Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Monday evening library trip

This was something I forgot to write about ... Thanks to Chris I got a ride to the Embry Hills branch of the Dekalb County Library to collect some holds of mine.

* In the Houses of the Holy: Led Zeppelin and the power of Rock Music/Susan Fast: A great book that studies Led Zeppelin both from a musicological perspective as well as an ethnographic one. Susan Fast tones the technical content of the book appropriately, so that feeble readers like me (who have come to detest humanities texts for their abstruse insistence of substance in nothingness) can grok. Since the book includes the sociological angle, it's not as musically enlightening or explorative as Walter Everett's twin pack The Beatles as Musicians {volume I, volume II}. It's also not the "look at the cool hedonism they indulged in" book that Stephen Davis and Richard Cole contributed to. If Walter Everett is reading/listening, please write a book on the music of this band. It's the least they deserve.

* Shaft/Isaac Hayes: Finally, I get my hands on the awesome soundtrack (desi disciples include Kalyanji-Anandji and R. D. Burman)

* Greatest Hits/Billy Idol: If only for his covers of L. A. Woman and Don't You (Forget About Me).

* Essence of Rhythm/Zakir Hussain: This one's for the interesting beat cycles he performs (including pancham sawAri which I recently read about in Raga Mala)

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