New Arrivals · Music Books

April 18, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Banjo for dummies

April 17, 2014
Evans, Bill, 1956- author.
Hoboken : John Wiley & Sons, 2014.
xiv, 358 p. ; ill. ; 23 cm.
Previous edition: 2007.
Includes index.
Introduction -- The amazing five-string banjo -- Let's pick! Basic banjo techniques -- Playing styles past, present, and future -- Buying a banjo and keeping it in good shape -- The part of ten.
Whether you're a new picker or an experienced player looking for new ideas and styles, this guide have everything you need. From choosing a banjo that's right for you to advanced right- and left-hand techniques, you'll find advice and examples to help you enhance your playing.

Bass guitar for dummies

April 17, 2014
Pfeiffer, Patrick, author.
Hoboken : John Wiley & Sons, [2014].
xii, 390 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Previous edition: 2010.
Includes index.
Introduction -- Getting started with the bass guitar -- The bass-ics of playing -- Making the moves, creating the grooves -- Using the correct accompaniment for each genre -- Buying and caring for your bass -- The part of tens.
Whether you've never held a bass before or you're looking to improve your skills, this resource is a complete guide to playing bass guitar. Pfeiffer provides fresh, updated practice lessons, teaching techniques, and access to online sample tracks to hone your skills.

A broken hallelujah : rock and roll, redemption, and the life of Leonard Cohen

April 16, 2014
Leibovitz, Liel.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2014]
281 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Looking for the note" -- The soul of Canada -- The prophet in the library -- Notes from a Greek isle -- "One big diary, set to guitar music" -- Waiting for the sun -- "All close friends of the artist, please leave" -- "There is a war" -- "A secret chord".
A meditation on the life of the Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist discusses his performing career, which began despite his crippling stage fright, to his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Let's talk about love : why other people have such bad taste

April 14, 2014
Wilson, Carl, 1967-
vi, 303 pages ; 22 cm.
Part I : Let's talk about love: a journey to the end of taste was originally published by Continuum, 2007.
Part one: Let's talk about love: a journey to the end of taste / Carl Wilson -- Let's talk about hate -- Let's talk about pop (and its critics) -- Let's talk in French -- Let's talk about world conquest -- Let's talk about schmaltz -- Let's sing really loud -- Let's talk about taste -- Let's talk about who's got bad taste -- Let's talk with some fans -- Let's do a punk version of "My heart will go on" (or, let's talk about our feelings) -- Let's talk about let's talk about love -- Let's talk about love -- Part two: Essays: What we talk about when we talk about love. Introduction / Carl Wilson -- The artists we deserve / Nick Hornby -- With the lights on, it's less useless / Krist Novoselic -- If the girls were all transported / Ann Powers -- The easiest thing to forget / Mary Gaitskill -- Compared to what? / Jason King -- Let's talk about Diana Ross / Daphne A. Brooks -- Deep in the game / Drew Daniel -- Children of the corn / Sukhdev Sandhu -- Acting in and out of context / James Franco -- Too much sociology / Marco Roth and the editors of n+1 -- Giving up on giving up on good taste / Jonathan Sterne -- When I come home / Owen Pallett -- Playlist: let's listen to love / Sheila Heti -- Part three: Afterword. Let's talk later / Carl Wilson.

Shining star : braving the elements of Earth, Wind & Fire

April 14, 2014
Bailey, Philip, 1951- author.
New York : Viking, [2014]
x, 245 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
A personal account by the lead singer of Earth, Wind & Fire traces his professional and spiritual journey against a backdrop of the group's meteoric rise to stardom, describing the diverse influences that shaped the band's style and his own experiences as a solo performer.

Country music broke my brain

April 11, 2014
House, Gerry.
Dallas, TX : BenBella Books, [2014]
xvi, 327 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.
"A behind-the-microphone peek at Nashville's famous & fabulous stars"--T.p.

Nirvana FAQ : all that's left to know about the most important band of the 1990s

April 11, 2014
Luerssen, John D., author.
Montclair, NJ : Backbeat Books, [2014].
xvi, 428 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.

In the heights : the complete book and lyrics of the Broadway musical

April 11, 2014
Hudes, Quiara Alegría, librettist.
Milwaukee, WI : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, [2013].
xviii, 156 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Introduction / Jill Furman -- Original broadway cast and credits -- Characters and setting -- Musical numbers -- Act 1 -- Act 2 -- About the authors.
"In the Heights is an exciting musical about life in Washington Heights, a tight-knit community where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. During its acclaimed Off-Broadway and Broadway runs, In the Heights became an audience phenomenon and a critical success. It's easy to see why: with an amazing cast, a gripping story, and incredible dancing, In the Heights is an authentic and exhilarating journey into one of Manhattan's most vibrant communities. And with its universal themes of family, community, and self-discovery, In the Heights can be enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds. Among the musical's many accolades are two Drama Desk Awards, a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, and a nomination for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama." -- Publisher's description.

Five green and speckled frogs

April 11, 2014
Basaluzzo, Constanza.
New York : Scholastic, Inc., c2008.
[22] p. : col. ill., music ; 21 x 21 cm.
Sheet music at the back of the book.
"This edition is available for distribution only through the school market."-pr. 4.
Five frog friends are hungry and hot. Count and sing along with this funny favorite.

Shell shocked : my life with the Turtles, Flo & Eddie, and Frank Zappa, etc.

April 7, 2014
Kaylan, Howard.
Milwaukee, WI : Backbeat Books, 2013.
xviii, 277 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
The singer of the Turtles' iconic 1967 song "Happy Together" recounts his life as a player in the rock and roll revolution, chronicling his years with classic bands, work with legendary artists, and experiences with sex and drugs.

Sunburst : how the Gibson Les Paul Standard became a legendary guitar

April 1, 2014
Bacon, Tony, 1954- author.
Milwaukee, WI : Backbeat, 2014.
143 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm

Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen : interviews and encounters

March 27, 2014
Cohen, Leonard, 1934-
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2014]
xx, 604 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"An A Cappella book."

Seasons they change : the story of acid and psychedelic folk

March 27, 2014
Leech, Jeanette.
London : Jawbone Press, 2010.
366 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm.
Hares on the mountain : British folk running free -- Vibrations : US folk freaks out -- Waltz of the new moon : the birth of psychedelic folk in Britain -- Lepers and roses : the story of ESP-Disk -- Yesterday, where's my mind? : psychedelic folk takes on the US majors -- Chariots of silk : the charge of the British folk underground -- Spirit of love : visions and voyages -- Bitten : all the colours of darkness -- Oeuvres : a European panorama -- The furthest point : progressive folk in the British Isles -- Sanctuary stone : the wonderful world of private pressings -- My rose has left me : decline and wilderness -- Black sun, bloody moon : punk, post-punk, and the apocalypse -- Whither thou goest : independent music, independent spirits -- Wisdom on the moth's wing : breaking new ground -- A place In time : free folk and the new weird America -- Sum of all heaven : a sound finds its feet -- There was sun : freak folk takes on the world -- Reality's a fantasy : Britain and the new psychedelic folk -- Hellical rising : the unique, the avant-garde, and the unexpected -- Here before : bridging the years.
Jeanette Leech tells the story of the birth, death and resurrection of acid and psychedelic folk music. It explores the careers of the original wave of artists and their contemporary equivalents, finding connections between both periods, and uncovering a previously hidden narrative of musical adventure.

The story of Pink : split personality

March 26, 2014
Lester, Paul, author.
London : Omnibus Press, 2013.
x, 166 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Previous edition: 2009.
Includes discography.

No slam dancing, no stage diving, no spikes : an oral history of the legendary City Gardens

March 26, 2014
Wuelfing, Amy Yates.
Morrisville, PA : DiWulf Pub., c2014.
408 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm.
No America without Trenton -- It begins...1979-1982 --1983-1984 -- Radio, raconteurs, and record stores -- 1985-1986 -- Hey ho let's go...again! : the Ramones in Trenton -- Every's 90-cent dance night -- 1987-1988 -- 1989-1990 -- 1991-1992 -- 1993-1994.

Nothing like a dame : conversations with the great women of musical theater

March 25, 2014
Shapiro, Eddie, 1969-
xii, 364 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
Elaine Stritch -- Carol Channing -- Chita Rivera -- Donna McKechnie -- Angela Lansbury -- Leslie Uggams -- Judy Kaye -- -- Betty Buckley -- Patti Lupone -- Bebe Neuwirth -- Donna Murphy -- Lillias White -- Karen Ziemba -- Debra Monk -- Victoria Clark -- Audra McDonald -- Kristin Chenoweth -- Idina Menzel -- Sutton Foster -- Laura Benanti.

