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Listen to this! : leading musicians recommend their favorite recordings
Reder, Alan.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion, [1999]

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xi, 466 pages ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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ML156.4.P6 R44 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Leading Musicians Recommend Their Favourite Artists and Recordings This unique musical reference is the first guide to list artist and album favourites, not from critics, but from the musicians and artists themselves. More than 100 artists from the worlds of rock, pop, jazz, country, blues and folk music offer their opinionson their favourite recordings of all time - including views on their own work. Contributors include: Chuck D, Dr John, Herbie Hancock, John Lee Hooker and many, many more.

Author Notes

John Baxter was born in Randwick, New South Wales in 1939. He is an Australian-born writer, journalist, and film-maker. He has lived in Britain and the U.S. as well as in his native Sydney, but has made his home in Paris since 1989. He began writing science fiction in the early 1960s for New Worlds, Science Fantasy and other British magazines. His first novel was published as a book in the US by Ace as The Off-Worlders. He was Visiting Professor at Hollins College in Virginia in 1975-1976. He has written a number of short stories and novels in that genre and a book about SF in the movies, as well as editing collections of Australian science fiction.

For a number of years in the sixties, he was active in the Sydney Film Festival, and during the 1980s served in a consulting capacity on a number of film-funding bodies, as well as writing film criticism for The Australian and other periodicals. Since moving to Paris, he has written four books of autobiography, A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict, We'll Always Have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light, Immoveable feast : a Paris Christmas, and The Most Beautiful Walk in the World : a Pedestrian in Paris. In 2015 his title, Five Nights in Paris: After Dark in the City of Light, made The New Zealand Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This diverting pop-culture book may have no practical utility, but it is fascinating. It documents the listening tastes of more than 100 rock, jazz, country, and other musicians whom Reder and Baxter asked to name their favorite artists and recordings. Some of the respondents, such as Willie Nelson and Wilson Pickett, will be familiar to even casual music listeners, but most were chosen, it seems, for artistic merit rather than fame, hence alt-rockers Thurston Moore and Lou Barlow, Senegal's Youssou N'Dour, and Brazil's Gilberto Gil are all here. Most interesting are the surprises among the choices. Who would have thought that reggae singer Lucky Dube was a Foreigner fan, or that rapper Chuck D would risk his "street cred" by admitting soft spots for the Hollies and Glen Campbell? Eminently browsable, Reder and Baxter's survey provides insight into musicians' tastes and plenty of listening suggestions for adventurous fans to follow up on. Which is somewhat useful, after all. Gordon Flagg

