New Arrivals · Music Books

May 22, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

April 1, 2019
Doggett, Peter, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2019.
358 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The first ever biography focused on the formative and highly influential early years of rock & roll"s first supergroupy- Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young --when they were the most successful, influential, and politically potent band in America. In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Woodstock and the formation of the band itself.

Hidden in the mix : the African American presence in country music

April 1, 2019
Durham, NC : Duke University Press, 2013
383 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
p. 1. Playing in the dark: Black hillbillies ; Making countyr modern ; Contested origins ; Fiddlling with race relations in rural Kentucky -- p. 2. Why African Americans put the banjo down ; Old-time country music in North Carolina and Virginia ; The south's gonna do it again ; Dancing the Habanera beats (in country music) ; Playing chicken with the train ; In only they could read between the lines ; You're my soul song ; What's Sid got to do with it?
Revealing how music mediates both the ideology and the lived experience of race, Hidden in the Mix challenges the status of country music as "the white man's blues."--Publisher's website.

Don't stop believin'

March 28, 2019
Newton-John, Olivia, author.
xii, 334 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Originally published in 2018 in Australia by Viking Australia.
"For more than five decades, Olivia Newton-John has been one of our most successful and adored entertainers. A four-time Grammy Award winner, she is one of the world's bestselling recording artists of all time, with more than 100 million albums sold. She is also a tireless advocate for countless charities, her true passion is as the founding champion of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia. Olivia has always radiated joy, hope, and compassion--determined to be a force for good in the world. Warm, candid, and moving, Don't Stop Believin' is Olivia Newton-John's story in her own words for the very first time."--Jacket.

Bruce Springsteen : the stories behind the songs

March 26, 2019
Hiatt, Brian, author.
287 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Includes index.
Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. -- The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle -- Born to Run -- Darkness on the Edge of Town -- The River -- Nebraska -- Born in the U.S.A. -- Tunnel of Love -- Human Touch -- Lucky Town -- Greatest Hits Sessions -- The Ghost of Tom Joad -- The Rising -- Devils & Dust -- Magic -- Working on a Dream -- Wrecking Ball -- High Hopes.
"The legend of Bruce Springsteen may well outlast rock 'n' roll itself. And for all the muscle and magic of his life-shaking concerts with the E Street Band, his legendary status comes down to the songs. He is an acknowledged master of music and lyrics, with decades of hits. This book digs into the writing and recording of all the songs on Springsteens's studio albums, from 1973 to 2014 (plus all the released outtakes), and offers a unique look at the legendary rocker's methods, along with historical context, scores of colorful anecdotes, and more than 180 photographs. Hiatt has interviewed Springsteen five times in the past and has conducted numerous new interviews with his collaborators, from longtime producers to the E Street Band, to create an authoritative and lushly illustrated journey through Springsteen's entire songbook and career"--from Backcover.

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.

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