New Arrivals · Music Books

July 18, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

What's big and purple and lives in the ocean? : the Moby Grape story

July 17, 2018
Cobb, Cam (Cameron), 1972- author.
London, England : Jawbone Press, 2018.
302 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 22 cm

The band on parade, or drum-major's guide and leader's assistant : showing how bands should form to march and counter-march, all necessary commands and evolutions in military tactics

July 16, 2018
Prendiville, Harry, author.
50 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Cover title.
"A reliable work. Price only 25 cts."--Cover.

Waiting to derail : Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown, alt-country's brilliant wreck

July 16, 2018
O'Keefe, Thomas, author.
xi, 251 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, color portraits ; 24 cm
"Packed with behind-the-scenes road stories, and, yes, tales of rock star debauchery, Waiting to Derail provides a firsthand glimpse into Ryan Adams at the most meaningful and mythical stage of his career."--Book jacket.

Accidentally like a martyr : the tortured art of Warren Zevon

July 12, 2018
Campion, James, 1962- author.
Montclair, NJ : Backbeat Books, 2018.
xvii, 270 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Warren Zevon songs are like chapters in a great American novel. Its story lies in the heart of his and our psyche. The lines are blurred. We never seem to know if we are looking in a mirror or peering through a window; we only know that when we listen we see something . The music sets the scene his voice a striking baritone, its narrator our guide through a labyrinth of harrowing narratives. The plot unfolds without subtlety; each musical and lyrical arc awakens imagination. In Accidentally Like a Martyr: The Tortured Art of Warren Zevon , music journalist James Campion presents 13 essays on seminal Zevon songs and albums that provide context to the themes, inspirations, and influence of one of America's most literate songwriters. In-depth interviews with Zevon's friends and colleagues provide first-person accounts of how the music was lived, composed, recorded, and performed. Longtime fans of this most uniquely tortured artist, as well as those who want to discover his work for the first time, will get inside the mind, talent, and legacy of the wildly passionate Excitable Boy."--Back cover.

Just a shot away : peace, love, and tragedy with the Rolling Stones at Altamont

July 11, 2018
Austerlitz, Saul, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2018.
xix, 316 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Woodstock west -- Burning crosses -- Staging the show -- Outlaw pride -- The outer circle -- "Let's not keep fucking up!" -- Whippin' -- Gun and knife -- Last chopper out -- Dupes -- "We only want beautiful things" -- "We blew it" -- Spontaneous declaration -- 8:15.

Tupac Shakur : hip-hop idol

July 11, 2018
Golus, Carrie, 1969-
Minneapolis, MN : Twenty-First Century Books, ©2011.
112 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm.
How long will they mourn me? -- A young talent -- The jungle -- A thug's life -- From prison to death row -- Tomorrow is not promised -- Resurrection.
Presents a brief biography of actor and rapper Tupac Shakur, discussing his life, career, and achievements.

Major dudes : a Steely Dan companion

July 10, 2018
New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2018.
xxiv, 319 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Please kill me : the uncensored oral history of punk

July 10, 2018
476 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"With new photos and afterword by the authors"--Cover.
All tomorrow's parties: 1965-1968 -- I wanna be your dog: 1967-1971. Poetry? You call this poetry? -- The world's forgotten boys -- The music we've been waiting to hear -- Your pretty face is going to hell -- There's a riot going on -- Real cool time -- Jailhouse rock -- Fun house -- The lipstick killers: 1971-1974. Personality crisis -- Land of a thousand dances -- The poetry all-stars -- A doll's house -- Raw power -- Billy doll -- Open up and bleed -- Separation anxiety -- The piss factory: 1974-1975. Go Rimbaud! -- Down at the rock & roll club -- 53rd & 3rd -- So you wanna be (a rock & roll star) -- The death of the dolls -- Why don't we call it punk? -- Chinese rocks -- Metallic KO -- You should never have opened that door: 1976-1977. Blitzkrieg Bop -- England's scheming -- The passenger -- London calling -- Fun with Dick and Jayne -- Who said it's good to be alive? -- The fall -- Search and destroy: 1978-1980. Because the night -- Young, loud, and snotty -- Anarchy in the USA -- Sonic reducer -- Tuinals from hell -- Too tough to die -- Frederick -- Nevermind: 1980-1992. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory -- Exile on Main Street -- Born to lose -- No more junkie business -- The marble index -- The end -- Cast of characters -- The narrative oral history defined.
An "oral history of the most nihilistic of all pop movements. Iggy Pop, Richard Hell, the Ramones, and scores of other punk figures lend their voices to this decisive account of that explosive era"--Page 4 of cover.