Library Journal Review

In a book for those open to new adventures in music, 101 musicians (jazz, bluegrass, gospel, blues, rock, folkÄall but classical and "world") discuss music they listen to and that has influenced them. Based on interviews conducted by music journalists Reder and Baxter, entries contain a career overview, an annotated list of the subject's favorites (including songs, recordings, and live performances), and a discussion of his or her own recordings. A master list of suggested recordings contains recommendations for artists mentioned by a large number of the musicians interviewed. Occassional lapses into "hip" lingo are mitigated by otherwise sensitive writing and the variety of interesting, diverse music the musicians listen to (with many surprises). An appendix lists companies selling many of the recordings mentioned, so the book can work superbly as a selection tool for anyone. Recommended for public, academic, and music libraries.ÄWilliam Kenz, Moorhead State Univ. Lib., MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Ryan Adams (Whiskeytown)p. 8
Terry Adams (NRBQ)p. 11
Luther Allisonp. 15
Gregg Allman (Allman Brothers Band)p. 19
Dave Alvin (The Blasters, X, the Knitters)p. 23
Joan Armatradingp. 29
Susana Bacap. 32
Lou Barlow (Sebadoh, Folk Implosion, Dinosaur Jr.)p. 35
Paul Barrere (Little Feat)p. 39
Adrian Belew (King Crimson)p. 44
Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel)p. 49
Greg Brownp. 53
Ruth Brownp. 58
Peter Buck (REM)p. 62
Rosanne Cashp. 66
Vassar Clementsp. 71
Steve Cropper (Booker T. and the MGs)p. 75
DMC (Run-DMC)p. 78
Chuck D (Public Enemy)p. 82
Gregory Davis (Dirty Dozen)p. 86
Dr. Johnp. 90
Ani DiFrancop. 95
Michael Doucet (Beausoleil, Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band)p. 99
Lucky Dubep. 103
Steve Earlep. 106
Mark Eitzel (American Music Club)p. 110
Alejandro Escovedo (True Believers, Rank and File)p. 115
Don Everly (Everly Brothers)p. 120
Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five)p. 124
Tim Gane (Stereolab)p. 129
Gilberto Gilp. 132
David Grismanp. 135
Buddy Guyp. 141
Herbie Hancockp. 145
David Harrington (Kronos Quartet)p. 149
Jerry Harrison (Modern Lovers, Talking Heads, Casual Gods, producer)p. 154
Levon Helm (The Band)p. 158
"Toots" Hibbert (Toots and the Maytals)p. 163
David Hidalgo (Los Lobos)p. 165
Andrew Hillp. 172
Tish Hinojosap. 175
Peter Holsapple (Continental Drifters, dB's)p. 179
John Lee Hookerp. 185
Bruce Hornsbyp. 188
Georgia Hubley (Yo La Tengo)p. 192
Charlie Hunterp. 195
Mark Ishamp. 200
Waylon Jenningsp. 204
Elvin Jones (John Coltrane Quartet)p. 206
Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo)p. 210
Salif Keitap. 213
Edward Kowalczyk (Live)p. 217
Jon Langford (The Mekons)p. 220
Daniel Lanoisp. 224
Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead)p. 228
Laurie Lewisp. 235
Bobby McFerrinp. 238
Anna McGarriglep. 242
Kate McGarriglep. 245
Charles McPhersonp. 248
Taj Mahalp. 252
Branford Marsalisp. 258
Sir George Martinp. 264
Dave Matthews (Dave Matthews Band)p. 268
Pat Methenyp. 271
Keb' Mo'p. 276
Mobyp. 279
Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)p. 284
Charlie Musselwhitep. 287
Youssou N'Dourp. 292
Willie Nelsonp. 295
Aaron Neville (The Neville Brothers)p. 298
Cyril Neville (The Neville Brothers, the Meters)p. 303
Graham Parkerp. 307
Alex Paterson (The Orb)p. 312
Bill Payne (Little Feat)p. 315
Louie Perez (Los Lobos)p. 321
Wilson Pickettp. 327
Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon (Sweet Honey in the Rock)p. 330
Joshua Redmanp. 335
Tony Rice (The Tony Rice Unit, the David Grisman Quintet, the Bluegrass Album Band, J. D. Crowe and the New South)p. 340
Sonny Rollinsp. 345
Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab)p. 350
Doug Sahm (Texas Tomados, Sir Douglas Quintet)p. 353
David Sanbornp. 357
Boz Scaggsp. 361
John Scofieldp. 366
Pete Seegerp. 371
Joseph Shabalala (Ladysmith Black Mambazo)p. 375
Ricky Skaggsp. 378
Joey Spampinato (NRBQ)p. 382
Mavis Staples (The Staple Singers)p. 384
Roebuck 'Pop' Staples (The Staple Singers)p. 389
Jeff Tweedy (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo)p. 392
Adrian Utley (Portishead)p. 396
Loudon Wainwright IIIp. 401
Walter "Wolfman" Washingtonp. 404
Bob Weir (Grateful Dead, Ratdog)p. 406
Lucinda Williamsp. 412
Victoria Williamsp. 416
Robert Wyatt (Soft Machine)p. 422
Listen to This! Master Listp. 427
Appendix How to Find Obscure Musicp. 443
Authors' Contact Informationp. 450