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Music Downtown: Writings from the Village Voice

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  5 reviews
This collection represents the cream of the more than five hundred articles written for the Village Voice by Kyle Gann, a leading authority on experimental American music of the late twentieth century. Charged with exploring every facet of cutting-edge music coming out of New York City in the 1980s and '90s, Gann writes about a wide array of timely issues that few critics ...more
Paperback, 333 pages
Published February 13th 2006 by University of California Press (first published January 14th 2006)
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Jun 03, 2010 John rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010, music, nyc
Gann covered the NYC downtown art music scene for the Village Voice at a time of great upheaval and change (mid-'80's to early '90's). These pieces represent some of the best writing about American music of this time. For the obituary of Julius Eastmen alone, this book is worth the price.
It's pretty great. It archives a time I have heard a lot about but never really known, a time when music took sides and drew lines hard in the sand. John Cage is championed, serialism is the worst. CLASSICAL MUSIC IS DEAD. Read to find out who killed it.
Mar 19, 2007 Liz rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who think about music
This is a collection of Kyle Gann's reviews from the village voice. These are excerpted in such a way as to provide an engaging read even for a person who did not attend the original concerts, though at times I did find myself wishing I had been there.
Excellent. I very much agree with Gann's aesthetic and philosophical positions. Required reading for making sense of the new music scene of the 80's and 90's.
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Jun 04, 2009 Larry-bob Roberts marked it as to-read
Shelves: music
Includes obituary for composer Julius Eastman.
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