About 30 years ago I had a book by Walter Zimmermann called Desert Plants. It was a book of conversations with 23 american composers. A self made book whose pages seem to be the xerox-copy of the sheets the author typed on his typewriter while listening to a tape recorder.
I loved this book because, beyond the interesting conversations, it taught the way of subsistence.
How to SUBSIST during a time where practically no attention is paid to individuals if they are not useful for any commercial tools. And what puts these Individuals into a situation where they are challenged to think about the nature of their integrity, and that because of their integrity become alienated. From there they are getting to understand the necessity to do everything to reduce alienation.
Like a desert plant.
Over the years, Desert Plants get lost in the normal life affairs (loans, moves and so on), but now that it is out of print, it respawn as a free book from the site of Walter Zimmermann itself. If you don’t know Desert Plants, you should. Click here and scroll a little.
Tags: libri, musicologia