New Arrivals · Music Books

February 17, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The rough guide to heavy metal

February 16, 2018
Berelian, Essi.
London ; New York : Rough Guides, 2005.
vi, 410 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes discographies and index.
A comprehensive guide to heavy metal music that profiles three hundred bands and artists, describes all the sub-genres, highlights memorable performances, and offers a detailed discography.

Audio culture : readings in modern music

February 13, 2018
xviii, 646 pages ; 23 cm
Theories. I. Music and its others: noise, sound, silence. Introduction ; Noise and politics / Jacques Attali ; The art of noises : futurist manifesto / Luigi Russolo ; The liberation of sound / Edgard Varᥳe ; The joys of noise / Henry Cowell ; The future of music : credo / John Cage ; The music of the environment / R. Murray Schafer ; The gender of sound / Anne Carson ; Queer sound / Drew Daniel ; The quiet of blackness : Miles Davis and John Coltrane / Kevin Quashie -- II. Modes of listening. Introduction ; Visual and acoustic space / Marhsall McLuhan ; Acousmatics / Pierre Schaeffer ; Profund listening and environmental sound matter / Francisco L⯰ez ; Ambient music / Brian Eno ; Auralizing the sonosphere : a vocabulary for inner sound and sounding / Pauline Oliveros ; Perceptual geography : third ear music and structure borne sound / Maryanne Amacher ; Hearing essay / Evelyn Glennie ; The aural walk / Iain Chambers ; Ubiquitous listening / Annahid Kassabian ; Forensic listening / Lawrence Abu Hamdan ; Organizing the silence / Ulta-red -- III. Music in the age of electronic reproduction. Introduction ; The prospects of recording / Glenn Gould ; The studio as compositional tool / Brian Eno ; Bettered by the borrower : the ethics of musical debt / John Oswald ; Plunderphonia / Chris Cutler ; Operating system for the redesign of sonic reality / Kodwo Eshun ; Six file-sharing epiphanies / Kenneth Goldsmith ; Cultivating activist lives in sound / Tara Rodgers -- Practices. IV. The open work. Introduction ; Poetics of the open work / Umberto Eco ; Composition as process : indeterminacy / John Cage ; Every sound you can imagine : on graphic scores / Christoph Cox ; Transformations and developments of a radical aesthetics / Earle Brown ; The game pieces / John Zorn ; Introduction to Catalog of works / Anthony Braxton ; Notes on conduction / Lawrence "Butch" Morris -- V. Experimental musics. Introduction ; Towards (a definition of) experimental music / Michael Nyman ; Introduction to Themes & variations / John Cage ; Generating and organizing variety in the arts / Brian Eno ; Scratch music draft constitution / Cornelius Cardew ; The generation game : experimental music and digital culture / David Toop ; The new discipline / Jennifer Walshe ; Re-invent : experimetnal music in China / Yan Jun -- VI. Improvised musics. Introduction ; Change of the century / Ornette Coleman ; Notes (8 pieces) : creative music / Wadada Leo Smith ; Free improvisation / Derek Bailey ; Little bangs : a nihilist theory of improvisation / Frederic Rzewski ; Improvised music after 1950 : afrological and eurological perspectives / George E. Lewis ; Improvisation : terms and conditions / Vijay Iyer ; Going fragile / Mattin ; 27 questions for a start...and some answers to begin with / Trio Sowari et al. -- VII. Minimalisms. Introduction ; Thankless attempts at a definition of minimalism / Kyle Gann ; Basic concepts of minimal music / Wim Mertens ; Musical as a gradual process / Steve Reich ; Conversation with Richard Kostelanetz / La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela ; LYssophobia : on Four violines / Tony Conrad ; Rap, minimalism and structures in time in late twentieth-century culture / Susan McClary ; Draw a straight line and follow it : minimalism in contemporary electronic dance music / Philip Sherburne -- VIII. DJ Culture. Introduction ; Production-Reproduction : potentialities of the phonograph / L⡳zl⯠Moholy-Nagy ; D⥴ournement as negation and prelude / Situationist International ; The invisible generation / William S. Burroughs ; Algorithms : erasures and the art of memory / Paul D. Miller ; Replicant : David Toop ; Post-rock / Simon Reynolds ; A few notes on production and playback / Marina Rosenfeld -- IX. Electronic music and electronica. Introduction ; Introductory remarks to a program of works produced at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center / Jacques Barzun ; Electronic and instrumental music / Karlheinz Stockhausen ; Stockhausen vs the technocrats / Karlheinz Stockhausen et al. ; The mysterious power of the infiniteimal / Elaine Radigue ; The aesthetics of failure : post-digital tendencies in contemporary computer music / Kim Cascone ; Laptop intimacy and platform politics / Holly Herndon.

