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Incredibly Strange Music, Volume II (RE/Search #15)

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"Incredibly Strange Music" is a comprehensive guide to little-known yet amazing vinyl recordings -- mostly from the 50s, 60s, and 70s -- like Muhammad Ali Fights Tooth Decay, Jayne Mansfield reading Shakespeare, Tchaikovsky and Me, Sebastion Cabot (yes, Mr. French of Family Affair) "singing" songs by Bob Dylan, and tons more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Re/Search Publications (first published 1994)
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Jeffrey Bumiller
This is easily one of the most fascinating and entertaining books I have ever read. I read it obsessively, wide eyed and full of joy. A strange and glorious trip into a world of music beyond the everyday and the predictable. Features incredible interviews with Jello Biafra (a record collecting maniac) Ken Nordine (of Word Jazz infamy) Robert Moog, Yma Sumac, Elisabeth Waldo, and more. Read all about the insanity that is "The Click Kids-Jesus is a Soul Man" and "Barbara, The Gray Witch", and "Sto ...more
Tosh
Volume 2 of this remarkable series on music one doesn't normally think about. This series was the first to give attention to the world of Exotica and its importance to its then culture as well as now. There are two way at looking at Exotica. Kitsch or as serious composition. I look at it as a serious music form - and so does Vale and Co. Also fascinating insight into the world of record collecting.
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May 10, 2008 Blair rated it 5 of 5 stars
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All serious record collectors need to read this! The first books to really talk about Space Age Pop, Outsider Music, and other then undefined genres. Amazing.
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Japanese-American writer and publisher. He also played keyboards for the later famous power trio Blue Cheer.

In 1977 he started to publish the punk fanzine "Search and destroy" In 1980, he began publication of RE/Search, a tabloid format zine focusing on various counterculture and underground topics.

RE/Search later became always a format for books, of which Vale is a regular contributor.
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