New Arrivals · Music Books

March 15, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Prince : the life the genius the legend

March 14, 2019
Court, James (Music author), author.
[Place of publication not identified] : New Haven Publishing Ltd, 2018.
248 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
A biography of the rock musician Prince by collector and writer James Court.

The Rolling Stones in comics

March 8, 2019
Ceka, (Graphic novel author) author.
New York : NBM, [2019]
189 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
Originally published by Editions Petit a Petit ©2017.
The Stones, Before the Stones -- Make Way, Here Come the Blues Boys! -- Rags Before Riches --Crank Up the Amp! -- The Man Who Created the Stones -- Make Mine Decca -- Singer, Songwriter --Drug Store -- Rock and Role? -- tLight Hair and Dark Thoughts -- Back to the Future -- The End of the Sixties -- Some Girls -- Harmonica, Sitar, etc. -- Smog Over Stone Land -- Bye Bye The Kid, Hello Ronnie! -- Oh, Solo Mio -- Thrills and Chills -- The Rolling Stones, Minus Two -- Who's the Guy in the Back? -- The Stones Are STILL Rolling -- Nine Fun Facts About This Legendary Band!

Ennio Morricone : in his own words

March 4, 2019
Morricone, Ennio, interviewee.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2019.
xxii, 341 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

Queen Bey : a celebration of the power and creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

February 28, 2019
Chambers, Veronica.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
xiii, 224 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
A tribute to Queen Bey that features a diverse range of voices.

James Brown : black and proud

February 21, 2019
Fauthoux, Xavier, author, illustrator.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 25 cm
Originally published by Marabulles as Black and Proud James Brown.
"Born in the South during the height of segregation, James Brown went on to become a global sensation, using his talent to grasp what he believed was the American Dream."--Provided by publisher.

Which side are you on? : 20th century American history in 100 protest songs

February 20, 2019
Sullivan, James, 1965 November 7- author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
xvii, 242 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Nonviolence -- Workers unite -- Civil rights -- The rights of women -- The environment -- Freedom of speech -- Gay pride -- Immigration and the "other" -- No nukes -- Into the twenty-first century.
When he emerged from the nightclubs of Greenwich Village, Bob Dylan was often identified as a "protest" singer. As early as 1962, however, Dylan was already protesting the label: "I don't write no protest songs," he told his audience on the night he debuted "Blowin' in the Wind." "Protest" music is largely perceived as an unsubtle art form, a topical brand of songwriting that preaches to the converted. But popular music of all types has long given listeners food for thought. Fifty years before Vietnam, before the United States entered World War I, some of the most popular sheet music in the country featured anti-war tunes. The labor movement of the early decades of the century was fueled by its communal "songbook." The Civil Rights movement was soundtracked not just by0the gorgeous melodies of "Strange Fruit" and "A Change Is Gonna Come," but hundreds of other gospel-tinged ballads and blues. 0In 'Which Side Are You On', author James Sullivan delivers a lively anecdotal history of the progressive movements that have shaped the growth of the United States, and the songs that have accompanied and defined them. Covering one hundred years of social conflict and progress across the twentieth century and into the early years of the twenty-first, this book reveals how protest songs have given voice to the needs and challenges of a nation and asked its citizens to take a stand - asking the question "Which side are you on?"

Music business handbook and career guide.

February 14, 2019
Los Angeles, Calif. : Sherwood Publishing Co., 1979-
volumes : illustrations ; 24-25 cm
Vols. for <1990-2019> by David Baskerville (2019- with Tim Baskerville).
"This powerhouse best-selling text maintains its tradition as the most comprehensive, up-to-date guide to the music industry in all of its diversity. Readers new to the music business and seasoned professionals alike will find David and Tim Baskerville's handbook the go-to source, regardless of their specialty within the music field. Music Business Handbook and Career Guide is ideal for introductory courses such as Introduction to the Music Business, Music and Media, and other survey courses as well as more specialized courses such as the record industry, music careers, artist management, and more. It includes a comprehensive discussion of the streaming revolution and its impact on all parts of the value chain, including composers, performing artists, publishers, and labels. The book also analyzes shifts in the competing platforms of consumption ranging from fast-shrinking physical formats and broadcasting to downloads and subscription services. It offers vignettes, illustrating how individuals in different industry roles advanced their careers, as well as how they've adjusted to the intertwining influences of technology, law, and culture."--Publisher's description.

