Exotica (book)  

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"Erotica and exotica are close, not just semantically, but in their promise of a life less ordinary, detached from the libido suppression of reality, responsibility, rationality and 'civilization', hitched instead to a hopeless belief in the free physicality of primitivism." --p.77

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Exotica: Fabricated Soundscapes in a Real World is a book by David Toop first published in on May 20, 1999.

From Serpent's Tail, the publisher[1]:

Merging anecdote and biography, autobiography and interviews, fact and fiction and a characteristically eclectic selection of music, David Toop spirals us through the 20th century’s guilty fascination with exotica.
Notions of the exotic have long inspired musicians across the musical spectrum, from classical to ‘easy listening’ to rap - from Stravinsky to the Boo-Yah T.R.I.B.E. Exotica takes a look at some of the world’s most witty, experimental and adventurous sound recordings while taking in the work of Les Baxter, the meaning of Carmen Miranda, leopard skin leotards, pink fluffy cubicles, elevator music, and more...
Painstakingly researched and brilliantly insightful, Exotica includes interviews with Burt Bacharach, Ornette Coleman, Bill Laswell, YMO’s Haroumi Hosono, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and The Boo-Yah Tribe.


'To put it starkly, Toop knows far more, about a far broader range of music, than any other critic' New Statesman

'Brave in ambition and scope, exciting in execution… The result is a book that, like no other, encompasses the way people hear and produce music today' Jon Savage in Mojo

'Erudite and entertaining…including one of the most fascinating, eclectic discographies ever to make it into print' Wired

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