Field recordings from the inside : essays /

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Bonomo, Joe,


Berkeley, CA : Soft Skull Press,, United States, p.262 pages : (2017)



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History and criticism., Popular music


Includes bibliographical references.Origin stories -- Field recordings from the inside -- Sonic boy -- Fantasy park -- Hold your phone to this essay and select tag now -- Don't you know that it's so? -- Journey to the moon -- In the morning I'll rise above -- Bafflement, clarity, and malice -- Origin stories -- Lamb and Lester -- How to be powerful and triumphant and lonely all at the same time : the many changes of Greg Cartwright -- Brand new Cadillac -- Hunting Larry hunting Hank -- I would have had to have been a different person to listen to Husker Du -- Mama loved the ways of the world -- Learning empathy with Sinatra -- Origin stories."Using as its epigraph and unifying principle Luc Sante's notion that "Every human being is an archeological site," Field Recordings from the Inside provides a deep and personal examination at the impact of music on our lives. Bonomo effortlessly moves between the personal and the critical, investigating the ways in which music defines our personalities, tells histories, and offers mysterious, often unbidden access into the human condition. The book explores the vagaries and richness of music and music-making--from rock and roll, punk, and R&B to Frank Sinatra, Nashville country, and Delta blues--as well as the work of a diverse group of artists and figures--Charles Lamb, music writer Lester Bangs, painter and television personality Bob Ross, child country musician Troy Hess, and songwriter Greg Cartwright. Mining the often complex natures and shapes of the creative process, Field Recordings from the Inside is a singular work that blends music appreciation, criticism, and pop culture from one of the most critically acclaimed music writers of our time,"