Closer You Are

Closer You Are

The Story of Robert Pollard and Guided By Voices

eBook - 2018
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The authorized biography of Robert Pollard, indie rock icon and founder of the music group Guided By VoicesRobert Pollard has been a staple of the indie rock scene since the early '80s, along with his band Guided By Voices. Pollard was a longtime grade school teacher who toiled endlessly on his music, finding success only after adopting a do-it-yourself approach, relying on lo-fi home recordings for much of his and his band's career. A prolific artist, Pollard continues to churn out album after album, much to the acclaim of critics and his obsessive and devoted fans. But his story has never been faithfully told in its entirety. Until now.Author Matthew Cutter is a longtime friend of Pollard and, with Pollard's blessing, he's set out to tell the whole, true story of Guided By Voices. Closer You Are is the first book to take an in-depth look at the man behind it all, with interviews conducted by the author with Pollard's friends, family, and bandmates, along with unfettered access to Pollard himself and his extensive archives.Robert Pollard has had an amazing and seemingly endless career in rock music, but he's also established himself as a consummate artist who works on his own terms. Now fans can at long last learn the full story behind one of America's greatest living songwriters.
Publisher: 2018
ISBN: 9780306921261
Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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The backstory of the band you wish you were in.

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Nov 02, 2018

Best book on GBV yet. Essential read for any casual listener.

Sep 15, 2018

A great biography of Robert Pollard ( lead singer and principal songwriter for the band ' Guided By Voices ', as well as a thousand other offshoots ). Cutter's book expertly guides us through the ups and downs of Pollard's early musical endeavors in obscurity through his ascendancy to indie-rock icon and brief flirtation with major labels. Pollard is shown as a complex, flawed, and unpredictable artist whose dedication and stubbornness in the face of widespread indifference eventually paid off. The writing is as unpretentious and hilarious as its subject, with many great stories and a colorful cast of characters from Pollard's mythical hometown of Dayton, OH.

Pollard's story is one of the greatest in rock music, and Closer Your Are is the first book to do it justice. A must-read for fans new and old.


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