Let it Be

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  • Title: Let it Be
  • Author: Colin Meloy
  • ISBN: 9780826416339
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of the greatest moments of College Rock in the 1980s, Let It Be had a huge impact on the fans who fell under its spell For Colin Meloy, growing up in Montana a state that s strangely missing from the tour itineraries of almost every band the album was a lifeline and an inspiration In this disarming memoir, Meloy lovingly recreates those feverish first years wOne of the greatest moments of College Rock in the 1980s, Let It Be had a huge impact on the fans who fell under its spell For Colin Meloy, growing up in Montana a state that s strangely missing from the tour itineraries of almost every band the album was a lifeline and an inspiration In this disarming memoir, Meloy lovingly recreates those feverish first years when rock music grips you and never lets go.

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    1. This is the story of the author's musical coming-of-age as a middle school Replacements fan in Helena, MT. I thought it was well-written with an effortless flow, as I finished it in no time at all. It may not have spoken much about the album's inspirations or process, but this didn't keep me from enjoying it. I probably would have been more disappointed had the album been as precious to me as it is to so many other people. (Those people will probably be pretty disappointed until the last 10-to-1 [...]

    2. Colin Meloy’s greeting-card sized contribution to the 33 1/3 project, Let It Be is more of a music memoir for the Decemberists’ singer/songwriter/guitar player. Briefly: The series asks contributors to write about an influential album. From what I’ve gathered, Meloy took great liberties with the task — more than most — writing about the Replacements within the larger context of what it meant, music-wise, to grow up in the 1980s.So. What was it like being Colin Meloy in the 80s: Hand-me [...]

    3. The complaints here are well-founded: as a tribute to a seminal album, this book mostly fails. Long stretches pass in which The Replacements are barely mentioned. Basically, the Decemberists guy tells you a childhood story, says something like "I sure listened to the Replacements a lot", tells another story, says "Seriously, I practically wore out the tape", and on to the next story. So if you're looking for insight, song by song breakdown, or information in general related to the album "Let it [...]

    4. Many people know Colin Meloy from his band The Decemberists. Knowing this, I ordered this book and dove right into it. Normally, in the 33 1/3 series, writers will normally write their interpretations on how albums are made and how they became popular. However, Colin totally threw that rule out the window and wrote a beautiful re-telling of his adolescent years growing up in Montana when MTV was a new cable channel and the Replacements' album "Let It Be" was released. The way that Colin writes a [...]

    5. (Non-Fiction Memoir on Music) Dear Colin, I love your band, The Decemberists especially the new album, Hazzards of Love. Perhaps if I thought your band sucked I wouldn't like your book as much, but I highly doubt it. You see, I grew up in a smalltown just like you and I received new music from my friends' college-age siblings. I enjoyed your funny, yet honest account of the impact of The Replacements in your life. I think your book is wonderful and I happen to you and your band are too. Thank yo [...]

    6. In truth, this is more a memoir of Colin Meloy's adolescence than an examination of the classic album by the 'Mats.With that said, Colin really manages to grasp what it was like growing up as a fan of "underground" music in the mid-to-late-1980's. Finding new bands from mix tapes, connecting with people just because they had a button of a band you liked on their jacket -- it's all here.There were real moments of poignancy here, and it's a great story, but it's not really what I was expecting.

    7. It was interesting to read about Colin Meloy's early years and introduction to good music and his beginnings as a musician as I'm a big fan of his work, but this book really was not about what the title suggests. The Replacements album 'Let it be' was referred to a few times but it was more about Colin and life as a young guy. I really only read this book because of the author and not the title, so for me it was somewhat enjoyable. Would be cautious about recommending to others though, depending [...]

    8. Not a good book. This should be called, "Colin Meloy's Coming of Age Story," (which happens to be really boring), and not "Let it Be." The few sections that actually were about the album or the Replacements did not seem to be fact checked. For example, he made up a story about the Replacements lugging their equipment around, driving in one of their cars. But I learned recently none of them had cars; none of them had driver's licensesNo big deal to skew the facts, but do it for the sake of a good [...]

