New Arrivals · Music Books

March 27, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

I found my friends : the oral history of Nirvana

March 26, 2015
Soulsby, Nick, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2015.
xvi, 347 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes index.
"I found my friends recreates the short and tempestuous times of Nirvana through the musicians and producers who played and interacted with the band. The guides for this trip didn't just watch the life of this legendary band--they lived it. Soulsby interviewed over 150 musicians from bands that played and toured with Nirvana, including well-known alternative bands like Dinosaur Jr., The Dead Kennedys, and Butthole Surfers, as well as scores of smaller, but no less fascinating bands. In this groundbreaking look at a legendary band, readers will see a more personal history of Nirvana than ever before, including Nirvana's consideration of nearly a dozen previously unmentioned candidates for drummer before settling on David Grohl, a recounting of Nirvana's famously disastrous South American shows from never-before-heard sources on Brazilian and Argentine sides, and the man who hosted the first ever Nirvana gig's recollections of jamming with the band at that inaugural event. I found my friends relives Nirvana's meteoric rise from the days before the legend to through their increasingly damaged superstardom. More than twenty years after Kurt Cobain's tragic death, Nick Soulsby removes the posthumous halo from the brow of Kurt Cobain and travels back through time to observe one of rock and roll's most critical bands as no one has ever seen them before"-- Provided by publisher.

The half that's never been told : the real-life Reggae adventures of Doctor Dread

March 25, 2015
Doctor Dread, 1954- author.
256 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
Gregory Isaacs -- Oh, Jamaica -- Fatis -- South America -- RAS Records. Real Authentic Sound ; Peter Broggs ; Freddie McGregor ; Melodians ; Don Carlos and Michigan & Smiley ; Eeek-A-Mouse ; Brigadier Jerry ; Black Uhuru ; Cosxone Dodd ; Mad Professor/Ariwa ; Eddy Grant/Ice Records ; Live and Learn, Sky High, and Gong Sounds ; Charlie Chaplin ; Inner Circle ; Tiger ; Dancehall consciousness ; Tenor Saw ; Rastafari Elders ; Joseph Hill/Culture ; Augustus Pablo and Hugh Mundell ; The Marleys -- Early life -- This business called music -- Bunny Wailer -- Oh Doctor, please help me -- Bob Dylan -- Israel Vibration -- Freddie McGregor -- Gondwana -- The fish business.

My brother Marvin : a memoir

March 16, 2015
Gaye, Zeola.
Las Vegas, Nev. : ZKM Publishing, 2011.
vi, 261 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Includes index.

The concise guide to hip-hop music : a fresh look at the art of hip-hop, from old-school beats to freestyle rap

March 10, 2015
Edwards, Paul, 1982-
232 pages ; 21 cm
Hip-hop 101. What is hip-hop? ; Hip-hop music appreciation ; Debunking hip-hop myths -- Influencers. Influential rappers ; Influential beatmakers ; Hip-hop instruments -- History. Old school/new school ; The golden age of hip-hop ; Landmark albums in hip-hop history.
"In 1973, the music scene was forever changed by the emergence of hip-hop. Masterfully blending the rhythmic grooves of funk and soul with layered beats and chanted rhymes, artists such as DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash paved the way for an entire new genre and generation of musicians. In this comprehensive, accessible guide, Paul Edwards breaks down the difference between old school and new school, recaps the biggest influencers of the genre, and sets straight the myths and misconceptions of the artists and their music. Fans old and new alike will all learn something new about the history and development of hip-hop, from its inception up through the current day."--Back cover.

