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  • Composers

    Their Lives and Works

    by DK ...
    "The only love affair I have ever had was with music." Maurice RavelA compelling celebration of more than 90 of the world's most influential composers from the medieval period to the present day, Composers reveals the fascinating stories of their lives, loves, and works. Biographical entries - introduced with a stunning portrait of each featured composer - trace the friendships, loves, and ... Read more

    $12.99 USD $1.99 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

    $23.09 USD

  • Meet Me in the Bathroom

    Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011

    by Lizzy Goodman ...
    Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR and GQJoining the ranks of the classics Please Kill Me, Our Band Could Be Your Life, and Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, an intriguing oral history of the post-9/11 decline of the old-guard music industry and rebirth of the New York rock scene, led by a group of iconoclastic rock bands.In the second half of the twentieth-century New York was the source of new sounds, ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Shangri-Las’ Golden Hits of the Shangri-Las

    by Ms. Ada Wolin ...
    series 33 1/3
    Of the many girl-groups that came out of the 1960s, none is more idiosyncratic and influential than the Shangri-Las. They were together only five years, but within that time they subverted pop standards and foreshadowed a generation of tough women in music. Critically, they are not lauded in the way of the Ronettes, and they are certainly not a household name like the Supremes. They were a little ... Read more

    $12.79 USD

  • Learn Blues Accordion

    A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering the Blues

    Learn Blues Accordion is a unique method book that includes 34 blues compositions and numerous exercises that will help you master the blues. The exercises increase in difficulty and introduce concepts and techniques that specifically target both hands. Explore blues scales, chord progressions and learn common blues techniques such as grace notes, slides, pedal points, double stops and tremolos. ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Including Everyone

    Creating Music Classrooms Where All Children Learn

    Many practical books for music educators who work with special needs students focus on students' disabilities, rather than on the inclusive classroom more generally. In Including Everyone: Creating Music Classrooms Where All Children Learn, veteran teacher and pedagogue Judith Jellison offers a new approach that identifies broader principles of inclusive music instruction writ large. As she ... Read more

    $33.29 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

  • The Arithmetic of Listening

    Tuning Theory and History for the Impractical Musician

    by Kyle Gann ...
    "Tuning is the secret lens through which the history of music falls into focus," says Kyle Gann. Yet in Western circles, no other musical issue is so ignored, so taken for granted, so shoved into the corners of musical discourse.A classroom essential and an invaluable reference, The Arithmetic of Listening offers beginners the grounding in music theory necessary to find their own way into ... Read more

    $11.59 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

    $12.79 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

  • 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

    $7.19 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

    $12.99 USD

  • The Secret Life of Chords

    A guide to chord progressions and composition

    by Peter Lloyd ...
    This book presents a complete methodology for learning how chord progressions work and how to apply these principles to your own creative endeavours.Any chord progression can be seen as a combination of tonic, dominant and subdominant chords.We employ 12 frequently used combinations which we call the core progressions. The first chapter demonstrates the core progressions in their simplest form ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Double Bass Drumming Explained

    A Comprehensive Reference on the Art and Science of Double Bass

    series Double Bass Drumming Explained
    Double Bass Drumming Explained is the definitive guide for how to play bass drum with both feet. This is not just another method book stuffed with endless beats and fills. Rather than simply listing exercises in musical notation, this book actually explains, in detail, how double bass works at the most basic level including: pedal setup, drum kit arrangement, single stroke techniques, double ... Read more

    $3.99 USD

  • Decomposition

    A Music Manifesto

    by Andrew Durkin ...
    Decomposition is a bracing, revisionary, and provocative inquiry into music—from Beethoven to Duke Ellington, from Conlon Nancarrow to Evelyn Glennie—as a personal and cultural experience: how it is composed, how it is idiosyncratically perceived by critics and reviewers, and why we listen to it the way we do.Andrew Durkin, best known as the leader of the West Coast–based Industrial Jazz Group, is ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs Vol.1: From Savoy Stompers to Clock Rockers

    A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs, #1

    by Andrew Hickey ...
    series A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs #1
    In this series of books, based on the hit podcast A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs, Andrew Hickey analyses the history of rock and roll music, from its origins in swing, Western swing, boogie woogie, and gospel, through to the 1990s, grunge, and Britpop.Looking at five hundred representative songs, he tells the story of the musicians who made those records, the society that produced them, and ... Read more

    $5.00 USD

  • Japanoise

    Music at the Edge of Circulation

    by David Novak ...
    series Sign, Storage, Transmission
    Noise, an underground music made through an amalgam of feedback, distortion, and electronic effects, first emerged as a genre in the 1980s, circulating on cassette tapes traded between fans in Japan, Europe, and North America. With its cultivated obscurity, ear-shattering sound, and over-the-top performances, Noise has captured the imagination of a small but passionate transnational audience.For ... Read more

    $20.19 USD

  • How to Learn the Alexander Technique

    This book is the primary reference for anyone interested in learning the Alexander Technique, written by perhaps the leading authority on the subject in the United States. ... Read more

    $23.79 USD

  • The Record Men: The Chess Brothers and the Birth of Rock & Roll (Enterprise)

    by Rich Cohen ...
    series Enterprise #0
    "Brilliant; the best book I have ever read about the recording industry; a classic."--Larry KingOn the south side of Chicago in the late 1940s, two immigrants; one a Jew born in Russia, the other a black blues singer from Mississippi; met and changed the course of musical history. Muddy Waters electrified the blues, and Leonard Chess recorded it. Soon Bo Diddly and Chuck Berry added a dose of ... Read more

    $10.79 USD

  • Language of the Spirit

    An Introduction to Classical Music

    by Jan Swafford ...
    A preeminent composer, music scholar, and biographer presents an engaging and accessible introduction to classical musicFor many of us, classical music is something serious -- something we study in school, something played by cultivated musicians at fancy gatherings. In Language of the Spirit, renowned music scholar Jan Swafford argues that we have it all wrong: classical music has something for ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • Songwriting Strategies

    A 360-Degree Approach

    by Mark Simos ...
    (Berklee Guide). Write songs starting from any direction: melody, lyric, harmony, rhythm, or idea. This book will help you expand your range and flexibility as a songwriter. Discussions, hands-on exercises, and notated examples will help you hone your craft. This creatively liberating approach supports the overall integrity of emotion and meaning in your songs. It will help you become more ... Read more

    $17.99 USD

  • How to Play Ukulele

    A Complete Guide for Beginners

    by Dan Scanlan ...
    series How to Play
    Learn to play the ukulele with this beginner’s guide that features information about basic techniques, tools, and music knowledge.What do George Clooney, Zooey Deschanel, Ryan Gosling, and James Franco all have in common? Answer: they all play the ukulele and now, with this easy step-by-step guide, you can too! With just this book and your ukulele in hand, you’ll learn basic music skills, how to ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • Promise That You Will Sing About Me

    The Power and Poetry of Kendrick Lamar

    A stunning, in-depth look at the power and poetry of one of the most consequential rappers of our time.Kendrick Lamar is one of the most influential rappers, songwriters and record producers of his generation. Widely known for his incredible lyrics and powerful music, he is regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time. In Promise That You Will Sing About Me, pop culture critic and music ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind

    How Music Plays the Mind

    What is it about the music you love that makes you want to hear it again? Why do we crave a "hook" that returns, again and again, within the same piece? And how does a song end up getting stuck in your head? Whether it's a motif repeated throughout a composition, a sample looped under an electronic dance beat, a passage replayed incessantly by a musician in a practice room-or an "earworm" ... Read more

    $42.29 USD