Friday, February 26, 2010

Last Evening With Garth Cartwright -
Unity B
ooks Wellington

Music fans of all persuasions filled seats and floor space to hear Garth Cartwright at Unity Books last night.
He told us stories about his travels through Europe and America exploring roots music and the culture and societies that inform and inspire these musicians. Beginning with his obsession with American music and culture and his formative years in music journalism he then gave us some historical background to the Romani people. He explained how he won the trust of these musicians and his colourful descriptions of Gypsy festivals took us right into their world.
This time of his life is covered in his book “Princes Amongst Men: Journeys With Gypsy Musicians” and there is a CD compilation of the same title available.

He went on to talk of his time in America researching “More Miles Than Money: Journeys Through American Music”, describing the way the country, and the music it fostered, had changed and the homogenous nature of the music industry.
This talk was interspersed with samples of the music he discussed and followed by a Q & A and book signing.
Do yourself a favour and read his books, he is one of the best music writers working today.

Also, be sure to check out his website:

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