New Arrivals · Music Books

June 23, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Never a dull moment : 1971-- the year that rock exploded

June 22, 2016
Hepworth, David, 1950- author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
x, 307 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Originally published: London : Bantam, 2016.
January : Get down and get with it -- February : I feel the earth move -- March : Rock and roll -- April : Inner city blues -- May : Brown sugar -- June : Won't get fooled again -- July : Every picture tells a story -- August : Wild night -- September : Family affair -- October : Will the circle be unbroken -- November : Hunky dory -- December : American pie -- Appendix. 1971 in 100 albums.
"David Hepworth, an ardent music fan and well regarded critic, was twenty-one in '71, the same age as many of the legendary artists who arrived on the scene. Taking us on a tour of the major moments, the events and songs of this remarkable year, he shows how musicians came together to form the perfect storm of rock and roll greatness, starting a musical era that would last longer than anyone predicted. Those who joined bands to escape things that lasted found themselves in a new age, its colossal start being part of the genre's staying power"

83 minutes : the doctor, the damage, and the shocking death of Michael Jackson

June 22, 2016
Richards, Matt, 1967- author.
426 pages ; 24 cm
Reprint. Originally published: London : Blink Publishing, 2015.
"For the first time, readers have access to [an] ... account of the crucial moments leading up to Jackson's demise. Drawing on court documents and testimonials, [the book] presents a multi-perspective tracking of every individual involved and the part they played as the tragedy unfolded, examining forensically the mystery of the 83 minutes that elapsed from the moment Dr. Murray suggested he found Jackson not breathing to the moment the singer's lifeless body was wheeled into hospital"--Dust jacket flap.

Then and now : a memoir

June 22, 2016
Cook, Barbara, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016.
x, 237 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Childhood -- Glenwood Avenue -- Discovering Show Business -- The Thrill of New York -- The Reality of New York -- Meeting David LeGrant -- Broadway -- Leonard Bernstein and Candide -- The Music Man -- Marriage, Motherhood, and Career -- One for My Baby -- Matters of the Heart -- Drinking Again -- Wally Harper -- Career Renaissance -- Losing Wally -- New Choices -- As of Today -- Still Capable of Wonder.
"The Kennedy Center Honoree and Tony Award-winning Broadway star traces her remarkable but turbulent life during the glory days of Broadway and the American musical, describing how her acclaimed stage performances were overshadowed by depression and alcoholism before her reinvention as a cabaret artist,"--NoveList.

George Hamlin, American singer, 1868-1923: a resumé of his career

December 18, 2016
Trott, Josephine, 1874-1950.
Denver : Printed by Nelson, 1925.
53 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm

What every pianist needs to know about the body : a manual for players of keyboard instruments : piano, organ, digital keyboard, harpsichord, clavichord

June 15, 2016
Mark, Thomas Carson, 1941-
Chicago : GIA Publications, ©2003.
xv, 155 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
"Based on What every musician needs to know about the body, by Barbara Conable."
Basic concepts -- Mapping the structure -- Mapping the places of balance -- Mapping the arm and hand -- Mapping muscles -- Mapping breathing -- Mapping the piano -- Additional concerns of organists -- Injuries and retraining.
Techniques on how to gain greater fluidity of movement while playing to improve the quality of the experience are offered in this manual for serious piano players. This book encourages musicians to develop a broader understanding of the involvement of the entire body in playing-and the strains playing places on the body-by focusing on body mapping to increase awareness of the body's function, size, and structure. Ways in which piano, organ, harpsichord, clavichord, and digital keyboard players can eliminate or prevent carpal tunnel syndrome and other debilitating conditions without traditional medical treatments are also explored.

