Music Books News (November 2018)

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Music Books News (November 2018)

A round-up of new and recent books, featuring speeches by Jarvis Cocker, interviews with Joni Mitchell, Luigi Nono's collected writings, Gerry O'Connor's collection of music from the Oriel region and Michael B. Silvers' study on music and the environment in Brazil.

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Jarvis Cocker: Good Pop, Bad Pop
Rough Trade Books
27 November 2018

This pamphlet from Rough Trade Books consists of the text of two speeches by Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker given last year. They both concern ‘Br**it’, but, the publisher asks, ‘don’t let that put you off’.

Rough Trade Books is a new venture launched in July of this year – part of the Rough Trade Label and focussing on  original writing across a range of literary genres. Other pamphlets in the series include Uninhabited London by Jon Savage, Nothing Feels Natural: Interviews in 2016 by Priests & Jenn Pelly, Film Ideas by Babak Ganjei, collections of poetry and an experimental novella.


Joni on Joni: Interviews and Encounters with Joni Mitchell
Edited by Susan Whitall
Chicago Review Press
November 2018

Released to mark Mitchell’s 75th birthday, Joni on Joni is a collection of interviews covering her entire career from 1966 to 2014. The volume includes pieces from her early years in Canada and Detroit along with influential articles from publications such as Rolling Stone, and quotes from additional Q&As. A rich portrait of the great singer, songwriter and musician throughout her career in her own words. 


Luigi Nono: Nostalgia for the Future – Luigi Nono’s Selected Writings and Interview
Edited by Angela Ida De Benedictis and Veniero Rizzard. Translated by John O’Donnell
University of California Press
19 November 2018

Nostalgia for the Future is the first collection in English of the writings and interviews of Italian avant-garde composer Luigi Nono (1924–1990). The selection of essays, articles, and interviews covers his entire career and illuminates his involvements with theatre, painting, literature, politics, science and mysticism, and also addresses the role of the arts in society. The foreword is by Nuria Schoenberg Nono – Nono’s wife and the daughter of Arnold Schoenberg.


Gerry O’Connor: The Rose in the Gap, Dance Music of Oriel from the Donnellan Collection
Lughnasa Music
August 2018 

Published in August by fiddle-player Gerry O’Connor, The Rose in the Gap, Dance Music of Oriel from the Donnellan Collection features 288 tunes and explores the cultural and historical background of Oriel in North-east Ireland. It also features a biography of Luke Donnellan and analytical notes to each tune. An important addition to the growing literature and research on the Oriel region


Michael B. Silvers: Voices of Drought – The Politics of Music and Environment in Northeastern Brazil
University of Illinois Press
October 2018

In Voices of Drought, Michael B. Silvers unearths the links between music and the environmental and social costs of drought. His ‘eco-musicological’ perspective offers an approach to the droughts in the northeastern Brazilian state of Ceará, which have had a profound impact on social difference and stratification, and thus on forró music in the sertão (backlands) of the region.


Please send information on new music books to newreleases [at] For more information, please see here.

Published on 26 November 2018


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