New Arrivals · Music Books

March 10, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Perfect circle : the story of R.E.M.

March 9, 2020
Fletcher, Tony, author.
London : Omnibus Press, [2018]
viii, 488 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour), portraits ; 24 cm
Originally published : 2013. Original edition published as: Remarks : the story of R.E.M, 1989.
[New] edition.
"Formed in Athens, Georgia in 1980, R.E.M. released their first single, Radio Free Europe, in 1981. By the time the band broke up they had recorded fifteen studio albums, 63 singles, sold more than 85 million records, signed the biggest recording contract in music history, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Tony Fletcher’s biography of the enigmatic quartet from Athens, Georgia, benefits not only from Tony’s long association with the band but also by the co-operation of the band itself. Discussing fame, fortune and sexuality with the same keen eye he casts on the group’s astonishing musical catalogue, Perfect Circle is neither blind fan worship nor jaundiced critical cynicism, but a balanced and thorough telling of one of the most compelling rock stories of our time. Drawing on dozens of interviews with friends, associates and the band members themselves, this is not just the story of one group’s rise through cult status, but the story of American rock. This is edition is fully updated."

There was a time : James Brown, the Chitlin' Circuit, and me

March 5, 2020
Leeds, Alan, author.
xii, 244 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"A behind-the-scenes look at the Chitlin' Circuit during American's most vital period of soul music -- from the eyes and ears of a young, Jewish kid from Queens who joined the team of the hardest working man in show business and learned the art of the music business at the hand of the performer who mastered it. In the mid-'60s, Alan Leeds was a young DJ looking for his way into the music business. An interview with James Brown to promote a local show in Virginia led to an opportunity to promote one of Brown's concerts, which then led to Brown hiring him to help run his tours. Soon Leeds was wearing many hats and traveling around the country as Brown battled a complicated web of local promoters and managers, all too willing to try to rip him off. In this riveting book -- part memoir, part history -- Leeds weaves a wholly new and remarkable portrait of Brown as an idiosyncratic iconoclast, determined artist, and forceful businessman. It is a rare look into a world little known to white America immediately following the Civil Rights Movement. Leeds discovers that Brown is a fascinatingly complex man and their experiences, both business and personal, range from emotional to humorous. All the while, they navigate the complicated world of popular Black music in America, told by someone who actually lived it." Publisher's description.

Rough ideas : reflections on music and more

February 27, 2020
Hough, Stephen, 1961- author.
xv, 443 pages ; 22 cm
"Originally published in 2019 by Faber & Faber Ltd, Great Britain"--Title page verso.
Introduction -- Forum -- Stage -- Studio -- People and Pieces -- ...and more -- ...and religion -- A final reflection.
Stephen Hough is indisputably one of the world's leading pianists, winning global acclaim and numerous awards, both for his concerts and recordings. He is also a writer, composer and painter. As an international performer he spends much of his life at airports, on planes, and in hotel rooms and this book expands notes he has made, in his words, 'during that dead time on the road'. He writes about music and the life of a musician, from exploring the broader aspects of what it is to walk out on to a stage or to make a recording, to specialist tips from deep inside the practice room: how to trill, how to pedal, how to practise. He also writes vividly about people he's known, places he's travelled to, books he's read, paintings he's seen; and touches on more controversial subjects, such as assisted suicide and abortion. Even religion is there, the possibility of the existence of God, problems with some biblical texts and the challenge involved in being a gay Catholic. An illuminating and absorbing introduction into the life and mind of one of our great cultural figures.

Music business essentials : a guide for aspiring professionals

February 17, 2020
Cabaniss, Mark, author.
xvii, 177 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction : Beginning the journey -- To thine own self be true: why do the music business? -- It all begins with a song -- The big foundation: music copyright -- Band on the run: a career in performance -- You can be a star: being a solo artist -- From song to selling: music publishing -- Dynamite or dinosaur: record labels -- Making it rain: revenue streams -- From bricks to clicks: retail and merchandising -- Where Hollywood meets Broadway: music for broadcasting, film, and theatre -- Beethoven on Main Street: arts administration -- The final mix: getting it done.
"Today's music business is more challenging than ever, but music's availability and the consumption of this powerful force offer unprecedented opportunities for those with the desire to succeed. Music Business Essentials: A Guide for Aspiring Professionals takes musicians and beginning business students on a journey full of vital nuts and bolts knowledge as well as practical wisdom from a veteran industry professional. Today's music business is more challenging than ever, but music's availability and the consumption of this powerful force offer unprecedented opportunities for those with the desire to succeed. Music Business Essentials: A Guide for Aspiring Professionals takes musicians and beginning business students on a journey full of vital nuts and bolts knowledge as well as practical wisdom from a veteran industry professional. Although the dynamic music industry is always changing, Mark Cabaniss's concise and encouraging, yet realistic approach reveals unchanging principles to guide readers towards successful and fulfilling careers in music. From band dynamics and touring to songwriting and publishing and from branding and promotion to record labels and revenue streams, Cabaniss covers the entire music machine from the talent to the tax returns."--Publisher's description.

