Music

Django
Django Reinhardt was arguably the greatest guitarist who ever lived, an important influence on Les Paul, Charlie Christian, B.B. King, Jerry Garcia, Chet Atkins, and many others. Yet there is no major biography of Reinhardt. Now, in Django,...

18.08.2014

A Soprano on Her Head
This is a book that was repeatedly recommended to me by teachers and colleagues back in the conservatory days. I finally bought it in Aspen in 2003, but never read it until now, and boy do I regret that. Though I'm not sure I would have gotten...

04.03.2017

Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock 'n' Roll Group
“Proscriptive how-to advice ranges over a wide number of subjects (e.g., sex, band photos, etc.) and can be seen both as skewering the cultural idolatry associated with rock and as genuine counsel. Verdict: Svenonius’s sociopolitical analysis of...

03.04.2014

The Rock Cries Out
Steve Stockman essays the music of 13 artists who have never made any kind of Christian profession but whose work is under girded with issues, questions and solutions that seem to be very much biblical. From The Beatles to Springsteen to Marley to...

04.03.2016

Rock Lives
Very interesting collection of articles about the movers and shakers of popular music. The range of artists is impressive, from Professor Longhair and Elvis Presley to Jimmy Page and Bryan Ferry. White uses narrative, fact listing and interviews...

02.04.2016

The Eagles
“Take It Easy.” “Lyin' Eyes.” “One of These Nights.” “Hotel California.” These songs are among the most memorable ever written, and they all came from one amazing band: the Eagles. This gorgeous volume traces the history of the group from the late...

25.12.2014

One Step Closer
U2 is widely hailed as the greatest rock and roll band in the world, and lead singer Bono is often seen in the media touting humanitarian goals. Now Christian Scharen provides a thoughtful look at the driving force behind the band. Bono and...

08.03.2017

The Doors
This book consists of magazine and newspaper articles, interviews, record reviews, excerpts from books, and other material related to the history of The Doors, to whose memory it is dedicated.This book consists of magazine and newspaper articles,...

01.07.2014

That Close
Suggs is one of pop music’s most enduring and likeable figures. Written with the assured style and wit of a natural raconteur, this hugely entertaining and insightful autobiography takes you from his colourful early life on a North London council...

06.08.2017

Deep in a Dream
The wild ride of the most romanticized icon in jazz is thrillingly recounted in this first major biography.From his emergence in the 1950s—when an uncannily beautiful young man from Oklahoma appeared on the West Coast to become, seemingly...

27.06.2013

Buried Notes (Brothers of Rock, #4)
Book four in the Brothers of Rock series - BURIED NOTESFinally exposing a secret to his band after years of hiding, Chasing Cross bassist, Chris, confesses that some years ago, during a wild night, he ended up marrying someone. It was...

27.07.2014

Tori Amos
Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. She is married to English sound engineer Mark Hawley. Together they have one child, Natashya "Tash" Lórien Hawley, born on September 5, 2000.Amos was at the...

05.06.2016

All Across The Telegraph
Michael Gray is a critic, writer, public speaker & broadcaster recognised as a world authority on the work of Bob Dylan, and as an expert on rock’n’roll history. He also has a special interest in pre-war blues, and in travel.He grew up...

26.07.2013

Pilgrimage to Dollywood
A star par excellence, Dolly Parton is one of country music’s most likable personalities. Even a hard-rocking punk or orchestral aesthete can’t help cracking a smile or singing along with songs like “Jolene” and “9 to 5.” More than a mere singer or...

19.06.2015

Performing Rites
Who's better? Billie Holiday or P. J. Harvey? Blur or Oasis? Dylan or Keats? And how many friendships have ridden on the answer? Such questions aren't merely the stuff of fanzines and idle talk; they inform our most passionate arguments, distill...

03.06.2015

The Art of Accompaniment from a Thorough-Bass
A solid grounding in musical techniques of the 17th and 18th centuries is essential to a complete understanding of Baroque music. As scholar Denis Stevens says in his introduction to this work, "Full enjoyment will come only when the soloist learns...

