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  • Frederick Noad: Solo Guitar Playing Book 1

    Express yourself through the beautiful voice of the solo Guitar.Solo Guitar Playing can teach even the person with no previous musical training how to progress from simple single-line melodies to mastery of the guitar as a solo instrument. Fully illustrated with diagrams, photographs, and over 200 musical exercises and repertoire selections, this book offers thorough instruction in every phase of ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Jazz (Collins Need to Know?)

    Series series Collins Need to Know?
    The story of the development of jazz and the extraordinary jazz legends who changed the face of music.Do you have a hard time differentiating between hard bop, bebop, and the blues? Need to Know?Jazz puts jazz in its musical and historical context, and gets you started with stories of famous artists and the best recordings to listen to.From the beginnings of jazz to the years of swing and satchmo, ... Read more

    $2.99 USD $1.49 USD

  • The History of Jazz

    by Ted Gioia ...
    Ted Gioia's History of Jazz has been universally hailed as a classic--acclaimed by jazz critics and fans around the world. Now Gioia brings his magnificent work completely up-to-date, drawing on the latest research and revisiting virtually every aspect of the music, past and present. Gioia tells the story of jazz as it had never been told before, in a book that brilliantly portrays the legendary ... 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

    $14.99 USD $11.99 USD

  • Life in the Fast Lane

    The Eagles’ Reckless Ride Down the Rock & Roll Highway

    by Mick Wall ...
    “Surely make you lose your mind…”So the Eagles warn us about the outrageous and ruthless lifestyle of the ambitious rock-n-roller. In fact, Don Henley could barely listen to the track “Life in the Fast Lane” when they were recording it. He was so high that it made him sick.The band that embodied the American dream with globe-straddling success, impossibly luxurious lives, and almost supernatural ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • 60 Songs That Explain the '90s

    by Rob Harvilla ...
    **NAMED A BEST MUSIC BOOK OF 2023 by PITCHFORK, VARIETY, AND ROLLING STONEA companion to the #1 music podcast on Spotify, this book takes readers through the greatest hits that define a weirdly undefinable decade.**The 1990s were a chaotic and gritty and utterly magical time for music, a confounding barrage of genres and lifestyles and superstars, from grunge to hip-hop, from sumptuous R&B to ... Read more

    $16.99 USD $3.99 USD

  • Reaching Out with No Hands

    Reconsidering Yoko Ono

    by Lisa Carver ...
    John Lennon once described her as “the world's most famous unknown artist: everybody knows her name, but nobody knows what she does.” Many people are aware of her art, and her music has always split crowds, from her caterwauling earliest work to her later dance numbers, but how many people have looked at Yoko Ono's decades-spanning career and varied work in total and asked the simple question, “Is ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • Playing the Piano for Pleasure

    The Classic Guide to Improving Skills Through Practice and Discipline

    by Charles Cooke ...
    Skyhorse Publishing is proud to revive Playing Piano for Pleasure. With the wonderful writing one would expect from a longtime New Yorker reporter, Piano aficionado Charles Cooke, offers concrete routines for improving your piano performance. A pleasant and constant cheerleader, Cooke asks readers to practice every day, suggesting that they work through just that section time and again until it is ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • Music Theory For Dummies

    Tune in to how music really worksWhether you’re a student, a performer, or simply a fan, this book makes music theory easy, providing you with a friendly guide to the concepts, artistry, and technical mastery that underlie the production of great music. You’ll quickly become fluent in the fundamentals of knocking out beats, reading scores, and anticipating where a piece should go, giving you a ... Read more

    $17.00 USD

  • Fargo Rock City

    A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota

    This memoir by the author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs details growing up in a small Midwestern town in the 1980s while loving heavy metal music.Empirically proving that—no matter where you are—the kids wanna rock, this is Chuck Klosterman’s classic memoir of growing up as a shameless metalhead in Wyndmere, North Dakota (population: 498). With a voice like Ace Frehley’s guitar, Klosterman hacks ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • American Hardcore (Second Edition)

    A Tribal History

    "American Hardcore sets the record straight about the last great American subculture"-Paper magazineSteven Blush's "definitive treatment of Hardcore Punk" (Los Angeles Times) changed the way we look at Punk Rock. The Sony Picture Classicsdistributed documentary American Hardcore premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. This revised and expanded second edition contains hundreds of new bands, ... Read more

