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Source: Music of the Avant-Garde, 1966-1973 Hardcover – 26 Jul 2011

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  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (26 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520257480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520257481
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,321,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Many unexpected delights." Gramophone "Source was there to document all the crazy changes in ... art-music that we're always trying to one-up one another in our purported 'vast knowledge of' here in the TMT office. Score." Tiny Mix Tapes "Compelling and historically important... The new print and audio editions of Source are a valuable resource for composers, scholars, and performers... I highly recommend both!" -- Michael Boyd Computer Music Journal "Fascinating... A healthy collection of prose descriptions trying to account for what was going on at the time." -- Stephen Smoliar Examiner.com "Remarkable... The book is a delight to hold and view... Highly recommended." -- John Schuster-Craig, Grand Valley State University Fontes Artis Musicae

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"Source: Music of the Avant-garde, 1966-1973" brings its extraordinary, historical explorations and experimentations to a new audience of contemporary music devotees, researchers, composers, students, and educators. This welcome volume reproduces Source's original, provocative issues in an unparalleled repository of articles, scores, graphics, photos, editorials, and reviews, featuring contributions by some of the 20th century s leading experimental and pioneering composers and performers. Larry Austin and Douglas Kahn have provided us with a true gem and an invaluable resource for future study.
Elainie Lillios, Associate Professor of Composition at Bowling Green State University

"Source" was an audacious piece of new music entrepreneurship that could only have happened in the 1960s. I well recall discovering it in the stacks at the university library, flipping the pages and learning that you could just jump right off the edge of the known musical world. This was not a journal that provided information or mere perspectives on new music: it showed you the music itself. It brought you into direct contact with the excitement, provocation, beauty, audacity, ingenuity, and insight of the leading experimental musicians of the day. You might be offended, intrigued, inspired, amused, baffled, but the point was that you were right in there, seeing what was going on and deciding for yourself what you wanted to make out of it. How wonderful it is for this liberating historical moment to be reincarnated; who knows what musical adventures this re-publication will inspire.
James Pritchett, author of "The Music of John Cage"

This long awaited reissue of important documents from the late 1960s, including graphic scores, essays, and articles, is an indispensable anthology of cross-disciplinary ideas about music and composition. This is a fascinating treasure trove of musical counterculture, absolutely relevant today.
Christian Marclay, visual artist and composer

"Source" was an essential document of its time, a music magazine that made beautiful musicand beautiful art. This was one of the reasons why I was delighted to be able to reissue all the recordings on a three CD set on Pogus. This book now puts all the print issues in one s hand, bringing us as close to having "Source" again as we are ever likely to get."
Al Margolis, Pogus Productions (www.pogus.com)

There was a glorious moment at the cusp of the 1970s when all our musical road maps became obsolete overnight. Young composers relied instead on the accounts of voyageurs, many of which were printed in the pages of "Source." Austin and Kahn s meticulous compendium carries us back to that heady, pre-Web time when anything seemed possible.
Nicolas Collins, Editor-in-Chief, "Leonardo Music Journal"

" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A wonderful summary of an exciting period in the development of Western 'Serious' music. The reproduced articles are simultaneously thoughful and thought-provking. It's intereresting to see with hindsight the missing parts, e.g. a return to tonality, and a predominance of drone/minimal music. Very enjoyable though!
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'Source' was a key inspiration to those of us aspiring to be 'composers' or sound artists in the 1970s. This volume manages to successfully evoke much of the magic (for Europeans) of contact with the US-based ideas of the time, and replicates their original idiosyncratic layout and landscape format albeit in a slightly condensed form, and without the memorable covers. Larry Austin's visionary project is here given a wider audience, and will perhaps go some way to explaining for that new audience what it felt like to be playing with sound at the time. There are riches on every page.
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Anyone interested in the American musical avant-garde should have this book. I'm glad I found a book dealer with one still in stock.
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