A beautifully written and organized history of how Western cultural trends fit into the big picture of our unsustainable capitalist lifestyle. I want to read everything Mr. Sinnreich has written and recommend him to anyone interested in Western culture or politics, especially anyone over 40 who feels confused by "what's happening" in music today. It is a connect-the-dots book with many "ah ha" moments that make it easy to let go of outdated values.
A complete Guide to what's going on out there in musicland and what we have to look forward to in a rapidly changing world. It put me in contact with a whole realm I had just sort of sensed before. Raised listening to a whole new level. Everyone should own this book, even the sophisticates who already think they know everything. There's more here than meets the ear.
Mashed Up takes a masterful and enjoyable tour through the recent cultural phenomenon of configurable media - revealing its origins, clarifying its significance and positing its likely meaning for the next generation of music fans, business people and creators. The book presents a compelling argument that configurable media isn't just a fad cranked up by "some kid in his bedroom", but may in fact be a harbinger of the end of the modern mode of music consumption and production.
One of the great things about the book is the wide variety of hard to get source material obtained and analyzed: interviews with prominent mash up artists & DJs, music industry executives, legal experts, as well as consumers and fans.
Breaks down a complex and timely topic effectively from both scholarly and layman-friendly angles; should be required reading for anyone working in the music business, or anyone interested in the history of music or of digital media in general.