Prince : purple reign

February 9, 2018
Wall, Mick, author.
200 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 20 cm

Michael Jackson : the making of "Thriller" : 4 days/1983

February 6, 2018
Kirkland, Douglas, 1934-
192 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
The story of "Thriller" -- Introduction / by Nancy Griffin -- Q & A with Douglas Kirkland -- Outside the palace -- Creating the make-up for Michael's werewolf -- Different: The 1950s werewolf "Thriller" -- Creating the make-up for Michael's zombie -- The abandoned house -- Between takes: Michael as himself.
The only photographer permitted on the set of Michael Jackson's iconic 1983 "Thriller" video offers a collection of more than two hundred behind-the-scenes photographs that depict Jackson in performance, relaxing, and being transformed into the video's characters.

Live wires : a history of electronic music

February 1, 2018
Warner, Daniel, 1954- author.
205 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Tape recorder -- Circuits -- Turntable and record -- Microphone -- Computers.
"We live in an electronic world. Electronic sounds and electronic music have long permeated our sonic landscape. What began as the otherworldly sounds of the film score for the 1956 film Forbidden Planet and the rarefied, new timbres of Stockhausen's Kontakte a few years later, is now a common soundscape in technology, media and an array of musical genres and subgenres. More people than ever before can produce and listen to electronic music, from isolated experimenters, classical and jazz musicians, to rock musicians, sound recordists and the newer generations of electronic musicians making hip-hop, house, techno and ambient music. Increasingly we are listening to electronic sounds, finding new meanings in them, experimenting with them and rehearing them as listeners and makers. Live Wires explores how the five key electronic technologies - the tape recorder, circuit, computer, microphone and turntable - revolutionized musical thought. Featuring the work of major figures from Schaeffer, Varese, Xenakis, Babbitt and Oliveros to Eno, Keith Emerson, Grandmaster Flash, Juan Atkins and Holly Herndon, Live Wires presents many of the powerful musical ideas that are being recycled, rethought and remixed by some of the most electrifying composers and musicians today."--Dust jacket

Everything's bigger in Texas : the life and times of Kinky Friedman

January 30, 2018
Sullivan, Mary Lou, author.
xii, 332 pages,16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Foreword / by Kinky Friedman -- Growing up in the Lone Star State -- Austin and the University of Texas -- Peace Corps in Borneo -- Jewish cowboy in Nashville -- On the road with the Texas Jewboys -- Banned at Austin City Limits -- Bob Dylan and the L.A. scene -- Running wild in the Big Apple -- Back at the ranch with a Smith-Corona -- Friends in high places -- The man in the arean -- The lasting legacy of Kinky Friedman.
Best known as an irreverent cigar-chomping Jewish country-and-western singer, turned author, turned politician, Kinky has dined on monkey brains in the jungles of Borneo, supped with presidents, and vacationed with Bob Dylan in the tiny fishing village of Yelapa, Mexico. A satirist who loves pushing the envelope, he's been attacked onstage, received bomb threats, and put on the only show in Austin City Limits' history deemed too offensive to air. From the 1970s music scene in L.A. with Tom Waits and the Band, to political platforms advocating legalized marijuana, to friendships with John Belushi, Joseph Heller, Don Imus, Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, and Billy Bob Thornton, this is the candid account based on dozens and years of interviews of the larger-than-life Texan who is still writing books and songs, recording albums, and performing for enthusiastic audiences throughout the world.

