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Secret Carnival Workers
The Paul Haines Reader
By (author): Paul Haines Edited by: Stuart Broomer
9780978342609 Paperback, Trade English MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Jazz Jul 20, 2007
$19.95 CAD
Active 5.85 x 8.74 x 0.8 in 248 pages Coach House Books Coach House
Admired as much for his insightful jazz criticism as for his liner notes and lyrics, Paul Haines collaborated throughout his life with some of the world's most adventurous artists, including Evan Parker, Carla Bley, Derek Bailey, Roswell Rudd, John Tchicai, Alex Chilton, Robert Wyatt, Jack Bruce and Mary Margaret O'Hara. Alternately sly, humorous, cryptic and outrageous, much of Haines' writing has gone unpublished for years. Since Haines's death in 2003, his daughter, singer-songwriter Emily Haines, has endeavoured to collect his writings, many of which were known only to his circle of musician friends. Secret Carnival Workers is the first volume to bring together Haines' poems, short fiction and music journalism - influenced by jazz, Dada and the Surrealists - in all its complex and creative breadth. Including uncollected fictions, epigrammatic poems and lyrics and writings on music composed between 1955 and 2002, this book finally places a major talent under the spotlight. 'Actively associated with some of the most progressive musicians in jazz for almost thirty years, Haines's writing moves in quirky, unpredictable rhythms, with a love for sound, surprise and tart, understated humor.' - Fernando Gonzales, Boston Globe 'Since 1962 I was the honoured recipient of many wonderful letters, poems and personally composed audio tapes by Paul Haines. I saved as many of these gifts as I could but now to have the poems all in one book is a compound of wonderful.Thank you, gifted Paul.' - Michael Snow

Born in Vassar, Michigan in 1932, Paul Haines was stationed in Germany during the Korean War and later lived in Paris, New York, New Mexico and New Delhi before settling in Canada. The musicality of Haines’s writing is especially exemplified on Darn It! (American Clave, 1994). Performing Paul’s poems is an eclectic cast of musicians including British jazz improvisers Evan Parker and Derek Bailey, John Tchicai, Big Star singer Alex Chilton, Cream frontman Jack Bruce, Canadian chanteuse Mary Margaret O’Hara, Toronto visual artist/pianist Michael Snow and Plunderphonics creator John Oswald. Paul’s poems became music by Memphis genre-benders Curlew on their album A Beautiful Western Saddle , named one of the best albums of the 1990s by Downbeat Magazine . He most famously wrote the libretto for American composer Carla Bley’s 1971 double-album masterpiece Escalator Over the Hill , described as ‘a who’s who of both free jazz and rock’ in Rolling Stone magazine and ‘a monumental, Herculean work’ in the Village Voice . The Bley/Haines follow-up, Tropic Appetites (1974) was well received in jazz circles. Paul died in 2003. Stuart Broomer has written for the Globe and Mail , Toronto Life, DownBeat, Musicworks, Cadence and Signal to Noise , and has also written approximately 60 liner essays for musicians from around the world.

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