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Book Nook: Music - a Subversive History by Ted Gioia


The music historian and scholar Ted Gioia returned to the program to discuss his monumental new study of what he describes as the subversive history of music.

This book was many years in the making, Gioia originally got the idea to write it during the early 1990's. The author takes us back to the beginning, to prehistoric caves in France, where those early cave artists executed their paintings in the portions of the caves which had the best acoustics. Why would they do that? Because they were singing and playing instruments while they were painting? Do you suppose that could be the reason they painted where the sound was optimal?

He shows us how the musical rebels of the past can eventually become the mainstream and establishment artists of the future. The perception the public has of an artist like Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones has shifted over the years. In the mid 1960's Jagger was perceived as a threat to middle class values. All these years later he is Sir Mick Jagger, knighted by the Queen of England. And so it goes.

Gioia has some theories that will captivate and intrigue readers.

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library,  Clark County Public LibraryDayton Metro LibraryWright Memorial Public Library, and Microsun Lamps.


Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.