New Arrivals · Music Books

October 26, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Moscow nights : the Van Cliburn story : how one man and his piano transformed the Cold War

October 25, 2016
Cliff, Nigel, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016.
viii, 452 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
First movement: sognando. The prodigy ; Room 412 ; The successor ; Van Cliburn Days ; The secret speech ; The red moon -- Second movement: volante. To Russia, with love ; "Vanya, Vanyusha!" ; "We are in orbit" ; "American Sputnik" ; The last romantic ; "He played the piano and the world was his" ; "He's better than Elvis by far!" ; In the heat of the kitchen ; Khrushchev in the capitalist den ; Back in the USSR ; Sole diplomacy ; Endgame -- Third movement: pianoforte. America's pianist ; Great expectations ; The summit -- Coda.
A dramatic account of the life of Cold War pianist Van Cliburn describes his early years as a musical prodigy in Texas and the ways he charmed both American and Russian audiences, helping to ease tensions between the two nations.

Taylor Swift : this is our song

October 25, 2016
Conroy, Tyler, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
xiv, 287 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Part One: The early years -- Twelve-year-old performs at 76ers game / Jeremy Carroll -- A review of Taylor Swift / Rick Bell -- 20 questions with Taylor Swift / -- My music, MySpace, my life / Jon Caramanica -- Prodigy : the rise of Taylor Swift / Sasha Frere-Jones -- A review of Fearless / Robert Christgau -- Taylor Swift : growing into superstardom / George Hatza -- The unabridged Taylor Swift / Austin Scaggs -- The very pink, very perfect life of Taylor Swift / Vanessa Grigoriadis -- The Tao of Tay / Taylor Swift -- Part Two: Crossover -- A review of Speak Now / Rob Sheffield -- Princess crossover / Chris Willman -- A review of Speak Now / Robert Christgau -- You belong with me / Lizzie Widdicombe -- A review of Red / Robert Christgau -- If you listen closely, Taylor Swift is kind of like Leonard Cohen / Brad Nelson -- Taylor Swift in wonderland / Brian Hiatt -- Just kidding, love sucks / Tavi Gevinson -- Platinum underdog / Jody Rosen -- Taylor Swift : girl detective / Larissa Zageris and Kitty Curran -- Part Three : 1989 and beyond -- To apple, love Taylor / Taylor Swift -- A review of 1989 / Robert Christgau -- Taylor Swift: "Sexy? Not on my radar" / Hermione Hoby -- A review of 1989 / Robert Christgau -- Taylor Swift : a Socratic dialogue / Jared Smith -- A reasonable conversation about Taylor Swift's new album, which is the best album ever / Jane Hu and Jen Vafidis -- "Anything that connects": a conversation with Taylor Swift / Melissa Block -- On the road with best friends Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss / Jada Yuan -- No blank space, baby: Taylor Swift is the soul of Ryan Adams / Ann Powers -- Taylor Swift on "Bad Blood", Kanye West, and how people interpret her lyrics / Chuck Klosterman -- I'm sorry, Taylor Swift / Maggie Shipstead -- Taylor Swift as you've never seen her before / Jason Gay.
Ten years ago, an unknown sixteen-year-old released a self-titled debut country album. A decade later, Taylor Swift has reached record-breaking, chart-topping heights. A ten-time Grammy winner, Swift has been hailed for her songwriting talent, crossed effortlessly from country to pop, and established herself as a musician who can surprise, delight, and inspire, all while connecting with her fans in a way that only she can. Amazingly, after all these years, there is no great, comprehensive book about Swift for her fans--until now. This book, a fan-generated celebration of Swift's first decade as an artist, collects the best writing and images from the past ten years in one gorgeous volume. From prefame interviews in local Pennsylvania newspapers to major profiles; from album reviews by top critics to essays by beloved novelists; from album-themed crossword puzzles and adult coloring pages to profiles of Taylor's biggest fans; from an excerpt of the soon-to-be-published novel Taylor Swift: Girl Detective to a "book within a book" of Swift's most inspiring quotations titled (naturally) The Tao of Tay, this book is the vital collection of all things Taylor.--Adapted from dust jacket.

