Music writer JOHN CORBETT book talk, signing & concert @ MOCAD!

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Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

4454 Woodward Ave · Detroit, MI

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Music writer JOHN CORBETT book talk, signing & concert

Pick up the Pieces: Excursions in Seventies Music

Thursday, April 11, 2019


$5.00 entry

4454 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI

Corbett will be joined by jazz and avant-garde composer and multi-instrumentalist Ken Vandermark who will perform some music from the book.

Chicago author John Corbett discusses music and signs copies of his latest book, 'Pick Up the Pieces' from the University of Chicago Press.

Unless you lived through the 1970s, it seems impossible to understand it at all. Drug delirium, groovy fashion, religious cults, mega corporations, glitzy glam, hard rock, global unrest—from our 2018 perspective, the seventies are often remembered as a bizarre blur of bohemianism and disco.

Corbett transports us back in time to this thrillingly tumultuous era through a playful exploration of its music.

Song by song, album by album, he draws our imaginations back into one of the wildest decades in history.

Touching on all facets of seventies music, in 78 action-packed chapters he considers Pink Floyd and Parliament, Sun Ra and the Residents, Joni Mitchell and the Slits.”

John Corbett is a writer and independent curator based in Chicago, where he is co-owner of Corbett vs. Dempsey art gallery.

He is the author of Microgroove: Forays into Other Music (Duke U. Press, 2015) and Vinyl Freak: Love Letters to a Dying Medium (Duke, 2017), as well as several books on Sun Ra.

Corbett wrote Down Beat Magazine's column 'Vinyl Freak' for years, which he morphed into an excellent book called 'Vinyl Freak'.