Evie Nagy – Freedom of Choice


This review was originally on Goodreads

Devo’s third album Freedom of Choice is the group’s most well known album, mainly due to the track Whip It. It is also the album where the band ditched traditional instruments and switched to keyboards. In true 33 1/3 fashion Nagy dissects the album to an almost fanatical precision. Not only does she focus on the recording techniques and the stories behind the lyrics and the making of the videos but within the chapters she also describes the early years of Devo and their cultural impact on alternative music.

It’s a fascinating volume that is an obvious labor of love and it doubles as one of the very few official Devo books out in the market as all living members of the band were interviewed and megafan Fred Arminsen writes a glowing introduction to this book.