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Scott S. (Polley)’s Reviews

Scott S.
Music Librarian of the Lillian Helms Polley Music Library

reviewing for BookGuide since July 2020

Scott’s most recent reviews


Aural Diversity
by John J. Drever and Andrew Hugill, eds. (Music 780.87 Aur)
reviewed in January 2023


Renegade Snares: The Reisistance and Resilience of Drum and Bass
by Ben Murphy and Carl Loben (Music 781.648 Mur)
reviewed in January 2023


Chanson: A Tribute to France’s Most Romantic and Poetic Musical Tradition
by Olaf Salie (Music 781.63 Sal)
reviewed in January 2023


Variations on the Theme Galina Ustvolskaya: The Last Composer of the Passing Era
by Semyon Bokman (Music 780.92 Ustvolskaya)
reviewed in December 2022


Luc Ferrari: Complete Works
edited by Brunhild Ferrari (Music 786.75 Fer)
reviewed in December 2022


A War of Songs: Popular Music and Recent Russia-Ukraine Relations
edited by Arve Hansen (Music 781.63 Han)
reviewed in December 2022


MusicQuake: The Most Disruptive Moments in Music
by Robert Dimery (Music 781.64 Dim)
reviewed in November 2022


The Selected Letters of John Cage
by Laura Kuhn (ed.) (Music 780.92 Cag)
reviewed in November 2022


Musician Healer: Transforming Art Into Medicine
by Islene Runningdeer (Music 781.11 Run)
reviewed in November 2022


The Sound of the Machine: My Life in Kraftwerks and Beyond
by Karl Bartos (Music 781.66 Bar)
reviewed in October 2022


Endless Endless: A Lo-Hi History of the Elephat 6 Mystery
by Adam Clair (Music 781.66 Cla)
reviewed in October 2022


Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression
by Richard Havers (Music 781.54 Hav)
reviewed in October 2022


Titans of Bass: The Tactics, Habits and Routines From Over 130 of the World’s Best
by K.J. Jensen (Music 787.878 Jen)
reviewed in September 2022


The Musical Human: A History of Life on Earth
by Michael Spitzer (Music 780.9 Spi)
reviewed in September 2022


Rock Stars on the Record: The Albums That Changed Their Lives
by Eric Spitznagel (Music 781.66 Spi)
reviewed in September 2022


Sonic Art: An Introduction to Electroacoustic Music Composition
by Adrian Moore (Music 786.76 Moo)
reviewed in August 2022


Conversations
by Steve Reich (Music 780.92 Rei)
reviewed in August 2022


Music is History
by Questlove (Music 781.64 Que)
reviewed in August 2022


The Subversive Guitarist
by Joe Gore (Music 787.782 Gor)
reviewed in July 2022


Record Store Day: The Most Improbable Comeback of the 21st Century
by Larry Jaffee (Music 781.66 Jaf)
reviewed in July 2022


Palaces of Memory: American Composer Diane Thome on Her Life and Music
by Diane Thome (Music 780.92 Tho)
reviewed in July 2022


Sonic Boom: The Impossible Rise of Warner Brothers Records
by Peter Ames Carlin (Music 781.66 Car)
reviewed in June 2022


Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties and Sound Recording
by David Grubbs (Music 780.904 Gru)
reviewed in June 2022


Sellout: The Major-Label Feeding Frenzy That Swept Pun, Emo and Hardcore (1994-2007)
by Dan Ozzi (Music 781.66 Ozz)
reviewed in June 2022


Listening: Music, Movement, Mind
by Nik Bartsch (Music 780.1 Bar)
reviewed in May 2022


Possibilities
by Herbie Hancock (Music 781.65 Han)
reviewed in May 2022


Notes of a Dream: The Authorized Biography of R.A. Rahman
by Krishna Trilok (Music 780.92 Rah)
reviewed in May 2022


Nothing Has Been Done Before: Seeking the New in 21st Century American Popular Music
by Robert Loss (Music 781.66 Los)
reviewed in April 2022


Transcendent Waves: How Listening Shapes Our Creative Lives
by Lavender Suarez (Music 780.04 Sua)
reviewed in April 2022