Why you love music : from Mozart to Metallica : the emotional power of beautiful sounds

June 14, 2016
Powell, John, 1955- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
viii, 310 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
What is your taste in music? -- Lyrics, and meaning in music -- Music and your emotions -- Repetition, surprises and goosebumps -- Music as medicine -- Does music make you more intelligent? -- From Psycho to Star wars-the power of movie music -- Are you musically talented? -- A few notes about notes -- What's in a tune? -- Untangling the tune from the accompaniment -- Don't believe everything you hear -- Dissonance -- How musicians push our emotional buttons -- Why you love music -- Fiddly details A : timbre -- Fiddly details B : post-skip reversal -- Fiddly details C : harmonizing a tune -- Fiddly details D : how many tunes are hidden in the harmony? -- Fiddly details E : scales and keys.
"Why does music affect us so profoundly? The songs we love do far more than bring back happy memories. They impact the way we think, talk, feel, behave, and even spend money. With his conversational style, humor, and endless knowledge, scientist and musician John Powell explores the fascinating science of music, showing that shoppers spend more money in stores that play classical music and that music can even change the flavor of wine! With chapters on music and our emotions (why do we listen to sad music?), music as medicine (how does music reduce pain at the dentist?), music and intelligence (how does the 'Mozart effect' really work?), and much more, WHY YOU LOVE MUSIC provides a fascinating study of how our brains respond to the joys of music,"--NoveList.

Before you judge me : the triumph and tragedy of Michael Jackson's last days

June 13, 2016
Smiley, Tavis, 1964- author.
New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
vi, 277 pages ; 25 cm
This is it -- Who will buy this wonderful feeling? -- Stranger in Moscow -- Demerol -- Jehovah -- Managerial warfare -- Spring -- Father, father -- Managing managers -- More and better -- Interlude -- April Fools' day -- Milk -- Disappear into the dance -- Heat -- Wordless -- Vulnerable today, ruthless tomorrow -- Family reunion -- Elvis -- Do or die -- How did it get so late so soon? -- On the good ship lollipop -- Breaking news -- "Give me your all: your endurance, your patience, your understanding" -- June 25, 2009 -- Before you judge me.
"A powerful chronicle of the sixteen weeks leading up to King of Pop Michael Jackson's death. Michael Jackson's final months were like the rest of his short and legendary life: filled with deep lows and soaring highs, a constant hunt for privacy, and the pressure and fame that made him socially fragile and almost--ultimately--unable to live,"--NoveList.

Every little step : my story

June 10, 2016
Brown, Bobby (Vocalist), author.
New York : Dey St., and imprint of William Morrow Publishers, [2016]
326 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Part I: Becoming Bobby Brown -- Chapter 1: My (Musical) Roots -- Chapter 2: Stars Are Born: The Rise of New Edition -- Part II: Being Bobby Brown -- Chapter 4: Growing Up -- Chapter 5: Bobby in Love -- Chapter 6: Husband and Wife -- Chapter 7: Trouble Man -- Part IV: Hating Bobby Brown -- Chapter 8: Breaking Up -- Part V: Staying Bobby Brown -- Chapter 9: Mom and Dad Get Their Wings -- Chapter 10: Nippy Is Gone -- Chapter 11: Losing My Baby -- Chapter 12: The Legacy of Bobby Brown.
Bobby Brown has been one of the most compelling American artists of the past thirty years, a magnetic and talented figure who successfully crossed over many musical genres, including R&B and hip hop, as well as the mainstream. In the late 1980s, the former front man of New Edition had a wildly successful solo career--especially with the launch of Don't Be Cruel--garnering multiple hits on the Billboard top ten list, as well as several Grammy, American Music, and Soul Train awards. But Brown put his career on hold to be with the woman he loved--American music royalty Whitney Houston. The marriage between Brown and Houston was perhaps the most closely watched and talked about marriage of the 1990s--a pairing that obsessed the public and the gossip industry. Now, for the first time, the world will be able to hear the truth from the mouth of America's "bad boy" himself. Raw and powerful, Every Little Step is the story of a man who has been on the top of the mountain and in the depths of the valley and who is now finally ready to talk about his career and family life, from the passion and the excess to his creative inspirations and massive musical success.

