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Marcello Carlin lures or impels us through an astonishing maze of music, much of it very likely unfamiliar with, from radical free improv to one off novelty pop, via every imaginable sheeptrack or rat run or scenic bus ride. --(Mark Sinker)
About the Author
Marcello Carlin has written extensively about music, both in print and online, since 2001 and has contributed to Time Out, Uncut, The Wire and other publications. He lives in London.
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And fourthly - and perhaps most crucially - this is a writer who is unafraid of framing his observations within a deeply personal context. As the preface makes clear, these essays were written during a crucial period of change in Carlin's personal life. Widowed several years earlier, with devastating consequences to his state of mind, music became his lifeline, and writing about music became his means of re-connecting with the world. After striking up correspondence with a reader of his pioneering music blog (The Church Of Me), his friendship converted to love, and love to marriage. While waiting for his second wife to join him in the UK from her native Canada, Carlin's formerly bleak worldview brightened, and his new-found sense of joyful redemption and optimism pervades the whole collection. Thus it doesn't take too much work to read between the lines of his text, re-casting it as an extended love letter, and a prayer for a better future. Music can serve no higher purpose, and Carlin's music writing - incisive, idiosyncratic, passionate, and bursting with life - is a glorious reflection of how art can serve life.