Behind the Mic: On Music by Ted Gioia, Read by Jamie Renell
Jo Reed and Brian Price Discuss the History of Music From Prehistory to Modern Times
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Jamie Renell’s narration of Ted Gioia’s sprawling work on music is confident and fast paced, which is just what this serious tome needs. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Brian Price discuss the author’s exploration into the many ways music touches our lives and culture. The author argues that for all of human history, the most important music starts out as subversive and only later is embraced by the establishment. The work crescendos as it moves from the Classical era into its discussion of twentieth-century jazz, blues, and rock musicians who have touched our own lives.
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