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xi, 226 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Amuse yourself : ideas
  • The heat of their breath : character and voice
  • Keep or kill : story structure
  • The deep sea : sound
  • Your baby's ugly : the edit
  • Epilogue.
"Go behind the scenes of seven of today's most popular narrative radio shows and podcasts, including This American Life and RadioLab, in graphic narrative. Every week, millions of devoted fans tune in to or download This American Life, The Moth, Radiolab, Planet Money, Snap Judgment, Serial, Invisibilia and other narrative radio shows. Using personal stories to breathe life into complex ideas and issues, these beloved programs help us to understand ourselves and our world a little bit better. Each has a distinct style, but every one delivers stories that are brilliantly told and produced. Out on the Wire offers an unexpected window into this new kind of storytelling--one that literally illustrates the making of a purely auditory medium. With the help of This American Life's Ira Glass, Jessica Abel, a cartoonist and devotee of narrative radio, uncovers just how radio producers construct narrative, spilling some juicy insider details. Jad Abumrad of RadioLab talks about chasing moments of awe with scientists, while Planet Money's Robert Smith lets us in on his slightly goofy strategy for putting interviewees at ease. And Abel reveals how mad--really mad--Ira Glass becomes when he receives edits from his colleagues. Informative and engaging, Out on the Wire demonstrates that narrative radio and podcasts are creating some of the most exciting and innovative storytelling available today"-- Provided by publisher.
"This graphic novel takes readers behind the scenes of their favorite radio shows and podcasts to show the storytelling techniques and ideas that produce these beloved programs"-- Provided by publisher.
Music Library
xiii, 718 pages, 48 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
  • Foreword: In my world / by Scott Ian
  • Prologue: Heavy metal thunder
  • Kick out the jams : proto metal, 1964-1970
  • Masters of reality : Sabbath, Priest, and beyond, 1970-1979
  • British steel : new wave of British heavy metal shapes the future, 1980-present
  • Youth gone wild : metal goes mainstream, 1978-1992
  • Caught in a mosh : thrash metal, 1981-1991
  • The age of Quarrel : crossover/hardcore, 1977-1992
  • Far beyond driven : thrash revisted and revised, 1987-2004
  • High-tech hate : industrial, 1980-1997
  • All for the nookie : nu metal, 1989-2002
  • Hammer smashed face : death metal, 1983-1993
  • In the nightside eclipse : black metal, 1982-present
  • When darkness falls : metalcore, 1992-2006
  • New American gospel : millennial metal, 1992-present
  • Conclusion: the end complete
  • Afterword: Defender of the faith / by Rob Halford.
"Louder Than Hell" is an examination of the cultural phenomenon of heavy metal, a much-maligned genre that has not only stood the test of time, but has metamorphosed with each new generation of bands and audiences. Unlike many forms of popular music, whose fans are fickle and transitory, metalheads tend to embrace their favorite bands and follow them over decades. Metal is not only a pastime for these people; it's a lifestyle and obsession that permeates every aspect of their being. The book will feature over 250 interviews conducted by renowned journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman over the past 25 years. The book will include candid and confessional commentary from late icons of the genre. In addition, the book will feature comprehensive interviews with established metal musicians discussing their often-traumatic upbringings, musical histories, battles with substance abuse, sexual exploits, plus expert analysis of the heavy metal scene from the '60s to the present. Industry insiders (managers, record label A and R people, family members, friends, scenesters, groupies, journalists, porn stars and tattoo artists) will provide additional insight.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780061958281 20160612
Music Library
282 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
MO' META BLUES is a punch-drunk-on-culture memoir in which Ahmir tells his own story while tackling the greats, the lates, the fakes, the headliners, and the almost-weres of music, as well as pivotal moments in black art and culture. As one of our most recognizable cultural chameleons, Ahmir writes his story in his inimitable, passionate, stream-of-consciousness style. His book will reveal his own formative experiences, such as growing up in 1970s North Philly with 1950s doo-wop singers as parents, finding his way though music, and ultimately founding and rising up with The Roots, as well as some random musings about his run-ins with celebrities and playing with his idols. MO' META BLUES further distinguishes itself as utterly unique by constantly questioning its own form and quality, thereby getting deeper and deeper into the truth and heart of Ahmir's life (hence the 'Meta' of the title). Ahmir will also end each chapter with reviews of his favorite records from that chapter's time period. This book is a psychedelic amalgam of self-examination, music, pop culture, black culture, and is absolutely one-of-a-kind.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781455501359 20161205
Music Library
xi, 322 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • Pauline Oliveros
  • Kaffe Matthews
  • Carla Scaletti
  • Eliane Radigue
  • Maggi Payne
  • Ikue Mori
  • Beth Coleman (M. Singe)
  • Maria Chavez
  • Christina Kubisch
  • Annea Lockwood
  • Chantal Passamonte (Mira Calix)
  • Jessica Rylan
  • Susan Morabito
  • Rekha Malhotra (DJ Rekha)
  • Giulia Loli (DJ Mutamassik)
  • Jeannie Hopper
  • Antye Greie (AGF)
  • Pamela Z
  • Laetitia Sonami
  • Bevin Kelley (Blevin Blectum)
  • Le Tigre
  • Bev Stanton (Arthur Loves Plastic)
  • Keiko Uenishi (o.blaat)
  • Riz Maslen (Neotropic).