05.01.2013

The Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology - Volume 1
(Vocal Collection). 39 songs, including: Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend * Don't Cry For Me Argentina * I Ain't Down Yet * Losing My Mind * Memory * Send in the Clowns * and many more.

23.07.2017

The People's Songs
These are the songs that have been listened to, laughed to, loved to, and labored to, as well as downed tools and danced to. Covering the last seven decades, Stuart Maconie looks at the songs that have been the soundtracks for changing times, and...

19.08.2015

Sound of the Beast
The definitive history of the first 30 years of heavy metal, containing over 100 interviews with members of Black Sabbath, Metallica, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, Slipknot, Kiss, Megadeth, Public Enemy, Napalm Death, and more.More than 30...

21.11.2017

Why Mahler?
Although Gustav Mahler was a famous conductor in Vienna and New York, the music that he wrote was condemned during his lifetime and for many years after his death in 1911. “Pages of dreary emptiness,” sniffed a leading American conductor. Yet today,...

29.01.2016

Torn Apart
Lately, I am all things Joy Division. Queue the Miriam Collection Joy Division DVD I just purchased (which I would also highly recommend). I read reviews that this particular book about Ian Curtis is a difficult read as the authors jump around quite...

19.07.2017

Blue Oyster Cult
Blue Oyster Cult: Secrets Revealed! This 200-page book is not a biography as such, but a biography of the band's albums, a canon of work Martin calls one of the finest in rock, and truly superlative on the lyrical front. The book examines the...

15.11.2013

Chasing the Dragon
He had it all—the heroin chic thing before it was chic, the scars, the swagger, an incredible stage presence. He was a really intelligent, funny, talented man who enjoyed life and thought it was there to be enjoyed. He chose to take big bites. After...

24.02.2016

Finding the Music
When Reyna accidentally breaks Abuelito's vihuela a small guitar-like instrument she ventures out into the neighborhood determined to find someone who can help her repair it. No one can fix the vihuela, but along the way Reyna gathers stories and...

06.07.2014

The Ballad Mongers
For anyone interested in the folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, this is essential reading, because it goes into the roots of that time, and behind the scenes in many ways.Oscar Brand was part of that movement, but never became a...

13.01.2018

No Depression #78
For most of its thirteen-year history as a beloved and decorated music magazine, No Depression sought to be an instrument of change: to draw attention to the deep well of American musical traditions; to shine a light on performers whose gifts far...

25.11.2017

Alma Rose Vienna to Auschwitz
(Amadeus). Alma Rose's tragic story, from her birth and youth in the exalted musical circles of Vienna (her father was leader of the Vienna Philharmonic, her uncle was Gustav Mahler) to her death at Auschwitz, first came to public attention through...

20.04.2017

Aaron Copland's America
This engaging look at a great American composer documents his fascination with folk and popular culture, native arts, jazz, cinema, and how his search for an American national art gave form to his music. Also explored are Copetand's friendships with...

17.02.2016

Metallica
First comprehensive biography of the California-based group. Tells the start-to-finish story of the most popular metal group in the world. Now fully updated.

18.11.2014

Mr. Mojo Risin'
there were these great lines it...imagining what life would be like if Jim were still with us: " ...A sixties oldies show in Las Vegas with Jim stuffed into those leather pants, still falling down drunk, lurching off into the stage. Promoters in the...

03.04.2017

Footprints
Saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter has not only left his footprints on our musical terrain, he has created a body of work that is a monument to artistic imagination. Throughout Shorter's extraordinary fifty-year career, his compositions have...

18.12.2017

The Stones
The Stones: A History in Cartoons combines previously unpublished entries from Bill Wyman's personal diaries with cartoons by some of the greatest satirical artists of the last 40 years. Over more than four decades, The...

22.07.2016

The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics
Originally published in 1969 in two volumes, this collection is issued for the first time in hardback. For those unfamiliar with previous editions, the book is a compilation of 206 Beatles lyrics as illustrated both by fans and by internationally...

