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.