Pale Wire (Popscene)

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Disco Dreams

Click here to visit the NYReview of Books and read Luc Sante's superb essay reviewing Nick Hornby's Songbook and Geoffery O'Brien's Sonata for Jukebox.

The mix tape can be transitive—a letter— or intransitive—a diary entry. It can follow a particular line or expansively juxtapose. It can be ruled by sound or by concept. It is almost always fleeting —often more so than the songs it comprises—and endures best as a time capsule of a vibe gone by.

I yearn for that O'Brien book. Sante, who's my favorite literary critic on pop music books (an esoteric title if there ever was on), has totally sold me on it. In fact, I'm now interested in getting a look at all of O'Brien's books.

If you're interested in another review by Sante, check out his stellar summary of Arthur Kempton's Boogaloo: The Quintessence of American Popular Music, another book I really want to read.