New Arrivals · Music Books

November 20, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Janis : her life and music

November 19, 2019
George-Warren, Holly, author.
xv, 377 pages, 32 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Pioneer stock -- Tomboy -- Thrill seeker -- "Beat weeds" -- "18 and fucked up" -- Hell raiser -- Waller Creek boy -- Blues singer -- Meth freak and the Saturday night swindle -- Texas coed -- Big Brother's chick singer -- "The idol of my generation" -- "Haight-Ashbury's first pinup" -- Woman on the verge -- "Rock star born on Second Avenue" -- Kozmic blues -- Pearl.
"This blazingly intimate biography of Janis Joplin establishes the Queen of Rock & Roll as the rule-breaking musical trailblazer and complicated, gender-bending rebel she was. Janis Joplin's first transgressive act was to be a white girl who gained an early sense of the power of the blues, music you could only find on obscure records and in roadhouses along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast. But even before that, she stood out in her conservative oil town. She was a tomboy who was also intellectually curious and artistic. By the time she reached high school, she had drawn the scorn of her peers for her embrace of the Beats and her racially progressive views. Her parents doted on her in many ways, but were ultimately put off by her repeated acts of defiance. Janis Joplin has passed into legend as a brash, impassioned soul doomed by the pain that produced one of the most extraordinary voices in rock history. But in these pages, Holly George-Warren provides a revelatory and deeply satisfying portrait of a woman who wasn't all about suffering. Janis was a perfectionist: a passionate, erudite musician who was born with talent but also worked exceptionally hard to develop it. She was a woman who pushed the boundaries of gender and sexuality long before it was socially acceptable. She was a sensitive seeker who wanted to marry and settle down--but couldn't, or wouldn't. She was a Texan who yearned to flee Texas but could never quite get away--even after becoming a countercultural icon in San Francisco. Written by one of the most highly regarded chroniclers of American music history, and based on unprecedented access to Janis Joplin's family, friends, band mates, archives, and long-lost interviews, Janis is a complex, rewarding portrait of a remarkable artist finally getting her due."--Publisher's website.

Experiencing Bessie Smith : a listener's companion

November 19, 2019
Clark, John, 1968- author.
Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, [2017]
xix, 187 pages ; 24 cm
Crazy blues -- Mama's got the blues -- 'Tain't nobody's biz-ness if I do -- I ain't gonna play no second fiddle -- A good man is hard to find -- Empty bed blues -- St. Louis blues -- Influence.
"Experiencing Bessie Smith, John Clark chronicles Bessie Smith's vital contribution to and influence on music, the music industry, and the recording industry. While her recording career lasted only a decade, she toured long before setting her music to vinyl, with much of her early career amply documented. Singers from Billie Holiday to Janis Joplin were influenced by her work, and both musicians and music lovers today continue to be entranced by her unmistakable style." -- Publisher's description

Dayglo : the Poly Styrene story

November 19, 2019
Bell, Celeste, author.
London : Omnibus Press, [2019]
208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm.
Poly Styrene was a singer-songwriter, an artist, a free-thinker, a post-modern style pioneer and a lifelong spiritual seeker: a true punk icon. But this rebel queen with the cheeky grin was also a latter-day pop artist with a wickedly perceptive gift for satirising the world around her. Based on interviews with those who knew and loved Poly (whether personally or through music) this honestly and openly explores her exceptional life, up until her untimely passing in 1991. It is about her growing up mixed-race in Brixton in the 1960s, to being at the forefront of the emerging punk scene with X-Ray Spex in the 1970s, to finding faith with the Hare Krishna movement, to balancing single motherhood with a solo music career and often debilitating mental health issues. -- Adapted from back cover.

Ohio jazz : a history of jazz in the Buckeye state

November 18, 2019
Meyers, David, 1948-
Charleston, SC : History Press, 2012.
189 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Before it even had a name -- The jazz diaspora -- The coming of the jazz age -- Jazz goes to college -- The rise of swing -- Singing jazz -- The American dream -- Looking backward -- Enter the Atomic Age -- Days of turmoil and ferment -- The darkness before the dawn -- The future of jazz -- Sixty brief biographies.

The beautiful ones

November 18, 2019
Prince, author.
279 pages : illustrations, (some color) ; 24 cm
Introduction -- The beautiful ones -- For you -- Controversy -- Baby I'm a star.
"The brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time, in his own words--featuring never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets, and the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death." --Provided by publisher.

The official Vintage guitar magazine price guide.

November 12, 2019
Bismarck, ND : Vintage Guitar,
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Vols. for <2001-2020> by Alan Greenwood and Gil Hembree.
Numeric designation dropped beginning with volumes for 2007.

