ABOUT THE BOOK
The Noise Beneath the Apple® is a limited-edition, 200-page deluxe collector's edition art-style book full of high quality photographs and intimate stories from 35 groundbreaking musicians in New York City's underground music scene. The first 15 pages provide a historical and cultural context for busking. The Noise Beneath the Apple® also comes with a very special eleven track vinyl record, which features the original music of a select number of participants. The audio component was mastered by Academy Award winning mastering engineer Reuben Cohen. Only 250 copies of this groundbreaking work were printed.
Over three years ago author Heather Jacks set out on a grassroots effort to bring attention to and celebrate the busking musicians in NYC and around the globe. This project began as a series of interviews and profiles that appeared in various music and culture e-zines around the country. Jacks was moved by the stories and the people who shared this public space. With stories from NYC representing the entire globe, she soon realized that we don't live in a small world but a large room. "As indigenous to New York City as subways, Central Park and the Statue of Liberty, those tireless performers known as buskers have become the unsung heroes of the city's underground music scene," said Lee Zimmerman, of No Depression ("Lee's Listening Stack") in advance praise of the book. "The Noise Beneath The Apple® finally gives these dedicated artists their due, turning the spotlight on a talented group of individuals usually hidden in the shadows, both literally and figuratively. For anyone interested in discovering the sounds that encompass the true heart and soul of the city, this is nothing less than an essential archival collection." A percentage of proceeds from the book and recording will go towards The Noise Beneath The Apple®'s arts and journalism scholarship at Brooklyn College.
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Heather Jacks was raised on an Indian reservation in southeastern Oregon, until age fifteen. Jacks was the first 'experimental exchange student' to Australia with an organization called YFU, Youth for Understanding, where she spent 10.5 months in 1982. Once she returned, she received her B.A. from USF and followed that with two years of study at UC Davis. She has worked in the music industry in various capacities, since the eighties; radio, production, A&R, booking and most recently as a music journalist. Heather has recently completed a multi-media project, inspired by her love for street music, busking and the people who make it.
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