will ashon

Will Ashon tells, in 36 interlinked 'chambers', the story of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and how it changed the world. As unexpected and complex as the album itself, Chamber Music ranges from provocative essays to semi-comic skits, from deep scholarly analysis to satirical celebration, seeking to contextualise, reveal and honour this singularly composite work of art.

From the FBI's war on drugs to the porn theatres of 42nd street, from the history of jazz to the future of politics, Chamber Music is an explosive and revelatory new way of writing about music and culture.

He’s also the author of Strange Labyrinth (Granta, 2017) and two novels. He previously ran BIG DADA records where his artists included Roots Manuva, MF DOOM, Kate Tempest and Diplo.

 

Trwy gyfrwng 36 o ‘siambrau’ cydgysylltiedig, mae Will Ashton yn olrhain sut y gwnaeth ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’ newid y byd. Mae ei gyfrol, ‘Chamber Music’, yr un mor gymleth ac anisgwyl â’r albwm a’i hysbrydolodd; mae’n gyfres o weithiau gwahanol - o draethodau pryfoclyd i ddarnau coeg a digri, o ddadansoddiadau ysgolheigaidd dwys i ddathliadau dychanol - sy’n ceisio creu cyd-destun, bwrw golau ac anrhydeddu’r gwaith hynod ac unigryw yma.

 

O ryfel yr FBI yn erbyn cyffuriau i theatrau pornograffi 42 nd Street, o hanes jazz i ddyfodol gwleidyddiaeth, mae ‘Chamber Music’ yn defnyddio arddull sgwennu am gerddoriaeth a diwylliant sy’n ffrwydrol a dadlennol o newydd.

 

Will Ashton yw awdur y gyfrol hynod, ‘Strange Labyrinth’ (Granta 2017), ac mae wedi sgwennu dwy nofel hefyd. Yn 1997, ar y cyd â Ninja Tune, fe gychwynodd label recordiau BIG DADA a fu’n gyfrifol am ryddhau gweithiau artistiaid fel Roots Manuva, MF DOOM, Kate Tempest a Diplo.