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Innerviews - Music Without Borders [Kindle Edition]

Anil Prasad
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Book Description

Twenty-four of the world's most renowned musicians share incredibly candid, in-depth thoughts on the joy and pain of the creative process, their careers and aspirations, conflicts and collaborations, and the realities of today's music business in Innerviews: Music Without Borders, the first book by acclaimed music journalist Anil Prasad.

Artists featured in the book include some of the greatest names in rock, jazz, world music, hip-hop, and electronica: Jon Anderson, Bjork, Bill Bruford, Martin Carthy, Stanley Clarke, Chuck D, Ani DiFranco, Bela Fleck, Michael Hedges, Jonas Hellborg, Zakir Hussain, Leo Kottke, Bill Laswell, John McLaughlin, Noa, David Sylvian, Tangerine Dream, David Torn, Ralph Towner, McCoy Tyner, Eberhard Weber, Chris Whitley, Victor Wooten, and Joe Zawinul. Wooten contributes a foreword to the book. Some of the evocative topics explored include:
  • Bjork on the chaos of her creative process
  • Stanley Clarke on saying no to Miles Davis
  • Chuck D on whats wrong with hip-hop today
  • Ani DiFranco on propelling democracy through music
  • Bela Fleck on journeying to Africa to discover the roots of the banjo
  • Bill Laswell on the drama of producing difficult artists
  • John McLaughlin on turning the tables on the jazz police
  • McCoy Tyner on the deification of John Coltrane
  • Tangerine Dream on electronica transcending technology
  • Joe Zawinul on inventing the original hip-hop beat
Prasad established Innerviews, the Internet's first and longest-running music magazine, in 1994. He is celebrated for his special ability to get his subjects to confide and reflect in ways they rarely do with other interviewers.

"Anil Prasad is like a great musician," says Victor Wooten. "The way he expresses himself through his own art - his writing - causes readers to feel inspired, as if we've learned about ourselves, as well as the subject of the interview."

"Prasad does splendid interviews with an amazing mix of musicians in Innerviews: Music Without Borders," says Vijay Iyer. "He takes the artists work seriously and meets it on its own terms, which is a sign of true generosity on his part."

Editorial Reviews


"Prasad's concise and to-the-point direction leads diverse artists to expound on subjects for which they are truly passionate. Seek out Innerviews and support writing that allows artists' voices to be accurately heard."
--No Depression

"Prasad gets artists to share their deepest thoughts about a wide range of topics, from spiritual inspiration and motives to compositional methods. A fascinating look at the thinking of contemporary artists."
--Christian Science Monitor

"The most probing, revelatory music journalism I've read in quite some time is Prasad's Innerviews. The book sets the bar for getting musicians to speak candidly and thoughtfully about their work and relation to the world."
--Ottawa Citizen

"Prasad has a reputation for incisive, substantive journalism. His comprehensive approach yields fascinating insights even artists themselves sometimes find surprising. Essential reading for thinking fans."
--Guitar Player Magazine

"The conversations are unusually intimate and candid, with the artists sharing thoughts on their creative processes, careers and aspirations, today's music business and other topics. Fascinating stuff."

From the Author

Innerviews: Music Without Borders is a book for music enthusiasts with a desire to gain insight into the thoughts, processes and perceptions that drive an artist's work. It's for people who share my belief that musicians capable of making such profound music are also people who have worthy ideas to offer in myriad other areas as well.

People like us are not obsessed with celebrity. Rather, we see relationships between what the musicians do and what we do, regardless of our occupation and other interests. Their art, and therefore their thinking, have influenced us deeply and we have a thirst for knowledge on how their principles and perspectives can be applied to other areas of our lives.

Creating this book has been a true labor of love. I hope you enjoy it.