Letters of Note: Music
by Sean Usher (Music 780.922 Let)
reviewed in April 2022


Musics Lost and Found: Sound Collectors and the Life and Death of Folk Tradition
by Michael Church (Music 781.62 Chu)
reviewed in March 2022


Sound Inventions: Selected Articles From Experimental Musical Instruments
edited by Bart Hopkin anfd Sudhu Tewari (Music 784.19 Sou)
reviewed in March 2022


Stompbox: 100 Pedals of the World’s Greatest Musicians
by Eilon Paz (Music 787.87 Paz)
reviewed in March 2022


The Pocket Shantyman: 130 Songs of the Sea
by Gary Coover (Music 781.62 Coo)
reviewed in February 2022


Beefheart: Through the Eyes of Magic
by John French (Music 781.66 VanVliet)
reviewed in February 2022


Nonbinary: A Memoir
by Genesis P-Orridge (Music 781.66 P-Orridge)
reviewed in February 2022


Elegant People: A History of the Band Weather Report
by Curt Bianchi (Music 781.65 Wea)
reviewed in January 2022


Charles Ives’s Concord: Essays After a Sonata
by Kyle Gann (Music 780.92 Ive)
reviewed in January 2022


Ode to a Tenor Titan: The Life and Times and Music of Michael Brecker
by Bill Milkowski (Music 781.65 Bre)
reviewed in January 2022


Lived Through That: 90s Musicians Today
by Mike Hipple (Music 781.66 Hip)
reviewed in December 2021


William S. Burroughs and the Cult of Rock and Roll
by Caey Rae (Music 781.66 Burroughs)
reviewed in December 2021


Arcana X: Musicians on Music
by John Zorn (Music 180.904 Arc V.10)
reviewed in December 2021


Scored to Death 2: More Conversations With Some of Horror’s Greatest Composers
by J. Blake Fichera (Music 781.542 Fic)
reviewed in November 2021

(See Scott’s review of the first Scored to Death in October 2020 — linked chronologically below.)


Mortality and Music: Popular Music and the Awareness of Death
by Christopher Partridge (Music 781.64 Par)
reviewed in November 2021


Hidden in the Mix: The African-American Presence in Country Music
by Diane Pecknold (Music 781.642 Hid)
reviewed in November 2021


Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking, 3rd Ed.
by Nicolas Collins (Music 786.7 Col)
reviewed in October 2021


The Music and Mythocracy of Col. Bruce Hampton: A Basically True Biography
by Jerry Grillo (Music 781.66 Ham)
reviewed in October 2021


The History of Bones: A Memoir
by John Lurie (Music 781.65 Lur)
reviewed in October 2021


Relax Baby, Be Cool: The Artistry and Audacity of Serge Gainsbourg
by Jeremy Allen (Music 780.63 Gainsbourg)
reviewed in September 2021


Reminded By the Instruments: David Tudor’s Music
by You Nakai (Music 780.92 Tudor)
reviewed in September 2021


Unstrung: Rants and Stories of a Noise Guitarist
by Marc Ribot (Music 781.66 Rib)
reviewed in September 2021


Music Lessons: The College de France Lectures
by Pierre Boulez (Music 780 Bou)
reviewed in August 2021


Music and the Myth of Wholeness: Toward a New Aesthetic Paradigm
by Tim Hodgkinson (Music 781.1 Hod)
reviewed in August 2021


Music, Math and Mind: The Physics and Neuroscience of Music
by David Sulzer (a.k.a. David Soldier) (Music 781.1 Sol)
reviewed in August 2021


Queering Kansas City Jazz: Gender, Performance and a History of a Scene
by Amber R. Clifford-Napoleone (Music 781.65 Cli)
reviewed in July 2021


Between the Tracks: Musicians on Selected Electronic Music
by Miller Puckette and Kerry L. Hagan (Music 786.7 Puc)
reviewed in July 2021


Song and System: The Making of American Pop Music
by Harvey Rachlin (Music 781.65 Rac)
reviewed in July 2021


