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Blues & Chaos: The Music Writing of Robert Palmer by [Palmer, Robert]
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Starred Review. Throughout his career as a critic and journalist for the New York Times, Rolling Stone and other publications (as well as books like Deep Blues), Palmer (1945–1997) strove for a unifying perspective that could cover all strains of American music, a set of procedures that will allow us to evaluate Charles Ives and James Brown as he wrote in a seminal 1979 essay. The breadth of his journalism is outstanding: he was one of the first writers to interview Sam Phillips, the head of Elvis Presley's first music label; soon after, he was alerting Times readers to the developing world music movement, and the year after that he was hanging out in the recording studio with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He could write reviews of comprehensive box sets or write the liner notes for them, and either way the result would be an engaging, insightful essay crammed with historical details. One key test of any retrospective anthology of this sort is whether the reviews and essays are as relevant today as when they were first published, and on that front, Palmer scores an absolute success—his work, like that of Greil Marcus and Peter Guralnick, sets a standard for a critical appreciation of American culture. (Nov.)
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"There's so much good writing here."--A.V. Club

"A posthumous collection of music writing that single-handedly justifies Palmer's inclusion into the pantheon of Essential Music Writers. . . . For the uninitiated, a revelation."--Oxford American

"The breadth of genres and artists covered in Blues & Chaos can be astonishing"--Memphis Flyer

"Eloquent and calmly authoritative prose"--The New York Times

"One key test of any retrospective anthology of this sort is whether the reviews and essays are as relevant today as when they were first published, and on that front, Palmer scores an absolute success--his work . . . sets a standard for a critical appreciation of American culture."--Publishers Weekly

"Judiciously whittles down Palmer's writings--incisive, clever reviews, vivid, chatty profiles and more."--The New York Times

"Reading Blues & Chaos, a dazzling collection of writing . . . is to be reminded of [Robert Palmer's] singular talent, his range of interests and passions. . . . Editor Anthony DeCurtis has chosen wonderfully in this collection, which showcases Palmer's gifts as an informed enthusiast and brilliant chronicler of musical moments."--Times-Picayune

"If you're a junkie for great music writing, you owe it to yourself to pick up Blues & Chaos. Lovingly edited and assembled . . . this anthology does much to highlight Palmer's curiosity and enthusiasm as well as his scholarship."--The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA)

"Remarkable"--Buffalo News

"Palmer . . . set the standard for newspaper pop-music criticism for years."--Philadelphia Inquirer

“Bob was a kind of uber-tutor. Hanging around with him was like doing a PhD in whatever subject he was interested in. I was a fan, and I feel lucky to have met him.” —Bono


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  • File Size: 1279 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1416599746
  • Publisher: Scribner (October 22, 2009)
  • Publication Date: November 10, 2009
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TNGBMW
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