An essential primer on all things musically hip – put together by the writers of The Wire magazine – a publication we've trusted for many years, for many styles! The book is a great way to dip into the farther reaches of the musical universe – to quickly learn about and get at the core of styles that are far from mainstream, and which will greatly expand your listening horizons! The volume features different sections – on Avant Rock, Jazz & Improvisation, Funk & Beyond
, and Modern Composition – then has articles on key figures, along with reviews of selected recordings – which will really help shape your listening. Writers include John Szwed, Simon Reynolds, Ben Ratliff, Alan Licht, Peter Shapiro, and others – and articles include Sun Ra, Fela Kuti, Tropicalia, Sonic Youth, No Wave, John Cage, Musique Concrete, Iannis Xenakis, Grime, James Brown, Derek Baily, Frank Zappa, Ornette Coleman, The Fall, and Captain
Beefheart! 198 pages, softcover.