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Blues & chaos : the music writing of Robert Palmer

Author: Robert Palmer; Anthony DeCurtis
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Scribner hardcover edView all editions and formats
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A collection of previously published articles and criticism by famed music critic Robert Palmer.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Palmer; Anthony DeCurtis
ISBN: 9781416599746 1416599746 1416599754 9781416599753
OCLC Number: 310397780
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxiv, 452 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Flirtations with chaos / by Anthony DeCurtis --
The big picture : "The opinions expressed are dangerously subjective." What is American music? ; When is it rock and when rock & roll? a critic ventures an answer --
The blues : "A post-Heisenberg-uncertainty-principle mojo hand" Why I wear my mojo hand ; Deeper into the delta ; King of the delta blues singers ; Robert Pete Williams (1914-1980) ; Muddy Waters, the delta son never sets ; Lightnin' Hopkins a 68, still singing those blues ; Black snake moan, the history of Texas blues ; Out there in the dirt --
Jazz : "A kinetic kaleidoscope" The dominion of the black musician ; Musicians in quest of language ; Count Basie, the explosive catalyst ; C. Mingus ain't no jive bassist ; Liner notes for Kind of blue, by Miles Davis ; Liner notes for Homecoming: live at the Village Vanguard, by Dexter Gordon ; Sun Ra casts special light on jazz ; Ornette Coleman and the circle with a hole in the middle --
The originators : "Where the hell did this man come from?" The fifties ; Liner notes for Bo Diddley: the Chess box ; Sam Phillips, the Sun king ; Rock at the wop-boppa-lu-bop crossroads ; Big boss man: working with the King ; The Devil and Jerry Lee Lewis --
Soul and R & B : "It had to come from somewhere, and the church is where it all came from" Liner notes for Ray Charles: the birth of soul ; Liner notes for Sam Cooke's Night beat ; Ernie Isley: the family way ; Monkey hips and rice; the "5" Royales anthology (Rhino) ; Danger: high voltage from Stax --
Classic rock : "Musically, we weren't afraid to go in any direction whatsoever" Portrait of the Band as young hawks ; Excerpt from The Rolling Stones (1983) ; Eric Clapton: the Rolling Stone interview (excerpt) ; Liner notes to the Led Zeppelin box set --
John Lennon and Yoko Ono : "Now the music's coming through me again" John Lennon: must an artist self-destruct? ; The real way to remember Lennon ; John and Paul ; On thin ice: the music of Yoko Ono --
Punk rock and beyond : "Fear and nothing" Walk on the wild side (excerpt from Rock & roll: an unruly history) ; The Velvet Underground: Peel slowly and see (Polydor) ; Richard Hell and Tom Verlaine: visions of hell ; Elvis Costello: is he pop's top? ; Truly compelling rock & roll ; X: end of the world? ; Lou Reed hits top form and knows it ; Patti Smith's sweet dream --
World music : "The world is changing and so is our music" The resounding impact of third-world music ; Voices transport the ear to another realm ; Journeying into a world of Arab music --
Morocco : "We fell through each other, weightless, into the sky" Behind the story of "Up the mountain" ; Up the mountain (excerpt) ; Into the mystic --
On the edge : "Listen, as if a new world had suddenly opened up" William Burroughs: the Rolling Stone interview (excerpt) ; La Monte Young: lost in the drone zone ; Terry Riley: doctor of improvised surgery ; Liner notes for Einstein on the beach, by Philip Glass ; Dream music: Jon Hassell and Anthony Davis --
Sonic guitar maelstrom : "All hail the overdriven amp." To Otis Rush, the guitar is a second voice for the blues ; Noisy rock returns ; The Sharrock way of knowledge ; Band of Susans: Veil.
Other Titles: Blues and chaos
Responsibility: Robert Palmer ; edited by Anthony DeCurtis.
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