MusicDish e-Journal - February 21, 2018
MusicDish Advertising Network
Search MusicDish e-Journal (Advanced)
Subscribe To MusicDish e-Journal
About | Contact | Advertise | RSS | Submit Article | Submit News | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution
Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network

Book Review: 'The Boy Who Cried Freebird: Rock And Roll Fables And Sonic Storytelling'
Author: Mitch Myers
By Mike Pursley, Garage Radio
(more articles from this author)
Comment | Email | Print | RSS

Author: Mitch Myers
Title: “The Boy Who Cried Freebird: Rock and Roll Fables and Sonic Storytelling”
Hardcover + Audiobook
Genre: Music Short Stories
Publisher: HarperEntertainment
Details: ISBN-13: 978-0061139017

You ever wonder who that guy yelling “Freebird” at shows really is? Evidently he’s literary device Adam Coil, a recurring character in Mitch Myers’ exciting, audiophile-friendly new book, “The Boy Who Cried Freebird: Rock and Roll Fables And Sonic Storytelling.”

Mitch, who is best known for his music journalism and contributions to NPR’s "All Things Considered," as well his role as steward of the Shel Silverstein archive in Chicago, blends fiction and truth to tell tales of some of modern music’s most fascinating participants.

Freebird is quite a kaleidoscopic ride, as Mitch jumps from fables, gags, history, criticism, murder mysteries, straight reporting, and speculation. Throughout the forty plus chapters Mitch is able to change on a dime from humor to expository discourses while maintaining his voice as a writer.

“The Boy Who Cried Freebird” collects many of Myers’ pieces that have appeared elsewhere, which contributes to the great variety in style. Many chapters have previously appeared in other media such as the magazines Smug Magazine, Magnet Magazine, Harp Magazine, and also in various album liner notes. Several pieces originated on the radio program "All Things Considered" as well.

This work may be subtitled Rock And Roll Fables And Sonic Storytelling, but rock and roll is only one musical facet represented here. Acoustic Blues, Noise, Jazz, Free Jazz, and Electronic Music all get some pages. Musicians ranging from the popular (Sabbath, Zappa, Grateful Dead) to cult favorites (Harry Smith, Johnny Thunders, Captain Beefheart) to the completely obscure (Gong, Terry Riley, Varese) are featured.

A few of the shorter fictional pieces feel a bit like filler, but overall “The Boy Who Cried Freebird” is entertaining and informative. After reading, I now have a few new (to me) albums and artists to check out, and what could be better than that? In one essay Myers proudly proclaims, “ROCK GEEKS ARE FINALLY COOL!” I’m down with that, and any other constantly curious music fan will be down with this collection.

For more information and to contact the author, click on the author’s name at the top of the page.

Home » Music Spotlight » Book Review: 'The Boy Who Cried Freebird: Rock And Roll Fables And Sonic Storytelling'
Email |Print |Comment |RSS

back | top

MusicDish Advertising Network

Music Spotlight

» YG PLUS and Gracenote to Bring K-POP to Fans around the World

» Lithuanian Band Grabs Bronze at the Silk Road Indie Music Festival 2017

» HBC Fall Festival Celebrates 12 years of HBC Fest

» youbloom Announces 2017 LA Music Festival

» Nick Brodeur Wins Studio Package From ReverbNation

Music Spotlight Directory

» [2018-02-21] Briony Turner And Alec Boateng Promoted To Co-Heads Of A&R, Atlantic Records UK; Turner And Boateng Will Oversee The Atlantic A&R Team, Joint Projects, As Well As Maintaining Their Own Artist Rosters

» [2018-02-20] B-Reel Named Top 10 Most Innovative Company In Music By Fast Company; Global Creative Agency Receives Honor For Its Award-Winning Gorillaz Campaign

» [2018-02-18] YG PLUS And Gracenote To Bring K-POP To Fans Around The World; Gracenote And YG PLUS To Make All K-POP Music More Searchable And Discoverable On Global And Regional Streaming Music Platforms And Services

» [2018-02-17] VNUE Inc. To Acquire Music Rights Startup Soundstr; VNUE Acquisition Aims To Ensure A Fairer Royalty System

» [2018-02-17] Is Podcasting The New Radio?; 25% Of Surveyed Americans Say They've Listened To A Podcast In The Past Month, Up From Less Than 10% In 2008

» [2018-02-01] Insomniac Announces Inaugural Electric Daisy Carnival China Set To Debut In Shanghai; China Marks EDC's Second Location On The Asian Continent

» [2018-02-01] Viberate & Imogen Heap Strive To Give Equal Opportunity To Every Artist; Heap's Main Role In Viberate's Advisory Team Will Be To Help Further Guide Us Toward A Second To None Service For The Live Music Segment

» [2018-01-22] Italian Independent Music Collective Fil1993 Group Signs With MusicDish*China; MusicDish*China Will Be Developing Their Online Presence And Social Media In China As Well As Releasing Their Catalogue To Chinese Streaming Music Services

» [2017-12-25] MusicDish*China Presents 'Savage Guitarist' Todd Clouser In Beijing; As Part Of His #YouTheBrave Asia Tour That Includes 8 Shows Across Japan, Todd Will Be Giving Solo Shows At Laifu Livehouse On 12/27 And Temple Bar On 12/28

» [2017-12-20] Mixcloud Taps Gracenote For Advanced Music Recognition; Next-generation Audio Fingerprinting Helps Mixcloud Identify And Catalog Copyrighted Music Within User-generated Content

» [2017-12-18] Copyright Royalty Board Increases Sirius XM Royalty Rate; Judges Announce Royalty Rates And Terms For Satellite Audio Radio Services (SDARS) And Preexisting Subscription Services

» [2017-12-06] Lithuanian Band Grabs Bronze At The Silk Road Indie Music Festival 2017; Antikvariniai Kašpirovskio Dantys Competed With Bands From Belgium, Sweden, Armenia, Germany, Japan, South Africa, India, Norway, Poland, Italy And The UK As Well As China
MusicDish Advertising Network

follow MusicDish on
Follow MusicDish on Twitter

Mi2N Music PR

Hybrid Studios Hosts Annual NAMM Afterparty

High Definition Music Card - The New Way To Experience Music!

DEATH BY MISADVENTURE, New True Mystery Podcast Launches 31st January 2018

Music And Kids Joins Forces With Carnie Wilson, With Plans To Provide One-on-One After-School Music Education To Thousands Of Middle And High School Students

Don Dawil's Valentine's Day Debut Latin Single "Necesito Verte"

Taking Applications - The 23rd Annual USA Songwriting Competition

The International Music Consulting Firm GINGIO Hosts Events At NAMM And Grammy Weeks

Websites: Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network
Services: Submit Article | Submit News | Submit Video | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution

Copyright © 1997-2018 MusicDish LLC., all rights reserved.
About MusicDish e-Journal | Contact Us | Advertise | RSS | Internships