New Arrivals · Music Books

August 1, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Hip hop family tree

July 31, 2015
Piskor, Ed.
Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics Books, 2014-
v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 33 cm.
v. 1. 1970s-1981 -- v. 2. 1981-1983 -- v. 3. 1983-1984

The string instrument owner's handbook

July 31, 2015
Pagliaro, Michael J.
xiii, 234 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
Where these instruments came from -- How these instruments work -- Different kinds of violins, violas, cellos, and double basses -- Who makes them and how they are made -- How to choose and buy a string instrument -- How to rent an instrument -- How to take care of your instrument -- Accessories -- How string instruments compare to each other -- Learning to play -- The science of sound.

The Tommy Emmanuel experience

July 22, 2015
Ward, Dick, author.
135 pages ; 21 cm
"The Tommy Emmanuel Experience explores the incredible talent and charisma of one of the world's greatest guitar players. As Ward follows Emmanuel to concerts and workshops all around the country, he discovers not only the depth of Tommy's genius, but the man behind the guitar as well. This is not just another groupie book, or a biography, but a compelling personal account, inviting the reader to come along on a journey to guitar heaven."--Back cover.

Classical music for dummies

July 20, 2015
Pogue, David, 1963-
xiii, 364 pages : illustrations; 24 cm.
Includes glossary and index.
"Listen to audio tracks online"--Cover.
Part I, Getting started with classical music -- Part II, Listen up! -- Part III, A field guide to the orchestra -- Part IV, Peeking into the composer's brain -- Part V, The part of tens -- Part VI, The appendixes.
Learn to distinguish the different styles of classical music; explore composers, instruments, orchestras, concerts, recordings, and more; build a fabulous classical music library.

Diary of a madman : the Geto Boys, life, death, and the roots of Southern rap

July 17, 2015
Scarface, author.
New York : HarperCollins, 2015.
223 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm

Whitney & Bobbi Kristina : the deadly price of fame

July 17, 2015
Halperin, Ian, author.
298 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"An unauthorized biography"--Jacket.
Investigative journalist Ian Halperin tells the tragic story of Whitney Houston, exploring the devastating , self-destructive secrets that plagued the singer and led Whitney--and later her daughter--down a dark and dangerous road.

Dark days : a memoir

July 15, 2015
Blythe, D. Randall, author.
vii, 488 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Earl Scruggs and the 5-string banjo

July 15, 2015
Scruggs, Earl.
Milwaukee, Wisc. : Hal Leonard Corp., ©2005.
197 pages : illustrations, music ; 31 cm + 1 sound disc (digital ; 4.75 in.)
Includes index.
"Song section": pages 81-157; "How to build a banjo": p. 180-195; "Earl Scruggs--Biographical notes": p. 158-173.
American made, world played -- Ballad of Jed Clampett -- Bleeker street rag -- Blue Ridge cabin home -- Broad river -- Careless love -- Carolina boogie -- Carolina traveler -- Cripple creek -- Cumberland gap -- Dear old Dixie -- Earl's breakdown -- Flint Hill special -- Foggy mountain breakdown -- Foggy mountain chimes -- Good times are past and gone -- Ground hog -- Ground speed -- Home sweet home -- Hot corn, cold corn -- Instrumental in D Minor -- John Henry -- Little Darling pal of mine -- Lonesome road blues -- Loraderojost III breakdown -- My cabin in Caroline -- Nashville Blues -- Old folks -- Pedal to the metal -- Pick along -- Pretty Polly -- Randy Lynn rag -- Reuben -- Roller coaster -- Sally Ann -- Sally Goodwin -- Shuckin' the corn -- Silver eagle -- Station break -- String bender -- Train number Forty-five -- You bake right with Martha White -- Yonder stands little Maggie -- Your love is like a flower.

Kris Kristofferson : Country Highwayman

July 10, 2015
Hurd, Mary G., author.
Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
xix, 159 pages ; 24 cm.
Beginnings and influences : "so pick up that guitar, go break a heart" -- "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose" : 1965-1970 -- "Had to try to tame a thirst he couldn't name" : 1971-1975 -- "The going up was worth the coming down" : 1977-1984 -- Rebels, outlaws, highwaymen, 1985-1995 -- "I don't believe that no one wants to know" : 1985-1991 -- "Ain't you come a long way down this old road" : 1995-2014 -- Conclusion.

