Derek Bailey and the Story of Free Improvisation [NOOK Book]

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This brilliant biography of the cult guitar player will likely cause you to abandon everything you thought you knew about jazz improvisation, post-punk and the avant-garde. Derek Bailey was at the top of his profession as a dance band and recordsession guitarist when, in the early 1960s, he began playing an uncompromisingly abstract form of music. Today his anti-idiom of "Free Improvisation" has become the lingua franca of the "avant" scene, with Pat Metheny, John Zorn, David Sylvian and Sonic Youth’s Thurston ...
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Derek Bailey and the Story of Free Improvisation

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Overview

This brilliant biography of the cult guitar player will likely cause you to abandon everything you thought you knew about jazz improvisation, post-punk and the avant-garde. Derek Bailey was at the top of his profession as a dance band and recordsession guitarist when, in the early 1960s, he began playing an uncompromisingly abstract form of music. Today his anti-idiom of "Free Improvisation" has become the lingua franca of the "avant" scene, with Pat Metheny, John Zorn, David Sylvian and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore among his admirers.
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Editorial Reviews

Iain Sinclair
“I am an enthusiast for the Watson method and I'm prepared to follow him, even to places where I wouldn't under other circumstances go ... I feel profoundly unqualified to promote a text about which I have no specialist knowledge, and for which I have no innate sympathy — being left with unfocused support for the ongoing ever-fecund Watson project. His attack, his singularity. His indecent decency.”
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“I am an enthusiast for the Watson method and I’m prepared to follow him, even to places where I wouldn’t under other circumstances go ... I feel profoundly unqualified to promote a text about which I have no specialist knowledge, and for which I have no innate sympathy—being left with unfocused support for the ongoing ever-fecund Watson project. His attack, his singularity. His indecent decency.”—Iain Sinclair

 ‘The most renowned member of the British free-form jazz movement.’ Independent

‘A towering giant of the guitar. Singular, unique.’ David Sylvian

‘One of the most original and idiosyncratic musicians I have ever known.’
Gavin Bryars

 ‘The ideal biographer of Derek Bailey.’ John Fordham, Guardian
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781682401
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,399,586
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Ben Watson is a writer on music and culture. He is the author of numerous books including Frank Zappa: The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play, Art, Class & Cleavage and Adorno for Revolutionaries.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: On Freedom 1
1 Child and Teenager, 1930-1951 13
2 Working Guitarist, 1950-1963 33
3 Joseph Holbrooke Trio, 1963-1966 52
4 Soloism and Freedom, 1966-1977 112
5 Company Weeks, 1977-1994 205
6 Improv International 311
Conclusion: On Improvisation 374
Appendix 1 A Derek Bailey Discography 379
Appendix 2 An Incus Discography 401
Appendix 3 Derek Bailey's Complete Invisible Jukebox 411
Books Cited 441
Index 445
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