Sound Tracks: A Musical ABC, Volumes 1-3 (Sound Matters)

Sound Tracks: A Musical ABC, Volumes 1-3 (Sound Matters)

By: Michael Jarrett (author)Hardback

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From ambient music to \u0022Dixie\u0022 and Zulu Nation, from Sonny Rollins to the Beastie Boys and Elvis's tailor, Sound Tracks quick-shuttles like a jukebox on Saturday night. Alphabetically ordered, this collection of pithy definitions and extended meditations most resembles a boxed set of anthologized sounds compiled by an omnivore of music. Spinning off from the \u0022Definition of Sound\u0022 column he wrote for Pulse! magazine, Michael Jarrett mixes astute music criticism, an engaging writing style, and a wicked sense of humor to produce three alphabets that will provoke readers to rethink all sorts of popular music. Inventive and whimsical, these small essays coalesce around a serious purpose -- writing about contemporary culture in a way that is meaningful to electronic-age readers and listeners. Take, for example, the entry on ambient music: like all of the entries in the book, it is preceded by evocative album art that amplify the definition; this one lists related videos as well. But it also presents an interview with Carla Bley and Steve Swallow on the influential music of Erik Satie. Under the Ls, producer George Avakian talks about how the technology that made LPs possible changed the music industry, and Pat Metheny talks about the challenges of sequencing an LP from a musician's point of view. The entry for Carol (as in traditional songs for Christmas and the Middle Age dance craze) opens into a riff on cultural roots and survivals that invokes Chuck Berry's classic song. Whether it is read start to finish or sampled, Sound Tracks is a book that music lovers and students of contemporary culture will applaud.

About Author

Michael Jarrett is Associate Professor of English, Pennsylvania State University, York, and the author of Drifting on a Read: Jazz as a Model for Writing (forthcoming).


CONTENTS Introduction Volume 1 ambient music bolton cool cool jazz "Dixie" EOM funk Genesis 11: 1-9 hyperacusis implied grunge jukebox Kasenetz & Katz LP muso Nudie old school pop vs. rock Quem quaeritis reverb soul music tarantella ukulele virginal Whitney Houston syndrome X [Christ] Young, Neil zymo-xyl Volume 2 album alternative bebop chess Carol dancehall EML flamenco groove harmolodics importance improvise Jubal krautrock Leslie mbaqanga Mekons nigger Orpheus pedal steel quiz rockabilly ska trope urbane verity wah-wah pedal X [border radio] "Yodeling Cowboy" Zulu Nation Volume 3 authenticity bossa nova brush arbor croon DIDs doo-wop electromagnetic tape engineer falsetto gospel hard bop ictus jazz kick Leno, Jay minstrel cycle Nashville sound obbligato pubk Qiana rhapsody shivaree soul jazz trainspotter Ursonate "venerable Frog" watusi X [variable] Yardbird zine Appendix CD Covers

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781566396417
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 294
  • ID: 9781566396417
  • ISBN10: 1566396417

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