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NOISE OF THE WORLD captures the world music scene through the eyes of the musicians who create it, all in their own words. Drawn from original interviews conducted over the last 20 years—with artists who left a massive musical legacy, like Nigeria’s Fela Anikulapo Kuti, and artists that continue to make crucial recordings, like Winston "Burning Spear" Rodney—it will featur ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 20th 2005 by Soft Skull Press
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Richard
Noise of the World captures the world music scene through the eyes of the musicians who create it, all in their own words. Drawn from original interviews conducted over the last 20 years- with artists who left a massive musical legacy, like Nigeria's Fela Anikulapo Kuti, and artists that continue to make crucial recordings, like Winston "Burning Spear" Rodney- it will feature artists whose music has become part of the "mainstream," like the Gipsy Kings and Gloria Estefan and artists like Hugh M ...more
Jacob Wren
In one of the interviews Michael Doucet (from the band Beusoliel) writes:



"The accordion is sometimes an obnoxious sounding instrument. So people will say, “Do you play that chanky-chank music, that old style music?” I took that and said, “Yeah, we do that, and we’re really proud that we do.” We don’t mind, like a friend of mine says, “It doesn’t matter if you’re old and ugly. Just be old and ugly and you’ll be fine.” Don’t try and be anything else. So, the chanky-chank, t
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Josiah Miller
Apr 07, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a good account of how the music industry works for musicians outside of the western world. These are brief snippets about the music and how these musicians have tried to make it in the industry. These musicians are the best musicians that most of the world has never heard of and it helped me to discover some music that I either never heard or never gave a chance such as Tribe After Tribe and others. This book was also a good chance to read about some of my favorite musicians and what the ...more
Deborah J.
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great interviews with musicians from all over the world. It was also nice to listen to their music on my iPad before or after each interview.
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