Pick Up the Pieces: Excursions in Seventies Music

Pick Up the Pieces: Excursions in Seventies Music➸ [Reading] ➺ Pick Up the Pieces: Excursions in Seventies Music By John Corbett ➭ – Heartforum.co.uk Unless you lived through the s, it seems impossible to understand it at all Drug delirium, groovy fashion, religious cults, mega corporations, glitzy glam, hard rock, global unrest from our perspecti Unless you lived through the Pieces: Epub µ the s, it seems impossible to understand it at all Drug delirium, groovy fashion, religious cults, mega corporations, glitzy glam, hard rock, global unrest from ourperspective, the seventies are often remembered as a bizarre blur of bohemianism and disco With Pick Up the Pieces, John Corbett transports us back in time to this thrillingly tumultuous era through a playful exploration Pick Up eBook æ of its music Song by song, album by album, he draws our imaginations back into one of the wildest decades in history Rock Disco Pop Soul Jazz Folk Funk The music scene of the s was as varied as it was exhilarating, but the decade s diversity of sound has never been captured in one book before now Pick Up the Pieces gives a panoramic Up the Pieces: PDF/EPUB ¼ view of the era s music and culture through seventy eight essays that allow readers to dip in and out of the decade at random or immerse themselves completely in Corbett s chronological journey An inviting mix of skilled music criticism and cultural observation, Pick Up the Pieces is also a coming of age story, tracking the author s absorption in music as he grows from age seven to seventeen Along with entertaining personal observations and stories, Corbett includes little known insights into musicians from Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, James Brown, and Fleetwood Mac to the Residents, Devo, Gal Costa, and Julius Hemphill A master DJ on the page, Corbett takes us through the curated playlist that is Pick Up the Pieces with captivating melody of language and powerful enthusiasm for the era This funny, energetic book will have readers longing nostalgically for a decade long past.

John Corbett is a the Pieces: Epub µ writer, curator, and producer based in Chicago He is co owner of Corbett vs Dempsey, an art gallery Corbett is the author of several books, including Extended Play Sounding Off from John Cage to Dr Funkenstein Duke U Press, , Microgroove Forays into Other Music Duke, , A Listener s Guide to Free Improvisation University of Chicago Press, Pick Up eBook æ , Vinyl Freak Love Letters to a Dying Medium Duke, , and Pick Up the Pieces Excursions in Seventies Music University of Chicago, As an essayist and reviewer, Corbett has written for numerous academic and commercial publications, including DownBeat, The Wire, The Chicago Reader, The Chicago Tribune, NKA, Bomb, LitHub, and Lapham s Quarterly Corbett has edited or co edited many books, Up the Pieces: PDF/EPUB ¼ including several on the musicians Sun Ra and Peter Br tzmann, as well as the books and catalogs that his gallery, Corbett vs Dempsey, has produced, and he has contributed to major museum monographs on artists including Jim Lutes, Charline Von Heyl, Christopher Wool, Albert Oehlen, and Sadie Benning, and essays on artists Rachel Harrison for the Art Institute of Chicago and Bob Thompson for the Museum of Modern Art, NY Corbett s work as a music producer includes his label, the Unheard Music Series, which existed from , and Corbett vs Dempsey, an ongoing label issuing CDs of new and historical jazz, experimental music and improvised music In , Corbett was invited to be guest artistic director of JazzFest Berlin, and he co produced the Empty Bottle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music as well as a weekly series of concerts at the club of the same name He has organized many musical events and festivals, most recently a series at the Art Institute of Chicago and stand alone events at the Guggenheim Museum of Art, NYC, and the Menil Collection, Houston As a curator, Corbett has been involved in many exhibitions at museums including the Smart Museum of Art, Chicago Monster Roster Existentialist Art in Postwar Chicago, , the Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY D Doings The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, , Sullivan Galleries, the School of the Art Institute, Chicago Touch and Go Ray Yoshida and his Spheres of Influence, , and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Pathways to Unknown Worlds Sun Ra, El Saturn, and Chicago s Afro Futurist Underground, Corbett taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from to .

