While writing about music may be akin to dancing about architecture (as Martin Mull once quipped) it can help sometimes to put different types of music into their historical and cultural contexts. Sound Unbound is edited by Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky). This collection takes a look at the history of the re-mix in music. How long has sampling been around? In addition to nearly three dozen essays by writers as diverse as electronics wizard Jaron Lanier, rap icon Chuck D, and futurist Bruce Sterling this book is accompanied by an eclectic mix CD of avant-garde music.
“The groundbreaking mix CD that accompanies this book features Nam Jun Paik, the Dada Movement, John Cage, Sonic Youth, and many other examples of avant-garde music. Most of the CD’s content comes from the archives of Sub Rosa, a legendary record label that has been the benchmark for archival sounds since the beginnings of electronic music.” [source]
If you’re interested in remix culture you might also want to check out Lawrence Lessig’s Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy.