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History & Criticism

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  • Art of Suppression

    Confronting the Nazi Past in Histories of the Visual and Performing Arts

    series Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism #50
    This provocative study asks why we have held on to vivid images of the Nazis’ total control of the visual and performing arts, even though research has shown that many artists and their works thrived under Hitler. To answer this question, Pamela M. Potter investigates how historians since 1945 have written about music, art, architecture, theater, film, and dance in Nazi Germany and how their ... Read more

    $53.29 USD

  • Then Sings My Soul

    52 Hymns that Inspire Joyous Prayer

    A year of journaling inspiration through the most beloved hymns, based the bestselling Then Sings My Soul series.Pastor Rob Morgan's inimitable style will help people reacquaint themselves with the hymns of the faithful. His goal is to keep these traditional hymns vital and meaningful to all generations. Hymns speak to our soul and add depth and meaning as we worship God through song.This year ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Music and Capitalism

    A History of the Present

    series Big Issues in Music
    iTunes. Spotify. Pandora. With these brief words one can map the landscape of music today, but these aren’t musicians, songs, or anything else actually musical—they are products and brands. In this book, Timothy D. Taylor explores just how pervasively capitalism has shaped music over the last few decades. Examining changes in the production, distribution, and consumption of music, he offers an ... Read more

    $21.59 USD

  • Folk City

    New York and the American Folk Music Revival

    From Washington Square Park and the Gaslight Café to WNYC Radio and Folkways Records, New York City's cultural, artistic, and commercial assets helped to shape a distinctively urban breeding ground for the folk music revival of the 1950s and 60s. Folk City explores New York's central role in fueling the nationwide craze for folk music in postwar America. It involves the efforts of record company ... Read more

    $27.89 USD

  • Love Goes to Buildings on Fire

    Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever

    by Will Hermes ...
    Punk rock and hip-hop. Disco and salsa. The loft jazz scene and the downtown composers known as Minimalists. In the mid-1970s, New York City was a laboratory where all the major styles of modern music were reinvented—all at once, from one block to the next, by musicians who knew, admired, and borrowed from one another. Crime was everywhere, the government was broke, and the city's infrastructure ... Read more

    $2.99 USD

  • Perfecting Sound Forever

    An Aural History of Recorded Music

    by Greg Milner ...
    In 1915, Thomas Edison proclaimed that he could record a live performance and reproduce it perfectly, shocking audiences who found themselves unable to tell whether what they were hearing was an Edison Diamond Disc or a flesh-and-blood musician. Today, the equation is reversed. Whereas Edison proposed that a real performance could be rebuilt with absolute perfection, Pro Tools and digital samplers ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • A Natural History of the Piano

    The Instrument, the Music, the Musicians--from Mozart to Modern Jazz and Everything in Between

    A beautifully illustrated, totally engrossing celebration of the piano, and the composers and performers who have made it their own.With honed sensitivity and unquestioned expertise, Stuart Isacoff—pianist, critic, teacher, and author of Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization—unfolds the ongoing history and evolution of the piano and all its myriad ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • 1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music

    A lively chronicle of the year that shaped popular music forever!Fifty years ago, friendly rivalry between musicians turned 1965 into the year rock evolved into the premier art form of its time and accelerated the drive for personal freedom throughout the Western world.The Beatles made their first artistic statement with Rubber Soul. Bob Dylan released "Like a Rolling Stone, arguably the greatest ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Finding an Ending

    Reflections on Wagner's Ring

    Few musical works loom as large in Western culture as Richard Wagner's four-part Ring of the Nibelung. In Finding an Ending, two eminent philosophers, Philip Kitcher and Richard Schacht, offer an illuminating look at this greatest of Wagner's achievements, focusing on its far-reaching and subtle exploration of problems of meanings and endings in this life and world. Kitcher and Schacht plunge the ... Read more

    $13.29 USD

  • Kraftwerk

    Future Music from Germany

    by Uwe Schütte ...
    The story of the phenomenon that is Kraftwerk, and how they revolutionised our cultural landscape'We are not artists nor musicians. We are workers.' Ignoring nearly all rock traditions, expermenting in near-total secrecy in their Düsseldorf studio, Kraftwerk fused sound and technology, graphic design and performance, modernist Bauhaus aesthetics and Rhineland industrialisation - even human and ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story

    His Own Story by Rick Bragg

    by Rick Bragg ...
    New York Times BestsellerThe greatest Southern storyteller of our time, New York Times bestselling author Rick Bragg, tracks down the greatest rock and roller of all time, Jerry Lee Lewis—and gets his own story, from the source, for the very first time.A monumental figure on the American landscape, Jerry Lee Lewis spent his childhood raising hell in Ferriday, Louisiana, and Natchez, Mississippi; ... Read more

    $9.49 USD

  • Sinister Resonance

    The Mediumship of the Listener

    by David Toop ...
    Sinister Resonance begins with the premise that sound is a haunting, a ghost, a presence whose location is ambiguous and whose existence is transitory. The intangibility of sound is uncanny – a phenomenal presence in the head, at its point of source and all around. The close listener is like a medium who draws out substance from that which is not entirely there.The history of listening must be ... Read more