Stranded in the jungle : Jerry Nolan's wild ride--a tale of drugs, fashion, the New York Dolls, and punk rock

January 25, 2018
Weiss, Curt, author.
vi, 310 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm

Hip-hop music

January 23, 2018
Lüsted, Marcia Amidon, author.
112 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
The birth of the scratch -- The roots of hip-hop -- Mainstream music -- Hip-hop goes political -- East Coast versus West Coast -- World music -- New hip-hop -- Hip-hop's future.
"Since its introduction in the 1970s, hip-hop has become a way of life. This title takes an inside look at hip-hop music. Hip-Hop Musicexamines the origins of many styles of hip-hop music, such as crunk and gangsta rap, and explores how they burst into the mainstream and went global. Features include a timeline, a glossary, essential facts, references, websites, source notes, and an index."--

Using computer science in digital music careers

January 23, 2018
Culp, Jennifer, 1985- author.
New York : Rosen Publishing, 2018.
80 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Coding and music : where to begin? -- Producers : architects of audio -- Technicians, engineers, wizards of sound -- Sounds, space, software, and solutions -- Digital music masters.
Creating music twenty years ago was done very differently from the way it s created today. Musicians can write, record, and mix their own music from a laptop, rather than waiting to make it big through more traditional means. This guide to the modern age of digital music and careers that can be found within that field takes readers through basic coding concepts, real-world career advice, and some of the career paths that can be explored by the music and technology savvy.

The women of hip-hop

January 23, 2018
Llanas, Sheila Griffin, 1958- author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Essential Library, an imprint of Abdo Publishing, [2018]
112 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.
Lauryn Hill's night -- Founders of hip-hop -- Standing out -- Changing images for women -- Women in charge -- Rap, pop, and women -- Mainstream and indie stars -- Hip-hop moves forward -- Timeline -- Essential facts -- Glossary.
"Since its introduction in the 1970s, hip-hop has become a way of life. This title takes an inside look at the women of hip-hop. The Women of Hip-Hop Groups follows the careers of hip-hop's top female acts, examining their contributions to the genre as it burst into the mainstream and went global. Features include a timeline, a glossary, essential facts, references, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards."--Publisher's website.

How to play guitar, acoustic and electric - learn to play like a rock hero

January 22, 2018
Total Guitar Magazine, author.
208 pages : color illustrations, scores ; 29 cm
Mostly text with examples of chord scores and fret positions throughout.
Includes index.
GET STARTED : Guitar anatomy ; Guitar icons ; Essential accessories ; Altered tunings -- LESSONS : Tab guide ; Essentials (Open chords, Strumming, Barre chords, Pentatonic licks) ; Rhythm guitar workout (Chord playing, Chord variation, Basic chord progression, Riffing, 20 inspiring chords) ; Lead guitar lessons (Rhythmic lead, Blues style vibrato, Arpeggio lead, Octave soloing, Pentatonic licks, String bending, Alternate picking, Chordal soloing) -- GEAR : 50 guitar hacks ; Tips for better tone ; FX Pedals ; J Mascis -- Rig Tour -- MAKING MUSIC : Collaborating ; Playing in a two-piece band ; Gigging essentials ; Record your band ; Record your guitar (What you need to record, Get connected, Understand audio interface, Understanding microphones, Amp modelling, Recording your acoustic, Recording your guitar amp) ; Make money (Become a tech, Record remote sessions, Start a function band, Buy and sell gear, Start teaching, Become a demo guy) -- SONGWRITING : Start writing songs today ; Stay inspired ; Song stories ; Beatlemania Masterclass ; Write your first guitar solo ; Building songs ; Song structure study ; Getting lyrical ; Writing better lyrics ; Playing & singing ; Riff writing ; Promoting your songs online ; Music publishing ; The Law: copying ; Ed Sheeran on songwriting ; Choosing your acoustic -- FIX YOUR GUITAR : Restringing your guitar ; Adjusting your guitar's neck ; Adjusting your guitar's intonation ; Broken jack socket ; The art of soldering ; Switching pickups ; Replace your pots ; Making your own guitar leads ; How to shield your guitar -- Index.
"This pracitcal guide teaches you everything you need to know and nothing you don't. It is filled with easy-to-follow lessons and advice for perfect playing and performing ... Written by the experts at Total Guitar magazine, How to Play Guitar includes hundreds of photographs and step-by-step exercises, top advice for improvement, tips for getting the most from your gear and even sections about songwriting and performing. Suitable for all ability levels, this book will take you from beginner to intermediate level, without any of the stuffiness of learning to play the guitar!"--Back cover.

