Sunday, October 02, 2005

Revolution on Canvas - Rich Balling

This book, Revolution on Canvas by Rich Balling, is absolutely amazing. The poetry is insightful, and the bands deserve so much credit for their extreme talent. I find that it makes a great present for music lovers. You can't read this without finding something that will make you laugh or cry. This book proves that creativity is not dead in the independent music scene. It showcases hundreds of poems and prose pieces, as well as several artistic ventures, from the some of the most respected indie musicians of the day. Its contributors span from the well-established, barely-indie Something Corporate and Taking Back Sunday to up-and-comers on the verge of breaking through such as The Academy Is. I personally loved it and constantly find myself flipping through it. Some other bands that have contributed works include Silverstein, The Bled, Boys Night Out, From Autumn to Ashes, This Day Forward, Planes Mistaken For Stars, The Starting Line, Fear Before The March of Flames, and many more. For a good handle on modern poetry, or if you like any of these bands pick up this book.

Even if you are not a fan of punk/emo/hardcore/indie/whatever, you will still enjoy this eclectic collection. It's a poetry book so you can read it over and over again. I teach Freshman Composition and I use this book during my poetry/lyrics section. They seem to enjoy it also. You can buy it for about eight dollars from Amazon.


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