More Miles Than Money: Journeys Through American Music

More Miles Than Money: Journeys Through American Music

by Garth Cartwright
     
 

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A compelling journey through the backwoods of American music.

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A compelling journey through the backwoods of American music.

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"This compelling on-the-road search for living American roots music is a trip worth taking."—Library Journal
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After spending a year in the Balkans with Romany musicians, New Zealander Cartwright (Princes Amongst Men: Journeys with Gypsy Musicians) sets off on "an insane American quest" to see if the roots music that continues to inspire the world—specifically blues, country, folk, and soul—is still alive in the United States. His odyssey takes him from a San Francisco church that worships John Coltrane as a saint to Burning Man, through the Navajo nation, Texas honky-tonks, Nashville, and blues bars in south Chicago. Cartwright is a captivating writer with his own 21st-century Kerouacan rhythm. He places music firmly in the relevant historical, social, and political contexts and introduces captivating characters he meets along the way. This is a no-holds-barred study of a diminishing American resource, a "disaster on the scale of cutting down the rainforest," as the artist R. Crumb tells the author. But Cartwright does find some amazing music—in the streets and cities and on the airwaves. He includes a discography of essential recordings. VERDICT This compelling on-the-road search for living American roots music is a trip worth taking.—Bill Baars, Lake Oswego P.L., OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846686870
Publisher:
Serpent's Tail Publishing Ltd
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author


New Zealand born, South London based, wanderer by inclination, Garth Cartwright is best known for his 2005 book Princes Amongst Men: Journeys With Gypsy Musicians (Serpents Tail). He left school at 16, tried his hand at professional skateboarding, singing in punk bands, promoting concerts and even had a brief sojourn as a boxer, before turning to writing full time. In 1995 he won the Guardian Music Writing Award.

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