Pick Up the Pieces: Excursions in Seventies Music (Hardback)
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Pick Up the Pieces: Excursions in Seventies Music (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 22/03/2019
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Unless you lived through the 1970s, it seems impossible to understand it at all. Drug delirium, groovy fashion, religious cults, mega corporations, glitzy glam, hard rock, global unrest-from our 2018 perspective, the seventies are often remembered as a bizarre blur of bohemianism and disco. With Pick Up the Pieces, John Corbett transports us back in time to this thrillingly tumultuous era through a playful exploration of its music. Song by song, album by album, he draws our imaginations back into one of the wildest decades in history. Rock. Disco. Pop. Soul. Jazz. Folk. Funk. The music scene of the 1970s was as varied as it was exhilarating, but the decade's diversity of sound has never been captured in one book before now. Pick Up the Pieces gives a panoramic view of the era's music and culture through seventy-eight essays that allow readers to dip in and out of the decade at random or immerse themselves completely in Corbett's chronological journey. An inviting mix of skilled music criticism and cultural observation, Pick Up the Pieces is also a coming-of-age story, tracking the author's absorption in music as he grows from age seven to seventeen. Along with entertaining personal observations and stories, Corbett includes little-known insights on musicians from Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, James Brown, and Fleetwood Mac to the Residents, Devo, Gal Costa, and Julius Hemphill. A master DJ on the page, Corbett takes us through the curated playlist that is Pick Up the Pieces with captivating melody of language and powerful enthusiasm for the era. This funny, energetic book will have readers longing nostalgically for a decade long past.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226604732
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This is a love cry. A cornucopia of zappy chapters, dedicated to the question as to what '70s music means. Deliciously nonpartisan, curious, open-eared, Corbett honors cross-pollinating musical fusions in a fleet, polymorphous prose that wears great knowledge lightly. There are bits of memoir here--but no dull autobiographical trudge. There are famous names--but deep obscurants, too. Above all: no yawnsome retreads of ye olde rock lore. It helps that Corbett's right about everything. Pick Up the Pieces is another gem in a maverick diadem."--Lars Iyer, philosopher and author of Wittgenstein Jr. and the trilogy Spurious, Dogma, and Exodus.
"'Time takes a cigarette and puts it in your mouth'--Bowie croons, addressing a weary soul at the start of 'Rock 'n' Roll Suicide.' The singer/prophet/alien holds out a hand to pick YOU up. Listen! Exalt! And like a fellow space commuter, Corbett clocks the tunes and throws out lines to the untethered. Dear reader, forget your age. The 'seventies' is an abstract pattern. Doesn't matter if you were an adult, a teenager, a tot, or not yet conceived in that decade, turn-on with Corbett in this one."--Gregg Bordowitz, artist and author of Tenement and Volition
"Pick Up the Pieces challenges us to attempt an understanding of an era's crazy contradictions and to do so through putting on an album, preferably with friends, and letting its sounds tangle around us as we live. If only we could all describe our experiences--with music and with everything else--as perceptively as Corbett does."--Spectrum Culture

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