God save the queens : the essential history of women in hip-hop

November 12, 2019
Iandoli, Kathy, author.
vii, 337 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"For far too long, women in hip-hop have been relegated to the shadows, viewed as the designated "First Lady" thrown a contract, a pawn in some beef, or even worse. But as Kathy Iandoli makes clear, the reality is very different. Today, hip-hop is dominated by successful women such as Cardi B and Nicki Minaj, yet there are scores of female artists whose influence continues to resonate. God Save the Queens pays tribute to the women of hip-hop--from the early work of Roxanne Shante, to hitmakers like Queen Latifah and Missy Elliot, to the superstars of today. Exploring issues of gender, money, sexuality, violence, body image, feuds, objectification and more, God Save the Queens is an important and monumental work of music journalism that at last gives these influential female artists the respect they have long deserved."--Amazon.

Time is tight : my life, note by note

November 12, 2019
Booker T., 1944- author.
ix, 336 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"The long-awaited memoir of Booker T. Jones, leader of the famed Stax Records house band, architect of the Memphis soul sound, and one of the most legendary figures in music. From Booker T. Jones's earliest years in segregated Memphis, music was the driving force in his life. While he worked paper routes and played gigs in local nightclubs to pay for lessons and support his family, Jones, on the side, was also recording sessions in what became the famous Stax Studios-all while still in high school. Not long after, he would form the genre-defining group Booker T. and the MGs, whose recordings went on to sell millions of copies, win a place in Rolling Stone's list of top 500 songs of all time, and help forge collaborations with some of the era's most influential artists, including Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and Sam & Dave. Nearly five decades later, Jones's influence continues to help define the music industry, but only now is he ready to tell his remarkable life story. Time is Tight is the deeply moving account of how Jones balanced the brutality of the segregationist South with the loving support of his family and community, all while transforming a burgeoning studio into a musical mecca. Culminating with a definitive account into the inner workings of the Stax label, as well as a fascinating portrait of working with many of the era's most legendary performers-Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Tom Jones, among them-this extraordinary memoir promises to become a landmark moment in the history of Southern Soul."--Provided by publisher.

Touched by the sun : my friendship with Jackie

November 12, 2019
Simon, Carly, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.
238 pages ; 22 cm
Prologue -- Carriage rides and matinees -- An alliance with a famous person is always a dangerous thing -- Mike -- Daddy and Uncle Peter -- The laughing garden -- Bring it back to the center -- The show must go on -- Fairy princess in a spin cycle -- The singular moment -- Only a horizon -- Epilogue.
A chance encounter at a summer party on Martha's Vineyard blossomed into an improbable but enduring friendship between Simon and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. An intimate, vulnerable, and insightful portrait of the bond that grew between two iconic and starkly different American women, this work is a celebration of kinship in all its many forms.

Irving Berlin : New York genius

November 6, 2019
Kaplan, James, 1951- author.
xv, 398 pages : illustration ; 22 cm.
A fast-moving, musically astute portrait of arguably the greatest composer of American popular music. Irving Berlin (1888-1989) has been called-by George Gershwin, among others-the greatest songwriter of the golden age of the American popular song. In a career that spanned an astonishing nine decades, Berlin wrote some fifteen hundred tunes, including "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "God Bless America," and "White Christmas." From ragtime to the rock era, Berlin's work has endured in the very fiber of American national identity. Exploring the intertwining of Berlin's life with the life of New York City, noted biographer James Kaplan offers a visceral narrative of Berlin as self-made man and witty, wily, tough Jewish immigrant.

Morning glory on the vine : early songs & drawings

November 5, 2019
Mitchell, Joni, lyricist, artist.
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
"A gorgeous compendium of Joni Mitchell's handwritten lyrics and drawings, originally handcrafted as a gift for a select group of friends in 1971 and now available to the public for the first time"--Provided by publisher.

Come and get these memories : the genius of Holland-Dozier-Holland, Motown's incomparable songwriters

November 5, 2019
Holland, Eddie, author.
367 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Includes discography.

Acid for the children : a memoir

October 31, 2019
Flea (Musician), author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2019.
379 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
The co-founder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers chronicles his life from his birth in Australia and upbringing on the streets of Los Angeles through his rise to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

Horror stories : a memoir

October 29, 2019
Phair, Liz, author.
New York : Random House, 2019.
x, 260 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
She lies -- Below -- Red Bird Hollow -- Magdalena -- Three bad omens -- Labor of love -- New York City blackout -- Break-in at Blue House -- Hold this for me -- The devil's mistress -- New York City blizzard -- Shanghai street fight -- Surf therapy -- Hashtag -- Sotto voice -- Customer experience -- Goodbyes.

