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  • The Complete What Ukulele Players Really Want To Know

    by Barry Maz ...
    Book 4 - "What Ukulele Players" guidebooks
    NOW TOGETHER IN ONE VOLUME!Bringing together the ukulele beginners bestsellers What Ukulele Players Really Want To Know and More Of What Ukulele Players Really Want To Know, Barry Maz returns with a handy omnibus edition!With over 50 chapters of advice, this is the Complete guidance for new players dealing with everything from buying a uke, holding and strumming a uke, to fingernail care, basic ... Read more

    $7.99 USD

  • The Come Up

    An Oral History of the Rise of Hip-Hop

    The essential oral history of hip-hop, from its origins on the playgrounds of the Bronx to its reign as the most powerful force in pop culture—from the award-winning journalist behind All the Pieces Matter, the New York Times bestselling oral history of The Wire“The Come Up is Abrams at his sharpest, at his most observant, at his most insightful.”—Shea Serrano, #1 New York Times bestselling author ... Read more

    $2.99 USD

  • The Jazz Theory Book

    The most highly-acclaimed jazz theory book ever published! Over 500 pages of comprehensive, but easy to understand text covering every aspect of how jazz is constructed---chord construction, II-V-I progressions, scale theory, chord/scale relationships, the blues, reharmonization, and much more. A required text in universities world-wide, translated into five languages, endorsed by Jamey Aebersold, ... Read more

    $25.99 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

    $9.99 USD

  • Ride or Die

    A Feminist Manifesto for the Well-Being of Black Women

    A “ride-or-die chick” is a woman who holds down her family and community. She’s your girl that you can call up in the middle of the night to bail you out of jail, and you know she’ll show up and won’t ask any questions. Her ride-or-die trope becomes a problem when she does it indiscriminately. She does anything for her family, friends, and significant other, even at the cost of her own well-being. ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Fingerboard Theory For Guitar

    A Music Theory Text For Guitarists

    This book contains concepts of music theory presented in such a way as to be easily understood by guitarists. All of the concepts are presented sequentially in an easy-to-follow format using the guitar fingerboard as the visual tool. Contents include: scales, key signatures, intervals, chord construction and voicing, harmonizing melodies, chord embellishment and substitution, modes, cadences, ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Southern Music/American Music

    The South—an inspiration for songwriters, a source of styles, and the birthplace of many of the nation's greatest musicians—plays a defining role in American musical history. It is impossible to think of American music of the past century without such southern-derived forms as ragtime, jazz, blues, country, bluegrass, gospel, rhythm and blues, Cajun, zydeco, Tejano, rock'n'roll, and even rap. ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Jazz Composition

    Theory and Practice

    by Ted Pease ...
    (Berklee Press). When you think of jazz composers, who comes to mind? Jelly Roll Morton, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Bob Brookmeyer. This book is about what they (and many others) do. Jazz composition has evolved into a disciplined art that often evidences great emotional depth and breadth of sophistication. Berklee College of Music legend Ted Pease ... Read more

    $28.99 USD

  • Mars the Bringer of War Easy Piano Sheet Music with Colored Notes

    by Gustav Holst ...
    From Holst's famous "Planets Suite" for Easy PianoA SilverTonalities Arrangement!With Colored Notation to enable Beginner Pianists to read Music quickly and accurately! ... Read more

    $4.00 USD

  • Shine Bright

    A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop

    by Danyel Smith ...
    American pop music is arguably this country’s greatest cultural contribution to the world, and its singular voice and virtuosity were created by a shining thread of Black women geniuses stretching back to the country’s founding. This is their surprising, heartbreaking, soaring story—from “one of the generation’s greatest, most insightful, most nuanced writers in pop culture” (Shea Serrano) ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Top of the Mountain

    The Beatles at Shea Stadium 1965

    In August 1965, during a sweltering heatwave, 56,000 people traveled by plane, car, bus, ferry, and subway train to pack New York's Shea Stadium on a Sunday evening—not for a baseball game, but for a rock and roll concert. This idea was the crazy dream of concert promoter Sid Bernstein. No rock band had ever played a baseball stadium, and no one believed he could pull it off. But on that glorious ... Read more

    $27.99 USD

  • Young Marble Giants' Colossal Youth

    series 33 1/3
    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

    $12.99 USD

  • I Want My MTV

    The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution

    **Remember When All You Wanted Was Your MTV?The perfect gift for the music fan or child of the eighties in your life.Named One of the Best Books of 2011 by NPR – Spin - USA Today – CNBC - Pitchfork - The Onion - The Atlantic - The Huffington Post – VEVO - The Boston Globe - The San Francisco Chronicle**Remember the first time you saw Michael Jackson dance with zombies in "Thriller"? Diamond Dave ... Read more

