BELLS Compilation Online
(Published: May 15, 2007)
The BELLS compilation "Free Jazz, Free Music" is taking shape at "metropolis."
While the articles are appearing one at a time on the main "metropolis" page
they are being collectively archived here
For those who are wondering what the compilation is about, some background is in order. Between 1973 and 1979, I published a small internationally circulated newsletter-review called BELLS. I saw the publishing of BELLS as a mission, a mission to call attention to a whole range of jazz and improvised music that was being ignored by the mainstream music press; or, when it was being paid attention to, it was with little or no understanding. BELLS included record reviews, performance reviews and interviews, most famously the first extensive interview to be published with Derek Bailey (with Henry Kaiser). While most of the writing in BELLS was my own, there were invaluable contributions by Richard "Duck" Baker, Jack Cooke, Loren Means, Charles K. Noyes, Peter Riley, Randolph Savicky, Barry Tepperman, and David Wild.
The compilation in its present form was put together around 1982. To the original text, Klaus Thiemann at "metropolis" has added wonderful archival photos, pertinent album covers, sound clips, and even videos.
You might enjoy having a look at the BELLS material, views of the music of the times from within the times. To get a sense of what the book is up to, be sure to read the introduction.
More Information: http://www.m-etropolis.com/bells/
Submitted By: Henry Kuntz