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Masayoshi Sukita

Would someone who owns a copy of this book please invite me to their house to see it: I will bring along the finest archival white gloves. And we can’t do it without Bowie’s favourite wine (Mr. Sukita can tell you which one it is). There is a very slight interview with Masayoshi that is being endlessly recycled…

Music, Metaphor and Society: Some Thoughts on Scruton

Here is a superb critical assessment by Bob Grant on Scruton’s work (H/T to BG). Roger Scruton’s 530-page blockbuster The Aesthetics of Music was published by Oxford University Press in 1997. A paperback edition followed two years later. Neither received more than a handful of notices, a few appreciative, but some grudging and some actually…

Oakeshott on Aesthetic Experience

Excerpts from Corey Abel’s essay on aesthetics Commentators agree that “The Voice of Poetry” is important but disagree on whether Oakeshott wrote a theory of aesthetics. Most think “The Voice of Poetry” establishes poetry’s distinction from practice, as it does, forcefully. But in his remarks on childhood, friendship, and love, Oakeshott seems to rejoin poetry…

Steely Dan and Martinis

Ed Feser has another terrific earlier posting on Steely Dan (I recently brought attention to this one). Ed engages with Roger Scruton’s analysis of “popular” music. In older musical traditions, the focus was on the music itself, which had only a contingent relationship to the performer even when the performer was the one who composed it .…

Caspar David Friedrich

My favourite painter gets a mainstream mention – if one sees the full body of his work then I guess one can excuse the clichéd use of the Wanderer above the Sea of Fog used for the target book and many a philosophy book and CD cover. Below is Friedrich painted by another favourite of mine,…

How Music Works

Some very positive reviews in The Economist, The Telegraph, the NYT, and The Independent. I’d imagine that readers attracted to Byrne’s book might also appreciate Oliver Sacks’ book Musicopilia.  Unless new profit-sharing models evolve, musicians can no longer make a living from recording. Something will have to give, he says: “I smell another revolution in the works.” The flip…