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Songcatchers : in search of the world's music
Hart, Mickey.
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Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2003]

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172 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
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ML3545 .H25 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Mickey Hart is best known for his three decades with the Grateful Dead and his incorporation of percussion instruments and sounds from around the world in the band's repertoire. Hart's passion for the world's music has led him to many great teachers and collaborators. A well-known spokesperson and advocate for the restoration and preservation of the world's aural treasures, Hart serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Folklife Center and on the National Recorded Sound Preservation Board at the Library of Congress
K. M. Kostyal has written frequently on historical topics and world travel

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Booklist Review

For some time now, Grateful Dead drummer Hart has been a songcatcher, a collector of the originally noncommercial music popularly called traditional music. Many anthropologists, musicians, political and labor organizers, composers, social workers, and others were songcatchers before him, and it is their collective story that he and professional writer Kostyal tell in this engaging book. They discourse a little on music's many purposes, then leap into songcatching via sound recording. The first field recordings were of American Indian music, and the late-nineteenth-century phenomenon of world's fairs spurred the capture of Asian, African, and Pacific Island music. Meanwhile, young Anglophone composers combed the British Isles for their peoples' songs. Hart and Kostyal note major figures and events in field recording down to the present, at which point Hart relates his own experiences. Historic photographs magnificently illustrate Hart and Kostyal's accessible overview of a subject that, despite its intrinsic attractiveness, has usually been written up only in turgid academic tomes. A book for every popular library. --Ray Olson Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this slim though handsomely illustrated volume, musicologist Hart-best known as the percussionist for the Grateful Dead-leads readers on a personal journey through world music. A promoter of musicians from around the globe (his collaboration on the album Planet Drum won him a Grammy in 1991), Hart discusses his early influences (as a kid he found African music records in his parents' collection wedged in between Count Basie and Duke Ellington albums) through his time with the Grateful Dead and his experiences beyond. For Hart, writing with Kostyal (Trial by Ice: A Photobiography of Sir Ernest Schackleton), music is "the orphan echo of the Big Bang that blew us into existence... the path the spirit travels between the physical and the metaphysical worlds." And his narrative reflects that passion, with discussions on Pythagoras (who "recognized the healing powers of music"), Prussian-born explorer Franz Baos (who recorded songs and chants through his journeys) and Alan Lomax, the grandfather of ethnomusicology who traveled throughout the U.S.'s poor South, Europe and Africa. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 2
1 Why Music?p. 10
2 Songprintsp. 22
3 Unsung Heroesp. 50
4 Musical Tradewindsp. 70
5 Folksayp. 94
6 Long, Strange Tripp. 120
Epiloguep. 152