SIGNED BY AUTHOR! A Kirkus Reviews "Best Indie Book of the Year"! Finally available, in-stock and signed by our friend Bob Mugge's Notes from the Road... including fabulous stories from the music-filmmaking trenches! Bob is perhaps best known for blues documentaries like "Deep Blues," "Last of the Mississippi Jukes" and "Hellhounds on his Trail," but he's also done incredible films on Sun Ra, Sonny Rollins and so much more. Now, you can read all about it. - Roger Stolle (Cat Head)
In Notes from the Road: A Filmmaker's Journey through American Music, Mugge describes the genesis of his twenty-five music films, the methods employed in making them, and the experiences shared by him, his crews, and his subjects. This retrospection is organized not so much chronologically as thematically, in order to reveal connective tissue among efforts made over multiple decades.
As William Reynolds Ferris writes in the foreword to the book, "Mugge both thrills and exhausts us as he describes the process of making his films. He shifts his camera lens deftly from classical music to bluegrass to jazz to Tex-Mex to gospel to reggae to Hawaiian slack-key guitar. A gifted filmmaker and a fine writer, Mugge introduces us to musicians, record producers, and his trusted film crew, which at times included his wife, Diana. This book offers an intimate view of his struggles as a filmmaker and his determination to capture our nation's music on film."
Notes from the Road is a fascinating exploration of the visual documentation of musical creation-a separate and distinct form of documentary filmmaking, as practiced by one of its chief proponents. The resulting "notes from the road" provide a lyrical introduction to his personal musical odyssey.
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