Synopses & Reviews
The musical adventure of a lifetime. The most exciting book on music in years. A book of treasure, a book of discovery, a book to open your ears to new worlds of pleasure. Doing for music what Patricia Schultz author of the phenomenal 1,000 Places to See Before You Die
does for travel, Tom Moon recommends 1,000 recordings guaranteed to give listeners the joy, the mystery, the revelation, the sheer fun of great music.
This is a book both broad and deep, drawing from the diverse worlds of classical, jazz, rock, pop, blues, country, folk, musicals, hip-hop, world, opera, soundtracks, and more. It's arranged alphabetically by artist to create the kind of unexpected juxtapositions that break down genre bias and broaden listeners' horizons it makes every listener a seeker, actively pursuing new artists and new sounds, and reconfirming the greatness of the classics. Flanking J. S. Bach and his six entries, for example, are the little-known R&B singer Baby Huey and the '80s Rastafarian hard-core punk band Bad Brains. Farther down the list: The Band, Samuel Barber, Cecelia Bartoli, Count Basie, and Afropop star Waldemer Bastos.
Each entry is passionately written, with expert listening notes, fascinating anecdotes, and the occasional perfect quote "Your collection could be filled with nothing but music from Ray Charles," said Tom Waits, "and you'd have a completely balanced diet." Every entry identifies key tracks, additional works by the artist, and where to go next. And in the back, indexes and playlists for different moods and occasions.
Drawing from classical, jazz, rock, pop, blues, country, folk, opera, and more, this reference is arranged alphabetically by artist to create unexpected juxtapositions. Dozens of indexes and playlists for different moods and occasions are included.
Celebrate the joy, the revelation, the mystery, the fun, the sheer shivers-up-the-spine pleasure of great music. Essential operas. Milestone rock albums. An education in the blues. The world of world. Classical from Bach to Bartók to Beethoven to Brahms. And dozens of unexpected gems, surprising discoveries, and long-lost masterpieces. The entries are arranged alphabetically, to break down genre bias and broaden every listener's horizons--think Miles Davis to Claude Debussy to the melodic story-songs of The Decemberists. And the writing is passionate, informed, opinionated. Includes indexes for every mood and occasion.
About the Author
Award-winning music journalist Tom Moon is a regular contributor to National Public Radio's All Things Considered as well as Rolling Stone, Blender and other publications. During his twenty-year tenure as a music critic at the Philadelphia Inquirer, his writings appeared in hundreds of daily newspapers and magazines. A saxophonist, Moon began his career as a professional musician, working in assorted rock bands, cruise ship orchestras, and Maynard Ferguson's big band. He lives with his wife, daughter, two dogs and thousands of CDs in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
Table of Contents
A ABBA to Albert Ayler
B Baby Huey and the Babysitters to David Byrne and Brian Eno
C Café Tacuba to Cypress Hill
D I.K. Dairo and His Blue Spots to Bob Dylan
E The Eagles to Cesaria Evora
F John Fahey to Funkadelic
G Peter Gabriel to Buddy Guy
H Charlie Haden to Huun-Huur-Tu
I, J Abdullah Ibrahim Trio to Joy Division
K Henry Kaiser and David Lindley with Musicians from
Madagascar to Fela Kuti and the Afrika 70
L Steve Lacy and Mal Waldron to Lynyrd Skynyrd
M Baaba Maal with Mansour Seck to My Morning Jacket
N, O Nas to Buck Owens
P Augustus Pablo to Tito Puente and His Orchestra
Q, R Queen to Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
S Kaija Saariaho to System of a Down
T Taj Mahal to McCoy Tyner
U, V Francisco Ulloa to Kevin Volans
W Richard Wagner to Tammy Wynette
X, Y, Z X to ZZ Top