Back to a Shadow in the Night: Music Writings and Interviews, 1968-2001

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Jonathan Cott
Hal Leonard Corporation, 2002 - Music - 492 pages
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(Book). One of the most important critics writing in the past 35 years, Jonathan Cott has interviewed and reviewed major artists in publishing, art, film and music, often unearthing new voices years before they're discovered by the mainstream. In Back to a Shadow in the Night , his music interviews and essays covering an astonishingly wide range of artists and styles are collected for the first time in one volume. From pondering the links between Patti Smith and Rimbaud to revealing the introverted and eccentric mind of Glenn Gould, Cott consistently provides probing and fascinating dialogues in his interviews. In this collection, John Lennon gives insights on surviving fame four days before his murder, Bob Dylan contemplates identity in his film Renaldo and Clara , and Lou Reed explores the nihilism of New York City and the best lines he's ever written, to name but a few topics. Cott's independent writing on the music world is equally stimulating. With interwoven strands of Eastern philosophy and classical music, nursery rhymes and rock and roll, Cott's musings have a beauty and texture all their own. Jonathan Cott is the author of 12 books including Isis and Osiris: Exploring the Goddess Myth , City of Earthly Love , He Dreams What Is Going On Inside His Head and The Search for Om Sety . A contributing editor for Rolling Stone since its beginnings, he has frequently been published in the New York Times , American Review and The New Yorker . Cott lives in New York City. "Jonathan Cott, as an interviewer, reveals truths of creative spirits especially those in the world of music that they themselves may not have understood." Studs Terkel
 

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This volume collects for the first time Cott's impressive music writings from the past 35 years. Exemplifying his catholic tastes, the book is broken into three sections. In Part 1, he includes ... Read full review

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Contents

JOHN LENNON
3
The Last Rolling Stone Interview
19
RAY DAVIES
33
BOB DYLAN
47
Interview 2
75
MICK JAGGER
89
VAN MORRISON
103
On Music
117
CHARLES IVES ON THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS BIRTH
293
ON EDGARD VARESE
301
ON DON CARLO GESUALDO
307
BUDDY HOLLY
313
MARION WILLIAMS
321
STEPHANE GRAPPELLI
325
PATTISMITH
341
JOHN LENNON
347

Part 2
130
PIERRE BOULEZ
137
STEVE REICH
153
JOHN ADAMS
161
JONATHAN DEMME
169
LOU REED
177
LEONARD BERNSTEIN
187
MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS
219
ARTICLES AND PROFILES
233
VIRGIL FOX AT THE FILLMORE
235
IGOR STRAVINSKY
239
THE MUSICAL MYSTERIES OF THE GREGORIAN CHANT
243
YOKO ONO AND HER SIXTEENTRACK VOICE
249
HARRY PARTCH
265
OUR MUSICAL PAST REDISCOVERED
285
GLENN GOULD
359
KURT WEILL
371
HILDEGARD OF BINGEN
379
NORMAN GREENBAUM
393
REFLECTIONS
403
THE ROLLING STONES
405
BOB DYLAN
411
DYLAN AT SIXTY
421
ROCKIN THE CRADLE
425
SMOKEY ROBINSON
429
NOTES ON JS BACHS
435
A SONG FOR DREAMING
449
INDEX
455
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Jonathan Cott, a contributing editor at "Rolling Stone" magazine, is the author of several books, including "Dinner with Lenny", "Conversations with Glenn Gould", and "Back to a Shadow in the Night", and is coeditor of "The Ballad of John and Yoko".

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