Mad Skills: Midi and Music Technology in the 20th Century
by Ryan Alexander Diduck (Music 786.7 Did)
reviewed in June 2021


Hold on to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene: 1973-1999
by Tim Lawrence (Music 78.092 Rus)
reviewed in June 2021


A Sound Mind: How I Fell in Love With Classical Music (and Decided to Rewrite Its Entire History)
by Paul Morley (Music 781.68 Mor)
reviewed in June 2021


A Perfectly Good Guitar: Musicians on Their Favorite Instruments
by Chuck Holley (Music 787.87 Hol)
reviewed in May 2021


Talking Guitar: Conversations With Musicians Who Shaped Twentieth Century American Music
by Jas Obrecht (Music 787.87 Obr)
reviewed in May 2021


The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul and the Guitar Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock & Roll
by Ian S. Port (Music 787.87 Por)
reviewed in May 2021


Silence (50th Anniversary Edition with new Forward by Kyle Gann)
by John Cage (Music 780.078 Cag)
reviewed in April 2021


Double Lives in Art and Pop Music
by Jorge Heiser (Music 781.66 Hei)
reviewed in April 2021


Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
by Peter Hill (Music 784.18 Str)
reviewed in April 2021


Free Jazz, Harmolodies and Ornette Coleman
by Stephen Rush (Music 781.65 Coleman)
reviewed in March 2021


Bedroom Beats & B-Sides: Instrumental Hip Hop and Electronic Music at the Turn of the Century
by Laurent Fintoi (Music 781.55 Fin)
reviewed in March 2021


What it Takes
by Tom Morello (Music 781.66 Mor)
reviewed in March 2021


The Music of the Future
by Robert Barry (Music 780.9 Bar)
reviewed in February 2021


The Courage of Composers and the Tyranny of Taste: Reflections on New Music
by Balint Andras Varga (Music 780.922 Var)
reviewed in February 2021


Ludomusicology: Approaches to Video Game Music
edited by Michael Kamp, Tim Summers and Mark Sweeney (Music 781.54 Lud)
reviewed in February 2021


The Karl Muck Scandal: Classical Music and Xenophobia in World War I America
by Melissa Burrage (Music 780.92 Muck)
reviewed in January 2021


Revenge of the She-Punks
by Vivien Goldman (Music 781.66 Gol)
reviewed in January 2021


Sheets of Sound for Guitar
by Jack A. Zucker (Music 787.874 Zuc)
reviewed in January 2021


Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth
by Ian Brennan (Music 780.1 Bre)
reviewed in December 2020


This Man and Music
by Anthony Burgess (Music 781.68 Burg)
reviewed in December 2020


The Vinyl Frontier: The Story of the Voyager Golden Record
by Jonathan Scott (Music 780.266 Sco)
reviewed in December 2020


Gay Guerrilla: Julius Easton and His Music
by Renee Levine Parker and Mary Jane Leach (Music 780.92 Eas)
reviewed in November 2020


Scored to Death: Conversations With Some of Horror’s Greatest Composers
by J. Blake Fichera (Music 781.542 Fic)
reviewed in October 2020


Kitharologus: The Path to Virtuosity
by Ricardo Iznaola (Music 787.872 Izn)
reviewed in October 2020


Switched on Pop: How Popular Music Works and Why it Matters
by Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding (Music 781.64 Slo)
reviewed in October 2020


Suffragist Sheet Music
by Danny O. Crew (Music 781.592 Cre)
reviewed in September 2020


Listening to the Wind: Encounters With 21st Century Independent Record Labels
by Ian Preece (Music 781.49 Pre)
reviewed in September 2020


Unusual Sounds: The Hidden History of Library Music
by David Hollander (Music 781.542 Hol)
reviewed in July 2020


Forces in Motion: Anthony Braxton and the Meta-Reality of Creative Music
by Graham Lock (Music 781.65 Bra)
reviewed in July 2020


An Individual Note: Of Music, Sound and Electronics
by Daphne Oram (Music 786.7 Ora)
reviewed in July 2020


Posted to the BookGuide site in January 2021 | Last updated in January 2023