New Arrivals · Music Books

April 22, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

When the world stopped to listen : Van Cliburn's Cold War triumph, and its aftermath

April 21, 2017
Isacoff, Stuart, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
290 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

Infinite Tuesday : an autobiographical riff

April 20, 2017
Nesmith, Michael, author.
New York : Crown Archetype, [2017]
306 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
An idiosyncratic memoir by the Monkees icon, songwriter, and music video innovator traces his experiences as a wild youth and celebrity before finding peace and creative wholeness through the teachings of Christian Science and his collaborations with like-minded fellow artists.

Language of the spirit : an introduction to classical music

April 18, 2017
Swafford, Jan, author.
New York : Basic Books, [2017]
xiii, 321 pages ; 22 cm
Music from the beginning. Through the Middle Ages (up to 1400) ; The Renaissance (ca. 1400-1600) -- Baroque. The Baroque period (ca. 1600-1750) ; Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) ; Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) ; George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) ; Further Baroque listening -- Classical. The Classical period (ca. 1750-1830) ; Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) ; Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756-1791) ; Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) -- Romantic. The Romantic period (ca. 1830-1900) ; Franz Schubert (1797-1828) ; Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) ; Robert Schumann (1810-1856) ; Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) ; Richard Wagner (1813-1883) ; Franz Liszt (1811-1886) ; Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) ; Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) ; Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) ; Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) ; Further Romantic listening -- Modernism and beyond. The 20th and 21st centuries (ca. 1900-present) ; Claude Debussy (1862-1918) ; Richard Strauss (1864-1949) ; Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) ; Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) ; Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) ; Charles Ives (1874-1954) ; Béla Bartók (1881-1945) ; Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975) ; Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) ; Aaron Copland (1900-1990) ; György Ligeti (1923-2006) ; Further Modernist listening.
For many of us, classical music is something serious-something we study in school, something played by cultivated musicians at fancy gatherings. In Language of the Spirit, renowned music scholar Jan Swafford argues that we have it all wrong: classical music has something for everyone and is accessible to all. Ranging from Gregorian chant to Handel's Messiah, from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons to the postmodern work of Philip Glass, Swafford is an affable and expert guide to the genre. He traces the history of Western music, introduces readers to the most important composers and compositions, and explains the underlying structure and logic of their music. Language of the Spirit is essential reading for anyone who has ever wished to know more about this sublime art.

CrimeSong : true crime stories from southern murder ballads

April 18, 2017
Underwood, Richard H., author.
Lexington, Kentucky : Shadelandhouse Modern Press, LLC, 2016.
v, 310 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, maps, portraits ; 24 cm.
Real murdered girls. Omie Wise ; Lula Viers ; Ellen Smith ; Stella Kenney ; Pearl Bryan ; Henry Clay Beattie -- The girls fight back. Frankie Silver ; Frankie Baker (Frankie and Albert) or Frankie and Johnny ; Pearl Drew ; Belair Cove -- More mindless mayhem. Delia ; Tom Dula ; Ella Speed ; General Denhardt ; Arch and Gordon -- Family affair. The Lawson family murders ; The Meeks family murders ; Batson -- Mobs and murder ballads. Mary Phagan ; Nellie Cropsey ; Lottie Yates ; The Ashland tragedy -- Two for the road. The peddler and his wife ; Freda Bolt.

