New Arrivals · Music Books

July 22, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Music theory

July 21, 2016
Miller, Michael, 1958- author.
Indianapolis, Indiana : Alpha, a member of Penguin Random House LLC, 2016.
xx, 348 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm.
Previously published as: The complete idiot's guide to music theory : Alpha, 2005.
Includes index.
"This helpful guide breaks down all the complicated concepts and teaches you music theory in easy-to-understand terms with lots of examples and over 100 practice exercises."-- Provided by publisher.

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

Jeff Lynne : Electric Light Orchestra : before and after

July 19, 2016
Van der Kiste, John, author.
United Kingdom : Fonthill Media, 2015.
190 pages, [16] unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

Lost rockers : broken dreams and crashed careers

July 15, 2016
Blush, Steven, author.
Brooklyn, NY : Powerhouse Books, 2016.
159 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Evie Sands -- Alan Merrill -- Chris Robison -- Ginger Bianco -- Brett Smiley -- Betty Davis -- Pat Briggs -- Bobby Jameson -- Rik Fox -- Charlie Farren -- Gloria Jones -- Gass Wild & Johnny Hodge -- Rick Rivets -- Cherry Vanilla -- Robert Fleischman -- Kenny Young -- Marge Raymond -- Jake Holmes
"To become a star you need talent, charisma, dedication, intelligence, energy, intensity and a helluva lot of luck." -- page [4] of cover.

Ten ways not to commit suicide : a memoir

July 12, 2016
DMC (Musician), author.
viii, 225 pages ; 22 cm
Unchained melancholy: dealing with darkness, depression, and a death wish -- You drink, you die: escaping the grip of alcohol abuse -- Career decisions: owning my truths, forging my path -- Closed circles: life is better with supportive friends -- Identity crisis: a family secret revealed -- Balancing act: from a strong body comes a sound mind -- Losing a little of myself: coping with violence and death -- The great "I am": a search for spiritual contentment -- Family value: discovering love, finding fatherhood -- Remixed: bringing out the best in me.
The legendary rap star and cofounder of Run D.M.C. speaks out about his battle with depression and overcoming suicidal thoughts -- one of the most devastating yet little known health issues plaguing the black community today.

Some enchanted evenings : the glittering life and times of Mary Martin

July 11, 2016
Kaufman, David, 1951-
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
420 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"David Kaufman's 'Some Enchanted Evenings' is the delectable story of the one and only Mary Martin, a woman who described herself as a chicken farmer from Texas only to become Peter Pan and capture America's heart."--Provided by publisher.

Teen idol on the rocks : a tale of second chances

July 11, 2016
Rydell, Bobby, author.
Cherry HIll, NJ : Doctor Liks Publishing, [2016]
xvi, 249 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
Includes discography and filmography.
"From his vivid childhood on the fabled mid-20th-century streets of South Philadelphia, to his reign as the Justin Bieber of the "Camelot" era, his battles with alcoholism, and his lifesaving double-transplant surgery, multitalented entertainer Bobby Rydell has one hell of a story to tell. ... Co-written with award-winning musician-author-filmmaker Allan Slutsky (Standing in the Shadows of Motown), Teen Idol on the Rocks not only tells the story of Bobby Rydell, but that of American pop culture through the past six decades ... But, Teen Idol on the Rocks also is a very personal - and often-painful - story. Bobby delves into the darker and more dramatic aspects of his life, including the death of his beloved first wife, Camille, his decades of alcohol abuse, and the last-ditch transplant surgery that saved his life."--Publisher web page.

Warren Zevon : desperado of Los Angeles

July 7, 2016
Plasketes, George, author.
xliv, 251 pages ; 24 cm.
Join me in L.A. -- The asylum IconocLAst -- Knee deep in Gore with Glee -- Rock bottom : the crack up and resurrection -- Swear to god I'll change -- Looking for the next best thing -- Intruder in the dirt -- That amazing grace sort of passed you by -- Die another day : a desperado deteriorata.