14.12.2017

Willie Nelson
Features extensive interviews with Willie Nelson and his fellow country music legends - such as Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris and many more. Chronicles his history as the recording artist who sparked a "new" country revolution.

13.01.2017

The Cambridge Companion to Brahms
This Companion gives a comprehensive view of the German composer Johannes Brahms (1833-97). Twelve chapters by leading scholars and musicians provide systematic coverage of the composer's life and works. Their essays represent the latest research...

06.10.2012

Early Music
From Gregorian chant to Bach's Brandenburg Concerti, the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods is both beautiful and intriguing, expanding our horizons as it nourishes our souls. In this Very Short Introduction, Thomas Forrest...

17.01.2017

Beethoven
I am obsessed with Beethoven for reasons I don't fully understand. I'm not musically inclined and I didn't develop a love for classical music until later in life. But Beethoven's music moves me deeply and I decided I had to know the man behind it....

13.10.2015

On Celestial Music
Rick Moody has been writing about music as long as he has been writing, and this book provides an ample selection from that output. His anatomy of the word cool reminds us that, in the postwar 40s, it was infused with the feeling of jazz...

25.01.2017

Motown
In 1959, twenty-nine-year-old Berry Gordy, who had already given up on his dream to be a champion boxer, borrowed eight hundred dollars from his family and started a record company. A run-down bungalow sandwiched between a funeral home and a beauty...

04.10.2015

Great Masters
Robert M. Greenberg is an American composer, pianist and musicologist. He has composed more than 50 works for a variety of instruments and voices, and has recorded a number of lecture series on music history and music appreciation for The Teaching...

04.12.2013

Messiaen
The French composer Olivier Messiaen (1908–92) is a musician about whom most remains to be discovered. More than a decade after his death our knowledge of Messiaen is largely conditioned by what he said about himself in lectures and interviews, in...

25.05.2014

Art and Music of John Lennon
A portrait of John Lennon containing a complete catalogue and history of all his work as a musician, writer and artist.

02.04.2014

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
"Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream..."  The popular song beloved by generations of families with young children is now an exciting adventure story.  As two children row their boat downstream, it stops at a magical island,...

18.11.2012

This Rimy River
Vaughan Oliver is one of the most powerful and explosive graphic designers of his time. This Rimy River is a catalog of an exhibition held at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles in 1994. Long out of print, it has been sought after by designers...

06.03.2014

Definitive Biography of P.D.Q. Bach
What little-known son of a famous genius has been called:"A musical blight""A one-man plague""History's most justifiably neglected composer""The worst musician ever to trod organ pedals" "A pimple on the face...

21.02.2014

Don't Try This at Home
I read this one in a day because I simply couldnt put it down. I guess there was some kind of morbid fascination in it for me as I have always wondered what it would be like if I just "let it all go" for a while and give in to excess...whether I...

09.11.2015

Tune In (The Beatles: All These Years, #1)
Tune In is the first volume of All These Years—a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews...

07.12.2017

Opera
An illuminating introduction to this rich art form, the book and accompanying CD guide the reader through every aspect of the opera experience. The package includes arias from some of the world's best-known operas, including Don Giovanni, Rigoletto,...

25.03.2015

The Leaves Are Falling One by One
I grew up in Queens, NY in the 1950s with my “baby” sister, Lois. She is now a wonderful writer of young adult novels and nonfiction. My mother was born in Vienna, Austria, and my father came from Brooklyn – an interesting match! My best friends...

25.12.2012

M is for Melody
Illustrated by Katherine LarsonFrom the oom pah pah of the brass section to the tickle and tease of the keyboard ivories, "M is for Melody" gives a music lesson in alphabet form. Instruments, composers, terms, and even musical styles are examined...

26.12.2017

Vampire Vultures
A wide range of memoir-like pieces, including interviews, letters, and verse, makes this collection a fitting companion to Fahey's How Bluegrass Music Destroyed My Life. Published posthumously, this volume rounds out the life of the...

