1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die

By Tom Moon
(Workman Publishing, Paperback, 9780761139638, 992pp.)

Publication Date: August 2008

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Drawing from classical, jazz, rock, pop, blues, country, folk, opera, and more, this reference is arranged alphabetically by artist to create unexpected juxtapositions. Dozens of indexes and playlists for different moods and occasions are included.

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  1. One thing I learned in researching 1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die was that there's a big difference between listening with full attention and having music on in the background. In this way, the act of listening is much different from the act of reading. When was the last time you listened to a piece of music without doing several other things? What did you take away from that experience? What happens when you apply a "reader's focus" – attention to the details of narrative, writerly nuance, recurring devices, etc. – to an exploration of music?

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