Music is elemental, universal, instinctive, mysterious pulse at the very heart of the human experience. But although we have made music for countless millennia, it’s been scarcely a century since we acquired the technology to capture and explore all its astonishing variety. This is the tale that unfolds in Songcatchers, at once a panorama of the world’s music and a vivid portrait of the pioneers who traveled far and wide to collect it.
Spirit into Sound
Mickey Hart, along with co-author and Professor of Ethnomusicology Fredric Lieberman, presents an original collection of quotes and commentary on the transformative power of music entitled Spirit into Sound: The Magic of Music. Through world travels, close relationships with music icons and extensive research into the music archives at the Library of Congress, Hart has collected excerpts from individuals as diverse as Plato, Iggy Pop, Henry David Thoreau, John Lennon, Loretta Lynn, Timothy Leary, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Duke Ellington for his third book. In November, Hart will set out on a fifteen city tour to promote the book’s national release.
Ranging from the “big bang” to the present, from Mesopotamia to Bunker Hill, Planet Drum uses hundreds of breathtaking images to take a panoramic look at the power and mystery of percussion and provide a stunning pictorial map of the world beat.
Original and provocative thinking permeates this magnificently illustrated and fascinating volume.