"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)
Ian Brennan, a Grammy-winning record producer (Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Bill Frisell), travels the globe in search of music. Since 1993, he has lectured internationally over one hundred times a year regarding violence prevention and is the author of two books on the subject, Anger Antidotes and Hate-less. A native of San Francisco, he is currently based in northern Italy.