On Celestial Music: And Other Adventures in Listening

On Celestial Music: And Other Adventures in Listening

Rick Moody has been writing about music as long as he has been writing, and this book provides an ample selection from that output. His anatomy of the word cool reminds us that, in the postwar 40s, it was infused with the feeling of jazz music but is now merely a synonym for neat. "On Celestial Music," which was included in Best American Essays, 2008, begins with a lament for the loss in recent music of the vulnerability expressed by Otis Redding's masterpiece, "Try… (more)

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Editorial reviews (2 reviews)


He lacks practice at questioning his tastes, at approaching music outside his comfort zones and at discerning whether the rhetorical steeds he wants to saddle have long been dead horses. So he misses the heights of the hurdles.

New York Times : Riffs (June 01, 2012)

The best parts of “On Celestial Music” are moving, unvarnished attempts to live up to the things Moody passionately loves, in all their contradictions and human imperfections and intimations of things unseen. In its genuinely awe-struck, occasionally funny and partially clubfooted way, it’s one pretty cool book.


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Publisher: Back Bay Books (March 21, 2012)

Parent ISBN: 9780316191883

File size: 1.1 MB

Language: English


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