Help! : the Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the magic of collaboration

February 14, 2019
Brothers, Thomas David, author.
xxviii, 379 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I: The Duke Ellington Orchestra. Ellington and Early Jazz -- The Miley Method and the Ellington Problem -- The 1930s: An "Accumulation of Personalities" -- Billy Strayhorn -- Part II: The Beatles. Early Beatles and Rock and Roll -- Four-Headed Monster -- Retreat -- Grow a Little Taller.
The Beatles and Duke Ellington's Orchestra stand as the two greatest examples of collaboration in music history. Ellington's forte was not melody--his key partners were not lyricists but his fellow musicians. His strength was in arranging, in elevating the role of a featured soloist, in selecting titles: in packaging compositions. He was also very good at taking credit when the credit wasn't solely his, as in the case of Mood Indigo, though he was ultimately responsible for the orchestration of what Duke University musicologist Thomas Brothers calls "one of his finest achievements." If Ellington was often reluctant to publicly acknowledge how essential collaboration was to the Ellington sound, the relationship between Lennon and McCartney was fluid from the start. Lennon and McCartney "wrote for each other as primary audience." Lennon's preference for simpler music meant that it begged for enhancement and McCartney was only too happy to oblige, and while McCartney expanded the Beatles' musical range, Lennon did "the same thing with lyrics." Through his fascinating examination of these two musical legends, Brothers delivers a portrait of the creative process at work, demonstrating that the cooperative method at the foundation of these two artist-groups was the primary reason for their unmatched musical success. While clarifying the historical record of who wrote what, with whom, and how, Brothers brings the past to life with a lifetime of musical knowledge that reverberates through every page, and analyses of songs from Lennon and McCartney's Strawberry Fields Forever to Billy Strayhorn's Chelsea Bridge. Help! describes in rich detail the music and mastery of two cultural leaders whose popularity has never dimmed, and the process of collaboration that allowed them to achieve an artistic vision greater than the sum of their parts.

St. James encyclopedia of hip hop culture

February 12, 2019
Farmington Hills, Mich. : St. James Press, [2018]
xxiv, 579 pages ; 29 cm
"Examines the history and contributions of hip hop to American and global culture"-- Provided by publisher.

Chamber music : Wu-Tang and America (in 36 pieces)

February 11, 2019
Ashon, Will, author.
London : Faber and Faber, 2019.
374 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Will Ashon tells, in 36 interlinked 'chambers', the story of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and how it changed the world. As unexpected and complex as the album itself, Chamber Music ranges from provocative essays to semi-comic skits, from deep scholarly analysis to satirical celebration, seeking to contextualize, reveal and honor this singular work of art. Chamber Music is an explosive and revelatory new way of writing about music and culture."--Provided by publisher.

Go ahead in the rain : notes to A Tribe Called Quest

February 11, 2019
Willis-Abdurraqib, Hanif, author.
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2019.
207 pages ; 19 cm
The pulse of rhythm -- Once upon a time in Queens -- Push it along -- The low end -- Award tour -- 1nce again -- The source cover -- Lament -- Documentary -- Family business -- Common ground -- Thank you 4 your service.

The pianist from Syria : a memoir

February 8, 2019
Ahmad, Aeham, 1988- author.
New York : Atria Books, 2019.
276 pages : illustration, maps ; 22 cm
Translation of: Und die Vögel werden singen.

Sounds like Titanic : a memoir

February 8, 2019
Hindman, Jessica Chiccehitto, author.
xii, 250 pages ; 22 cm
When aspiring violinist Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman lands a job with a professional ensemble in New York City, she imagines she has achieved her lifelong dream. But the ensemble proves to be a sham. When the group "performs," the microphones are never on. Instead, the music blares from a CD. The mastermind behind this scheme is a peculiar and mysterious figure known as The Composer, who is gaslighting his audiences with music that sounds suspiciously like the Titanic movie soundtrack. On tour with his chaotic ensemble, Hindman spirals into crises of identity and disillusionment as she "plays" for audiences genuinely moved by the performance, unable to differentiate real from fake. Sounds Like Titanic is a surreal, often hilarious coming-of-age story. Hindman writes with precise, candid prose and sharp insight into ambition and gender, especially when it comes to the difficulties young women face in a world that views them as silly, shallow, and stupid. As the story swells to a crescendo, it gives voice to the anxieties and illusions of a generation of women, and reveals the failed promises of a nation that takes comfort in false realities.

Walk this way : Run-DMC, Aerosmith, and the song that changed American music forever

February 7, 2019
Edgers, Geoff, author.
xiii, 269 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
A deep exploration into the story behind "Walk This Way," Aerosmith and Run-DMC's legendary, groundbreaking rock-hip hop collaboration, describes the unlikely union that became instantly popular and launched hip hop into the mainstream.

