The latest 33 1/3 book takes a look at one of the most influential and important albums of all time, Wendy Carlos’s Switched-On Bach.
The 33 1/3 book series is a collection of short books that offer modern perspectives on classic albums.
With 33 1/3’s Switched-On Bach, anthropologist and author Dr Roshanak Kheshti offers a cultural and musical perspective on the best-selling album.
Here’s the publisher’s summary:
So much, popular and scholarly, has been written about the synthesizer, Bob Moog and his brand-name instrument, and even Wendy Carlos, the musician who made this instrument famous. No one, however, has examined the importance of spy technology, the Cold War and Carlos’s gender to this critically important innovation.
Through a postcolonial lens of feminist science and technology studies, Roshanak Kheshti engages in a reading of Carlos’s music within this gendered context. By focusing on Switched-On Bach (the highest selling classical music recording of all time), this book explores the significance of gender to the album’s–and, as a result, the Moog synthesizer’s–phenomenal success.
The Switched-On Bach book is available now, via Amazon and other retailers.