How sweet it is : a songwriter's reflections on music, Motown and the mystery of the muse

February 17, 2020
Dozier, Lamont, author, composer, performer.
[United States] : BMG, [2019]
iii, 316 pages, [16] unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Introduction: trying to get around myself -- Going back to my roots -- Nowhere to run -- Bernadette -- I can't help myself -- Someday, someway -- Forever came today -- Come and get these memories -- Deeper & deeper -- You keep me hangin' on -- Run, run, run -- I created a monster -- Where did our love go? -- Give me just a little more time -- In my lonely room -- Slipping away -- I'm in a different world -- Heaven must have sent you -- I just can't walk away -- Anything is possible -- Reflections -- Afterword: Lamont's guiding principles of songwriting -- Appendix A: List of Lamont's charting singles as a songwriter -- Appendix B: List of Lamont Dozier solo albums
As part of Motown's legendary songwriting and production team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, Lamont Dozier is responsible for such classics as "Baby I Need Your Loving", "You Can't Hurry Love," "Stop! In the Name of Love," and many more. Dozier takes us behind the scenes of the Motown machine, sharing personal stories of his encounters with icons such as Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and Berry Gordy. He reveals the moments that inspired some of his timeless songs--and pulls back the curtain on the studio secrets that helped him and his colleagues create "the sound of young America." Having pursued the mystery of songwriting muse for many years, his stories are interwoven with invaluable insights and wisdom on the art and craft of songwriting that will inspire the creative spark in all of us. -- Adapted from back cover

Rush : wandering the face of the earth : the official touring history

February 17, 2020
Daly, Skip, author.
San Rafael, California : Insight Editions, 2019.
471 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
Origins -- The Rush tour -- The fly by night tour -- The caress of steel tour -- The 2112 tour -- The all the world's a stage tour -- The a farewell to kings tour -- The tour of the hemispheres -- The summer tour '79 -- The permanent waves tour -- The exit...stage left tour -- The deep south spring training tour -- The new world tour -- Radio City Music Hall, 1983 -- The grace under pressure tour -- Spring training 1985 -- The power windows tour -- The hold your fire tour -- The presto tour -- The roll the bones tour -- The counterparts tour -- The test for echo tour -- The vapor trails tour -- The R30 tour -- The snakes & arrows tour -- The snakes & arrows live tour -- The time machine tour -- The clockwork angels tour -- The R40 tour.
"Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart performed together for the first time to an audience of 11,000 people in 1974. Forty years later, their last tour sold over 442,000 tickets. This is the story of everything in between. This is the story of Rush. Fondly known as the Holy Triumvirate, Rush is one of the top bands to shine through rock-and-roll history. Wandering the Face of the Earth covers Rush's storied touring career, from their humble beginnings as a Toronto-area bar band playing middle school gymnasiums to their rise as one of the world's most sought-after live acts, selling out massive arenas around the globe. This book includes every setlist, every opening act, and every noteworthy moment meticulously researched and vetted by the band themselves. Along with spectacular, never-before-seen imagery, this is THE must-have tour compendium for Rush fans."

Songs in the shade of the cashew and coconut trees : lullabies and nursery rhymes from West Africa and the Caribbean

February 14, 2020
Soussana, Nathalie, editor.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, color maps ; 21 cm + 1 audio disc (digital: 45 min. ; 4 3/4 in.)
Songs about children playing in the schoolyard, sisters braiding each other's hair at the beach, and parents dancing late into the night mesh together thanks to the music. A wide array of styles--nursery rhymes from Gabon, lullabies from Cape Verde, and rumbas from the Congo--are performed in more than a dozen languages. Luminous artwork and homegrown instruments round off this wonderful celebration of history, language, and culture. Lyrics appear transcribed in their original language and in English, along with notes on culture, a world map, and a code for song downloads and print-outs.