On Bowie

July 7, 2016
Sheffield, Rob, author.
New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow Publishers, [2016]
197 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 20 cm
The night David Bowie died -- The London boy -- Major Tom (1969-1980-2016) -- The queen bitch who sold the world -- The Starman -- The night Ziggy met America -- Aladdin Sane -- The cracked actor -- Young Americans -- The plastic soul brother -- The man who fell to Earth -- The thin white duke -- The dictator -- The low profile -- The DJ -- The lodger -- The modern lover -- Let's not dance -- Looking for satellites -- Where are we kow? -- The Blackstar.
"A thoughtful and loving meditation on the life of the late David Bowie explores his creative legacy and the enduring and mutual connection he enjoyed with his fans,"--NoveList.

Florence! Foster!! Jenkins!!! : the life of the world's worst opera singer

June 30, 2016
Bullock, Darryl W. author.
New York : Overlook Press, 2016.
198 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Includes timeline and discography.
Overture -- Welcome to Wilkes-Barre -- Mrs. Doctor Jenkins -- The curious case of the missing will -- Florence and St. Clair -- Flo's a singer -- I hope the boat sinks! -- Meet Mr. McMoon -- Madame makes a record -- Live at Carnegie Hall -- Goodbye -- Finale.
"Madame Jenkins couldn't carry a tune in a bucket: despite that, in 1944 at the age of 76, she played Carnegie Hall to a capacity audience and had celebrity fans by the score. Her infamous 1940s recordings are still highly-prized today. In his well-researched and thoroughly entertaining biography, Darryl W. Bullock tells of Florence Foster Jenkins meteoric rise to success and the man who stood beside her, through every sharp note. Florence was ridiculed for her poor control of timing, pitch, and tone, and terrible pronunciation of foreign lyrics, but the sheer entertainment value of her caterwauling packed out theatres around the United States, with the 'singer' firmly convinced of her own talent, partly thanks to the devoted attention for her husband and manager St Clair Bayfield. Her story is one of triumph in the face of adversity, courage, conviction and of the belief that with dedication and commitment a true artist can achieve anything,"

Never a dull moment : 1971-- the year that rock exploded

June 22, 2016
Hepworth, David, 1950- author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
x, 307 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Originally published: London : Bantam, 2016.
January : Get down and get with it -- February : I feel the earth move -- March : Rock and roll -- April : Inner city blues -- May : Brown sugar -- June : Won't get fooled again -- July : Every picture tells a story -- August : Wild night -- September : Family affair -- October : Will the circle be unbroken -- November : Hunky dory -- December : American pie -- Appendix. 1971 in 100 albums.
"David Hepworth, an ardent music fan and well regarded critic, was twenty-one in '71, the same age as many of the legendary artists who arrived on the scene. Taking us on a tour of the major moments, the events and songs of this remarkable year, he shows how musicians came together to form the perfect storm of rock and roll greatness, starting a musical era that would last longer than anyone predicted. Those who joined bands to escape things that lasted found themselves in a new age, its colossal start being part of the genre's staying power"

83 minutes : the doctor, the damage, and the shocking death of Michael Jackson

June 22, 2016
Richards, Matt, 1967- author.
426 pages ; 24 cm
Reprint. Originally published: London : Blink Publishing, 2015.
"For the first time, readers have access to [an] ... account of the crucial moments leading up to Jackson's demise. Drawing on court documents and testimonials, [the book] presents a multi-perspective tracking of every individual involved and the part they played as the tragedy unfolded, examining forensically the mystery of the 83 minutes that elapsed from the moment Dr. Murray suggested he found Jackson not breathing to the moment the singer's lifeless body was wheeled into hospital"--Dust jacket flap.

Then and now : a memoir

June 22, 2016
Cook, Barbara, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016.
x, 237 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Childhood -- Glenwood Avenue -- Discovering Show Business -- The Thrill of New York -- The Reality of New York -- Meeting David LeGrant -- Broadway -- Leonard Bernstein and Candide -- The Music Man -- Marriage, Motherhood, and Career -- One for My Baby -- Matters of the Heart -- Drinking Again -- Wally Harper -- Career Renaissance -- Losing Wally -- New Choices -- As of Today -- Still Capable of Wonder.
"The Kennedy Center Honoree and Tony Award-winning Broadway star traces her remarkable but turbulent life during the glory days of Broadway and the American musical, describing how her acclaimed stage performances were overshadowed by depression and alcoholism before her reinvention as a cabaret artist,"--NoveList.

