Beck: The Art of Mutation

Beck: The Art of Mutation

In 1993, a quirky California boy named Beck burst onto the scene with the irony warped anthem "Loser." He has since earned a reputation as one of the most innovative, stylish, and vital recording artists of our time -- selling millions of records in the United States alone, heading up numerous Album of the Year lists, and taking home a few Grammys and MTV spacemen. This insightful portrait explores Beck's unorthodox childhood, his rise to fame, and his impact on the landscape of contemporary music.
When Odelay hit shelves in the summer of 1996, it was clear this eccentric young man was a musical force to be reckoned with. Born Bek David Campbell in 1970 to a Warhol Superstar mother and a bluegrass musician father, Beck spent his adolescence recording audio oddities and learning to strum old blues songs on a pawn shop guitar -- planting the seed for his critically acclaimed outings Mellow Gold, Odelay, Mutations, and Midnite Vultures. Mixing funk, folk R&B, soul, hip-hop, and rock 'n' roll into a heady sonic cocktail, Beck has crafted a singular sound that is as hard to pin down as it is recognizable.
Exploring his musical history, live performances, and recording sessions -- and featuring a complete discography that includes hard-to-find collaborations and appearances -- this is a comprehensive and fascinating inating look at the inimitable and ever-evolving Beck.
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  • Pocket Books | 
  • 144 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743424486 | 
  • June 2002
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Chapter One: Even in His Youth

"I didn't have that social know-how, I didn't have those cliques. I was on...my own island....It really liberated me to just form my own universe, really form my own view of the world. I wasn't influenced by what all, the other kids did. I was able to step back from the culture at the time."

The man we know today as simply Beck was born in Los Angeles at 11:59 P.M. On July 8, 1970, as Bek David Campbell. His parents, David Campbell and Bibbe Hansen, were an artistically inclined couple who would prove to be a considerable influence on Beck's art. He was the younger of two; and his brother, Channing,... see more

About the Author

Nevin Martell

Nevin Martell worked in new media at Atlantic Records in New York after graduating from Vassar College. His work has appeared in Ray Gun, High Times, and many online 'zines. He lives in Manhattan and writes full time. He can be e-mailed at mftp@earthlink.net.

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