I'm currently crowdfunding for my book, so the question that springs to mind is, how can crowdfunding authors support one another ? It would be good to create some kind of pooled resource, where…Continue
It all began with a crazy, beautiful idea : to share songs from every country in the world, and to give people something to read, as well as to listen to. At that time I was running a music blog which had picked up over 3 million hits, but this was way more ambitious than anything I had done before. While continuing to work full-time as a civil servant in Liverpool I spent five years collecting songs, and researching and writing about 200 countries. My 4 volume book series Around the World in 575 Songs was published in Autumn 2018.
This is a guide to the music and cultural history of 200 countries, packed with fascinating stories about some of those musicians who've breathed new life into dying musical traditions. As a bonus, it comes with a website, where you're never more than a couple of clicks away from listening to music from any country in the world.
This is a project that's been five years in the making. I'm the author, I live near Liverpool, and this is my first publication. I collected traditionally based music from every country in the world - from countries large and small, from Kazakhstan to Kiribati - streamed the selected songs on a website, and wrote a book based around the songs chosen.
The book has now been published in four volumes (1 Europe, 2 Africa, 3 Asia & Oceania, 4 Americas). Each volume contains an introductory section, and then one chapter for each country.
The books are aimed at anyone with a passion for exploring other cultures. Chapter by chapter, I try to demonstrate that every country is special, and worthy of attention.
"Best way to get to know our world is its songs. Song to song, story to story, musician to musician, Nick Wall’s interesting and infatuating project/book is taking us around the planet with all its diverse, colorful musical styles and cultures!" – Kristi Stassinopoulou.
"Nick Wall presents us with a thoroughly readable, well-researched and stimulating analysis of the sheer variety of music across the world. Every section stimulates the reader to explore the music on the website - and beyond. At the same time, we are encouraged to engage with the cultures, history and personalities of every single country. That's no mean feat." - Fatea Magazine