"Pink Noises" brings together twenty-four interviews with women sound artists and electronic musicians, including club and radio DJs, re-mixers, composers, improvisers, instrument builders, and performance artists. The collection is an extension of website named Pinknoises, the critically-acclaimed website founded by musician and scholar Tara Rodgers in 2000 to promote women in electronic music and make information about music technologies more accessible to women and girls. That site featured interviews that Rodgers conducted with women artists, exploring their personal histories, creative methods, and role of gender in their work. This book offers new and lengthier interviews, a critical introduction, and resources for further research and technological engagement. Contemporary electronic music practices are illuminated through the stories of women artists of different generations and cultural backgrounds. They include the creators of ambient soundscapes, 'performance novels', sound sculptures, and software for digital audio, the developer of the Deep Listening philosophy, and the founders of the Liquid Sound Lounge radio show and the monthly Basement Bhangra parties in New York. These and many other artists open up about topics such as their conflicted relationships to formal music training, mainstream media representations of women in electronic music scenes, and the role of social networking in their careers. They discuss using sound to work creatively with structures of time and space, and voice and language; challenge distinctions of nature and culture; question norms of technological practice; and, balance their needs for productive solitude with collaboration and community. Whether designing and building modular synthesizers with analogue circuits or performing wearing a BodySynth that translates muscle movements into electronic sound, these artists expand notions of who and what counts in matters of invention, production, and noise-making.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780822346616 20160604
Music Library
xi, 255 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • 1. Summer, 1941: "The Ballad of Harry Bridges" -- 2. Roots of a Revival -- 3. The Depression and Wartime: Music to the Masses -- 4. Greenwich Village Folk Scene of the 1940s -- 5. A Red Scare and a Rat's Tale -- 6. New Folk: Early Ramblings -- 7. Movement Music: We Shall Overcome -- 8. We Are the World: Folk Goes Global -- 9. The Power of Music: A Retrospective.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780195378344 20160604
Intimate, anecdotal, and spell-binding, Singing Out offers a fascinating oral history of the North American folk music revivals and folk music. Culled from more than 150 interviews recorded from 1976 to 2006, this captivating story spans seven decades and cuts across a wide swath of generations and perspectives, shedding light on the musical, political, and social aspects of this movement. The narrators highlight many of the major folk revival figures, including Pete Seeger, Bernice Reagon, Phil Ochs, Mary Travers, Don McLean, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, Ry Cooder, and Holly Near. Together they tell the stories of such musical groups as the Composers' Collective, the Almanac Singers, People's Songs, the Weavers, the New Lost City Ramblers, and the Freedom Singers. Folklorists, musicians, musicologists, writers, activists, and aficionados reveal not only what happened during the folk revivals, but what it meant to those personally and passionately involved. For everyone who ever picked up a guitar, fiddle, or banjo, this will be a book to give and cherish. Extensive notes, bibliography, and discography, plus a photo section.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780195378344 20160604
Music Library
xlviii, 676 p., [44] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
  • Foundations and prehistory
  • New music, New York
  • The development of the Experimental Band
  • Founding the collective
  • First fruits
  • The AACM takes off
  • Americans in Paris
  • The AACM's next wave
  • The AACM in New York
  • The new regime in Chicago
  • Into the third decade
  • Transition and reflections.
