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Following the highly acclaimed Wisdom, Andrew Zuckerman now turns his unique photographic perspective to music. This new book includes fifty eminent musicians—artists, composers, producers, and performers from rock, rap, dance, soul, R&B, classical, country, reggae, pop, jazz, world, and more—who have made an impact on their genre, contributed to the larger conversation, and have a unique perspective on life.

Each musician is photographed and interviewed on film about the process of making music, the power of music, and the experience of writing, producing, and performing. The group includes emerging artists, as well as legends from a variety of genres, and together, they create a distinctive understanding of the universal language of music.

Music features new portraits of and interviews with Laurie Anderson, Fiona Apple, Afrika Bambaataa, Clint Black, Dave Brubeck, Common, Billy Corgan, David Crosby, Ani DiFranco, Danny Elfman, Ben Gibbard, Philip Glass, Herbie Hancock, Karen O, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Ziggy Marley, Ozzy Osbourne, Yoko Ono, Itzhak Perlman, Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, Ravi Shankar, John Williams, and several other international music icons. Watch the trailer here:

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Har/Psc edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810996529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810996526
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.2 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds

Customer Reviews

An intriguing and deeper look at a vivid subject that evolves the format.

 on June 8, 2015
By Ken Francis
The power of the book will likely be many different things for different people. What’s to love are the clear pristine images of an interestingly diverse set of musicians/creators, their personal interview responses which are refreshingly deeper than one often gets in the music press or media, and for me particularly, the thoughtfully edited movie one can download, which offers an intriguing look and listen to many of these artists and industry mavens give more candid views about this crazy thing we call Music. It’s also at least an attempt to evolve the coffee table anthology format, with new millennial media integration: documentary video and website. I also like that it focusses on music purely and not so much on the current disruption from new technologies. What’s not so great for me is the somewhat sterile contemporary sheen of Zuckerman’s photography, and the promise of fuller content that’s evoked by the presence of a website and movie [why not more from each artist – they could post their own video responses to the book online on a Vimeo or YouTube channel, and even full interviews] but not explored. Still this is his book, very fair value for the amount of content, and though my personal preference is for more grit, less contrived, dressed-up-for-camera polish in the images and to some degree the movie; all this is more than made up for by a clear commitment to getting closer to the true relationship all these musical minds have with their beloved art form and it’s fruits. The full content adds up to a significant contemporary look at a vast subject and makes it an excellent and worthy purchase for any music lover.

Five Stars

 on January 26, 2017
This made a wonderful gift for my piano teacher. She loves it.

Fantastic Book

One person found this helpful.
 on November 28, 2012
By d. woo
Boy was this book a “huge” surprise, and I mean that truely. This book was not only huge in size, but it was in exellent condition and for the price I paid, it was well worth the money. I now have most of the series and I do plan on purchasing more in future.

Got this for super cheap, I think under 10 dollars all together

 on July 3, 2015
By Dustin Moritz
Got this for super cheap, I think under 10 dollars all together. Good little read that sits on my coffee table. Cool musicians are in here.

Interesting commentary from Musicians—not always music oriented but interesting just the same

2 people found this helpful.
 on October 1, 2013
By Pam Greenwell
First, kudos to the stellar photography this book contains. Such clarity and grasping imagery. We randomly picked an artist (one we didn’t know) and were engaged by the artists thoughts and take on life in general. Influences and backgrounds build the story and you come away knowing something unique about each one. How can life not be part of the story? One thing we find a bit difficult is the print size – lots of good bits to read but somewhat hard to focus on due to the size of the font and the spacing. Overall, it makes an interesting read – one of those good books to read for a short time then back onto the coffee table for another session. We were thinking it would be less philosophical and a bit more on the musicians history- either way, we’re going to read every page.

Five Stars

 on December 2, 2015
By Judi H., Alabama
Made an impressive gift!


 on August 28, 2011
By Shawheen Blount
I enjoyed the book. It listed some artists that I was really interested in reading about. I learned some new things about my favorite artists. It’s a good coffee book to have to catch up on what make musicians tick.

Five Stars

 on March 3, 2015
By Luisa Teixeira Daher
the book is beautiful!

Great Book!

One person found this helpful.
 on November 17, 2012
By Christi
Great gift for a music teacher! Awesome for anyone who enjoys music and the people who make it! Enjoyed it


 on June 26, 2011
By fan
This book is $50 everywhere else. Great for fans of real music, not that radio-heavy garbage the big industry shoves at as. Makes a cool coffee table piece, also.

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