Going into the city : portrait of a critic as a young man

March 2, 2015
Christgau, Robert, author.
367 pages ; 24 cm
"A memoir"--Dust jacket.
The eighty-hour week -- The two sides of Murry Street -- The wonderful world of Jews -- Nonconformism can be fun -- Vacillations -- American studies -- The high '60s -- Aftermath -- Like a horse and a carriage -- Four owners, six editors, one paper -- Bon bon vie.
One of our great essayists and journalists--the Dean of American Rock Critics, Robert Christgau--takes us on a heady tour through his life and times in this vividly atmospheric and visceral memoir that is both a love letter to a New York long past and a tribute to the transformative power of art. Lifelong New Yorker Robert Christgau has been writing about pop culture since he was twelve and getting paid for it since he was twenty-two, covering rock for Esquire in its heyday and personifying the music beat at the Village Voice for over three decades. Christgau listened to Alan Freed howl about rock 'n' roll before Elvis, settled east of Manhattan's Avenue B forty years before it was cool, witnessed Monterey and Woodstock and Chicago '68, and the first abortion speak-out. He's caught Coltrane in the East Village, Muddy Waters in Chicago, Otis Redding at the Apollo, the Dead in the Haight, Janis Joplin at the Fillmore, the Rolling Stones at the Garden, the Clash in Leeds, Grandmaster Flash in Times Square, and every punk band you can think of at CBGB. Christgau chronicled many of the key cultural shifts of the last half century and revolutionized the cultural status of the music critic in the process. Going Into the City is a look back at the upbringing that grounded him, the history that transformed him, and the music, books, and films that showed him the way. It is a loving portrait of a lost New York. It's an homage to the city of Christgau's youth from Queens to the Lower East Side--a city that exists mostly in memory today. And it's a love story about the Greenwich Village girl who roamed this realm of possibility with him.--Adapted from

The music of the Stanley brothers

February 27, 2015
Reid, Gary B. (Musicologist), author.
xvii, 286 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Death is only a dream : 1947-1948 -- To us, that would have been the impossible : Columbia Records, 1949-1952 -- Some of our best recordings were the Mercurys : 1953-1958 -- "How mountain girls can love" : the early King/Starday years, 1958-1962 -- "Stone walls and steel bars" : the later King years 1963-1966.
Carter and Ralph Stanley were key figures in the development of bluegrass music in postwar America. This book studies their life and work. With a foreword by Neil V. Rosenberg, discographies, notes, bibliography, and indices. Black & white photos.

Girl in a band

February 19, 2015
Gordon, Kim, 1953- author.
New York : Dey Street Books, 2015.
vii, 273 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon and role model for a generation of women, now tells her story--a memoir of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence and as one of the first women of rock and roll.

Live at the Fillmore East and West : getting backstage and personal with rock's greatest legends

February 16, 2015
Glatt, John, author.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, 2015.
xvii, 413 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The road to the Fillmores. The refugee ; Carlos ; Finding direction ; Grace ; The right time at the right place ; The saloon keeper ; Janis ; The pieces come together ; Moving up ; 1967 ; Monterey ; Hiring and firing -- The music never stopped. Birth of the Fillmore East ; Up and running ; The Fillmore West ; Catching fire ; The sunshine makers ; Go ride the music ; Three days of peace, love, and music ; Running on ego ; A new decade ; Dosing Richard Nixon ; The Festival Express ; "Somewhere near Salinas" ; "The show must go on" ; The last hurrah ; "The flowers wilted" ; "Thank you and farewell" ; Coda.

Handbook to the season.

February 9, 2015
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
[Cincinnati, Ohio : The Orchestra]
v. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Program annotator: J.D. Kramer.
Handbook contains program notes to annual CSO seasons.

Jimmy Page

February 9, 2015
Page, Jimmy, author.
Guildford, Surrey, England : Genesis Publications Limited, 2014.
512 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
The photographic autobiography and visual history of the world's most iconic guitar player.

The living years : the first Genesis memoir

February 9, 2015
Rutherford, Mike, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2015.
x, 241 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Originally published: Great Britain : Constable, 2014.
"The story of Genesis is the rock legend of how a humble schoolboy band grew into a group of global superstars. At its center stood Mike Rutherford, driving the music from pioneering prog rock to chart-topping hits. Now for the first time, he tells the remarkable inside story of Genesis and his own band, Mike + The Mechanics, [with emphasis on] ... the relationship between father and son and the story of how music, families, and friendship combine"--Dust jacket flap.

Stevie Nicks : visions, dreams & rumours

January 30, 2015
Howe, Zoë, author.
xii, 404 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Daughter of the desert -- On the wings of an albatross -- Bella Donna -- Never break the chain.

