Microgroove: Forays into Other Music (Paperback)
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Microgroove: Forays into Other Music (Paperback)

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Paperback 496 Pages / Published: 11/10/2015
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Microgroove continues John Corbett's exploration of diverse musics, with essays, interviews, and musician profiles that focus on jazz, improvised music, contemporary classical, rock, folk, blues, post-punk, and cartoon music. Corbett's approach to writing is as polymorphous as the music, ranging from oral history and journalistic portraiture to deeply engaged cultural critique. Corbett advocates for the relevance of "little" music, which despite its smaller audience is of enormous cultural significance. He writes on musicians as varied as Sun Ra, PJ Harvey, Koko Taylor, Steve Lacy, and Helmut Lachenmann. Among other topics, he discusses recording formats; the relationship between music and visual art, dance, and poetry; and, with Terri Kapsalis, the role of female orgasm sounds in contemporary popular music. Above all, Corbett privileges the importance of improvisation; he insists on the need to pay close attention to "other" music and celebrates its ability to open up pathways to new ideas, fresh modes of expression, and unforeseen ways of knowing.

Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822358701
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Corbett has just published a terrific new anthology of his writing called Microgroove, the long-delayed follow-up to his 1994 book Extended Play. . . . There's a lot of great stuff in the new book-which went through multiple iterations over the years, scrapped and revisited several times-but in his introduction to a piece called 'Twenty-Seven Enthusiasms: A Spontaneous Listening Session,' Corbett expresses a major part of what makes his work so special. 'Show-and-tell was always my favorite part of school,' he writes, eventually explaining that 'you accumulate things not to own them, but to share them.' It's what he's done as a writer, a music presenter, and, in recent years, a gallerist, at Corbett vs. Dempsey." -- Peter Margasak * The Chicago Reader *
"One of the more interesting features of Microgroove is the inclusion of multiple pieces on some of the artists. This allows Corbett to consider them from different angles or over time, providing a fuller picture of their art in the process. That, combined with the eclectic scope of Corbett's interests, makes of Microgroove a rich, multifaceted survey of some of the more challenging artists of the last two decades." -- Daniel Barbiero * Avant Music News *
"The far-ranging scope of the 53 essays and interviews collected in these nearly 500 pages, dating from 1993 to just last year, reminds us that even within music's commercially neglected fringes complex gradations of sub-genre exist, separating the hardcore avant-garde devotee from one who thinks they're down because they own a copy of Space Is the Place. ... But first and foremost [Corbett] is a devotee of challenging and outre sounds, and his essays are most compelling when he dives headfirst into his chronicles with a fan's enthusiasm and verve. ...These pieces beautifully balance serious musical scholarship and critical analysis with the kind of collar-grabbing, "give-this-a-listen" excitement that draws us all to music in the first place." -- Matt R. Lohr * Jazz Times *
"Corbett, like the best kind of record store crate digger, pinpoints the association between acknowledged innovators and the achievements of lesser-known figures. . .. [T]he book's key achievement is how Corbett's psychiatrist-like probing questions elicit the most definitive and/or instructive statements about their art from certain musicians." -- Ken Waxman * MusicWorks *
"John Corbett is a smart guy who really, really loves music, and his intelligence and enthusiasm come through in every one of the essays and articles in this volume of his collected writings.... Anyone interested in what was happening on the cutting edge of music during the years these articles appeared needs to read this anthology of John Corbett's writing." -- Ed Hazell * Association for Recorded Sound Collection Journal *
"John Corbett's singular critical voice is wildly alive in his latest book, a compendium of previous writings, sober re?ections, clever visuals, idiosyncratic interviews, and post-genre insights into the thriving ecology of knowledge that is the contemporary music scene. At once this is a book that takes its place alongside other distinctive voices in the pell-mell topography of recent musical criticism, from Greg Tate and Lester Bangs to Nat Hentoff and Nate Chinen, and the work of an itinerant witness bearing testimony marked by a vast respect and love for improvised musicking and musical diversity.... Microgroove is an eloquent, readable, playful testimony to the otherness of music as an allegory for creative freedom and as a generative social practice that refuses limitations." -- Daniel T. Fischlin * Journal of Popular Music Studies *

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