New Arrivals · Music Books

November 26, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The official Vintage guitar magazine price guide.

November 25, 2014
Bismarck, ND : Vintage Guitar,
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Vols. for <2001-2015> by Alan Greenwood and Gil Hembree.
Numeric designation dropped with volumes for <2007>- .

South Pacific : the complete book and lyrics of the Broadway musical

November 24, 2014
Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979, author, lyricist.
Milwaukee, WI : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation, 2014.
xi, 173 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
"Adapted from the Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel 'Tales of the South Pacific' by James A. Michener."

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.

Brian May's Red Special : the story of the home-made guitar that rocked Queen and the world

November 24, 2014
May, Brian, 1947-
144 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Brian May and his father Harold started to hand-build an electric guitar in 1963. Brian dreamed of a guitar that would outperform any of the existing commercially made electric guitars; his father had the technical knowledge and skills to help make the dream come true. The written account is accompanied by original diagrams, sketches and notes dating from the building of the guitar, close-ups and x-rays, and photographs of Brian in performance.

The lobster theory : and other analogies for jazz improvisation

November 21, 2014
Fishman, Greg, 1967- author.
92 pages : illustrations, music ; 28 cm.
Foreword by Jeff Coffin.
"With illustrations by Mick Stevens"--Cover.
Through eighteen chapters, this educational book shares fresh, creative approaches to the following topics: Practicing ("Lifting Weights") ; Ear training ("The School Bell") ; Harmonic awareness ("Ketchup on a Brownie") ; Phrasing like a pro ("The Bus") ; The importance of chord study ("Polishing the Silver") ; Common tones ("Dual Citizen Notes") ; Keeping your solos fresh and spontaneous ("The Lobster Theory") ; Hearing in harmonic context ("Harmonic GPS") ; Pacing your solo ("The Waiter") ; How to memorize major scales & key signatures ("Alligators, Elephants & Clowns") ; Using chord substitutions (Harmonic Turn Signals) ; Infusing your notes with life and energy ("The Bobber Theory") ; Using taste to differentiate the sounds of chords ("Apple Chords" - includes spellings for the 60 most common seventh chords) ; Two great ways to sequence a musical idea ("The Snake") ; Connecting with your listener ("Tasting Harmony") ; Organizing your musical furnishings ("The Music House") ; Scale note selection ("The Kid and the Cupcake") ; Transformative practice strategies ("Running with the Pro Dogs") ; Notated musical examples, jazz etude excerpts, educational chord graphs and charts are featured throughout the book to further illustrate and teach the musical concepts.

Experiencing Led Zeppelin : a listener's companion

November 20, 2014
Akkerman, Gregg, author.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
xxiv, 175 pages ; 24 cm.
Beggars and thieves -- Rambling on -- Sex and Vikings -- One song to bind them all -- The confounded bridge -- Twice as nice -- Feeling the presence -- Turn the page -- Leftovers -- New keys for old singers.

The art of saxophone playing

November 19, 2014
Teal, Larry.
111 pages : illustrations, music ; 29 cm
Introduction -- The instrument -- The mouthpiece -- The reed -- Playing position -- The breathing technique -- The embouchure -- Tone quality -- The vibrato -- Intonation -- Developing the technique -- Attack and release -- Staccato -- Articulation -- Phrasing and interpretation -- Doubling -- The altissimo register -- Selected literature.

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.

