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30 review for Revolution On Canvas: Poetry From The Indie Music Scene

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

    Perhaps I was most disappointed by this book because I was so excited to read it. I love indie music, indie films, indie artist, people who do not allow studios and mass production to dictate their art. And yet, I did not love this book. My first disappointment was that most of the bands whose poetry is featured are not my favorites or even ones I listen to all the much. This, of course, is a perfectly subjective problem, and I decided that this book would be a great opportunity for me to expand Perhaps I was most disappointed by this book because I was so excited to read it. I love indie music, indie films, indie artist, people who do not allow studios and mass production to dictate their art. And yet, I did not love this book. My first disappointment was that most of the bands whose poetry is featured are not my favorites or even ones I listen to all the much. This, of course, is a perfectly subjective problem, and I decided that this book would be a great opportunity for me to expand my horizons. I entered with an open mind, eager to be introduced to some great poetry by real, raw people. O illusions, how you fall! Actually, that may be too dramatic. The book wasn’t terrible. It wasn’t like sitting through James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’, anyway. It just wasn’t very good. Of course, the poems are all composed by different authors, and so I cannot condemn them all. Some of the writers were really quite good, quirky, raw, real, everything I hoped the book would be. But, technically, most of the writers were simply not very good. There is probably not a word in the entire book that would send a middle school child to the dictionary, and the free verse is generally pretty poor. Free verse should have some continuity or containment, it should be based on some sort of natural rhythm or have some reason for existing. I love good free verse, like Eliot, for example. And, while I do not expect rockers to be the next T.S. Eliot, they could at least have made some attempt at writing good poetry. Most of the poems have no reason for their line breaks, their structure, anything. They cannot be read aloud, and offer no fresh imagery or creativity. I say most because a few poems were technically well-crafted (if not beyond a college poetry class level) and basically creative, but the majority of the book is simply not well-written. I kept thinking of the ingenious use of language displayed by Bob Dylan, Colin Meloy, and even the whimsical lyrics of Regina Spektor and the emotive songs of Vienna Teng. Surely, these writers could do better! One poem especially stands out in my mind as pure, unadulterated drivel: ‘Bleed No More’ by Shane Told (of Silverstein). My friend’s parody of bad emo poetry was better than this in both craft and imagery. This is the bottom of the barrel, the reason why some people think that free verse is a copout. This is bad emo poetry, no better than any high school doggerel that most people throw away or hide forever in shame. It is a whiny, poorly-written collection of scribbles that should be destroyed. I beg Shane to either learn to write or to never try again, because this, to be frank, sucked. Really. Read it. It’s the extended whine of a spoiled brat. Now, this is simply the worst. ‘Wet Dream War Machine’ by Joseph Karam (of The Locust) was actually pretty good, and creative. It was well crafted and it brought up some interesting points. “There’s a hotbed of isms around here,” the poem says. This is interesting. But, the majority of the book is not. In fact, by reading this book I finally understood why some people think indie bands are pretentious. Most of the ideas touted out were so masturbatory, so cliché, so self-important that they really made me want to switch of metalcore. Mike Burkett of NoFX is an especially arrogant and thoughtless writer. His idea about all of the troubles in the world is as follows: too many unfit people are allowed to breed. Of course, he uses the more eloquent term of “idiot”, but the thesis is the same. Well, now, if that isn’t delightful. A flash from the past of 1920s and ‘30s progressivism: eugenics. You can try to defend him, but that’s exactly what eugenics is, by definition. Look it up. Apparently selfishness, greed, lack of education, bad educational theories, corrupt governments, this is all unimportant. In his mind, keeping people he finds unfit from having babies is the *real* way to save society. If that isn’t the most thoughtlessly pretentious and hitlerian of ideas! In the end, I tossed the book aside and reread ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’. And, as I read, I thought to myself: Colin Meloy should give writing lessons.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Noa Bash