Smithsonian rock and roll : live and unseen

January 12, 2018
Bentley, Bill, 1950- author.
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2017]
216 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Includes index.
Intro : that fine, fine music -- The big bang : blues & country collide while the world trembles -- The British invasion and beyond : the future is revealed -- Acid, incense & balloons : from soul queens to New Orleans -- Inner visions & outlandish trips : the land of the free and the saved -- The wild side moves in : fasten seat belts now -- Safety pins & flashy spins : everyone wants to have fun -- Beats, bravado & beauty : rock and roll to the rescue.
In December 2015, the Smithsonian called on rock and roll lovers around the world to collect photos and stories of their favorite moments in music. Fans dug through attics, basements, closets, shoeboxes, digital cameras, and photo albums to post great rock shots to From Woodstock to the Whisky a Go Go, from Lollapalooza to the 9:30 Club, and all the rockin' places in between, fans overwhelmingly responded with their favorite rock and roll moments. Iconic artists ranging from the Who to Nirvana to Chuck Berry to the Jimi Hendrix and many more are celebrated here. There are early photographs of everyone from Run-D.M.C. to the Runaways, and contemporary shots of some of the biggest names in music, including Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, and Metallica. Presented together, these photographs create a kaleidoscopic history of the artists, the musical styles, the venues, the concerts, and the fans. This is rock and roll as it has never been seen

Cover me : the stories behind the greatest cover songs of all time

January 12, 2018
Padgett, Ray, author.
232 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Elvis Presley "Hound dog" (Big Mama Thornton cover) -- The Beatles "Twist and shout" (Isley Brothers/Top Notes cover) -- The Righteous Brothers "Unchained melody" (Todd Duncan cover) -- Aretha Franklin "Respect" (Otis Redding cover) -- Jimi Hendrix "All along the watchtower" (Bob Dylan cover) -- Joe Cocker "With a little help from my friends" (The Beatles cover) -- The Who "Summertime blues" (Eddie Cochran cover) -- Creedence Clearwater Revival "I heard it through the grapevine" (Marvin Gaye cover) -- Gladys Knight & the Pips "Midnight train to Georgia" (Jim Weatherly cover) -- Patti Smith "Gloria" (Them cover) -- Talking Heads "Take me to the river" (Al Green cover) -- Devo "Satisfaction" (The Rolling Stones cover) -- "Weird Al" Yankovic "Polkas on 45" (various artists cover) -- Pet Shop Boys "Always on my mind" (Elvis Presley/Brenda Lee cover) -- Whitney Houston "I will always love you" (Dolly Parton cover) -- Fugees "Killing me softly" (Roberta Flack/Lori Lieberman cover) -- The Gourds "Gin and juice" (Snoop Doggy Dogg cover) -- Johnny Cash "Hurt" (Nine Inch Nails cover) -- Adele "Make you feel my love" (Bob Dylan cover).
"From the creator of the popular website comes the perfect book for music fans: the inside stories behind 20 iconic cover songs and the artists who turned them into classics. A great cover only makes a song stronger. Jimi Hendrix's version of Bob Dylan's 'All Along the Watchtower.' The Beatles rocking out with 'Twist and Shout.' Aretha Franklin demanding 'Respect.' Without covers, the world would have lost many unforgettable performances. This is the first book to explore the most iconic covers ever, from Elvis's 'Hound Dog' and Joe Cocker's 'With a Little Help from My Friends' to the Talking Heads' 'Take Me to the River' and Adele's 'Make You Feel My Love.' Written by the founder of the website, each of the 19 chapters investigates the origins of a classic cover -- and uses it as a framework to tell the larger story of how cover songs have evolved over the decades. Cover Me is packed with insight, photography, and music history"--Publisher's website.

