New Arrivals · Music Books

July 17, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Tchaikovsky : the man revealed

July 16, 2019
Suchet, John, 1944- author.
New York, NY : Pegasus Books, 2019.
xii, 275 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Pyotr, the fledgling seagull -- Upheavals and loss -- An unbearable farewell -- Guilt and the cruellest loss -- A difficult journey -- Pyotr chooses music -- Tchaikovsky, music teacher -- The ladies' man -- A most unlikely affair -- A tragic love -- The Lake of the Swans -- Unexpected inspiration -- Bending the rules -- Misery and defiance -- Swan Lake - and failure -- In love - and alone -- A woman enters his life -- "She is repulsive to me" -- Fate -- "It stinks to the ear" -- A sort of freedom -- The boulevardier -- An impenetrable secret -- A family crisis -- A benefactor bids "adieu" -- On tour and unhappy -- A musical "adieu"?
A tortured genius, a sensitive soul, and a great composer burdened by the weight of his private desires, Tchaikovsky's life is explored in full by John Suchet.

50 years : the story of Woodstock live : relive the magic, artist by artist

July 12, 2019
Bitoun, Julien, author.
London : Cassell, 2019.
239 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Originally published in French by olo.editions, 2018.
Text and photographs tell the full story of every single act that performed at the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival.

Keep your eyes open : Fugazi

June 28, 2019
Friedman, Glen E., photographer.
New York, NY : Burning Flags Press
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 23 x 28 cm

Beethoven : the relentless revolutionary

June 28, 2019
Clubbe, John, author.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2019]
xix, 505 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

Radiohead : music for a global future

June 19, 2019
Rose, Phil, 1969- author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2019]
xxix, 271 pages ; 24 cm.

Spiritual lives of the great composers

June 19, 2019
Kavanaugh, Patrick.
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, ©1996.
248 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Johann Sebastian Bach -- George Frédéric Handel -- Franz Joseph Haydn -- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart -- Ludwig van Beethoven -- Franz Peter Schubert -- Felix Mendelssohn -- Frédéric Chopin -- Franz Liszt -- Richard Wagner -- Charles Gounod -- Cesar Franck -- Anton Bruckner -- Johannes Brahms -- Antonin Dvořák -- Edward Elgar -- Ralph Vaughan Williams -- Charles Ives -- Igor Stravinsky -- Olivier Messiaen.

Rock monster : my life with Joe Walsh

June 11, 2019
Casey, Kristin, author.
364 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"A genuine Barnacle Book"--Title page verso.
Rock Monster is an honest account of Kristin Casey's life-changing experience in a relationship with rock legend Joe Walsh. At once envious, glamorous, debauched and disturbing, it's her long and winding journey from life in the fast lane to sobriety and redemption. Set in the late-eighties and nineties, these are some of Walsh's darkest years, from spiraling addiction to a stunning comeback with the Eagles' Hell Freezes Over tour. Kristin Casey pulls no punches, sharing gritty details with self-awareness, humor, and affection. It's the worldly-wise tome only an ex-addict, ex-stripper, and ex-rock-chick could give us. Rock Monster is a sexy, crazy, cautionary tale of two addicts in love without a single relationship skill.

Help your kids with music : a unique step-by-step visual guide

June 3, 2019
Vorderman, Carol, author.
New York, NY : DK Publishing, 2019.
256 pages : color illustrations, music ; 24 cm
Includes QR code for online audio access.
Includes index.
Foreword -- What is music? -- 1. Pitch -- 2. Rhythm -- 3. Intervals, Scales, and Keys -- 4. Melody -- 5. Chords and Harmony -- 6. Form -- 7. Instruments and Voices -- 8. Styles and Genres -- 9. Reference -- Glossary -- Visual index of symbols -- Index -- Acknowledgments.
Offers a simple, visual guide to helping children understand music with Carol Vorderman. Reduce the stress of studying music and help your child with their homework, Help Your Kids with Music is a unique visual guide to music theory which will demystify the subject for everyone. Including the latest updates to the UK National Curriculum, covering everything from semitones and note values, to harmony and music appreciation, Help Your Kids with Music helps you work through music step-by-step. Using clear, accessible pictures and diagrams you'll learn to approach even the most complex musical theory with confidence. Includes a glossary of key musical terms and symbols. Help Your Kids with Music is the perfect guide for every parent and child, who wants to understand music theory and put it into practice.

