"Jean-Jacques Perrey is a true musical pioneer, who took electronic music out of the world of avant-garde, and created music that puts a smile on the face of anyone who hears it!" - Robbie Baldock, radio host - www.projectmoonbase.com
Seattle, WA (PRWEB) December 1, 2010
"Passport To The Future: The Amazing Life and Music of Electronic Pop Music Pioneer Jean-Jacques Perrey" by Dana Countryman
Published by Sterling Swan Press
$19.95 US, Softbound
312 pages, 281 photos, 6" X 9"
Available on Amazon.com, and in bookstores
"Passport To The Future: The Amazing Life and Music of Electronic Pop Music Pioneer Jean-Jacques Perrey" by Dana Countryman has just been published by Sterling Swan Press. The 312-page biography documents the life of a French musician, who is considered a pioneer of electronic music.
The name "Jean-Jacques Perrey" might not seem familiar, but his music has been everywhere: on commercials, in cartoons, and Top 40 hits. It's been sampled by over 70 hip-hop artists including Ice T, Dr. Dre and A Tribe Named Quest. Even the Beatles sampled his music.
Just this year, his music was recently used in an episode of "South Park", and in a television commercial for NFL Fantasy Football. For nearly 40 years his "Baroque Hoedown" tune (co-created with Gershon Kingsley) has been featured in Disneyland's much-loved "Main Street Electrical Parade."
Dana Countryman's new biography chronicles Perrey's musical transformation from being just another young accordion player in France, to eventually becoming one of the very first to create electronic pop music. In the '60s, Perrey recorded four albums for Vanguard Records, which are now considered electronic pop masterpieces. Long before computers and digital technology, Perrey devised an his own ingenious method of "sampling and sequencing."
When Perrey recorded "Flight of the Bumblebee," he didn't just do it the usual way. His version was created by recording the sounds of live bumblebees to create the frenetic classical theme. Using nothing but a simple razor blade and Scotch tape, Perrey cut the recorded bee sounds into hundreds of pieces. He then hand-spliced each bit of tape into a carefully planned sequence, with the classic melody being "sung" by hundreds of buzzing bees! This feat took over 72 hours for Perrey to assemble just the melody line. The effect was (and still is) astonishing.
"Passport to the Future" documents Perrey's life, and tells about Perrey's musical adventures, including his rubbing shoulders with famous artists, such as Salvador Dali, Les Paul, Walt Disney, Alfred Hitchcock, Leonard Bernstein, Ray Bradbury and many more. Much later in Perrey's life, when other musicians his age had retired, Perrey found his career reborn at age 67, and he suddenly became in great demand for lectures and concerts. Amazingly, at age 68, Perrey (paired up with Fatboy Slim) had a Number One hit record with his tune "E.V.A." Today, at age 82, Perrey is still creating his unique brand of electro-pop, and just released "Froots," his 23rd album.
"Passport To The Future: The Amazing Life and Music of Electronic Pop Music Pioneer Jean-Jacques Perrey" by Dana Countryman is available on Amazon.com, and in finer bookstores.
Visit the dedicated book web site for more info, including hi-res photos, book excerpts, and a link to purchase the book online: http://passport-to-the-future.com/
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