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  • The Silent Musician

    Why Conducting Matters

    The conductor—tuxedoed, imposingly poised above an orchestra, baton waving dramatically—is a familiar figure even for those who never set foot in an orchestral hall. As a veritable icon for classical music, the conductor has also been subjected to some ungenerous caricatures, presented variously as unhinged gesticulator, indulged megalomaniac, or even outright impostor. Consider, for example: Bugs ... Read more

    $17.99 USD

  • Why Solange Matters

    series Music Matters
    Growing up in the shadow of her superstar sister, Solange Knowles became a pivotal musician in her own right. Defying an industry that attempted to bend her to its rigid image of a Black woman, Solange continually experimented with her sound and embarked on a metamorphosis in her art that continues to this day. In Why Solange Matters, Stephanie Phillips chronicles the creative journey of an artist ... Read more

    $13.69 USD

  • How the Beatles Destroyed Rock n Roll:An Alternative History of American Popular Music

    An Alternative History of American Popular Music

    by Elijah Wald ...
    "There are no definitive histories," writes Elijah Wald, in this provocative reassessment of American popular music, "because the past keeps looking different as the present changes." Earlier musical styles sound different to us today because we hear them through the musical filter of other styles that came after them, all the way through funk and hiphop. As its blasphemous title suggests, How the ... Read more

    $10.49 USD

  • Come As You Are

    The Story of Nirvana

    “Amazingly raw and candid . . . Come As You Are is as good as rock bios get” —BillboardNirvana came out of nowhere in 1991 to sell nearly five million copies of their landmark album Nevermind, whose thunderous sound and indelible melodies embodied all the confusion, frustration, and passion of the emerging Generation X.Come As You Are is the close-up, intimate story of Nirvana—the only book with ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Doors

    A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years

    by Greil Marcus ...
    A fan from the moment the Doors' first album took over KMPX, the revolutionary FM rock & roll station in San Francisco, Greil Marcus saw the band many times at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium and the Avalon Ballroom in 1967. Five years later it was all over. Forty years after the singer Jim Morrison was found dead in Paris and the group disbanded, one could drive from here to there, changing ... Read more

    $9.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Maestros and Their Music

    The Art and Alchemy of Conducting

    by John Mauceri ...
    An exuberant, uniquely accessible, beautifully illustrated look inside the enigmatic art and craft of conducting, from a celebrated conductor whose international career has spanned half a century.John Mauceri brings a lifetime of experience to bear in an unprecedented, hugely informative, consistently entertaining exploration of his profession, rich with anecdotes from decades of working alongside ... Read more

    $13.99 USD $7.99 USD

  • What Does This Button Do?

    An Autobiography

    New York Times Bestseller“Illuminating and very entertaining…a compelling read about someone who is much more than just the guy who sings for Iron Maiden.” —LoudwireA long-awaited memoir from the larger-than-life, multifaceted lead vocalist of Iron Maiden, one of the most successful, influential and enduring rock bands ever.Pioneers of Britain’s nascent Rock & Metal scene back in t... ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg

    The Troubled Lives and Enduring Soul of the Temptations

    by Mark Ribowsky ...
    The first and only definitive biography of legendary Motown group, the TemptationsThe Temptations are an incomparable soul group, with dozens of chart-topping hits such as My Girl and Papa Was a Rollin Stone. From the sharp suits, stylish choreography, and distinctive vocals that epitomized their onstage triumphs to the personal failings and psycho-dramas that played out behind the scenes, Ain't ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • El amor te hará inmortal

    Música, memoria y vida

    by Ramon Gener ...
    Ramon Gener, director y conductor del exitoso programa de televisión This is Opera, nos sorprende con un libro imaginativo y distinto, un apasionante viaje por las emociones a través de la música repleto de historias inspiradoras que se convierten en lecciones de vida.«Mi padre murió dos veces*. La primera, una mañana soleada en la que el Alzheimer nubló su mente y me olvidó. La segunda, tres días ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • Miss O'Dell

    My Hard Days and Long Nights with The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and the Women They Loved

    by Chris O'Dell ...
    CHRIS O’DELL WASN’T FAMOUS. SHE WASN’T EVEN ALMOST FAMOUS. BUT SHE WAS THERE.* She was in the studio when the Beatles recorded The White Album, Abbey Road, and Let It Be, and she sang in the “Hey Jude” chorus.* She lived with George Harrison and Pattie Boyd and unwittingly got involved in Pattie’s famous love story with Eric Clapton.* She’s the subject of Leon Russell’s “Pisces Apple Lady.”* She ... Read more

    $7.99 USD

  • Anvil!

