New Arrivals · Music Books

April 28, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

It's a long story : my life

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

Teach yourself visually guitar

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

Visions of music : sheet music in the twentieth century

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

Tom Jones : the life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Black Sabbath : symptom of the universe

April 22, 2015
Wall, Mick, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
379 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 25 cm
Reprint: Originally published: London : Orion Books, 2013.
Children of the grave. I, awake ; The devil's interval ; Bringers of war ; Pope on a rope ; Killing yourself to live ; Born to die -- Unlucky for some. Neon nights ; Train wreck ; Mob rule ; Upside down crosses ; Dehumanised ; Saviour ; 13.

Another little piece of my heart : my life of rock and revolution in the '60s

April 22, 2015
Goldstein, Richard, 1944- author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
223 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Wretched refuse -- Nearly naked through the not exactly negro streets at dawn -- White like me -- I don't know what this is, but you owe me a story -- A dork's progress -- Flowers in my hair -- Weird scenes in the gold mine -- The summer of my discontent -- I was a teenage Marcel Proust -- The unraveling -- Groucho Marxism -- The whole world is watching -- The reckoning -- Aftermath (or: There's a bathroom on the right).
"In 1966, at the ripe age of 22, Richard Goldstein approached The Village Voice with a novel idea. "I want to be a rock critic," he said. "What's that?" the editor replied. It was a logical question, since rock criticism didn't yet exist. In the weekly column he would produce for the Voice, Goldstein became the first person to write regularly in a major publication about the music that changed our lives. He believed deeply in the power of rock, and, long before it was acceptable, he championed the idea that this music was a serious art form. From his unique position in journalism, he saw the full arc of events that shaped culture and politics in the 1960s--and participated in them, too. He toured with Janis Joplin, spent a day at the Grateful Dead house in San Francisco, and dropped acid with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. He was present for Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, the student uprising at Columbia, and the riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention. He was challenged to a boxing match by Norman Mailer, and took Susan Sontag to her first disco. Goldstein developed close relationships with several rock legends--Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison, to name two--and their early deaths came as a wrenching shock, fueling his disillusionment as he watched the music he loved rapidly evolve from a communal rite to a vast industry--and the sense of hope for radical social upheaval fade away. Another Little Piece of My Heart is the intimate memoir of the writer as a young man with profound ambition. It is also a sweeping personal account of a decade that no one else could provide--a deeply moving, unparalleled document of rock and revolution in America"-- Provided by publisher.

Motherless child : the definitive biography of Eric Clapton

April 21, 2015
Scott, Paul, 1965 December 28- author.
London : Headline Publishing Group, 2015.
314 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

Say No to the devil : the life and musical genius of Rev. Gary Davis

April 16, 2015
Zack, Ian, author.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
xviii, 323 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: you got to move -- There was a time that I was blind (1896-1916) -- Street-corner bard (1917-28) -- "I was a blues cat" (1928-34) -- Great change in me (1934-43) -- Meet you at the station (1943-49) -- Who shall deliver poor me? (1950-55) -- I'll be alright someday (1955-58) -- I can't make this journey by myself (1958-59) -- He knows how much we can bear (1960-61) -- Let the savior bless your soul: the reverend in the pulpit -- Children, go where I send thee (1961-62) -- Lord, stand by me (1962-63) -- On the road and over the ocean -- The guitar lessons: "bring your money, honey!" -- Buck dance (1965-66) -- Where you goin', old drunkard? -- There's a bright side somewhere (1967-70) -- Tired, my soul needs resting (1971-72) -- Epilogue: when I die, I'll live again.

Children of the stone : the power of music in a hard land

April 14, 2015
Tolan, Sandy, author.
New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2015.
xxvi, 453 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 25 cm
Prelude. Over the wall to play Beethoven -- First movement : stone. Pushcart ; Grandfather ; Uprising ; Father ; Accord ; Viola ; Harmony ; Mozart ; Symbol -- Second movement : instrument. Conservatoire ; Adaptation ; Brother ; Troubadours ; Edward ; Jenin ; Oday ; Celine -- Third movement. Beethoven ; Al Kamandjati ; Andalucía ; Palaces ; Luthier ; Fire ; Birth ; Sebastia -- Fourth movement : resistance. Fractures ; Unity ; Rise, child ; Ode to joy ; A musical intifada -- Postlude. Over the wall, to play Beethoven.
"Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan, a child from a Palestinian refugee camp, confronts an occupying army, gets an education, masters an instrument, dreams of something much bigger than himself, and then, through his charisma and persistence, inspires scores of others to work with him to make that dream real. The dream: a school to transform the lives of thousands of children-- as Ramzi's life was transformed-- through music"

Words without music : a memoir

April 10, 2015
Glass, Philip, author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Company, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
xii, 416 pages, 16 un-numbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
The composer of symphonies, operas, and film scores examines his own life and career.

Billie Holiday : the musician and the myth

April 10, 2015
Szwed, John F., 1936- author.
New York, New York : Viking, 2015.
230 pages ; 24 cm
The book I : Lady sings the blues -- The book II : the rest of the story -- The image : film, television, photography -- The prehistory of a singer -- The singer I -- The singer II -- The songs I -- The songs II.
"Drawing on a vast amount of new material that has surfaced in the last decade, ... jazz writer John Szwed considers how [Holiday's] life inflected her art, her influences, her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius, a number of her signature songs, and her legacy"

One touch of Venus

April 7, 2015
49ers of the University of Cincinnati.
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : [University of Cincinnati], [1949]
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 28 cm
Includes two inserted newsclippings reviewing the production "This day and age."
"Book by S.J. Perelman and Ogden Nash; music by Kurt Weill; lyrics by Ogden Nash; staged and directed by F. Paul Rutledge; orchestra directed by Clarence Mills; singing chorus directed by John Molnar; choreography by Claire Gunderman and Virginia Debendorfer; sets by J.D. Schmitt and Werner Feibes.
Program notes of a student musical comedy production at the University of Cincinnati staged on May 4, 5, 6, and 7, 1949 at the Wilson Auditorium.

John Prine : in spite of himself

April 6, 2015
Huffman, Eddie, author.
vi, 212 pages ; 24 cm
Special delivery -- Thursday's child -- Call of duty -- Open-mike night -- In the king's footsteps -- Singers and songwriters -- Interlude : talking new Bob Dylan -- Scattered, smothered, and covered -- Tangled up in blue -- Seeking asylum -- Oh boy -- Tunnel of love -- Into the great wide open -- A close shave -- Your flag decal still won't get you into heaven -- Next to the last true romantic.

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.

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