Curated and put together by one of Malaysia’s finest music journalists, Adly Syairi Ramly, #ProjekBuku is the essential guide to the music scene and industry in Malaysia. Here’s a forward by Adly himself:
After so many false starts and unnecessary delays, #ProjekBuku is finally out, slightly over two years since it was first mooted.
There was a point where I was very sure that #ProjekBuku will join The Necromonicon, The Emerald Tablet or Book of Thoth – books and manuscripts that many would like to believe have existed.
It could have been, but thanks to an old friend, Irman Hilmi of The Off-Day Design, who was kind enough to offer his expertise in laying out the pages, #ProjekBuku can now join the likes of The Satanic Bible, The Skinhead Bible, Proof of Conspiracy, Occult Theocrasy, cult books that only those with an acquired taste can appreciate.
What you are holding, well, since its an e-book of sort, reading would be more appropriate I guess, is a collection of writings, musings and recollections by 69 individuals who are and were actively involved with the Malaysian music scene from as early as the mid-80s.
Big or small, in front or behind the scene, these people have contributed, and it is hoped that what being shared here will give everyone a little something of something. This book will never ever be possible without them wanting to take some time off to write. My sincerest thank you and apologies to them for the two-year delay.
Bear in mind that the writings featured here are two-years old. Some of the perspective may have changed, some information may no longer be relevant, some issues may have been resolved and so forth. However, there is one thing that I can assure you remained the same – the facts.
All the facts in this book represent bit and pieces of history, which, if was not put down on paper, will soon be forgotten.
People with opinions, and I know they are a lot of them, will question the absence of influential people who have played bigger role and contributed a whole lot more to the scene in this book. Well, since the get-go, #ProjekBuku have opened its door, to anyone and everyone who felt that they have contributed something to the scene, to be a part of it. Some was invited by me personally, but they politely declined for various valid reasons. Who knows, they might have a change of mind and will be part of #ProjekBuku#2?
Wrapping up this foreword of sorts, I’d like to bring to your attention that #ProjekBuku is without a doubt the first book that documented the story, the progress, the struggle and the beauty of this thing many of us know as Malaysian music.
Again, thank you for your time and patience.
Welcome to the world of Malaysian music.
Adly Syairi Ramly
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Here’s the full list of contributors: