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Bass cathedral

Author: Nathaniel Mackey
Publisher: New York : New Directions, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Los Angeles, October 1982: Molimo m'Atet, formerly known as The Mystic Horn Society, is preparing to release its new album, Orphic Bend. The members of the jazz ensembleAunt Nancy, Djamilaa, Drennette, Lambert, N., and Penguin - are witness to a strange occurrence: While listening to their test pressing, the moment Aunt Nancy's bass solo begins, they all see a balloon emerge from the vinyl, bearing the mysterious  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Musical fiction
Epistolary fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mackey, Nathaniel, 1947-
Bass cathedral.
New York : New Directions, ©2008
(OCoLC)608473767
Online version:
Mackey, Nathaniel, 1947-
Bass cathedral.
New York : New Directions, ©2008
(OCoLC)626816221
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nathaniel Mackey
ISBN: 9780811217200 0811217205
OCLC Number: 153580556
Notes: "A New Directions paperbook original, NDP1097"--Cover flap.
Description: xi, 183 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Responsibility: Nathaniel Mackey ; with a preface by Wilson Harris.
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"Los Angeles, October 1982: Molimo m'Atet, formerly known as The Mystic Horn Society, is preparing to release its new album, Orphic Bend. The members of the jazz ensembleAunt Nancy, Djamilaa, Drennette, Lambert, N., and Penguin - are witness to a strange occurrence: While listening to their test pressing, the moment Aunt Nancy's bass solo begins, they all see a balloon emerge from the vinyl, bearing the mysterious message - I dreamt you were gone ... Through letters N. writes to a figure called Angel of Dust, this ever-mutating story unfolds, leaving no musician or reader untouched." "Bass Cathedral is the fourth book of Mackey's ongoing novel with no beginning or end, From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate. Thought balloons morph into mutestereopric emanations, N. encounters a master mouthpiecemaker; Drennette leaves Penguin dateless as the Mayan Uayeb (the five "nameless" days in the Mayan Calendar); Lambert's kicking it around with Melanie - much is abuzz but something else is happening to the ensemble. The music seems to be living them. N. suffers cowrie shell attacks and they are all stranded on an Orphic Shore. Political forces are at play or has this always been the essence and accident of the music's resilience? And Hotel Didjeridoo must be resurrected, but how?"--Jacket.

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