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Music Downtown: Writings from the Village Voice
by Kyle Gann
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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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.
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.