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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams; Har/Psc edition (October 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810996529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810996526
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 12.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andrew Zuckerman is a New York–based photographer, author, and filmmaker. His book Creature (2007), a portrait series of animals, was released to critical acclaim and has reprinted numerous times. Wisdom (2008), a book, film, and traveling exhibition, is an ongoing project made with the support of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. 

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Andrew Zuckerman (American, b.1977)

Noted filmmaker and photographer, Andrew Zuckerman, utilizes a multitude of platforms to produce work that is systematically executed, conceptually based, and democratically presented. Minimalist in nature, Zuckerman aims to create atmospheres of clarity and neutrality to facilitate the viewer's access to the material. His commitment to diversifying the points of entry into his work has garnered a global audience.

Zuckerman first made his mark on the publishing world with the 2007 release of CREATURE, a compendium of intimate animal portraits set against his signature white background. He has since explored this distinctive approach - which divorces subjects from their context and equalizes the larger conversation between them - in four additional critically acclaimed multi-media projects: WISDOM (2008), BIRD (2009), MUSIC (2010), and FLOWER (2012). Renowned designer, Massimo Vignelli, has lauded Zuckerman's "uncompromising notion of space in which any object becomes its own essence." His books have been translated into numerous languages and published in 18 international editions.

Exhibitions of Zuckerman's work include a solo show of photographs from CREATURE at the Forma International Center of Photography in Milan and the ongoing WISDOM traveling exhibition, featuring portraits and interviews with extraordinary individuals over the age of 65, including Nelson Mandela, Andrew Wyeth, and Chuck Close. It premiered at the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. In July 2008, Zuckerman's portrait of Nelson Mandela appeared on the cover of Time magazine. Zuckerman's companion film to BIRD has been exhibited on The High Line in New York City in 2009, and at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston in 2010. Photographs from BIRD were on display at Colette in Paris. His short film, "High Falls," premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, and was selected as Best Short Film at the Woodstock Film Festival the same year. Writer David Carr called the project "a pretty film and a pretty smart film" in his New York Times review. In 2010, Zuckerman interviewed and photographed over fifty eminent musicians, composers, and producers (from Ornette Coleman to Iggy Pop) for the MUSIC project, which was realized as a book, film, and iPad app. His most recent multimedia project, FLOWER, includes images of over 250 varieties of flora with an accompanying taxonomical index and time lapse films of the life cycles of seven species, which were created from thousands of high definition stills. Filmmaker David Lynch has called FLOWER "a grand celebration of mother nature's artistry." CREATURE, BIRD, and FLOWER are informed by a conservationist approach.

Zuckerman's work has been commissioned by influential international brands and for inclusion in major private collections.

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Makes a cool coffee table piece, also.
fan
The photos are there, but there are also videos and different sorting capabilities, and the app links to music to buy in the iTunes store.
Alex
It listed some artists that I was really interested in reading about.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By BlogOnBooks on November 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
More often than not, a big book on music excels at one of two things - photography or text - but almost never both at once. "Music" by photographer Andrew Zuckerman (Abrams) is the exception. The latest in the series of big, topic-related Zuckerman volumes (his last was entitled "Wisdom"), "Music" combines the thoughts and images of fifty top music-makers from all ends of the spectrum.

Classic rockers (including David Crosby and cover boy Ozzy Osborne) to new wavers (Joe Jackson and Chrissie Hynde) are covered along side rappers (Afrika Bambaata to Common), traditionalists (Burt Bacharach) jazzheads (Ornette Coleman, Dave Brubeck and Herbie Hancock) and outliers (such as Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar) in a clean photo style with full page, self-penned essays to accompany the photos (or is it the other way around?)

What comes across, is one of the best, multi-artist synopsis of the inner-workings of the musician's art available in today's music book market. While the photo set-ups are very stark and similar in nature (utilizing the same basic white backdrop in shoots from London to L.A.) it is the written portraits that vary in degree and nature, but that all provide a window into the process and motivation of each of the performers involved. In fact, despite what looks like a coffee table photobook, it is actually the essays that bring the project to life. Learning what motivates an Ani DiFranco to remain independent, why Billy Corgan never practiced once he went pro or how Sinead O'Connor views her own controversial history are what make these stories great. Given the list of possible candidates for a project like this (where is Elvis Costello?), the only thing this format begs for is more.
Website: musicthebook.com
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on December 19, 2010
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This very large, heavy coffee table book will give you a huge range of photos and short interviews with musicians, composers and music producers of today. Fifty artists are presented in alphabetical order from Trey Anastasio ending with John Williams. In between you will find Afrika Bambaataa, Clint Black, Ani DiFranco, Iggy Pop, Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller among others.
There are one and sometimes two very close up, blunt pictures of each artist. Their interviews range from ˝ page to 2 1/2 pages where they ruminate on their music, their lives and sometimes their beliefs. There are 2 pages of small pictures at the end of each artist at their portrait session and biographies on them. There is a one time access code to download the feature film, `Music' by Andrew Zuckerman included.

This is such a wide collaboration that it would interest many music lovers.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alex on December 6, 2010
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In addition to the photo coffee book, there is an amazing iPad app to go with Music. The photos are there, but there are also videos and different sorting capabilities, and the app links to music to buy in the iTunes store.
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Beautiful book that exposed me to many musicians I was not familiar with, much variety and the photos love their subjects!
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By Tammy Porter on October 23, 2013
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this was an informative book. I bought it for my daughter for a Christmas gift. Hopefully she will enjoy it too.
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First, kudos to the stellar photography this book contains. Such clarity and grasping imagery. We randomly picked an artist (one we didn't know) and were engaged by the artists thoughts and take on life in general. Influences and backgrounds build the story and you come away knowing something unique about each one. How can life not be part of the story? One thing we find a bit difficult is the print size - lots of good bits to read but somewhat hard to focus on due to the size of the font and the spacing. Overall, it makes an interesting read - one of those good books to read for a short time then back onto the coffee table for another session. We were thinking it would be less philosophical and a bit more on the musicians history- either way, we're going to read every page.
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By Supera710 on September 21, 2013
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We love music, and this book is awesome! Very great conversation piece and pictures. I want to order more books like this!
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By kate on August 2, 2013
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Great gift for the type of person who likes to read Rollingstone magazine and appreciates where the music comes from, this is a great gift. Hours of reading and great interviews. Good coffee table book.
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