This is a fairly detailed account of every era of the life of the band from the earliest days through their demise after Phil Collins left for good.
Ea...moreThis is a fairly detailed account of every era of the life of the band from the earliest days through their demise after Phil Collins left for good.
Early on the book is full of insight and includes many details about other bands that they were playing with and what shows were like, but then towards the time when Peter Gabriel leaves the book begins flying through years haphazardly, which I suppose is a bit understandable as they became a corporate entity more than a musical group.
What I do like about the book are the dates and places of nearly every concert that Genesis played throughout their career. The downside is that all the information seems to have been obtained by secondary sources. Other than that it is a fast and enjoyable read, if you are particularly interested in Genesis already.(less)
I am a Frank Zappa fan, in a big way. This was the first that I had read about him, when I was in High School. The book has a great way of keeping the...moreI am a Frank Zappa fan, in a big way. This was the first that I had read about him, when I was in High School. The book has a great way of keeping the reader constantly enthralled. There are little pictures scattered throughout the text that show some of the scenes being described. There are many stories of him as a child, which are fascinating, as well as stories from his adolescence all the way through the Mothers of Invention and his own solo efforts. The end of the book is very dated as he speaks about politics, and as this was written in the late 80's he is speaking out against Pat Robertson, Ronald Reagan and Nuclear Warfare in great detail. Personally the end of the book is rather dull and boring while he rants on his political beliefs, but the first 3/4 of the book are a fascinating look behind the scenes of the music industry and a peak into the world of Frank Zappa, even if some of the stories are sensationalized due to its having been written by the man himself. An entertaining read to anyone but especially exciting for fans of Frank Zappa, of course.(less)
This book does a fairly good job of providing all the facts about the history of the classical guitar. Presented in chronological order and including...moreThis book does a fairly good job of providing all the facts about the history of the classical guitar. Presented in chronological order and including all the variations and ancestors of the modern guitar. The book concludes with today's modern masters of the guitar. All in all the only problems that I have with this book is the rather obnoxious print and the way that the book is organized on the page. All the information is great and researched thoroughly and there are many pictures and references, but the way everything is put together is kind of goofy. The information is pieced together in sort of a good way, but it is another case of a musician writing a book, and sometimes they are not really the best people for the task, but the only ones that would be able to put together such a well researched, sensible text.(less)
This is a handy little reference book that provides universal guidelines for scores. When preparing scores for competitions and preparing parts for pl...moreThis is a handy little reference book that provides universal guidelines for scores. When preparing scores for competitions and preparing parts for players I always refer to this guide because it is the little details that make a score complete and neat looking.
An hour spent going over a score with this as a guide will save many many hours in rehearsal that instead of dedicating to clarifying the intent can be spent on interpretation. This is a must have book for any musician, copyist, performer, arranger or composer.(less)
Another handy reference tool for musicians. Provides ranges and brief descriptions of the most common instruments as well as general guidelines that c...moreAnother handy reference tool for musicians. Provides ranges and brief descriptions of the most common instruments as well as general guidelines that can be used while orchestrating. Truly a must have and a definite time-saver, just like the Music Notation handbook reference.
This is the definitive orchestration text. Details of all the instruments one would ever come across, including descriptions of their sounds in each r...moreThis is the definitive orchestration text. Details of all the instruments one would ever come across, including descriptions of their sounds in each register, history of the instruments, notation guidelines, orchestration rules, transpositions.
Everything a composer/arranger/orchestrator could ever want to know is contained in this book. CD set that is available with this text provides several audio examples of the instruments and their various sounds.
Also included are guides to extended techniques, and how to notate them.
The book is organized by families of instruments and includes orchestral excerpts of common ways that the instruments have been used. Writing for chamber ensembles and full-orchestra is also discussed. Truly an invaluable tool.(less)
I have been meaning to read this book for a few years now. Barrios is my favorite guitar composer. I love playing his works and I own several versions...moreI have been meaning to read this book for a few years now. Barrios is my favorite guitar composer. I love playing his works and I own several versions of many of his works on CD.
This is the only definitive biography on the man and it is quite detailed. Richard Stover undoubtedly did a lot of work to compile all of the information presented.
The way the book is organized takes the reader through his life as a performer first in concert to concert fashion. This tends to get a little tiresome. Reading page after page of "he played here, these songs, it was a success (or failure)" is not very exciting. Although I appreciate knowing how hard Barrios worked at a concert career I imagine that in the hands of a more competent writer the minutia of his touring schedule could have been more enjoyable to read.
I appreciate that it is most likely very difficult to gather information on the man, but it would be much better to get an entire picture of the times. Stover does manage to mention the times that Barrios came into contact with other artists, namely Andres Segovia, and holds some attention that way, but, as I stated before, it is very tiring reading everything in such list-like detail.