George Hamlin, American singer, 1868-1923: a resumé of his career

December 18, 2016
Trott, Josephine, 1874-1950.
Denver : Printed by Nelson, 1925.
53 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm

T Bone Burnett : a life in pursuit

October 19, 2016
Sachs, Lloyd, author.
viii, 260 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Opening chorus : on top of the world (or close) -- Sound citizen -- The outsider -- Player in the band -- Alpha male -- Spiritual gumshoe -- Master builder -- Co-conspirator -- Seeker -- Svengali -- Imagist -- Native son -- Mentor -- Hit man -- Reluctant artist -- Starmaker -- Company man -- Coen brother -- Soundtrack auteur -- Minimalist -- Lead actor -- Alchemist -- Jazz man -- Blues man -- Senior adviser -- Audio activist -- Dylanologist -- Televisionary -- Back to the futurist.

New York rock : from the rise of the Velvet Underground to the fall of CBGB

October 19, 2016
Blush, Steven, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2016.
xiii, 480 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction. To the five boroughs -- Funky but chic : the New York rocker -- Alchemy : the Precedents -- Waiting for the man : the Velvet Underground -- Looking for a kiss : glitter rock -- Faster & louder : punk/new wave -- Too many creeps : post-punk/no wave -- Blood, sweat & no tears : New York hardcore -- Headkick facsimile : East Village noise rock, scum rock + anti-folk -- Drums along the Hudson : proto-alt/garage revival -- Psycho-head blowout : East Village biker rock, jam bands, Black Rock Coalition, goth/industrial -- Now I got worry : indie rock -- Degenerated : 90s punk revival + '00s New York rock revival -- Here today, gone tomorrow : fall of CBGB -- Ask the angels : epilogue.

Conversations with McCartney

October 13, 2016
Du Noyer, Paul, interviewer, author.
xv, 352 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Things he said today -- Rocker with a lolly ice -- How to become a Beatle -- The toppermost -- It started to be art -- My dark hour -- Rage against the machine -- The astronaut and the moon -- Starting from scratch -- Soaring -- Wings folded -- Of frogs and firemen -- That's a great idea, Eddie! -- British light music -- John -- Unfinished business -- Apollo C. Vermouth -- A pot of gold -- This magic experiment -- Beyond the smile -- Living is easy with nice clothes -- Heaven and earth -- Punks and rivals -- If I were not upon the stage -- Another wide prairie -- More cowbell -- Do it now -- Fallibility -- Linda -- Love -- Finale: fifty favourites.
An intimate portrayal of the musical icon, largely in his own words, draws on years of meetings between McCartney and the author and includes candid discussions of the artist's inspirations, creative process, beliefs, and achievements.

Born to run

October 7, 2016
Springsteen, Bruce, author.
xii, 510 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Growin' up. My street ; My house ; The Church ; The Italians ; The Irish ; My mother ; The Big Bang (have you heard the news ... ) ; Radio days ; The Second Coming ; The show man (Lord of the Dance) ; Workingman's blues ; Where the bands are ; The Castiles ; Once there was a little Steven ; Earth ; The Upstage Club ; Tinker (Surfin' safari) ; Steel mill ; Homecoming ; Endless summer ; Beatnik deluxe ; California dreamin' (take two) ; It's a bar, you idiots ; Onward and upward ; Losing my religion ; Road work ; "The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle" ; The Satellite Lounge -- Born to run. "Born to run" ; Jon Landau ; Thunder Road ; Jackpot ; The E Street Band ; Clarence Clemons ; New contracts ; Living with the law ; "Darkness on the Edge of Town" ; The Drop ; Downtime ; "The River" ; Hitsville ; Hello walls ; "Nebraska" ; Deliver me from nowhere ; California ; "Born in the USA" ; "Buona fortuna, fratello mio" ; The big Big Time ; Going home ; "Regresar a México" ; "Tunnel of love" ; Goin' Cali -- Living proof. Living proof ; Redheaded revolution ; Changes ; LA burning ; Going to the chapel ; Earthquake Sam ; "Streets of Philadelphia" ; "The Ghost of Tom Joad" ; Western man ; Eastern woman ; King of New Jersey (Hollywood days) ; Bringing it all back home ; Revival ; "The Rising" ; Wild East ; The Seeger sessions ; "Magic" ; Super Bowl Sunday ; Moving on ; "Wrecking Ball" ; Losing the rain ; The "Wrecking Ball" tour ; Zero to sixty in nothing flat ; Garage land ; "High hopes" ; Home front ; Long time comin'.
Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs. He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as "The Big Bang": seeing Elvis Presley's debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song "Born to Run" reveals more than we previously realized.

Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street

October 6, 2016
Sondheim, Stephen.
New York, N.Y. : Applause Theatre Book Publishers, ©1991.
234 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Libretto of musical.
Barber Sweeney Todd returns to London seeking revenge for the loss of his wife and daughter by killing customers and dropping to the shop downstairs to be made into meat pies by Mrs. Lovett. Includes sketches and photographs from several productions.

Terminated for reasons of taste : other ways to hear essential and inessential music

September 29, 2016
Eddy, Chuck, author.
Durham : Duke University Press, 2016.
xii, 326 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction. Sold a decade at a time -- B.C. The best songs of 1930 -- Depression music -- Country rap prehistory -- Country songs I -- Niela Miller : Songs of leaving -- '60s Catholic folk Mass -- Country songs II -- CB jeebies -- Can't fool Mother Nature -- Prog on the prairie : Midwestern bands roll over Beethoven -- Past expiry hard rock dollar bin -- Sonic taxonomy : fake new wave -- Inventing indie rock -- Urinals --> no age --

My life with Earth, Wind & Fire

September 29, 2016
White, Maurice, 1941-2016, author.
New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016.
xiii, 386 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Completed before his recent death, Maurice opens up in My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire about his struggles, his big breaks, and the founding of a band that would forever change music. White's love of music began when he was still a boy in South Memphis, learning to play the drums with Booker T. Jones and supporting his mother with a modest paper route. From there he would go on to train at the Chicago Conservatory of music and finally creating Earth, Wind & Fire in Los Angeles, writing and recording the hits that live on in our cultural conscience.

Sing for your life : a story of race, music, and family

September 29, 2016
Bergner, Daniel, author.
New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
311 pages ; 25 cm
"A portion of this book originally appeared, in different form, in the New York Times Magazine"--Title page verso.
The touching, triumphant story of a young black man's journey from violence and despair to one of the world's most elite artistic institutions. In 2011, at the age of twenty-four, Ryan won a nationwide competition hosted by New York's Metropolitan Opera. Today, he is a rising star performing major roles at the Met and Europe's most prestigious opera houses.

Jack & Jack : you don't know Jacks

September 29, 2016
Gilinsky, Jack, author.
248 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
The things we used to do... -- Six seconds -- Midwest kids dreamin' of California -- Tell-all -- Take all that passion, turn it into action -- No shoes, no shirt: swimsuit & Ray-Bans -- Meaningless words we don't worry about -- The world is our playground -- A day in our lives -- Never lookin' back.
"Nebraska natives Jack Gilinsky and Jack Johnson shot to instant fame after their first Vine, 'Nerd Vandals', was dubbed the perfect Viney by the Huffington Post. It's been looped more than ten million times since, and that Vine was just the beginning. Now, after a number one hit on iTunes, nearly two million singles sold, live performances where they have shared the stage with Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes, and Fifth Harmony, and over 26 million followers across all their social media channels, Jack & Jack are on a wild ride--and they're not planning to slow down anytime soon." -- Publisher.

Traveling soul : the life of Curtis Mayfield

September 28, 2016
Mayfield, Todd, author.
x, 358 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates ; illustrations ; 24 cm
The Reverend A.B. Mayfield -- My mama borned me in a ghetto -- Traveling souls -- The original Impressions -- Keep on pushing -- People get ready -- Curtom -- Now you're gone -- Move on up -- Super fly -- Back to the world -- When seasons change -- Never say you can't survive.

Metalion : the Slayer Mag diaries

September 28, 2016
Kristiansen, Jon, 1967-
Brooklyn, NY : Bazillion Points Books, c2011.
720 p., [24] plates : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
Twenty-five years of Norway's Slayer Mag on heavy metal music.

Looking through you : rare & unseen photographs from The Beatles book archive

September 26, 2016
Bryce, Leslie, photographer.
London : Omnibus Press, [2016]
207 pages : illustrations ; 33 cm
Compiled from the archive of Sean O'Mahony, aka Johnny Dean, editor of The Beatles book.