Up jumped the devil : the real life of Robert Johnson

May 31, 2019
Conforth, Bruce M., 1950- author.
ix, 326 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"Robert Johnson's recordings, made in 1936 and 1937, have profoundly influenced generations of singers, guitarists, and songwriters. Yet until now, his short life—he was murdered at the age of 27—has been poorly documented. Gayle Dean Wardlow has been interviewing people who knew Johnson since the early 1960s, and he was the person who discovered Johnson's death certificate in 1967. Bruce Conforth began his study of Johnson's life and music in 1970 and made it his mission to fill in what was still unknown about him. In this definitive biography, the two authors relied on every interview, resource, and document, much of it material no one has seen before. This is the first book about Johnson that documents his lifelong relationship with family and friends in Memphis, details his trip to New York, uncovers where and when his wife Virginia died and the impact this had on him, fully portrays the other women Johnson was involved with, and tells exactly how and why he died and who gave him the poison that killed him. Up Jumped the Devil will astonish blues fans worldwide by painting a living, breathing portrait of a man who was heretofore little more than a legend."--Inside dust jacket.

Music after the fall : modern composition and culture since 1989

May 21, 2019
Rutherford-Johnson, Tim, author.
xii, 348 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
1989 and after -- Mediation and the marketplace -- Permission: freedom, choice, and the body -- Fluidity: digital translations, displacements, and journeys -- Mobility: worldwide flows, networks, and archipelagos -- Superabundance: spectacle, scale, and excess -- Loss: ruins, memorials, and documents -- Recovery: gaps between past and present.
This is the first book to survey contemporary Western art music within the transformed political, cultural, and technological environment of the post-Cold War era. In this book, Tim Rutherford-Johnson considers musical composition against this changed backdrop, placing it in the context of globalization, digitization, and new media. Drawing connections with the other arts, in particular visual art and architecture, he expands the definition of Western art music to include forms of composition, experimental music, sound art, and crossover work from across the spectrum, inside and beyond the concert hall. Each chapter is a critical consideration of a wide range of composers, performers, works, and institutions, and develops a broad and rich picture of the new music ecosystem, from North American string quartets to Lebanese improvisers, from electroacoustic music studios in South America to ruined pianos in the Australian outback. Rutherford-Johnson puts forth a new approach to the study of contemporary music that relies less on taxonomies of style and technique than on the comparison of different responses to common themes of permission, fluidity, excess, and loss.

This searing light, the sun and everything else : Joy Division : the oral history

May 16, 2019
Savage, Jon, author.
xii, 322 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Jon Savage's oral history of Joy Division is the last word on the band that ended with the suicide of Ian Curtis in Macclesfield on 18 May, 1980. It weaves together interviews conducted by the author, but never used in the making of the film Joy Division (2007) which told the story of the band in their own words, as well as those of their peers, collaborators, and contemporaries. Here are 15 or so vivid witnesses to the band's genesis, meteoric rise, and tragic demise, including Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner, Annike Honore, Deborah Curtis, Paul Morley, Tony Wilson, Rob Gretton, Martin Hannet ... It is the story of young men driven to create and cause rock n' roll havoc inspired by literature, radical ideas, and the wasteland that was post-industrial Manchester in the late 70s. It is as intense and funny and alive on the page as only an oral history can be, recalling masterpieces like Edie by Jean Stein and Meet me in the Bathroom by Lizzy Goodman. It is essential reading."

The roof : the Beatles' final concert

May 16, 2019
Mansfield, Ken, author.
195 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"He was there! Apple Records former US manager Ken Mansfield takes a touching and comprehensive look back on one of rock'n'roll's most significant events, while bringing an insider's perspective to the days leading up to 42 fascinating minutes of the Beatles monumental Rooftop Concert"-- Provided by publisher.