Kanye West owes me $300 : and other true stories from a white rapper who ALMOST made it big

June 9, 2016
Karp, Jensen, 1979-
New York : Crown Archetype, [2016]
293 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

Counting down southern rock : the 100 best songs

June 6, 2016
Banister, C. Eric, author.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
xvi, 199 pages ; 24 cm.
"In Counting Down Southern Rock: The 100 Best Songs, C. Eric Banister considers the best songs to emerge from the bands who made Southern rock what it is. Banister examines the impact of the songs on the society and culture of devoted fans and delves deep into the history and production of each song. Featuring such well-known bands as the Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd as well as less visible groups like Blackhorse and Heartsfield, this book is the perfect introduction for both newbies and dedicated fans."

Encyclopedia Madonnica 20

June 1, 2016
Rettenmund, Matthew.
580 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
"The standard edition of the ultimate book on the Queen of Pop: Madonna! This twentieth-anniversary edition of the book that gets it all down (and gets it all right) is filled with never-before-seen and rare images, as well as fresh interviews. This encyclopedic tome covers every aspect of Madonna's life and career: music, movies, TV, love life, family, tours and more"

The music producer's handbook

May 31, 2016
Owsinski, Bobby.
Milwaukee, WI : Hal Leonard Books, 2016.
281 pages ; 28 cm
Includes index.
Music production: The history of music production -- What is a music producer? -- The duties of a music producer -- The business of music production -- Assembling the budget -- It's all in the song -- Music mechanics -- Preproduction: the most important step -- Preparing for the session -- Basic tracks: where the magic is made -- Overdubs -- Working with your team -- Self-production -- Mixing: where it's make it or break it -- Mastering: the finishing touch -- EDM, pop, and hip-hop production -- Production checklist. Interviews.

The new Bach reader : a life of Johann Sebastian Bach in letters and documents

May 26, 2016
New York : W.W. Norton, ©1999.
liv, 551 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Rev. and enl. ed. of: The Bach reader. Rev. ed. 1966.
Johann Sebastian Bach : a portrait in outline -- Bach's life in his own writings and other documents -- Early biographical documents on Bach -- Bach as viewed by his contemporaries -- Bach in the second half of the Eighteenth Century -- Forkel's biography of Bach (1802/1820) -- Bach in the Romantic era -- Appendix : Money and living costs in Bach's time.
Through hundreds of letters, family papers, anecdotes, and records, the Bach Reader established a new approach to biography by offering original documents in impeccable translations. In The New Bach Reader, Christoph Wolff has incorporated numerous facsimiles and added many newly discovered items, reflecting the current state of scholarship about the composer's life and music. The readings in this volume provide an accurate and vivid picture of Bach's world and of his far-reaching influence.

Woody Guthrie and the dust bowl ballads

May 24, 2016
Hayes, Nick (Illustrator), author, artist.
New York : Abrams ComicArts, 2016.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm

Music 4.1 : a survival guide for making music in the Internet age

May 20, 2016
Owsinski, Bobby, author.
Montclair : Hal Leonard Books, 2016.
xviii, 254 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
The life stages of the music industry -- How the music world has changed -- The new music industry -- The new masters of the domain -- The new marketing : part 1 -- The new marketing : part 2 -- Marketing with social media -- Social media management -- Making money in today's music world -- The new distribution -- The new publishing paradigm -- When music is your product -- Monetizing video views -- The music 4.1 rules for survival -- Living in music 4.1.