Total chaos : the story of the Stooges

April 7, 2017
Pop, Iggy, 1947- author.
351 pages : illustrations (some color), facsimiles ; 33 cm
Before the beginning -- The Psychedelic Stooges -- Elektra comes to Detroit -- The Stooges -- Hit the road -- Fun house -- On the road again -- Williamson in, Elektra out -- Bowie and London Calling -- Raw power -- Death trip -- The end (again) -- David Bowie's drainpipe -- The reformation -- Essays. What does it mean to be Iggy Pop / by Johnny Marr ; Josh Homme on the Stooges ; Dave Grohl on the Stooges ; Joan Jett on the Stooges ; About Fun house / by Jack White -- How Michigan is the fifth member of the Stooges - OR - A cultural cycling through three-hundred years of bullshit historical anecdotes and arbitrary facts to argue that geographic demarcation can be personified as the embodiment of a musician / by Ben Blackwell ; Stooges 1974-1977 : flesh becomes myth / by Johan Kugelberg ; The flesh machine : surveying the indubitable style of Iggy Pop / by Jon Savage.
The almost unbelievable story of the band that invented punk rock, entirely in the words of Stooges founder, Iggy Pop. Includes over 200+ images, many published here for the first time, and contributions from Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, Joan Jett, Johnny Marr, Jack White, Ben Blackwell, Johan Kugelberg, and Jon Savage.

Mozart's starling

April 7, 2017
Haupt, Lyanda, Lynn, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
x, 277 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Prelude: A plague of inspiration -- One: The starling of Seattle -- Two: Mozart and the musical thief -- Three: Uninvited guest, unexpected wonder -- Four: What the starling said -- Five: The starling of Vienna -- Six: How the starling knew -- Seven: Chomsky's starling -- Interlude: The heart of time for birds and Mozart -- Eight: Birds of a feather -- Nine: Mozart's ear and the music of the spheres -- Finale: Three funerals and a flight of fancy -- Coda.
Explores the unlikely bond between the famous Austrian composer and his pet starling, providing an unexpected window into human-animal friendships, music, and the nature of creative inspiration.

Change of seasons : a memoir

April 4, 2017
Oates, John.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
x, 388 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 audio disc (digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.)
"Exclusive CD inside"--Cover.
CD. He was a friend of mine -- Baby please don't go -- Change of season -- I found love -- Maneater (live).
"John Oates was born at the perfect time, paralleling the birth of rock and roll. Raised in a small Pennsylvania town, he was exposed to folk, blues, soul, and R & B. After he met and teamed up with Daryl Hall in the late 1960s, they developed a style of music that was uniquely their own, but never abandoned their roots. In his memoir, John uncovers the grit and struggle it took to secure a recording contract with legendary Atlantic Records, and chronicles the artistic twists and turns that resulted in a DJ discovering an obscure album track that would become their first hit record. This is not your typical rock-and-roll story. John's journey spans many cultural eras and includes a wildly diverse collection of friendships with legends such as Hunter S. Thompson and George Harrison. Through it all, John has focused on creating great music. He achieved incredible success while battling the ever-changing pop music landscape and coming to terms with complex managerial, business, and personal challenges. Daryl Hall and John Cates have made twenty-one albums together, sold more than sixty million records, and have had twenty-nine Top 40 hits. They are the most successful pop duo in the world and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And yet John's story has never been told. Relying on his many handwritten journals, he brings to light many fascinating stories, ranging over his entire life, with a journalist's eye and a poet's heart. In Change of Seasons, John shares his highs, lows, triumphs, and failures. He takes the reader on a wild ride through all the eras, personalities, and music that have shaped him into who he is."--Jacket.

