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Old 07-19-2020, 03:37 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Best Title Award goes to Chris Stamey: A Spy In The House Of Loud
Yes - a play on titles by Anais Nin or Jim Morrison, or both!
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Old 07-20-2020, 09:06 AM   #22 (permalink)
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No, I didn't know that story about Lennon's speech at Foyles. Surely B Epstien should've prepped him about what to expect.

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However: John later had the chance to put his oar in when a woman, while asking for his autograph, remarked, “I never thought I would stoop to asking for such an autograph.” To which John stooped to reply, “And I never thought I would be forced to sign my name for someone like you.
Hungover or not, at least JL had gathered his wits enough to give a snappy answer to that extremely rude woman.

It's been modernised since, but Foyles used to be a confusing labrynith covering 4 floors and a basement; you'd get lost trying to find the section you wanted, then get lost again trying to find your way out! Did you ever get a chance to go there, ribbons?

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Yes - a play on titles by Anais Nin or Jim Morrison, or both!
Thanks, I'd forgotten where Jim got that title from. Jim could have done more to acknowledge this bit of thievery too:-



...which is right on topic for this thread , of course, and a good excuse to post this charming song, wth a gallery of great photos:-

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Old 07-22-2020, 08:41 AM   #23 (permalink)
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It's been modernised since, but Foyles used to be a confusing labrynith covering 4 floors and a basement; you'd get lost trying to find the section you wanted, then get lost again trying to find your way out! Did you ever get a chance to go there, ribbons?
I've never been to Foyles, unfortunately; your description of its original labyrinthine layout reminds me of The Strand Bookstore in NYC.

And I've realized that I misspelled Foyles in my earlier post! We Yanks are much more liberal (greedy?) than the Brits in the placement of the possessive apostrophe in business and place names.

Good catch on Jim Morrison's "thievery" of Richard Fariña's title, Been Down So Long It Looks Up To Me. You have piqued my interest in that book - I've heard about it for years but never managed to read it. Thanks for sharing that lovely song and video, as well. I've watched a few YouTube videos of Richard & Mimi appearing on Pete Seeger's show Rainbow Quest. I like Richard's dulcimer playing (almost an American-raga sound), and Mimi's vocals are so similar to sister Joan! Time to dig deeper into Richard & Mimi's music.
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Old 09-19-2020, 08:32 PM   #24 (permalink)
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The Poetics of Music in the Form of Six Lessons by Igor Stravinsky

A series of lectures that Stravinsky presented to Harvard. There's a great deal of insight as is to be expected, but it's also weirdly authoritarian and reminds me a lot of the "dancing about architecture" trope whenever he digs into aesthetics specifically. The language, flow, and style of it is rough too, but I'll let the translator take the blame for that. Valuable for musicians and Stravinsky heads.
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I think Patty Smith is the only musician whose books I've read. I loved Just kids.
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Old 12-31-2020, 08:25 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Theory of Harmony by Arnold Schoenberg

A textbook on harmony and everything surrounding it by the master. Better than most theory books I've looked at since Schoenberg tries to show what music is capable of as opposed to looking in the rearview mirror and dictating what music has done. Stravinsky should've stuck to doing and not teaching but Schoenberg is boss at both.

A must for musicians really, but readable enough for nonmusician fans of Schoenberg to take a gander. If you've read Cage's work, this would be a good supplement because you can spot some of Schoenberg's influence on his student.


Orientations: Collected Writings by Pierre Boulez

An incredibly thorough look at historical approaches to music and where it's going, informed by his own compositions and those that he's conducted. Received this on christmas so I've only taken a glance at it but have high hopes.

Spoiler for table of contents:
I. The Shaping Imagination
Fundamentals
1. Aesthetics and the Fetishists
2. Taste: ‘The Spectacles Worn by Reason’?
3. Putting the Phantoms to Flight
4. Time, Notation and Coding
5. Form
6. Towards a Conclusion
7. Periform
Seeing and Knowing
8. The Composer as Critic
9. Demythologizing the Conductor
10. On Musical Analysis
11. The Teacher’s Task
Frenzy and Organization
12. The System Exposed: Polyphonie X and Structures for two pianos
13. ‘Sonate, que me veux-tu’: Third Piano Sonata
14. Constructing an Improvisation: Deuxiéme Improvisation sur Mallarmé
15. Pli selon pli
16. Sound, Word, Synthesis
17. Poetry—Centre and Absence—Music
18. An Interview with Dominique Jameux: Polyphonie X, Structures for two pianos and Poésie pour pouvoir

II. Exemplars
19. Beethoven: Tell Me
20. Berlioz and the Realm of the Imaginary
21. Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique and Lélio
22. Richard Wagner: The Man and the Works
23. Cosima Wagner’s Diary: ‘R. is Working’
24. Parsifal: The First Encounter
25. Wieland Wagner: ‘Here Space Becomes Time’
26. Approaches to Parsifal
27. The Ring
-Time Re-explored
-A Performer’s Notebook
28. Gustav Mahler: Why Biography?
29. Mahler: Our Contemporary
30. Mahler: Das klagende Lied
31. Reflections on Pelléas et Mélisande
32. Debussy: Orchestral Works
33. Satie: Chien flasque
34. Schoenberg the Unloved?
35. Speaking, Playing, Singing: Pierrot lunaire and Le Marteau sans maître
36. Kandinsky and Schoenberg
37. Bartók: Music for strings, percussion and celesta
38. Stravinsky: Style or Idea?—In Praise of Amnesia
39. Stravinsky: The Firebird
40. Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
41. The Stravinsky–Webern Conjunction
42. Varèse: Hyperprisme, Octandre, Intégrales
43. Berg: The Chamber Concerto
44. Wozzeck and its Interpretation
45. Lulu
-The Second Opera
-Questions of Interpretation
-A Short Postscript on Fidelity
46. Olivier Messiaen
-A Class and its Fantasies
-In Retrospect
-Vision and Revolution
-The Utopian Years
-The Power of Example
47. Oriental Music: A Lost Paradise?

III. Looking Back
The ‘Domaine muscial’
48. First and Second Hearings
49. Experiment, Ostriches and Music
50. Mini-Editorial
51. Ten Years On
Point of Departure
52. Why I Say ‘No’ to Malraux
Composer and Audience
53. Where Are We Now?
54. The Bauhaus Model
55. Orchestras, Concert Hall, Repertory, Audiences
56. Arousing Interest in New Music
57. What’s New?
58. Freeing Music
59. Technology and the Composer
Tributes
60. Wolfgang Steinecke
-Accidental
-From the distance
61. Edgard Varèse
62. Hermann Scherchen: the Adventurous Patriarch
63. Roger Désormière: ‘I Hate Remembering’
64. Hans Rosbaud
-The Conductor and his Model
-‘…to cut me off before night’
65. T. W. Adorno
66. Heinrich Strobel
-The Friend
-The Intermediary
67. Brudno Maderna: A Portrait Sketch
By Way of Conclusion
68. The Elliptical Geometry of Utopia
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Nick Cave - And the Ass Saw the Angel and also The Death of Bunny Munro

Steve Earle - Dog Roses and I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive
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Old 12-31-2020, 02:22 PM   #29 (permalink)
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What about Violent J's Behind The Paint?

He talks about how he used to throw bricks at prostitutes and the time he sexually assaulted Sheryl Crow at the final Woodstock.
I've listened to a few chapters of the audio book and it's pretty great. I like how he just wrote like he talks so can just sound like a grimy ******* for a whole book.
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