Pretending to be the sole creator of any substantial creative endeavor is simply a lie. link
I admire the writer for allowing the text to stand on its own, unburdened by metatext.
However, he highlights a lot more reasons for including them. The quote at the top of this page, which I entirely agree with, being the most important one. My first book was printed last Thursday. I should receive it this week. I based my own acknowledgements on the liner notes that you often found included with old LPs. It felt a little indulgent, but I’m glad I did it for these reasons:
- Liner notes were brilliant. They should never have died out. I’m glad to read that the Japanese still produce them. I think books should have them too. Same goes for colophons.
- It’s my first book. I’m allowed to indulge myself and those who helped me. I will write more books, but you only get one chance to write a first book.
- It was only during the final editing stages that I realised there is a musical theme running through the book. I simply had not seen it before. The liner notes were produced before I saw that. They fit the book.
- Like David Shenk, I like reading acknowledgements in other books.
(liner notes) enhance the record, adding another layer of meaning. An insight to the process and to the personal life of the artist. Or, if not the personal life, than the contrived life. The super-cool posed-to-look-candid shots, the pencil-scrawled lyrics, sometimes an artfully-scanned in coffee cup ring. link