Book: Monolithic Undertow by Harry Sword

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angelsighs
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Book: Monolithic Undertow by Harry Sword

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This book may interest some here, an examination of the drone in music. A good idea for a book as you can cover everything from Ravi Shankar to the Velvets to Sunn O)))
I've just started it so not sure if lives up to expectations but seems good so far.

https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/harry-swo ... c-undertow
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Thanks for that, ordered!
I think I feel it coming on
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Re: Book: Monolithic Undertow by Harry Sword

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Ordered as well! It's a shame I couldn't find it anywhere that ships from the US, so I got it from Rough Trade. Looking forward to it! Thanks
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Re: Book: Monolithic Undertow by Harry Sword

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No worries, had a feeling that a few here might be interested
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Re: Book: Monolithic Undertow by Harry Sword

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looks awesome, thanks for heads up. on amazon @ £16

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Monolithic-Und ... 167&sr=8-1
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Just coming to the end of this, enjoyable read covering a fair bit of ground, some stuff I knew about and other stuff not so much, makes some good points and connects some ideas I hadn`t really thought about tbh, solid 8/10
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Re: Book: Monolithic Undertow by Harry Sword

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glad you enjoyed it Gary, for me it was more like a 7/10 perhaps I wanted a bit more digging deeper around why drones are so pleasing and transcendent to hear. he also seemed to have more of a liking of the heavier rock end of things than me, and equated heavy sustain very closely to drone.

still, a great read and it certainly gave me new artists to investigate. ashamed to say I'd never properly heard Ash Ra Tempel before, that first album is a beast. and then the solo album Inventions for Electric Guitar- damn that's so ahead of it's time, basically trance rock made totally with guitars on a 4 track- yet another one to add to the list of music that resembles Electric Mainline!! (we should make a playlist)
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