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Watson, Ben 1956-

Overview
Works: 32 works in 104 publications in 2 languages and 1,187 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Discographies  Conference papers and proceedings  Music  Personal narratives 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Curator
Classifications: ML410.Z285, 782.42166092
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Ben Watson
Frank Zappa : the negative dialectics of poodle play by Ben Watson( Book )

25 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Watson brings serious critical attention to the musician, dissecting Zappa within his context, and analyzing him alongside such artists as John Cage and Pierre Boulez. Zappa's ideas are interpreted as an extension of a Western radical tradition that encompassed the Marquis de Sade, the Surrealists, and beyond, from musique concrete to doowop, Theodor Adorno to Suzy Creamcheese, Plato to Punky Meadows, the Situationists to the PMRC. Zappa's politics, as well as his wit and relentless attempts to break standard forms, are integral to his music."--Jacket
Derek Bailey and the story of free improvisation by Ben Watson( Book )

21 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Derek Bailey was at the top of his profession as a danceband and record-session guitarist when, in the early 1960s, he began playing an uncompromisingly abstract music. As the Joseph Holbrooke Trio, with bassist Gavin Bryars and drummer Tony Oxley, Bailey forged a musical syntax which has since operated as an international counter to the banality of commercialism. Refusing to be labeled a "jazz" guitarist, Bailey has collaborated with performance artists, electronic experimentalists, classical musicians, Zen dancers, tap dancers, rock stars, jazzers, poets, weirdos and an endless stream of fiercely individual musicians. Today his anti-idiom of "Free Improvisation" has become the lingua franca of the "avant" scene, with Pat Metheny, John Zorn, David Sylvian and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore amongst his admirers." "Derek Bailey and the Story of Free Improvisation lifts the lid on an artistic ferment which has defied every known law of the music business. Telling the story via taped interviews with Bailey and his cohorts, gig reports and album reviews (including an exhaustive discography of Bailey's vast and hard-to-find output), Ben Watson's biography argues that anyone who thought the avant-garde was dead simply forgot to listen."--Jacket
Art, class & cleavage : quantulumcunque concerning materialist esthetix by Ben Watson( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frank Zappa : the complete guide to his music by Ben Watson( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A thorough analysis of every officially released album by Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention, from the groundbreaking albums of the Sixties through Zappa's experimental, avant-garde work, to the most recent posthumous releases. Book jacket."--Jacket
Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention in the 1960s by Frank Zappa( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The most detailed, informative, and enjoyable documentary on Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention yet to emerge. Features rare footage of Frank and the Mothers throughout the 1960s, archive interviews, seldom-seen live performances, and a host of other features. Track listing features: Who Are the Brain Police?, Hungry Freaks Daddy, Trouble Every Day, Brown Shoes Don't Make it, America Drinks and Goes Home, and many more
The complete guide to the music of Frank Zappa by Ben Watson( Book )

6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Academy Zappa : proceedings of the first International Conference of Esemplastic Zappology( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Academy Zappa' unlocks the many hidden secrets behind the genius, inspiration, absurdity and importance of Frank Zappa, one of the greatest musicians and social icons of his generation
Mad Pride : a celebration of mad culture( Book )

2 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The freak-out list : Frank Zappa under the influence( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Frank Zappa ... published a record of his most important influences on the inside cover of his debut album ... This film explores the musical roots of Frank Zappa by putting the ... list under the microscope and tracing the lineage from the most pivotal names thereon to the recordings and performances of the man himself"--Container
Turnpike ruler : out to lunch by Ben Watson( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adorno for revolutionaries by Ben Watson( Book )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Starting with the commodity form (rather than the 'spirit' lauded by everyone from Classic FM retards to NME journalists), Adorno outlined a revolutionary musicology, a passageway between subjective feeling and objective conditions. In Adorno for Revolutionaries, Ben Watson argues that this is what everyone's been looking for since the PCF blackened the name of Marxism by wrecking the hopes of May '68. Batting aside postmodern airheads and prattling pundits alike, this collection detonates the explosive core of Adorno's thought. The Association of Musical Marxists says: Those 'socialists' who are frightened of their feelings can go stew in their imaginary bookshop. For us, great music is a necessity. To talk about it is to criticize everything that exists"--Page 4 of cover
Frankfurter ahnung( Recording )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Swift blab residue : out to lunch by Ben Watson( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Honesty is explosive : selected music journalism by Ben Watson( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Out to lunch by Ben Watson( Book )

2 editions published between 1980 and 1999 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zappa : the negative dialectics of poodle play by Ben Watson( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Noise & capitalism( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book, Noise & Capitalism, is a tool for understanding the situation we are living through, the way our practices and our subjectivities are determined by capitalism. It explores contemporary alienation in order to discover whether the practices of improvisation and noise contain or can produce emancipatory moments and how these practices point towards social relations which can extend these moments" --From http://mattin.org/
Resonance by Lawrence Upton( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Derek Bailey and the art of free improvisation by Ben Watson( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blake in Cambridge or 'The opposite of David Willetts' : how Blake's vortex anticipated so much we might call his books 'prophetic' by Ben Watson( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Derek Bailey and the story of free improvisation
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Derek Bailey and the story of free improvisationArt, class & cleavage : quantulumcunque concerning materialist esthetixFrank Zappa : the complete guide to his musicAcademy Zappa : proceedings of the first International Conference of Esemplastic ZappologyMad Pride : a celebration of mad culture
Alternative Names

controlled identityOut to lunch (Writer)

Ben Watson British writer

Ben Watson écrivain britannique

Бен Уотсон

ベン・ワトソン (音楽ライター)

ワトソン, ベン

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