Music Downtown : Writings from the Village Voice, Paperback / softback Book

Music Downtown : Writings from the Village Voice Paperback / softback


This collection represents the cream of the more than five hundred articles written for the "Village Voice" by Kyle Gann, a leading authority on experimental American music of the late twentieth century.

Charged with exploring every facet of cutting-edge music coming out of New York City in the 1980s and '90s, Gann writes about a wide array of timely issues that few critics have addressed, including computer music, multiculturalism and its thorny relation to music, music for the AIDS crisis, the brand-new art of electronic sampling and its legal implications, symphonies for electric guitars, operas based on talk shows, the death of twelve-tone music, and the various streams of music that flowed forth from minimalism.

In these articles - including interviews with Yoko Ono, Philip Glass, Glenn Branca, and other leading musical figures - Gann paints a portrait of a bristling era in music history and defines the scruffy, vernacular field of Downtown music from which so much of the most fertile recent American music has come.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 333 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press
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  • Category: Music
  • ISBN: 9780520229822



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