Essential Reading: Less Noise More Soul

The pugnacious title did not bode well; leading me to expect a collection of “hey you kids, get off my lawn” screeds about the sorry state of today’s music and music business. I should have paid more attention to the subtitle: The Search for Balance in the Art, Technology, and Commerce of Music.

While the quality of writing varies from a cutesy rambling gumshoe parody to Will Ackerman’s terse summing up of the recording industry’s past and possible future, editor David Flitner has, in fact, assembled a well balanced, readable picture of the current state of the art and business of music.


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