MUSICby David Chislett / 10.11.2010
Do music lovers buy books? Biographies? Road histories, encyclopaedias? The train spotters amongst us do. But if you are just a music fan, there is anew book out you should be getting you hands on. It’s called MUSIC and it’s by Andrew Zuckerman.
This is a monster of a coffee table book that you will find piled up in Exclusive Books around the country. It’s a massive photo coffee table book with unique insider stories told by the artists photographed. And it documents their thought in life, who they are and how they got to be what they are. In short, it’s a flabbergasting, humbling, exciting read. Of course it’s packed with great photographs as well!
The collection cuts across musical history and genre to feature people as diverse as Laurie Anderson, Bully Corgan, Common, Soweto Gospel Choir, Dizzee Rascal, Henry Rollins, Yoko Ono and Dave Burbeck, to name but a few.
As you may have noticed, it has a big South African connection. In fact it is released here in SA by local publisher Wild Dog Press. But the connection goes deeper than that. The book is presented in collaboration with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Five percent of the originating publisher’s revenue from the sale of book will be donated to a Music royalty pool that will be distributed evenly among charities nominated by the artists featured in the book.
A really, really cool additional feature is that each book comes with a unique access code which gets you into a special area on the book’s website. Here you can view exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the shoots and see all sorts of crazy stuff.
The best thing about Music though, is that it is a serious look at how music and key musicians have influenced culture over the last fifty years and how many, even in our homogenised, format radio world, still manage to do that. In a world where most music is seen as a disposable commodity it’s a relief to engage with some material that still deals with the art that lies at the heart of popular music.
Just plain music lover, train-spotters and collectors alike will drool over this books for months and months. It’s a must have for your collection, or a great way to start it!
*Music by Andrew Zuckerman, R395.00. Available at all good book stores, countrywide.