Pick Up the Pieces

About the Author: John Corbett

John Corbett is a writer, curator, and producer based in Chicago He is co owner of Corbett vs Dempsey, an art gallery Corbett is the author of several books, including Extended Play Sounding Off from John Cage to Dr Funkenstein Duke U Press, 1994 , Microgroove Forays into Other Music Duke, 2015 , A Listener s Guide to Free Improvisation University of Chicago Press, 2016 , Vinyl Freak Lo


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  • Hardcover
  • 496 pages
  • Pick Up the Pieces
  • John Corbett
  • 07 March 2017
  • 9780226604732

Pick Up the Pieces Unless You Lived Through The 1970s, It Seems Impossible To Understand It At All Drug Delirium, Groovy Fashion, Religious Cults, Mega Corporations, Glitzy Glam, Hard Rock, Global Unrest From Our 2018 Perspective, The Seventies Are Often Remembered As A Bizarre Blur Of Bohemianism And Disco With Pick Up The Pieces, John Corbett Transports Us Back In Time To This Thrillingly Tumultuous Era Through A Playful Exploration Of Its Music Song By Song, Album By Album, He Draws Our Imaginations Back Into One Of The Wildest Decades In History Rock Disco Pop Soul Jazz Folk Funk The Music Scene Of The 1970s Was As Varied As It Was Exhilarating, But The Decade S Diversity Of Sound Has Never Been Captured In One Book Before Now Pick Up The Pieces Gives A Panoramic View Of The Era S Music And Culture Through Seventy Eight Essays That Allow Readers To Dip In And Out Of The Decade At Random Or Immerse Themselves Completely In Corbett S Chronological Journey An Inviting Mix Of Skilled Music Criticism And Cultural Observation, Pick Up The Pieces Is Also A Coming Of Age Story, Tracking The Author S Absorption In Music As He Grows From Age Seven To Seventeen Along With Entertaining Personal Observations And Stories, Corbett Includes Little Known Insights Into Musicians From Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, James Brown, And Fleetwood Mac To The Residents, Devo, Gal Costa, And Julius Hemphill A Master DJ On The Page, Corbett Takes Us Through The Curated Playlist That Is Pick Up The Pieces With Captivating Melody Of Language And Powerful Enthusiasm For The Era This Funny, Energetic Book Will Have Readers Longing Nostalgically For A Decade Long Past.

10 thoughts on “Pick Up the Pieces

  1. Chris says:

    I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.Sometimes I like to just throw a music memoir into the mix as they give great perspective of the journey of life with great music as a backdrop I did get that here, though to be honest I had to skip some sections I was reading it all for the first quarter but found myself mired when the author was covering artists I wasn t familiar with Ideally, the writing would make me want to go out and find the material and give it a listen But that didn t always work here Sometimes I think the author just got too heavy handed with the descriptive words and cultural references that I didn t often get.That said, there were some great moments here, especially in ...

  2. Earl says:

    Pick Up the Pieces from John Corbett is one of those books that sounded a lot better than it was I remember the 70s very well, okay, maybe a little smoky, but hey, it was the 70s My musical tastes are were also as varied as Corbett s, though it sounds like our preferences don t line up perfectly One of the problems I had with the book was his writing style, I simply don t care for his tone and I don t need quite so many weak attempts at being creative with analogies and metaphors Just admit you re not actually creative yourself and talk about the people who are I do hope his arms are okay after so much patting himself on the back.Another issue for me was the implication perhaps it was my misunderstanding that this was to parallel his trip through the 70s First, at 7, I don t know that I would really care what your thoughts were, so maybe it is just as well there wasn t as much as I anticipated I was born in 1958 and the first album I bought with allowance money was Revolver, so I understand that it isn t unusual for 7 8 year olds...

  3. Michael Norwitz says:

    Corbett knows his material, and I certainly can t fault his excellent selection of pieces to highlight the music of the 70s, but too many of the chapters give short shrift to analysis in favor of rambling personal narratives which lead me nowhere.

  4. Curt says:

    Corbett uses his personal stories of growing up in the 70s to illuminate the music of the time, and vice versa.

  5. Annarella says:

    If you like rock, if you grew up in the 70s 80s, if you were into new wave or punk this is a must read.I loved the memories, how it was written and how it helped me to remember may records I loved.Highly recommended Many thanks to University of Chicago Press and Netgalley for this ARC