New Arrivals · Music Books

February 3, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

So you want to sing jazz : a guide for professionals

February 2, 2016
Shapiro, Jan, author.
Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.
xvii, 190 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.

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

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

Soul serenade : rhythm, blues & coming of age through vinyl ; a memoir

February 1, 2016
Ollison, Rashod, 1977- author.
Boston : Beacon Press, [2016]
230 pages ; 24 cm
"Steeped in the sounds, the smells, the salty language of rural Arkansas in the 1980s, Soul Serenade is the memoir of a pop music critic whose love for soul music was fostered by his father, Raymond. Drafted into the Vietnam War as a teenager, Raymond returned a changed man, “dead on the inside.” After his parents’ volatile marriage ended in divorce, Rashod was haunted by the memory of his itinerant father and his mama’s long forgotten “sunshine smile.” For six-year-old Rashod, his father’s record collection--the music of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, and others--provided solace, coherence, and escape. Moving nine times during his childhood, Rashod constantly adjusted to new schools and homes with his two sisters, Dusa and Reagan, and his mother, Dianne. Resilient and tough, while also being distant and punitive, she worked multiple jobs, striving “to make ends wave at each other if they couldn’t meet.” He spent time with his acerbic mother’s mother, Mama Teacake, and her family’s living-out-loud ways, which clashed with his father’s family--religious, discreet, and appropriate--where Rashod gravitated to Big Mama and Paw Paw, his father’s parents. Becoming aware of his same-sex attraction, Rashod felt further isolated and alone but was encouraged by mentors in the community who fostered his intelligence and talent. He became transformed through discovering the writing of Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Nikki Giovanni, and other literary greats, and these books, along with the soulful sounds of the 1970s and 80s, enabled him to thrive in spite of the instability and harshness of his childhood."--Provided by publisher.

Fanfare Cincinnati.

January 28, 2016
Cincinnati, Ohio : Cincinnati Magazine, [2013/14]-
volumes : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Magazine-style program books featuring Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, CSO Chamber Players, Lollipops Family Concerts, and other special concert events.

The only pirate at the party

January 28, 2016
Stirling, Lindsey, 1986- author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2016.
ix, 258 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Dancing electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling shares her unconventional journey.

Loving Amy : a mother's story

January 27, 2016
Winehouse, Janis, author.
©2014
297 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Hurricane Amy -- Child of mine -- Dad's gone, can we get a hamster? -- We three -- Take the box -- Frank -- Headline honey -- Puttin' on the Ritz -- Behind the beehive -- Fly me to the moon -- Two steps forward, one step back -- Maybe -- Island in the sun -- Drinkin' again -- Leader of the pack -- Time out for tears -- Epilogue: Life after Amy.
"Arguably the most gifted artist of her generation, Amy Winehouse died tragically young, aged just twenty-seven. With a worldwide fan base and millions of record sales to her name, she should have had the world at her feet. Yet in the years prior to her death, she battled with addiction and was frequently the subject of lurid tabloid headlines. Amy's mother, Janis, knew her in a way that no one else did. In this warm, poignant, and at times heartbreaking memoir, she tells the full story of the daughter she loved so much. As the world watched the rise of a superstar, then the free fall of an addict to her tragic death, Janis simply saw her Amy: the daughter she'd given birth to, the girl she'd raised and stood by despite her unruly behavior, the girl whose body she was forced to identify two days after her death--and the girl she's grieved for every day since. Including rare photographs and extracts from Amy's childhood journals, Loving Amy offers a new and intimate perspective on the life and untimely death of a musical icon."--From book jacket.

Music business for dummies

January 25, 2016
Weisman, Loren, author.
©2015
xvi, 410 pages : illustrations, 24 cm.
Part I, Getting started in the music business. Getting on the path to results ; A change is gonna come : changes in the music business ; Getting your music business job options on ; Creating a music business plan -- Part II, Making music and creating your brand. Writing, rehearsing, recording, and performing ; Creating and following a production plan ; Creating your brand ; Getting noticed : your keywords, bio, and call to action ; Securing your music and brand -- Part III, Marketing and promoting for the long haul. Building your website and social media presence ; Planning for content marketing throughout the year ; Combining online and physical marketing ; Planning music, merchandise, and event drops -- Part IV, Maintaining your successful career. Touring and performing ; Securing sponsorships and endorsements ; Considering additional opportunities ; Tracking and analyzing your progress ; Persevering, problem-solving, and retiring -- Part V, Part of tens. Ten habits of successful musicians ; Ten tips on presenting yourself professionally.
"Learn to: navigate the music business to pursue a successful and sustainable career; follow a plan that builds your success, one step at a time; create a brand that stands out to fans and industry professionals; understand music publishing, contracts, copyrights, and licensing"--Cover.

