Once you've journeyed through the furthest backwaters of KrautRock Punk, Post Punk and Garage Psychedelia with a long detour through the undergrowth of the early Eighties cassette underground, where else is there to go? This is where, to the Curious Universe of Outsider Music. This book and CD sent me off on a quest that ultimately encompassed far more than music (There is an outer fringe of everything, Art, Literature, Science, Religion)and is still far from over. Not everything here is great. For me, to qualify as great 'Outsider' music something must have a quality that goes beyond a mere 'So bad it's good' jokey kind of vibe; and not every track has that. But some definitely do and Chusid's writing and musical selections have introduced me to artists of whom I will remain a fan for as long as I live, particularly the Shaggs, Daniel Johnston and Jandek (investigating his work could become a lifetime quest in itself). My only other criticism is that some of the selections are a little mainstream. I mean, Beefheart and Barrett are all time heroes of mine, but they are not 'Outsiders' in the true sense; nor are Joe Meek and Scott Walker (though the latter's last 3 albums perhaps make him an honourary member. Apart from that, great stuff; and here are some suggestions for a volume 3 (if Chusid won't write it, maybe I will one day): Gary Wilson; Ivor Cutler; John Otway; Kimya Dawson (perhaps too mainstream after 'Juno');Ed Askew; Jeffrey Lewis and others that will come to me now that the seed has been planted.