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a handful of books and why i should read them. pt#1

Posted in reading with tags , , , on 08/11/2010 by sync24

i thought it was time i made a list of the books i have at hand, waiting to read.
#1 – Rip it up and start again – simon reynolds

i’m part way through this and have made a few notes [nyc no-wave – non-musicians, the mysterious pseudo-indie labels owned by majors, a thought about post post-punk music – club culture and djing?, the whole chapter on sheffield, human league and cabaret voltaire! and i’ve just got to manchester and the idea of ‘working class intellectuals’]. it’s looking like this is giving me some practical contextualisation – social and cultural, due to some of the backgrounds of the musicians and how i can draw parallels with them, and in hand, musical as one things informs another.

#2 – Cybersounds edited – michael ayers

i’ve read most of this one already, but there’s some great articles about mp3, file sharing and the future of music – the democratisation of production and dissemination, relating to folk music, self production, niche music and the long tail. this book introduced me to the term ‘netnography’ with regards to online research methods.
i need to re-read parts of this again.

#3 Strange Sounds: music, technology & culture – Timothy T. Taylor

i gave this book a good skimming. there’s some interesting chapters on men & space (obsessions), postwar technoscientific imagery (just reminds me of sci-fi) and technostalgia (why do i prefer old analog synths…?). i wondered about photocopying sections of this book, then realised i’d have to copy the whole book… might aswell just get on and read it all properly.

#4 – the cult of the amateur – andrew keen

this was one of the first books i came across that i thought’d be relevant to all this… typical of me i’d ignored the subtitle ‘how blogs, myspace, youtube and the rest of todays user generated media are killing our culture and economy’. i happen to like the idea of the amateur, i feel at home under that title as i would consider myself self-taught, without professional training or qualification in the areas i work. it looks like mr keen rips into amateurs for taking jobs away from trained professionals, journalists etc. by using the internet. lawrence lessig gets a going over too. so this post on mr lessigs website presents a good come-back: http://www.lessig.org/blog/2007/05/keens_the_cult_of_the_amateur.html
i think it was this link i came across quite soon after trying to find out more on mr keen online… it was a good intro to mr lessig who shares his writing and has a lot to do with creative commons etc. anyway, i need to read this as a counter argument. yawn.

#5 – Blogs, wikipedia, 2nd life and beyond: from production to produsage – axel bruns

this was another i came across when i was looking on amazon for the cult of the am. it looks like there’s plenty of decent info in here, i’m especially interested in the term produser as i feel i’ve been producing and using this technology stuff for a while now. here’s the accompanying website: http://produsage.org/
i think there’s plenty of milage for me in here.

so, the books above are one’s i’ve either bought or have from the library and need to renew/return. this post should help me to decide which to take back… oh and there is another handful i need to put up too. wait for a handful of books and why i should read them. pt#2

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