Motown : the sound of young America

September 26, 2016
White, Adam, 1947 or 1948- author.
London : Thames & Hudson, 2016.
399 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Includes index.
"With over 1,000 illustrations."
In the beginning -- We don't serve coloured people -- Spreading the gospel -- Meet the Supremes -- Ready steady go! -- Nowhere to run -- Fill your head with dirt -- Shanghai celebration -- Sun country -- The last star.
"Motown: The Sound of Young America is the definitive, visual history of the Detroit-based independent record company which became a style unto itself, a prolific and hugely successful production line of suave, sassy and sophisticated music through the sixties, seventies and eighties. Featuring extensive, specially commissioned photography of treasures gathered from the archives, this landmark publication also captures the graphic and design iconography that underpinned Motown's extraordinary creativity. Packed with fresh insights gleaned from scores of interviews with key players, this exceptional and revealing book delves into the workings of the Motown machine and details how a dedicated team of backroom believers, white and black, turned a small family business into a popular music powerhouse. This was the home of Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5, the Temptations and many more. Motown: The Sound of Young America is a spectacular labour of love befitting an incredible story"--Dust jacket.

Original gangstas : the untold story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the birth of West Coast rap

September 20, 2016
Westhoff, Ben, author.
viii, 422 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
The stash -- Sir Romeo -- We'll pull your card -- OG -- I'm not giving you shit -- A little bit of gold and a pager -- All hell breaks loose -- Most wanted -- Me and Allah go back like cronies -- Like winning the lottery -- The enforcer -- L.A.'s on fire -- Silencing the messenger -- The funk -- The heir and the janitor -- It's on -- What's my name? -- Negative rap -- The one by his side -- Time to testify -- Political prophet -- My .44 make sure y'all kids don't grow -- Potential leads -- Trepidation and bravado.
"A monumental, revealing narrative history about the legendary group of artists at the forefront of West Coast hip-hop: Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur,"

Playing for their lives : the global El sistema movement for social change through music

September 20, 2016
Tunstall, Tricia, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
xxiii, 408 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
What Is El Sistema? -- To Play and to Struggle: El Sistema in Venezuela -- The Global Spread of the El Sistema Vision -- Understanding El Sistema: A Few Key Ideas -- Key Elements of the El Sistema Learning Environment -- Radical Inclusion -- Ensemble Learning -- Peer Learning -- Music as Passion and Expressivity -- Intensity -- High Musical Aspiration -- Family and Community Involvement -- Overview of a Movement -- Different Cultures, Different Needs -- Following the Money -- Connecting the Dots -- What We Can Learn from El Sistema -- A Reflection and a Celebration.
"An eye-opening view of the unprecedented global spread of El Sistema--intensive music education that disrupts the cycles of poverty."

Good vibrations : my life as a Beach Boy

September 20, 2016
Love, Mike, 1941- author.
New York : Blue Rider Press, [2016]
436 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
California is the ultimate -- Teenage groove -- Surfing the cultural waves -- Our own wall of sound -- What good is the dawn -- Keeping up with the Beatles -- A sonic oasis -- A blossom world -- The unraveling -- Holy grounds on the Ganges -- A violent age -- Demons among us -- Exporting the American dream -- Stolen legacy -- Our toughest competitor -- Brian's back -- The fracturing -- The ocean blue -- America's band -- My house in order -- The glue that binds us -- A special place in hell -- Universal truth -- My greatest teachers -- My radio is on -- Epilogue: Chasing the sun.
"Mike Love tells the story of his legendary, raucous, and ultimately triumphant five-decade career as the front man of The Beach Boys, the most popular American band in history -- timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of 'Good Vibrations.' Love describes the stories behind his lyrics for pop classics such as 'Good Vibrations,' 'California Girls,' 'Surfin' USA,' and 'Kokomo,' while providing vivid portraits of the turbulent lives of his three gifted cousins, Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson. His partnership with Brian has few equals in American pop music, though Mike has carved out a legacy of his own -- he co-wrote the lyrics to eleven of the twelve original Beach Boy songs that were top 10 hits while providing the lead vocals on ten of them.

