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In which the writings of the authors Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood are gathered together. This commonplace book includes faxes, notes, fledgling lyrics, sketches, lists of all kinds and scribblings towards nirvana, as were sent between the two authors during the period 1999 to 2000 during the creation of the Radiohead albums Kid A and Amnesiac. This is a document of the cre In which the writings of the authors Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood are gathered together. This commonplace book includes faxes, notes, fledgling lyrics, sketches, lists of all kinds and scribblings towards nirvana, as were sent between the two authors during the period 1999 to 2000 during the creation of the Radiohead albums Kid A and Amnesiac. This is a document of the creative process and a mirror to the fears, portents and fantasies invoked by the world as its citizens faced a brave new millennium.


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In which the writings of the authors Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood are gathered together. This commonplace book includes faxes, notes, fledgling lyrics, sketches, lists of all kinds and scribblings towards nirvana, as were sent between the two authors during the period 1999 to 2000 during the creation of the Radiohead albums Kid A and Amnesiac. This is a document of the cre In which the writings of the authors Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood are gathered together. This commonplace book includes faxes, notes, fledgling lyrics, sketches, lists of all kinds and scribblings towards nirvana, as were sent between the two authors during the period 1999 to 2000 during the creation of the Radiohead albums Kid A and Amnesiac. This is a document of the creative process and a mirror to the fears, portents and fantasies invoked by the world as its citizens faced a brave new millennium.

30 review for Fear Stalks the Land!: A Commonplace Book

  1. 5 out of 5

    José

    A little treat for longtime fans.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Ball

    two headed monsters three headed brides nobody is free to do what they want waited on hand and foot the world's best-selling drug comrades with mobile phones the illegitimate sons crawling out from under stones daddy daddy I've come home I want to see you smile again like diamonds in the dust the amazing sound of the killing hordes the day the banks collapsed on us cease this endless chattering like everything is fine when sorry is not good enough sit in the back while no one drives sing along here> so glad you two headed monsters three headed brides nobody is free to do what they want waited on hand and foot the world's best-selling drug comrades with mobile phones the illegitimate sons crawling out from under stones daddy daddy I've come home I want to see you smile again like diamonds in the dust the amazing sound of the killing hordes the day the banks collapsed on us cease this endless chattering like everything is fine when sorry is not good enough sit in the back while no one drives sing along here> so glad you're mine so glad you're mine police on horseback broken bones we sit in the back while no one drives a woman flutters her eyelashes in Washington and bombs rain down in Sudan women and children first carry on smiling and the world will smile with you

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julijona

    Tikrai knyga Radiohead fanams, kurie nori pamatyti visą Kid A ir Amnesiac albumų kūrimo procesą. Labai gera!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    i want to preface this by saying that I’m a really big radiohead fan only really be enjoyed by radiohead fans. I really enjoyed this collection of poems lyrics and drawings. this is basically just like an avant-garde poetry collection with drawings. the depressing and social commentary aspects are always cool and listening to my radiohead cds while reading this added to my experience

  5. 5 out of 5

    Minyoung

    It's an interesting collection of notes, poems/lyrics, and artwork; a window into what might have been in Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood's minds during the creation of Kid A and Amnesiac. Once in a while you'll be treated with additional context or scrapped lyrics for some well-known songs, but not much is revealed in terms of 'creative process' as all the works are presented without context or explanation. A fun collector's item for fans. It's an interesting collection of notes, poems/lyrics, and artwork; a window into what might have been in Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood's minds during the creation of Kid A and Amnesiac. Once in a while you'll be treated with additional context or scrapped lyrics for some well-known songs, but not much is revealed in terms of 'creative process' as all the works are presented without context or explanation. A fun collector's item for fans.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nikolas Kalar

    Another book that probably more rightly deserves a three-and-a-half star rating than four, but we round up here. More a treat for the fans than anything else, "Fear Stalks the Land!" is mostly a lyrics book, with a few additional poems, stories, emails, faxes, illustrations, and other ephemera. If you're one of the Radiohead faithful (and really, who isn't), you'll enjoy this further glimpse into the world of Kid A and Amnesiac. If you're the kind of person who says, "yeah, I like that "Creep" so Another book that probably more rightly deserves a three-and-a-half star rating than four, but we round up here. More a treat for the fans than anything else, "Fear Stalks the Land!" is mostly a lyrics book, with a few additional poems, stories, emails, faxes, illustrations, and other ephemera. If you're one of the Radiohead faithful (and really, who isn't), you'll enjoy this further glimpse into the world of Kid A and Amnesiac. If you're the kind of person who says, "yeah, I like that "Creep" song, and I guess "Karma Police" is pretty good, too," you can probably skip this. If, however, you fit neither of those categories and are rather someone who likes to observe the artist/songwriting process, this may also be worth your time. Because Thom Yorke's lyric-writing style at the time was to cut, chop, and rearrange the phrases and lyrics he had written, sometimes even between songs, and "Fear Stalks the Land!" does an excellent job at highlighting, simultaneously, the entirety of the original lyrics, and the ones that made the final cut. An exciting glimpse into the process of one of the western world's most influential bands.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jaslyn★

    For a casual reader this would be baffling, but for a hardcore Radiohead fan this is packt with interesting things. I wish it was twice as long, classic Radiohead to leave me wanting more!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chris Jones

