I'm about to finish Always Magic in the Air: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era, which is a history of the songwriters and musicians who invented the classic "Brill Building Sound." What's the best book to read about Motown Records? [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of authors and musicians who lived artistically unremarkable lives for their first four decades, only beginning to express themselves creatively in their 40s, and who subsequently received critical or popular acclaim for the work they produced during that fifth decade. [more inside]
What's your favorite online store (or other source) that puts out well-chosen lists of new stuff (books, music, or anything else) on a weekly or monthly basis? [more inside]
My uncle is interested in reading science fiction or futuristic fantasy books that involve music as a strong narrative element. He has read some Anne McCaffrey that did this, as well as Patrick Rothfuss, but was hoping to find other options, and I drew a blank. Can you guys think of any more music-tinged works?
I want to read scholarly work about why doing things with "digital" tools (like word processors or MIDI music keyboards) is experienced differently from doing things with "analog" tools (like typewriters or pianos). [more inside]
So I finally got around to watching Bee and Puppycat (previously on Metafilter) and there is NOT ENOUGH for me! What other media would you recommend that hits that spot? [more inside]
I'll be in Seattle for 48 hours (Sunday afternoon through Tuesday afternoon) for a brief leg of a solo trip. Help me structure my time there for maximum wandery enjoyable urban exploration, with perhaps a little bit of hiking thrown in? [more inside]
The 33 1/3 series is a formidable list of little books about influential records, written by music writers, musicians, writers and fans. It seems to vary significantly in tone and in the writer's approach. For those of you who have read some of these books, which ones (or particular sections) stuck with you? Which didn't work so well? I would love to write one of these, and I'm trying to calibrate my angle as I hone my pitch.
Book suggestions for a gift exchange recipient that combine business, Haruki Murakami, David Foster Wallace, and/or music? (here's hoping my recipient isn't also a Mefite!) [more inside]
Trying to find the perfect book to scratch a partner's literary itch for macrohistories related in some way to music. Details within. [more inside]
How do I practice better taste - in my art, music, and other kinds of cultural consumption - without being a prude or curmudgeon or elitist? [more inside]
When I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I made a copy of "One Winter," the mix tape that Charlie made. I find I like this odd way of interacting with a book, and I'm interested in finding other books that have mix tapes/playlists in them. I know some authors have web sites that include playlists of songs that they identify with a book and its characters, but that's NOT what I want--I want the mix tapes/playlists actually IN the books, as part of the characters' activity or interplay. [more inside]
Pretend I came from another planet yesterday. Pretend that today I listened to everything by The Rolling Stones. Pretend that tomorrow I want to read a book about the band/their history/their music. What would that book be? [more inside]
I am interested in the time period right before WWII (late 30's) up to the Counterculture (Mid 60's). I would like some cultural recommendations from that period. I am interested in books (fiction and nonfiction), movies, tv shows, and music that was either created in that time period or takes place in that time period. Any recommendations would be appreciated!
I'm looking for the unexpected, overlooked masterpieces hiding within conventionally marginal artistic genres: novelty Christmas music albums, mass market cowboy novels, direct-to-video action movie sequels, etc. [more inside]
House of Leaves and Haunted are works in two different mediums (book and album) by two different artists that deliberately accompany each other. What other examples of this are there? [more inside]
I need recommendations for books to give my nephews for their 2nd, 4th, and 6th respective birthdays! [more inside]
I have pickied myself into a corner. Help me out! [more inside]
In 1Q84, as in many of his other books, Haruki Murakami frequently tells us what music his characters are listening to, providing a de facto soundtrack to the novel. What other authors suggest or provide soundtracks to their works and/or what other written works basically have soundtracks?
