Beck!: On a Backwards River: The Story of Beck by Rob JovanovicHe has been called the most important voice of his generation by Allen Ginsberg. He has called his own music a satanic K-Tel record thats been found in a trash Dumpster. He was named Bek David Campbell but is now called simply Beck, one of the most innovative and unpredictable musicians today. Ever since his 1994 accidental smash hit, the Generation X anthem Loser, Beck has repeatedly defied categorization with his top-selling albums Odelay, Mellow Gold, Mutations, and Midnite Vultures, winning critical acclaim, commercial success, and a couple of Grammys. Rock journalist Rob Jovanovic goes behind the music to find that Becks life story, although less well known, is just as unusual. His grandfather led the avant-garde Fluxus movement in the sixties, his father is a bluegrass musician who has worked with Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, and his mother was a Warhol starlet who adopted the L.A. punk scene. After growing up in Bible Belt Kansas and the ghettos of East L.A., Beck experimented with musical genres from blues and folk to hip-hop and punk, playing in Greenwich Village clubs and busking on Hollywood Boulevard. Jovanovic also profiles every song Beck has recorded and analyzes his artwork, videos, and TV performances to make Beck : On a Backwards River the ultimate source on Beck Hansen.
The discography of Beck , an American rock musician , singer-songwriter , record producer and multi-instrumentalist , consists of 13 studio albums , one compilation album , one remix album , three extended plays EPs and 45 singles. With a pop art collage of musical styles, oblique and ironic lyrics, and postmodern arrangements incorporating samples , drum machines , live instrumentation and sound effects, Beck has been hailed by critics and the public throughout his musical career as being amongst the most creative and idiosyncratic musicians of s and s alternative rock. Beck released his debut album Golden Feelings through independent record label Sonic Enemy in The album's lead single "Loser" previously available only as a standalone single on Bong Load Custom Records reached 10 on the Billboard Hot and helped introduce Beck to a mainstream audience. In addition to critical acclaim, Odelay would go on to see double platinum certification in both the US and Canada. His next two albums, Mutations and Midnite Vultures maintained the eclectic sound Beck had become known for and saw favorable reviews with continued chart success.