Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Making Of The Making Of's

Kind of Blue (Da Capo) by Ashley Kahn has to be one of the first books I read on the making of an album. First released in 2001, and now updated, it wasn't the first book published on the subject, but it was the first I remember. The subject is Miles Davis' 1959 slow burn Jazz classic. And Kahn sets the template that all books on the making of's should follow. Quick intro bio, setup to album, album info, post-analysis. It's like a very quick bio. I wish the 331/3 series of books followed this, but most of those titles have been duds because they don't tell you why an album is worth writing about. Kahn gets it right.
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