Louder Than Bombs: A Life with Music, War, and Peace

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University of Chicago Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 1.1 inches | 1.45 pounds

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About the Author
Ed Vulliamy is a former reporter for the Guardian and Observer. He is the author of Amexica: War along the Borderline and The War Is Dead, Long Live the War--Bosnia: The Reckoning.
"With a reporter's keen eye for detail and a memoirist's rich depth of experience, war correspondent Vulliamy asks: How can people play music through the worst calamities? Sourcing an encyclopedic knowledge of, and lifelong passion for, music, the author explores a range of examples. . . . This intriguing, at times poignant, contemplation will resonate with music fans of all stripes."-- "Library Journal"
"An impressively rich affair. . . . [Louder than Bombs] is not only a testament to a life-long love of music, it also represents an indefatigable act of reportage into it."-- "Financial Times"
"A lovingly sculpted monument to the songs and sounds that made sense, even--especially--when nothing else did."-- "New Humanist"
"Vulliamy conveys the sense that music is a deeply essential part of being human. . . . This book is an ambitious exploration of the soundtrack of Vulliamy's eventful life and how much music inspired him to keep asking, 'what is going on?'"-- "Irish Times"
"Vulliamy is one of the finest British journalists of his generation, and this thought-provoking book should captivate anyone who is interested in the meaning of music--how it sounds and feels, how it inspires, soothes and nurtures, and the vital role it has played socially and politically."-- "Matthew Collin, author of Rave On, Pop Grenade, and Altered State"
"The ultra-textured, extra-personal narrative [Vulliamy] weaves together, dual parts memoir and reportage, is a series of resoundingly deep and intellectual observations from a writer and music lover's front-row seat to much of history. . . . Louder Than Bombs is a hefty read with loads of historical and cultural detail, geographical data, and stunning portraits of people experiencing life-affirming or life-changing events. As a guide, I can't think of anyone better than Vulliamy to lead us across the joyous wastelands of war, peace, and music."--Scott Elingburg "PopMatters"