Gioia notes early in this book that he s been writing it for 25 years That shows his conception of how music history is taught and written about and discussed is about 25 years out of date, and his work in this book suffers badly from it The book would have been a powerful call to action and change two decades ago, but today, with hundreds of fantastic, progressive, new, and radically different approaches to music historiography in practice, both for art and pop musics, Gioia s work is out of touch, and the book s claims come far too late for it to be relevant or useful. A fascinating and well written book that gave me a lot of food for thought and helped me to understand the relationship between the human and the music.Highly recommended Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine. Writing about music can be very difficult indeed explaining with words what really is best heard with one s own ears The cultural history of music is equally as complex, with every piece having a wide array of sources and influences, as well as some coincidental resemblances.Ted Gioia has done well at emphasizing the interconnected nature of music as it relates to our experience as humans The reader gains a kind of bird s eye view of why and how we make music, as well as lots of interesting facts that will impress your friends or trivia night competitors. Music can be a tough subject to make interesting, and the author mostly succeeds This is a long book, but the diversity of the topics covered and their inter relationships is clear and well executed This may be a bit dry for some readers, but the author has deep knowledge and is a good writer I really appreciate the copy for review A Preeminent Music Historian And Critic Presents A Global History Of Music From The Bottom UpHistories Of Music Overwhelmingly Suppress Stories Of The Outsiders And Rebels Who Created Musical Revolutions And Instead Celebrate The Mainstream Assimilators Who Borrowed Innovations, Diluted Their Impact, And Disguised Their Sources In Music A Subversive History, Historian Ted Gioia Reclaims The Story Of Music For The Riffraff, Insurgents, And ProvocateursGioia Tells A Four Thousand Year History Of Music As A Global Source Of Power, Change, And Upheaval He Shows How Social Outcasts Have Repeatedly Become Trailblazers Of Musical Expression Slaves And Their Descendants, For Instance, Have Repeatedly Reinvented Music, From Ancient Times All The Way To The Jazz, Reggae, And Hip Hop Sounds Of The Current Day Music A Subversive History Is Essential Reading For Anyone Interested In The Meaning Of Music, From Sappho To The Sex Pistols To Spotify Would have given it 5 stars had the author made of his final couple of chapters, which seemed to be of a straight overview of the music scene without as much analysis and argument as he had applied to the previous chapters But I still highly recommend this book
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- Ted Gioia
- 21 April 2018 Ted Gioia