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Since it was founded in 1982, The Wire magazine has covered a vast range of alternative, experimental, underground and non-mainstream music. Now some of that knowledge has been distilled into The Wire Primers: a comprehensive guide to the core recordings of some of the most visionary and inspiring, subversive and radical musicians on the planet, past and present. Each chap Since it was founded in 1982, The Wire magazine has covered a vast range of alternative, experimental, underground and non-mainstream music. Now some of that knowledge has been distilled into The Wire Primers: a comprehensive guide to the core recordings of some of the most visionary and inspiring, subversive and radical musicians on the planet, past and present. Each chapter surveys the musical universe of a particular artist, group or genre by way of a contextualizing introduction and a thumbnail guide to the most essential recordings. A massive and eclectic range of music is celebrated and demystified, from rock mavericks such as Captain Beefheart and The Fall; the funk of James Brown and Fela Kuti; the future jazz of Sun Ra and Ornette Coleman; and the experimental compositions of John Cage and Morton Feldman. Genres surveyed and explained include P-funk, musique concrète, turntablism, Brazilian Tropicália, avant metal and dubstep. The Wire Primers is a vital guide to contemporary sounds, providing an accessible entry point for any reader wanting to dig below the surface of mainstream music.


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Since it was founded in 1982, The Wire magazine has covered a vast range of alternative, experimental, underground and non-mainstream music. Now some of that knowledge has been distilled into The Wire Primers: a comprehensive guide to the core recordings of some of the most visionary and inspiring, subversive and radical musicians on the planet, past and present. Each chap Since it was founded in 1982, The Wire magazine has covered a vast range of alternative, experimental, underground and non-mainstream music. Now some of that knowledge has been distilled into The Wire Primers: a comprehensive guide to the core recordings of some of the most visionary and inspiring, subversive and radical musicians on the planet, past and present. Each chapter surveys the musical universe of a particular artist, group or genre by way of a contextualizing introduction and a thumbnail guide to the most essential recordings. A massive and eclectic range of music is celebrated and demystified, from rock mavericks such as Captain Beefheart and The Fall; the funk of James Brown and Fela Kuti; the future jazz of Sun Ra and Ornette Coleman; and the experimental compositions of John Cage and Morton Feldman. Genres surveyed and explained include P-funk, musique concrète, turntablism, Brazilian Tropicália, avant metal and dubstep. The Wire Primers is a vital guide to contemporary sounds, providing an accessible entry point for any reader wanting to dig below the surface of mainstream music.

30 review for The Wire Primers: A Guide to Modern Music

  1. 5 out of 5

    Devowasright

    truly invaluable starter for anyone looking to wade out into the vast (and not a little intimidating)sea of avant garde music. it covers the major artists in most every field- jazz, classical, african, noise, etc. this is almost more of a bible- something i will be referencing and rereading for many years to come.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Intortetor

    il sottotitolo è la cosa peggiore: "tutti dischi intelligenti che dovresti conoscere".bah, fa davvero troppo "caricatura di un hipster".l'originale "a guide to modern music" era perfetto: perchè cambiare?per il resto è da 5 stelle, nel suo da 5 stelle, nel suo spiegare come muoversi attraverso scene dai confini davvero incerti (la no wave o il free jazz, qui chiamato fire music) o discografie soliste imponenti (tipo john cage o sun ra). e si trova il sottile fil rouge che unisce la scena impro e il sottotitolo è la cosa peggiore: "tutti dischi intelligenti che dovresti conoscere".bah, fa davvero troppo "caricatura di un hipster".l'originale "a guide to modern music" era perfetto: perchè cambiare?per il resto è da 5 stelle, nel suo da 5 stelle, nel suo spiegare come muoversi attraverso scene dai confini davvero incerti (la no wave o il free jazz, qui chiamato fire music) o discografie soliste imponenti (tipo john cage o sun ra). e si trova il sottile fil rouge che unisce la scena impro europea a morton feldman e a "no new york". garantiscono le migliori firme di "the wire",ed è difficile chiedere di più, pure se uno viene da decenni di riviste di musica "di confine".

  3. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    Though it was written recently (2009), this book is delightfully anachronistic as essentially a paperback published list of avant-garde albums and the formats on which they're available. Okay, it also includes brief introductory essays. Reading this makes me wish that I had had a subscription to The Wire since I was a teenager--coming of musical age before the Internet, it would have been amazing to have had such entree to such outre music.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Taffnerd

    Well curated collection of essays about various types of "difficult" music: free jazz, funk, avant garde rock, dubstep, modern classical, etc. There are enough popular touchstones along the way (James Brown, Zappa, Stockhausen) to give context.

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    Andries Klarenberg

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    Jerry Dischler

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