Music of the 20th Century
Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968
Astral Weeks
A Secret History of 1968
Paperback      ISBN: 0735221367
A mind-expanding dive into a lost chapter of 1968, featuring the famous and forgotten: Van Morrison, folkie-turned-cult-leader Mel Lyman, Timothy Leary, James Brown, and many more

Van Morrison's Astral Weeks is an iconic rock album shrouded in legend, a masterpiece that has touched generations of listeners and influenced everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Martin Scorsese. In his first book, acclaimed musician and journalist Ryan H. Walsh unearths the album's fascinating backstory--along with the untold secrets of the time and place that birthed it: Boston 1968.

On the 50th anniversary of that tumultuous year, Walsh's book follows a criss-crossing cast of musicians and visionaries, artists and hippie entrepreneurs, from a young Tufts English professor who walks into a job as a host for TV's wildest show (one episode required two sets, each tuned to a different channel) to the mystically inclined owner of radio station WBCN, who believed he was the reincarnation of a scientist from Atlantis. Most penetratingly powerful of all is Mel Lyman, the folk-music star who decided he was God, then controlled the lives of his many followers via acid, astrology, and an underground newspaper called Avatar.

A mesmerizing group of boldface names pops to life in Astral Weeks James Brown quells tensions the night after Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated; the real-life crimes of the Boston Strangler come to the movie screen via Tony Curtis; Howard Zinn testifies for Avatar in the courtroom. From life-changing concerts and chilling crimes, to acid experiments and film shoots, Astral Weeks is the secret, wild history of a unique time and place.

One of LitHub's 15 Books You Should Read This March
Dusty!: Queen of the Postmods
Dusty!
Queen of the Postmods
Hardcover      ISBN: 0195329430

Dubbed the White Queen of Soul, singer Dusty Springfield became the first British soloist to break into the U.S. Top Ten music charts with her 1964 hit I Only Want To Be With You--a pop classic followed by many others, including You Don't Have to Say You Love Me and Son of a Preacher Man. Today she is usually placed within the history of the Beatles-led British Invasion or seen as a devoted acolyte of Motown. In this penetrating look at her music and career, Annie J. Randall shows how Springfield's contributions transcend the narrow limits of those descriptions and how this middle-class former convent girl became perhaps the unlikeliest of artists to achieve soul credibility on both sides of the Atlantic.
Randall reevaluates Springfield's place in sixties popular music through close investigation of her performances as well as interviews with her friends, peers, professional associates, and longtime fans. As the author notes, the singer's unique look--blonde beehive wigs and heavy black mascara--became iconic of the mid-sixties postmodern moment in which identity scrambling and camp pastiche were the norms in swinging London's pop culture. Randall places Springfield within this rich cultural context, focusing on the years from 1964 to 1968, when she recorded her biggest international hits and was a constant presence on British television. The book pays special attention to Springfield's close collaboration and friendship with American gospel singer Madeline Bell, the distinctive way Springfield combined US soul and European melodrama to achieve her own musical style and stage presence, and how her camp sensibility figured as a key element of her artistry.

Richard Strauss: An Intimate Portrait
Richard Strauss
An Intimate Portrait
Paperback      ISBN: 0500281599

From the autobiographical opera, Intermezzo, based on a domestic misunderstanding, to the self-confident tone poem, Ein Heldenleben, Richard Strauss's works related to his personal experience as closely as any 19th-century romantic. This is a portrait of the man and his music. A large number of the illustrations are taken from the private archive of the Strauss family. They are woven around the text, which features anecdotes, quotations and personal reminiscences by members of the Strauss family and contemporaries. The result is an intimate investigation of the private life, opinions, background and works of Strauss.

Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein
Famous Father Girl
A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein
Hardcover      ISBN: 0062641352

Best Book of 2018 -- NPR, Library Journal

The oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir

The composer of On the Town and West Side Story, chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, television star, humanitarian, friend of the powerful and influential, and the life of every party, Leonard Bernstein was an enormous celebrity during one of the headiest periods of American cultural life, as well as the most protean musician in twentieth century America.

But to his eldest daughter, Jamie, he was above all the man in the scratchy brown bathrobe who smelled of cigarettes; the jokester and compulsive teacher who enthused about Beethoven and the Beatles; the insomniac whose 4 a.m. composing breaks involved spooning baby food out of the jar. He taught his daughter to love the world in all its beauty and complexity. In public and private, Lenny was larger than life.