After the life of Barrios as a performer the book spends a brief time on Barrios the Man and Barrios the Composer. I feel that the flow of the book could have benefited greatly had these details been incorporated throughout. There must be a better way to balance the book and make it more pleasurable to read, and not seem like such a scholarly chore.
At the same time I am grateful having read it and now knowing a great amount about the man, which will surely provide me with some insight the next time I set out to learn one of his works.(less)
This book is absolutely fantastic. Every detail on how to build a guitar from the very beginning to the end is covered in this text.
Bogdonavich takes...moreThis book is absolutely fantastic. Every detail on how to build a guitar from the very beginning to the end is covered in this text.
Bogdonavich takes the reader through the process step-by-step from choosing the wood, how to store it, what to look for, what to listen for, how to build templates, jigs, tools, how to set up a shop etc.
Every step of the way is not only specifically detailed in words, but also in hundreds of very clear pictures and illustrations. He touches upon a bit of the history of the guitar, why things are the way that they are and suggestions on how to improve ones carpentry skills. This book is truly indispensable to anyone that would like to study the art of luthiering. I can not say enough good things about this book. If you are looking to build your own guitar, or study the process by which a guitar is made, this is the finest source on the subject.(less)
This book is a quick read, and I realized that right off the bat. Mr. Isacoff makes an extremely intricate and complicated topic such as the developme...moreThis book is a quick read, and I realized that right off the bat. Mr. Isacoff makes an extremely intricate and complicated topic such as the development of tuning systems in Western Music seem easy.
The author covers the history, math and science behind music in great detail and manages to keep the reader engaged, whether they are musicians or not.
There is not a facet of music history that is not touched upon, and always used to present some larger point, or to connect ideas that have been presented. It is great to see this "behind-the-scenes" of music history that is seldom talked about. It is great to read about the greatest philosophers, scientists and musicians of the day arguing about music.
The book begs the question "why do we not argue about these things anymore?" and "so, is equal-tuning it?(less)
I bought this book on a whim, and I am quite glad that I did. This is not a biography in the typical sense. This is a study of Gould as an artist, a b...moreI bought this book on a whim, and I am quite glad that I did. This is not a biography in the typical sense. This is a study of Gould as an artist, a book full of all the details that the performer must think about. This book provides several astonishing insights about Glenn Gould the performer, and leaves all of the details about his unorthodox lifestyle behind. Payzant does spend one, very short, chapter at the opening of the book to describe the life of the man, his childhood and his accomplishments. The remainder of the book is used to detail, and sometimes wonder aloud, why Gould interprets the music the way he does. There is a lot of talk about Gould's "New Philosophy" vs. "Old Philosophy" that seems like a modernizing of the Seconda Prattica. The way Gould thinks about music is truly unique and definitely worth reading about, especially if you are a performer. This book also illuminates Gould as not only a great thinker, but a great writer about music and of music. The way this work is organized makes it quick to read, not quite in chronological order, but rather the book unfolds much like Gould's thought evolved, going back repeatedly to re-work previous thought. This book is truly fascinating at ever page turn and should be read by any musician regardless of instrument or whether their inclination be performance, composition or education. This book covers all the bases.(less)
Quite simply the most amazing book that I have ever read.
The amount of research that went into the production of this history is staggering and it wa...moreQuite simply the most amazing book that I have ever read.
The amount of research that went into the production of this history is staggering and it was well worth it. I was truly engrossed with every single page turn. Ross' descriptions of the music and musicians throughout are truly inspired and real. Although I have a previous knowledge of most of the works I don't think that it is necessary in order to truly understand throughout. Ross brings us through the twentieth century smoothly sailing from one idea to the next, passing it off to several different composers, their friendships, their falling outs, the governments that controlled them, their art truly telling the story of how they felt about what was happening around them, and therefore us.
The Rest Is Noise really gets to the heart of the age and the development of not only the art that we created in the past 100 years, but the reasons why it was created and the climate under which it was created. This book looks at history from a completely different angle without getting too bogged down on any one aspect. Ross takes us gently through politics to music and religion in a way that makes absolute sense. The addition of sound clips on the author's website will help really bring the text to life.
This book is truly great and truly a great achievement. Beautifully written and painstakingly detailed and well informed. Read it, you will not be disappointed. (less)
Great photos, not too much in the way of new information. Definitely a fun, easy read though. The book is mostly concerned with the photos, and the le...moreGreat photos, not too much in the way of new information. Definitely a fun, easy read though. The book is mostly concerned with the photos, and the lengthy captions make for a quick read.