The Radiohead Story
by Mac Randall
Available for the first time in North America: the best book on Radiohead
On sale March 6, just in time for Radiohead’s U.S. tour
Radiohead doesn’t play by the rules of rock stardom. When conventional wisdom urges a turn to the right, Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, Colin Greenwood, and Phil Selway unfailingly turn left. Despite this, or perhaps because of this, Radiohead has become one of the world’s most famous bands, unique in style, themes, and ability to connect to a loyal fan base.
But Radiohead’s journey to fame over more than a decade has been fraught with tension. As the quintet continues to search for sounds that haven’t been heard before, each new album and tour is a potential crisis point, threatening to split the band apart. Through it all, the consummate outsiders have revealed little about themselves. “You should never assume that people are paying attention to you because of who you are,” bassist Colin Greenwood once said. “Nobody knows who we are, and I hope they never do, on one level, obviously.” But Exit Music: The Radiohead Story ($19.99, Backbeat Books) by Mac Randall uncovers the details behind their songs.
Since the first edition of this book eleven years ago, Radiohead’s audience continued to grow, their albums regularly debuted at the top of the sales charts, and the music industry began looking to them for artistic hints. Acts like Travis, Coldplay, Doves, and Muse took their inspiration from different phases of Radiohead’s career. This edition also includes coverage of the band’s recent studio album, The King of Limbs.
Exit Music: The Radiohead Story is a record and product of its time. No one can say what Radiohead will do next. That is what makes them such an exciting band to listen to and read about. Their story so far will whet your appetite for the many surprises that are undoubtedly still to come.
Mac Randall is editor in chief of Music Alive! and Teaching Music, the magazine of MENC, America’s National Association for Music Education. He was formerly the senior editor of Musician and Guitar One magazines. In his over 20 years as a journalist and critic, he has written about music of all genres for publications including Rolling Stone, Mojo, Q, Vanity Fair, Details, and the New York Times. He lives in New York City.
March 6, 2012 $19.99 Paperback 6” x 9” 9781617130472 320 pages B&W and color photo inserts