Woman walk the line : how the women in country music changed our lives

January 11, 2018
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2017.
xi, 220 pages ; 23 cm.
Maybelle Carter : the root of it all / Caryn Rose -- Lil Hardin : that's how I got to Memphis / Alice Randall -- Wanda Jackson : when she starts eruptin' / Holly George-Warren -- Hazel Dickens : the plangent bone / Ronni Lundy -- June Carter Cash : eulogy for a mother / Rosanne Cash -- Brenda Lee : rare peer / Taylor Swift -- Bobbie Gentry : let the mystery be / Meredith Ochs -- Loretta Lynn : The pill / Madison Vain -- Dolly Parton : Long Island down home blues / Nancy Harrison -- Emmylou Harris : common ground in an uncommon love / Ali Berlow -- Barbara Mandrell : Lubbock in the rearview mirror / Shelby Morrison -- Tanya Tucker : punk country and sex wide open / Holly Gleason -- Rita Coolidge : a dark-eyed Cherokee country gal / Kandia Crazy Horse -- Linda Ronstadt : canciones di corazón salvajge / Grace Potter -- Rosanne Cash : expectations and letting go / Deborah Sprague -- The Judds : comfort far from home / Courtney E. Smith -- k.d. lang : flawless, fearless / Kelly McCartney -- Lucinda William : flesh & ghosts, dreams + marrow / Lady Goodman -- Mary Chapin Carpenter : every hometown girl / Cynthia Sanz -- Patty Loveless : beyond what you know / Wendy Pearl -- Shania Twain : but the little girls understand / Emily Yahr -- Alison Krauss : draw your own map / Aubrie Sellers -- Terri Clark : better things to do / Amy Elizabeth McCarthy -- Taylor Swift : dancing on her own / Elysa Gardner -- Kacey Musgraves : follow your arrow / Dacey Orr -- Rhiannon Giddens : a gift past the songs / Caroline Randall Williams -- Patty Griffin : remembering to breathe / Kim Ruehl.
Full-tilt, hardcore, down-home, and groundbreaking, the women of country music speak volumes with every song. From Maybelle Carter to Dolly Parton, k.d. lang to Taylor Swift--these artists provided pivot points, truths, and doses of courage for women writers at every stage of their lives. Whether it's Rosanne Cash eulogizing June Carter Cash or a seventeen-year-old Taylor Swift considering the golden glimmer of another precocious superstar, Brenda Lee, it's the humanity beneath the music that resonates.

Parental discretion is advised : the rise of N.W.A and the dawn of gangsta rap

January 8, 2018
Kennedy, Gerrick, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2017.
273 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Compton's n the house -- Panic zone -- Dopeman -- Something 2 dance 2 -- LA is the place -- I ain't tha 1 -- Niggaz ... with attitude -- Gangsta gangsta -- Parental discretion iz advised -- AmeriKKKa's most wanted -- Appetite for destruction -- SA prize -- Who got the camera? -- Nuthin' but a 'G' thang -- Eternal E.
"Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella caused a seismic shift in hip-hop when they decided to form N.W.A in 1986. Suddenly rap became gangsta and relevant on the West Coast. With their hard-core image, bombastic sound, and lyrics that were by turns poetic, lascivious, socially conscious, and downright in-your-face, N.W.A spoke the truth about life on the streets of Compton, California--at the time a hotbed of poverty, drugs, gangs, and unemployment. Their hood tales offered a sharp contrast to the cozy, comfortable images of thriving middle-class life emanating from television screens across America. For the group, making music was not about being nice or projecting a false reality. It was all about expressing themselves. Through firsthand interviews and exhaustive research, Los Angeles Times music reporter Gerrick D. Kennedy transports readers back in time and offers a front-row seat to N.W.A's early days and the drama and controversy that followed the incendiary group as they rose to become multiplatinum artists. Kennedy leaves nothing off the table in his pursuit of the full story behind the group's most pivotal moments, including Ice Cube's decision to go solo after their debut studio album became a smash hit, the forming of Ruthless Records, the group's confrontation with the FBI over their inflammatory lyrics, incidents of physical assault, Dr. Dre's decision to launch Death Row Records with Suge Knight, N.W.A's impact on the 1992 LA riots, Eazy-E's battle with AIDS, and much more. A riveting and illuminating work of music journalism, [this book] captures a defining moment in rap music, when N.W.A made it altogether social, freaky, enterprising, and gangsta. They forced us all to take notice. For that reason alone, their story must be told."--Dust jacket flap.

