mr. zilla goes to town

Saturday, November 25, 2006

military jazztice

Even Military bands, although I am a pacifist, cheer me up.
Kurt Vonnegut

Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.
Groucho Marx

As you can see, the value of military music divides some of the greatest thinkers of the modern age. Military musicians, on the other hand, are a wholly less controversial topic - especially when you can point to the example of Salah Ragab, who double-timed as a bandmaster in the army of Nasser, as well as founding the Cairo Jazz Band. You can hear a small sample of his work on the latest textureDJs podcast. Also, other ace music.


  • Apparently a real highlight in Istanbul (recommended to me several times) is the Mehter Band at the Military Museum. They'd perform to scare the Ottoman Empire's enemies - seemed to work a bit well before cannons and the like began to drown the out although I suspect there were other reason's for the Empire's decline.

    By Blogger Another Law Blogger, at 2:35 pm  

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