How to build an Anthology? #Jazz
Maybe you remember, I wrote an article about the fact that one book-lover could read only prefaces.
Imagine you have three hours free in a place full of books. You can pick one, or you can pick two dozens, reading prefaces only. That’s what I’d do, I think…
Yesterday I bought a book, “Jazz en 150 Figures”. It’s a great hardcover book, not about stars of this music, but about creative jazz.
This, alone, could be an article :
Choose a field (poetry, photography, history, etc), and don’t look for stars, but for creators. I reckon that they’re sometimes the same – but let’s focus on lesser-known explorers.
The foreword is one paged. The author asks What is an anthology? – to tell us, of course, what his book is NOT.
- It’s not a dictionary, concerned to be exhaustive – and being objective, boring.
- It’s not a kind “Who’s who“, telling for example that a tired aged musician is as great as himself as a young explorer.
- It’s not an Almanach of an elite, made from a list from stardom status.
- It’s not a chronological retrospective.
- It’s not a ecumenical overview submitted to different kind of quotas.
- It’s not a chory monstrosity which tries to make an impression.
So here I am reading this book randompagely, discovering names like Jimmy Lions, Grachan Moncur III or Roscoe Mitchell… with YouTube.
Tools here are multiple :
- Buying a good anthology, as a map do discover a universe you don’t know at all, or almost.
- Thinking, when you build something, about what it should not be.
- Reading prefaces only why not? Go to a library, then.
- Which domain to dig, for creators?
OK, I’m now writing something about Ran Blake – you know him? Me neither!
Thanks for reading!