Percussion instruments : purchasing, maintenance, troubleshooting, and more

January 11, 2016
Primatic, Stephen, author
©2015
viii, 72 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
The author discusses key information needed to buy and keep up snare drums, timpani, cymbals, bass drums, mallet instruments, and more.

Bob Dylan : all the songs : the story behind every track

December 31, 2015
Margotin, Philippe, author.
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2015.
703 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
A comprehensive account of Bob Dylan's album cuts, bootlegs, and soundtrack recordings includes details that led to the composition of each song, what went on in the recording studio, and behind-the-scenes accounts of musicians on each track.

iPhone & iPad for musicians for dummies

December 30, 2015
Williams, Ryan C., author.
©2015
xvi, 390 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Getting started with iOS music -- Playing music on your iOS device -- Setting up your iOS studio -- Your recording workflow -- Using multiple apps together -- Editing, mixing, and sharing your projects -- The part of tens.
"If you are a budding or established musician looking to use your iPad or iPhone as a portable musical instrument, recording studio, or composition tool, then you've come to the right place! iPad and iPhone For Musicians For Dummies explains in plain English how to hook up your preferred instrument to your iPad or iPhone to work on music projects within a plethora of recording apps. You'll also learn how to incorporate both real and MIDI instruments and audio, edit individual tracks, work with effects and chain multiple apps together, and mix and master songs. Thanks to apps such as AmpliTube, AudioBus, and Apple's own GarageBand, musicians can record entire songs in the comfort of their own homes and then mix, master, and distribute them right there on their iPads or iPhones. Packed with tons of step-by-step instructions, this friendly guide shows you how to use your device to go from recording a basic piece of music to creating and uploading complete songs with full instrumentation and multiple tracks, instruments, and effects"-- From publisher's web site.

Hear my sad story : the true tales that inspired "Stagolee, " "John Henry, " and other traditional American folk songs

December 28, 2015
Polenberg, Richard, author.
©2015
ix, 293 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
St. Louis. St. Louis blues ; Duncan and Brady ; Stagolee ; Frankie and Johnny -- Lying cold on the ground. Omie wise ; The ballad of Frankie Silver ; Tom Dooley ; Poor Ellen Smith ; Pearl Bryan ; Delia's gone -- Bold highwaymen. Cole Younger ; Jesse James ; John Hardy ; Railroad Bill ; Betty and Dupree -- Railroads. John Henry (1870s) ; Engine 143 ; Casey Jones ; Wreck of the old 97 -- Workers. Cotton mill blues (1930s) ; Chain gang blues (1930s) ; Only a miner (1930s) ; House of the rising sun (1930s) -- Disasters. The Titanic ; The boll weevil (1920s) -- Martyrs. Joe Hill ; Sacco and Vanzetti.
"In Hear My Sad Story, Richard Polenberg describes the historical events that led to the writing of many famous American folk songs that served as touchstones for generations of American musicians, lyricists, and folkloristsm,"--NoveList.

The rap year book : the most important rap song from every year since 1979, discussed, debated, and deconstructed

