Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music [book review]

Given a secondary goal of this blog is to promote my own research, I feel no shame in an entry on a book review I published recently, over on the journal Rock Studies.

Having discussed Nine Inch Nails on multiple occasions on this blog, it's perhaps no surprise to find I am a fan of industrial music (though the author of the book itself argues Nine Inch Nails isn't industrial...)

Technically, the review isn't 'out yet', but you should be able to access it here. You might not be able to read it in full (without payment), but you will get a good taster of Reed's (2013) title just the same.

It's an immersive read, and goes into a lot of detail on different 'scenes' through the relatively short history of industrial music. Along the way, there's frequent lists of bands to check out which was a fun part of it, given how easy it is to seek out and compile playlists of tracks on music subscription services. 

Well worth a read if you're into industrial music. 

Got a separate book review pending in another journal soon which is more in line with the aims of this blog, and that is David Byrne's quite remarkable 2012 book 'How Music Works' which seems to weave it's way into almost post on this blog (do a search). Will post it in due time.

Tweets between meats @musicpiracyblog


Brown, S.C. (2013). Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music. Rock Music Studies.

Reed, S.A. (2013). Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music. Oxford University Press: Oxford. 

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