The Curious Universe of Outsider Music
by Irwin Chusid
OUTSIDER MUSIC COMES INSIDE!
BOOK and CDs spotlight musicians on the lunatic.fringe
Author / producer Irwin Chusid's book profiles dozens of outsider musicians, both prominent and obscure, including such figures as The Shaggs, Syd Barrett, Tiny Tim, Joe Meek, Jandek, Captain Beefheart, The Cherry Sisters, Wesley Willis, Daniel Johnston, the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Wild Man Fischer, and Harry Partch. The text presents their strange life stories along with photographs, interviews, cartoons, and discographies...
"Iconoclast / upstart Irwin Chusid has written a meticulously researched and passionate cry shedding long overdue light upon some of the guiltiest musical innocents of the twentieth century. An indispensable classic that defines the.indefinable." --John.Zorn
"Chusid takes us through the musical looking glass to the other side of the bizarro universe, where pop spelled backwards is ... pop? A fascinating collection of wilder cards and beyond avant.talents." --Lenny.Kaye
"This book is filled with memorable characters and their preposterous but true stories. As a musicologist, essayist, and humorist, Irwin Chusid gives good value for your entertainment.dollar." --Marshall.Crenshaw
- TABLE OF CONTENTS -
Introduction: The Realm of Outsider Music
Prologue: Transistor Under My Pillow - A Memoir
The Shaggs: Groove Is in the Heart
Tiny Tim: I Get a Kick Out of Uke
Jack Mudurian: Chatterbox Jukebox
Joe Meek: Blast from the Past
Song-Poems: Bus Fare to the Grammys
The Cherry Sisters: The Fruits of Clean Living
Jandek: The Great Disconnect
Daniel Johnston: Casper 1, Satan 0
Harry Partch: Hallelujah! He's a Bum
Wesley Willis: Hell Ride
Syd Barrett: Guitars and Dust
Eilert Pilarm: The King of Sweden
Lucia Pamela: Interstellar Overdrive
Captain Beefheart: Inscrutable Dreamer
Shooby Taylor: Scat Man Do
Florence Foster Jenkins: Widow's Peak
The Legendary Stardust Cowboy: Wide Open Space.Cadet
Robert Graettinger: Sleep in the Grave
B. J. Snowden: Mission to Venus
Wild Man Fischer: Ritual of the Savage
Snapshots in Sound:
Elsewhere in the Curious Universe (52 brief.portraits)
Afterword / Discography / Bibliography
The book includes artwork by
the following talented luminaries:
Too strange for radio !
Outsider Musicians have come inside for a celebration of their art. Two counterpart CDs to the book SONGS IN THE KEY OF Z: THE CURIOUS UNIVERSE OF OUTSIDER MUSIC are available, produced by the book's author, Irwin Chusid.
The CDs feature songs by artists profiled in the book, and others discovered since the book's publication. From the uninhibited coyote howls of the Legendary Stardust Cowboy to the arrested-adolescent passion of Daniel Johnston; the flea-market cowboy soul of Buddy Max, to Joe Meek's ultra-rare, wobbly "Telstar" vocal demo; the Shaggs aboriginal backwoods rock to Lucia Pamela's vertigo-bent outer space lunacy -- the SONGS IN THE KEY OF Z CDs are unforgettable romps through music too strange for radio but too fascinating to ignore...
Irwin Chusid is a record producer, radio personality, journalist, and music historian. He was the primary force behind the resurgence of interest in pop composers Raymond Scott and Esquivel, and produced the heralded Langley Schools Music Project. Chusid hosts a weekly free-form radio program on WFMU, has produced dozens of records and concerts, and has written for The New York Times, Mojo, New York Press, and many other publications. His book about Jim Flora will be published in August 2004 by Fantagraphics.
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