From Library Journal
Ehrlich, formerly music editor at Interview magazine and currently music editor for MTV, attempts to discover the spiritual underpinnings of the creative musical process. He selected 20 musicians whose diverse styles include rock (Mick Jagger, Joan Osborne, Perry Ferrell, and Moby), reggae (Ziggy Marley), rap (PM Dawn, Run, and Michael Franti), classical (Philip Glass), South Asian (Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan), and even the undefinable music of poet Allen Ginsberg. At times, the author directly connects various forms of Eastern and Western spirituality with the artists' music. Other times, he simply hints at the implicit effects of inner discovery. Though not always revealing much about his subjects, Ehrlich at his best prompts musicians such as Iggy Pop and Leonard Cohen to explain the emotional and spiritual motivations for a lifetime of creative progress. A fascinating if uneven look at the artistic process, this will be enjoyed by general readers.?David P. Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle
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About the Author
Dmitri Ehrlich is a musician and music journalist who has written about music for the New York Times , New York magazine, Entertainment Weekly , Mademoiselle, Rolling Stone, Interview, Spin, and Vibe. He was a music editor of Interview magazine for five years and is now music editor at MTV.