Through the lens : the remaking of Cincinnati's Music Hall

January 8, 2018
Zory, Matthew, photographer.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Cincinnati Book Publishing, 2017.
271 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 x 32 cm
"Beneath the velvet and crystal, Cincinnati's Music Hall has exquisite bones. In his stunning photographic essay documenting the hall's historic renovation, photographer and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra musician Matthew Zory uncovers a side of Music Hall Cincinnatians have never seen before--and will never see again. Zory's photos capture the raw-beamed beauty of Music Hall as craftsman strip away floors and ceilings and refashion Samuel Hannaford's iconic building for 21st century use. Through the lens: the remaking of Cincinnati's Music Hall is a portrait of a grande dame without her makeup and at her most beautiful"--Back cover.

Garth Brooks : the anthology. Part one, the first five years

January 8, 2018
Brooks, Garth, author.
240 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm + 5 audio discs (4 3/4 in.)
Introduction -- Year one. 1989 -- Year two. 1990 -- Year three. 1991 -- Year four. 1992 -- Year five. 1993 -- Stories from Music Row -- Conclusion.
Part 1: The First Five Years, looks at Brooks' meteoric rise to superstardom from 1989-1993 in his own words, as he tells the stories behind creating, recording and promoting his first five albums for Capitol Nashville. His memories are supplemented by others who were there, including the songwriters, musicians, and Brooks' longtime manager, Bob Doyle. The book also includes more than 150 never-before-seen photos, tracking sheets, session charts, and even Brooks' job application for Cowtown Boots, the shoe store where he worked in Nashville while he was a struggling artist. Also included are 5 CDs of outtakes, first takes, demos and masters. Of the 52 songs included on the CDs, 19 are new, unreleased or demo versions.

David Bowie made me gay : 100 years of LGBT music

January 3, 2018
Bullock, Darryl W., author.
358 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
Introduction: Once upon a time in a disco far, far away... -- David Bowie made me gay -- Pretty baby -- Bull dyker blues -- The pansy craze -- Europe before the war -- Strange fruit -- Camp records -- Do you come here often? -- Electronic sounds -- After Stonewall -- Living with lesbians -- Lavender country -- Can't stop the music -- The 1970s: political and pink -- The aggressive style punk rock -- The 1980s: small town boys -- Hope and homophobia -- Scandal -- Out and proud in the twenty-first century.
"This revealing and timely book is a must-have for anyone passionate about music. LGBT musicians have shaped the development of music over the last century, with a sexually progressive soundtrack in the background of the gay community's struggle for acceptance worldwide. With the advent of recording technology, LGBT messages were for the first time transferred from the cabaret stage and brought to the homes of millions. David Bowie Made Me Gay is the first book to cover the breadth of history of recorded music by and for the LGBT community: How have those records influenced the evolution of the music we listen to today? How have they inspired whole generations of disenfranchised youth? How could we ever have the Scissor Sisters or Lady Gaga without Billie Holiday, Disco and David Bowie? Through new interviews and contemporary reports, David Bowie Made Me Gay uncovers the lives of the people who made these records, and offers a lively canter through the scarcely documented history of LGBT music-makers. Bullock discusses the invaluable influence gay men, lesbians and bisexuals had on the growth of Jazz and Blues; looks at the almost forgotten world of gay life in the years between the two World Wars when many LGBT performers enjoyed a fame and freedom that would not be seen again until the 1970s and '80s; explores the emergence of Disco and Glamrock that gave birth to today's most legendary out-gay pop stars: Elton John, Boy George, Freddie Mercury, George Michael; and asks where we are today." -- Publisher's description

