'Pretty Hate Machine,' by Daphne Carr

After some delay, the 33⅓ book series — pocket-sized titles that dissect one classic album at a time — will publish its highly anticipated title on Nine Inch Nails’ 1989 debut Pretty Hate Machine in March. The 176-page book was written by Daphne Carr, the editor of Da Capo’s series of “Best Music Writing” books. In an excerpt posted Wednesday — the 21st anniversary of the soon-to-be-reissued album’s release — Carr writes of Trent Reznor’s melding of pop and industrial sounds: “For the majority of people slumbering through Reagan’s American morning, Nine Inch Nails was a stunning revelation: dissent from the complacence of suburbia was possible, and it could sound so strange.”

READ THE EXCERPT: “Pretty Hate Machine,” by Daphne Carr

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