Paul Yandell : second to the best : a sideman's chronicle

September 12, 2016
Van Maastricht, Norm, author.
288 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

All these things that I've done : my insane, improbable rock life

September 12, 2016
Pinfield, Matt, 1961- author.
New York : Scribner, 2016.
viii, 260 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
50 Essential Rock Albums: The '60s -- Metal Gurus and Other Discoveries -- Encounters: Lou Reed -- ...And Then My Brain Exploded -- Encounters: The Ramones -- The Joy of Access: Getting in the Door -- Encounters: Billy Idol -- 50 Essential Rock Albums: The '70s -- Music Appreciation 101: Majoring in Rock Studies "Modern Rock on the Jersey Shore" -- 50 Essential Rock Albums: The '80s -- The Great Northwest: How Nirvana Saved the World -- Encounters: Oasis -- M(att)TV -- Buzz Clips and Twists of Fate -- 50 Essential Rock Albums: The '90s -- Jimmy and Doug's Farm: LA and the Dawn of the Digital Age -- Encounters: U2 -- Encounters: KISS -- My Brilliant A&R Career (or: As the Industry Crumbles) -- Encounters: Coheed and Cambria -- Pursuing the Killers (and Other Adventures in A&R) -- 50 Essential Rock Albums: The '00s -- Encounters: Bowie -- Coda: Is Rock Dead?.
"A memoir from a music personality, TV host and MTV and VH1 veejay chronicles the songs and artists that informed and molded his childhood and teenage years to ultimately inspire his career, relationships and life and shares his stories from the front lines of rock and roll,"--NoveList.

Recording unhinged : creative and unconventional music recording techniques

September 9, 2016
Massy, Sylvia, author.
244 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm.
Includes index.
Adventures in recordingland -- Engineers and demolition experts -- All the world's a studio -- Vocals -- Bass -- Drums -- Guitar -- Piano and organ -- Strings, horns, and orchestra -- Keys, synths, and samplers -- Percussion and other noise -- Production approach -- Mixing.
It's time to unlearn the safe, plain-vanilla recording techniques you've been using all these years! Massey and Johnson introduce you to music industry professionals who discarded fixed notions of how music should be recorded, and created sounds and effects that made people sit up and notice. Think outside the box-- by getting into this book!

Altamont : the Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the inside story of rock's darkest day

August 24, 2016
Selvin, Joel, author.
x, 358 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Pipe dreams -- Money trouble -- Hippie business ethics -- Hollywood -- On the road -- Back to Hollywood -- $500 for beer -- Back on the road -- On to San Francisco -- Friday -- The day dawns -- Alan and Patti -- Santana -- The Airplane -- The Flying Burrito Brothers -- CSNY -- Sympathy for the devil -- Under my thumb -- Gimme shelter -- The day after -- The news breaks -- Crime story -- New speedway boogie -- Angel on trial -- Love in vain.
In this breathtaking cultural history filled with exclusive, never-before-revealed details, celebrated rock journalist Joel Selvin tells the definitive story of the Rolling Stones' infamous Altamont concert in San Francisco, the disastrous historic event that marked the end of the idealistic 1960s. The product of 20 years of research and dozens of interviews with many key players, including medical staff, Hells Angels members, the stage crew, and the musicians who were there, this is the ultimate account of the final event in rock's formative and most turbulent decade.

A stray cat struts : my life as a rockabilly rebel

August 12, 2016
Phantom, Slim Jim, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2016.
viii, 277 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm.
Early moments of clarity and the luck of the draw -- Escape from New York -- A little time with the Rolling Stones -- LA to Tokyo -- I married a Bond girl -- Our day : the U.S. festival -- The killer -- Marbella -- Where's me Pepper suit? -- Lemmy -- A few stories with Keith -- Don't worry about it, son -- Bird -- A quick flight with John Lee Hooker -- Live from the Sunset Strip -- The candy man -- Life with Harry -- Come with me, kid -- Do it for Johnny -- Whatever I can do to help -- A new chapter -- The boys in the band -- Full circle.
"A memoir from the drummer of the 80s rockabilly band The Stray Cats shares stories of a rock 'n' roll life, friendships with icons like George Harrison and Keith Richards and his marriage to Britt Ekland,"--NoveList.

Uproot : travels in twenty-first-century music and digital culture

August 11, 2016
Clayton, Jace, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
274 pages ; 19 cm
Confessions of a DJ -- Auto-tune gives you a better me -- How music travels -- World music 2.0 -- Red Bull gives you wings -- Cut & paste --Tools -- Loops -- How to hold on? -- Active listening.

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