Silenced By Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth (PM Press)
Popular culture has woven itself into the social fabric of our lives, penetrating people's homes and haunting their psyches through images and earworms. Justice, at most levels, is something the average citizen may have little influence upon, leaving us feeling helpless and complacent. But pop music is a neglected arena where concrete change can occur — by exercising active and thoughtful choices to reject the low-hanging, omnipresent corporate fruit, we begin to rebalance the world, one engaged listener at a time.
Silenced by Sound is a powerful exploration of the challenges facing art, music, and media. Ian Brennan delves into his personal story to address the inequity of distribution in the arts and demonstrates that there are millions of talented people around the world more gifted than the superstars for whom billions of dollars are spent to promote the delusion that they have been blessed with unique genius.
Silenced by Sound is defined by muscular, terse, and poetic verse, and a nonlinear format rife with how-to tips and anecdotes. The narrative is driven and made corporeal via the author's ongoing field-recording chronicles, his memoir-like reveries, and the striking photographs that accompany these projects.
After reading it, you'll never hear quite the same again.
Praise for Silenced By Sound:
"An interesting and important project."—Dr. Noam Chomsky
"Every page of Silenced By Sound has at least one useful rough gem of thought: an alarming challenge here, a tender, blistering observation there -- historical musings combined with rich, unexpected personal details—it’s like listening to a fresh, bracing, previously unknown kind of music for the very first time." —David Harrington (Kronos Quartet)
Ian Brennan is a Grammy-winning music producer (Tinariwen, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Zomba Prison Project) and the author of five books. He has worked with the likes of filmmaker John Waters, Fugazi, Flea, country-legend Merle Haggard, and Green Day, among others. Since 1993 Brennan has taught violence prevention and conflict resolution around the world for such prestigious organizations as the University of London, the Smithsonian, New York’s New School, Berklee College of Music, the University of California–Berkeley, and the National Accademia of Science (Rome).
Tunde Adebimpe is a Grammy-nominated musician, actor, director, and visual-artist best known as the lead singer of the band TV on the Radio. He has acted in films with the late Jonathan Demme, Kristen Wiig, and Anne Hathaway, and collaborated musically with the likes of Massive Attack, David Bowie, and Mike Patton, to name a few.
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