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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

  • How to Rap 2

    Advanced Flow and Delivery Techniques

    by Paul Edwards ...
    In this sequel to How to Rap, techniques that have not previously been explained—such as triplets, flams, lazy tails, and breaking rhyme patterns—are thoroughly broken down and examined, arming readers with additional tools for their rapping repertoire. Filled with interviews from hip-hop’s most innovative artists, including Tech N9ne, Crooked I, Pharcyde, Das EFX, Del the Funky Homosapien, and ... Read more

    $10.49 USD

  • Pat Metheny

    The ECM Years, 1975-1984

    by Mervyn Cooke ...
    series Oxford Studies in Recorded Jazz
    The guitarist and composer Pat Metheny ranks among the most popular and innovative jazz musicians of all time. In Pat Metheny: The ECM Years, 1975-1984, Mervyn Cooke offers the first in-depth account of Metheny's early creative period, during which he recorded eleven stunningly varied albums for the pioneering European record label ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music). This impressive body of ... Read more

    $13.29 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Music Lesson

    A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music

    From Grammy-winning musical icon and legendary bassist Victor L. Wooten comes an inspiring parable of music, life, and the difference between playing all the right notes…and feeling them.The Music Lesson is the story of a struggling young musician who wanted music to be his life, and who wanted his life to be great. Then, from nowhere it seemed, a teacher arrived. Part musical genius, part ... Read more

    $8.99 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

    $6.99 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

  • 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

  • Bach

    Music in the Castle of Heaven

    Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most unfathomable composers in the history of music. How can such sublime work have been produced by a man who (when we can discern his personality at all) seems so ordinary, so opaque—and occasionally so intemperate?John Eliot Gardiner grew up passing one of the only two authentic portraits of Bach every morning and evening on the stairs of his parents’ house, ... Read more

    $13.99 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

  • Mr Cool's Dream - Paul Weller with The Style Council

    by Iain Munn ...
    Paul Weller wrote some of the best songs during his sabbatical with The Style Council - from savvy socially-conscious pop to effortless love songs. Between 1983 and 1985, its as if Paul was happiest taking chances, usurping expectations, borrowing magpie-like from the past and remoulding it for the present (in true Mod fashion). Iain Munn must be congratulated for flying the flag for Weller's ... Read more

    $5.99 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

  • Strings of Memories

    by Jim LaDiana ...
    During the 1930s and ‘40s, the Big Band Era and national radio broadcasts found the guitar slowly emerging from its status as a rhythm instrument to a viable, natural melodic voice. A minute number of guitarists would later capture the infectious sound of the guitar in the recording studios, releasing lasting audio impressions of the instrument, on a grand scale, onto the masses via records, early ... Read more

    $9.99 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

  • 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

  • Music Theory 101

    From keys and scales to rhythm and melody, an essential primer on the basics of music theory

    series Adams 101
    Learn the basics of music theory in this comprehensive and easy-to-understand guide.From classical to hard rock, and jazz to hip hop, music is constantly evolving, but many of the basics have stayed the same. Understanding these basics is key to becoming a successful musician and well-rounded music lover.Music Theory 101 covers everything novice musicians and lifelong learners need to know, ... Read more

    $10.99 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