About the Book

Noise of the World

Noise of the World

Non-Western Musicians in Their Own Words
January 2005
Trade Paperback · 384 Pages
$17.95 U.S. · €12.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781932360608
Soft Skull Press


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NOISE OF THE WORLD captures the world music scene through the eyes of the musicians who create it, all in their own words. Drawn from original interviews conducted over the last 20 years—with artists who left a massive musical legacy, like Nigeria’s Fela Anikulapo Kuti, and artists that continue to make crucial recordings, like Winston "Burning Spear" Rodney—it will feature artists whose music has become part of the "mainstream," like the Gipsy Kings and Gloria Estefan and artists like Hugh Masakela and Miriam Makeba, who managed to cross over and garner that rarest of things, a pop hit, while retaining their roots, talking about making music in their native country and in exile. There is as much dissent between the artistic and holistic outlooks of Nigerian artists like Sunny Ade and Fela Anikulapo Kuti as there is between a religious rock band and a satanic metal band. These open and honest self-portraits will give music fans a greater appreciation of what is behind these sounds and the suffering these artists have endured and triumphs they have enjoyed.

About the Author

One of the first journalists to take world music seriously as a genre and as a sound that western audiences would care about, Hank Bordowitz has been writing about the Noise of the World through four decades. His work on non-western musicians has appeared in such diverse publications as the men’s magazine Gallery, The B’nai B’rith Jewish Monthly, All-Star and in the regular Cosmopolitan column that ran in Jazziz for over 10 years, among dozens of other periodicals that included his features on artists and music from South Africa to Siberia.
In addition to these publications, for the last six years, Hank has programmed the World Music service for Music Choice Digital Cable radio, a service reaching nearly 10 Million homes worldwide. Records by artists ranging from Manu Dibango and Beenie Man to Blood Sweat and Tears have benefited from liner notes written by Hank, and he is a voting member of NARAS based on these notes.
Prominent in the community of music writers and critics, Hank’s opinions and writings are much sought after. They have appeared in The Rolling Stone Jazz and Blues Record Guide, Musichound World, The six volume Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, and many other similar books and periodicals. Hank served for four years as the co-chair of the National Writer’s Union Music Writers Caucus, organizing his fellow entertainment journalists. His expertise is evident all over the Internet, as well.
His book Bad Moon Rising: The Unauthorized History of Creedence Clearwater Revival (Schirmer, 1998, 825672694 7,000 sold in all editions) has been exceedingly well received. The first book to tackle this great American band’s sad story from inception through the personal difficulties that broke the band up and the legal wrangling that followed, chronicled the events like a novel. Heis editing the Bob Marley Reader for Da Capo (Forthcoming May 2004)