Wednesday, January 2, 2008

The New Age Music Guide: Profiles and Recordings of 500 Top New Age Musicians

"The New Age Music Guide: Profiles and Recordings of 500 Top New Age Musicians" by Patti Jean Birosik

"Defining New Age music as music that "encourages personal empowerment, earth connectedness, space consciousness, and interpersonal awareness," Birosik has assembled a quick, handy reference guide to the genre. Entries are arranged alphabetically by artist, with each entry offering a list of New Age recordings and labels, a generally short descriptive paragraph, and specification of one or more of 16 subgenres (e.g., New Age Solo, New Age Jazz, New Age Meditation, etc.). Separate appendixes contain descriptions of these subgenres paired with artist listings and New Age record labels, addresses, and phone numbers. While descriptive entries tend to be on the thin side and much knowledge of terminology is assumed, Birosik meets her stated object of providing "a guide to facilitate the location and purchase of New Age music." Small labels and lesser-known artists are covered adequately. Price as well as usefulness will make this an attractive purchase for all types of libraries where interest warrants."

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