Being Elvis : a lonely life

March 31, 2017
Connolly, Ray, 1940- author.
xxi, 362 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
First published in Great Britain in 2016 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, The Orion Publishing Group, Ltd., London.
"Well, the bear shall be gentle" -- "Don't you worry none, Mama" -- "I would just sit there in class" -- "I don't sound like nobody" -- "What the hell y'all doin' in there?" -- "What happened, what happened?" -- "Doesn't everybody love their parents?" -- "That Colonel . . . he's the Devil himself" -- "I'm like a Mississippi bullfrog" -- "Why should music contribute to juvenile delinquency?" -- "The colored folks have been singing and playing" -- "Imagine! A Memphis boy with Natalie Wood" -- "I hate to get started in these jam sessions" -- "I wish we was poor again" -- "Hang up your pretty stocking" -- "This rancid-smelling aphrodisiac, rock and roll" -- "I'm lucky to be in a position to give" -- "Wake up, Mama" -- "The world is more alive at night" -- "There was a little girl that I was seeing" -- "Whatever I become, will be what God has chosen for me" -- "I didn't have any say-so in it all" -- The schoolgirl who carried a derringer in her bra -- "If we can control sex . . ." -- "The only thing worse than watching a bad movie" -- "If you guys are just going to sit and stare" -- "I know that I'm a joke in this town" -- "Some of you maybe think that Elvis is Jesus Christ" -- "What am I going to do if they don't like me?" -- "And what was I thinking?" -- "I want musicians who can play every kind of music" -- "I don't want some sonofabitch crazy bastard" -- "Mr. President, you got your show to run" -- "I was a dreamer" -- "It's very hard to live up to an image" -- "Sorry that I didn't break his goddamned neck" -- "If you want me to leave" -- "I'd rather be unconscious than miserable" -- "I'm self-destructive, I know" -- "I get carried away very easily" -- "I don't know who to talk to anymore" -- "I'm just so tired of being Elvis Presley" -- "A lonely life ends".
"Elvis Presley is a giant figure in American popular culture, a man whose talent and fame were matched only by his later excesses and tragic end. A godlike entity in the history of rock and roll, this twentieth-century icon with a dazzling voice blended gospel and traditionally black rhythm and blues with country to create a completely new kind of music and new way of expressing male sexuality, which simply blew the doors off a staid and repressed 1950s America. In Being Elvis veteran rock journalist Ray Connolly takes a fresh look at the career of the world's most loved singer, placing him, forty years after his death, not exhaustively in the garish neon lights of Las Vegas but back in his mid-twentieth-century, distinctly southern world. For new and seasoned fans alike, Connolly, who interviewed Elvis in 1969, re-creates a man who sprang from poverty in Tupelo, Mississippi, to unprecedented overnight fame, eclipsing Frank Sinatra and then inspiring the Beatles along the way. Juxtaposing the music, the songs, and the incendiary live concerts with a personal life that would later careen wildly out of control, Connolly demonstrates that Elvis's amphetamine use began as early as his touring days of hysteria in the late 1950s, and that the financial needs that drove him in the beginning would return to plague him at the very end. The book is also informed informed by interviews over many years with John Lennon, Bob Dylan, B. B. King, Sam Phillips, and Roy Orbison, among many others. Connolly examines white poverty, class aspirations, and the prison that is extreme fame"--Adapted from jacket.

The most beautiful : my life with Prince

March 31, 2017
Garcia, Mayte, 1973-
New York : Hachette Books, 2017.
294 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Prince's first wife presents a candid assessment of her life with the iconic musician's personal and professional life. Including their long-distance courtship, marriage, and creative partnership as well as the challenges that compromised their romance.

Everybody had an ocean : music and mayhem in 1960s Los Angeles

March 28, 2017
McKeen, William, 1954- author.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2017]
x, 422 pages ; 24 cm
Los Angeles in the 1960s gave the world some of the greatest music in rock 'n' roll history: "California Dreamin'" by the Mamas and the Papas, "Mr. Tambourine Man" by the Byrds, and "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys, a song that magnificently summarized the joy and beauty of the era in three and a half minutes. But there was a dark flip side to the fun fun fun of the music, a nexus between naive young musicians and the hangers-on who exploited the decade's peace, love, and flowers ethos, all fueled by sex, drugs, and overnight success. One surf music superstar unwittingly subsidized the kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr. The transplanted Texas singer Bobby Fuller might have been murdered by the Mob in what is still an unsolved case. And after hearing Charlie Manson sing, Neil Young recommended him to the president of Warner Bros. Records. Manson's ultimate rejection by the music industry likely led to the infamous murders that shocked a nation. Everybody Had an Ocean chronicles the migration of the rock 'n' roll business to Southern California and how the artists flourished there. The cast of characters is astonishing—Brian and Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, eccentric producer Phil Spector, Cass Elliot, Sam Cooke, Ike and Tina Turner, Joni Mitchell, and scores of others—and their stories form a modern epic of the battles between innocence and cynicism, joy and terror. You'll never hear that beautiful music in quite the same way.