Rock & roll : concert and backstage photographs from the 1970s and 1980s

July 9, 2018
Singer, Larry (Photographer), author, photographer.
Buffalo, NY : Amherst Media, Inc., [2017]
127 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Includes index.

Why should the Devil have all the good music? : Larry Norman and the perils of Christian rock

July 9, 2018
Thornbury, Gregory Alan, author.
292 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Jesus and Larry Norman -- Jesus versus Superman -- Jesus versus L. Ron Hubbard -- Jesus versus organized religion -- Jesus versus the Jesus movement -- Jesus versus Playboy -- Jesus versus the critics -- Jesus loves the little children of the world -- Jesus versus Pamela -- Jesus versus frenemies -- Jesus versus the Soviets -- Jesus versus Larry Norman?.
The riveting, untold story of the "Father of Christian Rock" and the conflicts that launched a billion-dollar industry at the dawn of America's culture wars. In 1969, in Capitol Records' Hollywood studio, a blonde-haired troubadour named Larry Norman laid track for an album that would launch a new genre of music and one of the strangest, most interesting careers in modern rock. Having spent the bulk of the 1960s playing on bills with acts like the Who, Janis Joplin, and the Doors, Norman decided that he wanted to sing about the most countercultural subject of all: Jesus. Billboard called Norman "the most important songwriter since Paul Simon," and his music would go on to inspire members of bands as diverse as U2, The Pixies, Guns 'N Roses, and more. To a young generation of Christians who wanted a way to be different in the American cultural scene, Larry was a godsend-spinning songs about one's eternal soul as deftly as he did ones critiquing consumerism, middle-class values, and the Vietnam War. To the religious establishment, however, he was a thorn in the side; and to secular music fans, he was an enigma, constantly offering up Jesus to problems they didn't think were problems. Paul McCartney himself once told Larry, "You could be famous if you'd just drop the God stuff," a statement that would foreshadow Norman's ultimate demise. In Why Should the Devil Have all the Good Music', Gregory Alan Thornbury draws on unparalleled access to Norman's personal papers and archives to narrate the conflicts that defined the singer's life, as he crisscrossed the developing fault lines between Evangelicals and mainstream American culture-friction that continues to this day. What emerges is a twisting, engrossing story about ambition, art, friendship, betrayal, and the turns one's life can take when you believe God is on your side.

Useless magic : lyrics and poetry

July 6, 2018
Welch, Florence, author.
New York : Crown Archetype, [2018]
287 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Cover title.
Lungs -- Ceremonials -- How big how blue how beautiful -- High as hope -- Poetry -- Thanks.

