Friday, March 4, 2016

SOUNDPRINTS (March Edition)

Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements delves deep into the lovable losers of '80s punk. (Read an excerpt here.) L.A. writer Jan Tumlir takes Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band as a starting point for an examination of the interaction of rock concept albums and pop art in The Magic Circle: The Beatles, Pop Art, Art-Rock and Records. Today, Duke University Press releases the collection Negotiated Moments: Improvisation, Sound, and Subjectivity, which includes articles on "listening" by Pauline Oliveros and compositions by flautist Nicole Mitchell (who teaches at UC-Irvine) based on the science fiction by Octavia Butler. Dylanologist Barney Hoskyns (who must be drooling over that recent cache of rare Dylania) catalogues the "wild years" of the upstate New York arts and music colony of Woodstock in Small Town Talk. Steven Blush, who gave us the monumental American Hardcore book/film, is one of the authors of the self-explanatory companion to the recent doc Lost Rockers: Broken Dreams and Crashed Careers. (Watch the film teaser here.) Originally released in Europe, Nick Hayes' ghostly monochromatic images of the Great Depression buoys the graphic novel Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl Ballads. Frank R. Hyde details the life of a infamously cranky bebop drum legend in Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight. The tribal agitchicks of Minneapolis's late-'80s punk scene get the historical treatment by band member Michelle Leon in
I Live Inside: Memoirs of a Babe in Toyland. Recently, a researcher found references to the word "jazz" in 1917 Chile; in kind, Chicago University Press's essay collection Jazz Worlds/World Jazz shines a light on the global impact of America's classical music. Coming of age during the '60s, UCLA Bruins legend Bill Walton was an entirely different kind of basketball star -- namely a vegetarian Grateful Dead fanatic -- and details how his Deadhead lifestyle informed his on-court glory in his new memoir Back from the Dead: Searching for the Sounds, Shining the Light and Throwing It Down. John Corbett offers a travelogue for your Taylor Swift-saturated ears in the pocket-sized A Listener's Guide to Free Improvisation. XTC's publicity-shy frontman Andy Partridge explains the origins of the British psychedelic punks in Complicated Game. Jooyoung Lee journeys down to L.A.'s Leimert Park to find out how young rappers are made in Blowin' Up: Rap Dreams in South Central. And hey, not all books about have to music have to be about how great it is; French essayist Pascal Quignard takes the road less traveled with The Hatred of Music. Now that researchers are finally able to map LSD's effects on the human brain, Jesse Jarnow drops a tab of groovy cultural change in Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America. Rizzoli turns its sumptuous, coffee-table eye to Duke Ellington: An American Composer and Icon. And speaking of icons? Two very different ones round out the month: Blondie's Parallel Lines, Kembrew McLeod's entry in to Bloomsbury's venerable 33 1/3 Series; and Rich Kienzie's The Grand Tour about the iconic (and troubled) country singer George Jones.

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