New Arrivals · Biography

November 21, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The great reformer : Francis and the making of a radical pope

November 20, 2014
Ivereigh, Austen.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
xvi, 441 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Far away and long ago (1936-1957) -- The mission (1958-1966) -- Storm pilot (1967-1974) -- Crucible (1975-1979) -- The leader expelled (1980-1992) -- A bishop who smelled of sheep (1993-1999) -- Gaucho cardinal (2000-2009) -- Man for others (2008-2012) -- Conclave (2013).
This biography of Pope Francis describes how this revolutionary thinker uses the power of his position to challenge and redirect one of the world's most formidable religions.

Vintage black glamour

November 20, 2014
Gainer, Nichelle, author.
London : Rocket 88, 2014.
208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Using rarely accessed photographic archives and private collections, inspired by her family history, Nichelle Gainer has unearthed a revealing treasure trove of historic photographs of famous actors, dancers, writers and entertainers who worked in the 20th-century entertainment business, but who rarely appeared in the same publications as their white counterparts. Alongside the familiar images and stories of renowned performers such as Eartha Kitt, Lena Horne and Aretha Franklin are those of less well-remembered figures such as Bricktop, Pearl Primus, Diana Sands and many, many more. Vintage Black Glamour is a unique, sumptuous and revealing celebration of the lives and indomitable spirit of Black women of a previous era. Although talented, successful and ground-breaking, many of the women in these pages were ignored by mainstream media, but their life's work and attitude stand as inspiration for us still, today. With its stunning photographs and insightful biographies, this book is a hugely important.

If it's not impossible-- : the life of Sir Nicholas Winton

November 20, 2014
Winton, Barbara, author.
Kibworth Beauchamp : Matador, [2014]
xviii, 277 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"He saved 669 children from the Holocaust. 50 years later they discovered his identity."
That's Life! -- The Kindertransport scrapbook -- A formative heritage -- School days -- From youth to adulthood -- Working in the City -- Refusing to fight -- Joining up -- The grim aftermath -- Romance in Paris -- A new family -- Work loses its shine -- "My real work" -- Recognition brings new adventures -- Who is Nicholas Winton?

The Andy Cohen diaries : a deep look at a shallow year

November 20, 2014
Cohen, Andy, 1968-
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
343 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm
As a TV producer and host of the smash late night show Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen has a front row seat to an exciting world not many get to see. In this dishy, detailed diary of one year in his life, Andy goes out on the town, drops names, hosts a ton of shows, becomes codependent with Real Housewives, makes trouble, calls his mom, drops some more names, and, while searching for love, finds it with a dog.

The women who knew Hitler : the private life of Adolf Hitler

November 19, 2014
Sayer, Ian.
New York : Carroll & Graf, 2004.
xii, 308 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.

Thomas Cromwell : the untold story of Henry VIII's most faithful servant

November 18, 2014
Borman, Tracy, author.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2014.
xiii, 450 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white) ; 24 cm
With new insights into Cromwell's character, his family life and his close relationships with both Cardinal Wolsey and Henry VIII, joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces Tracy Borman examines the life, loves and legacy of the man who changed the shape of England forever.

Play on : now, then & Fleetwood Mac, the autobiography

November 18, 2014
Fleetwood, Mick, author.
New York NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
344 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : portraits (some color) ; 25 cm
Includes index.
The old mill -- High times on Carnaby Street -- Jenny -- The Bluesbreakers -- And away we go -- Flight of the green god -- A house becomes a home -- A series of beginnings -- Falling into place -- The 'white' album -- Things fall apart -- Rumours -- I know I'm not wrong -- Just tell me that you want me -- A stranger in a strange land -- Isn't it midnight? -- There and back again -- My partner, my friend -- It's good to be back -- Conclusion: I sold my soul to the company store.
Mick Fleetwood has been a member of the ever-evolving Fleetwood Mac, one of the world's most successful and adored bands, for over four decades. Here he tells the full and candid story of his life as one of music's greatest drummers and bandleaders, the cofounder of the deeply loved supergroup that bears his name and that of his bandmate and lifelong friend John McVie. Play On sheds new light on Fleetwood Mac's raucous history, describing the highs and lows of being in the band that Fleetwood was determined to keep together.--From publisher description.