Does This Book Exist-filter: A Short History of
Nearly Everything Rhythm? [more inside]
Looking for fiction books about musicians, especially with a single musician as the main character [more inside]
Help me think of some phrases, lyrics, or quotes that evoke youthful angst. [more inside]
Help me choose books and music for a solo trek through Sweden, Turkey, Nepal, and Jordan. I'll be on the "road" for six months with a lot of down time and a Kindle, so I need a lot of suggestions. [more inside]
My sister is turning 18. Help me build an Adolescent Crisis Prep Kit! [more inside]
I want to make a soundtrack for the Warhammer 40K universe. Maybe you can help. [more inside]
Are there small databases for music and (less importantly for me), books and movies that are available as sql dumps or flat txt files? [more inside]
Are there examples of made-up songs from books (like the original Winnie-the-Pooh's hums) being put to music anywhere? [more inside]
How do you find time to consume all the media you want to? [more inside]
Help me get lost in space. [more inside]
I want to write and publish a book on the industrial music scene from a feminist perspective. I’m a decent writer, but I have no photography, graphic design, marketing, or publishing experience, and no industry connections. Where do I start? [more inside]
Let's say I'm a Russian student in my mid-twenties. [more inside]
Help me find a website/software for making lists about interests like music, movies, books, etc. [more inside]
Are there similar sites such as last.fm and the likes for other media types? I'm thinking sites which can recommend e.g. books and movies based on what I've recently read or watched. I'd prefer non-commercial sites, thus eliminating amazon.com and sites which recommend other titles based on what other users also bought together with a selected book/movie. Thanks.
What are the best places in the Chicago area to sell used books, CDs, DVDs, and tabletop gaming materials? [more inside]
Which books do you recommend for learning to play musical instruments? [more inside]
I have a month in which to do a project. What kind of project, you ask? Good question. Perhaps something fun, perhaps something educational, perhaps something mind-expanding. The options, they are endless. [more inside]
What are some small towns in the Adirondacks (NY)- with nice community, local food, and art? [more inside]
I'm the first-time father of a one-year old boy. Having recently finished "The Road" and "The Prince of Frogtown" and enjoyed the movie "The Kite Runner", I'm looking for suggestions of other books (or movies or songs) that are about the relationship between fathers and sons. [more inside]
Which are the best books in Continuum's Thirty-Three and a Third series? I just read Daydream Nation and ended up frustrated and and a bit disappointed. [more inside]
I want to physically cut-up vinyl records and books into pieces, which I will then glue back together in various, alternate combinations. What are the best methods of doing this? [more inside]
Is there a service that will let you to subscribe to notifications of new artist (music) and/or author (books) releases, but is not spammy?
The Wire's finished (wipes tear)... what do I watch/read/listen to, now ? [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations for books, movies and even music that might be relevant for a group of middle school (7th & 8th grade, ages 12-14) kids who are going to Rome over spring break. [more inside]
What are some good children's books that have been put to song? [more inside]
Can you recommend some books on the recording industry that would be helpful to someone wanting to enter the field? [more inside]
Where can I find lists of other countries' favorite books, music and movies? [more inside]
I don't remember the original question, but someone answered a post a while back with a recommendation for a book on the history of rock music. Lots of others chimed in and agreed that the book was great...so what was it? Sorry I can't remember any other details.
I'm looking for sites related to American popular culture from the early 20th century: books, films, radio, magazines, music, dance, comic strips, celebrities — you name it. I'm particularly interested on the period between the wars, but open to great stuff from before (and during) World War I, as well. Little Nemo, Keystone Kops, the Lindy Hop, Enrico Caruso, Fatty Arbuckle, Al Jolson, Clara Bow, Flash Gordon, Alice blue, Teddy bears, etc. These are all the sorts of things I'm after, especially as they're represented on the web. Bonus points for sites with RSS feeds. [more inside]
I'm in Waco TX for tonight and tomorrow (Fri 6th October - Sat 7th Oct) visiting family. Anytime I travel I like to visit the local record shops. I'm staying close to Baylor University. Are there any decent cool shops in the area (20 mi radius) for second hand CDs & Records? Books too while I'm at it.
Do you think you could choose a future partner purely on the basis of his or her music (or book) collection? Have any of you, in fact, ever done this? If so what were the deciding factors and did it work out? [more inside]
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