Wham! George Michael & me

October 29, 2019
Ridgeley, Andrew, 1963- author.
352 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"A Memoir" -- cover.
Introduction: The long goodbye -- Young guns. Decisions, decisions ; The new boy ; Parallel lines ; Teenage kicks ; Girls! Girls! Girls! ; Rude(ish) boys ; One step beyond ; Melody makers ; Wham! Bam! (I am! A man!) ; The edge of heaven ; Becoming George ; Party nights and neon lights -- Making it big! Freedom ; Revelations ; Soul boy (Let's hit the town) ; The teenage fan club ; Fun and games ; Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow ; Feeding the world ; The clothes show ; Orient Express ; Come together ; The end of a party ; How not to be a pop star ; You have been loved.
Ridgeley tells the inside story of Wham!, his lifelong friendship with George Michael, and the formation of a band that changed the shape of the music scene in the early eighties. --

Playlist : the rebels and revolutionaries of sound

October 28, 2019
Rhodes, James, 1975- author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Studio, an imprint of Candlewick Press, 2019.
67 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Includes index.
"Open your mind to some of the most breathtaking and magnificent pieces of music ever created, and find out why the rebels and revolutionaries who wrote them are responsible for every track on your phone today. Discover their backstories and how each one shaped and defined classical music. Learn about the structure of an orchestra, the language of music, and the history of musical periods. With jaw-dropping artwork and avant-garde design, this visually exquisite celebration of classical music is a surefire hit for both first-time listeners and longtime fans. Budding aficionados will appreciate the online playlist featuring James Rhodes's favorite selections."--Amazon.

Music : a subversive history

October 28, 2019
Gioia, Ted, author.
x, 514 pages ; 25 cm
Histories of music overwhelmingly suppress stories of the outsiders and rebels who created musical revolutions and instead celebrate the mainstream assimilators who borrowed innovations, diluted their impact, and disguised their sources. In Music: A Subversive History, historian Ted Gioia reclaims the story of music for the riffraff, insurgents, and provocateurs. Gioia tells a four-thousand-year history of music as a global source of power, change, and upheaval. He shows how social outcasts have repeatedly become trailblazers of musical expression: slaves and their descendants, for instance, have repeatedly reinvented music, from ancient times all the way to the jazz, reggae, and hip-hop sounds of the current day.

I'd fight the world : a political history of old-time, hillbilly, and country music

October 28, 2019
La Chapelle, Peter, author.
346 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction: the ghost of Tom Watson -- Fire on the mountain: the initial surge of old-time and hillbilly music campaigns -- "Like Orpheus": the nineteenth century encounters the twentieth -- Antisemitism and Henry Ford's old-time music revival -- Sound trucks and radio stars: the arrival of the nonperformers -- Pensions and poll taxes: identifying a style of hillbilly music politics -- Utopian buckaroo: senator Glen Taylor and country music's left tradition -- Dixie-bent and White House-bound: regional culture, national aspirations -- A fiery but fickle faith: the Vanderbilt agrarians, Southern politics, and the country music memoir -- The nonperformers take over: Big Jim, the Little Judge, and the nationalization of country music politics -- Still not ready to make nice: the legacies of the country music campaign.

Summermusik festival

October 25, 2019
Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, issuing body.
Cincinnati, OH : Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, 2015-
volumes : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Volume for 2019 includes list of members of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.
Programs for an annual summer festival, a series of concerts performed by the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and soloists at the Corbett Theater of the School for Creative & Performing arts. The 2015 Summermusik Festival offered thirteen concerts in twenty days through three series of performances.

Hank Williams : the biography

October 25, 2019
Escott, Colin.
New York : Little, Brown, ©2004.
374 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
The drifting cowboy's dream -- "Roy Acuff, then God!" -- Sweet Audrey from Pike -- Songs for home folks -- The year of the lion -- The hayride -- A feeling called the blues -- "Tonight, live from Nashville, Tennessee" -- "Hurried southern trips" -- A good year for the roses -- Folk and western music to sell -- The Haddy-Cole bounce -- "A good time all the time" -- Billie Jean -- "I'm so tired of it all" -- Midnight -- Wuthering depths.
Long considered the last word on Hank Williams, this biography has remained continuously in print since its first publication in 1994.- This new edition has been completely updated and includes many previously unpublished photographs, as well as a complete catalog detailing all the songs Hank Williams ever wrote, even those he never recorded.- Colin Escott is codirector and cowriter of the forth-coming two-hour PBS/BBC television documentary on Hank Williams, set to broadcast in spring 2004, and coauthor of "Hank Williams: Snapshots from the Lost Highway.- HANK WILLIAMS was the third-prize winner of the prestigious Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award. --Publisher.

