New Arrivals · Music Books

May 21, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Wurlitzer of Cincinnati : the name that means music to millions

May 20, 2015
Palkovic, Mark, author.
Charleston, SC : History Press, 2015.
206 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Rudolph Wurlitzer -- How the business began -- The Farny family -- The marriage of Rudolph and Leonie -- The artist Henry Farny -- The second generation -- The sons enter the business -- Transitions -- The Wurlitzer factories -- The Wurlitzer retail stores -- Automatic musical instruments -- The mighty Wurlitzer -- Pianos and harps -- Jukeboxes -- Other Wurlitzer products.
"Established in Cincinnati in 1856 by German immigrant Franz Rudolph Wurlitzer, the music dealer became the largest outlet for band instruments in the United States by 1865. During the silent film era in the early twentieth century, Wurlitzer manufactured nearly 2,250 theater organs, affectionately dubbed Mighty Wurlitzers. Many of these instruments still provide concert music today. During the Big Band era of the 1930s to 1950s, the company's colorful coin-operated jukeboxes were such popular fixtures in bars and dance halls that the U.S. Postal Service honored them with a commemorative stamp. Although the company was sold in 1988, the Wurlitzer name continues to be held in high esteem by the city of Cincinnati."--Provided by publisher.

After the dance : my life with Marvin Gaye

May 20, 2015
Gaye, Jan, author.
©2015
viii, 290 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
A "cautionary tale about the ecstasy and dangers of loving Marvin Gaye, a performer passionately pursued by all--and a searing memoir of drugs, sex, and old school R&B from the wife of [the] legendary soul icon"--Amazon.com.

Morrissey FAQ : all that's left to know about the Pope of Mope

May 15, 2015
McKinney, D., author.
Montclair, New Jersey : Backbeat Books, 2015.
xix, 366 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Guitar world presents metal guitar lessons.

May 15, 2015
Milwaukee, WI : Hal Leonard Corporation, [2015]
159 pages : illustrations ; 31 cm
"More than 75 instructional guitar columns from some of the world's most respected six-string heavy metal titans, including Zakk Wylde, Tony Iommi, Dave Mustaine, Kirk Hammett, and more!"--Cover.

Super Mario Bros.

May 15, 2015
Schartmann, Andrew.
New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.
146 pages : illustrations, music ; 17 cm.
Contexts. An unlikely hero is born ; Mario grows up ; Kondo's compositional philosophy ; Kondo's instruments -- Music. Overworlds and underworlds ; The "underwater waltz" ; Bowser's "castle" theme & other endings ; Sound effects.

Fresh fruit for rotting vegetables

May 15, 2015
Foley, Michael S., author.
New York ; London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.
177 pages : illustrations ; 17 cm.
I don't need this fucking world -- Mellow out or you will pay -- The sun beams down on a brand new day -- It's time to taste what you most fear -- There's no way like the American way.

Ode to Billie Joe

May 15, 2015
Murtha, Tara, author.
New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.
xv, 142 pages : illustrations ; c 17 cm.
Foreword / by Jill Sobule -- Out of a swamp fog -- Where is Bobbie Gentry? -- The Bobbiebilia -- Chickasaw County child -- Becoming Bobbie Gentry -- "Produced by Kelly Gordon and Bobby Paris" -- The summer of "Ode to Billie Joe" -- Capitol Pre-orders five times as many records as Meet the Beatles -- The Capitol years -- Viva Las Vegas -- What the song didn't tell you, the movie will -- So I'm packin' up and I'm checking out.

Stratocaster continues : [the sixth decade of the fender strat]

May 14, 2015
Wheeler, Tom (Thomas Hutchin)
©2014
104 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Subtitle from cover.

Procol Harum : the ghosts of A whiter shade of pale

May 13, 2015
Scott-Irvine, Henry.
London : Omnibus, 2012.
xii, 308 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm

Return of the King : Elvis Presley's great comeback

May 13, 2015
Gaar, Gillian G., 1959-
London : Jawbone, 2010.
270 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
"A genuine Jawbone book"--Title page verso.
"Return Of The King tells the story of a tumultuous period in the life of Elvis Presley. By 1967, The King Of Rock'n'Roll was all but washed-up, thanks to a string of bland movie roles and lackluster records. But within a year he had roused himself, loosened the creative shackles imposed by his grasping manager, 'Colonel' Tom Parker, and reconnected with the rock audience through a riveting TV special. There followed a glorious but all too brief artistic flowering, in which he made some of his most enduring records, including 'Suspicious Minds' and 'In The Ghetto.' This meticulously researched and elegantly written book, based on a string of new interviews with colleagues, friends, fans, and observers of The King, sheds new light on the events of Elvis's great comeback."--Back cover.