Dylan goes electric! : Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the night that split the sixties

July 10, 2015
Wald, Elijah.
New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow Publishers, [2015]
xiv, 354 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
One of the music world's pre-eminent critics takes a fresh and much-needed look at the day Dylan "went electric" at the Newport Folk Festival, timed to coincide with the event's fiftieth anniversary. On the evening of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at Newport Folk Festival, backed by an electric band, and roared into his new rock hit, Like a Rolling Stone. The audience of committed folk purists and political activists who had hailed him as their acoustic prophet reacted with a mix of shock, booing, and scattered cheers. It was the shot heard round the world--Dylan's declaration of musical independence, the end of the folk revival, and the birth of rock as the voice of a generation--and one of the defining moments in twentieth-century music. In Dylan Goes Electric!, Elijah Wald explores the cultural, political and historical context of this seminal event that embodies the transformative decade that was the sixties. Wald delves deep into the folk revival, the rise of rock, and the tensions between traditional and groundbreaking music to provide new insights into Dylan's artistic evolution, his special affinity to blues, his complex relationship to the folk establishment and his sometime mentor Pete Seeger, and the ways he reshaped popular music forever. Breaking new ground on a story we think we know, Dylan Goes Electric! is a thoughtful, sharp appraisal of the controversial event at Newport and a nuanced, provocative, analysis of why it matters.


July 9, 2015
Morgan, Michelle, 1970- author.
Philadelphia, PA : Running Press Book Publishers, 2015.
448 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Originally published: London : Robinson, 2015.
Reviews, interviews, commentary, and Madonna's own words shed new light on her videos, books, tours, fashion, charity work and other aspects of her life.


July 6, 2015
Musical Art Society of Cincinnati.
Cincinnati : Ebbert & Richardson, 1906-
v. : ill., ports ; 16-21 cm.
Some programs are brief overviews of the season and others are extended programs for a specific concert in that season. The first concert in the first season in the overview program is undated but most likely Dec. 1906. The dates of the second and third concerts in the 5th season overview program do not match the dates on the extended programs for those concerts.
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection (1st-5th (Dec. 1906-May 1911) bound in green library cloth. Some of the programs are bound out of chronological order.
Overview booklet [1st season, 1st concert (Dec. 1906] + 2nd concert (2/21/1907) -- 2nd season, 3rd concert (4/23/1908, The Auditorium) -- 2nd season, 1st concert (12/19/1907, The Auditorium) -- 2nd season, 2nd concert (2/13/1908, The Auditorium) -- 1st season, 3rd concert (5/2/1907, The Auditorium) -- 3rd season, 1st concert (12/17/1908, The Odeon) -- 3rd season, 2nd concert (2/25/1909, The Odeon) -- 3rd season, 3rd concert (4/29/1908, The Odeon) -- 4th season, 1st concert (12/16/1909, The Odeon) 4th season, 2nd concert (2/24/1910, The Odeon) -- 4th season, 3rd concert (4/21/1910, The Odeon) -- 5th season Overview booklet (including 1st concert 12/22/1910, The Odeon) -- 5th season, 2nd concert (3/2/1911, The Odeon) -- 5th season, 3rd concert (5/4/1911, The Odeon)

Ringo : with a little help

June 26, 2015
Starr, Michael, 1961- author.
Montclair, NJ : Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation, 2015.
xi, 426 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

Allen Klein : the man who bailed out the Beatles, made the Stones, and transformed rock & roll

June 26, 2015
Goodman, Fred.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
xv, 302 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"An Eamon Dolan Book."
Prologue : London, August 1969 -- A foundling's tale -- Allen Klein and company -- Sam Cooke -- The Yiddish invasion -- "People keep asking me if they're morons" -- The King of America -- ABKCO -- A rock 'n' roll circus -- The prize -- With the Beatles -- Mr. Popularity -- Some time in New York City -- A sport and a pastime -- No Sympathy for the devil.
"The story of notorious manager Allen Klein, revealing new, behind-the-scenes details about some of the biggest rock bands in history"-- Provided by publisher.

I am Charlie Wilson

June 25, 2015
Wilson, Charlie, 1953- author.
New York : 37 INK/Atria, 2015.
241 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The "memoir of nine-time Grammy-nominated artist Charlie Wilson, the iconic R&B and funk singer/songwriter/producer--including his recollections of jamming with fellow artists such as Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, and Snoop Dogg"--Dust jacket flap.

World on a string : a musical memoir

June 25, 2015
Pizzarelli, John, author.
Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., [2013]
xxii, 282 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Lincoln Center."
When I was a little boy -- Rock and roll high school -- Travels with Bucky -- How I met my mother -- Sing, sing, sing -- The king of swing : Benny -- My mother's eggplant -- Raised on radio -- On the road -- Counting my blessings : Loving Rosie -- Come fly with me : My travels with Mr. Sinatra -- Team Dream -- On Broadway -- On the road (again) -- Let me off uptown (but with a stop at 76th and Madison) -- This old guitar -- The long and winding country road : James Taylor and Paul McCartney -- Finale : The best is yet to come.

