Swans: Sacrifice And Transcendence

The Oral History

Swans: Sacrifice And Transcendence
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ISBN: 9781911036395
Publisher: Jawbone Press
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"I’m no stranger to failure, and I’m aware it can arrive at any minute—as it often has. You have to keep things close to your chest and be aware of what’s really important: the work, not everything around it. If you have faith in the work, then the people will come … it’s an artistic imperative, it has nothing to do with public perception or career or any of that crap.

"The name, Swans, it’s synonymous with who I am, but it’s how it’s achieved and it’s achieved by people—those people need to have total commitment to making this sound and to making it utterly incisive and uncompromising. The work is everything and it has to—at least at the time—appear, to me, to be stellar. That’s the prerequisite. It’s an intangible thing where it really speaks and has some truth within it."
—Michael Gira


Over a span of some three and a half decades, Michael Gira’s Swans have risen from chaotic origins in the aftermath of New York’s No Wave scene to become one of the most acclaimed rock-orientated acts of recent years. The 1980s’ infamous ‘loudest band on the planet’ morphed repeatedly until collapsing exhausted, broken, and dispirited in the late 1990s.

Swans returned triumphantly in 2010 to top end-of-year polls and achieve feted status among fans and critics alike as the great survivors and latter-day statesmen of the underground scene. Throughout, Gira’s desire has remained to create music of such intensity that the listener might forget flesh, get rid of the body, exist as pure energy—transcendent—inside of the sound.

Through these pages, the musicians responsible tell the tale of one of the most significant bands of the US post-punk era. Drawing on more than 125 original interviews, Swans: Sacrifice And Transcendence is the ultimate companion to Swans and their work from the 1980s to the present day.

 

The author

Nick Soulsby is the author of three books about Nirvana—Dark Slivers: Seeing Nirvana in the Shards of Incesticide, I Found My Friends: The Oral History of Nirvana, and Cobain On Cobain: Interviews and Encounters—and We Sing A New Language: The Oral Discography of Thurston Moore. In 2014, he compiled the Soul Jazz Records release No Seattle: Forgotten Sounds Of The North-West Grunge Era 1986–97.

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Format: Paperback / softback, 336 Pages
ISBN: 9781911036395
Illustrations: 45 color & 11 b-w photos
Size: 6.5 in x 8.5 in / 165.1 mm x 215.9 mm
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