20.07.2014

I Have a Song to Sing, O!
Of special appeal to young people, 16 songs from eight of Gilbert and Sullivan's wonderfully spirited and amusing operettas are collected here. Splendid piano arrangements by Brian Holmes underscore the bright comic paintings to perfectly capture...

15.02.2014

Gloria
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, nicknamed il Prete Rosso ("The Red Priest") because of his red hair, was an Italian Baroque composer, priest, and virtuoso violinist, born in Venice. Recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, his influence during...

08.11.2016

Piano Recital Book Level 6 (Alfred's Basic Piano Library)
The Recital Books congratulate students for a job well done by providing correlated repertoire to their Lesson Books that are based on concepts they've already learned. As a result, the pieces are quickly mastered. Recital Book Complete Level 2...

11.01.2017

Sweat
"Joe Bonomo has written a fine book: a book not only about a band or times passed, but also about the rare virtue of endurance."—Nick Tosches, author of Hellfire: The Jerry Lee Lewis StoryMay of 2006 marked the Fleshtones' 30th...

06.06.2016

Country
Celebrating the dark origins of our most American music, Country reveals a wild shadowland of history that encompasses blackface minstrels and yodeling cowboys; honky-tonk hell and rockabilly heaven; medieval myth and musical miscegenation;...

18.08.2013

Lobotomy
Lobotomy is a lurid and unlikely temperance tract from the underbelly of rock 'n' roll. Taking readers on a wild rollercoaster ride from his crazy childhood in Berlin and Munich to his lonely methadone-soaked stay at a cheap hotel in Earl's Court...

25.03.2017

Ronnie
Ronnie Wood's autobiography...well, almost auto, with the help of two assistants named as Jack Macdonald and Jeffrey Robinson. 'Ronnie' was published in 2007, so it's final chapter 'Where is this boy now?' requires some update, but then rolling...

24.02.2018

Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell
(Book). First-ever look at the intertwining, outrageous lives of three rock legends. When Lou Reed and Iggy Pop first met David Bowie in the fall of 1971, Bowie was just another English musician passing through New York City. Lou was still...

23.10.2017

Treatise on Instrumentation
The most influential work of its kind ever written, appraising the musical qualities and potential of over 60 commonly used stringed, wind, and percussion instruments. Includes 150 full-score musical examples from works by Berlioz, Mozart,...

06.05.2015

Unleashed
with this book I was hoping something that the band would be involved with, but that's not the case. rearranging stuff from various sources really doesn't give enough depth. book probably deserves only two stars but for my love of Tool I'll add one...

27.04.2013

Three Classics in the Aesthetic of Music
One of the joys of reading about aesthetics, in particular as the field applies to music, is that there is such a variance of thought about what is beautiful. For all three of the authors included in this collection, beauty is not solely defined by...

09.05.2017

The Compleat Brahms
For all those eager to delve more deeply into Brahms's music, The Compleat Brahms is an indispensable companion. In a single volume that covers every work written by Brahms, leading scholars from across the country provide details of each...

07.02.2016

We Got the Neutron Bomb
Taking us back to late ’70s and early ’80s Hollywood—pre-crack, pre-AIDS, pre-Reagan—We Got the Neutron Bomb re-creates word for word the rage, intensity, and anarchic glory of the Los Angeles punk scene, straight from the mouths of...

01.09.2015

The Walrus and the Elephants
“Lennon is one of the most documented individuals in modern culture, yet never before has this early New York period of his history been examined with greater depth and clarity.”–Lee Ranaldo, co-founder of Sonic YouthIn late 1971 John Lennon...

26.06.2015

If You Can't Be Free, Be a Mystery
More than four decades after her death, Billie Holiday remains one of the most gifted artists of our time–and also one of the most elusive. Because of who she was and how she chose to live her life, Lady Day has been the subject of both intense...

09.10.2012

Yellow Submarine
A whole new generation will be climbing aboard this sunny, psychedelic storybook, while nostalgic Beatles fans of all ages will be clamoring for a ticket to ride.Once upon a time (or maybe twice), some 80,000 leagues beneath...

