I’m sorting through some old documents, and I came across an unused draft for the Epilogue of my book A Philosophy of Cover Songs.1 This draft was a bit ponderous, but I still like the last line.Continue reading “How it might have ended”
In the journal Popular Music, Andrew Davis reviews my book A Philosophy of Cover Songs. He says some positive things: The book provides “a perfectly reasonable argument.” It has “quite a few moments of useful insight.”Continue reading “😐”
Regarding A Philosophy of Cover Songs:
The book is philosophically rich, engaging, and loaded with illuminating examples. It is worthy of sustained scholarly attention, but also accessible enough for a general audience. It would be an excellent book to adopt in any undergraduate course (at any level) on aesthetics and the philosophy of art, or in any introductory philosophy course with units on those topics— and not only because students can read it for free.Brandon Polite
This is from Brandon’s review at the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. As far as I know, this is the first published review of the book.
A column, an address, a garden
- A public-facing article that I wrote about cover songs appeared today at Psyche under the title They’re playing our song! The philosophical puzzle of cover songs. I was prompted to focus on just a single example, so most of my discussion revolves around “‘Crazy’ – not the Gnarls Barkley song, but the Patsy Cline song.” There’s some new stuff in it, although nothing that wasn’t at least anticipated in my earlier work.
- Given the much-discussed mishegas, I’ve stopped using Twitter. My idle moments scrolling and posting have moved to Mastadon, where I’m @email@example.com
- My Philosophy of Art class is winding down, so I’m getting some summary student feedback. I asked students which of the artworks that we discussed was their favourite. The winner, by a large margin, was Martha Schwartz’s Bagel Garden.
The heart of a lion and the wings of a bat
Continue reading “The heart of a lion and the wings of a bat”
Limozeen’s so-called cover of “We Don’t Really Even Care About You” takes disaffected, lo-fi ‘90s indie rock and belts it out in the style of an ‘80s hair metal band—as if Poison were to cover Pavement.at Aesthetics for Birds
Why I love my publisher
My book, A Philosophy of Cover Songs, was published by Open Book Publishers. They are, as their website says, “a not-for-profit Social Enterprise run by academics who are committed to making high-quality and prize-winning research available to all, and… the hub of choice for a rapidly increasing international network of scholars who believe that it is time for academic publishing to become fairer, faster and more accessible.” They were my first-choice publisher for the book, and my experience with them has been great.Continue reading “Why I love my publisher”
Appreciating out now
Appreciating Covers, co-authored with Cristyn Magnus, Christy Mag Uidhir, and Ron McClamrock, is out now in the Nordic Journal of Aesthetics.Continue reading “Appreciating out now”
The cover song beat
I was invited to appear on a podcast about covers songs, and we recorded it today. It was great fun.1
I intend to post here when the episode is released, but I had similar intentions about some other things I forgot to mention when they happened.2Continue reading “The cover song beat”
A post about a post at another blog that I wrote about a thing I wrote
My publisher asked for a short post to accompany the release of my book. It covers similar ground to one or two posts I’ve made here, but with a few twists.
The following was originally posted at the Open Book Publishers blog.Continue reading “A post about a post at another blog that I wrote about a thing I wrote”
My book, A Philosophy of Cover Songs, is out now!Continue reading “Now…”