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Electric Wizards: A Tapestry of Heavy Music, 1968 to the Present Hardcover – 1 January 2022

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"As a compendium of leap-off points, Electric Wizards is a mind-riot... Heavy music has deserved its own tome but the only thing heavy about his book is its weight--its tone and style are illuminatingly light and wonderfully convivial throughout. Someone get Electric Wizards on the national music curriculum now."-- "Wire"

"An enthrallingly funny read, and one that's hard to put down despite its girth."-- "Record Collector"

"A depth-charge exploration to the bloodied heart of heavy. Essential, energetic writing--Moores is the netherworld guide we always needed."--Harry Sword, author of Monolithic Undertow: In Search of Sonic Oblivion

"Moores covers a rich landscape of sounds. . . . What's more, he achieves a rare feat in rock criticism of saying something fresh and interesting about the Beatles."--Dan Franklin, author of HEAVY: How Metal Changes the Way We See the World

"The landscape of heavy music is vast, its existence is ever evolving. There is no better person to explore its dynamic terrain than Moores."--Matt Baty, member of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

"Simultaneously hilarious, provocative, and sensitive; wildly entertaining while always getting to the heart of the matter. . . . Just take my goddamned bitcoin already."--John Doran, cofounder and editor of the Quietus

"This book will open a wormhole in your brain."--Joe Thompson, cofounder of the band Hey Colossus

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JR Moores is the resident psych-rock columnist for both the Quietus and Record Collector, and his work has also appeared in the Wire, Guardian, Bandcamp Daily, and Vice.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ REAKTION BOOKS (1 January 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 480 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1789144485
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1789144482
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.88 x 4.83 x 23.5 cm
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S. Gorman
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute nonsense
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 October 2021
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Absolutely Lovely Little Shuffle Though Music's Space and Time
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 October 2021
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Absolutely Lovely Little Shuffle Though Music's Space and Time
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 October 2021
Let's get one thing out of the way before I get onto the good. I would have loved some sort of summing up of the bands and why the writer thought they were heavy. He has such a nice relaxed, yet engaging, prose style that I would have loved some 'Heaviness' little asides to each of the parts and bands he talks about. You know to keep the thread of the book, to act as little breathers. But maybe I'm too literal ...

... because the way JR shoots through a history of heavy guitar based music is super lovely. He keeps it all jogging on nicely. His love of music is there for all to see. And the pacing never lets the beat drop and there are enough great stories and bands that I might have sidelined at the time to pique my interest. I had completely forgotten about Tad. Why?

It's like a perfect mix tape of thoughts, stories and through-lines. I'm half way through but it's a nice little trip down memory lane and reaffirmation of everything I love about music.

And he's right about Mclusky and Future of the Left, they're the UK's most underrated 'heavy' band. But was disappointed that the crazy London outfit Sheep on Drugs wasn't mentioned in the Industrial Rock section. Maybe he'll go have a listen whilst I'm listening to Tad.

I guess there's only so much you can fit on a C90.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody marvellous!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 October 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Birthday present
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 February 2022
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