Recommended Reading

RECENT
Jonathan Lethem, Fear of Music (Continuum, 2012 – in the 33 1/3 series)
“Fleeting in the Ear, Forever in the Heart” and “Praising Quick Strikes of Fancy”—Anthony Tommasini et al. on magic moments in classical music (NY Times 11/16/12, 12/7/12)
Aquarium Drunkard on odd magic moments in songs (1/16/12)
“The Song Decoders at Pandora” by Rob Walker (NY Times 10/14/09)

S. SMITH’S FAVORITES
Greil Marcus, Mystery Train
Dave Marsh, The Heart of Rock and Soul
Peter van der Merwe, Origins of the Popular Style:  The Antecedents of Twentieth-Century Popular Music
J. Niimi, Murmur (in Continuum’s 33 1/3 series)
David Wondrich, Stomp and Swerve:  American Music Gets Hot 1843-1924
Paul Zollo, ed., Songwriters on Songwriting

USEFUL REVIEW OF DIVERSE POP LANDMARKS
Toby Creswell, 1001 Songs

2 Responses to Recommended Reading

  1. Dave Goessling says:

    This is book that readers of this blog may find interesting:
    Echo and Reverb: Fabricating Space in Popular Music Recording, 1900-1960
    http://www.amazon.com/Echo-Reverb-Fabricating-Recording-1900-1960/dp/0819567949

  2. Steve Smith says:

    I agree that Echo and Reverb is great. I drew on it for “The Infinity Hook.”

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