    *2.5 -note: i removed one star because ZERO female musicians were in this book

  3. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    I picked this up at a yard sale for 25 cents one summer. In it, came a few hand-written thoughts about life and death from the previous owner and a drawing of the human skeleton. It's a perfect addition and it makes this copy that much more precious to me. > just don't go into this collection of poetry if you want structured poems. These poems seem to be straight out of the artists' notebooks. I prefer poetry that way - no rules. This book is also NOT the really trendy "three worded poem pressing I picked this up at a yard sale for 25 cents one summer. In it, came a few hand-written thoughts about life and death from the previous owner and a drawing of the human skeleton. It's a perfect addition and it makes this copy that much more precious to me. > just don't go into this collection of poetry if you want structured poems. These poems seem to be straight out of the artists' notebooks. I prefer poetry that way - no rules. This book is also NOT the really trendy "three worded poem pressing enter at every word that's supposed to represent important thing but only says it in pretty, dainty ways" This is one of the rawest collections of poetry I've read. Every contributor has such a creative mind and it's the perfect amount of angst...I'm not sure i'd even consider it angst....just purely human. I will forever come back to this collection. I already have, multiple times. I took one of my favs and made a dance inspired by it - it has helped me as an intellectual, a creative thinker, and a dancer. Good words are just always inspiring.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    this "poetry" was either hit or miss. more often miss than hit. the publishers of this book claim the bands whose writing form this collection are members of the "indie" scene. i would more accuratly label 80% of these bands "emo." and believe me, it shines through in the poetry. alot of this poetry is cliche and lacking of sense. but there are few very brilliant authors and poems in here. those rare few make it a well worth read though,

  5. 4 out of 5

    m_ren

    There are some good things here and there, but very few and far between. Also, halfway through reading I realized that there are no women featured in this book. I couldn’t find any information on if that is the writers intention or not, but it did change the way that I interpret the book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alina ❤ C

    This book has been around since my early teens. Its completely ruined and i still managed to keep it. This book is based on poetry that is not comtemporary but just dark and real. I have spent a lot of time scanning through this book. Composed from different artist, with lyrical feel yet still saving the raw emotions intact. definetly something to pick up, especially if you like indie music. This actully got me into poetry. I've never been into shakespeare because i never undersood that gibber g This book has been around since my early teens. Its completely ruined and i still managed to keep it. This book is based on poetry that is not comtemporary but just dark and real. I have spent a lot of time scanning through this book. Composed from different artist, with lyrical feel yet still saving the raw emotions intact. definetly something to pick up, especially if you like indie music. This actully got me into poetry. I've never been into shakespeare because i never undersood that gibber gabber. this is simple and meaningful. You may not like it but i definetly found myself lost in this. Pg 2. Jarrod Taylor In reverent fear THE SPOKES OF A NEW TYRANY "we've set our mark upon the baron shade we've made, with the taste of our mistakes and the heat of our decrees. the broken sped throughout into the air of distant plains, i'm holding up your prudance and betting furthers dares. still rusty with subjection and fruitful in our march, you're downstairs and im here spinning clever fate in the dark. with the hate in your remarks when your spoken only love. im praying for health and you're praying from above. so we danced and we laughed at the normalcy of good fortune, her eyes ever glowing in sickness and in health. with focus and chemistry we took the world alive. sorting throught musing of a life i cannot provide. she's in love with ideas i'm in love when she cries, her neck gently bending and shaping the night. the morning is begging us awake yet holding softer, she's the taste of a millionair, and i've the wallet of a pauper."

