Songs in the Key of Z

Songs in the Key of Z

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Outsider musicians can be the product of damaged DNA, alien abduction, drug fry, demonic possession, or simply sheer obliviousness. This book profiles dozens of outsider musicians, both prominent and obscure--figures such as The Shaggs, Syd Barrett, Tiny Tim, Jandek, Captain Beefheart, Daniel Johnston, Harry Partch, and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy--and presents their strange life stories along with photographs, interviews, cartoons, and discographies. About the only things these self-taught artists have in common are an utter lack of conventional tunefulness and an overabundance of earnestness and passion. But, believe it or not, they're worth listening to, often outmatching all contenders for inventiveness and originality. A CD featuring songs by artists profiled in the book is also available.The [left hand] octave rolling up sounds verypeculiaron the record, andita#39;s very difficult to recapture that live, because thata#39;s not the actual ... The retitled single (a€œ Put a Ring on My Fingera€) by Paul and his wife Mary Ford cracked the U.S. Top 40 in September ofthat year, generating a ... Meeka#39;s squalid quarterswere crammed withjerryrigged equipment, tossed-together drum kits, and a rata#39;s nest of wiring that.

Title:Songs in the Key of Z
Author:Irwin Chusid
Publisher:Chicago Review Press - 2000-04-01


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