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The Beatles: The Biography
The Beatles
The Biography
Hardcover      ISBN: 0316803529
Challenging popular myths attributed to the Beatles, an extensively researched band portrait traces their individual experiences of rising from young, angry rock-and-roll musicians to fame, in an account that endeavors to provide balanced coverage of all four members. 300,000 first printing.
Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music
Songs in the Key of Z
The Curious Universe of Outsider Music
Paperback      ISBN: 1556523726
Outsider musicians can be the product of damaged DNA, alien abduction, drug fry, demonic possession, or simply sheer obliviousness. This book profiles dozens of outsider musicians, both prominent and obscure—figures such as The Shaggs, Syd Barrett, Tiny Tim, Jandek, Captain Beefheart, Daniel Johnston, Harry Partch, and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy—and presents their strange life stories along with photographs, interviews, cartoons, and discographies. About the only things these self-taught artists have in common are an utter lack of conventional tunefulness and an overabundance of earnestness and passion. But, believe it or not, they’re worth listening to, often outmatching all contenders for inventiveness and originality. A CD featuring songs by artists profiled in the book is also available.
A Severed Wasp
A Severed Wasp
Paperback      ISBN: 0374517835
Pianist Katherine Forrester Vigneras, in her seventies and retired, discovers new meaning in life when she agrees to give a benefit concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in New York
Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America's Greatest Rock Critic
Let It Blurt
The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America's Greatest Rock Critic
Paperback      ISBN: 0767905091
Traces the life of visionary rock critic Lester Bangs from his childhood in Southern California to his untimely death at the age of thirty-three, describing his place in the turbulent rock music culture of the 1970s.
Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'N' Roll Music
Mystery Train
Images of America in Rock 'N' Roll Music
Paperback      ISBN: 0452278368
"In 1975, Greil Marcus's Mystery Train changed the way readers thought about rock 'n' roll and continues to be sought out today by music fans and anyone interested in pop culture. Looking at recordings by six key artists-Robert Johnson, Harmonica Frank, Randy Newman, the Band, Sly Stone, and Elvis Presley-Marcus offers a complex and unprecedented analysis of the relationship between rock 'n' roll and American culture. In this latest edition, Marcus provides an extensively updated and rewritten Note and Discographies section, exploring the recordings evolution and continuing impact"--
Ramones: An American Band
Ramones
An American Band
Paperback      ISBN: 0312093691
Traces the history of the popular rock group, looks at their major albums, and describes the films that have featured their music
Mozart
Mozart
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670882380
Presents a biography of the eighteenth-century Austrian composer
High Times, Hard Times
High Times, Hard Times
Paperback      ISBN: 0879101180
"...in the tradition of the best jazz autobiographies...a fascinating travelogue through the jazz world, filled with vivid images of Gene Krupa, Stan Kenton, Roy Eldridge and Billie Holiday...Her prose is as hip as her music." -The New York Times Book Review
The World of Duke Ellington
The World of Duke Ellington
Paperback      ISBN: 0306810158
"The ultimate in art is self-expression, not escape."-Duke Ellington In this fascinating portrait of one of America's greatest musical legends, longtime friend and jazz historian Stanley Dance recounts the life of the incomparable Duke Ellington in his own words and in the words of the artists who played along with him: longtime co-composer Billy Strayhorn, saxophonists Johnny Hodges and Ben Webster, trumpeters Cootie Williams and Clark Terry, drummer Sonny Greer, vocalist Alice Babs, and organist Wild Bill Davis, among many others. There are also first-hand accounts of Ellington's world tours, performances in churches and the White House, interviews and public appearances, and a complete discography and chronology. The result is a timeless chronicle of the long and extraordinary career of a music master."The truest and most intimate portrait of the great Ellington that we have."-Whitney Balliett
Bowie: Loving the Alien
Bowie
Loving the Alien
Paperback      ISBN: 0306808544
"Based on interviews with family members, colleagues, lovers, and the previously silent William Burroughs, this unsparing yet evenhanded biography guides the reader through the many personas, crises, a"