"A hefty, bracing tome overstuffed with trenchant observations and anecdotes on the homogenization of music and the democratization of art." Booklist
"In a time when popular music may sound sonically filling, but leaves your ears feeling spiritually undernourished, How Music Dies (or Lives) shines some much-needed light on where things have gone wrong." Joe Lally (Fugazi)
A sometimes funny, often perplexing, highly original treatise on the outer edges of music acceptability. . . . I loved it!" John Waters, filmmaker and author (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, Serial Mom)
Insightful and provocative. Ian Brennan has truly 'been there' and has now written a fascinating book . . .fantastic!" Paula Henderson, curator, WOMAD Festival (UK)
"Author Ian Brennan has innocently become the new Alan Lomax, boldly going where no one has gone before in search of the truth in music and the source of human expression, without filter, nor artifice. He offers a how to’ guide for setting your ears and your instruments on a righteous path, as well as a journal of his adventures on these sound-safaris. We are lucky to have him as our guide."Matt Chessé, Academy Award-nominated film-editor (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland, James Bond series)
The damages of colonization in generalizing distinctive variations
The need for imperfection
The gaps between manufacturing and invention
The saturation of music in everyday life
This guide serves those who ask themselves, What’s wrong with our culture?” Along with possible answers are lessons in using the microphone as a telescope, hearing the earth as an echo, and appreciating the value of democratizing voices.
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