Dream weaver : a memoir; music, meditation, and my friendship with George Harrison

November 18, 2014
Wright, Gary, 1945- author.
New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher, 2014.
246 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The beginning -- My path emerges -- Spooky Tooth and London in the sixties -- I meet George -- We become friends -- Vacations, reformations, and frustrations -- Visiting Ravi Shankar -- The dream weaver -- Undreamed success -- The struggle begins -- I return to India -- Headin' home -- South America -- Struggle, growth, and then the light -- Who I am -- Wayne's world and new horizons -- There goes the sun.
"Music legend Gary Wright reflects on his professional collaboration, friendship, and spiritual journey with 'quiet Beatle' George Harrison, and releases for the first time a song they wrote together. Best known for his multiplatinum hits 'Dream Weaver' and 'Love is Alive,' Gary Wright came to prominence as a singer and songwriter during the golden age of rock in the 1970s. What is not as well known to the public, however, is Wright's spiritual side. At the heart of this memoir is the spiritual conversion and journey that Wright experienced alongside his close friend George Harrison. Until Harrison's death in 2001, the two spent decades together writing songs, eating Indian fare, talking philosophy, and gardening. In addition to featuring lyrics to a never-released song cowritten by Wright and George Harrison in 1971, titled 'To Discover Yourself,' this memoir includes a cache of never-before-seen photos and videos. Also available is a deluxe e-book featuring an audio recording of 'To Discover Yourself'"-- Provided by publisher.

I'm the man : the story of that guy from Anthrax

November 18, 2014
Ian, Scott.
Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, [2014]
xxviii, 316 , xvi pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
I'm the boy -- Music is the message -- Rock and roll all nite -- The birth of Anthrax -- Replacing old parts -- Watch the beat! -- Soldiers of metal up your ass -- Fistful of headaches -- Turbin failure -- Joey Belladonna : take one -- Sgt. D is coming! -- A lesson in violence -- The horror of it all -- Mublanikcufecin -- Debauchery & destruction -- Euphoria & despair -- Starting over -- Bring the noise -- Keeping up with the Kilmisters -- Tour highs and lineup lows -- A bush in the hand -- No more room -- We thought you were dead! -- The last regret -- Stomped out -- Brother, can you spare a dime? -- Volume fadeout -- The perfect Pearl -- The other side of the mike -- Total schism -- My kingdom for a singer -- Belladonna and the big 4 -- Rock-a-bye baby.
Through various lineup shifts, label snafus, rock 'n' roll mayhem, and unforeseen circumstances galore, Scott Ian, who co-founded Anthrax, has approached life and music with a smile. Ian tells his life story with a clear-eyed honesty that spares no one, least of all himself.

Through the eye of the tiger : the rock 'n' roll life of Survivor's founding member

November 18, 2014
Peterik, Jim, author
Dallas, Texas : BenBella Books, [2014]
xii, 336 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Rising up to the challenge -- Ever since the world began -- Capturing memories from afar -- Fortunes of our fathers -- A bad guitar and a simple song -- Great Caesar's ghost -- Under the spell of the hot lights -- Such complete intoxication -- From the backstreets to the city -- My wavelength gets a little longer -- Time to trade those dreams -- Two worlds collide -- This child is born a survivor -- The man behind the music -- The dream gets changed on its way to reality -- Living for a dream -- The currency of love changes hands -- Don't lose your grip -- Storm upon the skyline -- Keeper of the flame -- Oceans between us -- Mean streets, blind alleys -- It's the singer not the song -- On the road again -- Venting years of frustration -- Sun sinkin' but the fire's still burning -- Another part of the plan -- The path from dark to light -- Caught in the game, again -- Turning my back on the thunder -- A man and his will to survive -- The fire within still burns -- The search has come full circle.

