Book Review “Innerviews: Music Without Borders” By Anil Prasad Book Review “Innerviews: Music Without Borders” By Anil Prasad

Innerviews: Music Without Borders. Book by Anil Prasad

Innerviews: Music Without Borders. Book by Anil Prasad

Innerviews: Music Without Borders

by Anil Prasad

Anil Prasad plays Master of Ceremonies for his book, Innerviews: Music Without Borders, and does his best James Lipton impression throughout his many conversations with musicians from all over the globe.  Prasad has the special ability to elicit insightful, in-depth responses to his musical inquiries.  Innerviews is actually an incredible account of of each one of the featured musicians careers, and on an individual level, a very detailed look into the mind and thought process of each artist.

Prasad has been praised for his very open forum he grants artists within the spectrum of his interviews, opting not to pick and choose quotes when he writes about his subjects, but allowing the artist to speak freely taking nothing out of context.  It’s very easy to see that he has developed rapport within the music community and is humble enough to realize that his interview subjects are the star of the show.

The problem is, reading from cover to cover, the books’ repetitiveness starts to wear on the reader in a “oh my god I get it, ‘spirituality’ plays a part in your music” kinda way.  Hearing about the songwriting process or where someone ‘was at mentally when that one album came out’ just kinda gets old.  After a while it starts to feel like reading a cookbook with 23 different recipes for soy cheese enchiladas.

But that doesn’t mean soy cheese enchiladas are bad, they’re fantastic actually.  They’re enjoyable, fulfilling, easy to digest, and a surprise hit at potlucks, but just like the interviews found in Innerviews, soy cheese enchiladas best consumed in one, maybe two servings at a time.

I have a good friend who does the design and artwork for Marijuana Grow Basics, a growing manual by Jorge Cervantes, for people who, well, wanna grow marijuana.  I, personally, have no interest in growing marijuana, but I cherish the book and love picking it up to learn the many nuggets (heh, weed) of information found within the pages.  I find myself learning something new almost every time i read it.  But I’ve never tried to read it like a novel, cover to cover.  Innerviews, is my musical grow book.

From the pages:

“The entire place has become constipated.  I think musicians should only be able to release one CD every three years and have a ceiling on their income of one million pounds a year.  If I was in charge, I might say that.  I think we need to redistribute some of the royalties from Phil Collins and Mariah Carey into other forms of music.” – Bill Bruford, January 1998

“I’ll never forget it.  Miles(Davis) came to the Vanguard in this weird, red leather outfit.  It almost looked pre-Michael Jackson.  Miles looked like a spaceman coming through there and he said in his Miles voice ‘You don’t want to play with Chick(Corea).  Fuck Chick.  You don’t need to play with him.  Come play with me.’  But I was loyal to Chick and the movement we were trying to create.” – Stanley Clarke, April 1998

“The elements of hip-hop, which include graffiti, breakdancing and turntablism – the musicianship of it all – have been extracted from hip hop to leave only rap.  If the DNA has been extracted out of it and rap with shock value is the only thing that you’ve got left, then what you’ve done is strip hip hop down to the point where it can’t lift itself out of the gutter.” – Chuck D, March 2006

“Applause isn’t what I’m after.  Communication is what I’m after.  So I’ll lose some of my fans, but I would rather lose them than keep away the ones that are after the deeper meaning.” – Michael Hedges, November 1994

“I don’t think people really put enough thought into intellectual property and why it exists.  It certainly doesn’t exist for the benefit of people who make music or write books.  It exists for the benefit of the people who want to take advantage of those people. – Jonas Hellborg, August 2004

“John Lydon would grab some kids, come to New York and say ‘This is my band.’  I’d say, ‘Your band’s not happening, so I’m going to use another drummer and guitarist.’  Then the drummer would come up to me and say ‘Who’s replacing me?’ I’d say ‘You’re fortunate to be replaced by Ginger Baker.  I suggest you go home and cry.’  [laughs]  Then the guitarist would ask ‘Who’s playing guitar?’ I’d say ‘Well, Steve Vai is playing guitar.  I think he can handle it.'” – Bill Laswell, July 2004

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