December 23, 2015
Serrano, Shea, author.
New York, NY : Abrams Image, 2015.
239 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
1979 : "Rapper's delight" / The Sugarhill Gang -- 1980 : "The breaks" / Kurtis Blow -- 1981 : "Jazzy sensation" / Afrika Bambaataa and the Jazzy Five -- 1982 : "The message" / Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five -- 1983 : "Sucker M.C.'s" / Run-DMC -- 1984 : "Friends" / Whodini -- 1985 : "La Di Da Di" / Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick -- 1986 : "6 in the mornin'" / Ice-T -- 1987 : "Paid in full" / Eric B. and Rakim -- 1988 : "Straight outta Compton" / N.W.A -- 1989 : "Fight the power" / Public Enemy -- 1990 : "Bonita Applebum" / A Tribe Called Quest -- 1991 : "Mind playing tricks on me" / Geto Boys -- 1992 : "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" / Dr. Dre, featuring Snoop Dogg -- 1993 : "C.R.E.A.M." / Wu-Tang Clan -- 1994 : "Juicy" / The Notorious B.I.G. -- 1995 : "Dear Mama" / Tupac -- 1996 : "California love" / Tupac, featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman -- 1997 : "Can't nobody hold me down" / Puff Daddy, featuring Mase -- 1998 : "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" / DMX -- 1999 : "My name is" / Eminem -- 2000 : "Big pimpin'" / Jay Z, featuring UGK -- 2001 : "Takeover" vs. "Ether" / Jay Z vs. Nas -- 2002 : "Grindin'" / The Clipse -- 2003 : "In Da Club" / 50 Cent -- 2004 : "Still tippin'" / Mike Jones, featuring Slim Thug and Paul Wall -- 2005 : "Gold digger" / Kanye West, featuring Jamie Foxx -- 2006 : "Hustlin'" / Rick Ross -- 2007 : "International players anthem" / UGK, featuring Outkast -- 2008 : "A Milli" / Lil Wayne -- 2009 : "Best I ever had" / Drake -- 2010 : "Monster" / Kanye West featuring Rick Ross, Jay Z, Bon Iver, and Nicki Minaj -- 2011 : "Niggas in Paris" / Jay Z and Kanye West -- 2012 : "Same love" / Macklemore and Ryan Lewis -- 2013 : "Control" / Big Sean, featuring Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica -- 2014 : "Lifestyle" / Rich Gang, featuring Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan.
This book "takes readers from 1979, widely regarded as the moment rap became recognized as part of the cultural and musical landscape, and comes right up to the present, with Shea Serrano ... discussing, debating, and deconstructing the most important rap song year by year. Serrano also examines the most important moments that surround the history and culture of rap music--from artists' backgrounds to issues of race, the rise of hip-hop, and the struggles among its major players--both personal and professional"--Amazon.com.

Violin for dummies

December 22, 2015
Rapoport, Katharine, author.
©2015
xiv, 412 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
"View video demonstrations and listen to audio tracks online"--Page 1 of cover.
So you want to play the violin -- Getting started : the basics -- Reading music for the violin -- Musicianship and harmony -- Taking it up a notch : techniques and styles -- Getting into gear, staying in gear -- The part of tens.

Music theory for dummies®

December 22, 2015
Pilhofer, Michael, author.
©2015
xii, 322 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Getting started with music theory -- Putting notes together -- Musical expression through tempo and dynamics -- Musical expression through form -- The part of tens -- Appendixes.
Music Theory For Dummies makes music theory easy to understand, with a friendly, unintimidating overview of everything you need to know to become fluent at knocking out beats, reading musical scores, and learning to anticipate where a song should go whether you're reading someone else's music or writing your own. Whether you're a music student or a music lover, you'll learn to read, write, and understand music with this informative guide. With expert instruction, you'll put it all together as you compose, arrange, and create original melodies, harmonies, and chords of your own, with helpful tips for performing your pieces in front of an audience. This new third edition presents the most current teaching techniques, the newest music genres and examples, and updated information on all aspects of understanding, creating, and performing music. Studies have shown that music training improves children's' verbal and spatial abilities, and it's been associated with cognitive and mathematical benefits in adults. The music job market is expected to increase over the coming years, and music theory is becoming an increasingly common part of education at all levels. Music Theory For Dummies provides the instruction you need to get more out of music than you ever thought possible. * Master major and minor scales, intervals, pitches, and clefs * Understand basic notation, time signals, tempo, dynamics, and navigation * Employ melodies, chords, progressions, and phrases to form music * Compose harmonies and accompanying melodies for voice and instruments Whether you intend to pursue a degree or career in music, or just enjoy listening to it, understanding the theory behind it gives you a whole new appreciation for the artistry and craftsmanship behind the pieces that give you goose bumps. It's a mix of technical skill, inborn talent, and plenty of practice and now you can try your hand at it, with Music Theory For Dummies.