Born to drum : the truth about the world's greatest drummers--from John Bonham and Keith Moon to Sheila E. and Dave Grohl

May 13, 2015
Barrell, Tony, author.
New York : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow Publishers, [2015]
xi, 302 pages ; 22 cm
Into the asylum -- Working-class heroes -- Rock 'n' roll show-offs -- She plays the drums -- Studio madness -- The worst job in the world -- The beginning of time -- Secret drummers -- Do you think I'm sexy? -- The final countdown.
In "Born to Drum", Barrell explores the extraordinary history of the world's most primitive instrument and the musicians who have made it legend. He interviews some of the most famous and revered and well-known drummers of our time, including Chad Smith, Ginger Baker, Clem Burke, Sheila E, Phil Collins, Nick Mason, Patty Schemel, Butch Vig, and Omar Hakim, who share astonishing truths about their work and lives. He investigates the stories of late, great drummers such as Keith Moon and John Bonham, analyzes many of the greatest drum tracks ever recorded, and introduces us to the world's fastest drummer, the world's loudest drummer, and the first musician to pilot a "flying drum kit" on stage.

How to be a man : (and other illusions)

May 8, 2015
McKagan, Duff, author.
©2015
viii, 296 pages ; 22 cm
Start with a strong base -- Mind your business -- Don't burn any bridges -- Stay humble -- Give thanks -- Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty -- Know your tunes -- Set goals (and boundaries) -- Be smart with your money (and your talents) -- Make time for your friends -- When in Rome -- Convert darkness into productivity -- Skip the stripclub, hit the bookstore -- Be loyal -- Get a dog -- Be the man -- Find a good woman (or dude) and hold her close -- Parent, even if it's via Skype -- Date like you mean it -- Keep your friends close -- See something, say something -- Don't die young, you'll miss out on being fifty -- Innovate and modernize. Then get up and do it again -- Know how to fix things (and what you can fix) -- Let go of resentments, Vol. I -- Let go of resentments, Vol. II -- Prioritize and strategize.

Waiting for the man : the life & music of Lou Reed

May 7, 2015
Reed, Jeremy, author.
©2015
272 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), portraits ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Waiting for the man -- Kill your sons -- Put jelly on your shoulder -- Help me New York stars -- Gimme some kicks -- Uptown dirt -- I've always been that way -- Dirty boulevard -- Now I have seen lots of people die -- Sex with your parents -- The sound and the fury -- Slow dazzle.
In Waiting For The Man, Jeremy Reed focuses on Lou Reed as rock's principal literary avatar, paying special attention to his controversial lyrics and prototypical garage sound. Lou Reed influenced generations of copyists that took note of his outlaw status, ambiguous sexual orientation characterized by his seventies relationship with the transvestite Rachel, his implacable mystique, cool and defiant attitude as the narrator of subcultures. Finally the book examines the transcendent, if reluctant calm, that Reed arrived at in later life.

Deal : my three decades of drumming, dreams, and drugs with the Grateful Dead

May 7, 2015
Kreutzmann, Bill, 1946- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
388 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Includes index.
A memoir by one of the Grateful Dead's founding members shares insights into their improvisational style, their survival of shared and personal tragedies, and their collaborations with a wide range of fellow artists.

Bowie on Bowie : interviews and encounters with David Bowie

May 6, 2015
Chicago : Chicago Review Press, [2015].
x, 434 pages ; 24 cm.
"Bowie on Bowie presents some of the best interviews David Bowie has granted in his near five-decade career. Each featured interview traces a new step in his unique journey, successively freezing him in time in all of his various incarnations, from a young novelty hit-maker and Ziggy Stardust to plastic soul player, 1980s sell-out, and the artistically reborn and beloved elder statesman of challenging popular music. In all of these iterations he is remarkably articulate and also preternaturally polite as almost every interviewer remarks upon his charm. The features in this book come from outlets both prestigious--Melody Maker, MOJO, New Musical Express, Q, Rolling Stone--and less well-known--the Drummer, Guitar, Ikon, Mr. Showbiz--but no matter the renown of the magazine, newspaper, or website, Bowie lets us approach the nerve center of his notoriously creative output"-- Provided by publisher.

Anger is an energy : my life uncensored

May 1, 2015
Lydon, John, 1956- author.
©2014
536 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Includes index.

The music and life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro : infatuation

April 29, 2015
Petersen, Leif Bo, 1942-
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2009.
xvi, 378 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm.
Intro : Key West -- Chorus one : Theme -- the birth of a jazz musician ; Cody ; On the road up north -- Chorus two : Tutti -- Big band apprenticeship ; Wheelin' with Andy Kirk ; Recordings with Andy kirk, 1943-45 ; Fat Boy in B's band ; Recordings, early 1945-46 -- Chorus three : Solos -- Fats blows ; Bebop boy ; Recordings, Second half of 1946 ; Climbing up the scene ; Recordings, 1947 -- Interlude -- the romance of junk -- Chorus four : More solos -- lady be good ; Hot house ; Recordings with Hampton ; The roost and Rena ; Recordings, August-October 1948 ; Move ; Recordings, November 1948-February 1949 -- Chorus five : Outchorus -- twilight ; Dance of the infidels ; Recordings, second half of 1949 ; Birdland nights ; Recordings, 1950 ; The final note -- Coda -- the significance of Fats Navarro.