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  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. This guy understands musicians November 10, 2010
Frank Zappa may have been the one to say "Talking about music is like dancing about architecture." To some extent, that's true. But I've always enjoyed reading musicians' thoughts about works that I like to hear. Unfortunately, so much of what we can read about music gets filtered through critics. Frankly, I don't really care what Christgau or Lester Bangs think about my favorite works. I already know what touches my heart. It's been said in other reviews that Anil Prasad knows how to submerge his ego and let the musicians carry the conversation. Thats true to some degree, but the real genius behind this collection of interviews in preparation. More than any other interviewer I've ever read, Anil Prasad asks the questions that I think about when hearing the music. You won't find another book with a higher music-to-BS quotient anywhere. This is a focused version of Prasad's wonderful website ([...]). The book also includes content (some of it new!) that was not in the website interviews. Highly recommended.
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Victor Wooten's Foreward and Anil Prasad's Introduction to Innerviews echo exactly my own feelings on why I like this book and Anil's website (.org) of the same name. I want to know more about why and how musicians create their works and where they see themselves in a greater context. While the interviews are with (in many cases) celebrities in the music world, the questions asked and insights gained go far beyond the fame and seek artistic connections, influences and a depth of understanding that makes listening to music all the more rewarding. I have long since given up on most of the mainstream music press yet I find myself turning often to Anil's website (and now book) for musicians whose careers I have followed for many years as well as emerging talents. Excellent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating musicians, excellent interviews December 23, 2010
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I'm about 2/3 of the way through this right now. I read a little every night at bed time. I'm a prog fan (the more well-known groups like Yes, Crimson, Genesis etc.) going way back, and have some interest in world music and more improvisational music like jazz, though I'm not as knowledgeable about it. I will definitely go through this again chapter by chapter, and look for some of the recordings I read about.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Respectable Yet Recycled Reading... September 24, 2011
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[INNERVIEWS - Music Without Borders - Extraordinary Conversations with Extraordinary Musicians - By Anil Prasad - (2010)] Editor and publisher of Innerviews, the longest-running online music magazine, Anil Prasad has compiled some of his in-depth interviews with various musicians from a variety of musical genres into a book that makes for somewhat engaging reading. Surprisingly, I wasn't as thrilled with it as I thought I'd be, considering the hoopla surrounding the product details listed on Amazon, along with several reviews. The claims that he asks original, uncompromising, intimate questions that deviate from the usual derivative queries that dominate most publications ("Who are your influences?", "What kind of strings and amps are you currently using?", etc.) are true to a point but, after reading the book from cover to cover, his tendency to utilize practically the same set of questions over and over again, just tailored to each individual, becomes plainly evident, and usually culminate in an inquiry about the artists spiritual beliefs. This tendency becomes both predictable and annoying after the first ten to twelve interviews, particularly the spiritual inquiry - if it's one thing I don't want to hear, it's the religious beliefs an artist subscribes to; after all, these are musicians, not deities, and the separation of church and state holds true in music as well. I prefer my interviews with artists to strip the veneer off the facade and expose the individual underneath the mask, not give additional self-importance to the musician's promoted image. You may feel differently; after all, this is just another opinion. But I have been consuming these interviews for over 40 years and, hopefully, have cultured some refinement by now. And I expect the same from the interviewer as well. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and insightful October 11, 2010
Innerviews debuted as an online experiment in 1994 as a way for author Anil Prasad to integrate his love of music with what was then a new and exciting medium - the internet. As Anil himself states in the forward, "Little did I know what would unfold soon after." Since initially preparing a review of this book, I've learned that Prasad has a Master's degree in journalism from the best journalism school in the country. This does not surprise me. Innerviews is a musicologist or even casual music fan will be able to put this book down once they start reading, and even more importantly, the contents will have them revisiting their album collections and even ordering music from the eclectic list of musicians interviewed. Prasad asks provocative, quirky questions that bring out the best in his subjects, whether it be Bjork or Victor Wooten, both of whom interestingly discuss their respective spirituality and how it plays into their music. It is also touching to read interviews of players no longer with us - Chris Whitley and Joe Zawinul, for example, and to read Joe's story and his reply regarding his own mortality will bring tears to your eyes. When Prasad closes out his forward in this book, he says, "By far the most important thing to emerge from Innerviews is the network of friendships that has evolved and endured since it debuted...I consider each and every Innerviews reader a kindred spirit."

He is correct. We are, and you will be, too. A must read for anyone who loves "real" music and wants to take a peek into the deeply personal process behind the scenes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interviewing done right
One of the best interviewers in journalism is a laid back San Francisco critic who cares more about the craft than the hype. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Weigel
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best!
The best book I've ever read in terms of artist interviews. IMHO, nothing even comes close. It's like the author is sharing a beer with each artist and the artist's entire guard... Read more
Published on October 13, 2011 by Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't just dip.
Music without boundaries is an excellent companion piece to Anil's excellent Website Read more
Published on February 4, 2011 by A. Forward
5.0 out of 5 stars As one writer to another
Prasad has made a career on his own terms. Writing for Guitar Player, Bass Player and Dirty Linen, he launched his own Innerviews website in the early 90s, proving to be somewhat... Read more
Published on January 19, 2011 by J. Hayes music writer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection of Interviews
I thoroughly enjoyed Innerviews - Music Without Borders.

I believe no matter what type of music you like, or don't like, you will enjoy this collection of interviews. Read more
Published on December 21, 2010 by Kristene M. Bondi
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Interviews
This is an excellent collection of insightful interviews. Always well-researched, Anil Prasad manages to dig much deeper than the average music interviewer, and elicits some... Read more
Published on December 13, 2010 by Axel Bruns
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Clean Fun
I read and re-read this book and only hope there's a sequel ASAP.
Prasad employs an elegantly spare questioning technique
showing he did extensive homework on each... Read more
Published on December 8, 2010 by Rob Fetters
5.0 out of 5 stars Insight on Every Page
As a fellow music journalist, I know just how difficult it is to obtain useful information about the genesis and process of creativity from an artist. Read more
Published on October 31, 2010 by H. L. Tsai
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
Mr. Prasad engages the artists with the skill of a seasoned musician, setting the stage with the perfect question at the perfect time, then laying back and letting the artist take... Read more
Published on October 30, 2010 by Gregory Kramer
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More About the Author

Anil Prasad is the editor and publisher of Innerviews, the Web's longest-running music magazine, located at Established in 1994, Innerviews offers in-depth, uncompromising interviews that enable artists to speak at length about topics that matter to them.

The magazine invites readers to experience music without borders, encompassing a wide variety of genres including rock, jazz, fusion, hip-hop, world music, pop, and folk. Prasad is also a contributor to Guitar Player and Bass Player magazines.

Prasad is the author of the book Innerviews: Music Without Borders, released through Abstract Logix. The book features exclusive interviews with 24 artists including Jon Anderson, Bjork, Martin Carthy, Ani DiFranco, Bela Fleck, Jonas Hellborg, Bill Laswell, Noa, Public Enemy, David Sylvian, Tangerine Dream, David Torn, McCoy Tyner, and Joe Zawinul.


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