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Book Title: 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die (1,000... Before You Die Books)|
The author of the book: Tom Moon
ISBN 13: 9780761139638
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 589 KB
Edition: Workman Publishing Company
Date of issue: August 4th 2008
Read full description of the books 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die (1,000... Before You Die Books):I'm extremely passionate about music, so I'm probably harder on this book than a lot of other folks are.
I find it a VERY mixed bag. On one hand, out of the 1000+ recordings listed, there are many very fine ones. On the other hand, there are also many recordings that I don't want to waste the time I have left in this life listening to. I didn't expect that I would agree with all of Tom Moon's choices. I have good friends who could suggest 1000 recordings for me to listen to, and I know that I wouldn't agree with all of their choices. However, I'm pretty sure that their choices wouldn't insult my intelligence and sensibilities. Many of Tom Moon's choices do just that. This book includes too many examples of mediocre music/musicians, music that's just plain crap, and recordings by musicians I admire that are not anywhere near those musicians' best recordings (and I doubt that anyone familiar with their work with the exception of Tom Moon would think they were). This is not quibbling about musicians I admire whose recordings were left out.
I also have the sense that Mr Moon or his publisher decided that certain recordings by certain musicians that are VERY popular HAD to be included to increase the recognizability quotient of the book. That's probably a choice that Mr. Moon and the publisher made and that's their right.
My review is my right. I give the book two stars in general. I give it five stars for introducing me to the music of Iren Marek. So three stars as a compromise.
This book did make me think about making a list of recordings from my own collection that I want to make sure I listen to at least once more before I die. It may be 1000, it may be more, it may be less. I probably will do that and I thank Mr. Moon for that.
Read information about the authorFor the last three and a half years, award-winning music journalist Tom Moon has been searching out peak musical experiences from all genres and every corner of the earth. 1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die, published by Workman Publishing in August 2008, is the result of his journey. Covering both acknowledged world-culture masterworks (J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations) and recordings that have been unfairly overlooked (Nick Drake's Five Leaves Left), the book is designed to encourage listeners to become explorers.
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