Interstellar Reading List

Una lista di volumi consigliati da Underground Resistance (Detroit) 


Interstellar Reading List

(an incomplete and growing list, in no particular order)

   1. This Business of Music by M. William Krasilovsky and Sidney Shemel – This is the music BUSINESS and any and everyone thinking about getting into this needs to read this book.  Even if you find an old edition at a used bookstore, the information will still be accurate enough to put you miles ahead of the average knucklehead!
   2. Arrest The Music!: Fela and His Rebel Art and Politics by Tejumola Olaniyan – A profile of one of the most influential musicians in the world.  He’s the man who said, "Music is a weapon!"
   3. To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown by Berry Gordy – For those who don’t know, this is the man behind the label that altered the course of the music industry and changed the world.  Before techno, before P-Funk, there was Motown.
   4. Techno Rebels by Dan Sicko – The primer.  Sicko gives an overview of the Detroit techno scene in intimate detail that nobody has been able to match.
   5. No No Boy by John Okada – Fictional account of a very real situation.  A man comes out of prison after WWII to find his world turned upside down.  The cost of resistance in the face of injustice.
   6. An Underground Education: The Unauthorized and Outrageous Supplement to Everything You Thought You Knew About Art, Sex, Business, Crime, Science, Medicine, and Other Fields of Human Knowledge by Richard Zacks – The title pretty much sums it up.  Hilarious and disturbing, kind of like national politics.
   7. An Empire of Their Own How the Jews Invented Hollywood by Neal Gabler – There are so many ways to look at this book, and there are so many parallels to hip hop, techno, and a number of other industries.  Fascinating, and inspiring.
   8. Down These Mean Streets by Piri Thomas – A Puerto Rican brother gives an unflinching portrait of inner city life and the how screwed up race and ethnicity are in the US.
   9. Black Magic: A Pictorial History of the African-American in the Performing Arts by Langston Hughes and Milton Meltzer – Ok, I’m going to have to disagree with the titling of this.  This book is about the history of American performing arts, period.  So much of "mainstream" entertainment has been borrowed and co-opted from "African American" arts, that the title can be misleading.  However, that the people portrayed are black, and that their work was magic, cannot be denied!
  10. Sex and Race by J. A. Rogers – This is a 3 volume set, but don’t let that deter you.  Rogers breaks down a number of racial stereotypes and digs deep into the myth of racial purity, from the "Old World" to the "New World" and explores why interracial mixing is part of the human experience.


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