Pick Up the Pieces: Excursions in Seventies Music




      Pick Up the Pieces: Excursions in Seventies Music
Unless you lived through the 1970s, it seems impossible to understand it at all Drug delirium, groovy fashion, religious cults, mega corporations, glitzy glam, hard rock, global unrest from our 2018 perspective, 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 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 1970s 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 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. Best Read Pick Up the Pieces: Excursions in Seventies Music [ author ] John Corbett [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – heartforum.co.uk

John Corbett is a 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, 1994 , Microgroove Forays into Other Music Duke, 2015 , A Listener s Guide to Free Improvisation University of Chicago Press, 2016 , Vinyl Freak Love Letters to a Dying Medium Duke, 2017 , and Pick Up the Pieces Excursions in Seventies Music University of Chicago, 2019 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, including several on the musicians Sun Ra and Peter Br tzmann, as well as the 125 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 1999 2006, and Corbett vs Dempsey, an ongoing label issuing CDs of new and historical jazz, experimental music and improvised music In 2002, 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, 2016 , the Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY 3 D Doings The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964 1980 , Sullivan Galleries, the School of the Art Institute, Chicago Touch and Go Ray Yoshida and his Spheres of Influence, 2010 , and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Pathways to Unknown Worlds Sun Ra, El Saturn, and Chicago s Afro Futurist Underground, 2009 Corbett taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1988 to 2014.


      Pick Up the Pieces: Excursions in Seventies Music
 By John Corbett IBN : 022660473X Format : Hardcover – heartforum.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 496 pages
  • Pick Up the Pieces: Excursions in Seventies Music
  • John Corbett
  • 03 November 2019
  • 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 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, th...

  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 Really 3.5 stars If you are a Corbett fan and I am , this is worth readi...

  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, ...

  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...

  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 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 wh...

  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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