Uncommon people : the rise and fall of the rock stars

January 2, 2018
Hepworth, David, 1950- author.
xii, 305 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
September 14, 1955, Rampart Street, New Orleans, Louisiana : Enter the first rock star -- September 26, 1956, from Memphis to Tupelo : The first rock idol -- July 6, 1957, Woolton Village Fete, Liverpool, England : The first rock fans form a band -- May 22, 1958, London Airport, England : A bad boy flies in -- February 3, 1959, Clear Lake, Iowa : A good boy flies out -- July 1, 1960, London, England : Enter the guitar hero -- September 25, 1961, Gerde's Folk City, New York City : A boy invents himself -- September 28, 1962, Sefton Street, Liverpool, England : The man who fit in -- May 1, 1963, London, England : The man who didn't fit in -- December 23, 1964, Los Angeles airport : The rock star as tragic genius -- September 26, 1965, Aarhus, Denmark : The rock band as perpetual drama -- October 1, 1966, Central London Polytechnic, England : A new sheriff in town -- June 18, 1967, Monterey, California : The first female rock star -- May 15, 1968, New York City : The view from Olympus -- August 9, 1969, Birmingham, England : The devil's business -- June 24, 1970, New York City : Rock god embraces the occult -- May 16, 1971, New York City : The comeback -- July 26, 1972, Madison Square Garden, New York City : Rock goes high society -- July 3, 1973, Hammersmith, London, England : A "rock star" retires -- August 6, 1974, 914 Studios, Blauvelt, New York : Rock in a complicated world -- July 18, 1975, the Lyceum, London, England : The best rock isn't always rock -- July 4, 1976, Tampa, Florida : The X-factor -- August 16, 1977, Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee : Death is good for business -- December 9, 1978, London, England : A raspberry on top of the charts -- August 4, 1979, Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, England : Twilight of the gods -- December 8, 1980, New York City : Death by fan -- August 13, 1981, Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Middlesex, England : Sex, violence, and television -- March 19, 1982, Leesburg, Florida : Road fever -- September 31, 1983, the Continental Hyatt House, Hollywood, California : The absurdity of rock stars -- January 27, 1984, the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California : A superstar on fire -- July 13, 1985, Wembley Stadium, London, England : From dumper to sainthood -- July 16, 1986, Madison Square Garden, New York City : Rock royalty up close -- August 1, 1987, Greyhound bus station, Hollywood and Vine, Los Angeles, California : Looking the part -- September 9, 1988, Sotheby's, London, England : Elton John clears out his closet -- March 21, 1989, United States of America : Clean and sober -- May 29, 1990, Toronto SkyDome, Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Rock star as celeb -- November 24, 1991, Kensington, London, England : The party's over -- May 7, 1992, Tokyo, Japan : Man overboard -- June 7, 1993, Minneapolis, Minnesota : Career suicide -- April 5, 1994, Seattle, Washington : The last rock star -- August 9, 1995, Mountain View, California : Revenge of the nerds
"The age of the rock star, like the age of the cowboy, has passed. Like the cowboy, the idea of the rock star lives on in our imaginations. What did we see in them? Swagger. Recklessness. Sexual charisma. Damn-the-torpedoes self-belief. A certain way of carrying themselves. Good hair. Interesting shoes. Talent we wished we had. What did we want of them? To be larger than life but also like us. To live out their songs. To stay young forever. No wonder many didn't stay the course. In Uncommon People, David Hepworth zeroes in on defining moments and turning points in the lives of forty rock stars from 1955 to 1995, taking us on a journey to burst a hundred myths and create a hundred more. As this tribe of uniquely motivated nobodies went about turning themselves into the ultimate somebodies, they also shaped us, our real lives and our fantasies. Uncommon People isn't just their story. It's ours as well."--Dust jacket flap.

Dear Evan Hansen : through the window

December 28, 2017
Levenson, Steven, 1984- author.
223 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
Includes libretto and photographs from the musical, as well as an account of the creation of the musical, from it's inception a decade ago to winning six Tony Awards in 2017.
An official compendium offers a behind-the-scenes look at the hit musical, Dear Evan Hansen, in a visual journey that includes interviews with the cast and crew, behind-the-scenes photos, a deeper look into Evan's fictional world and the show's visual world, unreleased lyrics, the libretto and much more.

