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Guns N' Roses' 'Use Your Illusion' I and II (33 1/3 Series) Audiobook

Guns N' Roses' 'Use Your Illusion' I and II (33 1/3 Series)

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It was the season of the blockbuster. Between August 12 and November 26 1991, a whole slew of acts released albums that were supposed to sell millions of copies in the run-up to Christmas. Metallica, Michael Jackson, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Garth Brooks, MC Hammer, and U2 - all were competing for the attention of the record-buying public at the same time. But perhaps the most attention-seeking act of all was Guns N Roses. Their albums Use Your Illusion 1 and 2, released on the same day, were both 75-minute sprawlers with practically the same cover design - an act of colossal arrogance. On one level, it worked. The albums claimed the top two chart positions, and ultimately sold 7 million copies each in the US alone. On another level, it was a disaster. This was an album that Axl Rose has been unable to follow up in fifteen years. It signaled the end of Guns N Roses, of heavy metal on the Sunset Strip, and the entire 1980s model of blockbuster pop/rock promotion. Use Your Illusion marked the end of rock as mass culture. In this book, Eric Weisbard shows how the album has matured into a work whose baroque excesses now have something to teach us about pop and the platforms it raises and lowers, about a man who suddenly found himself praised to the firmament for every character trait that had hitherto marked him as an irredeemable loser.

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  • Chad
    Duluth, GA, United States
    6/03/13
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    "Boring."

    I didn't even finish this one because I got bored. Maybe it was just a bad choice of subjects and I wasn't interested enough in the topic to finish it.

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  • Josh
    30/06/16
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    "Warning!!!! Not a documentary"

    If you are looking for a book on the history or making of the illusions albums this is not it. This is four hours of the author Eric Weisbard criticizing and bashing the band. At one point in this book the author goes through the entire list of songs on the albums and gives his opinion on them, in which 90% are negative. If you are a fan of the band or are just into rock history stay away from this book

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