About the Book
The Music of Gilbert Artman & Urban SaxThe new Eurock book tells a story about music, which became a youthful passion for me very early in life. Officially, Eurock began in 1971 as a radio program featuring Experimental European Rock. What followed was a lifelong adventure into the weird and wonderful world of musical innovation. I had no idea in the beginning that a world filled with far away artists would open up for me and some of the new friends & partners I made all around the globe would still be with me in my 68th year.A trip to Europe in 2015 took me to France. In Paris, I met some of today's most innovative creators of art and music. I saw historic places, met people and experienced a culture that opened my eyes. Outside the small places we inhabit in our daily lives, there exists people filled with a warmth of human spirit & wellspring of creativity that transcends the mindset of self-gratification and absorption present today in my homeland.Previous Eurock books have dealt extensively with the impact of music on culture, its effect and evolution. For this book, I wanted to convey what I experienced on my trip, while at the same time focusing more on a specific topic. The Music of Gilbert Artman & Urban Sax documents the creative journey and music of one of our generation's greatest artists and musical innovators Gilbert Artman.The book is not intended to be an academic history per se, but instead more like a listener's guide exploring his diversity of artistic ideas and concepts as well as chronicling the excellence of his work through its various musical incarnations.I hope it ultimately succeeds in offering readers a perspective about what constitutes a truly experimental creative process. In my mind, it certainly offers ample evidence that Gilbert has been the catalyst for some of the most incredible musical creativity in France, as well as International contemporary music history.
About the Author: In 1971, Archie Patterson earned a BA in English and Philosophy from California State University (Fresno, CA, USA). He is the possessor of a college diploma with Ronald Reagan's signature on it. After his graduation in 1971, he began his career as a freelancer creating the Eurock Radio Program on KFIG FM (1971 - 1975), in Central California. Currently his program airs on HiLoRadio.com. From 1975 to 1981, Patterson was Manager at Intergalactic Trading Co. & Greenworld Ltd. In 1981, he founded his own Indie Company, Eurock Distribution (1981 - 2009), with the goal of Importation, Promotion & Marketing of International Experimental Music. His initial focus was on German Electronic Music, known at that time under the label Krautrock. He published Eurock Magazine, the first English language Magazine on European Rock (1973 - 2000, 45 Issues). He is also the author of four books on European Rock & the Second Culture, and related topics. In 2009, he stopped running Eurock as a music distribution company and now continues it as an independent journalist and music producer. In 2013, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame invited Archie to have his print publication and music production works included in the Archives of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. A documentary film of his 45 years in music industry is now being worked on. Some of Archie Patterson's insights as a Philosopher & Cultural Historian, taken from two interviews (2009 and 2014) can be summarized as follows: Music is an Integral Part of Modern Culture Music & culture has evolved: Paradoxically, the quest for independence and more freedom has led to less of both. Today, the new technology and global economy manipulates and controls virtually everyone and everything, music included. Music in the 1960s & Today: Back then, there were far fewer people making music and quite a bit of it was of interest, some was not. Today, there is so much music; and the technology of media is so pervasive that some of the best music and art inevitably remains marginalized. As a result, a sort of cultural ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) exists now due to over-saturation by media ... There is still great music out there, however. The future (of humankind) now is dictated by technology and in the end; the planetary ecosystem will have its say, you don't mess with Mother Nature.