Elvis Presley : a southern life

November 18, 2014
Williamson, Joel, author.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2015]
xxiii, 368 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

Ralph Peer and the making of popular roots music

November 18, 2014
Mazor, Barry, author.
Chicago : Chicago Review Press, [2015]
316 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction. "Something new-built along the same lines" -- Starting out : Independence, 1892-1919 -- Getting the music : Okeh, records, and roots, 1919-1926 -- To victor, on to Bristol, and the making of giants, 1926-1927 -- Reaching out from the roots : southern music, 1927-1933 -- Breaking loose, branching out, starting over, 1933-1940 -- Crossing borders : the war, Latin music, and the media, 1940-1945 -- Going global : expanding, 1946-1951 -- Locking a legacy, 1952-1960 -- The roots and pop aftermath -- Appendix. Key recordings and published songs of Ralph Peer, 1920-1960.

Robert Plant : the voice that sailed the Zeppelin

November 18, 2014
Thompson, Dave, 1960 January 3- author.
Milwaukee, WI : Backbeat Books, 2014.
xix, 256 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm
No regrets (1980-1981) -- Early in the morning (1948-1961) -- Other arms (1981) -- Easily lead (1961-1965) -- Like I've never been gone (1981-1983) -- If it's really got to be this way (1965-1968) -- Promised land (1984-1985) -- Killing the blues (1968-1969) -- Little by little (1985-1988) -- Let the boogie woogie flow -- The last time I saw her (1988-1994) -- Let's have a party (1970-1971) -- Tie dye on the highway (1995-1998) -- Trouble your money (1971-1973) -- Season of the witch (1999-2004) -- Like I've never been gone (1974-1977) -- Upon a golden horse (2004-2013) -- Let your loss be your lesson (1977-1980).

Billy Joel : the definitive biography

November 18, 2014
Schruers, Fred.
New York : Crown Archetype, [ 2014]
vi, 387 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
I: Origins: the ballad of Billy the kid . Living here in Levittown ; Piano kid ; Tomorrow is today -- II: Breaking through: they say there's a heaven for those who will wait. Say hello to Hollywood ; Sing us a song ; Goodbye to Hollywood ; Just the way I am ; Everybody's talkin' 'bout the new sound ; Uptown girls ; Christie Lee -- III. Paying the price: it's all or nothing at all. Storm front ; The river of dreams ; The night is still young ; Movin' out, again ; A wild and restless man ; Goodnight, Shea Stadium ; Another day comes to an end ; Careless talk -- IV: A legend in his time: ain't it sweet after all these years. The idol of my age ; I've loved these days.
Schruers provides an unfettered look at into Billy Joel's journey from a pint-sized kid growing up in a cookie-cutter Long Island suburb to a rockstar of monumental success, and the person that remains behind his iconic status.

Brian Jones : the making of the Rolling Stones

November 18, 2014
Trynka, Paul.
New York : Viking, 2014.
371 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-353) and index.
For the first time, the complete story of the enigmatic founder of the Rolling Stones and the early years of the band. Brian Jones was the golden boy of the Rolling Stones, the visionary who gave the band its name and its sound. Yet he was a haunted man, and much of his brief time with the band, before his death in 1969 at the infamous age of twenty-seven, was volatile and tragic. Some of the details of how Jones was dethroned are well known, but the full story of his downfall is still largely untold. Brian Jones is a forensic, thrilling account of Jones' life, which for the first time details his pioneering achievements and messy unraveling. With more than 120 new interviews, Trynka offers countless new revelations and sets straight the tall tales that have long marred Jones' legacy. His story is a gripping battle between creativity and ambition, between self-sabotage and betrayal. It's all here: the girlfriends, the drugs, and some of the greatest music of all time. Victors get to write history, but it's rarely fully true. The complete, magnificent story of the Rolling Stones can never be told until we disentangle all the threads and put Brian Jones back in the foreground.