  7. 5 out of 5

    Corey Dempsey

    3.5/5

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    This book, Revolution on Canvas by Rich Balling, is absolutely amazing. The poetry is insightful, and the bands deserve so much credit for their extreme talent. I find that it makes a great present for music lovers. You can't read this without finding something that will make you laugh or cry. This book proves that creativity is not dead in the independent music scene. It showcases hundreds of poems and prose pieces, as well as several artistic ventures, from the some of the most respected indie This book, Revolution on Canvas by Rich Balling, is absolutely amazing. The poetry is insightful, and the bands deserve so much credit for their extreme talent. I find that it makes a great present for music lovers. You can't read this without finding something that will make you laugh or cry. This book proves that creativity is not dead in the independent music scene. It showcases hundreds of poems and prose pieces, as well as several artistic ventures, from the some of the most respected indie musicians of the day. Its contributors span from the well-established, barely-indie Something Corporate and Taking Back Sunday to up-and-comers on the verge of breaking through such as The Academy Is. I personally loved it and constantly find myself flipping through it. Some other bands that have contributed works include Silverstein, The Bled, Boys Night Out, From Autumn to Ashes, This Day Forward, Planes Mistaken For Stars, The Starting Line, Fear Before The March of Flames, and many more. For a good handle on modern poetry, or if you like any of these bands pick up this book. Even if you are not a fan of punk/emo/hardcore/indie/whatever, you will still enjoy this eclectic collection. It's a poetry book so you can read it over and over again. I teach Freshman Composition and I use this book during my poetry/lyrics section. They seem to enjoy it also.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Max Maxwell

    This is the very definition of hit-or-miss. This book compiles poetry, lyrics, prose, and paintings from the indie (read: emo) scene. Some of the contributors are musicians from well-known bands (Taking Back Sunday, Something Corporate, Circa Survive) and some are from more obscure acts. The best thing, by far, though, is a short excerpt from the diary of Bob Nanna, guitarist and vocalist for Hey Mercedes and, before that, Braid. He describes his vocal warm-up routines: mint throat-coat tea in, This is the very definition of hit-or-miss. This book compiles poetry, lyrics, prose, and paintings from the indie (read: emo) scene. Some of the contributors are musicians from well-known bands (Taking Back Sunday, Something Corporate, Circa Survive) and some are from more obscure acts. The best thing, by far, though, is a short excerpt from the diary of Bob Nanna, guitarist and vocalist for Hey Mercedes and, before that, Braid. He describes his vocal warm-up routines: mint throat-coat tea in, spicy food out, and make sure to use a steam inhaler before going on stage. It all seems so comical if you love those bands like I do because you realize that none of it helps... he's kindof a shitty singer. A lot of the poetry falls flat, though, hovering at some line between xteen angstx and ridiculously bad stabs at avant-garde. Worth reading but tedious. Good on Rich Balling (of The Sound of Animals Fighting) for throwing it together.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Brooks

    I had only heard of about half the bands in this book and I listen to even less. (Too bad, I totally thought I was "hip" on the whole indie scene, but I don' t remember these bands being indie! psh) Anyways, I have to say I don't know how most of these people are as lyricists, but I can say 98% of them are wonderful at expressing their feelings in poetry and/or short stories. I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though it was rather short. On the very last page of this book there is a page listin I had only heard of about half the bands in this book and I listen to even less. (Too bad, I totally thought I was "hip" on the whole indie scene, but I don' t remember these bands being indie! psh) Anyways, I have to say I don't know how most of these people are as lyricists, but I can say 98% of them are wonderful at expressing their feelings in poetry and/or short stories. I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though it was rather short. On the very last page of this book there is a page listing reccomendations by the people featured in the book. A list of book reccomendations? For moi? What could be better? That automatically gave the book extra points.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Honestly I had only heard of about half the bands in this book and like listening to even less (too bad, I totally thought I was hip on the whole indie scene. Psh.). I have no idea how these people are as lyricists , but I can say that 98% of them are wonderful at expressing their feelings in poetry and/or short stories. I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though it was rather short. At the end there is a little list of books reccomended by people featured in the book. A list of book reccomendat Honestly I had only heard of about half the bands in this book and like listening to even less (too bad, I totally thought I was hip on the whole indie scene. Psh.). I have no idea how these people are as lyricists , but I can say that 98% of them are wonderful at expressing their feelings in poetry and/or short stories. I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though it was rather short. At the end there is a little list of books reccomended by people featured in the book. A list of book reccomendations? for moi? What could be better?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ingrid

