Incredibly strange music

Format: Print Book 1993
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Music. Cultural Studies. In the new INCREDIBLY STRANGE MUSIC, VOL. 1, the editors push way beyond the cheesy TV-celebs-do-pop-faves LP's beloved by garden-variety music cultists. Less a practical guide than a treatise on the philosophical underpinnings of such ephemeria. -- Rolling Stone.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "For some 10 years, Re/Search Publications has been tracking the more outre aspects of American culture. Its latest volume is devoted to "garage sale" records--examples of such musical genres as easy-listening schlock, tacky Hawaiian music, sound-effects recordings, soundtracks from exploitation films, electronically synthesized music, and misguided vocal efforts by TV stars like William Shatner and Jack Webb, as well as titles that totally resist categorization, e.g., How to Strip for Your Husband and Muhammad Ali Fights Mr. Tooth Decay. These ephemeral records weren't taken seriously even at the time of their release, and they've since been neglected by everyone except trash-culture buffs and aficionados of the bizarre. Incredibly Strange Music conveys the allure of these oddball discs by presenting lengthy chats with collectors proudly describing their favorite thrift-store finds, interviews with some of the artists behind the music (including sultry Eartha Kitt and "Exotica"-meister Martin Denny), and--most evocative of all--dozens of "classic" album covers. A treasure trove of trivia that should, for maximum enjoyment, be read while listening to Robert Mitchum's Calypso Is Like So or Jack Fascinato's Music from a Surplus Store. ~--Gordonn Flagg"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Skip the editors' gee-whiz introduction that justifies their mania for kitschy LP records of the '50s, '60s and '70s, and go right into the 14 amusing interviews with collectors and practitioners of the music. Many of the sounds talked about here really aren't ``incredibly strange'' but simply of their time: Martin Denny's faux-Hawaiian exotica, Gershon Kingsley's Moog synthesizer hits, and surf and stripper music. It's not the artistry (a suspect word to the Re/Search people) that went into making these records but rather the collector's enthusiasm for the object and its meaning that is the leitmotif here. No matter whether it's Mickey McGowan, proprietor of the Unknown Museum in Mill Valley, Calif., getting hot about bird recordings or women's studies academic Lynn Peril speaking with cautious avidity about her sexploitation-music collection, these people transmit heat and light about a hunk of American ephemera which nonetheless retains cosmic significance for them. It's hard to guess why Eartha Kitt is one of the 14, but otherwise Re/Search editors Vale and Juno pick the perfect cross-section representatives of the dying vinyl culture. Volume 2 available in early 1994. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series RE/Search ; 14-15.
Subjects Musicians -- Interviews.
Sound recording executives and producers -- Interviews.
Sound recording industry -- History.
Sound recordings -- Collectors and collecting.
Music -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Popular music -- 1941-1950 -- History and criticism.
Popular music -- 1951-1960 -- History and criticism.
Popular music -- 1961-1970 -- History and criticism.
Popular music -- 1971-1980 -- History and criticism.
Popular music -- Writing and publishing.
Publisher San Francisco, CA : Monroe, OR :RE/Search Publications ;1993
Subco, bookstore distribution,
Contributors Vale, V.
Juno, Andrea.
Language English
Notes Title from cover.
Description 2 volumes : illustrations, portraits ; 28 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references, discographies, and index.
ISBN 0940642220 (v. 1) :
0940642212 (v. 2) :
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