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Music Hardcover – Nov 1 2010

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  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Har/Psc edition (Nov. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810996529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810996526
  • Product Dimensions: 31.8 x 3.2 x 31.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #427,908 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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The photos are kept simple and it really works. Interviews to me are the best part because you can feel the artists' passion for their music and for music in general. It's really inspiring and sometimes even moving reading them and watching the film...
A must buy for music lovers.
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My dad loves music and loves this book! Any music lover would too. Great x mas gift idea if you are looking for one.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Music (Abrams) Nov. 24 2010
By BlogOnBooks - Published on
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Book Nov. 28 2012
By d. woo - Published on
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Boy was this book a "huge" surprise, and I mean that truely. This book was not only huge in size, but it was in exellent condition and for the price I paid, it was well worth the money. I now have most of the series and I do plan on purchasing more in future.

Thanks for a great book!
An intriguing and deeper look at a vivid subject that evolves the format. June 8 2015
By Ken Francis - Published on
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The power of the book will likely be many different things for different people. What's to love are the clear pristine images of an interestingly diverse set of musicians/creators, their personal interview responses which are refreshingly deeper than one often gets in the music press or media, and for me particularly, the thoughtfully edited movie one can download, which offers an intriguing look and listen to many of these artists and industry mavens give more candid views about this crazy thing we call Music. It's also at least an attempt to evolve the coffee table anthology format, with new millennial media integration: documentary video and website. I also like that it focusses on music purely and not so much on the current disruption from new technologies. What's not so great for me is the somewhat sterile contemporary sheen of Zuckerman's photography, and the promise of fuller content that's evoked by the presence of a website and movie [why not more from each artist - they could post their own video responses to the book online on a Vimeo or YouTube channel, and even full interviews] but not explored. Still this is his book, very fair value for the amount of content, and though my personal preference is for more grit, less contrived, dressed-up-for-camera polish in the images and to some degree the movie; all this is more than made up for by a clear commitment to getting closer to the true relationship all these musical minds have with their beloved art form and it's fruits. The full content adds up to a significant contemporary look at a vast subject and makes it an excellent and worthy purchase for any music lover.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Variations of music Dec 19 2010
By wogan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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 ½ 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Book! Nov. 17 2012
By Christi - Published on
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Great gift for a music teacher! Awesome for anyone who enjoys music and the people who make it! Enjoyed it