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Revolution On Canvas Vol. 2
Poetry From the Indie Music Scene
Hachette Book Group
www.hachettebookgroupusa.com


Got the hankering to read something other than lyrics from one of your favorite indie rock bands? Well, we've got your answer. The latest installment in the Revolution On Canvas series is here, and it's tres cool. Volume two of this (hopefully long) series is packed with prose and poetry from some of indie rock's finest singers, players, and writers. Some of these stories or poems are silly and playful, while others are dark and secretive, never fully revealing exactly what they mean. Brendan Ekstrom of Circa Survive throws out a single paragraph of prose that delights in its complexity and hidden meaning that comes clearer after repeated readings. "We stood there, crippled by silence, the smoke and sulfur stinging our eyes. And though it would take the shockwaves ten years to bring the arthritis to my knees, yours turned to stone that day, crumbling into the tile…" On a much lighter note, and possibly more truth revealing, is Scott Waldman from The City Drive's quick poem called "Is Bette Midler A True Star?". Porter McKnight from Atreyu gives a deeply poetic piece that questions the ethics of war, following a disturbingly graphic short story about hunting Ewoks by Buddhah's Rich Palmer.

So head on over to your favorite independent bookstore and get yourself some real independent reading… brought to you by the indie-est of the indie stars and their (mostly) fine abilities as wordsmiths… Occasionally, this book is like reading bad lyrics, but mostly these written words betray a deeper and more sentient side of some of indie's finest rockers that we may never, otherwise, have to opportunity to witness.

-L. Keane


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