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By Andrew Hultkrans | Comments: ( 740 ) | Date: ( Jul 12, 2020 )

Conceived as the last testament of a charismatic recluse who believed he was about to die, Forever Changes is one of the defining albums of an era Here, Andrew Hultkrans explores the myriad depths of this bizarre and brilliant record Charting bohemian Los Angeles descent into chaos at the end of the 60s, he teases out the literary and mystical influences behind ArthuConceived as the last testament of a charismatic recluse who believed he was about to die, Forever Changes is one of the defining albums of an era Here, Andrew Hultkrans explores the myriad depths of this bizarre and brilliant record Charting bohemian Los Angeles descent into chaos at the end of the 60s, he teases out the literary and mystical influences behind Arthur Lee s lyrics, and argues that Lee was both inspired and burdened by a powerful prophetic urge.EXCERPT Forever Changes may be thirty six years old at the time of this writing, but its hermetic fusion of the personal and the political feels relevant than ever It speaks to the present in ways that, say, a Jefferson Airplane record never could, whatever the parallels between the late 60s and our contemporary morass For unlike most rock musicians of his time, Arthur Lee was one member of the 60s counterculture who didn t buy flower power wholesale, who intuitively understood that letting the sunshine in wouldn t instantly vaporize the world s or his own dark stuff For him, the glittering surface of the Age of Aquarius obscured an undertow of impending doom.

  • Title: Forever Changes
  • Author: Andrew Hultkrans
  • ISBN: 9780826414939
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Paperback

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Comments Forever Changes

  • Antonomasia

    An album with the strange familiarity of music fallen asleep to dozens of times, but when, or where, with who (or none) I cannot remember. And in the past couple of weeks in appropriately semi-mystical fashion I've been pointed back toward this record on seeing that three otherwise unconnected friends - who usually listen to little pre-1990 - have been playing this on Spotify. I listened intently on repeat to 'Alone Again Or' after (re?) discovering it in 2009 in the uniquely unlikely source of [...]

  • Jason

    At times insightful, while at other times pretentious, this slim volume attempts an exegesis of the 1967 Love masterpiece in terms of its historical and spiritual context. Bleaker and far more inventive (musically and lyrically) than most of its psychedelic peers, Forever Changes is a prophetic work, according to the author, because it described the seeds of destruction present in the naivete of the flower power movement. The author's weakest moments, to me, come when he tries to connect the alb [...]

  • Pat

    This is really tedious and comes across more like a research paper than an insightful look at the album. As ridiculous as it is to say, there's simply not enough about the actual album, the music, the recording in this book. There's over-examination of the lyrics which results in a ton of quotes and attempts to draw connections to other literary, religious and existentialist works and a lot of grasping at straws. And there's also a good bit of context-setting, trying to establish the setting of [...]

  • Alan

    As one of the earliest of the 33-1/3 series, this book didn't set the template for the following books, which is good. It's an overly general meditation on that point in the sixties that Forever Changes was part of and meditated upon. While some of the 33-1/3 books veer too far in the other direction of very granular, song-by-song analyses that incorporate production notes, recording history, band biography, lyric interpretation, etc Hulktrans keeps focusing on the demise of the optimistic hippi [...]

  • Tosh

    When the 60's got weird Love's "Forever Changes" was the soundtrack recording of that time. Beautifully baroque pop songs that haven't been touched since then. Often talked about but never mastered. Arthur Lee and the guys really made a masterpiece and Andrew Hultkrans nails the album's' importance and what it means in the 21st Century.I also enjoy Hultkran's work in Bookforum Magazine. He's a good writer and this is a really good slice of 'pop' history as well as making you want to check this r [...]

  • Steve Gutin

    Rereading this one.Done. All the 33&1/3 books have different emphases. This one has too much theorizing for my taste, but there's still plenty of nuts-and-bolts stuff about Arthur Lee and the recording of the album.

  • Salt344

    Closer to a long article than a book but nonetheless a very interesting take on a definitive 60s psychedelic album. The author might go a bit too far afield at some points but I found it very thought provoking. Lots of references to intriguing reference material.

  • Ruth

    Kierkegaard, Virginia Woolf, Charles Manson, Donald Cammel, are all connected to Arthur Lee & the dark side of the summer of love, along with tons of other interesting stuff. I liked this one.

  • Travis Wagner

    Really hoping this series finds some grounding later down the road, because these early 33 1/3 offerings are a bitoteric.

