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Moondog [Audio Enhanced Edition] by [Scotto, Robert]
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"This biography passionately explores the long and fruitful life of Moondog: childhood, the accident that rendered him blind, lifestyle, marriages, legal issues, touring, success and ideas. Appendix treats include Moondog s Perpetual Calendar and poetry. Whether you ve heard of the man or not, this chronicle of genius is worth your time." --Samantha Anne Carrillo, "The Alibi"
"We Americans have rarely understood what to do with odd members of our culture. If their voices don't seem immediately accessible, if they look or dress oddly (even as a form of self-definition, in Moondog's case), we write them off as loonies and close our ears. That's our loss: Though Moondog lived mostly on the street and dwelt always on the musical fringe, he had something to say." --Lawrence Toppman, "Charlotte Observer""

About the Author

Robert Scotto was a professor of English at Baruch College, CUNY, until his recent retirement. His previous publications include a Critical Edition of Catch-22, a book on the contemporary American novel and essays on Walter Pater, James Joyce and other major nineteenth and twentieth century writers.

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  • File Size: 107510 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Process; Revised ed. edition (24 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EXC0VBO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #912,705 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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second purchase of this one, as first copy got lost in a plane..now even better than first time
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Moondog was an amazing man and musician/composer. His really is an uplifting story of huge personal and musical triumphs against terrible odds. Listen to his music, read his story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential rock history about Moondog that few people know about 10 Dec. 2014
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An essential look into the life and work (though his music is insufficiently analyzed for its brilliance, a weakness of the book) of a major musical figure who integrated many styles of music decades before the artists of the 1960s were going to. He was clearly a musician way ahead of his time, and it is about time that someone told his story. Even Allan Freed, whose radio shows helped to stir the rock revolution of the 1950s, called himself the Moondog after the real one, without his knowledge and permission, and started all his shows with one of Moondog's tracks (which the courts later ordered Freed to desist from doing). Moondog is one of the musical giants of the 20th Century and plays an important part in that era just prior to rock when many musicians were trying new experiments, some who became popular, and others like Moondog who remained in relative musical obscurity (despite being quite well known as a street figure who sold his art directly to others). The book is quite well written and sufficiently absorbing. It is I think an essential part of the history of popular music of the late 20th Century that is little known and should become so for modern listeners to better educate themselves about the musical history of our era. I only keep about 15% of the books on rock that I read, and I read almost all of them that appear on the shelves. This one is I think a keeper.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blind and Beautiful 21 April 2016
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I can't remember the first time I heard Moondog, but, as with Robert Wyatt's post-"Soft Machine" output, I was blown away by how varied the guy's music was, and how impossible to categorize it was. This book does a good job balancing details about Moondog's s personal life with his unorthodox theories of music, which have been admired and appropriated by everyone from minimalist maestro Philip Glass to hip-hop producers. The author neither glosses over nor gets bogged down in the details of Moondog's controversial political beliefs, the contradictions in his Nordic/Aryan philosophy contrasted against his friendships with people from many races and walks of life.

Kudos also need to go to Scotto for avoiding the easy temptation to reduce Moondog to a curiosity, a fancifully clad homeless oddity who walked the streets of NYC, rather than a serious musician who never let his disability cripple his creativity (again, like Robert Wyatt). Recommended.
3.0 out of 5 stars If you love Moondog 5 stars 31 Mar. 2017
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The story of Moondog is fascinating; unfortunately the story telling is lacking. If you love Moondog 5 stars; if you love reading 1 star. I'm splitting the difference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 Sept. 2014
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everything fine. thanks.
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