In Famous Father Girl, Bernstein mines the emotional depths of her childhood and invites us into her family's private world. A fantastic set of characters populates the Bernsteins' lives, including: the Kennedys, Mike Nichols, John Lennon, Richard Avedon, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, and Betty (Lauren) Bacall.

An intoxicating tale, Famous Father Girl is an intimate meditation on a complex and sometimes troubled man, the family he raised, and the music he composed that became the soundtrack to their entwined lives. Deeply moving and often hilarious, Bernstein's beautifully written memoir is a great American story about one of the greatest Americans of the modern age.

Aaron Copland: A Bio-Bibliography
Aaron Copland
A Bio-Bibliography
Hardcover      ISBN: 0313240914

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Aaron Copland: A Guide to Research
Aaron Copland
A Guide to Research
Hardcover      ISBN: 0815321783

Aaron Copland (1900-1990) is generally considered the most popular and well-known composer of American art music, and yet little scholarly attention has been paid to Copland since the 1950s. This volume begins with a portrait of the composer and an evaluation of significant research trends which is intended to fill a void and to suggest directions for further research. The guide also provides a section discussing Copland's interdisciplinary interests, such as ballet and film work, as well as a comprehensive bibliography of writings about Copland and his music.

Abba: Bright Lights Dark Shadows New Edition
Abba
Bright Lights Dark Shadows New Edition
Paperback      ISBN: 1783053593

This new edition of the best-selling ABBA book has been updated to include details of Mamma Mia 's extraordinary success and the ongoing lives of Bj rn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha F ltskog, their music and their personal lives. It has also been substantially revised throughout.

As generations of new fans discover ABBA's timeless music, Frida, Agnetha, Benny and Bj rn remain rather shadowy, secretive figures. Their marriages, personal break-ups and superficial biographical details are well known...but who exactly are ABBA?

  • How did Norwegian orphan Anni-Frid become a real-life princess?
  • How did folksy Benny and Bj rn become an international pop force to rival Lennon & McCartney?
  • What happened to blonde Agnetha who smiled a lot but never really looked happy?
  • And how many billions have Abba been offered to reform?

World renowned ABBA expert Carl Magnus Palm's acute understanding of the culture of his native Sweden offers a unique insight into the group, and their sometimes dark personal stories.

Bright Lights Dark Shadows: The Real Story of ABBA is the ultimate account of the rise and fall of a legendary group and a biography of rare perception.

Alan Rawsthorne: Portrait of a Composer
Alan Rawsthorne
Portrait of a Composer
Hardcover      ISBN: 0198166931

Alan Rawsthorne is one of the leading British composers of the twentieth century. His music ranges from popular works such as the overture Street Corner to late masterpieces of enormous power, and includes some outstanding film scores. This study explores the man and his music, drawing on a
lifetime's knowledge to create a vivid portrait.

A complimentary CD provides the reader with a representative sample of Rawsthorne's music. Please note, customers are required to send away for the accompanying CD. To request your copy please email: apkmusicprom@ntlworld.com.
Alban Berg: Master of the Smallest Link
Alban Berg
Master of the Smallest Link
Paperback      ISBN: 0521338840

Adorno's study of Austrian composer Alban Berg (1885-1935) is a sui generis document. In addition to Adorno's personal account of of the life and musical works of his mentor, friend, and composition teacher, the book explores the historical and cultural significance of Berg's music, its relationship to that of other nineteenth- and twentieth-century composers, and to the larger issues of contemporary life.

Albert Roussel: A Bio-Bibliography
Albert Roussel
A Bio-Bibliography
Hardcover      ISBN: 031325558x

Although recognized as one of the greatest French composers of the twentieth century, Albert Roussel (1869-1937) has been frequently overlooked in recent years. However, the publication of this bibliography coincides with a renewed interest, especially in Roussel's native land, in recording his compositions. While the majority of English-language works on Roussel have concentrated on the details of his life or attempted to define and analyze his compositional style, this first annotated bibliography and discography focuses on his opus and provides copious information about specific works, performances, recordings, and reviews.

Born in Tourcoing, France, Roussel received recognition for his compositions as early as 1897. His productivity soared during the 1920s, when his work was influenced by Impressionism, and his neo-classical compositions of the 1930s achieved national recognition. The work commences with a biography, and then presents a listing voice, and includes a directory of publishers. A discography, broken into similar divisions, follows. The annotated bibliography covers books and articles about Roussel, program notes, and writings by the composer. Two appendices provide an index to first lines and a chronological list of compositions. An index of personal and corporate names completes the reference. This bibliography will be an important addition to university libraries and music departments.