Here we are now : the lasting impact of Kurt Cobain

March 18, 2014
Cross, Charles R.
New York : It Books, [2014]
181 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm

A man called destruction : the life and music of Alex Chilton, from Box Tops to Big Star to backdoor man

March 18, 2014
George-Warren, Holly.
New York, New York : Viking, 2014.
x, 370 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alex Chilton's story is rags to riches in reverse, beginning with teenage rock stardom and heading downward. Following stints leading 60s sensation the Box Tops ("The Letter") and pioneering 70s popsters Big Star, Chilton became a dishwasher. Yet he rose again in the 80s as a solo artist, producer, and trendsetter, coinventing the indie-rock genre. By the 90s, acolytes from R.E.M. to Jeff Buckley embodied Chilton's legacy, ushering him back to the spotlight before his untimely death in 2010. In this career-spanning and revelatory biography, longtime Chilton acquaintance Holly George-Warren has interviewed more than 100 bandmates, friends, and family members to flesh out a man who presided over--and influenced--four decades of American musical history, rendered here with new perspective through the adventures of a true iconoclast.--From publisher description.

Please be with me : a song for my father, Duane Allman

March 13, 2014
Allman, Galadrielle, author.
xxv, 370 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), facsimiles ; 25 cm
The daughter of Duane Allman, the founder of the Allman Brothers Band, describes how after losing her father at the age of two she struggled to learn about and understand his profound legacy through the stories of family members, friends, and bandmates.

Kalamazoo Gals : a story of extraordinary women & Gibson's "Banner" guitars of WWII / John Thomas ; with a foreword by Jonathan Kellerman.

March 11, 2014
Thomas, John, 1955 March 26-, author.
xiv, 249 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Only a Gibson is good enough" -- The man who fused guitar and cello -- Those toys -- The good war -- Oral histories of the unsung women (and only one man) who carried Gibson through World War II -- April 2008: deja vu all over again -- A wooden conundrum wrapped in an enigma of lacquer -- "If these old guitars could talk."
According to company lore, Gibson, the guitar manufacturer, had ceased guitar production during World War II with only "seasoned craftsmen" too old for battle doing repairs and completing the few instruments already in progress at their Kalamazoo, Michigan factory. However, beginning in 1942, Gibson started producing wartime guitars each marked with a small, golden "banner" displaying the slogan: "only a Gibson is good enough". Over 9000 of these "Banner" guitars were produced between 1942 and 1945 and they are considered to be some of the finest acoustic guitars ever produced but who was making them? In this work of musical and social history, Thomas explores the origins of the Gibson "Banner" guitars and the remarkable women, many of whom had no prior training in instrument construction, who built them.

Beyoncé : a biography of a legendary singer

March 10, 2014
Schuman, Michael, author.
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, Inc., [2014]
112 pages ; 24 cm.
It began with a dream -- That can't be our Beyoncé -- Goodbye girl's tyme -- Yes, yes, yes -- "Beyoncé on the big screen" -- Introducing Sasha Fierce -- Superstar at the Super Bowl.
"Discusses the life of legendary singer Beyoncé Knowles, including her childhood and family life, her rise to superstardom from a member of the group Destiny's Child to her remarkable solo career, and her success in movies and business"--Provided by publisher.

Hip hop family tree

March 7, 2014
Piskor, Ed.
Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics Books, 2014-
v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 33 cm.
v. 1. 1970s-1981

Bruno Mars : pop superstar

March 5, 2014
Watson, Stephanie, 1969- author.
Minneapolis, MN : ABDO Publishing Company, [2014]
112 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Examines the life and career of Bruno Mars.

Bill Bruford : the autobiography.

March 4, 2014
Bruford, Bill, author.
London : Foruli Classics, 2013.
318 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Yes, King Crimson, Earthworks and more"--Cover.
"Bill Bruford's professional drumming career began in 1968 and ended when he retired from public performance on January 1st 2009. In his acclaimed autobiography he reflects on his time with Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, Earthworks, and many other acts at the heart of progressive rock, art rock and modern jazz."--Back cover.

Johnny Mercer : Southern songwriter for the world

February 24, 2014
Eskew, Glenn T.
Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2013]
xvii, 521 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Grounded Southerner -- Early years -- New York City -- Hollywood -- War years -- Capitol Records -- Broadway -- Movie theme songs -- Global Southerner.

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