The Wu-Tang Clan have a prestigious career in the music industry. During their journey they have innovated and crafted a legendary status with a cult following. Over the years they have also seen how technology, emerging musical formats and the web have impacted music in a variety of ways.
All of this knowledge and experience left them perfectly placed to explore contemporary questions that needed to be asked. How do we now value art / music? In an over-saturated world of easy access, how do we engage and create memorable lasting works? With how music has been devalued, how do we regain worth and appreciation?
The creative landscape for the modern musician can be a challenging one. The Wu-Tang Clan were well aware of this. To release an album where only one copy exists was an inspired response to the devaluation of music.
Bozorgmehr was a consultant on the project and worked closely with the key members throughout the adventure. In this book, the author traverses philosophy, psychology, commerce, art and music with flair and skill. His writing style combines wit, intelligence and gifted storytelling with dazzling effect. The entire book is an engrossing read from start to finish.
Any musician or anybody interested in contemporary art / music MUST READ this book. Just like the album itself, this book is an essential one-off! We are treated to insider insight at every stage of the process. This is an amazing thing to have access to. Bozorgmehr shares the theories, concepts, risks, dilemmas and challenges of this boundary breaking experiment. There is much to learn from the wisdom imparted in these pages.
The release of 'Once Upon A Time In Shaolin' is a landmark for the industry and will be discussed and debated for many years to come. This pioneering body of work is one of the most intriguing and important projects of recent years as it invites many questions about music, art, value, appreciation, technology, consumerism and more. Bozorgmehr's insider account is the essential guide - you need this!
This is a hugely enjoyable book. As well as being a wonderful and tantalising insight into this strange album that we'll most likely never hear, it's a timely rumination on the value of "art", specifically music, in the age of streaming. It's written with almost breathless glee, and that giddy excitement is contagious from start to finish.
If you’re a Wi geek this is essential. Very well written. Slightly repetitive, maybe just because it needed to be big enough to be a full book, but gets exciting and chronology is very detailed - just really want to hear the album!
This book combines a riveting narrative with some profoundly thought provoking (and often very funny) discussion of the value of art and of music. It's an extraordinary book, a left-field wild card: a book of such qualities that I'm not sure I could help but think less of anyone who found it other than fascinating. I found the book via a random news story which referenced it. I downloaded the free Kindle sample out of idle curiosity, and have never been more quickly sold than I was upon reading even the first few paragraphs. Put the Kindle app on your phone or tablet and give the sample a try: if you are not convinced, then whatever grabbed me is not working for you. I pity such a fool ;-)