How to listen to jazz

May 17, 2016
Gioia, Ted.
New York : Basic Books, [2016]
xiv, 253 pages ; 22 cm

Porcelain : a memoir

May 16, 2016
Moby, author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2016.
406 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Parking lot, 1976. The future -- Dirty Mecca, 1989-1990. One hundred square feet ; Vegan cookies ; Night moves ; Hands in the air ; Garbage-filled shaftway ; Goat-skin bucket ; Tic-tac-toe with a chicken ; L train conductor ; Orange sodium light ; Quarters on needles ; Bloody skateboard wheels ; Wet socks on the radiator ; Smeared black magic marker -- Moby Go!, 1990-1992. Yams ; Crossed arms ; Silver radio ; Black lacquer ; Baby food ; Giant loop of keys ; Thin gray curtains ; Brown floral bedspread ; Lights through the trees ; Yellow hard hat ; Trillions of miles -- Distortion, 1992-1995. Beanbag chairs ; Plywood dance floor ; Sunburn ; Monochromatic strobes ; Juniper bush ; Biology textbook ; Dental floss ; Lemon zinger ; Cracks between the floorboards ; Dust motes ; Snakes in cages -- Alcohol enthusiast, 1995-1997. Thousands of leather jackets ; A mullet the size of a poodle ; Neon-green muppet monster fur ; Ants and thumbnails ; PVC bodysuit ; Rose-colored lights ; Wet sweater ; Sugarcane fields ; Acoustic foam ; Cheetos on the casino floor ; Orange jacket ; Condensation on freezing glass ; Dark water ; Eighteen inches of mud ; Stagnant green water -- The rave's progress, 1997-1999. Oak trees ; Wedding reception ; Rain on the skylights ; Windowless bedroom ; Chair with cigarette burns ; Melting pools of snow ; Beige Camry.
From Moby, one of the most interesting and iconic musicians of our time, comes a piercingly tender, funny, and harrowing account of the path from suburban poverty and alienation to a life of beauty, squalor, and unlikely success. It's about making it, losing it, loving it, and hating it. It's about finding your people, your place, thinking you've lost them both, and then, somehow, when you think it's over, from a place of well-earned despair, creating a masterpiece. -- adapted from book jacket.

Prince : an artist's life, 1958-2016

May 13, 2016
New York, NY : Time Books, an imprint of Time Inc. Books, [2016]
95 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 28 cm
"Parts of this edition were published previously by Time and Entertainment weekly.
"This commemorative edition combines classic and rarely seen photographs and text from the Time Inc. archives, as well as the story behind the movie Purple Rain; a look inside Prince’s famed home and studio, Paisley Park; his unprecedented approach to the zbusiness of Princey; exclusive tributes from Sheila E., Seal and Lenny Kravitz; and a rundown of 25 essential Prince songs plus a handful of lesser-known gems."

Your favorite band is killing me : what pop music rivalries reveal about the meaning of life

May 12, 2016
Hyden, Steven, author.
New York : Back Bay Books : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
x, 294 pages ; 21 cm
Includes index.
Don't believe the truth (Oasis vs. Blur) -- Bruce dreams (Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam) -- A quirky theory about quirk theory (Prince vs. Michael Jackson) -- Gorilla meets gorilla (White Stripes vs. Black Keys) -- We crash into each other just so we can feel something (Taylor Swift vs. Kanye West) -- We finally talk about Beatles vs. Stones -- Right to the ways and the rules of the world (Eric Clapton vs. Jimi Hendrix) -- The Pope > Robin Thicke (Sinead O'Connor vs. Miley Cyrus) -- Competing with yourself and losing (Roger Waters vs. the rest of Pink Floyd) -- Why does the thunder pass me by? (A short history of unfought celebrity boxing matches, starring Axl Rose and Vince Neil with cameos by Scott Stapp, Fred Durst, Kid Rock, Tommy Lee, Kurt Cobain, DMX, and George Zimmerman) -- Geek USA (Smashing Pumpkins vs. Pavement) -- A tour of three ultimatum prison cells (Dr. Dre vs. Eazy-E; Dave Mustaine vs. Metallica; David Lee Roth vs. the Van Halen brothers) -- Everyone must stand alone (Madonna vs. Cyndi Lauper and Britney Spears vs. Christina Aguilera) -- Heritage, not hate (Neil Young vs. Lynyrd Skynyrd) -- You're nobody (till somebody kills you) (Biggie vs. Tupac) -- Actual otter (Toby Keith vs. the Dixie Chicks).

