In over twenty-five portraits, interviews, and essays, music critic John Corbett conducts a wide-ranging tour through the outer limits of contemporary music, engaging artists from lands as distant as Sweden, Siberia, and Saturn. With an emphasis on African American and European improvisers, he explores the famous and the little known ,from John Cage and George Clinton to Anthony Braxton and Sun Ra. Employing approaches as diverse as the music he celebrates, Corbett illuminates the sound and theory of funk and rap, blues and jazz, contemporary classical, free improvisation, rock, and reggae.

Duke University Press, 1994.
Second printing.

softcover, 9 1/4 x 6 1/8 inches, 348 pages
ISBN: 0-8223-1473-8