Publication Date: April 17, 2013
Learn about the evolution of music from a true music insider. Journalist, Christopher Levine has interviewed The Smashing Pumpkins, the Ramones, James Addiction and many more. He gives us a look at music from the vantage point of an educated eye with a clear love for his subject and with respect for those artists willing to take a risk.
The author, Christopher Levine, gave me a copy of this nonfiction work in exchange for my review.
I am not knowledgeable about music. Levine gives us moments in the novel that define generations but I, as a listener, missed my moment. The religion in which I was raised prohibited listening to anything but approved gospel music. The more old time religion, the better. “Can’t Sit Still—Why Your Favorite Bands and Singers Sometimes Alienate You as a Poor Confused Listener” was a true nonfiction delight for this reader. As I read through Levine’s information-packed work, I You-Tubed a number of the songs and reveled in the meaning behind the text presented. In short, this work is a lot of fun to read and rather excites a long dormant love of music in the reader. Of the artistry of music and the intricacy of the craft.
Levine writes about Prince in his chapter entitled “You and I Both Know I’ve Got Nothing to Prove to Anyone”. He cites an inherent talent in the artist and then underlines that Prince is indeed an artist who would go from a stadium straight to a small venue simply for the love of what he does for a living. A success not only born of knowing what the moment requires but a love that lends itself to not caring if one makes it but only if one can be who they are in the moment. Levine also writes about Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys in his chapter entitled “The (Pesky?) Role of Artistic Maturity”. Wilson created “sunshine pop” and then went on to go in a direction so extreme even his band members turned their back on him. One of the first concerts I attended was The Beach Boys back in the late 80s. I believe the venue was a high school gym. It was a wonderful concert but I cannot now remember if they did anything beyond their best known tunes. Certainly not springing to the forefront as a song played is the one titled, “Do you Like Worms?”. Check out this song by clicking here. It’s kind of interesting.
“Can’t Sit Still—Why Your Favorite Bands and Singers Sometimes Alienate You as a Poor Confused Listener” is very tightly written and beautifully illustrated. Each chapter is headed with a topical picture. One of a couple in giant bear coats heading a chapter about slaves to fashion had this reader laughing out loud. There are no distracting errors or meandering off topic. Though only 76 pages long, “Can’t Sit Still—Why Your Favorite Bands and Singers Sometimes Alienate You As a Poor Confused Listener” is information packed. If you have a music lover in your life, this book is the perfect gift for them.
Follow the links below for information about how to purchase this wonderful non-fiction work.
To purchase this book on Lulu click here.
To purchase Christoper Levine’s “Eclectiblogs – Weekly Meanderings for Music Head Consumption” click here.
For Christopher Levine’s music blog, click here.