Founded in 1965 and still active today, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) is an American institution with an international reputation. George E. Lewis, who joined the collective as a teenager in 1971, establishes the full importance and vitality of the AACM with this communal history, written with a symphonic sweep that draws on a cross-generational chorus of voices and a rich collection of rare images. Moving from Chicago to New York to Paris, and from founding member Steve McCall's kitchen table to Carnegie Hall, "A Power Stronger Than Itself" uncovers a vibrant, multicultural universe and brings to light a major piece of the history of avant-garde music and art.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226476957 20160528
Music Library
x, 221 p. ; 24 cm.
  • 1. Introduction: Noise in Music-- 2. Electricity-- 3. Free-- 4. Industry-- 5. Inept-- 6. Power-- 7. Japan-- 8. Merzbow-- 9. Electronic-- 10. Quiet-- 11. Conclusion.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780826417268 20160527
"Noise/Music" looks at the phenomenon of noise in music, from experimental music of the early 20th century to the Japanese noise music and glitch electronica of today. It situates different musics in their cultural and historical context, and analyses them in terms of cultural aesthetics. Paul Hegarty argues that noise is a judgement about sound, that what was noise can become acceptable as music, and that in many ways the idea of noise is similar to the idea of the avant-garde. While it provides an excellent historical overview, the book's main concern is in the noise music that has emerged since the mid 1970s, whether through industrial music, punk, free jazz, or the purer noise of someone like Merzbow. The book progresses seamlessly from discussions of John Cage, Erik Satie, and Pauline Oliveros through to bands like Throbbing Gristle and the Boredoms. Sharp and erudite, and underpinned throughout by the ideas of thinkers like Adorno and Deleuze, "Noise/Music" is the perfect primer for anyone interested in the louder side of experimental music.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780826417268 20160527
Music Library
xiii, 546 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
A history of hip-hop cites its origins in the post-civil rights Bronx and Jamaica, drawing on interviews with performers, activists, gang members, DJs, and others to document how the movement has influenced politics and culture.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780312301439 20160528
Music Library
xvi, 450 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • List of Illustrations-- List of Abbreviations for Archival Materials Cited-- Acknowledgements-- Hello-- Machines to Hear for Them-- Techniques of Listening-- Audile Technique and Media-- Plastic Aurality: Technologies Into Media-- The Social Genesis of Sound Fidelity-- A Resonant Tomb-- Conclusion: Audible Futures-- Notes-- Bibliography.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780822330134 20160528
"The Audible Past" explores the cultural origins of sound reproduction. It describes a distinctive sound culture that gave birth to the sound recording and transmission devices so ubiquitous in modern life. With an ear for the unexpected, scholar and musician Jonathan Sterne uses the technological and cultural precursors of telephony, phonography, and radio as an entry point into a history of sound in its own right. Sterne studies the constantly shifting boundary between phenomena organized as 'sound' and 'not sound'.In "The Audible Past", this history crisscrosses the liminal regions between bodies and machines, originals and copies, nature and culture, life and death. Blending cultural studies and the history of communication technology, Sterne follows modern sound technologies back through an historical labyrinth. Along the way, he encounters capitalists and inventors, musicians and philosophers, embalmers and grave-robbers, doctors and patients, Deaf children and their teachers, professionals and hobbyists, folklorists and tribal singers." The Audible Past" tracks the connections between the history of sound and the defining features of modernity: from developments in medicine, physics, and philosophy to the tumultuous shifts of industrial capitalism, colonialism, urbanization, modern technology, and the rise of a new middle class. A provocative history of sound, "The Audible Past" challenges theoretical commonplaces such as the philosophical privilege of the speaking subject, the visual bias in theories of modernity, and static descriptions of nature. It will interest those in cultural studies, media and communication studies, the new musicology, and the history of technology.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780822330134 20160528
Music Library
x, 435 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Drawing on in-depth interviews with DJs, critics, musicians, recording executives, and others, two music journalists traces the definitive role of the disc jockey as a primary factor in the evolution of popular music, tracing the the dramatic influence of DJs on music over the past forty years and.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780802136886 20160527
Music Library
454 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Explores the popularity of electronic dance music and the culture surrounding it, focusing on the fad of midnight-to-dawn revels, known as "raves, " which offers a Dionysian world of dance, drugs, and debauchery.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780316741118 20160527
Music Library
285 p., [8] leaves of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Music Library