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Mickey Hart, drummer for the Grateful Dead, travels to record, capture, and preserve the musical traditions of the world, discussing the musical cultures he discovers and the technology used to preserve these traditions.


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Mickey Hart, drummer for the Grateful Dead, travels to record, capture, and preserve the musical traditions of the world, discussing the musical cultures he discovers and the technology used to preserve these traditions.

30 review for Songcatchers: In Search of the World's Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    A beautifull book content wise and aestheticaly. It was interrestingly layed out ADD syle with these extra detail sections interspersed in the middle of the main content of the chapters, which kept the dense nonfiction moving along swiftly with all the glossy pictures like a Discovery Channel TV special. Really interresting topic about the history of sound recording and ethnomusicology. Mickey Hart's enthusiasm and expertise on the two subjects made the reading an Indiana Jones travel adventure A beautifull book content wise and aestheticaly. It was interrestingly layed out ADD syle with these extra detail sections interspersed in the middle of the main content of the chapters, which kept the dense nonfiction moving along swiftly with all the glossy pictures like a Discovery Channel TV special. Really interresting topic about the history of sound recording and ethnomusicology. Mickey Hart's enthusiasm and expertise on the two subjects made the reading an Indiana Jones travel adventure and a religious heart opening.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ric

    An interesting book. A deep dive into the history of ethnomusicology, tracking the progress made in recording indigenous people around the world, their music and stories and the like. Mickey also talks about some of his own efforts with Tibetan monks and inmates in San Quentin. A fun read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    David Ward

    Songcatchers: In Search of the World's Music by Mickey Hart and K.M. Kostyal (National Geographic 2003) (780.9). Wow! Who'd a thunk it? A member of the Grateful Dead (my favorite band!) has written a book that was published by the National Geographic Society - and in 2003! How did I manage to miss that? The book is a combination field guide/ story collection, but more importantly, it's an official nod of approval in Mickey's direction from a hugely influential source as to the quality of his kno Songcatchers: In Search of the World's Music by Mickey Hart and K.M. Kostyal (National Geographic 2003) (780.9). Wow! Who'd a thunk it? A member of the Grateful Dead (my favorite band!) has written a book that was published by the National Geographic Society - and in 2003! How did I manage to miss that? The book is a combination field guide/ story collection, but more importantly, it's an official nod of approval in Mickey's direction from a hugely influential source as to the quality of his knowledge into "the art and magic of drumming." Well done! My rating: 6/10, finished 5/10/11.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    This book gives a concise history of music and recorded sound, focusing on field recording, and is interwoven with Mickey's experiences and passion for live music. While I enjoyed the content, I found the layout kind of distracting. There are four pages essays in the middle of some chapters that cut in mid-sentence. Other than that, "Songcatchers" is quite informative and had me looking forward to checking out some of the books listed in the Further Reading section at the end. I thank Frank for This book gives a concise history of music and recorded sound, focusing on field recording, and is interwoven with Mickey's experiences and passion for live music. While I enjoyed the content, I found the layout kind of distracting. There are four pages essays in the middle of some chapters that cut in mid-sentence. Other than that, "Songcatchers" is quite informative and had me looking forward to checking out some of the books listed in the Further Reading section at the end. I thank Frank for recognizing it as something right up my alley and giving me a copy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ayne Ray

    A “songcatcher” refers to someone who collects traditional music that may have otherwise been lost to history (for example, recording Native American songs or the traditional roots music of the Appalachian mountains). This book, written by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, follows the story of several songcatchers in different times and places and elaborates on their lives, their work, and their valued place in cultural history.

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