1965 : the most revolutionary year in music

January 28, 2015
Jackson, Andrew Grant, 1969- author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2015.
xxii, 328 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
An exploration of the year in which "the Beatles played Shea Stadium and made their first major artistic statement with Rubber Soul, the Rolling Stones topped the American charts for the first time with the sexually aggressive (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, ... the Who staked out their territory with the classic My Generation, Bob Dylan released his six-minute opus Like a Rolling Stone from Highway 61 Revisited and sent shock waves through the music community when he went electric at the Newport Folk Festival, Barry Maguire sang of the Eve of Destruction, and Simon and Garfunkel released their first number-one hit with The Sounds of Silence"

Call me Debbie : true confessions of a down-to-earth diva

January 27, 2015
Voigt, Deborah, author.
x, 271 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Overture: Heavenly voices -- Act I piccola. My fair little lady ; Jesus loves me ; Sweet and innocent ; High school musical ; Wild things -- Act II accelerando. When the student is ready ; Covering butts ; Next stop, the Wiener Staatsoper ; Diets and divas ; Amelia and Ariadne: luck be this lady ; Leona, Leonie, Luciano: breathroughs and breaking up -- Act III crescendo. Dangerous liaisons and Plácido's kiss ; Blood, death, and grace ; Little black dress and sexy Salome ; Princes, rogues, blackouts, and bottoms ; Fathers, love, and the ride of the Valkyries ; Fear and loathing in Liège ; A tree of life -- Finale: Voigt lessons.
An internationally beloved opera star recounts her harrowing and ultimately successful private battles to overcome the addictions and self-destructive tendencies that nearly destroyed her life. --Publisher's description.

In character : opera portraiture

January 27, 2015
Martin, John F.
Milwaukee, WI : Amadeus Press, 2014.
xxxv, 171 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm

Schubert's winter journey : anatomy of an obsession

January 21, 2015
Bostridge, Ian, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
xxi, 502 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), music ; 19 cm
Draws on the author's first-hand experience with Franz Schubert's "Winterreise," his musical knowledge, and his training as a scholar to explore the meanings of the songs comprising this masterpiece, one of the greatest pieces of music ever written for the male solo voice.

No simple highway : a cultural history of the Grateful Dead

January 21, 2015
Richardson, Peter, 1959- author.
373 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Ecstasy -- Mobility -- Community.
"For almost three decades, the Grateful Dead was America's most popular touring band. [This is] the first book to ask the simple question of why--and attempt to answer it. Drawing on new research, interviews, and a fresh supply of material from the Grateful Dead archives, author Peter Richardson ... recounts the Dead's colorful history, adding new insight into everything from the acid tests to the band's formation of their own record label to their massive late career success, while probing the riddle of the Dead's vast and durable appeal"-- Provided by publisher.

Nick Drake : remembered for a while.

January 19, 2015
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
443 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
"The authorized companion to the music of Nick Drake"--Cover.
Which will / by Brian Cullman -- Keith Morris and Bryter Layter -- Please beware of them that stare : the live concerts / by Cally ; Bryter press -- Nick Drake goes to America -- Pink moon / by Pete Paphides -- Songs of Pink moon / [with commentary by Chris Healey] -- Keith Morris and Pink moon -- Pink press -- Island book of records -- Come blow your horn on high / Paul Wheeler in conversation with Gabrielle Drake -- Fourth album / by Pete Paphides -- Final songs / [with commentary by Chris Healey] -- Remembered for a while : the diaries of Rodney Drake -- You look to find a friend / Brian Wells interviewed by Cally -- Migajas / by Jeremy Harmer -- Orpheus visible / by Robin Frederick -- Exiled from Heaven / by Ian MacDonald -- Land without music / by Stuart Maconie -- Posthumous press -- Rodney and Molly / by Gorm Henrik Rasmussen -- Precipice of loneliness / by Will Stone -- Requiem.
Nicholas Rodney "Nick" Drake was an English singer-songwriter and musician, known for his acoustic guitar-based songs. Drake released only three complete albums--Five Leaves Left (1969), Bryter Layter (1970), Pink Moon (1972)--and was not well known before his death in 1974. After his death, he gained a large posthumous following, inspiring leading musicians such as R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Robert Smith of The Cure and bands such as Coldplay and The Black Crowes. This book peels back some of the mystery surrounding his life. It features color photographs, as well as original letters and interviews with family and friends.