California dreamin'

March 17, 2017
Bagieu, Pénélope, author, artist.
New York : First Second, 2017.
266 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm.
Originally published in 2015 in French by Gallimard.
"Cass Elliot before the Mamas & the Papas"--Cover
"Before she was the legendary Mama Cass of the folk group The Mamas and the Papas, Ellen Cohen was a teen girl from Baltimore with an incredible voice, incredible confidence, and incredible dreams. She dreamed of being not just a singer but a star. Not just a star--a superstar. So, at the age of nineteen, at the dawn of the sixties, Ellen left her hometown and became Cass Elliot. At her size, Cass was never going to be the kind of girl that record producers wanted on album covers. But she found an unlikely group of co-conspirators, and in their short time together this bizarre and dysfunctional band recorded some of the most memorable songs of their era. Through the whirlwind of drugs, war, love, and music, Cass struggled to keep sight of her dreams, of who she loved, and most importantly who she was."--Jacket.

Never say no to a rock star : in the studio with Dylan, Sinatra, Jagger, and more

March 14, 2017
Berger, Glenn, 1955-
Tucson, AZ : Schaffner Press, [2016]
xx, 287 pages ; 23 cm
Includes discography (pages 283-286)
Prelude. "It was all me" -- Day one: Yes, sir, James Brown! -- The schlepper -- Phil Ramone plucks me from obscurity -- Paul Simon : the superstar -- Bob Dylan's Blood on the tracks : the untold story -- Judy Collins and Arif Mardin : a Turkishly delightful New Years -- Too much too soon : The New York Dolls -- Oddballs and angels : Phoebe Snow -- The freaks, the pricks, and the gems -- The night I didn't have sex with Bette Midler -- Fifty ways to leave your mentor -- "The saddest thing of all" : my thirty minutes with Frank Sinatra -- All that Bob Fosse -- How Paul Shaffer almost got me killed -- The time Mick Jagger sang "Honky tonk women" just for me -- Postlude. It was all them.
"It is 1973 in New York City. A young man is about to embark on his life-changing journey to become apprentice to the legendary recording engineer and producer Phil Ramone at A&R Studios. Join Glenn Berger as he steps into this magical world and takes part in music-making history on sessions with some of the greatest recording artists and rock and roll icons of the 20th century."--Back cover.

Yearbook and directory

March 13, 2017
West Hills Music Club (Cincinnati, Ohio), issuing body.
Cincinnati, Ohio : West Hills Music Club
volumes ; 14-15 cm
Volumes for 1986/87 through 2009/10 lack title. Title appears on 2010/11 directory.
Copies in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room (1986/87-1995/96, 1998/99-2013/14) have original blue printed wrappers.
Includes officers, membership roster, yearly program of musical presentations, and list of past presidents.

How to make it in the new music business : practical tips on building a loyal following and making a living as a musician

March 10, 2017
Herstand, Ari, author.
New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2017]
xviii, 457 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Why music? -- The new industry -- Recording -- The release -- Building a fanbase one fan at a time -- Playing live -- Booking and promotion -- Touring -- How to make real money playing colleges -- Sponsorships and investments -- How to master the Internet -- The new Asking Economy : the difference between asking and begging -- How to get all the royalties you never knew existed (and other business things you need to know) -- How to get music placed in film and television -- Bump everyone else off the cover -- Outro.
"In the last decade, no industry has been through as much upheaval and turmoil as the music industry. If you're looking for quick fame and instant success, you're in the wrong field. It's now a democratic, "DIY" business, and any guide to success in these new waters must be told by someone who's already survived them. Giving today's aspiring musicians the practical tools they need to build and maintain a lifelong career, How to Make It in the New Music Business becomes not only a brilliantly compiled tutorial on how to accomplish specific tasks--routing a tour, negotiating contracts, getting paid for Spotify and Pandora plays, or even licensing music to commercials, film, and television--but also a manifesto that encourages musicians to pave their own path. Written in clear, easy-to-follow chapters, Ari Herstand's necessary and definitive handbook promises to redefine what it means to "make it" in the brave new world of professional music,"--WW Norton.

