Tuesday, June 17, 2008
A Perfectly Odd Idea
Right now I'm reading Re-Make/Re-Model: Becoming Roxy Music by Michael Bracewell. When I realized I was 150 pages in and had yet to meet a Roxy member other than Bryan Ferry, I looked ahead and realized that the book only chronicles the first few years of the band in the last hundred pages. Instead, as the subtitle suggests, the book is about the years that led to the formation of Roxy Music and its aesthetic - Ferry, Bryan Eno and Andy Mackay's years in art school. It's hard to imagine anyone but diehard Roxy fans and art school fans caring about the book, but because Ferry's art school years correspond to the emergence of pop art and its aftermath, I've become fascinated by it.