Music Criticism

Earth Dances: music in search of the primitive

Andrew Ford
Books, Music Criticism
Black Inc., Collingwood, Victoria, 2015. 242pp.
ISBN 9781863957120 (paperback)
Reviewed by , April 1st, 2015

Besides being a prominent composer and radio presenter, Andrew Ford has written nine books, many of which seem to be spin-offs of his work as a broadcaster. In this role Ford consumes a wide variety of contemporary musical styles and interacts personally with major figures in the world of music. Earth Dances consists principally of… continue reading »


The Shock of Recognition: the books and music that have inspired me

Barry Jones
Biography, Books, Music Criticism
Sydney: Allen and Unwin 2016. 412 pp. Paperback
ISBN 9781741759662
Reviewed by , April 1st, 2016

Barry’s open house: a classic’s classics. A visit to a colleague’s house will often bring you face to face with their books and music, sometimes on display, sometimes stacked haphazardly throughout rooms. A window into their interests and influences, a scan of their collection can help find common ground, or not, as the case may… continue reading »


Try Whistling This: Writings about Music

Andrew Ford
Books, Music Criticism
Collingwood, VIC: Black Inc., 2012, 343pp.
ISBN 9781863955713 (pbk.)
Reviewed by , March 1st, 2014

This book, Andrew Ford’s seventh, is described (reluctantly) by its author in the introduction as a book of music criticism. His reluctance is a reflection on our age as one of consumption or ownership of music as a personal phenomenon, as a determination of our membership of different ‘tribes’ defined by the facile ‘like’ of… continue reading »


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