Camerata : a guide to organizing and directing small choruses

June 24, 2015
Wenk, Arthur, 1943- author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
ix, 170 pages : music ; 25 cm.
What you need to know -- Getting started -- Recruiting singers -- Planning programs -- Rehearsing music -- Publicizing concerts -- Sharing responsibilities -- Financing the operation -- Knowing the law -- Getting better.

Deadheads : stories from fellow artists, friends, and followers of the Grateful Dead

June 24, 2015
Kelly, Linda.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, [2015]
xxi, 228 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

MusicHound jazz : the essential album guide

June 24, 2015
New York : Schirmer Trade Books, ©1998.
xxiv, 1390 pages : illustrations, ports. ; 24 cm
Originally published: Detroit : Visible Ink Press, 1998.
Includes indexes.
List of sidebars -- Foreword / T.S. Monk -- Introduction / Steve Holtje -- musicHound owner's manual -- Credits -- Acknowledgments -- A -- z guide to jazz acts -- Compilation of albums -- Books, magazines, and newsletters -- Web sites -- Record labels -- Radio stations -- Music festivals -- Five-bone album index -- Band member index -- Producer index -- Roots index -- Category index.

Blood, sweat, and my rock 'n' roll years : is Steve Katz a rock star?

June 19, 2015
Katz, Steve, 1945- author.
ix, 244 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The birth of the blues -- Is this any way to earn a living? -- Mimi -- Blues explosion -- Submarine race watching -- What do I do with all this money? -- You've made me so very happy -- Spinning our wheels -- Living the dream -- Rock 'n' roll animal -- The fifth Beatle -- The suit -- Ashes to ashes.

The first collection of criticism by a living female rock critic

June 15, 2015
Hopper, Jessica.
Chicago, Illinois : Featherproof Books, [2015]
201 pages ; 23 cm.
On spine: "fp14".
"Jessica Hopper's music criticism has earned her a reputation as a firebrand, a keen observer and fearless critic not just of music but the culture around it. With this volume spanning from her punk fanzine roots to her landmark piece on R. Kelly's past, The First Collection leaves no doubt why The New York Times has called Hopper's work "influential." Not merely a selection of two decades of Hopper's most engaging, thoughtful, and humorous writing, this book documents the last 20 years of American music making and the shifting landscape of music consumption. The book journeys through the truths of Riot Grrrl's empowering insurgence, decamps to Gary, IN, on the eve of Michael Jackson's death, explodes the grunge-era mythologies of Nirvana and Courtney Love, and examines emo's rise. Through this vast range of album reviews, essays, columns, interviews, and oral histories, Hopper chronicles what it is to be truly obsessed with music. The pieces in The First Collection send us digging deep into our record collections, searching to re-hear what we loved and hated, makes us reconsider the art, trash, and politics Hopper illuminates, helping us to make sense of what matters to us." -- viewed on May 19, 2015.

Official program.

June 12, 2015
Cincinnati : Robert Clarke & Co., printers
v. : map, music ; 22-26 cm.
Vols. for 1972- issued without title: "Official program."
At head of title: 1873-1954 [Official].

Psychedelic bubble gum : Boyce & Hart, the Monkees, and turning mayhem into miracles

June 12, 2015
Hart, Bobby.
New York : SelectBooks, Inc., [2015]
xiv, 336 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
"Songwriter, singer, and producer Bobby Hart tells how he and Tommy Boyce created many top hit songs of the sixties and seventies, enabling The Monkees to outsell the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in 1967-68 and Boyce and Hart to become performers and recording artists. He discusses his relationships, political activism, and his religious and spiritual journey"-- Provided by publisher.

Dreams to remember : Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the transformation of Southern soul

June 12, 2015
Ribowsky, Mark.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2015]
xxix, 365 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Son of a preacher man -- Heebie jeebies -- Rockin' Redding -- "It's something called soul" -- "A lousy singer" -- "Wait, we got time for another kid" -- Chops like a wolf -- Turning the knife -- The king of soul -- Just one more day -- Crossing over -- The whole damn body -- Making the white feel black -- "The only son-of-a-gun this side of the sun" -- London calling -- Peace, love, and Otis Redding -- Hard to handle -- "So I guess I'll remain the same" -- Amen.
"A soul icon and the southern music he helped popularize come to life in this moving requiem,"

The music business (explained in plain English) : what every artist and songwriter should know to avoid getting ripped off!

June 11, 2015
Naggar, David.
San Francisco, CA : DaJe Pub., ©2013.
167 pages ; 22 cm
Basics for the artist -- Basics for the songwriter -- Other important basics -- Music, motion pictures, television & multimedia.
An invaluable aid to anyone who feels like they are at the mercy of industry pros. Not only does this book provide practical career-building and money-saving answers for both artists and songwriters, but it is also a must-have deal-making reference guide.

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