The impossible dream : the story of Scott Walker and the Walker Brothers

May 16, 2019
Reynolds, Anthony.
London : Jawbone, 2009.
352 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
"A genuine Jawbone book"--Title page verso.
"The Walker Brothers were the US counter-strike to the British invasion of the mid-60s. While The Beatles, the Stones and many others were busy colonising the US charts. Not actually brothers, John (Maus), Gary (Leeds) and Scott (Engel) succeeded against the odds, becoming one of world's biggest bands of 1966/67. With that came hit records -- including two British chart-toppers, 'Make It Easy On Yourself' and 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore' -- and all that success entails: screaming girls, package tours, and intense interest in their private lives. The pressure of success eventually caused them to split, and the Walkers went their separate ways. Of the three, Scott is now the most prominent, having embarked on a mysterious solo career that has since become the stuff of myth. All three drifted into obscurity before reforming in 1976 and releasing the classic 'No Regrets' single. They concluded their recording career with one of the decade's most influential records, 1978's Nite Flights. The Impossible Dream is an in-depth biography that traces the career of one of the most successful bands in pop history. In addition to assessing and analysing the talent and appeal of the enigmatic Scott, the author also covers the history and contributions of the other 'brothers' John and Gary. Drawing on decades of archive interviews with the band, and many new interviews with backing musicians, record label staff and producers, The Impossible Dream is the definitive telling of The Walker Brothers' story."

Forever and ever, amen : a memoir of music, faith, and braving the storms of life

May 15, 2019
Travis, Randy, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Nelson Books, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2019]
x, 294 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of leaves : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Beloved around the world, Randy Travis has sold more than 25 million albums in both country and gospel and is considered one of the finest performers of his generation, admired by superstars across the musical landscape, from Garth Brooks to Mick Jagger. From a working-class background in North Carolina to a job as a cook and club singer in Nashville to his "overnight success" with his smash 1986 album Storms of Life--which launched the neotraditional movement in country music--Randy's first three decades are a true rags-to-riches story. But in 2009, this seemingly charmed life began a downward spiral. His marriage dissolved, he discovered that his finances had unraveled, and his struggles with anger led to alcohol abuse, public embarrassment, and even police arrest in 2012. Then, just as he was putting his life back together, Randy suffered a devastating viral cardiomyopathy that led to a massive stroke which he was not expected to survive. Yet he not only survived but also learned to walk again and in 2016 accepted his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame by singing the hymn that explains his life today: 'Amazing Grace.' Filled with never-before-told stories, Forever and Ever, Amen is a riveting tale of unfathomable success, great joy, deep pain, and redemption that can come only from above."--Inside dust jacket.

Everything is combustible : Television, CBGB's and five decades of rock and roll : the memoirs of an alchemical guitarist

May 15, 2019
Lloyd, Richard (Guitarist), author.
xiii, 398 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Written in Lloyd's inimitable, frequently humorous style, Everything is Combustible chronicles, through vignettes, Lloyd's colorful early life, starting in Pittsburgh and soon moving to New York City, and then details his teenage travels and encounters with music legends including Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy and Keith Moon. Lloyd recounts the founding of Television, the band's rise alongside other bands and personalities in the 1970's New York Music scene, and the legend-making of the unparalleled music venue CBGB. As the rock 'n' roll tales unfold, he accompanies them with insights into his approach to music and the electric guitar. Lloyd's mid-career vignettes detail his solo years, including the backstory of critically praised records such as Alchemy and Field of Fire, his drug addiction and recovery, his 90s-era work, and touring adventures with artists such as Matthew Sweet, John Doe, and Robert Quine. Throughout the book is an undercurrent: Lloyd's continually evolving spiritual-philosophical approach to life, emerging from the conscious digestion of the highs and the lows, both ends of the same stick. In Everything is Combustible, Richard Lloyd relates his life, both inner and outer, in the narrative style, digging beneath the events and revealing their meanings."

Shotgun angels : my story of broken roads and unshakeable hope

May 8, 2019
DeMarcus, Jay, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2019]
234 pages ; 24 cm
"Jay Demarcus of Rascal Flatts"--Jacket.
Dear reader -- First times -- Coda -- Deep roots, rich soil -- All that and a sack of potatoes -- Good-bye, Columbus -- More wild turns -- Scraping by -- Some beautiful things can crush you -- My downard spiral -- Losing my way -- Fiddle and steel -- That's not going to work for me -- Beautiful winds the broken road -- Eternal sadness of a satisfied soul -- Shotgun angels -- My ultimate hope.

