By Albin Zak
"In Albin J. Zak III's hugely unique learn, phonograph files aren't simply the medium for disseminating songs yet musical works unto themselves. shaped from a mixture of copyright legislations, recording studios and methods, the expertise of musicians and disc jockeys, the ingenuity and avarice of manufacturers, and the appetites of checklist dealers, the omnipotent market Zak describes is an unruly region the place tune of, by way of, and for the folks is made and anointed."
---Richard Crawford, writer of America's Musical existence: A History
"Wrestling readability from the exuberant chaos of early rock 'n' roll, Albin Zak's I do not Sound Like Nobody redefines our knowing of the list within the shaping of the post–World conflict II soundscape. Zak tracks the tale which extends from Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra via Elvis and blood brother Holly to the Beatles and Bob Dylan with tours into dozens of lesser recognized, yet the most important, avid gamers in a video game with few demonstrated principles. an important addition to the bookshelf."
---Craig Werner, writer of A swap Is Gonna Come: song, Race & the Soul of America
"I do not Sound Like Nobody is an excellent account of the transformation of yank renowned tune within the Fifties. Albin Zak insightfully explores what recording truly skill when it comes to the method of creating and eating song. His dialogue of the criminal, aesthetic, and business ramifications of alterations within the recording technique over the process the Fifties will make well known tune students and checklist creditors think again what they suspect they learn about the period."
---Rob Bowman, writer of Soulsville, u.s.: the tale of Stax Records
"Informative, unique, and pleasing. via a story that isn't simply enlightening but additionally compelling, I do not Sound Like Nobody probes the assets and mechanisms of switch inside of post-war American well known track, laying off a cultural and old mild at the convergence of musical idioms that created '50s rock and roll."
---Stan Hawkins, writer of Settling the Pop Score
"From the beginning of the checklist in the course of the legacy of Presley, the improvement of rock and roll, and the Beatles 'stunning arrival at the world's stage,' Albin Zak takes us on a trip of outstanding scholarship. The breadth of insurance and deep exam of recordings and repertoire display the author's reverence and sensitivity to the various dimensions and origins of this complicated musical soundscape."
---William Moylan, writer of Understanding and Crafting the combo: The artwork of Recording
The Nineteen Fifties marked an intensive transformation in American well known song because the country drifted clear of its love affair with sizeable band swing to embody the unschooled and unruly new sounds of rock 'n' roll.
The unexpected flood of documents from the margins of the track left impressions at the pop soundscape that might finally reshape common listening behavior and expectancies, in addition to conventions of songwriting, functionality, and recording. whilst Elvis Presley claimed, "I do not sound like nobody," a 12 months earlier than he made his first advertisement list, he unwittingly articulated the era's musical Zeitgeist.
The principal tale line of I do not Sound Like Nobody is swap itself. The book's characters contain not only performers yet engineers, manufacturers, songwriters, label vendors, radio personalities, and fans---all of them key gamers within the decade's musical transformation.
Written in attractive, obtainable prose, Albin Zak's I do not Sound Like Nobody methods musical and old problems with the Nineteen Fifties throughout the lens of recordings and models a compelling tale of the start of a brand new musical language. The ebook belongs at the shelf of each sleek track aficionado and each pupil of rock 'n' roll.
Albin J. Zak III is Professor of track on the collage at Albany, country collage of recent York. he's the editor of The Velvet Underground Companion and the writer of The Poetics of Rock: slicing Tracks, Making Records, a groundbreaking examine of rock track creation. Zak can also be a checklist manufacturer, songwriter, singer, and guitarist.
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