    The Story of Anvil

    In the early seventies, when Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath ruled the world, Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner, two young Jewish boys from the northern suburbs of Toronto, vowed to rock together forever. A decade later, their band Anvil released one of the heaviest records in music history, Metal on Metal, which influenced a whole musical generation, including the world-dominating bands ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Elvis and Ginger

    Elvis Presley's Fiancée and Last Love Finally Tells Her Story

    by Ginger Alden ...
    **THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERElvis Presley’s fiancée and last love tells her story and sets the record straight in this deeply personal memoir that reveals what really happened in the final years of the King of Rock n' Roll.**Elvis Presley and Graceland were fixtures in Ginger Alden’s life; after all, she was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. But she had no idea that she would play a part ... Read more

    $8.99 USD $6.99 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

    $29.69 USD

  • I'm Gonna Say It Now

    The Writings of Phil Ochs

    Phil Ochs is known primarily as a songwriter; however, his oeuvre extends far beyond that—to short stories, poetry, criticism, journalism, and satire, all of which are included in I'm Gonna Say It Now: The Writings of Phil Ochs, which represents the majority of what Ochs wrote outside of his large circle of songs. This comprehensive tome presents another side of the famous topical songwriter, ... Read more

    $20.59 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

  • Young Marble Giants' Colossal Youth

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    Welsh post-punk band Young Marble Giants released one LP in 1980 and then, like their vanishing portraits on the album's cover, disappeared. Even though Colossal Youth received positive reviews and sold surprisingly well, Young Marble Giants quickly slid into the margins of rock 'n' roll history-relegated to cult status among post-punk and indie rock fans. Their lasting appeal owes itself to the ... Read more

    $12.79 USD

  • Beatles '66

    The Revolutionary Year

    by Steve Turner ...
    A riveting look at the transformative year in the lives and careers of the legendary group whose groundbreaking legacy would forever change music and popular culture.They started off as hysteria-inducing pop stars playing to audiences of screaming teenage fans and ended up as musical sages considered responsible for ushering in a new era.The year that changed everything for the Beatles was 1966 ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Puccini Without Excuses

    A Refreshing Reassessment of the World's Most Popular Composer

    Puccini is the most beloved composer of opera in the world: one quarter of all opera performances in the U.S. are of his operas, his music pervades movie soundtracks, and his plots have infiltrated our popular culture. But, although Puccini’s art still captivates audiences and the popularity of such works as Tosca, La Bohéme, and Madama Butterfly has never waned, he has long been a victim of ... Read more

    $7.99 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

  • On Some Faraway Beach

    The Life and Times of Brian Eno

    Authorised biography of Brian Eno - the 'Father of Ambient Music'A sonic alchemist to the stars, Brian Eno's address book is a veritable who's who of rock and pop. Tellingly, his involvement with Roxy Music, David Bowie, Talking Heads and U2 has coincided with these artists producing their most challenging and critically revered work.ON SOME FARAWAY BEACH is the first serious, critical examination ... Read more

    $1.99 USD

  • Harley Loco

    A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair, and Post-Punk, from the Middle East to the Lower East Side

    by Rayya Elias ...
    “Terrific . . . Rayya’s stories blew mine away.” —Elizabeth Gilbert**“A classic, blood-stained love letter to bohemian NYC.” —Craig Marks“Much more than a recovery memoir, this big-hearted, funny book is a truthful American story.” —Piper Kerman, author of Orange Is the New Black**When she was seven, Rayya Elias and her family fled the political conflict in their native Syria, settling in Detroit. ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Madre, hermano, amante

    by Jarvis Cocker ...
    Una selección de las mejores letras escritas por el famoso cantante y líder del grupo Pulp, el héroe contemporáneo Jarvis Cocker.En este libro encontramos por primera vez una selección de las mejores letras de Jarvis Cocker, presentadas por una introducción y comentadas por él mismo. Son letras mordaces, irónicas, generacionales y pueden considerarse una especie de poemario sobre la cultura actual ... Read more

    $6.99 USD

  • Rave On

    Global Adventures in Electronic Dance Music

    Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect. Cultural liberation and musical innovation. Pyrotechnics, bottle service, bass drops, and molly.Electronic dance music has been a vital force for more than three decades now, and has undergone transformation upon transformation as it has taken over the world. In this searching, lyrical account of dance music culture worldwide, Matthew Collin takes stock of its ... Read more

    $14.39 USD

  • The One

    The Life and Music of James Brown

    by RJ Smith ...
    The definitive biography of James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, with fascinating findings on his life as a Civil Rights activist, an entrepreneur, and the most innovative musician of our timePlaying 350 shows a year at his peak, with more than forty Billboard hits, James Brown was a dazzling showman who transformed American music. His life offstage was just as vibrant, and until now no biographer ... Read more

    $14.99 USD