    9. 'let it be' is one of the greatest albums ever but this book is really about the author, colin meloy of the decemberists, and his teenage years growing up in montana. if i didn't think the decemberists suck i might have liked this more but they do and i didn't.

    10. Your adolescence is not that unique or interesting. It's certainly much less unique and interesting than this album, which plays a fairly minor part in this boring memoir.

    11. Let It Be by Colin Meloy is the second book in the Continuum 33 1/3 collection I’ve read. It is similar to the first, Meat Is Murder by Joe Pernice, since it is a story that deals with adolescence, and music helping one get through it. However, Pernice’s story was fiction and this one, penned by the lead singer of The Decemberists, is a memoir of growing up in culturally isolated Helena, Montana. When he finally get around to talking about the band’s origins and the photo shoot for the alb [...]

    12. Given Meloy’s current standing as indie rock’s Dylan Thomas Lite, it seems to surprise folks that he chose to write about a Replacements album. For his band the Decemberists, Meloy crafts pop songs that embrace formality, ornamentation, and erudition to the point of absurdity (which is not a bad thing, for one simple reason: he’s great at it.) The Replacements were a crude and slapdash blur, and the best of Paul Westerberg’s songwriting had (and has) a plainspoken elegance to the lyrics, [...]

    13. A very quick read, this was an enjoyable story of how The Replacemnts' defining record effected the life of Colin Meloy, singer of The Decembrists. The 33 1/3 series published by Continuum is a seried of books that each chronicles an influential album in the history of rock and roll. Each one is written by a different author and takes a very different perspective as to how the record was influential. While some are very technical, breaking down the number of beats per minute and the keys the son [...]

    14. Colin Meloy is the lead singer of the Decemberists. But Colin Meloy was also was a thirteen-year old kid in culturally stale Montana in the early 1980s. This book isn't really like the others in the 33 1/3 series, which tend to be precise breakdowns of the creation of an album. Like the fantastic Talking to Girls About Duran Duran, it's more about how music can reflect and appeal to an individual, and a person's deep relationship with songs, albums, and bands. Meloy's awkwardness can go from hil [...]

    15. I loved this little book. At 106 pages, it is a very brief mini-memoir that focuses on music and that moment in Meloy's teenage years when he fell in love with it. His way of hunting down records, making connections between names, pictures, and music, and his voracious dedication to discovering and absorbing new music reminded me of myself at that age.Discovering music in English had a similar effect on me and reading someone else's account of the all-consuming thirst for knowledge felt very wei [...]

    16. This book is written by Colin Meloy of Decemberists fame. It's a reflection on a lot of the music he listened to as he was growing up an awkward outcast, how it insulated his relationship with his best friend and his uncle, and how it first got him interested in playing music. My main criticism of the book would just be that I think it's too short. The narrative stops short after Colin is 14 years old and we don't get to hear how things developed for him in high school beyond that. Instead it sh [...]

    17. This is a wonderful book about a great record. No, the book is not about the making of the record; it's about the impact the record had on the author. If you picked up this book to read, then no doubt it had a similar impact on you. One of the amazing things about music is the way it can transform the listener's life, providing both a soundtrack and map for life's great journeys. Colin Meloy details his experience discovering music and The Replacement's 1984 classic album, Let It Be. Written in [...]

    18. This is another in the 33 1/3 series. I was especially interested in this volume because the author is the lead singer of the Decemberists, one of my favorite bands, and the subject is not the Beatles album, but the one by The Replacements, which I'd always quite enjoyed. Meloy does not offer any analysis or history of the band or the songs, however. Instead, he gives the reader a poignant memoir of growing up in Helena Montana during the 1980s, focusing on his discovery of The Replacements his [...]

