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the intelligence and respect with which they’ve

deal of that time now more than a decade in the

gone about all their public dealings, makes it hard

past – and it should be approached as such. No

to come to any other conclusion than that they do

one can say what Radiohead will do next. That

care about their fans very much. Maybe there’s

(and the music, of course) is what makes them

some connection here with the reason why the

such an exciting band to listen to and write about.

band has stuck together so long and why they’ve

It’s been a pleasure for me to delve into their art

remained so close to their hometown of Oxford.

again, not least because it whets my appetite –

One gets the feeling that in the Radiohead camp,

and, I hope, yours – for the many surprises that

loyalty is a virtue second to none.

are undoubtedly still to come.

Successful organizations, of course, tend to grow larger over time, and these days it’s tougher for journalists to reach the members of Radiohead through the various protective layers of management and representation. Once again, I was not able to convince them to cooperate with me for the updated edition of this book. In 200, I had the advantage of a backlog of interview material collected over three years. Now I don’t. But it’s a different era, and so I take a different more critically oriented approach, which I hope will still do justice to the band. Looking back at the original 2000 edition of Exit Music, I was surprised to find how little needed changing. Certain passages were no longer factually accurate, and I’ve made sure to correct them, but I’ve also tried to keep revisions to a minimum. The simple truth is that this book is both a record and a product of its time – a great 11

Exit Music Radiohead_Story  

The reedition of Mac Randall's take on Radiohead's unnoficial biography, revised with all-new photography on the band's shows. A part of the...

Exit Music Radiohead_Story  

The reedition of Mac Randall's take on Radiohead's unnoficial biography, revised with all-new photography on the band's shows. A part of the...

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