It's a long story : my life

April 27, 2015
Nelson, Willie, 1933- author.
New York : Little Brown and Company, 2015.
viii, 392 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Part one. My beginning. Home ; To all the girls at school ; First family band ; Zeke ; Falling into the 1950s ; Mission City and other stops along the way ; Positive thinking ; Coastin' -- Part two. Songs falling from the sky. Back to cow town ; Dark night of the soul ; The store ; Hello, hits ; The offenders ; Farm life ; Waylon ; Now -- Part three. Teardrops and flowers. Time ; Reboot ; Game changers ; Happy fourth, 1973 ; Pure sunshine and purple Jesus ; Funny thing happened on the way to the White House ; Against the grain -- Part four. Over the rainbow. Silver screen ; Always ; "Burn the fucker down!" ; Falling in love ; Keep on truckin' ; "Listen to the blues they're playing / listen to what the blues are saying" -- Part five. Spirit ; High ; Rainbows ; Abbott.
The iconic Country Music Hall of Fame artist and 10-time Grammy winner shares the story of his personal life and career, from his early ambitions and indelible relationships through his bankruptcy and founding of Farm Aid.

Teach yourself visually guitar

April 27, 2015
Kim, Charles.
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, ©2012.
263 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.).
Includes index.
Learning to play -- Parts of the guitar -- Tuning the guitar -- Getting into position -- Your first chords and song -- The rest of the open chords -- Moving between chords -- Strumming and picking -- Rhythm guitar -- Reading chord symbols, tablature, and lead sheets -- The capo and barre chords -- Arpeggios, suspensions, and bass runs -- Reading music and basic theory -- An introduction to soloing and improvisation -- Advanced techniques -- Purchasing and maintaining equipment -- Electric guitar sounds -- Appendix A: chord charts -- Appendix B: scales.
Provides step-by-step instructions on the basics of playing the guitar and reading music.

Visions of music : sheet music in the twentieth century

April 24, 2015
Walas, Tony, author.
Milwaukee, WI : Hal Leonard Books, 2014.
xx, 315 pages : illustrations (come color) ; 23 x 29 cm
In the world of antiques, sheet music is classified under the category of "ephemera," which are printed or paper items that were originally expected to have only a short-term usefulness or popularity . Vintage sheet music has two natures. The basic function is to pass along the musical ideas of a composer the actual transcription of a piece or solo. A secondary feature, and the main one for collectors, is the visual impact of the cover. Sheet music is something to be used, yet also a piece of art to be saved and visually enjoyed. The covers offer keen insight into the world as it was, reflecting the passage of time. The memories and history they invoke transcend the music they contain. Lavishly illustrated with over 700 faithful reproductions of sheet music covers.

Tom Jones : the life

April 24, 2015
Smith, Sean, 1955- author.
London : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
312 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
From bestselling biographer Sean Smith comes the fascinating and tumultuous true story behind Sir Tom Jones, the nation's treasure, sage of The Voice and living music legend.

Writing music for commercials : television, radio, and new media

April 24, 2015
Zager, Michael, author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
xvi, 312 pages : illustrations, music ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Advertising agency and process structure -- Composing for television and radio commercials versus composing for films -- Musical skills : approaching composition for commercials -- Analyzing commercials : from a musical viewpoint -- Underscoring : compositional techniques -- Arranging and orchestration concepts : including sound effects and sound design -- Jingle writing -- Composing music for radio commercials -- Corporate videos and infomercials : long-form commercials -- Theatrical trailer music : motion picture trailer music -- Video game music -- Internet commercials, website music, and web series (webisodes) -- Sound design and Foley effects -- The business of commercials.

AC/DC FAQ : all that's left to know about the world's true rock 'n' roll band

April 23, 2015
Masino, Susan, 1955- author.
Montclair, New Jersey : Backbeat Books, 2015.
xv, 364 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

The Eagles FAQ : all that's left to know about classic rock's superstars

April 23, 2015
Vaughan, Andrew, author.
©2015
xix, 328 pages ; 23 cm.

Hal Leonard perfect pitch method : a musician's guide to recognizing pitches by ear

April 23, 2015
Perlmutter, Adam, author.
©2014
82 pages : music ; 31 cm.
This volume contains 49 ear-training sessions, designed to develop the ability to recognize musical pitches. The sessions involve both discussion in the book, and work with the CDs. With introductory information.

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