Good Pop Bad Pop by Jarvis Cocker

Huge book. With a subtlety and grandiloquence.

It thoroughly displays the characteristics of the creative mind. The incubation of the rock dream.

After many years of putting off the task, Jarvis Cocker finally decides to go through the personal belongings he keeps piled up in a London attic, to decide which ones to throw out and which ones to keep. The result of this inventory is Good Pop, Bad Pop, an endearing, lucid and very funny account of one of the most important musical and artistic trajectories of the last decades. Cocker uses the objects that marked his life as references to tell the story of a shy boy… strange, who since adolescence had notebooks where he wrote down what would be the wardrobe of his future band, called Pulp, and how he started with great tenacity his plan to capture an immense creative impulse in his music and his art.

Among many other things, it is an ode to the creativity and power of music and pop culture in general, as one of the main cultural forces in the contemporary world. And it is also the intimate and personal account of a musical life that has touched and made millions of people throughout the world dance.

Political Animal by David De las Heras and Juan Pablo Díaz Chorne

The book with which you can create thousands of characters by combining the faces and speeches of 24 Spanish and international personalities

Come and see! Before you is a whole illustrated compendium of powerful men and women from the most varied spheres –much more men than women, because when talking about power, real power, the subject is that crude. They are powerful because they embody, what’s more, they mold! a state of affairs that is considered immovable: the official mentality of our time.

Is this a satire on power? Indeed, as long as it is understood that satire not only seeks to ridicule, but to provoke debate, to make people see, to make us think, using humor as a way of unraveling the place from where that power speaks.

We invite you, then, to read between the lines, to breathe these airs of our time. In fact, combine those lines, let these subjects contaminate each other, allow them to relaunch new meanings. As in medieval bestiaries, they may come across monstrous results, deformed beings contrary to nature and morality. Dare, don’t be afraid of them! Remember: something of all of them lives within us. Embrace your own animal politician!

Fear haunts the territory! By Thom Yorke

Fear haunts the territory! brings together the writings of Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood around the period of 1999 and 2000, during the process that led to the masterful records of Radiohead, Kid A and Amnesiac. Included are faxes, notes, lyrics from both albums, drawings, lists, and scribbles that both authors regularly sent to each other. The result is an intimate document that leads inside the creative mind of Yorke and Donwood, which in turn reflects the fears, omens and fantasies that the world evoked as its citizens faced the arrival of the new millennium.

The waiting and the memory of Adriana Dorantes

The maternal grandmother’s pearls, an inheritance loaded with desires and expectations planted for generations, survive in a drawer, oblivious to the clavicles of the granddaughter who should carry them with pride. Throughout her verses, Waiting and Memory asks herself: should she?

This is a book that questions, from intimacy and the socially accepted roles of the concept of “family”. Its pages inhabit a grandfather who acts as a father in school celebrations; the aunts, a bunch of mothers; mother who is a caretaker of sisters, but also of her daughter, a woman provider; dad that is synonymous with hollowness, silence in the veins. Thus, in the midst of a constellation of suffering figures, is the voice of a daughter with unfathomable surnames, who coexists with the ghosts of her deceased relatives, with expressions of affection that are not enunciated.

With the brutality of the word that points its finger at the wound, the poetry of Adriana Dorantes unmasks the absences and family secrets, the self-imposed and inherited mutism, to no longer reveal its light, the truth that they cover up, but to cling to , even for an instant, from its shreds.

Source: Vanguardia

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J. A. Allen

Author, blogger, freelance writer. Hater of spiders. Drinker of wine. Mother of hellions.

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