The opera manual

January 19, 2015
Martin, Nicholas Ivor.
Lanham : The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2014.
xxxvi, 442 pages ; 29 cm.
The Gambler (Prokofiev) ; The Gamblers (Shostakovich) ; A Game of Chance (Barab) ; La Gazza Ladra (Rossini) ; The Ghosts of Versailles (Corigliano) ; Gianni Schicchi (Puccini) ; La Gioconda (Ponchielli) ; I Gioielli della Madonna (Wolf-Ferrari) ; Giovanna d'Arco (Verdi) ; The Girl from Navarre (Massenet) ; The Girl from the Golden West (Puccini) ; Giulio Cesare (Handel) ; Gloriana (Britten) ; Die Glückliche Hand (Schönberg) ; The Golden Cockerel (Rimsky-Korsakov) ; The Good Soldier Schweik (Kurka) ; Götterdämmerung (Wagner) ; Goyescas (Granados) ; Gräfin Maritza (Kálmán) ; The Grand Duchess of Gérolstein (Offenbach) ; The Grand Macabre (Ligeti) ; Le Grand Macabre (Ligeti) ; La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein (Offenbach) ; The Grapes of Wrath (Gordon) ; The Great Gatsby (Harbison) ; The Greek Passion (Martinů) ; Griselda (Scarlatti) ; La Griselda (Scarlatti) ; Grisélidis (Massenet) ; Guglielmo Ratcliff (Mascagni) ; Guglielmo Tell (Rossini) ; Guillaume Tell (Rossini) ; Guntram (Strauss) ; Gwendoline (Chabrier) ; The Gypsy Baron (Strauss Jr.) ; Hamlet (Thomas) ; A Hand of Bridge (Barber) ; Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck) ; Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck) ; Harlequin (Busoni) ; Háry János (Kodály) ; Das Heimchen am Herd (Goldmark) ; Heimkehr aus der Fremde (Mendelssohn-Bartholdy) ; Die Heimsuchung (Schuller) ; Hérodiade (Massenet) ; L'Heure Espagnole (Ravel) ; Histoire du Soldat (Stravinsky) ; Homecoming from Abroad (Mendelssohn-Bartholdy) ; Hugh the Drover (Williams) ; The Huguenots (Meyerbeer) ; Les Huguenots (Meyerbeer) ; The Human Voice (Poulenc) ; The Ice Break (Tippett) ; Idomeneo (Mozart) ; Igrok (Prokofiev) ; Igroki (Shostakovich) ; L'̊Ile de Tulipatan (Offenbach) ; Imeneo (Handel) ; The Impresario (Mozart) ; In a Garden (Kupferman) ; L'Incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi) ; L'Infedeltà Delusa (Haydn) ; Infidelity Deluded (Haydn) ; The Inquisitive Women (Wolf-Ferrari) ; Intermezzo (Strauss) ; Introductions and Goodbyes (Foss) ; Iolanta (Tchaikovsky) ; Iolanthe (Sullivan) ; Iphigenia in Aulis (Gluck) ; Iphigenia in Tauris (Gluck) ; Iphigénie en Aulide (Gluck) ; Iphigénie en Tauride (Gluck) ; Iris (Mascagni) ; Irmelin (Delius) ; Isabeau (Mascagni) ; Isis (Lully) ; The Island of Tulipatan (Offenbach) ; The Italian Girl in Algiers (Rossini) ; L'Italiana in Algeria (Rossini) ; The Jacobin (Dvořák) ; Jakobín (Dvořák) ; Jeanne d'Arc au Bûcher (Honegger) ; Jenůfa (Janáček) ; Jessonda (Spohr) ; The Jesters' Supper (Giordano) ; The Jewels of the Madonna (Wolf-Ferrari) ; The Jewess (Halévy) ; Joan of Arc (Verdi) ; Joan of Arc at the Stake (Honegger) ; La Jolie Fille de Perth (Bizet) ; Le Jongleur de Notre Dame (Massenet) ; Jonny Spielt Auf (Křenek) ; Jonny Strikes Up (Křenek) ; The Joyful Girl (Ponchielli) ; Judith (Honegger) ; The Juggler of Notre Dame (Massenet) ; La Juive (Halévy) ; Julius Caeser (Handel) ; The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County (Foss) ; Der Junge Lord (Henze) ; Kamenny Gost' (Dargomyzhsky) ; Ká́ta Kabanová (Janáček) ; Katerina Izmailova (Shostakovich) [under Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District] ; A Kékszakállú Herceg Vará (Bartók) ; Khovanshchina (Musorgsky) ; The King in Spite of HImself (Chabrier) ; A King Listens (Berio) ; The King of Ys (Lalo) ; King Priam (Tippett) ; King Roger (Szymanowski) ; Die Kluge (Orff) ; The Knights of Ekebù (Zandonai) ; The Knot Garden (Tippett) ; Knyaz' Igor' (Borodin) ; Die Königskinder (Humperdinck) ; Krapp or The Last Tape (Mihalovici) ; Krapp ou La Dernièrre Bande (Mihalovici) ; Król Roger (Szymanowski) ; Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (Shostakovich) ; The Lady of the Lake (Rossini) ; Lakmé (Delibes) ; Das Lange Weihnachtsmahl (Hindemith) ; The Last Savage (Menotti) ; Lear (Reimann) ; Ledi Makbet Mtsenskovo Uezda (Shostakovich) ; The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya (Rimsky-Korsakov) ; Let's Make an Opera (Britten) [under The Little Swamp] ; Die Liebe der Danea (Strauss) ; Das Liebesverbot (Wagner) ; A Life for the Tsar (Glinka) ; The Lighthouse (Davies) ; Linda di Chamounix (Donizetti) ; Linda of Chamounix (Donizetti) ; Little Marat (Mascagni) ; The Little Prince (Portman) ; The Little Sweep (Britten) ; Little Women (Adamo) ; Lizzie Borden (Beeson) ; Lodoletta (Mascagni) ; Lohengrin (Wagner) ; I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata (Verdi) ; The Lombards at the First Crusade (Verdi) ; The Long Christmas Dinner (Hindemith) ; Long Christmas Dinner (Hindemith) [under Das Lange Weinachtsmahl] ; Long Live Mother (Donizetti) ; Lord Byron (Thomson) ; Lord Byron's Love Letter (De Banfield) ; Loreley (Catalani) ; Louise (Charpentier) ; The Love for Three Oranges (Prokofiev) ; The Love of Danae (Strauss) ; The Love of Three Kings (Montemezzi) ; The Love Stricken Brother (Pergolesi) ; The Lowland (d'Albert) ; The Lowland Sea (Wilder) ; Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) ; Lucia of Lammermoor (Donizetti) ; Lucio Silla (Mozart) ; The Lucky Hand (Schönberg) ; Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti) ; Luisa Miller (Verdi) ; Lulu (Berg) ; Die Lustige Witwe (Lehár) ; Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor (Nicolai) ; Lyubov' k Tryom Apel'sinam (Prokofiev) ; Macbeth (Bloch) ; Macbeth (Verdi) ; Madam Butterfly (Puccini) ; Madam Free-and-Easy (Giordano) ; Madama Butterfly (Puccini) ; Madame Chrysanthème (Messager) ; Madame Chrysanthemum (Messager) ; Madame Sans-Gêne (Giordano) ; The Magic Flute (Mozart) ; The Magic Fountain (Delius) ; The Magistrate (Wolf) ; Mahagonny (Weill) [under Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny] ; The Maid as Mistress (Pergolesi) ; The Maid of Orleans (Tchaikovsky) ; Maiskaya Noch' (Rimsky-Korsakov) ; Le Maître de Chapelle (Paër) ; The Makropulos Affair (Janáček) ; Malady of Love (Engel) ; Les Malheurs d'Orphée (Milhaud) ; Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Poulenc) ; Manon (Massenet) ; Manon Lescaut (Puccini) ; Margaret Garner (Danielpour) ; Maria Golovin (Menotti) ; Maria Stuarda (Donizetti) ; Mâraouf (Rabaud) ; Marriage by Promissory Note (Rossini) ; The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart) ; The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart) ; Martha (Flotow) ; Mary, Queen of Scots (Musgrave) ; Masaniello (Auber) ; Maskarade (Nielsen) ; A Masked Ball (Verdi) ; I Masnadieri (Verdi) ; Masquerade (Nielsen) ; Master Pedro's Puppet Show (de Falla) ; The Mastersingers of Nuremberg (Wagner) ; Mathis der Maler (Hindemith) ; Mathis the Painter (Hindemith) ; Il Matrimonio Segreto (Cimarosa) ; Mavra (Stravinsky) ; May Night (Rimsky-Korsakov) ; Mazepa (Tchaikovsky) ; McTeague (Bolcom) ; Médée (Cherubini) ; Médée (Milhaud) ; The Medium (Davies) ; The Medium (Menotti) ; Mefistofele (Boito) ; Die Meistersinger von Nürenberg (Wagner) ; The Merry Widow (Lehár) ; The Merry Wives of Windsor (Nicolai) ; The Midsummer Night's Dream (Britten) ; The Mighty Casey (Schuman) ; Mignon (Thomas) ; The Mikado (Sullivan) ; Mireille (Gounod) ; The Miserly Knight (Rakhmaninov) ; The Misfortunes of Orpheus (Milhaud) ; Miss Havisham's Wedding Night (Argento) ; Miss Julie (Rorem) ; Mister Bruschino (Rossini) ; Mister Cauliflower (Offenbach, St. Rémy) ; Mitridate (Mozart) ; Moby-Dick (Heggie) ; Moïse et Pharaon (Rossini) ; Der Mond (Orff) ; Il Mondo della Luna (Haydn) ; Monsieur Choufleuri (Offenbach, St. Rémy) ; Montezuma (Sessions) ; The Moon (Orff) ; Mosé in Egitto (Rossini) ; Moses and Aaron (Schönberg) ; Moses in Egypt (Rossini) ; Moses und Aron (Schönberg) ; The Mother of Us All (Thomson) ; Motsart i Sal'eri (Rimsky-Korsakov) ; Mourning Becomes Electra (Levy) ; Mozart and Salieri (Rimsky-Korsakov) ; La Muette de Portici (Auber) ; The Music Master (Paër) ; Nabucco (Verdi) ; Les Naufrageurs (Smyth) ; La Navarraise (Massenet) ; Nerone (Boito) ; Neues vom Tage (Hindemith) ; The Night Bell (Donizetti) ; Night Flight (Dallapiccola) ; The Nightingale (Stravinsky) ; Nina (Paisiello) ; Nixon in China (Adams) ; Norma (Bellini) ; Nos (Shostakovich) ; The Nose (Shostakovich) ; Noye's Fludde (Britten) ; Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) ; Oberon (Weber).

Roland Hayes : the legacy of an American tenor

January 16, 2015
Brooks, Christopher Antonio, 1957- author.
xviii, 401 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A new Jerusalem (1887-1911) -- Roland's world in Boston (1911-1920) -- Roland rules Britannia (1920-1921) -- "Le rage de Paris" (1921-1922) -- "You're tired, Chile" -- The Hayes conquest (1923-1924) -- Roland and the Countess (1924-1926) -- The conquest slows (1926-1930) -- "Hard trials, great tribulations" (1930-1935) -- Return to Europe (1936-1942) -- Rome, Georgia -- "I can tell the world!" (1942-1950) -- Struggles in remaining relevant (1950-1959) -- "I wanna go home" (1960-1977).

Punk rock blitzkrieg : my life as a Ramone

January 16, 2015
Ramone, Marky, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2015.
viii, 403 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"The inside story behind one of the most revered bands in music history during the early days of punk rock in New York, from legendary drummer Marky Ramone. Rolling Stone ranked the Ramones at #26 on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time." They received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. And Marky Ramone played a major part in this success--his "blitzkrieg" style of drumming drove the sound the Ramones pioneered. Now, fans can get the inside story. Before he joined the Ramones, Marc Bell was already a name in the New York music scene. But when he joined three other tough misfits, he became Marky Ramone, and the rhythm that came to epitomize punk was born. Having outlived his bandmates, Marky is the only person who can share the secrets and stories of the Ramones' improbable rise from obtuse beginnings to induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But it wasn't all good times and hit songs, and Marky doesn't shy away from discussing his own struggles, including the addiction to alcohol that led him to be temporarily kicked out of the band. From the cult film Rock 'n' Roll High School through "I Wanna Be Sedated" through his own struggle with alcoholism, Marky Ramone sets the record straight, painting an unflinching picture of the dysfunction behind the band that changed a generation. With exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg is both a cultural history of punk and a stirring story that millions of fans have been waiting for"-- Provided by publisher.

The Coon-Sanders Nighthawks : the band that made radio famous

January 16, 2015
Edmiston, Fred W., 1930-
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, ©2003.
xi, 372 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Joe and Coonie -- Postwar Kansas City -- Coon-Sanders novelty orchestra -- The Nighthawks -- Chicago's Congress Hotel -- The Blackhawk years -- The final year.
"Here is the complete history of the Coon-Sanders Orchestra, the band whose saucy, bustling music and carefree musicians symbolized the era between World War I and the Great Depression. This work covers it all, from the two leaders and their very different personalities, and the various band members, to their association with Jules Cesar Stein (who set the band on a five-week tour that made enough money for Stein to found the Music Corporation of America, or MCA)."--Jacket.

The B-side : the death of Tin Pan Alley and the rebirth of the great American song

January 15, 2015
Yagoda, Ben, author.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2015.
310 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Mr. Miller and Mr. Schwartz, 1954 -- I get a kick out of you, 1885-1933 -- Jukebox Saturday night, 1925-1942 -- As time goes by, 1941-1948 -- What happened to the music? 1946-1954 -- Brill Building boys, and girl, 1950-1955 -- The big beat, 1951-1968 -- Fly me to the moon, 1939-1965 -- Epilogue. Do you believe in magic? 1957-1965.
"Everybody knows and loves the American Songbook. But it's a bit less widely understood that in about 1950, this stream of great songs more or less dried up. All of a sudden, what came over the radio wasn't Gershwin, Porter, and Berlin, but "Come on-a My House" and "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?" Elvis and rock and roll arrived a few years later, and at that point the game was truly up. What happened, and why? In The B Side, acclaimed cultural historian Ben Yagoda answers those questions in a fascinating piece of detective work. Drawing on previously untapped archival sources and on scores of interviews--the voices include Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, Linda Ronstadt, and Herb Alpert--the book illuminates broad musical trends through a series of intertwined stories. Among them are the battle between ASCAP and Broadcast Music, Inc.; the revolution in jazz after World War II; the impact of radio and then television; and the bitter, decades-long feud between Mitch Miller and Frank Sinatra. The B Side is about taste, and the particular economics and culture of songwriting, and the potential of popular art for greatness and beauty. It's destined to become a classic of American musical history" -- from publisher's web site.

George Harrison : behind the locked door

January 15, 2015
Thomson, Graeme (Writer on music), author.
New York, NY : Overlook, 2015.
xiv, 447 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Be here now: August, 1971 -- All those years ago -- Plug me in -- Life itself -- Beatle: red -- Circles -- The rising sun -- White out -- Beatle: blue -- How high will you leap? -- Bread for Bangladesh -- Deep blue -- Dark horse rides out -- Blow away -- Rough cuts -- Travelling man -- The answer at the end -- Everyone's got to be somewhere.

Guitar theory

January 12, 2015
Hodge, David, 1957-
New York : Alpha, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2014
xix, 298 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Turning tones into notes -- Turning notes into scales, intervals, and chords -- Turning chords into chord shapes -- Turning the major scale into many different scales -- Turning guitar theory into guitar magic.
Music theory is often considered to be one of the most difficult subjects to learn. Idiot's Guides: Guitar Theory breaks down music theory for guitar and other fretboard instruments in very simple and easy-to-understand lessons. Content includes everything a budding musician needs to know about notes, guitar tablature, rhythm, chords and scales, and more.

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