  • Andrew

    Andrew Hultkrans' analysis of "Forever Changes" does for me what the best books of the 33 1/3 series do - it changes the way I listen to the album, and gives me a new-found appreciation for its particular brand of brilliance. Before reading this book, I took Arthur Lee's lyrics as simple drug-fueled paranoia. Hultkrans acknowledges the twin influences of LSD and debilitating mental illness on Lee's outlook at the time, but also does a thorough and convincing job of connecting Lee's lyrical choic [...]

  • Arthur Cravan

    I'm not 100% sure this book deserves 4 stars - it goes into some pretty wild shit (the Gnosticism theories seem to have no bearing in reality, besides the fact that the author has obviously studied Gnosticism, & obviously loves the album - & while there may be some philosophical similarities with some of the lyrics, I could pick just about any school of thought & theorize similarly. As a reader of Dylan commentaries, I'm used to some pretty tenuous connections between the artist's in [...]

  • Joe Milazzo

    If I try and write a review of Hultkrans' book, I will end up writing a novel, because I cannot write about it except through my own long-term relationship with FOREVER CHANGES. I could NOT recommend reading this book until you've actually spent some time with the album itself -- and you'll definitely want the version that appends the original Love's final single ("Your Mind And We Belong Together / Laughing Stock") to the original LP -- and let the music puzzle and hum its way into your daily r [...]

  • Kaoru

    Mhff. This one just served to confirm my prejudices, I'm afraid. Personally I never thought that "Forever Changes" is THAT great an album, and that it belongs more to the B-line of 1967's music. Sure, it has a pretty nice sound and a rather timeless production, but in the end it's just an overwritten piece of fluff that thinks of itself as terribly important. And my impression always was that people who cite this record as their favourite generally seem to be the type who are a bit full of thems [...]

  • robert

    The author plunges you into the ferment of the times and illuminates uncanny correspondences between Love, Gnosticism (7 & 7 Is), Marat/Sade, Manson (motel money murder madness), the occult, and Donald Cammell (the director of Performance who later killed himself). Chapter 2 seems to stretch for connections a bit too much, but otherwise this is an exciting reading of a rock album as a work of prophecy, which is what it felt like when my sister and I saw Love at the Double Door in Chicago in [...]

  • Adam

    The band Love is where it's at. Arthur Lee's attitude is Jimi Hendrix-cool with a sharper sense of humor, Jim Morrison-excess with less self-seriousness. This little book takes a highly serious, not particularly cool or humorous, and rather studious approach to appreciating Love's best-loved album. The high literary explorations do justice to Lee's songwriting (perhaps even too generously), and impressively, if a bit fancifully, relates it the California dark death cult underside of the sunny hi [...]

  • Tal

    Didn't expect to read a book about Gnosticism, the Manson murders, and strange, opulent isolation. But hey, it's L.A and this is a Canonical Album Made By A Total Weirdo. So, did I learn things? Yeah, sure, about how flower power is more like poisonous thorns power, or how I learned to stop loving God and start loving ourselves as direct particles of God. And more again. Pretty sure Hultkrans forgot to mention how much these word combos might have to do with Newspeak, and how that may have a lot [...]

  • Brian

    quote this is a tedious audiobook end of quote it quote has too many quotes end of quote I quote am not enjoying end of quote itat was while i was reading it, afterwards MORE OF THE SAME. and, also, the book didnt really tell me much about the album or the band. this was a glimpse of the time this record came out. ultimately, it is because i had just listened to two similar books, this was not very good.

  • Nathan

    I really don't understand this book at all. At some point it approaches a logical discussion on the album, but then it meanders down the path towards the psyche of Arthur Lee. I guess I've already had enough of that information, so it made this read sort of bland and uninteresting.

  • Michael Sedor

    blockquoting todd gitlin more than five times is not a recipe for a book's success

  • Josh

    One of the better 33 1/3 books I've read. The right mix of musical analysis and offbeat historical meandering.

  • Rob Duffy

    Andrew Hulktrans' brilliant exploration of this classic album was my gateway into understanding the genius of Arthur Lee.

  • J.fatty

    A tome about my favorite pop/rock album of all time. What's not to love?

  • Corey

    A fascinating, if somewhat dark, reading of Arthur Lee and Love.

  • Shanna

    Don't know why this dude had to insert his story into the book so frequently but was into it anyway.

  • Patrick

    Interesting take on Forever Changes, especially the relationship to gnosticism and Marat/Sade. Hultkrans does a good job of situating FC in late 1960s LA culture.

  • Thom Siblo

    My favourite tidbit from this book is that Jim Morrison used to wait on Arthur Lee's stoop for him to come out and play!

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