New Arrivals · Biography

November 25, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

On the road with Janis Joplin

November 24, 2014
Cooke, John Byrne, author.
New York : Berkley Books, 2014.
xvi, 414 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
In 1967, as the new sound of rock and roll was taking over popular music, John Byrne Cooke was at the center of it all. As a member of D.A. Pennebaker's film crew, he witnessed the astonishing breakout performances of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival that June. Less than six months later, he was on a plane to San Francisco, taking a job as road manager for Janis and her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. From then on, Cooke was Joplin's road manager amid a rotating cast of musicians and personnel, a constant presence behind the scenes as the woman called Pearl took the world by storm. Cooke was there when Janis made the difficult decision to leave Big Brother and form a new band. He was with her when the Kozmic Blues Band toured Europe in the spring of 1969, when they performed at Woodstock in August, and when Janis and Full Tilt Boogie took their famous Festival Express train trip across Canada. He accompanied Janis to her friend and mentor Ken Threadgill's 70th birthday party, and was at her side when she attended her tenth high school reunion in Port Arthur, Texas. This intimate memoir spans the years he spent with Janis, from her legendary rise to her tragic last days. Cooke tells the whole incredible story as only someone who lived it could.

Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison! : it seemed like a good idea at the time

November 24, 2014
Harrison, Harry, 1925-2012.
New York : Tor, 2014.
351 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Recollections of one of the grand masters of science fiction, on his storied career as a celebrated author and on his relationships with other luminaries in the field. This memoir is filled with all the humor and irreverence Harry Harrison's readers have come to expect from the New York Times bestselling author of the uproarious Stainless Steel Rat series. This also includes black and white photos spanning his sixty-year career"-- Provided by publisher.

Word for word : a translator's memoir of literature, politics, and survival in Soviet Russia

November 24, 2014
Lungina, L. Z.
New York : Overlook, 2014.
336 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes index.
"First published in Russia in 2010 by Oleg Doorman"--Title page verso.
"A bestselling sensation in Russia, where it was called 'the most significant cultural event of the year,' Word for Word is nothing less than the story of a nation's literary conscience--the history of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of a single person. A child of the 1920s, Lilianna Lungina was a Russian Jew born to privilege, spending her childhood in Germany, France, and Palestine. But when her parents moved to the USSR when she was thirteen, Lungina became witness to many of the era's greatest upheavals. Exiled during World War II, dragged to KGB headquarters to report on her cosmopolitan friends, and subjected to her new country's ruthless, systematic anti-Semitism, Lungina nonetheless carved out a remarkable career as a translator who introduced hundreds of thousands of Soviet readers to Knut Hamsun, August Strindberg, and, most famously, Astrid Lindgren. In the process, she found herself at the very center of Soviet cultural life, meeting and befriending Pasternak, Brodsky, Solzhenitsyn, and many other major figures of the era's literature. Her extraordinary memoir--at once heartfelt and unsentimental--is an unparalleled tribute to a lost world"-- Provided by publisher.

Marco Polo : the journey that changed the world

November 24, 2014
Man, John, 1941-
395 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Originally published in the UK by Transworld Publishers under the title Xanadu.
"Source for the Netflix original series"--Front cover.
Draws on the author's own parallel journey and new evidence to retraces the steps of the medieval Italian merchant who traveled from Venice, through the Middle East and Central Asia, to China and Xanadu, the summer capital of Kublai Khan.

The Jew who defeated Hitler : Henry Morgenthau Jr., FDR, and how we won the war

November 24, 2014
Moreira, Peter.
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2014.
348 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"President Franklin D. Roosevelt coined the slogan 'The Arsenal of Democracy' to describe American might during the grim years of World War II. The man who financed that arsenal was his Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau Jr. This is the first book to focus on the wartime achievements of this unlikely hero-- a dyslexic college dropout who turned himself into a forceful and efficient administrator and then exceeded even Roosevelt in his determination to defeat the Nazis." -- Provided by publisher.

My battle against Hitler : faith, truth, and defiance in the shadow of the Third Reich

November 24, 2014
Von Hildebrand, Dietrich, 1889-1977, author.
New York : Image, [2014]
341 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, facsimiles ; 25 cm
The memoirs -- Writings against the Nazi ideology.
"How does a person become Hitler's enemy number one? Not through espionage or violence, it turns out, but by striking fearlessly at the intellectual and spiritual roots of National Socialism. Dietrich von Hildebrand was a German Catholic thinker and teacher who devoted the full force of his intellect to breaking the deadly spell of Nazism that ensnared so many of his beloved countrymen. His story might well have been lost to us were it not for this memoir he penned in the last decades of his life at the request of his wife, Alice von Hildebrand. In My Battle Against Hitler, covering the years from 1921 to 1938, von Hildebrand tells of the scorn and ridicule he endured for sounding the alarm when many still viewed Hitler as a positive and inevitable force. He expresses the sorrow of having to leave behind his home, friends, and family in Germany to conduct his fight against the Nazis from Austria. He recounts how he defiantly challenged Nazism in the public square, prompting the German ambassador in Vienna to describe him to Hitler as 'the architect of the intellectual resistance in Austria.' And in the midst of all the danger he faced, he conveys his unwavering trust in God, even during his harrowing escape from Vienna and his desperate flight across Europe, with the Nazis always just one step behind. Dietrich von Hildebrand belongs to the very earliest anti-Nazi resistance. His public statements led the Nazis to blacklist him already in 1921, long before the horrors of the Third Reich and more than twenty-three years before the famous assassination attempt on Hitler in July 1944. His battle would culminate in the countless articles he published in Vienna, a selection of which are featured in this volume. 'It is an immense privilege,' writes editor John Henry Crosby, founder of the Hildebrand Project, 'to present to the world the shining witness of one man who risked everything to follow his conscience and stand in defiance of tyranny.'"-- Provided by publisher.

I only know who I am when I am somebody else : my life on the street, on the stage, and in the movies

November 24, 2014
Aiello, Danny, 1933- author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
309 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"A memoir"--Jacket.
The actor reminisces about his Hollywood years, tracing his brushes with the law, military service, long-time marriage, and contributions to such films as "Do the Right Thing," "The Godfather, Part II," and "Moonstruck."

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.
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"

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