Radiohead doesn't play by the rules of rock stardom. When conventional wisdom urges a turn to the right, Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Colin Greenwood, and Phil Selway unfailingly turn left. Despite or perhaps because of this, Radiohead has become one of the world's most famous bands, and more important, unique in its style, themes, and ability to connect to a loyal fan base. But Radiohead's journey to fame over more than a decade has been fraught with tension. As the quintet continues to search for sounds that haven't been heard before, each new album and tour is a potential crisis point, threatening to split the band apart. Through it all, these consummate outsiders have revealed little about themselves. But Exit Music: The Radiohead Story uncovers the details behind the songs. In this new, updated, and revised edition, author Mac Randall follows the band from its beginnings in suburban Oxford, UK, through the success of Creep and OK Computer to the traumatic recording sessions that spawned Kid A, Amnesiac, Hail to the Thief, on to the award-winning In Rainbows and beyond. This new edition also includes coverage of the band's most current release and eighth studio album, The King of Limbs.
A clear, incisive introduction to the earlier works of the band Radiohead (up to the year 1999, when it was published), EXIT MUSIC culls information from a variety of sources, like interviews, reviews, and author Mac Randall's own well-observed commentary, to form a well-rounded view of one of the most influential and far-reaching bands of the late 1990s. Starting with a description of the band's 1997 make-or-break New York gig, attended by the likes of Lenny Kravitz, Courtney Love, and perhaps most importantly, guitarist Ed O'Brien's mom (O'Brien switches her seat with Madonna's), Randall relates Radiohead's inauspicious beginnings as the unappealingly named On A Friday at a prestigious English public school, their subsequent signing by EMI, and their first hit, "Creep." Their later evolution into a band whose single-handed resurrection of progressive rock restored that much-maligned genre to respectability and made them perhaps the most successful experimental outfit in pop history is chronicled in a series of succinct prose snapshots, including revealing descriptions of their studio methods, which will be invaluable to any newcomer to their oeuvre.
- Music, Biography + Autobiography
- Composers + Musicians, Reference
- February 1, 2012
- February 1, 2012
- Mac Randall