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Will Oldham on Bonnie "Prince" Billy Paperback – September 17, 2012
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About the Author
Alan Licht is a musician and author of the book Sound Art: Beyond Music Between Categories. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Top Customer Reviews
Alan Licht (a friend and sometimes collaborator) sat down with Oldham for a series of interviews over the course of a week. This book is the result of those interview sessions. It reads less like a typical industry hagiography or personality profile, and more like rambling conversations between friends. That's why it works.
Yes, the sort of information fans crave is in here: recording session information, discussion of song lyrics, influences, etc etc. But much of the fascinating material is the discussion that emerges at the margins: Oldham's idiosyncratic views on the music industry, art, film, and how to balance the demands of the commercial and the artistic.
This is probably not for the uninitiated. No effort is made to bring readers up to speed. There are no references to reviews or any attempts to contextualize Oldham's recording history. However, for those familiar with his catalog, it provides a fascinating glimpse into this idiosyncratic artist.
However, if you are not already a fan of Oldham's material with detailed knowledge of his long catalog of releases, you may find yourself lost in the weeds for much of the discussion. I only knew about half the songs referenced directly in the book, so while interesting, much of the conversation was lost on me.
Still, few artists open up with the honestly and candor that Oldham shows here. In many ways, the "legend" of Will Oldham is demystified and he's made human again. It's a far cry from the monstrously powerful sunglasses-wearing hipster king of Williamsburg as related in Jeffrey Lewis' "Will Oldham Williamsburg Horror Story." If pushing aside the myth was a goal of this book, then it can be deemed a rousing success.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are a big fan of Will Oldham you will really enjoy the book and the insight into his workings which you will not find elsewhere. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Randy Messenger
Oldham is such a hilarious charlatan! I can't believe this is a real book. This guy's the modern equivalent of Tiny Tim or something. "Ah'm jus a COUNTRY BOY!"Published on January 17, 2013 by Hotrodimus