Neutral Milk Hotel's In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

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This volume in the 33 1/3 series is the first book about Neutral Milk Hotel. It was published in November 2005. Author Kim Cooper says: The story of NMH revealed itself to be one of faith and love and trust, of a bunch of talented kids who believed in each other and made magical things happen. It's an inspiring tale, and I think one that has a lot to offer young people who want to be artists, but are unsure of how to go about it or how much to rely on their friends and collaborators. They could do much worse than to follow the Elephant 6 model.

The book includes recollections from Lance Bangs, Jeremy Barnes, Ross Beach, Chris Bilheimer, Laura Carter, Ben Crum, John Fernandes, Geoff George, Jamey Huggins, Julian Koster, Martyn Leaper, Bryan Poole, Robert Schneider, Scott Spillane, Jason Norvein Wachtelhausen and Briana Whyte. It is organized chronologically, geographically and thematically, with sections on Ruston, Louisiana (where the players first came together), Athens, Denver, the On Avery Island recording sessions, Queens (where the Jeff-Jeremy-Julian-Scott band manifested), the In The Aeroplane Over The Sea recording sessions, an analysis of each of the songs on Aeroplane, an account of the designing of Aeroplane's sleeve art, life on the road dealing with the band's increasingly popularity, and concluding with the aftermath of the 1998 world tour, how the band ceased to be, and Neutral Milk Hotel's continued influence. Read more.

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About the series

33 1/3 is a series of short books about critically acclaimed and much-loved albums of the past 40 years. To find out about other titles, please visit the publisher's website or editor David Barker's personal blog.





About the author

Kim Cooper edits and publishes Scram, a journal of unpopular culture that celebrates neglected geniuses in every issue. She co-edited the anthologies Lost in the Grooves: Scram's Capricious Guide to the Music You Missed and Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth, which inspired the biennial Bubblegum Achievement Awards ceremonies and two documentaries. Online, she explores LA crime history at the 1947project. When she started researching Neutral Milk Hotel for this book, she hoped her illusions wouldn't be destroyed. Happily, she found that the people who made it are as extraordinary as their music.