    Blurb on the back calls it a “document of the creative process” but I don’t think I really gleaned anything from it. Moderately interesting for a fan I’m sure but it’s a good two decades since I could genuinely call myself one. Then again, I still bought a copy of this, didn’t I, so I suppose the joke is on me. Nostalgia hits my wallet once again.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    I don’t even really know how to treat this thing, as poetry, as a sort of collected scribblings, or maybe just a sort of curio for a band I like. On any of those merits it was actually pretty enjoyable, if a little light.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    I’m pretty sure I read lots of this as I clicked around the Radiohead website in 1999-2000 as a teen in Albuquerque. I think I liked it better in that messy HTML format; hunting around for hyperlinks that were sometimes obscured by drawings and colored the same as the background, etc. Back then I was a bigger fan; nowadays, I like Radiohead, sure, but they’re not up there with my favorites (e.g., Meshell Ndegeocello, Arthur Russell, Four Tet, etc.). So without a super-fan bias in the mix, how do I’m pretty sure I read lots of this as I clicked around the Radiohead website in 1999-2000 as a teen in Albuquerque. I think I liked it better in that messy HTML format; hunting around for hyperlinks that were sometimes obscured by drawings and colored the same as the background, etc. Back then I was a bigger fan; nowadays, I like Radiohead, sure, but they’re not up there with my favorites (e.g., Meshell Ndegeocello, Arthur Russell, Four Tet, etc.). So without a super-fan bias in the mix, how does this hold up? It’s a mixed-bag, in my opinion. I think a familiarity and fondness for Radiohead (which I have, to be clear; there’s just a lot of music that is even more up my alley) is essential for enjoying this book. Some of it is more inspired than other parts, and bits get repeated, but it’s a generally interesting and fast read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    J.C.

    A fascinating insight into the working process of the two albums, lyric-wise anyway. One aspect I find so interesting is how bits and pieces that were in one idea would eventually be in another, and there seemed to be an almost assemblage of sayings, phrases, odd parings and images compiled in the songwriting process. The sketches add to the book that all important visual element, as the two go so hand in hand with all of Radiohead’s work. I highly recommend this for all fans, or anyone curious A fascinating insight into the working process of the two albums, lyric-wise anyway. One aspect I find so interesting is how bits and pieces that were in one idea would eventually be in another, and there seemed to be an almost assemblage of sayings, phrases, odd parings and images compiled in the songwriting process. The sketches add to the book that all important visual element, as the two go so hand in hand with all of Radiohead’s work. I highly recommend this for all fans, or anyone curious about their process.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Graeme Henderson

    What worked 20 years ago as part of an album marketing campaign really doesn’t work when collected as a random group of nonsensical lists. The art, as ever, is fantastic as is the overall presentation. But as a book to be read and enjoyed? I’ll stick with memories of gig posters and finding the secret booklet in the cd case.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alain Lewis

    If you ever wanted a journey into the mind of Thom Yorke, this is it. There’s been some really interesting releases in the past few years with this and the Bootleg Tapes from the OK Computer sessions. It really shows the process of producing a huge amount of work and then whittling away and distilling until you get that honed piece of work. As a Radiohead fan it’s right up my alley.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Prekshita

    Authors Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood have successfully created a beautiful masterpiece of thought-provoking and heartfelt poetry. Amazing book for poetry lovers who wish to expand their reading list of contemporary poetry books

  15. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    Fun book for fans of the KID A / Amnesiac era of Radiohead. There are lyrics, scribbles, and some notes from the era between Thom Yorke & Stanley Donwood. I would have enjoyed some commentary but overall it’s a great side piece for the fans. Happy New Years everyone 🥂

  16. 5 out of 5

    James Lombardi

    I bought this because I am a huge Radiohead fan. It’s a collection of notes, lyrics, poems, thoughts, and sketches. Overall I found it interesting, even though some of it makes no sense to me. Thom Yorke is a legend.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tyler

    Read through this pretty quickly and enjoyed seeing many of my favourite songs in a different context. Not much more to it than that for me though. Nice to have as a collector's item! Read through this pretty quickly and enjoyed seeing many of my favourite songs in a different context. Not much more to it than that for me though. Nice to have as a collector's item!

  18. 5 out of 5

    leanne

    I'm a big radiohead fan so found this super interesting to see drawings, notes and lyrics from Kid A / Amnesiac albums 🤩 I'm a big radiohead fan so found this super interesting to see drawings, notes and lyrics from Kid A / Amnesiac albums 🤩

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    I can't recommend this book enough to Radiohead (Kid A and Amnesiac) fans. I know I will revisit it many times. I can't recommend this book enough to Radiohead (Kid A and Amnesiac) fans. I know I will revisit it many times.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nat

    Upon skimming through the book (before reading it properly) I worried I'd just spaffed a tenner straight into a millionaire's pocket for a piece of future landfill containing angry teddy bear doodles and miserable poetry. That's almost what I got, but the doodles are great and the lyrics/poetry were so hilariously(?) pessimistic and relatable I couldn't help but be seduced by these insights into Mr Yorke's mind. I can't say I pay much attention to the lyrics of most bands beyond Kate Bush and Ni Upon skimming through the book (before reading it properly) I worried I'd just spaffed a tenner straight into a millionaire's pocket for a piece of future landfill containing angry teddy bear doodles and miserable poetry. That's almost what I got, but the doodles are great and the lyrics/poetry were so hilariously(?) pessimistic and relatable I couldn't help but be seduced by these insights into Mr Yorke's mind. I can't say I pay much attention to the lyrics of most bands beyond Kate Bush and Nick Cave. With Radiohead I'm often so distracted by the rich tapestries of tones and textures I don't find elsewhere that I sometimes neglect their lyrics too. That all changes now. Although we can't open up an artist's brain and discover where or how the concepts are made, their work itself can inspire feelings in us that in turn can trigger emotions and further ideas. For that reason, I can see myself coming back to this book regularly. Inspirational.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lance

  22. 5 out of 5

    Freya Riches

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Petchell

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hal Perry

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lars Paymans

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marco

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cal O'Neill

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

  30. 5 out of 5

    Santiago

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