No walls and the recurring dream : a memoir

May 3, 2019
DiFranco, Ani, author.
New York, New York : Viking, [2019].
306 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm
"A memoir by the celebrated singer-songwriter and social activist Ani DiFranco In her new memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream, Ani DiFranco recounts her early life from a place of hard-won wisdom, combining personal expression, the power of music, feminism, political activism, storytelling, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and much more into an inspiring whole. In these frank, honest, passionate, and often funny pages is the tale of one woman's eventful and radical journey to the age of thirty. Ani's coming of age story is defined by her ethos of fierce independence -- from being an emancipated minor sleeping in a Buffalo bus station, to unwaveringly building a career through appearances at small clubs and festivals, to releasing her first album at the age of 18, to consciously rejecting the mainstream recording industry and creating her own label, Righteous Babe Records. In these pages, as in life, she never hesitates to challenge established rules and expectations, maintaining a level of artistic integrity that has impressed many and antagonized more than a few. Ani continues to be a major touring and recording artist as well as a celebrated activist and feminist, standing as living proof that you can overcome all personal and societal obstacles to be who you are and to follow your dreams." -- Provided by publisher.

Backstage pass

April 30, 2019
Stanley, Paul, 1952- author.
New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
x, 228 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm

Then it fell apart

April 29, 2019
Moby, author.
394 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

Why you like it : the science and culture of musical taste

April 25, 2019
Gasser, Nolan, author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2019.
xi, 706 pages : music ; 25 cm

Grace : the Jeff Buckley story

April 25, 2019
DeBartolo, Tiffanie, author.
153 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
"California, 1991. All his life, people have told Jeff Buckley how much he looks like his father, the famous '60s folksinger he barely knew. But Jeff believes he has gifts of his own: a rare, octave-spanning voice and a songwriting genius that has only started to show itself. After he falls in love with a mysterious girl in New York, he sets out to make a name for himself outside his father's shadow. What follows are six turbulent years of music, heartbreak, hope, and daring--culminating in a tragedy that's still reverberating in the music world today. Written by Tiffanie DeBartolo and with art by Pascal Dizin and Lisa Reist, this graphic novel biography uses archival material provided by Jeff's mother, Mary Guibert, to reveal the young songwriter in the process of becoming a legend."

A portrait in four movements : the Chicago Symphony under Barenboim, Boulez, Haitink, and Muti

April 19, 2019
Patner, Andrew, 1959-2015, author.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2019.
xvi, 255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Jimmy Page : the definitive biography

April 15, 2019
Salewicz, Chris, author.
520 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Originally published in 2018 by HaroerCollinsPublishers in the UK"--Title page verso.
"An in-depth biography of Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page by the acclaimed biographer of Bob Marley and Joe Strummer, based upon the author's extensive research and interviews."-- Provided by publisher.

Unusual sounds : the hidden history of library music

April 8, 2019
Hollander, David, author.
331 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
Includes index.
In the heyday of low-budget television and scrappy genre filmmaking, producers who needed a soundtrack for their commercial entertainments could reach for a selection of library music: royalty-free LPs of stock recordings whose contents fit any mood required. Though at the time, the use of such records was mostly a cost-cutting maneuver for productions that couldn't afford to hire their own composer, the industry soon took on its own life: library publishers became major financial successes, and much of the work they released was truly extraordinary. In fact, many of these anonymous or pseudonymous scores-on-demand were crafted by the some of the greatest musical minds of the late 20th century-expert musicians and innovative composers who reveled in the freedoms offered, paradoxically, by this most corporate of fields.0'Unusual Sounds' is a deep dive into a musical universe that has, until now, been accessible only to producers and record collectors; a celebration of this strange industry and an examination of its unique place at the nexus of art and commerce. Featuring original art by Robert Beatty and an introduction by George A. Romer, whose use of library music in 'Night of the Living Dead' changed film history.

Serving the servant : remembering Kurt Cobain

April 2, 2019
Goldberg, Danny, 1950- author.
New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
294 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
Published to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of Cobain's death, a biographical portrait by Nirvana's manager shares unique insights into the meteoric success of "Nevermind," Cobain's marriage to Courtney Love, and his industry-changing suicide.

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