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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
The original book was full of interesting information about the music and musicians. I don't have the background to know whether the sociological arguments were correct but they were at least plausible. I can't recommend the audiobook, however, because the narration was poor. I've been a subscriber to Audible for almost nine years, and I can't remember a narrator who sounded so robotic. I realize that narrating a non-fiction book needs to be different than that for fiction, but there still needs to be thought given to reading with appropriate inflection and pauses.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Steven Forrest?
Of the non-fiction books I've recently listened to, I enjoyed Rob Shapiro's narration of The Third Chimpanzee, and I think he would have been a good reader for this book. Another excellent narration was Jack Weatherford's for Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World.
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If you could sum up This Is Our Music: Free Jazz, the Sixties, and American Culture in three words, what would they be?
A fascinating look at the innovators who changed the sound of jazz forever.
What was one of the most memorable moments of This Is Our Music: Free Jazz, the Sixties, and American Culture?
How free jazz grew from its humble beginnings to impact culture.
What does Paul Steven Forrest bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He adds style and nuance to the narrative.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The stories of musicians who struggled to legitimize this uniquely American art form.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This was a thought provoking book touching on the nuances of the cultural politics that shape and police aesthetic judgement and set the scene for the inculcation of public taste. Recommended.