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For every country, a song

November 11, 2018

My largest and most ambitious music list of all is now online. It’s so large that it needed its own website –

https://aroundtheworldin575songs.com/

Streamed on the site are 575 songs from 200 countries. The criteria for choosing the songs is discussed here. I was looking for music rooted in a country’s past heritage and culture, music that employed traditional instruments. So I generally avoided tracks where electronic instruments were used and imported genres such as beat-heavy pop, R&B, hip hop and reggae: the globalised culture in which past traditions become meaningless.

The reason why this project has taken 5 years work is that I also wanted to write a book to discuss the music in more depth. Around the World in 575 Songs : Traditional music from all the world’s countries has now been published in paperback, ePub and MOBI. It’s a set of 4 volumes (Vol 1 Europe, Vol 2 Africa, Vol 3 Asia & Oceania, Vol 4 Americas). It’s available to order from major retailers in Europe, North America, Japan, Australia and elsewhere (some buy links here).

The books are aimed at a broad readership – anyone with a passion for exploring other cultures. They’re densely packed with stories and information. If you like to try before you buy, there is a lengthy extract currently available to read on Google Books.

If you have Kindle, Volume 1 is currently available for free in return for leaving a review on Amazon.com. All that you have to do is to register for free membership of the Reading Deals book club, then visit my book link.

I’m hoping to resume normal service on the musictodiefor website in the New Year.

Nick Wall

 

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Best way to get to know our world is its songs

June 4, 2018

Best way to get to know our world is its songs. Song to song, story to story, musician to musician, Nick Wall’s interesting and infatuating project/book is taking us around the planet with all its diverse, colorful musical styles and cultures!” – Kristi Stassinopoulou

I’m made up to get an endorsement from such a highly respected artist. What’s more, she hits the nail right on the head. The celebration of diversity and the joy of exploration are right at the heart of this project. And if you’re someone who likes to see the world, read about the world, and experience other cultures then these books are written for you.

You have eleven days left to visit my crowdfunding page and take advantage of the sale prices (1 paperback volume for £8 and set of 4 for £24; 1 ebook for £5 and set of 4 for £18, etc). I’m sure you’re going to love them. And to prove it to you, here’s one final offer, just for musictodiefor readers. Email me at nctwall@hotmail.com by Saturday 9th June with the names of any three countries, and I’ll email you back with draft copies of the three corresponding chapters from my books. No charge, and no obligation to buy. If you need any ideas, just head over to the 575 Songs website where you can navigate to any of the 200 country pages, all of which are populated with my featured songs.

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Special offer on all my books

May 17, 2018

I have more information and several links to give you.

I’ve just announced big price cuts :
“prices on all my paperbacks and ebooks have been reduced. One ebook is now only £5, one paperback is £8, and a full set of four ebooks or four paperbacks can now be pre-ordered at 50% below the retail price. And don’t forget, all backers receive a playlist as well. This is for one month only until the Indiegogo campaign ends on June 16th. Once the books are published they’ll sell at retail prices.”

My book’s called Around the World in 575 Songs : Traditional Music from all the World’s Countries, it’s coming out in four volumes, and will be in bookstores by August. A unique feature of the book is that literally every country is covered, from Kazakhstan to Kiribati – and the small countries often prove to be just as fascinating as the more usual suspects. Launching at the same time as the book will be a website where people can listen to all the featured songs. It’s online already, so please drop in and start exploring the music there – https://aroundtheworldin575songs.com/.

The price drop is because I want to make the books accessible to as many people as possible, and because I want to encourage folk to buy the books now, during the crowdfunding campaign, to help me to meet the costs of getting all four volumes self-published.

So for now this is the main link, it’s my Indiegogo crowdfunding page, where you can watch my video, learn more about the project, and then place your orders !
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/around-the-world-in-575-songs/x/5623937#/

The books can be pre-ordered by choosing from the ‘perks’. Volume 1 is Europe, Vol 2 Africa, Vol 3 Asia & Oceania and Vol 4 Americas, and they’re available as e-books as well as paperbacks.