    $16.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Hollywood Eden

    Electric Guitars, Fast Cars, and the Myth of the California Paradise

    by Joel Selvin ...
    “Hollywood Eden brings the lost humanity of the record business vividly back to life … [Selvin’s] style is blunt, unpretentious and brisk; he knows how to move things along entertainingly … Songs about surfboards and convertibles had turned quaint, but in this book, their coolness is restored.” — New York TimesFrom surf music to hot-rod records to the sunny pop of the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, the ... Read more

    $16.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Folk City

    New York and the American Folk Music Revival

    From Washington Square Park and the Gaslight Caf? 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

    $32.99 USD

  • Biography of a Phantom

    A Robert Johnson Blues Odyssey

    **NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS' PICK OF 2023The drama of In Cold Blood meets the stylings of a Coen brothers film in this long-lost manuscript from musicologist Robert “Mack” McCormick, whose research on blues icon Robert Johnson's mysterious life and death became as much of a myth as the musician himself"This is a human and humane book, an insightful exploration of the biographer’s craft. [...] ... Read more

    $16.99 USD

  • Musical Composition

    Craft and Art

    by Alan Belkin ...
    An invaluable introduction to the art and craft of musical composition from a distinguished teacher and composerThis essential introduction to the art and craft of musical composition is designed to familiarize beginning composers with principles and techniques applicable to a broad range of musical styles, from concert pieces to film scores and video game music. The first of its kind to utilize a ... Read more

    $26.99 USD

  • Making Records

    The Scenes Behind the Music

    by Phil Ramone ...
    Sinatra. Streisand. Dylan. Pavarotti. McCartney. Sting. Madonna. What do these musicians have in common besides their super-stardom? They have all worked with legendary music producer Phil Ramone.For almost five decades, Phil Ramone has been a force in the music industry. He has produced records and collaborated with almost every major talent in the business. There is a craft to making records, ... Read more

    $11.99 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

  • Janet Jackson's The Velvet Rope

    by Ayanna Dozier ...
    Series series 33 1/3
    The question of control for Black women is a costly one. From 1986 onwards, the trajectory of Janet Jackson's career can be summed up in her desire for control. Control for Janet was never simply just about her desire for economic and creative control over her career but was, rather, an existential question about the desire to control and be in control over her bodily integrity as a Black woman ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • The Flatlanders

    Now It's Now Again

    by John T. Davis ...
    Series series American Music Series
    “Conservative West Texas spawns radical creativity and lifelong bonds of friendship in this story of an unlikely band” from the renowned music journalist (Kirkus Reviews).A group of three friends who made music in a house in Lubbock, Texas, recorded an album that wasn’t released and went their separate ways into solo careers. That group became a legend and then—twenty years later—a band. The ... Read more

    $14.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Ornette Coleman

    The Territory and the Adventure

    by Maria Golia ...
    With striking photographs and personal insight, a compelling biography of the great American saxophonist and free jazz innovator Ornette Coleman.Ornette Coleman’s career encompassed the glory years of jazz and the American avant-garde. Born in segregated Fort Worth, Texas, during the Great Depression, the African-American composer and musician was zeitgeist incarnate. Steeped in the Texas blues ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers

    Will Friedwald’s illuminating, opinionated essays—provocative, funny, and personal—on the lives and careers of more than three hundred singers anatomize the work of the most important jazz and popular performers of the twentieth century. From giants like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland to lesser-known artists like Jeri Southern and Joe Mooney, they have created a ... Read more

    $24.99 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

    $14.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Just around Midnight

    Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination

    by Jack Hamilton ...
    By the time Jimi Hendrix died in 1970, the idea of a black man playing lead guitar in a rock band seemed exotic. Yet a mere ten years earlier, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley had stood among the most influential rock and roll performers. Why did rock and roll become “white”? Just around Midnight reveals the interplay of popular music and racial thought that was responsible for this shift within the ... Read more

    $21.99 USD


    A simplified step by step guide to learn the beautiful art of reading music within 10 days

    Have you ever heard a song on the radio and thought, “Hey, it’d be really cool to know how to play that?” Do you have friends who play musical instruments, and you want to get in on the fun? Do you just want to expand your general artistic knowledge? Well, learning the basics of how to read sheet music can help you achieve all of these, and in a shorter amount of time than you might have thought ... Read more

    $3.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus