An engrossing and intimate portrait of
the Oklahoma-based psychedelic pop band the Flaming Lips, cult heroes to
millions of indie-rock fans. (Broadway Books, 2006)
In July 2002, the Flaming Lips released
an ambitious album called Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, which
merged elements of orchestral pop, electronic dance music, and old-fashioned
psychedelic rock with lyrical themes that were simultaneously poignant and
philosophical and supremely silly. The album sold a million copies
worldwide, introduced the Flaming Lips to a mass audience, and made them one
of the best-known cult bands in rock history.
Staring at Sound
is the tale of the Flaming Lipsí fascinating career (which, in reality,
began in 1983) and the many colorful personalities in their orbit,
especially Wayne Coyne, their charismatic and visionary founder. Based on
hundreds of hours of interviews with the band, it follows the Flaming Lips
through the thriving indie-rock underground of the 1980s and the
alternative-rock movement of the early í90s, during which they found fans in
such rock legends as Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Robert Plant, and
Devo, and respected peers in such acts as the White Stripes, Radiohead, and
Beck. It concludes with exclusive coverage of the creation of the groupís
latest album, At War with the Mystics.
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