Mean Deviation

The fine folks at Ibanez have sent out a new instrument, and while I wait for it to arrive, I’ve been taking a closer look at Jeff Wagner’s recent book “Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal.”

Jeff clearly has a passion for the many genres and sub-genres he writes about, but that doesn’t mean he is uncritical—he is as quick to point out absurdity as he is to praise virtuosity. He is uniquely qualified to write a book like this, and lucky for us, he did.

For fans of the genre, there is now a thoroughly-researched book that treats the topic with care and respect. For theorists and musicologists, there is now a definitive primary source for this genre of music, which should help provide a foundation for future research and critique.

Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602 for marginalia.

N.B. This is an unsolicited post.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Books, Music. Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Mean Deviation

  1. Thank you very much for your erudite appraisal of Jeff Wagner’s book Mean Deviation. We at Bazillion Points spent several years working with Jeff on this masterwork, and it is extremely gratifying to see the book take root and prosper. Furthermore, Mean Deviation was conceived, edited, designed, promoted, and partially stored in the former Eberhard Faber pencil factory complex in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. How’s that for marginalia?

    Like

    • Sean says:

      That’s quite a coincidence, as I have wanted to visit the old Greenpoint buildings for some time now; I believe they were granted landmark status not too long ago. Their factory prior to Greenpoint was located where the United Nations building now stands.

      Like

  2. Kenneth Goodenough says:

    “For theorists and musicologists, there is now a definitive primary source for this genre of music, which should help provide a foundation for future research and critique.”

    How much does Wagner go in to the theory side of the music? I might pick this one up if I can find it.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s