Music History and Criticism +
The Rest Is Noise
Listening to the Twentieth Century
Paperback ISBN: 0312427719
A colorful history of modern music is set against the backdrop of the events, personalities, social institutions, and cultural movements of the twentieth century, chronicling the evolution of mass culture and mass politics, technological innovation, revolution, social experiments, and more in terms of the music of the era. Winner of the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
The Man Behind the Wall
Paperback ISBN: 1617136689
(Book). To some, he is the face behind classic Pink Floyd. To others, he is the temperament behind some of the greatest albums of the rock era. And to others still, he is one of the most original songwriters of a generation that overflows with notable talent. To all, he is an enigma: a rock star who not only eschewed stardom but also spent much of his career railing against it. But to call Roger Waters a mass of contradictions is simply taking the easy way out. He is so much more. Roger Waters: The Man Behind the Wall is the first full biography of the author of Dark Side of the Moon , Wish You Were Here , and, of course, The Wall . It traces his life from his childhood in war-torn England to the multitude of wars he has fought since then with his bandmates, with his audience, and most of all with himself. Packed with insight and exclusive interviews with friends and associates, and featuring rare photos and a detailed discography, Roger Waters: The Man Behind the Wall dismantles the wall, brick by brick, revealing the man who built it in all his glory.
The Life And Death of Classical Music
Featuring the 100 Best And 20 Worst Recordings Ever Made
Paperback ISBN: 1400096588
Looks at the rise and fall of the classical music recording industry, from the first notes of Enrico Caruso; to the heyday of Bernstein, Could, Callas, and Karajan; to the industry's collapse in the wake of corporate control and the growth of "crossover," citing the finest one hundred and the worst twenty classical recordings ever made. Original. 30,000 first printing.
Travels in Twenty-First-Century Music and Digital Culture
Paperback ISBN: 0374533423
Describes how the then-unknown DJ author's 2001 creation of the one-hour mix Gold Teeth Thief launched him into international fame and established him as a figure in the new millennium's fledgling globalized digital art world at the side of such industry pioneers as M.I.A. and Pirate Bay. Original.
God Save the Kinks
Paperback ISBN: 1781311641
Draws on interviews with former band members and collaborators to trace the complex history of the English rock group, which was marked by sibling rivalry, walkouts, overdoses, and the creation of innovative and influential music.
Then & Now
Paperback ISBN: 1617742325
While many books chronicle the history of jazz, few are both designed for classroom use and follow jazz's evolution to the modern day. But by speaking to the student musician, veteran performer and educator David Lee Fish has created uncommon opportunities for general music teachers to relate the work of the jazz masters, their instruments, and their musical achievements to popular music and today's jazz styles. Starting with the origins of jazz, Dr. Fish traces the genre's history as it evolved from ragtime in the clubs of New Orleans. Each of the book's 15 chapters covers an era in jazz history by focusing on the people who shaped the music, from Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, and Jaco Pastorius to the greats of today, like Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Pat Metheny, and more. Each chapter also includes a printed music example tracing the evolution of the music, offers suggested listening, and contains a brief list of historical events that helped shape the society in general (making this book a useful text for cross-curriculum study). * Covers jazz from past to present * Written for young musicians in a plain style that avoids jargon * Printed music examples and suggested lessons help teachers explain the music in a classroom * A separate teacher handbook offers lesson plans and classroom activities * Streaming audio examples at MusicAlive.com * Longer, and priced lower, than other classroom books covering similar material
The Martin Ukulele
The Little Instrument That Helped Create a Guitar Giant
Paperback ISBN: 1476868794
(Book). The Martin Ukulele is a detailed look at the ukuleles built by the C. F. Martin Co. of Nazareth, PA, and at how the instruments' success forever changed the company that made them. Martin's ukulele-making led the small, respected builder of fine guitars and mandolins into an era of unprecedented growth in the 1920s and helped it become one of the most legendary manufacturers of high-quality guitars in the world. Drawing heavily from the extensive archives at the Martin factory, the book examines the company and its development, from production records, sales ledgers, and a vast collection of correspondence to hundreds of photos, including many of the rarest ukuleles the company produced. Extensive additional imagery chronicles the history of the popularity of the ukulele itself. The book is both a narrative about Martin's ukulele manufacturing history and a reference work detailing the numbers of each style of ukulele ever made by the company. It is an exploration from Martin's first attempt at production in 1907, to the peaks of ukulele popularity in the 1920s and '50s, to the disinterest that caused Martin to cease ukulele production in the 1990s, to the recent resurgence that has allowed the firm to again offer a wide assortment of new models.