One of the greatest moments of college rock in the 1980s, Let It Be had a huge impact on the fans who fell under its spell. For Colin Meloy, growing up in Montana - a state that's strangely missing from the tour itineraries of almost every band - the album was a lifeline and an inspiration. In this disarming memoir, Meloy lovingly recreates those feverish first years when rock music grips you and never lets go.More
Who doesn't remember where they were when they first heard The Replacement's seminal album, Let it Be? Colin Meloy's contribution to the 33 1/3 music series, The Replacements, Let it Be is the work of a true fan and protégé of this record. Jeremy Beck performs this genre-defying rock history memoir with sensitivity and drama. The power of this record as a life-changing and lifesaving piece of art in Meloy's life echoes its power across college radio in the 1980s.
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More Research and Less Pontification
Tell me how you turned this raw but artful album into an episode of the Wonder Years. Meloy keeps going through his thoughts about the Replacements during this changing time in sound. Meanwhile, we are lead down a road in painful detail about where he was when he heard the songs.There is nothing wrong with detail. There's nothing wrong with the prose, but we want to hear about the band. Not about you.Tell me something -- anything -- about Westerberg, Stinson, Stinson and Mars that was not cribbed out of corporate magazines. Something, anything new. Here's a thought -- pick up the phone and interview some of them.Why did they choose an over-the-top album title? What inspired "Androgynous"? I want to know what type of beer made the bandmates' sneakers stick to the studio floor. I want to know why they chose "Black Diamond" by Kiss as the album's cover song. I want to understand what the lyrics of Satisfied are about.Look, this was a chance to delve into the art and the artists. Instead, it came off as a pretentiously written 8th grade essay about what someone did over their summer vacation.