Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood contributes to new book about ‘musical epiphanies’

Stewart Lee, Simon Reynolds and Michael Gira will also feature in 'Epiphanies: Life Changing Encounters With Music'

Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood is among the contributors of a new book about ‘musical epiphanies’.

‘Epiphanies: Life Changing Encounters With Music’ will collect a number of columns from ‘The Wire’ magazine, dating back to January 1998. Among those contributing to the book are comedian Stewart Lee, music critic Simon Reynolds, Swans frontman Michael Gira, The Specials founder Jerry Dammers, songwriter Robert Wyatt and no-wave artist Lydia Lunch.

Greenwood will write about “the irreconcilable musical differences between live and recorded sound”, while Stewart Lee’s topic is on the “common ability of great humour and great music to surprise”.

‘Epiphanies: Life Changing Encounters With Music’ will be published on April 30. See the full list of chapters below.

Little Annie Bandez on the rhythms and blues of New York
Ed Baxter on the crepuscular blues of Nehemiah ‘Skip’ James
Clive Bell on Henry Cow’s chamber music
Marcus Boon on the contagious sounds of the global South
Philip Brophy on the problem with John Cage
Samantha Brown on the lesson Bob Dylan learned from a song by a girl from the North country
Byron Coley on the DIY cut-ups of Orchid Spangiafora
Matthew Collin on the sounds of resistance in war-torn Serbia
Richard Cook on a compulsive jones for collecting records
Cathal Coughlan on the war songs of Slapp Happy and Art Bears
Jerry Dammers on his appreciation of Sun Ra and his cosmic music
Erik Davis on how Ligeti’s Requiem turned his body into a giant ear
Laina Dawes on black women who rock
Geeta Dayal on the drones that bridged a generation gap
Brian Dillon on the feelings unleashed by Kate Bush’s Hounds Of Love
Michel Faber on a spontaneous music ensemble encountered in the back streets of Budapest
Paul Gilroy on two electrifying performances by The Voices Of East Harlem
Michael Gira on the sounds of fear and loathing
Kenneth Goldsmith on the joy of acquiring music via file sharing networks
Jonny Greenwood on the irreconcilable musical differences between live and recorded sound
David Grubbs on the seismic shock of short performances”
Adam Harper on the infinite music contained within a Cornelius Cardew graphic score”
Richard Henderson on the mind-expanding texture-sound of David Bowie’s Low”
Ken Hollings on the alien beauty of Martin Denny’s exotica”
Matthew Ingram on meeting his classic rock heroes”
ijay Iyer on a single mystical chord played by the pianist Cecil Taylor”
David Keenan on how The Pastels messed up his hair for good”
Stewart Lee on the common ability of great humour and great music to surprise
Alan Licht on Eddie Van Halen’s guitar pyrotechnics
Lydia Lunch on the industrial opera of a New York race riot and the music that soundtracked it
Ian McMillan on the education of his ears
Howard Mandel on a Soviet rock star who never was
Brian Marley on an unhealthy obsession with the composer Charles Ives
Barry Miles on experiencing The Beatles’ group mind and studio smarts firsthand
Momus on the sheer intensity of quiet music
Alex Neilson on the nocturnal solitude evoked by Frank Sinatra’s saddest songs
Anne Hilde Neset on the empowering swagger of Run DMC
Genesis Breyer P-orridge on the psychedelic designs of Hapshash And The Coloured Coat
Ian Penman on the hieroglyphic beyond of Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile”
Chris Petit on the fleeting pleasures of the single evocative songline
Edwin Pouncey on Todd Rundgren’s sweet soul music
Nina Power on the revolutionary dialectics of Fugazi’s Red Medicine
Simon Reynolds on the sound, image and idea of Scritti Politti
Sukhdev Sandhu on the eloquent passions of a long forgotten Bristol fanzine
Mike Shallcross on being scorched by the fire of The Gun Club’s atavistic Americana
Adrian Shaughnessy on being drummed out of school by The Tony Williams Lifetime
Philip Sherburne on the pleasure of parting with half his record collection
Mark Wastell on finding himself over dressed and under prepared for a night of avant garde jazz
Hugo Wilcken on Joy Division’s exotic existentialism
Luke Williams on how an anechoic chamber cured his writer’s block
Robert Wyatt on the genius of Ray Charles
Rob Young on encountering a bunch of nuts at the Edinburgh Festival

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