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- DescriptionFinally, after all that waiting, The Future arrived in 1980. Ohio art-rockers Devo had plainly prepared with their 1979 second LP Duty Now for the Future, and w it was go time. Propelled by the new decade's high-tech, free-market, pre-AIDS promise, 1980's Freedom of Choice would rocket what Devo co-founder Gerald Casale calls his alternate universe, hermetically sealed, alien band both into the arms of the Earthlings and back to their home planet in one scenic trip. Before an artistic and commercial decline that resulted in a 20-year gap between Devo's last two studio records, Freedom of Choice made them curious, insurgent superstars, vindicated but ultimately betrayed by the birth of MTV. Their only platinum album represented the best of their unreplicable code: dead-serious tricksters, embracing conformity in order to destroy it with bullet-proof pop sensibility. Through first-hand accounts from the band and musical analysis set against an examination of new wave's emergence, the first-ever authorized book about Devo (with a foreword by Portlandia's Fred Armisen) explores the group's peak of success, when their hermetic seal cracked open to let in mainstream attention, a legion of new Devotees, and plenty of misunderstandings. Freedom of Choice was the end of Devo incence-it turned out to be the high point before the s***storm of a total cultural move to the right, the advent of AIDS, and the press starting to figure Devo out and think they had our number, says Casale. It's where everything changes.
- Author BiographyEvie Nagy is an arts and business journalist who has been a staff editor and writer at Rolling Stone, Billboard and Fast Company. She lives in Oakland, CA.
- Author(s)Evie Nagy
- PublisherContinuum Publishing Corporation
- Date of Publication16/07/2015
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Series Title33 1/3
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintContinuum Publishing Corporation
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight173 g
- Width120 mm
- Height165 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Foreword byFred Armisen
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