Music Hardcover – Nov 1 2010
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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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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.
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.
Thanks for a great book!