Books

A Bitches Brew Reading List

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Bitches Brew

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Bitches BrewI’m of course per­son­ally excited to be writ­ing the 33 1/3 book on Bitches Brew, and on the most self­ish level it’s the per­fect rea­son to either reread my favorite books on Miles or else read ones that are new to me, for information,(…)

It Is In The Brewing Luminous: “Bitches Brew” Buying Guide

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Bitches Brew

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Bitches BrewUP­DATE: Now that I’m writ­ing a book on this album, it’s an ideal time to revisit and revise this pre­vi­ous post from way back when, four years ago, at the 40th anniver­sary of the release of Bitches Brew. The most impor­tant new infor­ma­tion is(…)

So … I’m Writing a Book: Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew”

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Bitches Brew

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Bitches Brew I’m excited to be able to announce that Blooms­bury and 33 1/3 Books have accepted my pro­posal for a book in their series on Miles Davis’ essen­tial and endur­ing album Bitches Brew. This is a topic I’ve had grind­ing and stew­ing in my(…)

The Heart Beats Not for Thee

Per­haps the true mea­sure and qual­ity of great­ness in Cage is that his life and work ignore such think­ing, let­ting it pass like the breeze. The best art doesn’t offer answers, it asks prob­ing, fas­ci­nat­ing ques­tions. It is anti­thet­i­cal to this value to think that one thing is the answer to all things in Cage, when his achieve­ment lies on a spec­trum that, in matu­rity, begins with toss­ing coins and con­tin­ues to ques­tion after ques­tion after ques­tion, leav­ing us to explore what answers might lie inside ourselves.

The Closing Of The Musical Mind

I can’t resist a slightly snotty chal­lenge, espe­cially when it sets fire to a low-leve itch I’ve been car­ry­ing around for awhile. The Best Music Writ­ing antholo­gies twit­ter feed pointed me towards a read­ing list designed for their new book club, and I was amazed and a bit appalled over the exceed­ingly lim­ited range, which(…)

Cabinet of Curiosities

The tin­ker­ing under the hood con­tin­ues (it seems like it will never end, but it will, I promise, I think I’ve solved all my tech­ni­cal issues), and the music con­tin­ues, so have some Fri­day links and mis­cel­lany: ‘“After tax, that’s like, what, $75,000?” an invest­ment banker at a rival firm said as he con­tem­plated Morgan(…)

2011 Year’s Best Jazz

2011 Year’s Best Jazz, a baker’s dozen (and more) …

Bookish

That’s me, although I don’t know if I look it or not. But I think I have a book in me, and I think it’s a use­ful one as well. The sub­ject has to do with music and cul­ture (of course). My plan is to write a sub­stan­tial intro­duc­tion and, with that mate­r­ial, see what(…)

In Other Blogs …

Wel­come to the blo­gos­phere, Steven Blier! His first post is full of the inside details of singing, wit and a love of music — that’s the man him­self … and thank you Emily Man­del, I need to fill in my own gaps on this read­ing list, because I don’t have enough to keep me up(…)

Revenge of the Nerds: The Meek’s Inheritance

The story of how the dig­i­ti­za­tion of music revealed the music industry’s feet of clay has been told more than once, but it’s never been prop­erly explained. File shar­ing may be the pre­vail­ing symp­tom, but it’ s not the actual cause. Some­thing pre­ceded the cre­ation of Nap­ster, and that was the desire, even the need for many music fans, to have a Nap­ster. As far as I have seen, after the many books and arti­cles on the sub­ject, no one has touched on the par­ties respon­si­ble, the deci­sions they made, what they thought they were doing and how they were fool­ing them­selves. Per­haps it’s because it’s been told from the stand­point of busi­ness, when it’s really a story about music.