Modern Listener Guide : Jimi Hendrix

February 5, 2019
Moriarty, Frank, author.
xix, 236 pages : color illustrations, portraits ; 28 cm
"As the iconic status of legendary musician Jimi Hendrix looms larger with each passing year, there is a continual generation of new listeners just discovering his work. They may know he is important by how often he is name-checked by today's top musicians but they soon discover there is a complicated and confusing body of Hendrix material spread across many titles and record labels. With informed commentary and spirited critical perspective, Moriarty expertly leads the way through the studio sessions, live concert recordings, and myriad album and box set releases that comprose the legacy of one of the world's great guitarists and musical personalities. By balancing a colorful, up-to-date and historically accurate portrait of Jimi's life and career interspersed with insightful commentary of dozens of significant releases that stand as cornerstones of his creativity, this book will appeal to those already familiar with Jimi's compelling music and unforgettable life"--Back cover.

Prince and the Purple rain era studio sessions : 1983 and 1984

January 17, 2019
Tudahl, Duane, author.
Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, [2018]
xix, 555 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm

The story of The Band : from Big Pink to The Last Waltz

January 16, 2019
Kubernik, Harvey, 1951- author.
216 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 29 cm
Includes selected discography and show list 1960-1976.
"July 2018 marks fifty years since The Band first released their groundbreaking debut album, Music from Big Pink, which grew out of sessions at the group's big pink house in the woods of Ulster County, New York. A celebration of their music, this unofficial retrospective spans their career from their early days playing with Ronnie Hawkins and their collaborations with Bob Dylan to their tours, recordings, and landmark final show, The Last Waltz, filmed as a documentary by Martin Scorsese. Released forty years ago, it is still hailed as one of the greatest concert movies ever made. The Story of The Band features little-known and previously unpublished interviews with members of The Band as well as the scenemakers and musicians of the time--offering a rare behind-the-scenes look in the studio and onstage. Lushly illustrated with a trove of photographs and memorabilia, this is the ultimate book for all fans of The Band."--Back cover.

The view from the back of the band : the life and music of Mel Lewis

January 16, 2019
Smith, Chris, 1981- author.
Denton, Texas : University of North Texas Press, [2014]
xii, 399 pages : illustrations, music ; 23 cm
Based on: Thesis (D.A.)--University of Northern Colorado, 2012.
Foreword: 'Uncle Mel' by John Mosca -- Preface -- Born a drummer -- Mel meets New York City -- Brookmeyer and Kenton's initial offer -- Kenton presents Mel Lewis -- Contemporary concepts and Thad Jones -- Life in Los Angeles -- Terry Gibbs and 'The tailor' -- Webster and Mulligan -- Mel's new cymbal and Europe with Dizzy -- The Soviet Union and a move East -- Back in the Big Apple -- Thad and Mel get their opening -- Opening night at the Village Vanguard -- The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra and Solid State -- Thad and Mel hit the road, and the road hits back -- The youth movement -- Ten years at the Village Vanguard / The road family -- Thad leaves for Denmark -- Mel Lewis and the Jazz Orchestra -- The musical mentor -- Twenty years at the Vanguard / A new fight -- Hello and goodbye -- Memories of Mel -- Afterword: 'Mel's example' by John Riley -- Transcriptions and listening guides -- Mel Lewis equipment timeline -- Selected discography -- Notes.

Fanfare Cincinnati.

January 11, 2019
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.


January 11, 2019
Linton Chamber Music (Organization), issuing body.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Linton Chamber Music
volumes : illustrations ; 22 cm

The birth of loud : Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the guitar-pioneering rivalry that shaped rock 'n' roll

January 11, 2019
Port, Ian S., author.
New York : Scribner, [2019]
ix, 340 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"In the years after World War II, music was evolving from big-band jazz into the primordial elements of rock 'n' roll—and these louder styles demanded revolutionary instruments. When Leo Fender's tiny firm marketed the first solid-body electric guitar, the Esquire, musicians immediately saw its appeal. Not to be out-maneuvered, Gibson, the largest guitar manufacturer, raced to build a competitive product. The company designed an 'axe' that would make Fender's Esquire look cheap and convinced Les Paul—whose endorsement Leo Fender had sought—to put his name on it. Thus was born the guitar world's most heated rivalry: Gibson versus Fender, Les versus Leo. While Fender was a quiet, half-blind, self-taught radio repairman from rural Orange County, Paul was a brilliant but egomaniacal pop star and guitarist who spent years toying with new musical technologies. Their contest turned into an arms race as the most inventive musicians of the 1950s and 1960s—including bluesman Muddy Waters, rocker Buddy Holly, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Eric Clapton—adopted one maker's guitar or another. By the time Jimi Hendrix played 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at Woodstock in 1969 on his Fender Stratocaster, it was clear that electric instruments—Fender or Gibson—had launched music into a radical new age, empowering artists with a vibrancy and volume never before attainable."