Guitar for dummies

December 21, 2015
Phillips, Mark, 1947- author.
©2016.
xii, 387 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Introduction -- Part I: Getting Started with Guitar -- Part II: Ready to Play: The Basics -- Part III: Beyond the Basics: Starting to Sound Cool -- Part IV: A Pile of Styles -- Part V: A Guitar of Your Own -- Part VI: The Part of Tens -- Part VII: Appendixes -- Index.
"The guitar is one of the most versatile instruments in the world, which is why it's so appealing to musicians. Guitar For Dummies, 4th Edition gives you everything a beginning or intermediate acoustic or electric guitarist needs: from buying a guitar to tuning it, playing it, and caring for it. Fully revised and updated, with online video and audio clips that help you learn and play along, you'll explore everything from simple chords and melodies to more challenging exercises that are designed to satisfy players of all levels. Additionally, new players can dive into the basics of guitar and accessory selection. Whether you prefer the cool sounds of the acoustic or the edgier tones of the electric, your guitar will get a lot of use as you play your way through the lessons presented in this integral book." -- Amazon.com

Beautiful piano solos for dummies

December 21, 2015
Milwaukee, WI : Hal Leonard Corporation, [2015]
173 pages : music ; 30 cm
Chiefly music.

Bluegrass banjo for dummies

December 21, 2015
Evans, Bill, 1956- author.
Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley, 2015.
x, 324 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Introduction -- Getting started with bluegrass banjo -- Let's roll! Scruggs-style banjo essentials -- Playing in the band: backup essentials -- Progressive banjo: melodic and single-string styles -- Keeping your banjo in top shape -- The part of tens.
"Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies is the definitive guide to mastering the most popular banjo-playing skills and techniques. If you've always wanted to strum and pick a five-string, but never knew where to start -- or if you'd like to polish your bluegrass licks -- this book provides the instruction you'll need to take your playing to a new level. The accompanying online video and audio instruction helps drive home the key points, and makes for a great interactive experience to brush up on your roll patterns, picking, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and a whole lot more!" -- provided by publisher.

Beatles gear : all the fab four's instruments, from stage to studio--the ultimate edition

December 17, 2015
Babiuk, Andy, author.
Milwaukee, WI : Backbeat, an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation, 2015.
512 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 33 cm
In The Beginning There Was Skiffle -- The Quarry Men Go Electric -- Five Beatles Go To Hamburg -- The Cavern And First Recordings -- Smartening Up The Act -- The Makings Of Beatlemania -- Storming The States, And Making Movies -- Experimenting With New Sounds -- Last Live Dates: The Studio Years Begin -- Sgt Pepper Time - A Musical Mystery Tour -- Revolution - All Change -- And In The End.
This ultimate guide to all the gear used by the Beatles details exactly which guitars, drums, amplifiers, and keyboards the Fab Four embraced throughout their brief but revolutionary career, from their earliest days as the Quarry Men to the dissolution of the Beatles in 1970. It provides fascinatingly fresh insights into Beatle history, exploding myths and uncovering dozens of new stories along the way. John, Paul, George, and Ringo's moves from cheap early instruments to the pick of 1960s technology are carefully and entertainingly documented in an easy-to-read narrative, fully illustrated with many previously unseen photographs, a cache of rare memorabilia, and a unique collection of specially photographed instruments used by the Beatles. As we continue to find new ways to explore their sound, from vivid remasters of their original recordings to cutting-edge video games, the Beatles remain at the forefront of popular music.

Dylan : disc by disc

December 17, 2015
Bream, Jon, author, compiler.
Minneapolis, MN : Voyageur Press, 2015.
240 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Includes index.

A live one

December 16, 2015
Holland, Walter, author.
New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.
xi, 140 pages ; 17 cm.
Preparatory to anything else -- You can feel good -- Quiet rebels -- The method, part 1 -- Average white band -- Finally the punks are taking acid -- Long time -- Can't this wait 'til I'm old? -- The method, part 2 -- Twenty years later -- All the places and people belong.
"Twenty years after its release, Phish's double-CD collection A Live One has something rare and precious going for it: it still doesn't sound like anybody else. Oversized, perverse, requiring an unusual amount of listener background knowledge? Yes to all. Yet the collective improvisations it captures, unprecedentedly coherent yet freewheeling and open-ended, are unique in rock 'n' roll.This book considers the music and moment of Phish's ecstatically inventive 1995 live document, a mix of weirdo acid-psych, ambient moonscapes, vaudevillian Americana, and riotous arena-rock energy, all filtered through bandleader Trey Anastasio's screwball compositional sensibility and the band's idiosyncratic approach to spontaneous group creativity. It places Phish and their fandom in historical and cultural context, and picks apart the mechanics of their extended group jams. And it examines the mystery of how a quartet of nice boys from Burlington, VT could have been, all at once, one of America's biggest touring acts and one of its best-kept secrets"-- Provided by publisher.

