One of the most beloved cult albums of the 1990s, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is one of those records that sells almost purely through word-of-mouth. In this book, Kim Cooper provides a lovingly researched oral history of Neutral Milk Hotel and the Elephant 6 Collective - from their childhood roots in Ruston, Louisiana through to the moment when Jeff Mangum, NMH's mercurial leader, decided to retreat back into anonymity.Kim Cooper is the editrix of Scram - a journal of unpopular culture. She is also the co-editor of the acclaimed books Lost in the Grooves and Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth. She lives in Los Angeles.
With its multi-layered low-fi sensibility, Neutral Milk Hotel's 1994 album rolls from meek melancholy melodies to joyous triumphant swells, creating an enigmatic indie classic whose fans hold it close to their hearts. Music writer Kim Cooper, herself a fan, puts some context to the mystery, describing the collaborative environment from which the album emerged and the reasons for bandleader Jeff Magnum's sudden decision to take a hiatus from music following the albums successes. Donna Coney Island's emphatic performance of the audiobook engages the listener, painting a living picture of the friends and musicians who created the album while treating it seriously, as a significant moment in time. Fans of the album and the newly initiated will delight in this loving aural portrait.
"Exhaustively researched and warmly narrated, Kim Cooper's Cinderella story of the 1997 Neutral Milk Hotel album that has sold upward of 150,000 copies primarily through word of mouth and caused its primary creator to withdraw from the public-eye functions as an indie-rock doctrine. Tracing the evolution of the band's main participants back to their childhoods and following their paths through the culmination of their final tour, she debunks myths and humanizes developments along the way" (The Chicago Tribune)
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