A blog about Bloomsbury Academic's 33 1/3 series, our other books about music, and the world of sound in general.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

We're on a skeleton crew this week as we sift through the dregs of 2009, and I have a long leisurely lunch calling my name, so pardon the lack of updates. But in the meantime...

Here is a great in-depth interview with Geeta Dayal on her volume on Brian Eno from KEXP in Seattle:

Why an album by Brian Eno?

I got into Brian Eno’s music as a teenager, but I got into his ambient work first and his rock music much later. I’m 30 years old now. When I was 17 or 18, I was really into electronic music. (I still am.) I bought my first Kraftwerk record when I was 13 and that’s probably what inspired me to go to MIT at a fairly young age. Electronic music just seemed like the natural soundtrack for a place like MIT. I had friends who built homemade synthesizers and robots and things like that; I made lots of short films and studied the brain.

It’s funny, because I basically worked backwards with Eno. I started out listening to the ambient records, then heard the rock albums, and then heard Roxy Music last. It was interesting to hear Eno that way, because I could really see his work as part of a continuum.

As for Eno’s other productions, I love Talking Heads and David Bowie and No New York (the inspirational early New York post-punk compilation). I was never a huge fan of U2, so I was never one of those people who knew Brian Eno because of U2. It was really sort of the other way around — I paid closer attention to U2 because of Eno.

Bonus: A very cool interview with Jonathan Lethem about P.K. Dick, conducted by Erik Davis, who wrote the 33.3 on Zeppelin.


Editor/Writer : Michele said...

hi. I saw your books in Barnes & Noble today and was wondering if the series is open to submissions? Any information is much appreciated. Thanks and Happy New Years! -Michele (Kaplan)

Anonymous said...

Hi. I'd like to echo Michele's comment. Will there be another window of acceptance for submissions? When will the next round of books be chosen and then published?