Counting down the Rolling Stones : their 100 finest songs

December 16, 2015
Beviglia, Jim, author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016].
203 pages ; 24 cm.
Publisher Synopsis: The third in Beviglia's Counting Down series (after books about Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen) enumerates the Rolling Stones' 100 best songs, as determined by the author. It's a book for hard-core Stones fans, especially those with a fairly extensive knowledge of music. For each song, the author tells us which album it's from, comments on the themes and writing of the song, and provides a capsule analysis of the musical performance. As with all lists of 'bests,' the point here is for readers to make their own lists, disagreeing with gusto. Still, Beviglia includes lots of the Stones' classics ('Jumpin' Jack Flash,' 'Gimme Shelter,' '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction,' 'You Can't Always Get What You Want,' and 'Get Off of My Cloud,' among them), but the order in which they appear is sure to spark debate (as will the author's choice for number 100)...[D]efinitely a must for devoted Stones fans, who come in all ages. Booklist After fascinating and insightful looks at the songs of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, music writer Beviglia provides a strong look at the 100 finest songs of the Rolling Stones. Beviglia unearths 'numerous surprises and musical gems' that he hadn't previously heard-which makes for much of the book's appeal. His look at the relatively overlooked song 'Tops,' from 1981, listed at #87, is an excellent description of how the song's musical 'veering back and forth between the playfulness of the verses and the refrains' mirrors the 'push and pull' of Mick Jagger's provocative lyrical role playing. But listing 'Honky Tonk Women'-one of the Stones' most famous and memorable songs-at #46 is bound to strike even halfhearted Stones listeners as odd, even if he does justifiably list 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' at #1. Still, regardless of his rankings, Beviglia's writing will inspire readers to turn up the volume. Publishers Weekly If you are a fan of radio's countdown shows, like the iconic one done by the late Casey Kasem, you will love Jim Beviglia's latest book offering, Counting Down The Rolling Stones: Their 100 Finest Songs. This volume is a very detailed effort to chronicle the 100 best musical efforts of The Rolling Stones , with insightful commentary, review and analysis provided by an author who is one of the leading journalists of the American music industry. We were surprised that 'Satisfaction', our favorite TRS tune, didn't make it into Beviglia's top 10 list (it was number 11), but reading about the background and creative process involved in 100 of the Stone's iconic songs certainly gave us a deeper appreciation of their longevity in the music business. Gotta Love It [T]he real meat of the book is the author's extremely insightful reasoning for his choices. In addition, even serious Stones fans are likely to learn some history about the composition of the songs, their evolution in the studio, the contexts of their production, and the contributions of all the performers, both the Stones themselves and guest musicians and producers. Beviglia's research is impressive. That memoir included anecdotes that might have added some insights, such as Keith Richards singing 'You Got the Silver' because Johns erased a track he shouldn't have, Jagger wasn't around, so Richards filled in. So Keith Richards first lead vocal was the result of an accident. But Counting Down isn't intended to be a reference book giving readers the definitive production history of the Stones canon, but rather a critical overview of why so many songs still deserve our appreciation to lesser and greater degrees. Now, Beviglia really has only one place to go. He's done Dylan, Springsteen, the Stones-who else has 100 songs to rank? Well, The Beatles, of course, especially if you mix in the solo works with the band's fab career. Who else has that much of a catalogue, at least in rock history? Till then, the Stones are more than worthy of this new exploration, and rock fans who read have a treat to enjoy this year. Bookpleasures.com

Essential guide to songwriting, producing & recording

December 16, 2015
Swann, Darryl, author.
Milwaukee, WI : Hal Leonard Corporation, [2015]
vi, 130 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Musicians Institute"--Cover.
"HL00113117"--Back cover.
Preface -- Songwriting: Styles of music ; Songwriting basics ; Song structure ; How to write a song -- Producing: What is a producer? ; Pre-Production ; Details count -- Recording: Recording basics -- getting sounds in ; Hardware ; Miking technique ; Mixing ; Mastering -- Things to consider when entering the music business -- Email correspondence.
Written by Darryl Swann, an acclaimed instructor at several major music schools, this book puts incredibly sophisticated knowledge about songwriting, producing and recording into plain, everyday language. Included are stories, metaphors, photos, illustrations, and examples that are sure to educate as well as entertain.

