A definitive biography of Manu Chao, the Che Guevara of world music. A decade ago, Manu Chao’s band, Mano Negra, toured Columbia by train, negotiating with government troops and rebels – an episode described at the time as ‘less like a rock’n’roll tour – more like Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow’. That’s Manu in a nutshell. He does everything differently. He is a multi-million selling artist who prefers sleeping on friends’ floors to five-star hotels, an anti-globalisation activist who hangs out […]
As admired for his writing as for his work in art, photography and architecture, Dan Graham was one of the first contemporary artists to embrace Punk, Postpunk and No Wave, becoming a figurehead for those movements, and an early supporter of (and friend to) Glenn Branca and Sonic Youth among many others. Rock/Music Writings collects 13 of Graham’s most influential writings, on bands ranging from The Kinks to Bow Wow Wow, first published in art journals such as Real Life, Open Letter and ZG between 1968 […]
This “oral autobiography” of Jimmy Page, the intensely private mastermind behind Led Zeppelin—one of the most enduring bands in rock history—is the most complete and revelatory portrait of the legendary guitarist ever published. More than 30 years after disbanding in 1980, Led Zeppelin continues to be celebrated for its artistic achievements, broad musical influence, and commercial success. The band’s notorious exploits have been chronicled in bestselling books; yet none of the individual members of the band has penned a memoir […]
Wagner and the Erotic Impulse Though his image is tarnished today by unrepentant anti-Semitism, Richard Wagner (1813–1883) was better known in the nineteenth century for his provocative musical eroticism. In this illuminating study of the composer and his works, Laurence Dreyfus shows how Wagner’s obsession with sexuality prefigured the composition of operas such as Tannhäuser, Die Walküre, Tristan und Isolde, and Parsifal. Daring to represent erotic stimulation, passionate ecstasy, and the torment of sexual desire, Wagner sparked intense reactions from figures like Baudelaire, Clara Schumann, […]
180 gram vinyl LP pressing. Resembling at times a soft-sung Robert Plant, Buckley was an intuitive vocalist capable of dizzying arabesques and choir-boy sweetness. He is joined here by a tight band for 10 tracks highlighting his stylistic range–Pearl Jam bluesy on “Eternal Life,” impossibly serene on Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” art-school noisy on “So Real,” Led Zep daring on “Mojo Pin.” Unorthodox, this was the debut of ’94.
Music. Record. VINYL FORMAT. Since long before his debut album Celebrating Life, Born to Be Free, offers everything one could ask of Borko. This album manages to be both calm and complex at the same time without having to tread any thin line. Songs like the title song and “The Final Round” are an energetic comment on urban life, while the final song “Sing to the World” is a universal anthem. There is a sense of charismatic vibrancy which juxtaposes perfectly with […]
Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking provides a long-needed, practical, and engaging introduction to the craft of making – as well as creatively cannibalizing – electronic circuits for artistic purposes. With a sense of adventure and no prior knowledge, the reader can subvert the intentions designed into devices such as radios and toys to discover a new sonic world. At a time when computers dominate music production, this book offers a rare glimpse into the core technology of early […]
Categories: DVD, Electronica, Ilustrado, Manual, Música, Tecnología • Tags: 2009, dvd, electronic, electronic music, electronics, Hacking, How to, Illustrated, inventors, Manual, Música, music, Routledge, Technology
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Live in Germany 1996. An amazing set from one of music’s most original and important artists from the 1996 Bizarre Festival in Cologne, Germany, in 1996.
For centuries, scientists and philosophers believed that the universe was a stately, ordered mechanism, both mathematical and musical. The perceived distances between objects in the sky mirrored (and were mirrored by) the spaces between notes forming chords and scales. The smooth operation of the cosmos created a divine harmony that composers sought to capture and express. Jamie James allows readers to see how this scientific philosophy emerged, how it was shattered by changing views of the universe and the rise […]
Back in the early 1940s, late at night in the clubs of Harlem, a handful of jazz musicians began to experiment with a style that no one had ever heard before. The music was fast, complicated, impossible to play for many of the older musicians—but it soon became the lingua franca of jazz music. They called it bebop, and as the years went by, it became even more popular. Today it reigns as perhaps the best-loved style of jazz […]
For the last twenty years The Wire has fearlessly bypassed fashion in it’s search to expose the most innovative, radical, and compelling music from every genre all across the world. As listeners have grown increasingly eclectic and adventurous in their tastes, The Wire has emerged as the most authoritative source on modern music. In Undercurrents some of the best music writers of our time uncover the hidden wiring of the past century’s most influential music. Ian Penman discusses how the […]
Has pop burnt itself out? Inspired by the video for Kylie Minogue’s hit single ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’, acclaimed rock journalist Paul Morley is driving with Kylie towards a virtual city built of sound and ideas in search of the answer. Their journey bridges the various paradoxes of twentieth-century culture, as they encounter a succession of celebrities and geniuses – including Madonna, Kraftwerk, Wittgenstein and […]
Alex Ross’s award-winning international bestseller, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, has become a contemporary classic, establishing Ross as one of our most popular and acclaimed cultural historians. Listen to This, which takes its title from a beloved 2004 essay in which Ross describes his late-blooming discovery of pop music, showcases the best of his writing from more than a decade at The New Yorker. These pieces, dedicated to classical and popular artists alike, are at once erudite and lively. In a previously unpublished essay, Ross […]
It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation. Patti Smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style toward photography. Bound in innocence and enthusiasm, they traversed the city from Coney Island to Forty-second Street, and eventually to the celebrated round table of Max’s Kansas City, where the […]
En “Disonancias” e “Introducción a la sociología de la música” Adorno expone sus consideraciones sociológico-musicales sobre las que desarrolló su filosofía sobre la nueva música. En ambos escritos, el filósofo expone su visión sobre las transformaciones sufridas por la música ante la pujanza de la sociedad industrial y de masas, así como la posición que debe adoptar el músico ante tales cambios.