“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture”, but reading musical biography and narrative does tell you about a wealth of music that you may not have found otherwise. Therefore, is it always necessary to not know about a music before you can get something out of reading about it? Specifically what do two books presenting personal interpretations of John McLaughlin’s compositions have to offer to the likely already well-informed fan? Let’s see.
|Follow Your Heart: John McLaughlin, Song by Song by Walter Kolosky (Abstract Logix Books 2010). Available from Abstract Logix.||John McLaughlin: The Emerald Beyond by Ken Trethewey (Jazz-Fusion Books 2008). Available from Amazon.|