RE-MAKE/RE-MODEL: BECOMING ROXY MUSIC: by Michael Bracewell [Da Capo]

Much more than a straight band bio, this highbrow history of Roxy Music positions itself as a cultural overview of art rock between the Summer of Love and the punk era. Michael Bracewell’s lofty writing style sometimes threatens to collapse Re-Make/Re-Model under its own weight, particularly when detailing Bryan Ferry’s visual-art background. Still, this is likely the definitive history of the Ferry/Brian Eno collective. Bracewell’s deep research and interviews link Roxy Music to Newcastle’s R&B/blues scene, Warhol’s Factory and early-’70s fashion photography. Re-Make includes a generous selection of photos and astutely examines the band’s meticulously designed public persona. []

—Eric Waggoner