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Phoenix: Liberté, Égalité, Phoenix!

The first book from the French band Phoenix, who helped define the sound of an era.

With one foot in the French electronic music sound of the late 1990s and the other in the world of indie Rock, Phoenix have evolved from an edgy French band to one of the most influential and beloved indie acts of the last twenty years.

The book draws on the band's personal archives, including photography of everything from their instruments to the notebooks in which every lyric and chord change were carefully notated. Accompanying this is an oral history of the Phoenix's journey in their own words. The book is a superfan's chronicle of the evolution of a band.

Published to coincide with a series of anniversaries for the band -- thirty years since their formation as teenagers in 1989; twenty since the release of their debut record in 1999; and ten since Grammy Award-winning Best Alternative Album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, in 2009 -- and with original interviews conducted with the band throughout, this book is an intimate celebration of a group whose particular brand of indie rock has struck a chord on both sides of the Atlantic.

About The Author

Laurent Brancowitz, Christian Mazzalai, Thomas Mars, and Deck d'Arcy are Phoenix, a Grammy Award-winning indie rock band from Versailles, France. They have released six full-length albums and tour internationally.
Laura Snapes is a British music critic and the deputy music editor of the Guardian.

  • Publish Date: October 15, 2019
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Music - Genres & Styles - Rock
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 7-3/4 x 9-3/4
  • Pages: 240
  • US Price: $50.00
  • CDN Price: $67.50
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-6483-6


"If there was ever a time to release a Phoenix book, it’s now. Band members Laurent Brancowitz, Christian Mazzalai, Thomas Mars, and Deck d’Arcy collaborated with journalist Laura Snapes to create Phoenix: Liberté, Égalité, Phoenix!, an oral history and archive that arrives 30 years after the band’s inception, about 20 years since their first album United and 10 years after their commercial breakthrough Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. When one of the best music journalists/critics around gets together with one of the best rock bands around, the result could only be something close to magic." —PASTE MAGAZINE 

"Phoenix: Liberte, Egalite, Phoenix! is a told-by-the-band history that summarizes the career of a group with numerous links to cinema, from spouses (Sofia Coppola) to soundtracks (Marie Antoinette, most notably)." —THEFILMSTAGE.COM