All in the Downs : reflections on life, landscape and song

July 5, 2018
Collins, Shirley, 1935- author.
x, 273 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
Includes index.
The beginning -- Leaving home, London 1953 -- The voyage out -- Hastings 1935, the family -- The train to California -- Hastings, the war years -- California to New York -- Hastings, doodlebug days -- Virginia -- Hastings, substandard -- Kentucky -- Hastings 1947, home life -- In search of the Memphis Jug Band, 1959 -- Post-war Hastings, 1948 -- Alabama -- Hastings 1950, Bobby sox -- Mississippi -- Hastings 1950, the flicks -- Arkansas -- Hastings 1951, "Words, words, words" -- Georgia Sea Island of St. Simons -- Hastings 1952, getting closer -- The ending.
"In her new memoir, All in the Downs, Collins tells the story of that lifelong relationship with English folksong—a dedication to artistic integrity that has guided her through the triumphs and tragedies of her life. All in the Downs combines elements of memoir—from her working-class origins in wartime Hastings to the bright lights of the 1950s folk revival in London—alongside reflections on the role traditional music and the English landscape have played in shaping her vision. From formative field recordings made with Alan Lomax in the United States to the zcrowning gloriesy recorded with her sister Dolly on the Sussex Downs, she writes of the obstacles that led to her withdrawal from the spotlight and the redemption of a new artistic flourishing that continues today with her unexpected return to recording in 2016. Through it all, Shirley Collins has been guided and supported by three vital and inseparable loves: traditional English song, the people and landscape of her native Sussex, and an unwavering sense of artistic integrity. All in the Downs pays tribute to these passions, and in doing so, illustrates a way of life as old as England, that has all but vanished from this land."-- Provided by publisher.

We are the Clash : Reagan, Thatcher, and the last stand of a band that mattered

July 3, 2018
Andersen, Mark, author.
374 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"The Clash was a paradox of revolutionary conviction, musical ambition, and commercial drive. We Are The Clash is a gripping tale of the band's struggle to reinvent itself as George Orwell's 1984 loomed. This bold campaign crashed headlong into a wall of internal contradictions and rising right-wing power. While the world teetered on edge of the nuclear abyss, British miners waged a life-or-death strike, and tens of thousands died from US guns in Central America, Clash cofounders Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon, and Bernard Rhodes waged a desperate last stand after ejecting guitarist Mick Jones and drummer Topper Headon. The band shattered just as its controversial final album, Cut the Crap, was emerging. Andersen and Heibutzki weave together extensive archival research and in-depth original interviews with virtually all of the key players involved to tell a moving story of idealism undone by human frailty amid a climatic turning point for our world." -- Publisher's description.

I never met a story I didn't like : mostly true tall tales

June 28, 2018
Snider, Todd.
Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, 2014.
viii, 295 pages ; 21 cm
Introduction: by way of an explanation -- Jimmy would like to see you -- Jerry Jeff Walker's balls -- The beef -- K.K. Rider -- Meeting Bill Elliott -- Songs from the Daily Planet -- Who wears a waistlet? -- Fear and loathing in the green room -- Play a train song -- Is this really Garth Brooks? -- It gets harder to listen all the time -- East Nashville car wash -- The groupie way -- Waylon Jennings sucks -- The silver-tongued devil and I -- The Moondawg Trilogy, plus Digger Dave by Sam Knight and Todd Snider -- Hugs and drugs -- Come on in, the water's freezing -- East Nashville skyline -- Hilarious -- Too soon to tell.
For years, Todd Snider has been one of the most beloved country-folk singers in the United States, compared to Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, John Prine, and dozens of others. He's become not only a new-century Dylan but a modern-day Will Rogers, an everyman whose intelligence, self-deprecation, experience, and sense of humor make him a uniquely American character. In live performance, Snider's monologues are cheered as much as his songs. But never before has he told the whole story. Running the gamut from personal memoir to shaggy-dog comedy to rueful memories of his troubles and triumphs with drugs and alcohol to sharp-eyed observations from years on the road, I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like is for fans of Snider's music, but also for fans of America itself: the broad, wild country that has produced figures of folk wisdom like Will Rogers, Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, Tonya Harding, Garrison Keillor, and more. There are storytellers and there are performers and there are stand-up comedians. And then there's Todd Snider, who is all three in one, and something else entirely.--Back cover.