More songwriters on songwriting

March 10, 2017
Zollo, Paul, 1958- author.
xiv, 658 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Marjorie Guthrie. On Woody Guthrie -- Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. A bridge built on the blues -- Richard Sherman. Writing songs for Disney -- Jeff Barry. River deep mountain high -- Paul Anka. From "Diana" to "My way" -- Kenny Gamble. Inventing the Philly sound -- Norman Whitfield. Through the grapevine -- Loretta Lynn. Songs from Butcher Holler -- Sheldon Harnick. Of Fiddlers on the roof -- Peter, Paul and Mary. The power of song -- Herbie Hancock. On a journey of jazz -- John Stewart. Daydream believing -- John Sebastian. A Loving Spoonful -- Gene Clark. Still the Byrds -- Stephen Stills. The one you're with -- Paul Simon. Love and hard times -- Ringo Starr. The Beatles and beyond -- Brian Wilson. Beyond the Beach Boys -- Kris Kristofferson. Another word for freedom -- Bernie Taupin. Writing with Elton -- Paul Williams. Only just begun -- Maurice White. Inside Earth, Wind & Fire -- Bryan Ferry. Of Roxy Music -- Elvis Costello. A man out of time -- Joe Jackson. Night and day -- Rickie Lee Jones. Flying with the cowboys -- Daryl Hall. Of Sacred songs -- Patti Smith. Still Dancing barefoot -- Chrissie Hynde. On the chain gang -- John Prine. Mailman of miracles -- Michael Smith. Tulips beneath the snow -- Dave Stewart. Eurythmics and beyond -- Joan Armatrading. Walking under ladders -- Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook. Being Squeeze -- Aimee Mann. On memory lane -- James Taylor. The secret o' songwriting -- Randy Newman. The world isn't fair -- Alice Cooper. Inventing Alice -- Donald Fagen. Being Steely Dan -- Jorge Calderon. On writing with Zevon -- Don McLean. American pie and beyond -- Richard Thompson. Inside the beeswing -- Rob Zombie. Doing the impossible -- Jo Henry. With Blood from stars -- Sia. On a Chandelier -- Matisyahu. Darkness into light.

Between heaven and the real world : my story

March 8, 2017
Chapman, Steven Curtis, author.
Grand Rapids : Revell, 2017.
437 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Carnegie Hall Y'all -- Unresolved Chords -- A Transformed Family -- Showtime! -- A Little Tribute to George -- The Call -- Red Lobster and a Blue Speedo -- Fifty Dollars and a Green Ford Pinto -- The Cool Kids and a Country Boy -- Divorce Is Not an Option -- More to This Life -- It's an Honor Just to Be Nominated -- Tears for Cheers -- Breakdown -- His Strength Is Perfect -- A Road Called Adoption -- Tuesday's Child -- Two Trips to Prison -- God Follower -- The Tattoo -- With Hope -- Never Say Never -- Maria -- Cinderella -- Does God Really Have a Big, Big House? -- The Ladybug That Lost Its Dots -- The Accident -- Clarity -- The Land of the Living -- Waiting and Watching for Beauty to Rise -- Maria's Big House of Hope -- Step by Step -- Together -- New Beginnings -- A Glorious Unfolding.
"Christian music legend Steven Curtis Chapman shares intimate details of his personal journey, his family life, and stories behind some of the most beloved songs of his iconic career,"--NoveList.