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  • Hardcover
  • 496 pages
  • Pick Up the Pieces: Excursions in Seventies Music
  • John Corbett
  • 09 June 2017
  • 022660473X

10 thoughts on “Pick Up the Pieces: Excursions in Seventies Music

  1. Chris says:

    I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.Sometimes I like to just throw a music memoir into the mix as they give great perspective of the journey of life with great music as a backdrop I did get that here, though to be honest I had to skip some sections I was reading it all for the first quarter but found myself mired when the author was covering artists I wasn t familiar with Ideally, the writing would make me want to go out and find the material and give it a lis I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.Sometimes I like to just throw a music memoir into the mix as they give great perspective of the journey of life with great music as a backdrop I did get that here, though to be honest I had to skip some sections I was reading it all for the first quarter but found myself mired when the author was covering artists I wasn t familiar with Ideally, the writing would make me want to go out and find the material and give it a listen But that didn t always work here Sometimes I think the author just got too heavy handed with the descriptive words and cultural references that I didn t often get.That said, there were some great moments here, especially in the areas where an artist I listen to was covered These would take me back to a time when it was all new to me, much like it was for the author.So yeah, great sections and some areas where my eyes glazed over But all in all a fun experience

  2. John Spiller says:

    Really 3.5 stars If you are a Corbett fan and I am , this is worth reading If you are unfamiliar with Corbett, I would start with Vinyl Freak and go from there Pick Up the Pieces is not a systematic exploration of 1970 s music Rather, it is a series of essays on an idiosyncratic array of 1970 s music and its interplay with Corbett s life Some of the essays, such as the one on Sun Ra and The Fall, are incredible, and I expect that I will find myself returning to them in the future Othe Really 3.5 stars If you are a Corbett fan and I am , this is worth reading If you are unfamiliar with Corbett, I would start with Vinyl Freak and go from there Pick Up the Pieces is not a systematic exploration of 1970 s music Rather, it is a series of essays on an idiosyncratic array of 1970 s music and its interplay with Corbett s life Some of the essays, such as the one on Sun Ra and The Fall, are incredible, and I expect that I will find myself returning to them in the future Others are evocative of a time and place that resonated with me Still others were annoying I found it oddly reassuring that Corbett still grapples with conflicted feelings regarding The Clash, which he describes much better than I ever could So, if you are looking for a tastemaker s guide to the best 1970 s music, look elsewhere But if you enjoy well written vignettes on a variety of genres from jazz to AOR, then this might scratch that itch

  3. J Earl says:

    Pick Up the Pieces from John Corbett is one of those books that sounded a lot better than it was I remember the 70s very well, okay, maybe a little smoky, but hey, it was the 70s My musical tastes are were also as varied as Corbett s, though it sounds like our preferences don t line up perfectly One of the problems I had with the book was his writing style, I simply don t care for his tone and I don t need quite so many weak attempts at being creative with analogies and metaphors Just admit Pick Up the Pieces from John Corbett is one of those books that sounded a lot better than it was I remember the 70s very well, okay, maybe a little smoky, but hey, it was the 70s My musical tastes are were also as varied as Corbett s, though it sounds like our preferences don t line up perfectly One of the problems I had with the book was his writing style, I simply don t care for his tone and I don t need quite so many weak attempts at being creative with analogies and metaphors Just admit you re not actually creative yourself and talk about the people who are I do hope his arms are okay after so much patting himself on the back.Another issue for me was the implication perhaps it was my misunderstanding that this was to parallel his trip through the 70s First, at 7, I don t know that I would really care what your thoughts were, so maybe it is just as well there wasn t as much as I anticipated I was born in 1958 and the first album I bought with allowance money was Revolver, so I understand that it isn t unusual for 7 8 year olds to appreciate good music But my thoughts at the time would not have made interesting reading even though the seeds of future understanding was certainly there Likewise for Corbett s 7 year old self But some of the albums he didn t discover during the 70s, some he only even heard about much later So this is less a personal trip than simply a critic writing about important albums and songs, from his adult perspective, with some juvenile and adolescent memories thrown in But even most of his personal stories were well after the 70s, so the personal aspect was not part of the trip through the 70s but about how important he thinks he is after the fact.Having said all that, when he sticks to talking about the music and the musicians the book is much better His goofy attempts at some sort of literary device, whether analogy, simile, or metaphor he fails equally at each just distract from what flow the book has There were a couple of works I don t recall ever hearing and one I don t even recall hearing about, so there is plenty here that is of value.I do recommend this book to people who like to read about music, and especially anyone who has their own memories of the 70s It might appealto someone who remembers the 70s as Corbett does, as a juvenile and adolescent I grew up thinking I was going to Vietnam and by the end of the 70s I was well out of high school, while he was just graduating and beginning adulthood Not a big difference in years but when a period is delimited then the difference, over that period, becomes significant I remember the early 70s music as someone in junior high and high school, not someone in elementary school But putting aside the personal journey he claims to take us on these essays on the songs and albums of the decade are still a fun nostalgic trip and the occasional insight he offers on the music and or musicians makes the music that much richer.Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley

