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D the groundwork in so many areas not #only musically i was a little reluctant to #musically I was a little reluctant to this book A music professor who is going to write a book about one of my favorite bands That is asking for trouble Henry Cow declared the world a problem mixed rock with free azz and written orchestral music wonderful song based albums with singer Dagmar Krause endless political meetings remember the seventies En Passant created a uality record label Recommended Records created a music movement Rock in Opposition and then broke into many wonderful and interesting alliancesProfessor Benjamin Piekut did a wonderful Eros Unbound (Great Loves, job Drawing on 90 interviews with Henry Cow musicians and remarkable in a rock bio crew letters notebooks scoresournals and meeting notes Piekut traces the group pursuit of a political and musical collectivismPersonally I find the descriptions of the creation of group improvisations a regular part of the HC concerts very interesting and educational Piekut has written an infectious book An interesting insight into the sometimes troubled lives of interesting musicians In the seventies a beacon for us ordinary mortalsAnd what a wonderful opportunity to play those beautiful records agai. Scores ournals and meeting notes Piekut traces the group’s pursuit of a political and musical collectivism up "its history as but one example of the vernacular avant garde that emerged the decades after World War II "history as but one example of the vernacular avant garde that emerged in the decades after World War II Cow’s story resonates far beyond its inimitable music; it speaks to the avant garde’s unpredictable potential to transform the wor. Ld this music have slipped through the cracksWe need a kickstarter to supply free dope to today s record execsThe music of Henry Cow and associates have been a major and formative part of my listening experiences "So It S Easy For Me To "it s easy for me to that back in the late 60searly 70s they were young earnest English blokes trying to navigate the space
Between A Cambridge Background And The Changes And Chaos Ina Cambridge background and the changes and chaos in There are lots of candid comments from the band esp Frith on personal relationships and stressful situations One little uote one of the cofounders says he oined a #Band To Attract Girls And #to attract girls and other to escape themI understand that if the book is going to appear under Duke University Press it would need that Afterword But I don t have to read all of it sorry Extensive research went into this book which is heavily detailed and interesting to read One of the finest ensembles of avant rock whose interaction with experimental music free improv and rock was combined with political engagement and experiments in collectivism Maybe a little TMI in some areas but this book was inspiring to me as someone who was involved in making rock music on the fringes It shows how HC really lai. Munism feminism and Italian Marxism In Henry Cow The World Is a Problem Benjamin Piekut tells the band’s story from its founding in Cambridge in 1968 and later affiliation with Virgin Records to its demise ten years later and analyzes its varied efforts to link aesthetics with politics Drawing on ninety interviews with Henry Cow musicians and crew letters notebooks. A dense academic consideration of the politically progressive English band Henry Cow As a self proclaimed fat book charting the birth life and painful death of the vernacular avantgarde rockband Henry Cow this might sound like heavy reading But once your through the academic framing of the book you ll find a highly interesting tale of a self conscious and idealistic rockband on a crash course with the music industry each other and with the world as a whole The world is a problem indeed and will continue to be so But it s important to try than not to and that is what you as the reader will bring with you in the end the importance to keep on pushing the boundaries of what a rockband can be Friends I admit I was struggling through the rather academic Introduction But have faith Once we meet the Cows the book chugs along merrily There s no shortage of hilarious "VINTAGE PHOTOS WITH JUST ABOUT EVERYONE IN HIPPY HAIRCUTS "photos with ust about everyone in hippy haircuts outrageous and often illuminating war stories And I can t say it better than the author Dagmar Krause s material on the other hand is the kind of lunar voyage that reminds one how fortunate we are that a few record execs smoked dope in the late 1960s how else cou. In its open improvisations lapidary lyrics errant melodies and relentless pursuit of spontaneity the British experimental band Henry Cow pushed rock music to its limits Its rotating personnel sprung from
rock free azz and orchestral worlds synthesized a distinct sound that troubled genre lines and with this musical diversityfree azz and orchestral worlds synthesized a distinct sound that troubled genre lines and with this musical diversity a mixed politics including Maoism com. .