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Songcatchers: In Search of the World's Music

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For 30 years now, Mickey Hart has been on a quest 51; to search out and record the wealth of different musics in the world, many of them little known. He' s also been fascinated by the recordists who came before him, themselves pioneers in the sound-capturing field, and the extraordinary technological developments that have made their work possible. "Songcatchers looks at ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by National Geographic
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Annie
A beautifull book content wise and aestheticaly. It was interrestingly layed out ADD syle with these extra detail sections interspersed in the middle of the main content of the chapters, which kept the dense nonfiction moving along swiftly with all the glossy pictures like a Discovery Channel TV special. Really interresting topic about the history of sound recording and ethnomusicology. Mickey Hart's enthusiasm and expertise on the two subjects made the reading an Indiana Jones travel adventure ...more
David Ward
Songcatchers: In Search of the World's Music by Mickey Hart and K.M. Kostyal (National Geographic 2003) (780.9). Wow! Who'd a thunk it? A member of the Grateful Dead (my favorite band!) has written a book that was published by the National Geographic Society - and in 2003! How did I manage to miss that? The book is a combination field guide/ story collection, but more importantly, it's an official nod of approval in Mickey's direction from a hugely influential source as to the quality of his kno ...more
Chris
This book gives a concise history of music and recorded sound, focusing on field recording, and is interwoven with Mickey's experiences and passion for live music. While I enjoyed the content, I found the layout kind of distracting. There are four pages essays in the middle of some chapters that cut in mid-sentence. Other than that, "Songcatchers" is quite informative and had me looking forward to checking out some of the books listed in the Further Reading section at the end. I thank Frank for ...more
Ayne Ray
A “songcatcher” refers to someone who collects traditional music that may have otherwise been lost to history (for example, recording Native American songs or the traditional roots music of the Appalachian mountains). This book, written by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, follows the story of several songcatchers in different times and places and elaborates on their lives, their work, and their valued place in cultural history.
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