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This brilliant biography of the cult guitar player will likely cause you to abandon everything you thought you knew about jazz improvisation, post-punk and the avant-garde. Derek Bailey was at the top of his profession as a dance band and record-session guitarist when, in the early 1960s, he began playing an uncompromisingly abstract form of music. Today his anti-idiom of “Free Improvisation” has become the lingua franca of the “avant” scene, with Pat Metheny, John Zorn, David Sylvian and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore among his admirers.
This is a biography of avant-garde guitarist Derek Bailey(1930-2005), a major figure of the Free Improvisation movement. A major feature of the biography is the inclusion of the words andrecollections of Bailey himself, as author Watson conducted many long interviews with the artist (frequently contentious interviews,in fact, as the author often found himself disagreeing with Bailey's highly idiosyncratic views, such as his idea that music should neverbe planned at all). Two discographies are included, one for Bailey's recordings and the other for Incus Records, the label he helped found.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Lifts the lid on an artistic ferment which has defied every known law of the music business
About the Author
Ben Watson is a writer on music and culture. He is the author of numerous books including Frank Zappa: The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play; Art, Class & Cleavage; and Adorno for Revolutionaries.