We gotta get out of this place : the soundtrack of the Vietnam War

December 15, 2015
Bradley, Doug, 1947-
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [2015]
xi, 256 pages ; 23 cm.
"Goodbye my sweetheart, hello Vietnam" : the soundscape takes shape -- "Bad moon rising" : the soundtracks of LBJ's war -- "I-feel-like-I'm-fixin'-to-die" : protest, pot, black power, and the (psychedelic) sound of Nixon's war -- "Chain of fools" : radios, guitars, eight tracks (and silence in the field) -- "What's going on" : music and the long road home.

The storyteller of Jerusalem : the life and times of Wasif Jawhariyyeh, 1904-1948

December 15, 2015
Jawharīyah, Wāṣif, 1897-1973.
Northampton, Massachusetts : Olive Branch Press, 2014.
xli, 304 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Translation of: al-Quds al-ʻUthmānīyah fī al-mudhakkirāt al-Jawharīyah.
The Ottoman Era, 1904-1917 -- The Mandate years, 1917-1948 -- Coda : Beirut, 1958.
"The memoirs of Wasif Jawhariyyeh are a remarkable treasure trove of writings on the life, culture, music, and history of Jerusalem. Spanning over four decades, from 1904 to 1948, they cover a period of enormous and turbulent change in Jerusalem's history-Ottoman rule, the British mandate, and the run-up to the founding of the state of Israel-but change lived and recalled from the daily vantage point of the street storyteller. Oud player, music lover and ethnographer, poet, collector, partygoer, satirist, civil servant, local historian, devoted son, husband, father, and person of faith, Wasif viewed the life of his city through multiple roles and lenses. The result is a vibrant, unpredictable, sprawling collection of anecdotes, observations, and yearnings as varied as the city itself"--Provided by the publisher.

This is all a dream we dreamed : an oral history of the Grateful Dead

December 10, 2015
Jackson, Blair, author.
New York, N.Y. : Flatiron Books, 2015.
xxiii, 488 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
More than human -- San Francisco -- All graceful instruments are known -- Psychedelic America -- Let it grow -- Independence -- On the road again -- Hungry for color -- I'll get a new start -- Vince and the early Nineties -- Summer flies and August dies -- Coda no. 1 : Courtenay Pollock, tie-dye man -- Coda no. 2. The Deaducation of Gary Lambert -- Coda no. 3. Ned Lagin : electronic whiz kid -- Coda no. 4. Editing "The Grateful Dead movie" -- Coda no. 5. Terrapin Trailways -- Coda no. 6. Confessions of a teenage Deadhead, early Eighties -- Coda no. 7. Jim and Doug Oade : a tale of two tapers -- Coda no. 8. Hanging loose with Al and Tipper.
Two well-respected chroniclers of the Dead reveal the band's story through the words of its members, their creative collaborators and peers, and a number of diverse fans, stitching together a multitude of voices into a seamless oral tapestry. Capturing the ebullient spirit at the group's core, Jackson and Gans weave together a musical saga that examines the music and subculture that developed into its own economy, touching fans from all walks of life. This definitive book traces the Dead's evolution from its humble beginnings as a folk/bluegrass band playing small venues in Palo Alto to the feral psychedelic warriors and stadium-filling Americana jam band that blazed all the way through to the 90s. Along the way, we hear from many who were touched by the Dead--from David Crosby and Miles Davis, to Ken Kesey, Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Garcia, and a host of Merry Pranksters, to legendary concert promoter Bill Graham, and others. Throughout their journey the Dead broke (and sometimes rewrote) just about every rule of the music business, defying conventional wisdom and charting their own often unusual course, in the process creating a business model unlike any seen before. Musically, too, they were pioneers, fusing inspired ideas and techniques with intuition and fearlessness to craft an utterly unique and instantly recognizable sound. Their music centered on collective improvisation, spiritual and social democracy, trust, generosity, and fun. Whether you're part of the new generation of Deadheads who are just discovering their music or a devoted fan who has traded Dead tapes for decades, you will want to listen in on the irresistible conversations and anecdotes shared in these pages.--Adapted from book jacket.

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