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Author Hongo, Garrett Kaoru, 1951- author.

Title The perfect sound : a memoir in stereo / Garrett Hongo.

Publication Info. New York : Pantheon Books, [2022]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  814 Hongo,G HON    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First edition.
Description 526 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Summary "Garrett Hongo's passion for audio dates back to the Empire 98 turntable his father paired with a tube amplifier in their modest tract home in L.A. in the early 60s. But his adult quest begins in the CD-changer era, as he seeks out speakers and amps beefy enough to honor the top notes of the great opera sopranos. And in recounting this search, he describes a journey of identity where meaning, fulfillment, and even liberation were often most available to him through music and its diverse delivery systems. Hongo writes about being a Hawaiian-born, Japanese kid growing up in the shadow of the shameful internment of his ancestors during World War II; about picking up music tips from kids with darker skin than his own; about being a fish out of water with his white peers. Along the way, he nerds out with visits to eccentric collectors of decades-old audio components, drinks in wisdom from blues musicians and poetic elders, and turns his ear toward the memory-rich strains of the music that has shaped him: Hawaiian steel guitar and ukulele, barbershop and the Beatles, Bach, Verdi, and Duke Ellington. And in the decades-long process of perfecting his stereo setup, Hongo also discovers his own, now celebrated voice"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents The Perfect Sound -- I Started Out on Stereo -- Tubeworld, 1 -- Tubeworld, 2 -- It's My Life -- Wandering Rocks, 1 -- The First Amplifiers -- Talking Heads and Singing Platters -- Wandering Rocks, 2 -- Among the Bohemians.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Subject Hongo, Garrett Kaoru, 1951-
Poets, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
High-fidelity sound systems.
Japanese Americans -- Biography.
ISBN 9780375425066 (hardcover)
0375425063 (hardcover)

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