Bowie : stardust, rayguns & moonage daydreams

February 13, 2020
Horton, Steve, author.
San Rafael, California : Insight Comics, 2020.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations c30 cm
"As one of the most magnetic icons of modern pop culture, David Bowie seduced generations of fans with his music and counterculture persona. While Bowie's legacy as a musician is remarkable and genre-defying, as a visual performer he obliterate stage theatrics with his psychedelic aesthetics, larger-than-life image, and way of hovering on the border of the surreal. Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams chronicles the rise of David Bowie's career from obscurity to fame, as well as the rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust, Bowie's historic alter ego. Ziggy accompanies Bowie on his rocky ride to the top, but when the Spiders from Mars finally implode and Bowie leaves London for a nomadic life abroad, he must lay the Ziggy persona to rest for good. The end of Ziggy eventually changes not only Bowie but the world itself."--Provided by publisher.

Dylan & me : 50 years of adventures

February 12, 2020
Kemp, Louie, author.
xvi, 211 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
" 'It was at summer camp in northern Wisconsin in 1953 that I first met Bobby Zimmerman from Hibbing. He was twelve years old and he had a guitar. He would go around telling everybody that he was going to be a rock-and-roll star. I was eleven and I believed him.' So begins this honest, funny, and deeply affectionate memoir of a friendship that has spanned five decades of wild adventures, soul searching conversation, musical milestones, and enduring comradery. As Bobby Zimmerman became Bob Dylan and Louie Kemp built a successful international business, their lives diverged but their friendship held fast. No matter how much time passed between one adventure and the next, the two "boys from the North Country" picked up where they left off and shared experiences that will surprise and delight Dylan fans and anybody who loves a rollicking-good rock-and-roll memoir."--Dust jacket flap.

Old school love and why it works

February 4, 2020
Simmons, Joseph, author.
New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, 2020.
vii, 213 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
RUN DMC's iconic rapper Joseph "Reverend Run" Simmons and his wife, Justine, share their secrets to lasting love and the guiding principles that have kept them together for more than twenty years. Written with Amy Ferris.

Glam rock : music in sound and vision

February 3, 2020
Philo, Simon, 1966- author.
Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, [2018]
xli, 193 pages ; 24 cm
"Children of the Revolution" -- "Get It On" -- "Hang On to Yourself -- "Cum On Feel the Noize" -- "Teenage Rampage" -- "Got to Leave You All Behind and Face the Truth" -- "Who Can I Be Now?".
Glam Rock: Music in Sound and Vision reveals the true story of how glam carved out a place as a diverse musical style and how it related to the artistic, political, economic, emotional, sexual, and commercial scenes of the late twentieth century. Committed to spectacle but also to musical ingenuity, glam delivered an exhilarating burst of color that offered a joyful re-boot for pop culture.

So you want to sing music by women : a guide for performers

February 3, 2020
Hoch, Matthew, 1975- author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2019]
xxvii, 384 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Business basics for musicians : the complete handbook from start to success

January 29, 2020
Borg, Bobby, author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, 2020.
303 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.

Open book

January 27, 2020
Simpson, Jessica, 1980- author.
New York : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, 2020.
408 pages ; 24 cm

Music marketing for the DIY musician : creating and executing a plan of attack on a low budget

January 20, 2020
Borg, Bobby, author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2020]
xxvi, 423 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
An overview of the complete DIY marketing process: creating and executing a plan of attack in a nutshell -- Describe your company's vision: identifying your musical purpose and setting your career on course -- Identify profitable opportunities or "needs": conducting a SWOT analysis -- Analyze your customers: identifying, segmenting, and targeting your market -- Learn from your competitors: conducting a competitor analysis -- Demo your products and services: getting feedback before committing your valuable resources -- Set your marketing plan goals: using the SMART model -- Develop your company's brand strategy: creating the right identity for your company and its people -- Develop a brand strategy for your products/services: achieving the desired image for your tours, records, merch, and more -- Finalize your products and services for the marketplace: delivering on the promise of your brand -- Devise a pricing strategy: reinforcing your brand image and generating revenue and awareness -- Establish a place strategy, part 1: booking live-performance sets and distributing records -- Establish a place strategy, part 2: distributing your merch and songs effectively for sale and/or license -- Formulate a promotion strategy, part 1: winning over fans via publicity and paid advertising -- Formulate a promotion strategy, part 2: using Internet, word-of-mouth, and guerrilla marketing to get customers -- Formulate a promotion strategy, part 3: winning over fans via radio play and creative sponsorships -- Formulate a promotion strategy, part 4: utilizing direct marketing, personal selling, and sales promotions to get fans -- Prepare a measuring strategy: tracking, analyzing, and adjusting your marketing campaign -- Assemble your marketing plan of attack: presenting your business and marketing ideas effectively -- Execute your marketing plan effectively: adopting the right policies that get your company results -- Continue to learn about marketing: strengthening your marketing muscles with 20 exercises -- Prepare for the future: 2025 and beyond: marketing projections and tips from the pros.
"Do it yourself and succeed! More and more artists are taking advantage of new technologies to try and build successful careers. But in this expanding competitive marketplace, serious do-it-yourself musicians need structured advice more than ever. In Music Marketing for the DIY Musician, veteran musician and industry insider Bobby Borg presents a strategic, step-by-step guide to producing a fully customized, low-budget plan of attack for marketing one's music"--Excerpted from back cover.

