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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: PROCESS; Revised edition (22 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934170402
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934170403
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Moondog The revised edition biography of one of the twentieth century's most fascinating and original artists. Full description

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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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HASH(0x8e2f17c8) 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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HASH(0x8e7d539c) 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.
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HASH(0x8e9f08c4) out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 Sept. 2014
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everything fine. thanks.
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