    $16.99 USD

  • Cursed Questions

    On Music and Its Social Practices

    Richard Taruskin’s sweeping collection of essays distills a half century of professional experience, demonstrating an unparalleled insider awareness of relevant debates in all areas of music studies, including historiography and criticism, representation and aesthetics, musical and professional politics, and the sociology of taste. Cursed Questions, invoking a famous catchphrase from Russian ... Read more

    $32.99 USD

  • You Can't Always Get What You Want

    My Life with the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead and Other Wonderful Reprobates

    by Sam Cutler ...
    A “straight-dope, tell-all account” of touring with two of the world’s greatest bands of the 60s and 70s—A “fast-moving narrative of rock-n-roll excess” (Publishers Weekly).In this all-access memoir of the psychedelic era, Sam Cutler recounts his life as tour manager for the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead—whom he calls the yin and yang of bands. After working with the Rolling Stones at their ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Bowie

    A Biography

    by Marc Spitz ...
    An expansive biography of David Bowie, one of the twentieth century’s greatest music and cultural icons.From noted author and rock ’n’ roll journalist Marc Spitz comes a major David Bowie biography to rival any other. Following Bowie’s life from his start as David Jones, an R & B—loving kid from Bromley, England, to his rise to rock ’n’ roll aristocracy as David Bowie, Bowie recounts his career ... Read more

    $6.99 USD $4.99 USD

  • Let's Do It

    The Birth of Pop Music: A History

    by Bob Stanley ...
    The must-read music book of 2022—and the first such history bringing together all musical genres to tell the definitive narrative of the birth of Pop—from 1900 to the mid-1950s.Pop music didn't begin with the Beatles in 1963, or with Elvis in 1956, or even with the first seven-inch singles in 1949. There was a pre-history that went back to the first recorded music, right back to the turn of the ... Read more

    $22.99 USD

  • From Violin to Viola (Music Instruction)

    A Transitional Method

    (String Method). This one-of-a-kind text is a must for students who are making the switch from violin to viola. Whistler makes introductory remarks on the notable differences in bowing, fingering, resonance, intonation and position study, followed by exercises specialized for development of each of these areas. The remainder of the book is a progressive course of study for viola that is ... Read more

    $7.99 USD

  • The Underground Is Massive

    How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America

    Joining the ranks of Please Kill Me and Can’t Stop Won’t Stop comes this definitive chronicle of one of the hottest trends in popular culture—electronic dance music—from the noted authority covering the scene.It is the sound of the millennial generation, the music “defining youth culture of the 2010s” (Rolling Stone). Rooted in American techno/house and ’90s rave culture, electronic dance music ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Guitar Training Vol.1

    25 Chromatic Exercises

    by Kamel Sadi ...
    Book 1 - Guitar Training
    Guitar Training is the best way to to improve your overall technique. They focus on increasing your fingers strength, accuracy, and dexterity with this chromatic exercises. Tabs, fingerings, pick stroke (up, down) . Audio: direct access to the web site with link under tab. ... Read more

    $3.32 USD

  • Dylan Goes Electric!

    Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night that Split the Sixties

    by Elijah Wald ...
    One of the music world’s pre-eminent critics takes a fresh and much-needed look at the day Dylan “went electric” at the Newport Folk Festival, timed to coincide with the event’s fiftieth anniversary.On the evening of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at Newport Folk Festival, backed by an electric band, and roared into his new rock hit, Like a Rolling Stone. The audience of committed folk ... Read more

    $8.99 USD

  • Good Booty

    Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music

    by Ann Powers ...
    NPR Best Books of 2017In this sweeping history of popular music in the United States, NPR’s acclaimed music critic examines how popular music shapes fundamental American ideas and beliefs, allowing us to communicate difficult emotions and truths about our most fraught social issues, most notably sex and race.In Good Booty, Ann Powers explores how popular music became America’s primary erotic art ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Edly's Music Theory for Practical People Level 1

    by Ed Roseman ...
    Book 1 - Edly's Music Theory for Practical People
    Music theory need not be dreary! This eBook is the first in a two-part e-series of this well-loved book. Its clear and friendly writing and wry humor, coupled with fun illustrations throughout, makes the topic that music students think of as dry and boring, into something approachable, attainable, and yes, even enjoyable. For players of all instruments and singers, and—something that sets it ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Fare Thee Well

    The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead's Long, Strange Trip

    by Joel Selvin ...
    A tell-all biography of the epic in-fighting of the Grateful Dead in the years following band leader Jerry Garcia's death in 1995The Grateful Dead rose to greatness under the inspired leadership of guitarist Jerry Garcia, but the band very nearly died along with him after his sudden death in 1995. So long defined by Garcia's artistic vision, the surviving "Core Four" were reduced to conflicting ... Read more

    $17.99 USD