Ian Brennan

Ian Brennan

Ian Brennan is a Grammy-winning music producer who has produced three other Grammy-nominated albums. He is the author of four books and has worked with the likes of filmmaker John Waters, Merle Haggard, and Green Day, among others. His work with international artists such as the Zomba Prison Project, Tanzania Albinism Collective, and Khmer Rouge Survivors, has been featured on the front page of the New York Times and on an Emmy-winning 60 Minutes segment with Anderson Cooper reporting. Since 1993 he has taught violence prevention and conflict resolution around the world for such prestigious organizations as the Smithsonian, New York’s New School, Berklee College of Music, the University of London, the University of California–Berkeley, and the Accademia Nazionale delle Scienze (Rome).

Muse-Sick: a music manifesto in fifty-nine notes

SKU: 9781629639093
Author: Ian Brennan • Foreword by John Waters
Series: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629639093
Published: 10/19/2021
Format: Paperback
Size: 5×8
Pages: 128
Subjects: Music / History & Criticism / Philosophy & Social Aspects


“Ian Brennan‘s Muse-Sick is a passionate, thought-provoking chronicle of traveling beyond the mainstream to listen to unheard music created by the unsung.”
—Maureen Mahon, NYU, author of Right to Rock: The Black Rock Coalition and the Cultural Politics of Race and Black Diamond Queens

“We can never hear enough of the fresh, conscientious perspective of Ian Brennan. His words gives voice to people who have been silenced.”
—Booker T. Jones, frontman of Booker T. and the M.G.’s and winner of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

“By all means keep this book by your bedside.”

“Brennan is unflinching in his criticism of the commercial music industry.”
The Australian, weekend special-edition

“Think Alan Lomax meets Steve Albini with a megaphone.”
Record Collector

“It’s not often that you read a book that changes the way you listen to music. . . . If you only read one book about music this year, I strongly recommend that you make it this one.”
Hi-Fi Choice

Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth

Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth

SKU: 9781629637037
Author: Ian Brennan • Foreword by Tunde Adebimpe
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629637037
Published: 9/2019
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Size: 6 x 9
Page count: 256
Subjects: Music/Memoir


“An interesting and important project.”
—Noam Chomsky

“Shocking! I didn’t think it was possible to write a shocking book about music anymore. This is the most radical music book I’ve read in years.”
—John Waters

“There is hope. Thanks to Ian Brennan for shining a light.”
—Bill Frisell

“Every page of Silenced by Sound is like listening to a fresh, bracing, previously unknown kind of music for the very first time.”
—David Harrington, Kronos Quartet

“Brennan presents a hefty, bracing tome . . .”

“. . . full of wisdom from someone who cares deeply about the power of real music.”

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