Catch a fire : the life of Bob Marley

January 20, 2020
White, Timothy, 1952-2002.
New York : Henry Holt, 2006.
xviii, 556 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"The definitive edition--revised and updated"--Cover.
"Revised and enlarged"--Title page.
Riddim track: an introduction -- Kingdom come -- Misty morning -- Bad card -- Pass it on -- Small axe -- Who feels it, knows it -- People get ready -- Natural mystic -- Stir it up -- Rat race -- Coming in from the cold -- Crisis -- Who the cap fit -- Redemption song -- Exodus -- Time will tell: a hereafter --
Chronicles the historical, cultural, religious and folkloric milieu that shaped reggae musician Bob Marley's life.

Fanfare Cincinnati.

January 15, 2020
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 15, 2020
Linton Chamber Music (Organization), issuing body.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Linton Chamber Music
volumes : illustrations ; 22 cm

Experiencing Debussy : a listener's companion

January 3, 2020
Davidian, Teresa Maria, 1956- author.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2019]
xxi, 133 pages ; 24 cm.
The early years: rebel and insider -- Impressionist versus symbolist -- Debussy and Wagner: an uneasy alliance -- Debussy and Ravel -- The Water Music -- A French nationalist with an eye toward the East -- Debussy's achievement and legacy.
Claude Debussy holds a place as a one of the most recognizable and influential composers in the classical music. Debussy forged a new and influential sound for the twentieth century with his remarkable harmonies, fluid rhythms, airy textures, and an instinct for mystery and beauty. In Experiencing Debussy: A Listener's Companion, Teresa Davidian welcomes readers into the infectious appeal of Debussy's major works to consider how they can still attract and move audiences. In such works as the hauntingly beautiful Clair de Lune and the groundbreaking Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Davidian looks beneath the surface of the music to explain its power, all the while drawing connections between different pieces to place them securely within the context of Debussy's life and times. Written in an accessible style, Experiencing Debussy provides an engaging tour through Debussy's works for the concertgoers, movie buffs, performers, and students regardless of musical background [Publisher description]

Rap and hip-hop

January 2, 2020
Kallen, Stuart A., 1955- author.
80 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.
The roots of rap and hip-hop -- Rappers of influence -- Creating a following -- Worldwide rap and hip-hop -- Women who remade rap and hip-hop.

John Legend

December 31, 2019
Lawson, Carlie, author.
80 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
A biography of American singer, songwriter, producer, actor, and philanthropist, John Legend.

Lil Wayne

December 31, 2019
Lawson, Carlie, author.
80 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Includes QR codes.
Career Highlights: Setting Recording Industry Records -- The Road to the Top: Fulfilling a Lifelong Dream -- Lil Wayne's Hip-Hop Career, Interests, and Passions in Moments -- Lil Wayne's Brand Messaging: Becoming a Worldwide Sensation -- Lil Wayne Reminds us to Give of Ourselves.

Nicki Minaj

December 31, 2019
Lawson, Carlie, author.
Broomall, Pennsylvania : Mason Crest, [2019]
80 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm

Post Malone

December 31, 2019
Lawson, Carlie, author.
Broomall, Pennsylvania : Mason Crest, [2020]
80 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Travis Scott

December 31, 2019
Lawson, Carlie, author.
Broomall, Pennsylvania : Mason Crest, [2020]
80 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm

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