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Harry Partch by Bob Gilmore

Bob Gilmores Harry Partch is the definitive biography of a man who obscured large portions of his background and cultivated a reputation for being difficult and unknowable. Using the complete archives of the Partch estate Gilmore has uncovered details about the composers life and work that may lead to an overhaul of his myth.

Gilmore convincingly claims that Partch downplayed certain aspects of his musical development to make himself seem all the more self-made. According to Gilmore Partch was actually immersed in European classical music as a young man. He gave piano lessons when strapped for cash. To the author these are fatal blows to the myth of "Partch as a uneducated primitive a cultural desert plant". But rather than tarnishing the myth Gilmore uses the new revelations to create a fuller rounded and ultimately more satisfying narrative of Partch's life.

Since Partch died his legacy has resonated with the likes of Waits Laurie Anderson and Meredith Monk. He's also inspired countless builders of experimental musical instruments.

The two books are a must for all jazz enthusiasts and certainly for all libraries. One can better understand and appreciate jazz and musicians who create it'Bob Gilmores Harry Partch is the definitive biography of a man who obscured large portions of his background and cultivated a reputation for being difficult and unknowable. Using the complete archives of the Partch estate Gilmore has uncovered details about the composers life and work that may lead to an overhaul of his myth.'

Additional Info

  • Book Title: Harry Partch
  • Author: Bob Gilmore
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Year Published: 1998
  • Book Type:: Biography
  • ISBN: 300065213
  • Rating: Five Stars
  • Number of Pages: 496
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