    $23.09 USD

  • Creators

    From Chaucer and Durer to Picasso and Disney

    by Paul Johnson ...
    Kingsley Amis described Paul Johnson's Intellectuals as “a valuable and entertaining Rogues' Gallery of Adventures of the Mind.” Now the celebrated journalist and historian offers Creators, a companion volume of essays that examines a host of outstanding and prolific creative spirits. Here are Disney, Picasso, Bach, and Shakespeare; Austen, Twain, and T. S. Eliot; and Dürer, Hokusai, Pugin, and ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Barefoot in Babylon

    The Creation of the Woodstock Music Festival, 1969

    by Bob Spitz ...
    **The perfect gift for music fans and anyone fascianated by Woodstock, Barefoot in Babylon is an in-depth look at the making of 1969’s Woodstock Music Festival—one of Rolling Stone’s “50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.”“Mr. Spitz feeds us every riveting detail of the chaos that underscored the festival. It makes for some out-a-sight reading, man.”—The New York Times Book Review* ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Mo' Meta Blues

    The World According to Questlove

    "You have to bear in mind that [Questlove] is one of the smartest motherf*****s on the planet. His musical knowledge, for all practical purposes, is limitless." --Robert ChristgauA punch-drunk memoir in which Everyone's Favorite Questlove tells his own story while tackling some of the lates, the greats, the fakes, the philosophers, the heavyweights, and the true originals of the music world. He ... Read more

    $2.99 USD

  • Temperament

    How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization

    Few music lovers realize that the arrangement of notes on today’s pianos was once regarded as a crime against God and nature, or that such legendary thinkers as Pythagoras, Plato, da Vinci, Galileo, Kepler, Descartes, Newton and Rousseau played a role in the controversy. Indeed, from the time of the Ancient Greeks through the eras of Renaissance scientists and Enlightenment philosophers, the ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • The Mastery of Music

    Ten Pathways to True Artistry

    by Barry Green ...
    The Inner Game of Music, the breakout hit that became a standard primer in the music world, has taught thousands of musicians—professionals and amateurs alike—how to overcome self-consciousness and stage fright and to recapture a youthful, almost effortless capacity to learn. Now, in his follow-up book, The Mastery of Music, Barry Green turns his expert hand to the artistic qualities that make an ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Electric Eden

    Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music

    by Rob Young ...
    A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2011 titleIn the late 1960s, with popular culture hurtling forward on the sounds of rock music, some brave musicians looked back instead, trying to recover the lost treasures of English roots music and update them for the new age. The records of Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Steeleye Span, and Nick Drake are known as "folk rock" today, but Rob Young's epic, ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Night Moves: Pop Music in the Late '70s

    The late 1970s brought us an eclectic mix of popular music--everything from big hits (and even bigger hair) to cult favorites, along with the dawn of disco and punk, the coming of corporate rock, the rise of reggae and new wave, and some of the most progressive, inventive songwriting of the century.Whether you cranked up your radio for Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Supertramp, the Bee Gees, ... Read more

    $2.99 USD

  • Black Opera

    History, Power, Engagement

    by Naomi Andre ...
    From classic films like Carmen Jones to contemporary works like The Diary of Sally Hemings and U-Carmen eKhayelitsa, American and South African artists and composers have used opera to reclaim black people's place in history. Naomi André draws on the experiences of performers and audiences to explore this music's resonance with today's listeners. Interacting with creators and performers, as well ... Read more

    $11.59 USD

  • Grateful Dead's Workingman's Dead

    by Buzz Poole ...
    series 33 1/3
    Released in 1970, Workingman's Dead was the breakthrough album for the Grateful Dead, a cold-water-shock departure from the Acid Test madness of the late '60s. It was the band's most commercially and critically successful release to date. More importantly, these songs established the blueprint for how the Dead would maintain and build upon a community held together by the core motivation of ... Read more

    $11.49 USD

  • Fargo Rock City

    A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota

    Empirically proving that—no matter where you are—kids wanna rock, this is Chuck Klosterman's hilrious memoir of growing up as a shameless metalhead in Wyndmere, North Dakotoa (population: 498).With a voice like Ace Frehley's guitar, Klosterman hacks his way through hair-band history, beginning with that fateful day in 1983 when his older brother brought home Mötley Crüe's Shout at the Devil. The ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Industrial Strength Bluegrass

    Southwestern Ohio's Musical Legacy

    series Music in American Life
    In the twentieth century, Appalachian migrants seeking economic opportunities relocated to southwestern Ohio, bringing their music with them. Between 1947 and 1989, they created an internationally renowned capital for the thriving bluegrass music genre, centered on the industrial region of Cincinnati, Dayton, Hamilton, Middletown, and Springfield. Fred Bartenstein and Curtis W. Ellison edit a ... Read more

    $11.59 USD

  • Music, Sound, and Technology in America

    A Documentary History of Early Phonograph, Cinema, and Radio

    This unique anthology assembles primary documents chronicling the development of the phonograph, film sound, and the radio. These three sound technologies shaped Americans' relation to music from the late nineteenth century until the end of the Second World War, by which time the technologies were thoroughly integrated into everyday life. There are more than 120 selections between the collection's ... Read more

    $22.29 USD