacting deconstruction of the album that does justice to its power and beauty. Crossley vividly evokes the mood and feel of the nascent New York punk scene as Shaw illustrates how Patti Smith's background and life influenced the creation of her debut masterpiece.


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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

academics with a need to analyze art works using psychological approaches (freudian theory) and philosophies (lacanian psychoanalysis)

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You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

a few

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This work was dry an empty enough to suck all the meaning out of a work like the OED. I've appreciated others works in the 33 1/3 series. This one criticized Patti Smith's Horses album from outside the sensibilities of rock. I believed this made the work excessively dry and probably inaccurate. The author continually referred back to arcane philosophy (Slovo Zizek) and psychology (Lacane) to make his analysis.... yearning for the phallus indeed!
He did this at the expense of the rich internal experience of Patti's music. I do not recommend this book.

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- jimt-moscow "palouse green"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-26-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios