Rock and Pop, General
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.
How to Be a Hit Songwriter
Polishing and Marketing Your Lyrics and Music
Paperback ISBN: 063405001x
You've written what you think is a great melody, what you hope is a strong lyric, and you've cut what sounds to you like a killer track. But how do you know if it's a hit? And what do you do with it if it is? Your only option is How to Be a Hit Songwriter, essential reading for advanced songwriters. Molly-Ann Leikin is the award-winning songwriter/songwriting consultant who helps good songwriters all over the world become hit songwriters. Whether your work just needs a little rewriting, polishing or some strong connections, Leikin will guide you step by step to the top of the charts. In How to Be a Hit Songwriter she offers expert advice and exercises, including "Seven Easy Steps to Writing Hit Lyrics." The book features inside information that can turn your song into a potential hit. What's more, she's interviewed music industry power players who share tips that are essential to all developing artists.
Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of the '90s
Paperback ISBN: 0306812711
A collection of essays, articles, and other writings by a noted pop music critic offers incisive commentary on the music industry, the evolution of rock music, the alternative-rock era, and the musicians of the period, offering provocative portraits of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, and many others. Original. 30,000 first printing.
Paperback ISBN: 0826415466
33 1/3 is a new series of short books about critically acclaimed and much-loved albums of the last 40 years. Focusing on one album rather than an artist's entire output, the books dispense with the standard biographical background that fans know already, and cut to the heart of the music on each album.
How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization
Paperback ISBN: 0375703306
An intriguing study of the development of the piano explores the eighteenth-century musical breakthrough that led to the creation of the modern piano keyboard, which offered a tuning in which each pitch is equidistant from the ones the precede and follow it, an innovation that greatly expanded the creative possibilities of classical composition. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Basic Rock Singing Techniques
Paperback ISBN: 0882847635
Everything a rock singer needs! Voice-strengthening exercises, songs that will extend your range, a list of equipment you need to sing with a band, and the low-down on what to expect when singing live or in a studio. 64 pages.
The Golden Age of Rock
Paperback ISBN: 0802138306
A celebration of the language and primal essence of rock'n'roll provides a fascinating history of a turbulent era, from the rise of Bill Haley to the death of Jimi Hendrix, that dispels rumors, tells scandalous stories, and details the music. Reprint.
An American Family
Paperback ISBN: 1557835640
An inspired, intimate history of musical legend Lena Horne and her family, written by Lena's daughter, Gail Lumet Buckley. More than a loving biography of a true show business legend, Lumet Buckley traces Lena's, as well as her own, roots as the latest in a long family line of America's Black elite.
My Golden Age of Singing
Hardcover ISBN: 1574670360
This volume is believed to be the original version of the great opera and concert performer Frieda Hempel's (1885-1955) autobiography, a version which has not been previously published. Includes introductory and supplemental material as well as the editor's explanation of some of the mysteries surrounding her personal life that Hempel omitted from her autobiography. Includes b&w photos. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Casals and the Art of Interpretation
Paperback ISBN: 0520040325
"This is an immensely valuable book and one which is clearly designed to appeal to all musicians--not just string players...Mr. Blum has captured in great detail the little things that so often make a great teacher. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the Art of Interpretation."--Music Teacher "The volume belongs to an exceptional class of literature: it is to be welcomed as a significant contribution. In his Forward, Antony Hopkins in a most eloquent way makes us fully aware of our possible great loss had the subject material forming this book not been preserved for posterity...throughout the book one remains not only an absorbed reader, but very much an active participant."--Violoncello Society Newsletter "Now we have an authoritative guide to this great artist's approach to interpretation...a book which should be compulsory reading for every player, conductor and teacher."--Music Journal of the Incorporated Society of Musicians "Blum has elegantly combined precise music terminology with meticulous music examples to present lucid and revealing details of interpretation that can be quickly and easily grasped. Only superlatives apply to this book, and all serious musicians would find immense pleasure and musical profit from reading this work. Highly recommended at all levels."--Choice