George Frideric Handel : a life with friends

November 18, 2014
Harris, Ellen T., author.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2014]
xxi, 472 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introductions : Handel and his friends -- Before London -- Politics, patronage, and pension -- Commerce and trade -- Music at home -- Marriage, wealth, and social status -- Ambition, law, and friendship -- Making and collecting -- Religion and charity -- Sickness and death -- Wills and legacies.
During his lifetime, the sounds of Handel's music reached from court to theater, echoed in cathedrals, and filled crowded taverns, but the man himself - known to most as the composer of Messiah - is a bit of a mystery. Though he took meticulous care of his musical manuscripts and even provided for their preservation on his death, very little of an intimate nature survives. One document - Handel's will - offers us a narrow window into his personal life. In it, he remembers not only family and close colleagues but also neighborhood friends. In search of the private man behind the public figure, Ellen T. Harris has spent years tracking down the letters, diaries, personal accounts, legal cases, and other documents connected to these bequests. The result is a tightly woven tapestry of London in the first half of the eighteenth century, one that interlaces vibrant descriptions of Handel's music with stories of loyalty, cunning, and betrayal. With this wholly new approach, Harris has achieved something greater than biography. Layering the interconnecting stories of Handel's friends like the subjects and countersubjects of a fugue, Harris introduces us to an ambitious, shrewd, generous, brilliant, and flawed man, hiding in full view behind his public persona.

Johnny Cash FAQ : all that's left to know about the man in black

November 18, 2014
Banister, C. Eric.
©2014
xiv, 391 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Burning bridges : life with my father, Glen Campbell

November 18, 2014
Campbell, Debby, 1956- author.
London, UK : Overlook Omnibus, [2014]
176 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
"For the last twenty-four years, Debby has been by her father's side, as a part of his concert touring act, as well as a supportive part of his family. She has been with her dad through his four wives, through drug and alcohol addiction, and now through the shattering beginnings of Alzheimer's disease. In her frank memoir, Campbell tells the story of her father straight from the heart"--Amazon.com.

Is that all there is? : the strange life of Peggy Lee

November 18, 2014
Gavin, James, 1964- author.
New York : Atria Books, 2014.
601 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Including interviews with hundreds who knew Lee, ...music journalist James Gavin offers the most revealing look yet at an artist of infinite contradictions and layers. Lee was a North Dakota prairie girl who became a temptress of enduring mystique. She was a singer-songwriter before the term existed. 'Lee had incredible confidence onstage,' observed the Godfather of Punk, Iggy Pop; yet inner turmoil wracked her. She spun a romantic nirvana in her songs, but couldn't sustain one in reality; as she passed middle age, Lee dwelled increasingly in a bizarre dreamland"--Amazon.com.

The Dirty version : on stage, in the studio, and in the streets with Ol' Dirty Bastard

November 18, 2014
Monk, Buddha.
©2014
xiv, 193 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations (mostly color) ; 24 cm
On the tenth anniversary of his death, The Dirty Version is the first biography of hip hop superstar and founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Ol' Dirty Bastard, to be written by someone from his inner circle: his right-hand man and best friend, Buddha Monk. Ol' Dirty Bastard rocketed to fame with the Wu-Tang Clan, the raucous and renegade group that altered the world of hip hop forever. ODB was one of the Clan's wildest icons and most inventive performers, and when he died of an overdose in 2004 at the age of thirty-five, millions of fans mourned the loss. ODB lives on in epic proportions and his antics are legend: he once picked up his welfare check in a limousine; lifted a burning car off a four-year-old girl in Brooklyn; stole a fifty-dollar pair of sneakers on tour at the peak of his success. Many have questioned whether his stunts were carefully calculated or the result of paranoia and mental instability. Now, Dirty's friend since childhood, Buddha Monk, a Wu-Tang collaborator on stage and in the studio, reveals the truth about the complex and talented performer. From their days together on the streets of Brooklyn to the meteoric rise of Wu-Tang's star, from bouts in prison to court-mandated rehab, from Dirty's favorite kind of pizza to his struggles with fame and success, Buddha tells the real story--The Dirty Version--of the legendary rapper.

