Electronic Inspirations: Technologies of the Cold War Musical Avant-Garde, by Jennifer Iverson. New Cultural History of Music. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019. xi, 303 pp.
The final version of my review of this wonderful book was published in August 2021: Journal of the American Musicological Society 74(2):445-449, DOI: 10.1525/jams.2021.74.2.445, https://online.ucpress.edu/jams/article-abstract/74/2/445/118389/Electronic-Inspirations-Technologies-of-the-Cold?redirectedFrom=fulltext
“Iverson’s groundbreaking analysis is based on the idea that there is a pressing need to revise several persistent narratives surrounding the WDR studio, the Darmstadt Summer Courses, and the role of Karlheinz Stockhausen. This book invites us to turn our attention to a larger network of persons and institutions that fostered new music and electronic music in the postwar era.”