  4. Tim Niland says:

    Corbett wears many hats as an art dealer, record label owner and music writer journalist This book contains his recollections of albums that were released in the 1970 s, when he was a teenager So, quite a bit of the narrative of these interconnected record reviews and reminisces also act as pieces of a coming of age story The vast majority of of the albums and singles covered in this album fall under rock, punk or metal, though there are sections on free jazz heroes Joe McPhee, James Blood Corbett wears many hats as an art dealer, record label owner and music writer journalist This book contains his recollections of albums that were released in the 1970 s, when he was a teenager So, quite a bit of the narrative of these interconnected record reviews and reminisces also act as pieces of a coming of age story The vast majority of of the albums and singles covered in this album fall under rock, punk or metal, though there are sections on free jazz heroes Joe McPhee, James Blood Ulmer and Sun Ra, foreshadowing Corbett s adult obsessions The 1970 s had a wide range of rock music and Corbett samples much of it from sixties survivors like Dylan, Neil Young and Van Morrison, through hard rockers Led Zeppelin and Van Halen and punk iconoclasts Suicide, The Fall and Ian Drury the Blockheads The author s approach to his essays changes with regards to the subject matter, with Kiss Alive leading to a digression to double live albums, and early concert experiences, while the first album of The Clash is fraught between skepticism over Joe Strummer s politics and the power of the music His work of pure fiction An Art Pop Comedy in Five Acts falls flat, but overall it is an interesting book, particularly for those who grew up at the same time as Corbett did and can empathize with his experiences

  5. Nick says:

    Some hits, some misses The author is not bad when writing about the nuts and bolts of the music itself, which is a rarer skill than you might think There is a lot here about what you might call the sociological or autobiographical impact of 70s music Again, some of it is pretty good, and the author doesn t try to pretend he was digging say, free improvisation when the decade began when he was like age 7 I also appreciate that stereotypical 70s music biz outfits like Yes and Heart are dis Some hits, some misses The author is not bad when writing about the nuts and bolts of the music itself, which is a rarer skill than you might think There is a lot here about what you might call the sociological or autobiographical impact of 70s music Again, some of it is pretty good, and the author doesn t try to pretend he was digging say, free improvisation when the decade began when he was like age 7 I also appreciate that stereotypical 70s music biz outfits like Yes and Heart are discussed fairly, without the perpetual 1977 punk orthodoxy that s common among rock scribes Tldr worthwhile if you like reading this sort of music essay collection

  6. Michael Norwitz says:

    Corbett knows his material, and I certainly can t fault his excellent selection of pieces to highlight the music of the 70s, but too many of the chapters give short shrift to analysis in favor of rambling personal narratives which lead me nowhere.

  7. Curt says:

    Corbett uses his personal stories of growing up in the 70s to illuminate the music of the time, and vice versa.

  8. Len or Len says:

    A little too pretentious and judgmental, but it s still a nice look at the music of the 70s.

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