What every pianist needs to know about the body : a manual for players of keyboard instruments : piano, organ, digital keyboard, harpsichord, clavichord

June 15, 2016
Mark, Thomas Carson, 1941-
Chicago : GIA Publications, ©2003.
xv, 155 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
"Based on What every musician needs to know about the body, by Barbara Conable."
Basic concepts -- Mapping the structure -- Mapping the places of balance -- Mapping the arm and hand -- Mapping muscles -- Mapping breathing -- Mapping the piano -- Additional concerns of organists -- Injuries and retraining.
Techniques on how to gain greater fluidity of movement while playing to improve the quality of the experience are offered in this manual for serious piano players. This book encourages musicians to develop a broader understanding of the involvement of the entire body in playing-and the strains playing places on the body-by focusing on body mapping to increase awareness of the body's function, size, and structure. Ways in which piano, organ, harpsichord, clavichord, and digital keyboard players can eliminate or prevent carpal tunnel syndrome and other debilitating conditions without traditional medical treatments are also explored.

Why you love music : from Mozart to Metallica : the emotional power of beautiful sounds

June 14, 2016
Powell, John, 1955- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
viii, 310 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
What is your taste in music? -- Lyrics, and meaning in music -- Music and your emotions -- Repetition, surprises and goosebumps -- Music as medicine -- Does music make you more intelligent? -- From Psycho to Star wars-the power of movie music -- Are you musically talented? -- A few notes about notes -- What's in a tune? -- Untangling the tune from the accompaniment -- Don't believe everything you hear -- Dissonance -- How musicians push our emotional buttons -- Why you love music -- Fiddly details A : timbre -- Fiddly details B : post-skip reversal -- Fiddly details C : harmonizing a tune -- Fiddly details D : how many tunes are hidden in the harmony? -- Fiddly details E : scales and keys.
"Why does music affect us so profoundly? The songs we love do far more than bring back happy memories. They impact the way we think, talk, feel, behave, and even spend money. With his conversational style, humor, and endless knowledge, scientist and musician John Powell explores the fascinating science of music, showing that shoppers spend more money in stores that play classical music and that music can even change the flavor of wine! With chapters on music and our emotions (why do we listen to sad music?), music as medicine (how does music reduce pain at the dentist?), music and intelligence (how does the 'Mozart effect' really work?), and much more, WHY YOU LOVE MUSIC provides a fascinating study of how our brains respond to the joys of music,"--NoveList.

Before you judge me : the triumph and tragedy of Michael Jackson's last days

June 13, 2016
Smiley, Tavis, 1964- author.
New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
vi, 277 pages ; 25 cm
This is it -- Who will buy this wonderful feeling? -- Stranger in Moscow -- Demerol -- Jehovah -- Managerial warfare -- Spring -- Father, father -- Managing managers -- More and better -- Interlude -- April Fools' day -- Milk -- Disappear into the dance -- Heat -- Wordless -- Vulnerable today, ruthless tomorrow -- Family reunion -- Elvis -- Do or die -- How did it get so late so soon? -- On the good ship lollipop -- Breaking news -- "Give me your all: your endurance, your patience, your understanding" -- June 25, 2009 -- Before you judge me.
"A powerful chronicle of the sixteen weeks leading up to King of Pop Michael Jackson's death. Michael Jackson's final months were like the rest of his short and legendary life: filled with deep lows and soaring highs, a constant hunt for privacy, and the pressure and fame that made him socially fragile and almost--ultimately--unable to live,"--NoveList.

Every little step : my story

June 10, 2016
Brown, Bobby (Vocalist), author.
New York : Dey St., and imprint of William Morrow Publishers, [2016]
326 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Part I: Becoming Bobby Brown -- Chapter 1: My (Musical) Roots -- Chapter 2: Stars Are Born: The Rise of New Edition -- Part II: Being Bobby Brown -- Chapter 4: Growing Up -- Chapter 5: Bobby in Love -- Chapter 6: Husband and Wife -- Chapter 7: Trouble Man -- Part IV: Hating Bobby Brown -- Chapter 8: Breaking Up -- Part V: Staying Bobby Brown -- Chapter 9: Mom and Dad Get Their Wings -- Chapter 10: Nippy Is Gone -- Chapter 11: Losing My Baby -- Chapter 12: The Legacy of Bobby Brown.
Bobby Brown has been one of the most compelling American artists of the past thirty years, a magnetic and talented figure who successfully crossed over many musical genres, including R&B and hip hop, as well as the mainstream. In the late 1980s, the former front man of New Edition had a wildly successful solo career--especially with the launch of Don't Be Cruel--garnering multiple hits on the Billboard top ten list, as well as several Grammy, American Music, and Soul Train awards. But Brown put his career on hold to be with the woman he loved--American music royalty Whitney Houston. The marriage between Brown and Houston was perhaps the most closely watched and talked about marriage of the 1990s--a pairing that obsessed the public and the gossip industry. Now, for the first time, the world will be able to hear the truth from the mouth of America's "bad boy" himself. Raw and powerful, Every Little Step is the story of a man who has been on the top of the mountain and in the depths of the valley and who is now finally ready to talk about his career and family life, from the passion and the excess to his creative inspirations and massive musical success.