Tolstoy's false disciple : the untold story of Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Chertkov

November 18, 2014
Popoff, Alexandra.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2014.
xxi, 309 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
On the snowy morning of February 8, 1897, the Petersburg secret police were following Tolstoy's every move. At sixty-nine, Russia's most celebrated writer was being treated like a major criminal. Prominent Russians were always watched, but Tolstoy earned particular scrutiny. Over a decade earlier, when his advocacy on behalf of oppressed minorities angered the Orthodox Church and the Tsar, he was placed under permanent police surveillance. Although Tolstoy was wearing his peasant garb, people on the streets had no trouble recognizing him from his portraits. He was often seen in the company of his chief disciple, Vladimir Chertkov. A man of striking appearance, twenty-five years younger, Chertkov commanded attention. His photographs with Tolstoy show him towering over the writer. Close to the Tsars and to the chief of the secret police, Chertkov represented the very things Tolstoy had renounced--class privilege, unlimited power, and wealth. Yet, Chertkov fascinated and attracted Tolstoy. He became the writer's closest confidant, even reading his daily diary, and by the end of Tolstoy's life, had established complete control over the writer and his legacy. Tolstoy's full exchange with Chertkov comprises more than 2,000 letters, making him the writer's largest correspondent. The Russian archives have suppressed much of this communication as well as Chertkov's papers for more than a century. The product of ground-breaking archival research, Tolstoy's False Disciple promises to be a revelatory portrait of the two men and their three-decade-long clandestine relationship.

Coming to my senses : one woman's cochlear implant journey

November 18, 2014
Blatchford, Claire H.
Washington, DC : Gallaudet University Press, 2014.
xi, 156 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Deafened at the age of six, Claire Blatchford was educated orally with speech lessons, speechreading, and hearing aids. Though successful both professionally and domestically, at the age of 67 Blatchford decided to undergo a cochlear implantation. In this memoir, she describes in prose and verse living with a cochlear implant for the past three years. At first, Blatchford feared losing the last of her hearing through the surgical process. Her audiologist explained that her hearing was worsening and that soon she would move from profound deafness into a state called "cosmic deafness." Blatchford decided upon the surgery in hope of meeting her hearing family on their turf, and of again hearing the wind, rain, rivers, and crickets. After being implanted, however, she realized that amplification and comprehension were two different things: at first, all she heard was a soup of sound, a condition known as being brain deaf. Blatchford soon learned, however, that regaining her hearing was a journey of discovery. Gradually, the sound soup gave way to the ability to hear some sentences without speechreading. The sound of her own voice surprised her, and she could hear her grandchildren speak. The thrill of new things heard on one car trip to a friend's house moved her to "try my first yodel as I pass by your house." When asked by others if they should receive an implant, she cautions that it is an individual decision that each deaf person must make. For her, it was the right decision." -- Publisher's description.

Founders as fathers : the private lives and politics of the American revolutionaries

November 18, 2014
Glover, Lorri, 1967- author.
©2014
x, 324 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
The last colonial patriarchs -- Independence -- Sacrifice -- Liberty and power -- A "natural aristocracy" -- "All other persons" -- "Ourselves and our posterity" -- Reputation -- Epilogue: Going home.
Surprisingly, no previous book has ever explored how family life shaped the political careers of America's great Founding Fathers--men like George Mason, Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. In this original and intimate portrait, historian Lorri Glover brings to life the vexing, joyful, arduous, and sometimes tragic experiences of the architects of the American Republic who, while building a nation, were also raising families. The costs and consequences for the families of these Virginia leaders were great, Glover discovers: the Revolution remade family life no less than it reinvented political institutions. She describes the colonial households that nurtured future revolutionaries, follows the development of political and family values during the revolutionary years, and shines new light on the radically transformed world that was inherited by nineteenth-century descendants.--From publisher description.

A New day

November 17, 2014
Secada, Jon.
New York : Celebra, 2014.
ix, 242 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm

Seeking beauty : paintings by James Jebusa Shannon

November 17, 2014
Shannon, James Jebusa, 1862-1923, artist.
New York : Debra Force Fine Art, Inc., 2014.
51 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
May 1-June 30, 2014 at Debra Force Fine Art, Inc., New York.

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