Nick Cave : mercy on me

December 27, 2017
Kleist, Reinhard, 1970- author.
London : Self Mad Hero, 2017.
321 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm
In Nick Cave: Mercy on Me, Reinhard Kleist employs a cast of characters drawn from Cave's music and writing to tell the story of a formidable artist and influencer. Kleist paints an expressive and enthralling portrait of Cave's childhood in Australia; his early years fronting The Birthday Party; the sublime highs of his success with The Bad Seeds; and the crippling lows of his battle with heroin.

Why Bob Dylan matters

December 21, 2017
Thomas, Richard F., 1950- author.
New York, NY : Dey St., 2017.
358 pages ; 20 cm
Bob Dylan's discography -- Why does Dylan matter to us? -- Together through life -- Dylan and ancient Rome: "That's where I was born" -- "Vibrations in the universe": Dylan tells his own story -- The early thefts: "Mine've been like Verlaine's and Rimbaud's" -- "The gift was given back": Time Out of Mind and beyond -- Mature poets steal: Virgil, Dylan, and the making of a classic -- Modern Times and the world's ancient light: becoming Homer -- The show's the thing: Dylan in performance -- Conclusion: Speechless in Stockholm.
When the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan in 2016, a debate raged. Some celebrated, while many others questioned the choice. How could the world's most prestigious book prize be awarded to a famously cantankerous singer-songwriter who wouldn't even deign to attend the medal ceremony? In 'Why Bob Dylan matters', Harvard Professor Richard F. Thomas answers this question with magisterial erudition. A world expert on Classical poetry, Thomas was initially ridiculed by his colleagues for teaching a course on Bob Dylan alongside his traditional seminars on Homer, Virgil, and Ovid. Dylan's Nobel Prize brought him vindication, and he immediately found himself thrust into the spotlight as a leading academic voice in all matters Dylanological. Today, through his wildly popular Dylan seminar - affectionately dubbed "Dylan 101" - Thomas is introducing a new generation of fans and scholars to the revered bard's work. This witty, personal volume is a distillation of Thomas's famous course, and makes a compelling case for moving Dylan out of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and into the pantheon of Classical poets.

Gold dust woman : the biography of Stevie Nicks

December 20, 2017
Davis, Stephen, 1947- author.
xviii, 332 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
An in-depth portrait of the classic-rock artist covers her role in the stardom of Fleetwood Mac, the affairs that inspired her greatest songs, her struggles with addiction, and her successful solo career.-- From the publisher.

Beethoven's Eroica : the first great romantic symphony

December 19, 2017
Hamilton-Paterson, James, author.
New York : Basic Books, 2017.
vii, 180 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm

Bad singer : the surprising science of tone deafness and how we hear music

December 19, 2017
Falconer, Tim, 1958- author.
Toronto : House of Anansi Press, 2016.
325 pages ; 22 cm
Side one: Music and human evolution -- "Sweet dreams (are made of this)" -- "It's only rock 'n' roll (but I like it)" -- "For the sake of the song" -- "The harder they come" -- Side two: The science of tone deafness -- "I've got news for you" -- "Tell it like it is" -- "Can you hear the music" -- "Blue highways" -- Side three: How we hear music -- "Cum on feel the noize" -- "Wordy rappinghood" -- "Small change" -- "Come undone" -- Side four: Unlocking a surprising secret of music -- "Teacher teacher" -- "If I only had a brain" -- "Smells like teen spirit" -- "Higher ground" -- Bonus track: "Silver and gold."
"In the tradition of Daniel Levitin's This Is Your Brain on Music and Oliver Sacks' Musicophilia, Bad Singer follows the delightful journey of Tim Falconer as he tries to overcome tone deafness--and along the way discovers what we're really hearing when we listen to music. A work of scientific discovery, musicology, and personal odyssey, Bad Singer is a fascinating, insightful, and highly entertaining account from an award-winning journalist and author."-- Provided by publisher.

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