New Arrivals · Music Books

September 20, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Inside the Godfather : never-before-told stories of James Brown by his inner circle

September 19, 2014
Brown, Daryl, author.
313 pages : black and white illustrations ; 21 cm
Brings together, for the first time, those from Brown's inner circle to connect the distortions of the past and provide a clear understanding of the brilliance and generosity that was James Brown, Mr. Dynamite.

Bowie : the biography

September 18, 2014
Leigh, Wendy.
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
311 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

The Youngs : the brothers who built AC/DC

September 18, 2014
Fink, Jesse, author.
New York : St. Martins Press, [2014].
312 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Tells the story of the trio through 11 classic rock songs and reveals some of the personal and creative secrets that went into their making. Important figures from AC/DC's long way to the top open up for the very first time, while unsung heroes behind the band's success are given the credit they are due. Accepted accounts of events are challenged while sensational new details emerge to cast a whole new light on the band's history--especially their early years with Atlantic Records in the United States. Former AC/DC members and musicians from bands such as Guns N' Roses, Dropkick Murphys, Airbourne and Rose Tattoo also give their take on the Youngs' brand of magic.

Gimme indie rock : 500 essential American underground rock albums 1981-1996

September 11, 2014
Earles, Andrew, 1973- author.
Minneapolis, MN : Voyageur Press, 2014.
400 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
"Music journalist Andrew Earles provides a rundown of 500 landmark albums recorded and released by bands of the indie rock genre"-- Provided by publisher.

Bob Dylan : a biography

September 10, 2014
Batchelor, Bob, author.
Santa Barbara : Greenwood, [2014]
xxx, 158 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Timeline: events in the life of Bob Dylan -- Symbolic Bob -- Young Bob -- Freewheelin' Bob -- Rocking Bob -- Renewed bob -- Postmodern bob -- Resurgent Bob -- Telltale Bob -- Iconic Bob.
In this thematically organized biography, cultural historian and prolific biographer Bob Batchelor examines one of the most important yet elusive figures in modern history. Rather than taking an exhaustive and cumbersome chronological approach to Bob Dylan's 50-plus year career, the author focuses on the most significant aspects of his life and accomplishments. This work examines the musician's life and career by placing him in the context of contemporary American history and culture. Dylan's music and lyrics are at the center of the analysis, while attention is also paid to how his image transformed as he moved from being the "voice of a generation" during the 1960s to becoming a bonafide rock and roll icon. Readers will appreciate the book for its in-depth, scholarly coverage that remains readable and engaging, and gain a full appreciation for Dylan's place in American history and cultural evolution.

American jukebox : a photographic journey

September 10, 2014
Felver, Christopher, 1946- photographer.
xiii, 256 pages : illustrations, music ; 29 cm
Includes index.
Music to my ears / by Christopher Felver -- Gallery -- Contributions from Terry Allen ; Jim Carroll ; Cecil Taylor ; John Cage ; Ralph Gibson ; Ed Sanders ; Joy Harjo ; Dan Hicks ; David Amram ; Ramblin' Jacl Elliott ; Terry Riley ; Bobby Neuwirth ; Billy Cobham ; Ray Manzarek ; Lorin Rowan ; Wadada Leo Smith ; John Zorn ; Rozanne Cash ; Mark Mothersbaugh.
Photographic portraits of over 200 American musicians, from all musical styles and genres, taken from 1976 to 2013.

Violins of hope : violins of the Holocaust, instruments of hope and liberation in mankind's darkest hour

September 10, 2014
Grymes, James A., author.
319 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
The Wagner violin -- Erich Weininger's violin -- ·The Auschwitz violin -- Ole Bull's violin -- Feivel Wininger's violin -- Motele Schlein's violin.
"A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins owned by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust (some surviving when their owners did not) through the work of internationally-recognized Israeli violin maker Amnon Weinstein, who has spent two decades bringing these neglected, severely damaged instruments back to life"-- Provided by publisher.


September 8, 2014
Fast, Susan.
New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.
x, 151 pages ; 17 cm.

Another side of Bob Dylan : a personal history on the road and off the tracks

September 8, 2014
Maymudes, Victor, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
288 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), facsimiles ; 22 cm
"August 2014 marks 50 years since Bob Dylan released his remarkable fourth album, Another Side of Bob Dylan. Recorded in one night, in the middle of a turbulent year in his life, the album marked a departure from Dylan's socially-conscious folk songs and began his evolution toward other directions. Few people outside Dylan's immediate family have ever been closer than Victor Maymudes, who was Dylan's tour manager, personal friend, and travelling companion from the first days in 1960s Greenwich Village through the late 90's. Another Side of Bob Dylan recounts landmark events including Dylan's infamous motorcycle crash; meeting the Beatles on their first US tour; his marriage to Sarah Lownds, his romances with Suze Rotolo, Joan Baez, and others; fellow travelers including Ramblin Jack Elliott, Wavy Gravy, Dennis Hopper, The Band, The Traveling Wilburys, and many more; memorable concerts around the world, and the recording of his seminal album, Blood on the Tracks. On January 26th, 2001, after recording more than 24 hours of taped memories in preparation for writing this book, Victor Maymudes suffered an aneurysm and died. His son Jacob has written the book, using the tapes to shape the story. The result is a vivid, first hand, and unique account of Dylan as an artist, friend, and celebrity, illustrated with never-before-seen photographs, and told by an engaging raconteur who cut his own swathe through the turbulent counterculture"-- Provided by publisher.

Hip hop family tree

August 29, 2014
Piskor, Ed.
Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics Books, 2014-
v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 33 cm.
v. 1. 1970s-1981 -- v. 2. 1981-1983

Death punch'd : surviving Five Finger Death Punch's metal mayhem

August 29, 2014
Spencer, Jeremy, 1973- author.
New York : It Books, 2014.
vii, 291 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

Benson : the autobiography

August 28, 2014
Benson, George, 1943- author.
xvii, 222 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : black and white illustrations ; 24 cm
The steel city -- Little Georgie goes to New York -- Those doo-wop sounds -- Interlude #1. A quick tour of Pittsburgh -- Brother Jack -- Interlude #2. Catching the early Trane -- Discovered -- Playing with Verve ... and Miles ... and A&M -- Interlude #3. Miles ahead and Miles beyond -- The sound of the seventies -- Interlude #4. Chops vs. vibes -- From Breezin' to Broadway and beyond -- Final interlude -- I keep going.

The beat of my own drum : a memoir

August 27, 2014
E., Sheila (Escovedo), 1959-
New York : Atria Books, 2014.
xiii, 321 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The singer, drummer, and percussionist traces her career through four decades of Latin and pop music, sharing details from her tours with fellow artists and her solo career while revealing how her faith has helped her heal from sexual abuse.

Cold sweat : my father James Brown and me

August 25, 2014
Brown, Yamma, author.
Chicago : Chicago Review Press, [2014].
202 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"Being the child of a global superstar is never easy, but being the daughter of the "Hardest Working Man in Show Business"--that's a category unto itself. Like every little girl, Yamma Brown wanted her father's attention, but fame, drugs, jail, and the complicated women in James Brown's life set the stage for an uncommon childhood. She got caught in the same trap as her mother, doing things in her adult life and troubled marriage that, as a child, she'd promised herself she'd never do. The struggles she went through, both as a child and as an adult, make for a gripping read and, in the end, a profound examination of the nature of celebrity, violence, and survival. Though packed with celebrity appearances ranging from Michael Jackson to Al Sharpton, Cold Sweat ultimately focuses on an everyday issue faced by millions of women--domestic violence--and in this book Yamma faces it in an honest and powerfully moving way"-- Provided by publisher.

The history of rock 'n' roll in ten songs

August 25, 2014
Marcus, Greil.
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2014]
307 pages ; 24 cm
Shake some action: 1976 -- Transmission: 2007/1979/2010 -- In the still of the nite: 1956/1959/2010 -- All I could do was cry: 2013/1960/2008 -- Crying, waiting, hoping: 1959/1969 -- Another history of rock 'n' roll -- Money (that's what I want): 1959/1963 and Money changes everything: 1978/1983/2008/2005 -- This magic moment: 2007/1959 -- Guitar drag: 2006/2000 -- To know him is to love him: 1958/2006.

Joni Mitchell : in her own words

August 25, 2014
Mitchell, Joni.
xxv, 259 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

Beatleness : how the Beatles and their fans remade the world

August 25, 2014
Leonard, Candy.
New York : Arcade Publishing, [2014]
xxiv, 310 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

Judy Garland on Judy Garland : interviews and encounters

August 21, 2014
Garland, Judy.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2014].
xxiv, 456 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Elvis and Ginger

August 21, 2014
Alden, Ginger.
New York, NY : Ace Books, 2014.
xiv, 383 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm

Highway 61 : crossroads on the blues highway

August 13, 2014
Bright, Derek, author.
Stroud : The History Press, [2014].
192 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 x 26 cm.
Down on the killing floor: Chicago -- Lord, sixty one highway: Joliet to Rock Island -- Down to St. Louis: St. Louis -- Big train goes to Memphis: Memphis -- Casinos and cotton: Walls to Robinsonville -- Pass the biscuits-- it's King Biscuit time: Helena -- Juke joints, shacks and BBQ: Clarksdale -- The ghosts of Emmett Till: Tutwiler to Greenville -- Beyond catfish row: Vicksburg to Natchez -- Carry me down on Rampart Street: New Orleans.

A tempo.

August 12, 2014
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
[Cincinnati, Ohio : Cincinnati Conservatory of Music]
v. : ill., ports. ; 29 cm.

Ball's manual of Gretsch guitars : 1950s

August 12, 2014
Ball, Edward, 1966- author.
136 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
History of Gretsch serial numbers -- Primary features : 1950s -- 1950s model line -- 1950s gallery -- Gretsch production history : 1950s.
"The ultimate go-to book for information about vintage Gretsch guitars of the 1950s...supported by compelling photography and an extensive, batch-by-batch recreation of the Gretsch Brooklyn factory's lost production history."--Jacket flap.

Elvis has left the building : the death of the king and the rise of punk rock

August 6, 2014
Jones, Dylan, 1960- author.
New York ; London : Overlook Duckworth, 2014.
307 pages ; 23 cm

George Clinton & the cosmic odyssey of the P-Funk Empire

August 6, 2014
Needs, Kris, author.
352 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm


August 6, 2014
Plummer, Mary, author.
[Berkeley, California] : Peachpit Press, [2015]
xvi, 316 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
"Apple certified."

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