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THE WORST BAND IN THE UNIVERSE: A Totally Cosmic Musical Adventure.

Base, Graeme.

ISBN 10: 0810939983 / ISBN 13: 9780810939981
Published by New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1999. dj, 1999
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First US printing. SIGNED by Base with a small drawing of an alien opposite the title page. Wonderfully humorous story told in rhyme with flamboyant colorful illustrations (including some two page spreads) of such fantastic characters as 'The Musical Inquisitor.' Bonus CD is still sealed in the original packaging at the backof the book. Large format, unpaginated (48 pp). Fine in fine dust jacket (as new, but with remainder line.). Bookseller Inventory # 25059

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Publisher: New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1999. dj

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Castigated for defying tradition and playing an original tune on his Splingtwanger, thirteen-year-old Sprocc leaves Planet Bipp in search of musical freedom and enters the annual Worst Band in the Universe Competition. Includes a CD of songs supposedly recorded by the bands in the story.


Australian author and illustrator Graeme Base's books are all musical, but The Worst Band in the Universe (with its accompanying 25-minute CD) clearly trumpets the loudest... in a Blippian sort of way. Like The Eleventh Hour, The Sign of the Seahorse, and Animalia, Worst Band takes place in a nonhuman context, this time in a dystopian planetary system far from Earth.

The premise is this: Sprocc, expert at the guitarlike splingtwanger, has the creative itch to write songs. But alas, his planet, Blipp, has strict creative rules about music. All songs must come directly from tradition, so Sprocc's desire to "call the tune... or else forsake the stage" leads to his exile from Blipp and a variety of galactic run-ins with authority. This includes the "Worst Band in the Universe" contest which, of course, is actually a best band contest that takes him deeper into dismal realms. Sprocc sharpens his musical delivery, hooks up with another long-time Blipp exile, and eventually the planet is freed from the rigorous creative restrictions with a mix of innovation and tradition.

In the tangle of rhyming couplets and fantastical illustrations is plenty of food for thought. On a purely musical level, The Worst Band in the Universe is an instructive volume, complete with a CD of Blippian music. It's a profound creation, conjured so that its ingredients will reward scrutiny. (Ages 7 and older) --Andrew Bartlett

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