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I think that those of us who love this stuff (and not everyone loves say, Daniel Johnston) will dig this.
This is one of the main appealing aspects of outsider art; that the scope is so much broader than the average consumer of commercial media will experience.
Irwin Chusid's first book is an extremely entertaining, inspiring, and well-deserved tribute to an assorted cast of musical curiosities.
Good information, but Chusid has a tendency to sneer at these muscians which makes him come across as sort of a misanthropic snob. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jack Betz
While this book is a bit old and some of the outsiders are not exactly obscure (Syd Barrett, Captain Beefheart), it's comprehensive and fun. Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by Baranabus
Mentioned someone i knew, Palmer Rockey. Please read about him in "The Rock: The Life and Crimes of Palmer Rockey."Published on December 6, 2012 by Mary Ann Ashcraft
Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music is such a great idea it's a shame it's not a better book. Read morePublished on February 22, 2010 by Natalie Cladt
I have been familiar with Irwin Chusid since I was listening to his "Attrocious Music Show" on New Jersey's WFMU - a pioneering independent free-form radio station. Read morePublished on October 17, 2009 by Andreas C G
Great book. Any book that talks about Syd Barrett, Wild man fischer and Constance Mollusk (who?) can't be all bad
A very entertaining book. Read more
This is the place to find Jandek and the Shaggs in print. Ultimately the book seems either too skimpy on each section, do we really understand these folks from the book, or else... Read morePublished on January 24, 2008 by Michael A. Duvernois