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Will Oldham On Bonnie "Prince" Billy (2000)

by Will Oldham(Favorite Author)
4.07 of 5 Votes: 3
057125814X (ISBN13: 9780571258147)
review 1: Musician interviews rarely rise above the lowest rung of the entertainment journalism ladder, but there's considerably more to Will Oldham than the typical singer/songwriter/actor/photographer. I credit his home state of Kentucky and the sense of cantankerous glee evident in his work. And while an early 90s Palace show at Lounge Axe in Chicago still ranks among the worst live music I've ever been unfortunate enough to witness, Oldham remains among my favorite musical artists because he brings genuine art to every tune, every performance. The what and why of this delicate art are made clearer by this book-length chat. There's yet to be a 33 1/3 edition as enlightening as this sit-down.
review 2: Will Oldham has a reputation for opting out of music industry promo
... moretional activities. He just doesn’t do the promotional circuit for each release, with the obligatory interviews, television appearances, etc etc. That’s why it was a bit of a shock to discover this title.Alan Licht (a friend and sometimes collaborator) sat down with Oldham for a series of interviews over the course of a week. This book is the result of those interview sessions. It reads less like a typical industry hagiography or personality profile, and more like rambling conversations between friends. That’s why it works.Yes, the sort of information fans crave is in here: recording session information, discussion of song lyrics, influences, etc etc. But much of the fascinating material is the discussion that emerges at the margins: Oldham’s idiosyncratic views on the music industry, art, film, and how to balance the demands of the commercial and the artistic.This is probably not for the uninitiated. No effort is made to bring readers up to speed. There are no references to reviews or any attempts to contextualize Oldham’s recording history. However, for those familiar with his catalog, it provides a fascinating glimpse into this idiosyncratic artist. less
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It's amazing all the good music you can now add to your iTunes after reading this.
incredible insight on an incredible character.
I didn't even get bored once.
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