    19. The back cover summary was an instant sell for me; singer from a band I like writing about the influence of a band I like, with the added depth of adolescent discovery of music in a time before the internet made indie rock accessible to anyone. Being a music nerd, I wanted to read some hardcore fandom over The Replacements. I learned nothing about the band that I didn't already know. This is more of a musing of Colin Meloy's coming-of-age with music in general. It doesn't seem to fit with the 33 [...]

    20. This is, even for a 33 1/3 book, an extremely quick read. I managed to finish it over the course of one lunch and one train ride. If you go into this expecting any deep dive into the record or The 'Mats, you'll be left very disappointed. If anything, this is more of a condensed autobiography of Meloy's middle school years. Which, if he weren't an engaging writer and very easy to relate to (especially for me, a kid that suffered though school in a very similar fashion), might really tick me off. [...]

    21. Colin Meloy writing about The Replacements. My adopted town reflecting on my hometown. I bet neither Colin nor I got to hang out at the Longhorn or the Uptown (okay, I've hung out at the Uptown, but not when the 'Mats were playing there, because I would have been nine) to watch the 'Mats drunkenly throwing bottles into a belligerent audience. But I can sing along with Tommy Got His Tonsils Out, Buck Hill used to be my outgoing answering machine message, and I cried when I found out Bob Stinson d [...]

    22. I read this book by accident, really, thinking it was going to be about the Beatles album "Let It Be." But no, it's about the Replacements album "Let It Be." Except it's not, really -- it's Colin Meloy's memoirs of his childhood, with several references to the Replacements album "Let It Be." Which is fine, and it's fairly engaging -- although you would have expected someone in the process to weed out the homonymic typos (I say, with a "rye smile"). But unless you are writing a biography of Colin [...]

    23. I dunno, love the album to death not a fan of Mr. Meloy's band. He barely touched on this album, was merely a memoir of his pre-teen years in Helena, MT.Interesting enough and many common threads with my life but, I dunno much preferred Pernice's Meat Is Murder and John Darnelle's Master of Reality in so far as books in this series that really skirt the album in question. What are you gonna do? There aren't too many more of these 33 1/3rds in the library system I guess it's time to start on the [...]

    24. From what I already knew about the 33 1/3 series, I was expecting an analysis of the album from the unique perspective of an industry insider, in this case Colin Meloy of the Decemberists. Instead this is a memoir, detailing the cultural development of a boy largely defined by his taste and pointing to the Replacements and their contemporaries as sign posts along the way. What I learned from this book: sometimes something seemingly foreign, when broken down and examined, becomes eerily familiar. [...]

    25. It was funny reading this one because it's by Colin Meloy, the singer of The Decemberists, who are often made fun of because of just how proper the grammar in their songs is.It was funny seeing that translated in to text, because the whole time I could really imagine his voice. Anyways, this book documented the making of Let It Be, one of the more successful Replacements albums and talked much about how the singer really never grew up, he was stuck in his high school years. oh no!

    26. I came to this book wanting to read about one thing and one thing only: the album 'Let It Be' by The Replacements. Silly me. The author barely mentions it as he launches himself into an autobiography concerning his teenage years, telling us anecdotal stories about his relatives, the music he was listening to at the time, and basically anything else that takes his fancy. If this sounds like the kind of thing you want to read, then by all means read it.

    27. Delightful book that totally captures what it is like to be an adolescent in a midwest town getting lost in music. "It's rare that I'll hear a song or record that grabs me the way it did when I was younger- and even then, the way it moves has none of the mystery that went along with a discovery of a new band."p.s. Colin Meloy is the lead singer of the Decemberists and not Colin Hay as I mistakenly told people. Sorry for spreading misinformation.

    28. Enjoyable and insightful little memoir about growing up in the 1980s and how college music, culled only from distant cousins sending mix tapes and watching MTV, influenced a future singer-songwriter, and a great one at that. DO NOT read this book to learn about The Replacements' 'Let it Be,' but rather how Colin Meloy was formed by college music, which begat one of the great bands of today, the Decemberists. Read this book to learn about this band, not the 'Mats.

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