Massive Attack: Out Of The Comfort Zone by Melissa ChemamMassive Attack: Out Of The Comfort Zone by Melissa Chemam

Massive Attack: Out Of The Comfort Zone

byMelissa Chemam

Paperback | May 1, 2019

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This book is dedicated to the history of the band Massive Attack and to their relationship with their home town of Bristol, a city built on the wealth generated by the slave trade. As a port Bristol was also an arrival point for immigrants to the UK, most notably the Windrush generation from the Caribbean in the 1950s. Author Melissa Chemam's in-depth study of the influences that led to the formation of the Wild Bunch and then Massive Attack looks into Bristol's past to explore how the city helped shape one of the most successful and innovative musical movements of the last 30 years. Based on interviews with Robert (3D) del Naja and others, the book examines the inner tensions between the founding members of Massive Attack - 3D, Daddy G and Mushroom - their influences, collaborations and politics and the way in which they opened the door for other Bristol musicians and artists including Banksy. The book is published under licence from Anne Carriere in France by Tangent Books in partnership with PC Press. Its French title is En Dehors De La Zone De Confort De Massive Attack A Banksy ?(978-2-8433-7809-6)
Title:Massive Attack: Out Of The Comfort ZoneFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:May 1, 2019Publisher:Tangent BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1910089729

ISBN - 13:9781910089729


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"Suddenly, Massive Attack are happening", writes Miranda Sawyer in Q Magazine in March 1991. "A silver album! That 'all-important' critical acclaim! Even seminal world rockers U2 want to meet them!". From the caves of Bristol's underground and forbidden parties, the non-musicians will emerge worldwide in only a few months. From 1989, the work that Massive Attack's three core members have started take a more definite shape, and it becomes clear for Cameron McVey and Jonny Dollar that an album is on its way, and not an ordinary album. Produced without a definite plan in mind, their art, which creates after "cutting and pasting" from an extraordinary playlist of references, seems to work magically, just like 3D's art of collage at the time.Tricky and 3D write the raps featured in 'Daydreaming', where we see Tricky's talent for "storytelling" rap: "Attitude is cool degrees below zero / Up against the wall behaving like De Niro / Tricky's performing taking his phono". He also mentions the social context a while later: "Yes Tricky kid I check my situation / Maggie this Maggie that Maggie means inflation". And adds details on daily violence: "Wise guys get protection when they carry a knife / They shouldn't have been born they're making me yawn", while 3D brings a more hopeful note: "We're natives of the massive territory and we're proud / Get peaceful in the dance, adapt the glory and the crowd / The problem ain't a different kind of skin, Tricks / I love my neighbour I don't wait for the Olympics". Tricky and 3D also work on lyrics for the songs 'Blue Lines' and 'Five Man Army', on which they're joined by Daddy G, Willy Wee and Horace Andy. The reggae singer, born Horace Hinds, in Kingston, Jamaica, on the 19th of February 1951, is the third main guest vocalist on the album. Grant considers Horace as a legend and knows by heart his first album, Skylarking, released in 1972, after a first single in 1967, 'This is a Black Man's Country', recorded at the young age of 16.