If you wish to ‘try before you buy’, I’ve posted a few brief extracts and a sample chapter (Mali) online.
https://foreverycountryasong.wordpress.com/book-extracts/
https://foreverycountryasong.wordpress.com/sample-chapter/

I’m now on Twitter, where I’m treating my followers to a tweet of one song from a different country every day : https://twitter.com/NickWall2018.

Each country, and each culture, is special. This is what I’ve tried to show. This is a book with a message, and also a carnival of culture. This week I received this from Sicilian folk singer Matilde Politi :

“You are really crazy!
It’s great!
Thank you very much for letting me know, I already shared on fb … I wish I was you exploring all this music, and I will be enthusiast to follow your guide through it, when I will receive the books!”

The campaign runs until 16th June.

Nick

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book campaign launch

April 19, 2018

The Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for my book has officially launched, yay !

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/around-the-world-in-575-songs/x/5623937#/

This is a unique and exciting publishing project. It’s a big project : I’m publishing four volumes simultaneously, while also launching a 575 song website. But I’m hopeful that many people who have an interest in learning about the world’s cultures will love the books and love the music.

Please check out my campaign page, and help me to share as widely as possible the stories of those musicians whose efforts to breathe new life into their own musical roots challenge conventional narratives about our globalised culture, and give us new insight into who we are. I’m not expecting you to give up your hard-earned money for nothing, so here’s the deal : you’re invited to buy some or all of these volumes at a small discount, with one or two little perks thrown in as well. Not to mention a whole lot of amazing music coming your way !

Nick Wall #575Songs

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book announcement

April 4, 2018

Band of the month is suspended, but it will be back, probably around Autumn time.

This is because I have a book coming out. Or rather four books, because we’re talking 4 volumes.

 

 

 

 

This is the culmination of an amazing project during which I’ve learned so much, so I have a lot to share … but for now I’ll keep you waiting, because later this month I’ll be launching a crowdfunding campaign, and all the details will be available them.

Nick Wall

 

 

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Band of the month

March 6, 2018

MARCH

Throw together some  50s rock n roll, 60s garage rock and some Motown soul. It may not be on trend, but who gives a crap when the music is as good as this. The band are Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, and they’re based in Boston. Frontman Barrence may be the wrong side of 60, but he’s a powerhouse of energy with a voice to match. They play at Manchester Soup Kitchen on May 12th. The album Soul Flowers of Titan (a title apparently inspired by jazz legend Sun Ra) came out on March 2nd, and it’s packed full of stonking tracks. Here’s a selection.

Barrence Whitfield and the Savages – Slowly Losing My Mind

Barrence Whitfield and the Savages – I’ll Be Home Someday

Barrence Whitfield and the Savages -Adorable

Barrence Whitfield and the Savages – I’m going to leave you

Barrence Whitfield and the Savages – Sunshine Don’t Make the Sun

 

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Pity the Downtrodden Landlord : songs of tenants rights

February 7, 2016

I’ve resisted the temptation to include songs about homelessness as well. These are songs with strong lyrics and a linking theme. I understand that the Alistair Hulett and David Rovics songs are about actual historical struggles, but please do leave a comment if you have background to any of these songs. If you have similar songs that you want to share, please leave a link if you can.

Fred Hellerman – Pity the Downtrodden Landlord

Stan Kelly & Leon Rosselson – Greedy Landlord

Malvina Reynolds – The Faucets Are Dripping

Mike Rawson & Rob Rosenthal – Talking Tenant Blues

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – Raisin’ the Rent

John Lee Hooker – House Rent Boogie

Mercy Dee Walton & Thelma Walton – Rent Man Blues

The Mersey Wreckers – Back Buchanan Street

Charlie Poole – Moving Day

Jimmy Collier – Rent Strike Blues

The Pogues – Boys From The County Hell

Public Order Act – Pay Your Rent

Alistair Hulett – Mrs. Barbour’s Army

David Rovics – Landlord

Rory McLeod – Defending Our Homes

It would be wrong of me not to give a passing mention to the recently discovered Woody Guthrie song Old Beach Haven Ain’t My Home, written when he was a tenant of Donald Trump’s father Fred Trump. Sadly no recordings exist as far as I’m aware, but we can get the gist from the lyrics : “Beach Haven looks like Heaven/Where no black ones come to roam!/No, no, no! Old Man Trump! Old Beach Haven ain’t my home!”