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Red Bull Music Academy Releases First Coffee Table Book: For The Record

November 25, 2013


-- Conversations With People Who Have Shaped The Way We Listen To Music -- SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Red Bull Music Academy announces the release of For The Record, a new coffee table book featuring a collection of conversations between 36 of music's true masterminds, including Erykah Badu, Nile Rodgers, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Sly & Robbie, Paul Riser and many more. Published in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Red Bull Music Academy, the book delves into some of the most relevant topics in music today, each one visually interpreted with stunning original designs by Chris Rehberger's Double Standards agency. For The Record goes on sale today in the U.S. for $39.95 in specialty bookstores, music shops and in the Gestalten online shop.



Many of the inspiring artists featured in For The Record are well known in the Academy world, whether as guest lecturers, alumni or team members. The topics they speak about are broad, ranging from the enduring influence of African rhythm, to the process behind making tomorrow's anthems, to how to avoid becoming an analogue snob. These artists represent various genres and generations who've influenced the way we listen to music.

Included in the book are conversations between:

-- Nile Rodgers and Martyn Ware, two musical legends involved in creating some of the biggest tunes for acts such as Chic, Daft Punk, David Bowie, Madonna and The Human League. -- Erykah Badu, one of America's defining voices, shares career advice and psychedelic wisdom with up-and-coming New York rap duo The Underachievers. -- DJ Harvey and Ben UFO, DJs of two different generations, talk about the uncertain future of selecting records for a living. -- Jamaican visionary Lee 'Scratch' Perry is paired with UK dub producer Adrian Sherwood. Those familiar with Perry's unique worldview will not be disappointed by this surprising and funny conversation.

The 36 artists featured in For The Record are Erykah Badu, Joao Barbosa and Kalaf Angelo of Buraka Som Sistema, Mulatu Astatke, Nile Rodgers, Cosey Fanni Tutti, The Underachievers, Just Blaze, Paul Riser, Patrick Adams, Metro Area, Moritz von Oswald, Carsten Nicolai, Benny Ill, Arian Sherwood, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Matias Aguayo, Sly & Robbie, Ben UFO, Uwe Schmidt, DJ Harvey, Nik Void, Modeselektor, Mykki Blanco, Bernard Purdie, Martyn Ware, Kerri Chandler, Jaki Liebezeit of Can, Olaf Bender, Robert Henke, Gareth Jones, and Tom Oberheim.


Red Bull Music Academy began 15 years ago in a warehouse in east Berlin and has gone on to take its infamous complement of music workshops and festivals around the world. Likewise, there's no corner of the sonic universe that the Academy's lecture sessions have left unexplored. For The Record delves into this tradition of discussion, argument and collaboration. Released in time for the holidays the book makes a great gift for music aficionados and casual enthusiasts alike.

An exclusive selection of outtakes, extra interviews with music makers as well as a special video feature on the book's design, are available at both and

A celebrated group of respected music journalists contributed essays in For The Record include David Katz, Philip Sherburne, Sheryl Garratt, Jeff Mao, David Stubbs, Peter Kirn, Richard Gehr, Lee Smith, Melissa Bradshaw, Derek Miller, Anthony Obst, Rich Juzwiak, Ruth Saxelby, Lloyd Bradley, Gerd Janson, Bill Brewster, John Doran, Drew Daniel, Joe Muggs, Jordan Rothlein, Will Lynch, Marc Weidenbaum, Rachel Devitt, Jeff Mao, Andrew Mason, Paul McGee, Alfred Soto, Simon Price, Phillip Mlynar, Marisa Aveling.

Learn more about the Red Bull Music Academy book, films, alumni, workshops, radio station, festival stages and events through the following digital and social media channels.

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THE ROOTS OF EVERYTHING Joao Barbosa x Kalaf Angelo x Mulatu Astatke Two members of Buraka Som Sistema talk Africa with the founder of Ethio-jazz.

BEAT IT Bernard Purdie x Jaki Liebezeit The most sampled drummer in history meets the most repetitive drummer in history.

HOW TO WRITE A HIT WITHOUT REALLY TRYING Martyn Ware x Nile Rodgers The Chic frontman and Heaven 17 mastermind compare

PRODUCER PSYCHOLOGY 101 Kerri Chandler x Patrick Adams Studio insights from the soulful worlds of boogie, disco and house.

CONSTRUCTION TIME AGAIN - AND AGAIN Gareth Jones x Metro Area Depeche Mode's go-to studio hand syncs up with a couple of NYC perfectionists.

CONCEPTUALIZING MUSIC AND IDENTITY Carsten Nicolai x Olaf Bender x Uwe Schmidt Three avant-garde Germans unveil the blueprints to work and life.

BASS TECHNOLOGY Benny Ill x Moritz Von Oswald The Horsepower Productions don goes deep into the bins with dub techno aristocracy.

UPSET THE RHYTHM Adrian Sherwood x Lee 'Scratch' Perry A Jamaican dub originator and an Englishman whose life was changed by the echo chamber.

RHYTHM IS RHYTHM Matias Aguayo x Sly & Robbie A Chilean-born German producer and two Jamaican session masters find common ground.

ADISCISADISCISADISC Ben UFO x DJ Harvey A pair of UK spinners who know that the dancefloor never lies.

LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU Cosey Fanni Tutti x Nik Void Two generations of confrontational British music on giving the audience what it wants.

OF PUNK, PERFORMANCE AND PERMS Modeselektor x Mykki Blanco A genre-blending electronic duo chats with a gender-bending MC.

NEW PURPLE AMERYKAH Erykah Badu x The Underachievers The queen of 21st century soul sits down with Brooklyn's new breed.

SAMPLE THIS Just Blaze x Paul Riser The Roc-A-Fella architect swaps stories with the conductor of the Motown hit factory.

INSTRUMENTS AND INTERFACES Robert Henke x Tom Oberheim Two tech pioneers who have devoted their careers to the future of music production.

SOURCE Red Bull Music Academy

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