“Electricity is not digital. It does not come in discrete packets, but floods the air and flows through conductors and shoots from the hands of mad scientists in silent movies. If it is futuristic at all, it is a past version of the future, temperamental, unstable, half-alive.”
#QuotsySept19 | 11: #Shock
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Immediately thought of this powerfully unsettling book about cultural appropriation. Two hipster poseurs exploit the legacy of black music and are obsessed with “authenticity“ (and vinyl). Sidenote: At work I used a record player for the first time last week, despite the fact my bf has one. #putyourrecordson #ayupaugust
Look what I found on my office book swap shelf today?! Its normally full of ropey romances so am very excited to have found this!
This book pulled the rug from underneath me as i was reading and i came away overwhelmed with the turn it took and the consequent theme of the story. At the outset 2 different 20 something students discover an obscure piece of blues music recorded on the streets of ny during a chess game. The search for the singer and old vinyl takes seth into the dark past of US history + the use of law to continue 'slavery' for commercial gain. Brilliant
#booked2019 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft
A tram journey today is a perfect excuse to make progress on this excellent book and as i read about the creator of a mysterious piece of ancient jazz music wolfman Charlie shaw and the ills that befall the young man who discovered the song whilst recording sounds on the streets of manhattan i realised it is perfect for spring #featuresamusician
First book of 2019 and it didn't disappoint. A young man obsessed with collecting rare records is the victim of a horrible crime. His best friend and music collaborator struggles to learn the truth behind a mysterious blues recording and the story takes a wild turn to include racial injustice and Southern music legend with an eerie supernatural element.
Full review will appear on Roots & Reads later this month!
You sweet, lovely lady...thank you so very much!
I so want to read this!!! And the bookmarks...I am living in a ski area way too long- these remind me of snowboards! 🤣
I am just so touched by Your thoughtfulness. 😘
My reading tastes are, some would say, eclectic....🤷🏼♀️📚🥰
I loved this book. Two music enthusiasts find a lost recording, much to their delight. But all does not go well for these two college friends. Maybe I liked this book so much because I am a Southerner, and blues music is such a part of our lore. But I believe its appeal is broader than this—much of the action takes place in NYC, where the two men live, after all—as it crosses genres, including some mystery, some magic, and some social commentary.
Completed my reading challenge!
Whew. Made it through. It is a difficult read because of the timeline jumps between two related story lines of different decades but also because of racism, violence, white privilege and cultural appropriation. Take your time with this one. Its uncomfortably well done. Lol ❤❤❤❤❤
Great concept, terrible execution. Full review: http://www.librarything.com/work/18424385/reviews/159948809_344807575
It took me a while to get into this, but I‘m glad I stuck with it. In return, it is going to stick with ME. As is the case with many #tournamentofbooks selections, it‘s unique. BTW, I looked up many of the old (1920‘s) blues recordings mentioned and they really do exist. #tob
It‘s here❣️ I was curious about this one from the first time I saw it, but I never actually bought it ... and guess what!? Yesterday I was in bookstore, I have it in my hand, but then I decided for other two and I‘m glad that I did so. Thank you @BarbaraBB for your kindness 😘😘😘 I think that this book will be my companion next week at the 🏖
I was just reading along, minding my own business, cool musical obsession/blues crossroads legend type stuff when, BAM!, total stream of conscious, unreliable narrator sinking into madness!!!! Wow! What a ride! I definitely suggest giving this record a spin (allusion intended)! But don‘t say I didn‘t warn you if you suddenly find yourself waking up under a moss hung tree talking to a mysterious and ancient old lady deep in the bayou! #LMPBC
Pic from Eastman NH golf course a few days ago, totally failing on reviewing all the books I read this year! Too much fun doing other things! Really enjoyed this totally different book, not sure how to categorize it, though, sort of a mystery, life exploration? Centers around the obsessive collecting of old blues recordings. Nicely written. If you're in the mood for something a little weird, this is it!
Read this last weekend, and it had been a king time since I finished a book over 2 days. This is the story of Carter and Seth who had only on thing in common, music and mainly music from the 20s and 30s. When Seth record a song on the street, that they post as the music by blues guitarist Charlie Shaw things start to escalate. A story about family, friendship and the past. And how you might never escape your family's past.
So I thought the writing of the first quarter of this novel was great, and I was keeping up.. until it went off into some other realm and I wasn‘t. I kind of got lost, and I don‘t really know what happened; has anyone else read this and felt like ‘what even just happened there‘ after every chapter? I just don‘t think this flowed for me. 🤷♀️
At the dog park having a nice read while my puppers plays with his buddies! A win-win situation! And I am LOVING this book so far! I highly recommend it if you like character driven mystery with a lot of music-making plot elements! So cool, I almost feel like a hipster! 😂😂😂
My parents‘ record collection spanned everything from Mozart and Caruso to South Pacific and Yves Montand to Bessie Smith and Robert Johnson. When you‘re a little kid and you hear Crossroads and Hellhound on My Trail, it changes you. Awe and respect on my part, but folie a deux as 2 white obsessives of the blues get more than they bargained for. Supernatural karma payback on thoughtless cultural appropriation, privilege, power, and greed. 1% 👎🏿
There's a lot to digest within these pages...race relations, cultural appropriation, police brutality, freakin' ghosts, etc.
However, I found the second half of the book (and from what I've read, I'm not alone) to be confusing and completely jarring in tone from the first half of the book (which I felt was far superior).
Having said that, there is no doubt that Kunzru is a talented writer...I was just hoping to enjoy the book more than I did.
Still trying to process what I just read. The writing is beautiful with many very quotable sections about race, privilege, class, and the power of music. I love what this book has to say about all those things. The story itself remains a bit fuzzy for me. I'm pretty sure I do not fully understand what exactly was happening, but that's ok. Thanks for the pick, @cobwebmoth! #lmpbc @readergrrl @quasifesto
1. White Tears
2. Tori Amos, The Sundays, Nirvana, New Order, Joy Division, Depeche Mode, The Cure, XTC, Billie Holiday, Fiona Apple, Missy Elliott, Forest Swords, Sigur Ros, I'll stop now
3. Michael Jackson in Malaysia, 1996. His only time here. My 2nd last year in school, begged my parents, crummy seats, Michael was an ant on the stage 🙌🏽 And Sigur Ros in my city in 2012.
4. Since Black Panther it's been All the Stars by Kendrick Lamar, SZA 💫
What an exceptional reading month ! Three ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ reads : White Tears, 1984 and Red Clocks and a really interesting new author discovery in Hernan Diaz ( thank you #ToB18 but let‘s not discuss the fiasco of some of those results ... ;)
6/24 on #ReadHarder so far.
So much same.
🤤Well, that was intense. I absolutely loved the writing. Kunzru succeeded in making me angry, uncomfortable, nervous, and heartbroken. I enjoyed all of the musical references. I don't feel like this fits neatly into one genre. It tackles some really heavy themes. Apologies to my #LMPBC group for my abysmal annotation skills.
Today is an interesting day in the #ToB. White Tears is the outsider the most hyped at the moment I think.
I really liked its plot and style and it deserves to get a bit further in the tournament.
I didn‘t read The Idiot yet, but so many people seem to love it and are happy it won the play-in‘s that I am really looking forward to what will happen today.
So far, the judges are not doing the obvious and I like that a lot!