Come from away : welcome to the rock

October 24, 2019
Sankoff, Irene, author.
New York : Hachette Books 2019.
224 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
"An inside look at the hit musical."
Come From Away: Welcome to the Rock -- a fully illustrated companion volume to the hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, featuring the book and lyrics for the first time in print, backstage stories and the real history behind the show's events, character design sketches, and songs that ended up on the cutting room floor. The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of a small town that welcomed the world. On September 11, 2001, 38 planes and 6,579 passengers were forced to land in the provincial town of Gander, Newfoundland. The local residents opened their arms to the displaced visitors, offering food, shelter, and friendship. In the days that followed, cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Come From Away: Welcome to the Rock is the ultimate companion piece to Irene Sankoff and David Hein's smash-hit musical based on that extraordinary experience. Featuring the complete book and lyrics for the first time in print, a foreword by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and exclusive photos of the company and physical production, this essential companion also includes original interviews with passengers, Gander residents, and the actors who portray them. The narrative by theater historian Laurence Maslon details the events of that memorable and challenging week and also traces the musical's development from the ten-year reunion of residents and airline passengers in Gander, where the idea for the musical was born, to the global phenomenon it is today. Come From Away: Welcome to the Rock gives an unprecedented look behind the curtain and demonstrates why the story has touched so many so deeply: Because we come from everywhere, we all come from away.

The song of the machine : from disco to DJs to techno, a graphic novel of electronic music

October 22, 2019
Blot, Dave, author.
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2019.
239 pages : hiefly billustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
"Originally published in 2000 as: Le chant de la machine, and updated in 2016, by Éditions Allia, France"--T.p. verso
A pulsating graphic novel on the epic history of electronic music, from the heyday of disco in the 1970s to the rave culture of the 1990s and beyond....a celebration of a musical wave that swept across the world over decades, demographics, and dance styles. The electrifying narrative introduces readers to the harbingers of the genre, such as David Mancuso, Larry Levan, and Frankie Knuckles; the prototypes of modern-day nightclubs and dance venues, such as The Loft and Studio 54 in New York City, the Palace in Paris, and the Hacienda in Manchester, England; and of course, the technology and machines that first produced and synthesized the records that galvanized a movement. Told through exciting illustrations that evolve with the era they describe and complete with specially curated playlists for each and every decade recounting the influences and inspirations, the people and epic parties that created and defined this revolutionary music.

The birth of rock & roll : music in the 1950s through the 1960s

October 21, 2019
New York : Britannica Educational Pub. in association with Rosen Educational Services, ©2013.
xvi, 222 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
What is rock? -- Roots: part 1, the blues -- Roots: part 2, country and Western -- Roots: part 3, pre-rock pop -- Rhythm and blues -- Rhythm and blues people -- Doo-wop -- Rock and roll -- Rock and rollers -- Buildings and walls of sound -- Independent record labels and producers -- Rock and radio -- Motown -- Motown cavalcade -- Rock and roll onscreen in the 1950s.
This book examines the phenomenon of rock and roll--the way it was before it crept into the mainstream which it retaliated against--and the musicians who made it into an art.

The world's greatest electric guitars : includes classic, modern, rare and vintage instruments.

October 18, 2019
London : Carlton Books Limited, 2018.
254 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
"A carefully curated A-to-Z selection that includes some of the world's most valuable, collectable and beautiful guitars"--Back cover.
"This book contains beautiful, specially commissioned photographs of more than one hundred of the greatest guitars ever made, from original standard-issue Gibsons and Fenders to custom-built one-offs and pre-owned classics. Some guitars are works of art and are hugely valuable, either because of where they were made (and who by) or because of who played them. The stunning imagery is combined with salient facts and descriptions of the guitar and player (where relevant), making this book a fascinating guide to some of the most sought-after instruments in the world today. Stunning modern designs are included alongside the sometimes battered ancient pieces in this eclectic, riveting guide. Features are included on particular guitars and their players, including Eddie Van Halen's Frankenstrat, David Gilmour's black Stratocaster, Brian May's Red Special, and more"--Provided by publisher.

'Til wrong feels right

October 18, 2019
Pop, Iggy, 1947- author.
285 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
"Lyrics and more"--Cover.
"Coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of the first and eponymous The Stooges record, here for the first time are Iggy's collected lyrics, with stunning original photographs, illustrations and his and others' reflections on a genre-defining music career that spans five decades--the ultimate book for every rock and roll fan"--Provided by publisher.

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