    This book contains poems and writings from musicians. There are no illustrations. It is a controversial book in parts, so I would take selections from this reading for the class. This book would be used in conjunction with a poetry unit or short biopoem activity. Here these artists give insight to themselves and their music. The lesson would be for students to write a poem about their artwork so that the viewer too could learn more about the student's point of view.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    In high school I was a closet "emo". That's my excuse for giving this stuff three stars. Back then, I compiled a list of my favorite one liners from songs and poetry like this, stuff that really sucked apart from the rare flash of interesting/arresting goodness. Nothing you couldn't write yourself in a state of self-pity or internal reflection. 3 stars for nostalgia, but in truth, 2 for the content.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Knittle

    This book was very good and interesting. While reading this I had no idea who most of the bands were. Even with that I can say they have a way with words either through poetry ot short stories. With it being so short it made em wish for it to be so much longer. By the last page of the book I was so happy to have picked it up.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Lynch

    Just a very cool idea. Was going through my bookshelves the other day and forgot I had this from I have no idea when. I just enjoy the acknowledgement that musicians are artists too, and can spread their talents to other fields. (childish gambino anyone? amazing writer, actor, rapper, etc) This book was filled with some pretty good gems and was worth the re-read. :)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Forgy

    I picked up this book for the poetry prompt of the 2016 Reading Challenge. For someone who hates poetry, but loves music, this seemed like a no-brained. I was wrong. Everything seemed forced, and all of it read sad and dark. If you LIKE poetry, ignore this review. I had high hopes this would turn my opinion of poetry around. I was wrong.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tony Koval

    The poems (written by indie musicians from bands you may have heard of) and prose are un-edited, un-cut, raw, emotional, and telling in the best way. My personal favorite in the book was BENEDICT ARNOLD MIDDLE SCHOOL by Derek Kiesgen from Bear vs. Shark. The poem is a clever, gut-wrenching, gritty, real, damning account of just how tough it is to be adolescent.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    It was interesting to read the poetry of musicians that I listen to daily. I mean their songs can be poetic, but this was different. To read just their words, it was a completely different experience, especially when most of the musicians included used more complex poems, not the lyrics to songs from their albums.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I remember reading this over and over again in high school. Falling more in love with each poem every time. Of course it helped these poems were written by a member of a band I listened to, but even the ones that were not written by someone I knew, they grabbed at my soul in ways I can't even begin to put into words.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    I was surprised that I was actually entertained by this one. It was great to see the stories and the creative minds of some of these artists. I may have been freaked out by some, but most were pretty good.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lexy

    i had been wanting to read this book for a while and im glad i waited. the poems were deep and would have had little significance when i was younger. good read from some of my favorite muscians like William Beckett and Nate from the Format.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dana Jerman

    Lyrics (esp. to hardcore music) don't always translate well as poetry, altho' this is an amicable effort.

  23. 4 out of 5

    James

    I liked the frenetic structure (oxymoron?) of the collection. It reminded me of a junior edition of the Outlaw Bible of American Poetry.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Poems by some of my favorite music artist!

  25. 5 out of 5

    erin buchanan

    Not usually a fan of poetry, but this looks like it's up my ally.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Prateek Garg

    I was amazed by the choice of lyrics and poems used in this book. Helped me relive the classic Indie Music era. This book is for the people with a sense of class, and passion for metaphors.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Changed my life. I felt like I grew with this book. Like it understood.

  28. 4 out of 5

    B

    Short stories and poetry from voices which are often not heard in this way (ie singers/band members!).

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Warner

    An interesting look at the writing from some of the more influential musicians in my life. Inspiring book to read for any music lover.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

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