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WHERE TO BEGIN WITH… John Coltrane (jazz)

Fact: the jazz world is essentially difficult to read. John Coltrane has been one of the first jazzmen to introduce us to this major movement of music. Did you know that jazz is the oldest form of music that is still active and evolving? You should. Worry not: you will soon learn much more with this guide.

Let’s have a few minutes with The Wise One’s short but impressive career and discover your next rudiments.

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WHERE TO BEGIN WITH… Dostoyevsky Wannabe (indie press)

Slow Culture just turned 3, and we’re back to basics. Since Frank Zappa and Miles Davis have their own guides, it’s due time for Dostoyevsky Wannabe to have theirs. Are we exaggerating? Certainly not.

Dostoyevsky Wannabe helped us falling in love with literature again, and are not likely to leave our seasonal and massive book wishlists any time soon. In the span of 4 years, the Mancunian small press founded by Richard Brammer and Victoria Brown edited, designed and published dozens of titles. In our opinion, it’s been a quality over quality affair all along.

Here are six titles that enchanted our life until now, one page at a time.

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WHERE TO BEGIN WITH… Miles Davis

Miles Davis (1926 – 1991) has been the subject of countless quality biographies, documentaries and has even his biopic entitled Miles Ahead (starring Don Cheadle and Ewan McGregor). What often stays a mystery is not Miles himself, but how to approach his music. Some would be tempted to try to start the climb in the chronological order of his career, or to begin with the so-called “classics” (aka his early years with Columbia Records and his Blue Note debut, Kind of Blue) . Even though these methods would rightfully satiate the curiosity of many, one would miss a great deal of Music history.

Our approach is slightly different. While some would instantly reject what’s not considered “real jazz”, we advise to start by what we consider the most approachable. Don’t take us wrong: the instant attractiveness of our selection doesn’t remove any of the importance these titles and records have

We personally started with In A Silent Way and found it quite confusing at first. It is today our favorite. Taking your time is key!

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WHERE TO BEGIN WITH… Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa (1940-1993) remains today one of the most respected composers and musicians of all time. Spiritual son of Edgar Varèse, Zappa has a legacy that is still on for the better. His career covered more than four exotic decades. Here are three entry points to dive into the man’s sonic ocean.

Excentric, yes. Genius? Maybe.

Frank Zappa interviewed by Jamie Gangel on The Today Show, 1993 (link).

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