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The first full-length biography of alternative music's ranking wunderkind.
He has been called "the most important voice of his generation" by Allen Ginsberg. He has called his own music "a satanic K-Tel record that's been found in a trash Dumpster." He was named Bek David Campbell but is now called simply Beck, one of the most innovative and unpredictable musicians today. Ever since his 1994 accidental smash hit, the Generation X anthem "Loser," Beck has repeatedly defied categorization with his top-selling albums Odelay, Mellow Gold, Mutations, and Midnite Vultures, winning critical acclaim, commercial success, and a couple of Grammys. Rock journalist Rob Jovanovic goes behind the music to find that Beck's life story, although less well known, is just as unusual. His grandfather led the avant-garde Fluxus movement in the sixties, his father is a bluegrass musician who has worked with Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, and his mother was a Warhol starlet who adopted the L.A. punk scene. After growing up in Bible Belt Kansas and the ghettos of East L.A., Beck experimented with musical genres from blues and folk to hip-hop and punk, playing in Greenwich Village clubs and busking on Hollywood Boulevard. Jovanovic also profiles every song Beck has recorded and analyzes his artwork, videos, and TV performances to make Beck!: On a Backwards River the ultimate source on Beck Hansen.
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