Dave Grohl : times like his : Foo Fighters, Nirvana & other misadventures

May 12, 2016
James, Martin (Music journalist), author.
351 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 20 cm.
First published in 2003.
Introduction -- From Freak Baby to Fumble -- MTV meltdown : selling punk to the masses -- Reclaiming punk from the MTV masses -- Alone and an easy target -- What have we done with innocence? -- There is nothing left to lose -- Done, done, and then I'm on to the next one -- Looking for relief in your miserable life? -- Always was the lucky one -- What if I say I'm not like the others? -- Deserve the future -- These are my famous last words -- If I were me -- In the clear.
Fully updated edition of the bestselling and first biography on one of modern rock s most influential figures. The Foo Fighters emerged from the morass of suicide and potent musical legacy that was Nirvana to establish themselves against all odds as one of the most popular rock bands in the world. Deflecting early critical disdain, Dave Grohl has single-handedly reinvented himself and cemented his place in the rock pantheon. This is his story, from his pre Nirvana days in hardcore band Scream to his current festival conquering status as a Grammy winning, platinum selling grunge legend reborn. Across the entire body of Foo Fighters albums, the whole sordid yet legendary Nirvana tale, the pre-history in the nascent Seattle scene and right up to date via Grohl s flirtations with bands such as Queens of the Stone Age and his mega-band side-project Them Crooked Vultures, this is an utterly comprehensive and insightful chronicle of Dave Grohl s remarkable life. Drawing on new interviews with key figures in the Grohl story, this definitive biography of one of modern rock s most influential figures is now updated to include the world conquering double album In Your Honour, the multi platinum opus Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace and their latest 2011 album which marks a return to high voltage rock and sees Grohl reunited with Nirvana producer Butch Vig.


May 11, 2016
Lecrae (Musician), author.
xi, 212 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Red Carpet Treatment -- Daddy Issues -- Nowhere To Run -- A Fragmented Life -- Lost Man On Campus -- Take Me As I Am -- Who Am I Foolin'? -- Welcome To Rehab -- Confessions Of A Christian Rapper -- Memphis Moment -- Kicking Down Hell's Door -- The Outsiders -- God's Poetry -- Acknowledgments -- About Lecrae -- Notes.
Two-time Grammy winning rap artist, Lecrae, learned the lesson "if you live for people's acceptance, you'll die from their rejection" through more than his share of adversity--childhood abuse, drugs and alcoholism, a stint in rehab, an abortion, and an unsuccessful suicide attempt. Along the way, Lecrae attained an unwavering faith in Jesus and began looking to God for affirmation. Now as a chart-topping industry anomaly, he has learned to ignore the haters and make peace with his craft. The rap artist holds nothing back as he divulges the most sensitive details of his life, answers his critics, shares intimate handwritten journal entries, and powerfully models how to be a Christian in a secular age.

Sounds and sweet airs : the forgotten women of classical music

May 11, 2016
Beer, Anna R., 1964- author.
London : Oneworld Publications, 2016.
xi, 368 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Notes from the silence -- Caccini -- Strozzi -- Jacquet de la Guerre -- Martines -- Hensel -- Schumann -- Boulanger -- Maconchy -- Endnote.
Sounds and Sweet Airs reveals the hidden stories of eight remarkable female composers, taking the reader on a journey from seventeenth-century Medici Florence to London in the Blitz.

The sun & the moon & the Rolling Stones

May 10, 2016
Cohen, Rich.
New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2016]
x, 381 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Rich Cohen enters the Stones epic as a young journalist on the road with the band and quickly falls under their sway; privy to the jokes, the camaraderie, the bitchiness, the hard living. Inspired by a lifelong appreciation of the music that borders on obsession, Cohen's chronicle of the band is informed by the rigorous views of a kid who grew up on the music and for whom the Stones will always be the greatest rock and roll band of all time.

My life with Wagner : fairies, rings, and redemption : exploring opera's most enigmatic composer

May 9, 2016
Thielemann, Christian, 1959- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2016.
xiv, 267 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 24 cm
Translated from German: Mein leben mit Wagner. München : C.H. Beck, 2012.
Reprint. Originally published in English: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2015.

Go big or go home : the journey toward the dream

May 9, 2016
McCreery, Scotty, 1993- author.
Grand Rapids, MI : Zondervan, 2016.
254 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Go Big or Go Home is the story of a kid with country songs in his soul. The special thing with Scotty McCreery, however, is that he has this God-given ability to sing those tunes the exact way they should be sung. Daring to enter the limelight at such a young age, Scotty finds himself embraced by the nation, and even overseas, as he competes on "American Idol". This is his journey from his North Carolina roots to winning America's most popular singing competition and launching a musical career he had always dreamt about.

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