Geddy Lee's big beautiful book of bass

January 8, 2019
Lee, Geddy, author.
New York : Harper Design, 2018.
1 volume : illustrations ; 30 cm
"From Rush frontman Geddy Lee's personal collection of vintage electric bass guitars, dating from the 1950s to the 1980s, comes the definitive volume on the subject. Geddy's love of the bass has been nurtured over a lifetime spent in the limelight as one of the world's premier rock bassists. For the past seven years, he's dedicated himself to studying the history of the instrument that's been so essential to his career, collecting hundreds of basses from around the globe, 250 of which are presented here in breathtaking detail with specially commissioned photography by Richard Sibbald. Written in Geddy's singular voice, this book reveals the stories, songs, and history behind the instruments of his inimitable collection. Complete with a whimsically designed timeline of the history of the bass, an up-close look at Geddy's basses on Rush's final R40 Tour, his stage and recording gear from 1968 to 2017, and forewords by author and respected vintage expert, Terry Foster, and Rush band member, Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass is the ultimate compendium for the consummate collector, musician, Rush fan, and anyone who loves the bass guitar".--Provided by publisher.

Complicated game : inside the songs of XTC

December 28, 2018
Partridge, Andy, interviewee.
London : Jawbone, 2016.
398 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Swindon : a perambulation / John Morrish -- This is pop -- Statue of Liberty -- Meccanik dancing -- Beatown -- Roads girdle the globe -- Real by reel -- Complicated game -- Respectable street -- No language in our lungs -- Travels in Nihilon -- Senses working overtime -- Jason and the Argonauts -- No thugs in our house -- Beating of hearts -- Love on a farmboy's wages -- Seagulls screaming Kiss her, kiss her -- The everyday story of Smalltown -- 25 o'clock -- That's really super, Supergirl -- Dear God -- Mayor of Simpleton -- Chalkhills and children -- The disappointed -- Rook -- River of orchids -- I can't own her -- The last balloon -- Stupidly happy -- Church of women -- Rainbeau melt -- Epilogue. Songwriting.
"Complicated Game offers unique insight into the work of XTC founder Andy Partridge, one of Britain's most original and influential songwriters. It is also an unprecedentedly revealing and instructive guide to how songs and records are made. Developed from a series of interviews conducted over many months, it explores in detail some thirty of Partridge's songs - including such well-known singles as 'Senses Working Overtime' and the controversial 'Dear God' - from throughout XTC's thirty-year career, as well as an extensive interview dedicated solely to the art and craft of songwriting. While the interviews cast new light on the writing of lyrics, the construction of melodies and arrangements, the process of recording, and the workings of the music industry, they are also filled with anecdotes about Partridge, his XTC bandmates, and their adventures around the world - all told with the songwriter's legendary humour. This fascinating book also includes pages from Partridge's songwriting notebooks and reproductions of his original artwork designs; a guided tour of his hometown of Swindon; and a foreword by Steven Wilson, the guitarist, songwriter, and record producer best known as the founder and leader of Porcupine Tree."--Publisher information.

The gospel according to Luke

December 28, 2018
Lukather, Steve, author.
xiii, 337 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes discography (pages 317-337).
The outrageous and often hilarious autobiography of legendary session musician and lead guitarist and singer of Toto. No one explodes one of the longest-held misconceptions of music history better than Steve Lukather and his band Toto. The dominant sound of the late '70s and '80s was not punk, but a slick, polished amalgam of rock and R&B first staked out on Boz Scaggs' Silk Degrees. That album was shaped in large part by the founding members of Toto, who were emerging as the most in-demand elite session crew in LA, and further developed on the band's self-titled multi-platinum debut. A string of massive hits followed for Toto while Lukather and bandmates David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, and Steve Porcaro also served as creative linchpins on some of the most successful and influential records of the era, including Michael Jackson's Thriller. In this incisive memoir, Lukather tells the complete Toto story. He also lifts the lid on what went on behind the closed studio doors, shedding light on the unique creative processes of some of the most legendary names in music: from Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, and Elton John to Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Roger Waters, and Aretha Franklin. Lukather's extraordinary tale also encompasses the dark side of stardom and the American Dream. Frank, engaging, and often hilarious, The Gospel According to Luke is no ordinary rock memoir. It is the real thing.

Let's go! : Benjamin Orr and the Cars

December 21, 2018
Milliken, Joe, 1966- author.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2019]
xviii, 227 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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