Munching on McMusic BOOK

Author Mat Callahan swings a big stick at the inflated piñata that is the corporate music industry in his new book The Trouble With Music (AK Press). He puts forth a theory that the music business has created a culture of anti-music (in the same way that McDonald’s would be anti-food), and as a result has removed it from music-making’s crucial community-based functions. Drawing on a wide variety of informational sources, Callahan’s argument is a cogent one that needs to be heard. Sadly, his presentation and too-strict adherence to hundred-year-old leftist critical theory makes the book far too academic. Too bad that his language is so inaccessible, because the case he’s building is one that deserves to reach a wider audience than the insular circle versed enough to slash through the dense thicket of critical theory.