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Forces In Motion: The Music And Thoughts Of Anthony Braxton

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  136 ratings  ·  14 reviews
This book should be required reading for anyone interested in my music. Graham Lock writes from the perceptual plane of insight and dedication-coupled with a keen wit and a dynamic intellect.
Paperback, 412 pages
Published March 22nd 1989 by Da Capo Press (first published March 21st 1989)
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Declan
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Anthony Braxton is, in my opinion, one of the greatest creative artists alive and this book is an immensely readable introduction to his way of thinking about music, race, community and the ways in which we limit our understanding of the world.

In essence the book is an account of the tour he and Marilyn Crispell, Mark Dresser and Gerry Hemmingway undertook in England in 1985 and there are lengthy interviews with each of the musicians (each a special talent in their own right/rite). Luckily, one
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tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
Feb 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all serious musicians
Shelves: music
A friend who worked in a record store turned me onto Braxton in the '70s. To say that I was impressed by his wind-instrument playing abilities wd be an understatement. To say that I've referred to him as the "greatest wind player" is, indeed, true. These days I'm tempted to like my friend Ben Opie maybe a little more in that regard, but, SHEESH!, they're both amazing. I remember playing some Braxton in a bkstore where I worked back in the '80s - a customer came in & blurted out: "My grandson ...more
Chris
Feb 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own
I guess I could keep poking around in the appendices forever, but for all intents and purposes, I'm done with this book. It's hard to overemphasize what a huge impression this book (and Braxton's work) made on me. It's one of those rare few moments in your life when you're led through a portal leading to something so truly new, so alien to everything you're used to, that it opens up your world-view. Braxton's music made that kind of impression on me, and Lock's book, a perfect combination of ...more
Eddie Watkins
May 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is at once a kind of road journal of Braxton's quartet as they toured England in the early 80's, and a highly detailed exposition of Braxton's philosophy of music and the universe. I say philosophy of music AND the universe intentionally, as for Braxton music is life the universe (and everything). I've heard him talk about creating alternate physical worlds through music. For him music is actually 3-dimensional and I suppose solid in a way, like a live sculpture of sound, a musical ...more
Bart
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Revelatory book on American composer, multi-instrumentalist, saxophone virtuoso and musical theorist Anthony Braxton. Braxton is a seminal figure in the world of jazz and contemporary music, and was the very first to release a solo saxophone album in 1969 – fully improvised nonetheless. Graham Lock recounts his travels with Braxton’s classic quartet in Britain in 1985. The book also features interviews with Braxton and the band. Insightful and at times funny & heartfelt, it is a must read ...more
Djll
Jul 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jazz, music, favorites
One of the best books about music and the musician's life, period. Braxton is a fantastic interview subject and you can get a much quicker grasp of what he's about from the stuff in this book rather than Braxton's own writings, which tend to be idiosyncratic in the extreme. Graham Lock is hugely sympathetic to the cause, but does add some much-needed perspective to Braxton's irresistible force field.
Djwilly
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Heard most of the music discussed in this book before I picked it up. (Check out Leo Records three releases of the 1985 Quartet tour to give you a running start.) While the music fascinated me, the book enhanced what I was hearing exponentially. I find myself going back to this book over and over since a lot of Braxton's insights (and Lock's honest probing) apply to a variety of musics and performance.
A game changer of a book for me. Absolutely essential.
Matthew
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book has probably saved my life. It is like Kandinsky's "Concerning the Spiritual in Art: a book about something else that teaches me to re-imagine writing poetry. The interviews make the music clearer than it may have ever gotten for me just by listening. I do not like interviews, biographies, or music books, but like the interviews, biographical sketches, and music writing in this one. Of course, you have to listen to some Anthony Braxton if you have not become familiar with his work: the ...more
Chad
Nov 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't pull myself away from this great glimpse into the mind of a musical genius. Eccentricities abound as Graham Lock accompanies Anthony Braxton, Marilyn Crispell, Mark Dresser and Gerry Hemingway on a week long tour through the U.K. in the mid 80s. This book might even be deserving of the secret six star rating!
Phillip
Jul 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music
A great examination of Braxton's work with this classic quartet, featuring Marilyn Crispell, Mark Dresser and Gerry Hemingway. Also a great read on a musician's life on the road.
Derek
Jul 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Really fantastic bk. You don't have to be a huge fan of Braxton's music to love it. Have read multiple times.
M-R-N-D-R
Jul 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
anthony braxton's the MAN, and this book may be dense but it's well worth it, a great way to learn about music
Geoff
Aug 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
I actually never finished this bastard, but there's some wild shit in here and I dip into every now and then to have my mind blown.
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