18.07.2017

Death of a Rock Star (The Boy in the Band, #0.5)
This book is intended for a mature audience 18+ It contains strong language, sex and references to drug use.“Troubled rock star Jamie Grimes was found dead at his London home earlier today.” So there you have it. Jamie...

08.11.2017

Demi Lovato
Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato (born August 20, 1992) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is best known for her role as Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel Original Movie Camp Rock and Sonny Monroe in Sonny With A Chance. Besides...

13.09.2013

Where Have All the Flowers Gone
Peter Seeger, better known as Pete Seeger, was a folk singer, political activist, and a key figure in the mid-20th century American folk music revival. As a member of the Weavers, he had a string of hits, including a 1949 recording of Leadbelly's...

18.11.2012

The Definitive Bob Dylan Songbook
(Music Sales America). The complete songbook from the greatest singer/songwriter of all time! Now with every song together in one giant volume, the ultimate Dylan songbook features over 329 tunes including all of his greatest hits as well as his...

03.07.2013

United States
Laurie Anderson... Yes. Now married to Lou Reed. I mean, that is itself a recommendation...Laurie Anderson's performance and spoken-word pieces have been stunningly, perplexingly brilliant for the last...oh, 30 years....

04.04.2015

Music
This author is not afraid to tackle difficult subjects: living with a deaf parent (Of Sound Mind), facing the consequences of a criminal act (Bad), or questioning one's sexuality (Eight Seconds). But Jean Ferris is also adept at writing comedy,...

04.11.2015

Beginning Songwriter's Answer Book
I'm a beginning songwriter, so I was very interested when I found this book. I had already picked up Zollo's "Songwriters on Songwriting," so I knew he had some musical chops.I have a lot of recent performance experience, but my last music...

28.05.2013

The Merciless Book of Metal Lists
The Merciless Book of Metal Lists is an irreverent and illustrated compendium of the most random, funny, and challenging information about Heavy Metal from the last 40 years. You want to know which Metal albums “jumped the shark”?...

24.02.2016

Joe Satriani
Joe Satriani's guitar skills are beyond compare. Simply looking at the sheet music or tablature of his tracks won't always help you to master the tricky parts (which is most of them!). That's where this book comes in, divulging Joe's tricks of the...

08.09.2013

The Four Seasons
Vivaldi's violin concertos called "The Four Seasons" are among the best-known and most-loved collections of string music. Their programmatic nature, based on the lines of sonnets printed along with the music, brings seasonal sights and sounds...

03.10.2012

Of Minnie the Moocher & Me
From dust jacket notes: "From the back streets of Baltimore where he hustled as a kid, through the jazz clubs of Chicago in the raw and roaring twenties, to the Cotton Club, Hollywood, Paris, and beyond, here in his own words is the story of Cab...

29.07.2016

Music in the Early Twentieth Century
The universally acclaimed and award-winning Oxford History of Western Music is the eminent musicologist Richard Taruskin's provocative, erudite telling of the story of Western music from its earliest days to the present. Each book in this...

31.10.2016

The Cambridge Companion to the Orchestra
This guide to the orchestra and orchestral life combines orchestral repertory history with critical thought. It includes topics such as the art of orchestration, scorereading, conducting, international orchestras, recording, and becoming an...

03.12.2012

On Music and Musicians
Edited by Konraad WolffTranslated by Paul RosenfeldWith twenty black-and-white illustrationsSchumann’s literary gifts and interests almost equaled his musical ones.  From boyhood on he was drawn to literary...

16.02.2017

Letters of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Five stars, because anything less would be unfair. This is a collection of letters to and from Mozart. For me to read a dead mans personal letters to friends and family and to then say, "well, I guess I was entertained, maybe I'll read another...

02.03.2017

Future Days
West Germany following the Second World War was a country in shock: estranged from its recent history, and adrift from the rest of Europe. But this disorientating landscape proved fertile ground for a generation of musicians who, from the 1960s...

