No Sound is Innocent: AMM and the Practice of Self-invention, Meta-musical Narratives, Essays

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Copula, 1995 - Music - 191 pages
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In this book, Eddie Prevost, drummer and a founder member, explores the reasons AMM came to be, the influences and refusals that have shaped its history, and the potential and the failings not only of the meta-music AMM is committed to, but all music everywhere: classical, jazz, folk, pop and the experimental avant garde. In a unique series of dissections and meditations, directly modelled on AMM's attitudes and practices in performances, Prevost examines the meanings of sound itself, giving them aesthetic, social and political dimension. These, together with an outline of the events of the group's three decades of existence, of alliances and conflicts within the collective, give voice to a radically contrarian but always thoughtful underground strand in present-day music-making, which has adherents all over the world, among players and listeners. It will fascinate and perhaps trouble anyone with an interest in modern music's deeper currents.

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