Music History on the Cheap

I’m completely mesmerized by Soundbreaking, an 8-part documentary currently running on PBS about the art of recording music. I hunger to know more. That made me take notice of the many Amazon’s Kindle books that are about music history in their November deals. Did Amazon anticipate the showing of the documentary? Maybe not, since Soundbreaking covers a much greater range of genres. Yet, for two or three dollars I can go deeper on a number of subjects Soundbreaking covered. It’s great fun to read about a famous band or musician while listening to their work on Spotify.

I also thought this is an interesting experiment. I gathered all the books on one subject from Amazon’s 65 pages of the monthly Kindle sales. It shows the kind of books you can snag on the cheap – at least for a short while. I’ve even bought some of these books in hardback. Makes me wonder about being more patient.

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James Wallace Harris: James Wallace Harris is a retired computer guy. Jim dreamed of writing science fiction in his social security years, but discovered he loved writing essays more. Life is short and novels are long. He’s written over a thousand essays for his blog Auxiliary Memory. Jim wrote about science fiction for SF Signal before it folded, and now for Worlds Without End. BookRiot gives him the opportunity to write about all the other kinds of books he loves. Finally, he has all the time in the world to read and write, but he never forgets poor Henry Bemis. (Who also found time enough at last, until an evil Twilight Zone fate took it all away.) Twitter: @JimHarris28