10.09.2014

The Last Holiday
“Dr. Martin Luther King had a dream. And Stevie Wonder had a dream. This is a book about dreams.”In the Fall of 1980, Gil Scott-Heron was invited by Stevie Wonder to join him on a forty-one city tour across America that would end in...

21.06.2014

Pet Shop Boys
A visual feast of art, music, and design for devoted fans of the Pet Shop Boys and for anyone interested in popular culture. The Pet Shop Boys are one of the most influential pop acts ever. With number-one singles such as "West End girls," "It's...

05.07.2015

Only the Good Die Young
Crappy writing but interesting stories. A little dated as it was written in 1983 and a bunch more celebs have died since then

16.09.2015

The Beatles Album
An encyclopedic visual history of the Beatles' recording career, including never-before-seen photographs from the band's early days. The author's collection of Beatles recordings memorabilia, one of the world's largest, contains over 1,500 rare or...

16.09.2015

Music, the Arts, and Ideas
Meyer makes a valuable statement on aesthetics, criteria for assessing great works of music, compositional practices and theories of the present day, and predictions of the future of Western culture. His postlude, written for the book's twenty-fifth...

14.03.2015

Ruminations [With CD]
KRS-One, a.k.a. Kris Parker, is undoubtedly one of the most important and influential pioneers of hip-hop, and his ascent from homeless street kid to rap revolutionary to acclaimed lecturer and intellectual is the stuff of legend. In Ruminations,...

16.08.2015

Nineteenth-Century Romanticism in Music
In my opinion Longyear gives Chopin short shrift (7 pages out of 367), and Chopin seems oddly situated in the chapter on Italian and French Romanticism (yes, he did most of his composing in France, but still...). I suspect Longyear thinks Chopin is...

24.04.2014

The New Grove Haydn
The eagerly awaited publication of the second edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians will be a major event in the world of music in the year 2000. Grove is the name for music information on an international scale, instantly...

24.07.2014

Sounds and Scores
A practical guide to professional orchestration featuring recorded musical examples performed by Henry Mancini. Included in the book are sections on the woodwinds, brass, the rhythm section and the string section. A recording is included to follow...

02.08.2017

Tearing Down the Wall of Sound
He had a number one hit at eighteen. He was a millionaire with his own record label at twenty-two. He was, according to Tom Wolfe, “the first tycoon of teen.” Phil Spector owned pop music. From the Crystals, the Ronettes (whose lead singer, Ronnie,...

21.05.2014

The Music of Richard Wagner
A well thought out series of lectures which gives you a 500 foot view of the entirety of Wagners life and musical works. It is a great primer for anyone wanting to learn a little more about Wagners works without delving too deeply into the minutia...

06.07.2014

The Phish Companion
This new edition of The Phish Companion (TPC3) is the definitive guide to the band and its music. TPC3 gives fans an updated reference guide, and is accompanied by book-related mobile apps and e-book editions. It covers Phish's history through the...

16.02.2013

American Music Is
Writing in a passionate and streetwise style all his own, Nat Hentoff transports us into the diverse worlds of musicians that hold one thing in common: America. In over sixty pieces Hentoff has assembled a mosaic that creates a vivid picture of the...

19.07.2015

Meet Me At Jim & Andy's
Gene Lees, author of the highly acclaimed Singers and the Song, offers, in Meet Me at Jim & Andy's, another tightly integrated collection of essays about postwar American music. This time he focuses on major jazz instrumentalists and...

21.04.2017

The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Blues
Examining the changing face of the genre from its beginnings at the end of the 19th century to its international popularity today, this book traces the social climate that inspired the blues and takes a look at the unmistakable influences that blues...

22.12.2013

Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
(Vocal Selections). 13 vocal selections from the bawdy Broadway musical: The Aggie Song * The Bus from Amarillo * Doatsy Mae * Girl You're a Woman * Good Old Girl * Hard Candy Christmas * The Sidestep * Texas Has a Whorehouse in It * Watch Dog Theme...

21.07.2014