Kanye West owes me $300 : and other true stories from a white rapper who ALMOST made it big

June 9, 2016
Karp, Jensen, 1979-
New York : Crown Archetype, [2016]
293 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

Counting down southern rock : the 100 best songs

June 6, 2016
Banister, C. Eric, author.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
xvi, 199 pages ; 24 cm.
"In Counting Down Southern Rock: The 100 Best Songs, C. Eric Banister considers the best songs to emerge from the bands who made Southern rock what it is. Banister examines the impact of the songs on the society and culture of devoted fans and delves deep into the history and production of each song. Featuring such well-known bands as the Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd as well as less visible groups like Blackhorse and Heartsfield, this book is the perfect introduction for both newbies and dedicated fans."

Encyclopedia Madonnica 20

June 1, 2016
Rettenmund, Matthew.
580 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
"The standard edition of the ultimate book on the Queen of Pop: Madonna! This twentieth-anniversary edition of the book that gets it all down (and gets it all right) is filled with never-before-seen and rare images, as well as fresh interviews. This encyclopedic tome covers every aspect of Madonna's life and career: music, movies, TV, love life, family, tours and more"

The music producer's handbook

May 31, 2016
Owsinski, Bobby.
Milwaukee, WI : Hal Leonard Books, 2016.
281 pages ; 28 cm
Includes index.
Music production: The history of music production -- What is a music producer? -- The duties of a music producer -- The business of music production -- Assembling the budget -- It's all in the song -- Music mechanics -- Preproduction: the most important step -- Preparing for the session -- Basic tracks: where the magic is made -- Overdubs -- Working with your team -- Self-production -- Mixing: where it's make it or break it -- Mastering: the finishing touch -- EDM, pop, and hip-hop production -- Production checklist. Interviews.

The new Bach reader : a life of Johann Sebastian Bach in letters and documents

May 26, 2016
New York : W.W. Norton, ©1999.
liv, 551 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Rev. and enl. ed. of: The Bach reader. Rev. ed. 1966.
Johann Sebastian Bach : a portrait in outline -- Bach's life in his own writings and other documents -- Early biographical documents on Bach -- Bach as viewed by his contemporaries -- Bach in the second half of the Eighteenth Century -- Forkel's biography of Bach (1802/1820) -- Bach in the Romantic era -- Appendix : Money and living costs in Bach's time.
Through hundreds of letters, family papers, anecdotes, and records, the Bach Reader established a new approach to biography by offering original documents in impeccable translations. In The New Bach Reader, Christoph Wolff has incorporated numerous facsimiles and added many newly discovered items, reflecting the current state of scholarship about the composer's life and music. The readings in this volume provide an accurate and vivid picture of Bach's world and of his far-reaching influence.

Woody Guthrie and the dust bowl ballads

May 24, 2016
Hayes, Nick (Illustrator), author, artist.
New York : Abrams ComicArts, 2016.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm

Music 4.1 : a survival guide for making music in the Internet age

May 20, 2016
Owsinski, Bobby, author.
Montclair : Hal Leonard Books, 2016.
xviii, 254 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
The life stages of the music industry -- How the music world has changed -- The new music industry -- The new masters of the domain -- The new marketing : part 1 -- The new marketing : part 2 -- Marketing with social media -- Social media management -- Making money in today's music world -- The new distribution -- The new publishing paradigm -- When music is your product -- Monetizing video views -- The music 4.1 rules for survival -- Living in music 4.1.

How to listen to jazz

May 17, 2016
Gioia, Ted.
New York : Basic Books, [2016]
xiv, 253 pages ; 22 cm

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