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2 copies USED at RE/Search Office: RE/SEARCH #15 Incredibly Strange Music Vol. II

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This book caused the reissue of hundreds of little-known recordings, including Eden Ahbez. It changed the face of record collecting by spotlighting thousands of amazing “discoveries” languishing in thrift stores and flea markets, unnoticed until Incredibly Strange Music was published.

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Incredibly Strange Music surveys the territory of neglected “garage sale” records (mostly from the ’50s-’70s), spotlighting genres, artists and one-of-a-kind gems that will delight and surprise. Genres examined include: “easy listening,” “exotica,” and “celebrity” (massive categories in themselves) as well as more recordings by (singing) cops and (polka playing) priests, undertakers, religious ventriloquists, astronauts, opera-singing parrots, beatnik and hippie records, and gospel by blind teenage girls with bouffant hairdos. Virtually every musical/lyrical boundary in the history of recorded sound has been breached; every sacred cow upturned.

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1 review for 2 copies USED at RE/Search Office: RE/SEARCH #15 Incredibly Strange Music Vol. II

  1. School Library Journal

    This is the second volume of the publisher’s very popular Incredibly Strange Music series. The interview format allows collectors to discuss their favorite strange records and how they found these treasures. Several of the interviewees are the performers who produced the “strange music,” notably Yma Sumac and Ken Nordine. Robert Moog’s history of electronic music is particularly interesting. Jello Biafra, a performer, collector, and freedom of information activist, details many facets of his collection, including exotica, strange country, apocalyptic, and international music. The first volume is not a prerequisite for the current edition. Like most titles from RE/Search, this will appeal to the Generation X crowd who may feel disenfranchised by traditional publishers. Recommended for public libraries with interesting patrons.

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