Nashville songwriter : the inside stories behind country music's greatest hits

November 18, 2014
Brown, Jake.
Dallas, TX : BenBella Books, Inc., [2014]
ix, 326 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Freddy Powers with Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson : Natural high -- Craig Wiseman : master of the three-minute movie -- Tom Shapiro : Never give up on a good thing -- Dallas Davidson : Dirt road diaries -- Whisperin' Bill Anderson : Whiskey lullaby -- Bob DiPiero : American-made -- Sonny Curtis : I fought the law -- Tom T. Hall : The storyteller -- Kelley Lovelace : He didn't have to be -- Rivers Rutherford : When I get where I'm going -- Dean Dillon : I've come to expect it from you -- Wayne Carson : Always on my mind -- Chris DuBois : Southern comfort zone -- Jeff Silbar : Wind beneath my wings -- David Lee Murphy : Big green tractor -- Brett James : Songwriting is a contact sport -- Lee Thomas Miller : His brother's keeper -- Ashley Gorley : Don't forget to remember me -- Neil Thrasher : Fly-over states -- John Rich of Big & Rich : Five tips to close with.

The Beatles lyrics : the stories behind the music, including the handwritten drafts of more than 100 classic Beatles songs

November 18, 2014
Davies, Hunter, 1936- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
376 pages : illustrations (some color), facsimiles (some color) ; 25 cm
The definitive book of Beatles songs, shown as first written by their own hands and put into authoritative context, for the 50th anniversary of the Beatles coming to America. For the Beatles, writing songs was a process that could happen anytime -- songs we all know by heart often began as a scribble on the back of an envelope or on hotel stationery. These original documents have ended up scattered across the world at museums and universities and with collectors and friends. Many have never been published before. More than 100 songs and lyrics are reproduced in THE BEATLES LYRICS, providing Hunter Davies a unique platform to tell the story of the music. The intimacy of these reproductions -- there are sections crossed out and rewritten, and words tossed into the final recordings that were never written down -- ensures that THE BEATLES LYRICS will be a treasure for musicians, scholars, and fans everywhere.

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.

Virgil Thomson : music chronicles, 1940-1954

November 18, 2014
Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989, author.
xxi, 1177 pages ; 21 cm
The musical scene -- The art of judging music -- Music right and left -- From music reviewed, 1940-1954 -- Other writings.
When, in October 1940, the New York Herald Tribune named the composer Virgil Thomson (1896-1989) its chief music critic, the management of the paper braced itself for an uproar. Perhaps best known for his collaboration with librettist Gertrude Stein on the whimsically nonsensical "anti-opera" Four Saints in Three Acts, Thomson was notorious among conservative concertgoers as a leader of America's musical avant-garde and a maverick writer who delighted in unmasking the timidity, amateurism, and artistic pretensions of New York's music establishment. But controversy--together with wit, good writing, and critical authority--was exactly what the Herald Tribune was looking for. "Only such an assumption can explain," Thomson later concluded, "why a musician so little schooled in daily journalism, a composer so committed to the modern, and a polemicist so contemptuous as myself of music's power structure should have been offered a post of that prestige." in Virgil Thomson the Herald Tribune got its full share of controversy. It also got something American music journalism had not had before and has rarely had since: a critic who could describe from experience the sounds he hears, the presence and temperaments of the musician producing them, and the urgent matters of art, culture, tradition, talent, and taste that a musician's performance embodies, all in a signature style that charmed a wide readership. "Thomson was open to every stylistic persuasion," John Rockwell of The New York Times has written, and he "concerned himself with music that most music critics didn't consider music at all--jazz, folk, gospel. . . . He wrote with enthusiasm and perception about the new music he liked, sweeping his readers along with him. By so doing, he built bridges--long dilapidated or never constructed--between music, the other arts, and the American intellectual community. Indeed, in his music and in his prose, he has given us as profound a vision of American culture as anyone has yet achieved." Music Chronicles 1940-1954 presents the best of Thomson's newspaper criticism as the author collected it in four books long out of print: The Musical Scene (1945), The Art of Judging Music (1948), Music Right and Left (1951), and Music Reviewed (1967). The volume is rounded out by a generous selection of other writings from the Herald Tribune years and, in an appendix, eight early essays in which Thomson announced the themes and developed the voice that would distinguish him as America;s indispensable composer-critic [Publisher description]

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"

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, 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"

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

November 18, 2014
Monk, Buddha.
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.

A New day

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

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