Fab4 mania : a Beatles obsession and the concert of a lifetime

June 27, 2018
Tyler, Carol, author, artist.
250 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
"Carol Tyler takes the reader back to the exhilaration and madness of Beatlemania. Adapted from a diary she created in 1965, Fab4 Mania chronicles a formative year when four British lads awakened young Carol's senses and opened her up to the world beyond small-town Fox Lake, Illinois. Guides us through her obsessive devotion to the Beatles, which includes a first-hand account of their Comiskey Park concert in Chicago on August 20. Fab4 Mania is at once an endearing memoir of her almost-innocent youth and a celebration of the most innovative pop group in the history of music." -- Back cover.

Verdi : the man revealed

June 22, 2018
Suchet, John, 1944- author.
279 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Giuseppe Verdi remains the greatest operatic composer that Italy, the home of opera, has ever produced. Yet throughout his lifetime he claimed to detest composing and repeatedly rejected it. He was a landowner, a farmer, a politician and symbol of Italian independence; but his music tells a different story.; An obsessive perfectionist, Verdi drove collaborators to despair but his works were rightly lauded from the start as dazzling feats of composition and characterisation. From Rigoletto to Otello, La Traviatato to Aida, Verdi's canon encompassed the full range of human emotion. His private life was no less complex: he suffered great loss, and went out of his way to antagonise many erstwhile supporters, including his own family. An outspoken advocate of Italian independence and a sharp critic of the church, he was o en at odds with nineteenth-century society and paid the price.; In Verdi: The Man Revealed, John Suchet attempts to get under the skin of perhaps the most private composer who ever lived. Unpicking his protestations, his deliberate embellishments and disingenuous disavowals, Suchet reveals the contradictory and sometimes curmudgeonly character of this great artist, convicted throughout much of his life but ultimately unable to walk away from the art for which he will be forever known.

Rock and soul

June 22, 2018
McClary, Thomas, author.
Chicago, IL : 13th & Joan, [2017]
359 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm

Once upon a farm : lessons on growing love, life, and hope on a new frontier

June 20, 2018
Feek, Rory Lee, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : W Publishing Group, [2018]
xiv, 236 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"Now raising their four-year-old daughter, Indiana, alone, after Joey's passing, Rory Feek digs deeper into the soil of his life and the unusual choices he and his wife, Joey, made together and the ones he’s making now to lead his family into the future. When Rory Feek and his older daughters moved into a run-down farmhouse almost twenty years ago, he had no idea of the almost fairy-tale love story that was going to unfold on that small piece of Tennessee land... and the lessons he and his family would learn along the way. Now two years after Joey’s passing, as Rory takes their four-year-old daughter Indiana’s hand and walks forward into an unknown future, he takes readers on his incredible journey from heartbreak to hope and, ultimately, the kind of healing that comes only through faith. A raw and vulnerable look deeper into Rory’s heart, Once Upon a Farm is filled with powerful stories of love, life, and hope and the insights that one extraordinary, ordinary man in bib overalls has gleamed along the way. As opposed to homesteading, this is instead a book on lifesteading as Rory learns to cultivate faith, love, and fatherhood on a small farm while doing everything, at times, but farming. With frequent stories of his and Joey’s years together, and how those guide his life today, Rory unpacks just what it means to be open to new experiences. 'This isn't a how-to book; it's more of a how we, or more accurately, how He, God, planted us on a few acres of land and grew something bigger than Joey or I could have ever imagined.'"

Siren song : my life in music

June 20, 2018
Stein, Seymour, 1942- author.
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
342 pages, 16 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Seymour Stein is America's greatest living record man. Not only has he signed and nurtured more important artists than anyone alive, now sixty years in the game, he's still the hippest label head, travelling the globe in search of the next big thing. Since the late fifties, he's been wherever it's happening: Billboard, Tin Pan Alley, The British Invasion, CBGB, Studio 54, Danceteria, the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, the CD crash. Along that winding path, he discovered and broke out a skyline full of stars: Madonna, The Ramones, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Madonna, The Smiths, The Cure, Ice-T, Lou Reed, Seal, and many others. Brimming with hilarious scenes and character portraits, Siren Song's wider narrative is about modernity in motion, and the slow acceptance of diversity in America thanks largely to daring pop music. Including both the high and low points in his life, Siren Song touches on everything from his discovery of Madonna to his wife Linda Stein's violent death. Ask anyone in the music business, Seymour Stein is a legend. Sung from the heart, Siren Song will etch his story in stone.

