October 10, 2009 -
Black Book sums up the live history of
Black Book: The Live History Of Blur
Probably the most exciting
book release since Alex James' autobiography is Black Book:
The Live History Of Blur that was published yesterday
The book features over two
hundred Blur live performance reviews; every single gig that
is available as a live recording is reviewed in the book.
Accompanying the reviews are the setlists and sound quality
ratings for each show, plus the song and tour date lists.
The book is written and
published by Drew Athans, a PhD chemist and a die-hard Blur
fan from Boston. He says that the work on the book began in
2003 and was finally finished this year.
"I hope they'll all [Blur
fans] find this interesting and useful, and I hope I've
created the definitive book on live Blur and can do justice to
Luis Rey's Led Zeppelin Live," says Drew.
The sample review from the
440-page book is available here:
Reading Festival 1993. The book costs $20 and is available
to buy through
Drew says he is currently
seeking out new Blur live recordings and an updated edition of the
book is expected in a few years time.
"This is a project that is
truly a labor of love, as well as a bit of an obsession! It's
my hobby and I'm sure I'll be working at it for a long time to