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Norman

Netanya, Israel | Member Since 2004

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  • This Is Our Music: Free Jazz, the Sixties, and American Culture: The Arts and Intellectual Life in Modern America

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Iain Anderson
    • Narrated By Paul Steven Forrest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    This Is Our Music, declared saxophonist Ornette Coleman's 1960 album title. But whose music was it? At various times during the 1950s and 1960s, musicians, critics, fans, politicians, and entrepreneurs claimed jazz as a national art form, an Afrocentric race music, an extension of modernist innovation in other genres, a music of mass consciousness, and the preserve of a cultural elite. This original and provocative book explores who makes decisions about the value of a cultural form and on what basis.

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The original book was full of interesting information about the music and musicians. I don't have the background to know whether the sociological arguments were correct but they were at least plausible. I can't recommend the audiobook, however, because the narration was poor. I've been a subscriber to Audible for almost nine years, and I can't remember a narrator who sounded so robotic. I realize that narrating a non-fiction book needs to be different than that for fiction, but there still needs to be thought given to reading with appropriate inflection and pauses.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Steven Forrest?

    Of the non-fiction books I've recently listened to, I enjoyed Rob Shapiro's narration of The Third Chimpanzee, and I think he would have been a good reader for this book. Another excellent narration was Jack Weatherford's for Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World.


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