Songs in the Key of Z
The Curious Universe of Outsider Music
By (author) Irwin Chusid
Songs in the Key of Z by Irwin Chusid
Book DescriptionOutsider musicians can be the product of damaged DNA, alien abduction, drug fry, demonic possession, or simply sheer obliviousness. This book profiles dozens of outsider musicians, both prominent and obscure--figures such as The Shaggs, Syd Barrett, Tiny Tim, Jandek, Captain Beefheart, Daniel Johnston, Harry Partch, and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy--and presents their strange life stories along with photographs, interviews, cartoons, and discographies. About the only things these self-taught artists have in common are an utter lack of conventional tunefulness and an overabundance of earnestness and passion. But, believe it or not, they're worth listening to, often outmatching all contenders for inventiveness and originality. A CD featuring songs by artists profiled in the book is also available.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781556523724
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: A Cappella Books
Publisher: A Cappella Books
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2000
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Irwin Chusid
Irwin Chusid is a record producer, WFMU radio personality, journalist, and music historian. He has produced landmark reissue albums of the music of Raymond Scott, Esquivel, The Shaggs, and the Langley Schools Music Project, among others. He is also the author of "The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora."http: //www.wfmu.org/irwin/"
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