Strange stars : David Bowie, pop music, and the decade sci-fi exploded

June 15, 2018
Heller, Jason, author.
Brooklyn, NY : Melville House Publishing, [2018]
xiv, 254 pages ; 24 cm
The stars look very different today: the end of the '60s -- Dancing astronauts of renown: 1970 -- In search of space: 1971 -- I'm the space invader: 1972 -- Comet melody: 1973 -- Secrets of the circuitry mind: 1974 -- Your memory banks have forgotten this funk: 1975 -- What can this strange device be?: 1976 -- A distant planet from where I come: 1977 -- Hit by space junk: 1978 -- When the machines rock: 1979 -- The planet is glowing: the start of the '80s.
Looks at developments in science fiction and pop music in the 1970s, delving into the ways that the work of many influential performers of the time was heavily informed by science fiction and space exploration.

Fare thee well : the final chapter of the Grateful Dead's long, strange trip

June 15, 2018
Selvin, Joel, author.
New York, NY : Da Capo Press, 2018.
viii, 280 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

Famous father girl : a memoir of growing up Bernstein

June 13, 2018
Bernstein, Jamie, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
x, 385 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The Osborne -- The Vineyard and Redding -- Park Avenue and Fairfield -- The first shadows -- The Beatles portal -- Summer games -- A little teen in '60s New York -- School, family, and the world -- Stone teen -- One toe out of the nest -- Shifting grounds -- Not really grownup -- Here come the terrors -- Crawling from the wreckage -- The east-west shuffle -- Quiet-ish -- Redding, Wecord, and what was in between -- Forward motion -- An arrival -- A departure -- Life goes on -- A new millennium -- The Venezuela connection -- Lately.
"The eldest daughter of revered composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth"--Jacket.

Undivided : coming out, becoming whole, and living free from shame

June 13, 2018
Beeching, Vicky, 1979- author.
xiii, 290 pages ; 24 cm

The faith of Dolly Parton : lessons from her life to lift your heart

June 13, 2018
Delffs, Dudley J., author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2018]
238 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
Dream your way forward -- You need wings to fly -- Know when to stretch your wings -- Love like a butterfly while busy as a bee -- Practice more than you preach -- Baby steps toward a leap of faith -- Let your roots keep you grounded -- Shine through the shadows -- Laugh first to make love last -- Read into the future.
Ten faith lessons as evidenced in Dolly Parton's life, music, interviews, and attitude.

Lament from Epirus : an odyssey into Europe's oldest surviving folk music

June 11, 2018
King, Christopher C., author.
New York, N.Y. : W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2018]
304 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Prologue: Curious black discs and dead ends -- A street of gramophones -- The black earth of Epirus -- "You know, Greeks don't even like this music" -- That's going to leave a mark -- Zoumba's lament -- Kitsos's shepherd song -- Satyr dance -- Some kind of a tool -- Epilogue: On fossils, memory.
"Lament from Epirus is an unforgettable journey into a musical obsession, which traces a unique genre back to the roots of song itself. As King hunts for two long-lost virtuosos--one of whom may have committed a murder--he also tells the story of the Roma people who pioneered Epirotic folk music and their descendants who continue the tradition today. King discovers clues to his most profound questions about the function of music in the history of humanity: What is the relationship between music and language? Why do we organize sound as music? Is music superfluous, a mere form of entertainment, or could it be a tool for survival? King's journey becomes an investigation into song and dance's role as a means of spiritual healing--and what that may reveal about music's evolutionary origins" --

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