This life I live : one man's extraordinary, ordinary life and the woman who changed it forever

March 1, 2017
Feek, Rory Lee, author.
ix, 252 pages ; 24 cm
Famous for love -- Stronger -- The middle of nowhere -- Trailer trash -- Mama Bare -- A hero's story -- Things that go away -- Uncle Goombah -- Froot loots -- Nashville -- Joining up to sing -- Your first time lasts -- Forgiven greatly -- Marine biology -- From Texas to Tennessee -- Song Righter -- Baggage claim -- Father figure -- Duct-tape parenting -- Self-help was no help -- Die living -- Never gonna happen -- A new family -- Circa 1870 -- Something good -- Farmer boy -- Killing myself -- My name is Joey -- A girl, a dog, and a truck -- Nothing to remember -- Sign language -- The right left hand -- A clean slate -- Crossing our hearts -- Alter call -- Sexual healing -- Honeymooners -- Love doesn't exist -- A green heart -- Changing lives one sip at a time -- Nothing matters -- Money -- Rhymes with Tex -- The name game -- Ten percent -- On the same page -- Baby crazy -- Almond eyes -- Life is complicated -- Fame to farm -- Turn, turn, turn -- Ups and downs -- Hurt people hurt people -- Josephine -- Something worse -- Surgery and more -- No more -- Crying and driving -- Indiana home -- Saying good-bye -- Second guesses -- Life imitating art imitating life.
"Joey Martin and her husband Rory Feek were enjoying a steadily growing fan base in country music when Joey was diagnosed with a rapidly spreading cancer. By inviting so many into the final months of Joey's life as she battled cancer, they captured hearts around the world. In this vulnerable book, Rory takes us into his own challenging life story"-- Provided by publisher.

The skin above my knee : a memoir

February 28, 2017
Butler, Marcia.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
vii, 258 pages ; 25 cm
"Music was everything to Marcia Butler. Growing up in an emotionally desolate home with an abusive father and a distant mother, she devoted herself completely to the discipline and rigor of the oboe and quickly became a young prodigy on the rise in New York City's competitive music scene. But haunted by troubling childhood memories while balancing the challenges of a busy life as a working musician, she succumbed to dangerous men, drugs, and self-destruction. In her darkest moments, Marcia asked the hardest question of all: could music truly save her life?"--Jacket flap.

Instrumental : a memoir of madness, medication, and music

February 27, 2017
Rhodes, James, 1975- author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2017.
xx, 281 pages ; 22 cm
Prelude -- Track one: Bach, 'Goldberg variations', Aria (Glenn Gould, piano) -- Track two: Prokofiev, Piano concerto no. 2, finale (Evgeny Kissin, piano) -- Track three: Schubert, Piano trio no. 2 in E flat, second movement (Ashkenazy, Zukerman, Harrell trio) -- Track four: Bach-Busoni, Chaconne (James Rhodes, piano) -- Track five: Beethoven, Piano sonata no. 32, op. 111, second movement (Garrick Ohlsson, piano) -- Track six: Scriabin, Piano concerto, last movement (Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano) -- Track seven: Ravel, Piano trio (Vladimir Ashkenazy, Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell) -- Track eight: Shostakovich, Piano concerto no. 2, second movement (Elisabeth Leonskaja, piano) -- Track nine: Bruckner Symphony no. 7, second movement (Herbert von Karajan, conductor) -- Track ten: Liszt, 'Totentanz' (Sergio Tiempo, piano) -- Track eleven: Brahms, 'German requiem', first movement (Herbert von Karajan, conductor) -- Track twelve: Mozart, Symphony no. 41 ('Jupiter'), fourth movement (Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor) -- Track thirteen: Chopin Étude in C major, op. 10/1 (Maurizio Pollini, piano) -- Track fourteen: Chopin, Fantasie in F minor, op. 49 (Krystian Zimerman, piano) -- Track fifteen: Ravel, Piano concerto in G, second movement (Krystian Zimerman, piano) -- Track sixteen: Schumann, 'Geister variations' for piano (Jean-Marc Luisada, piano) -- Track seventeen: Schubert, Sonata no. 20, D959, second movement (Alexander Lonquich, piano) -- Track eighteen: Beethoven, Piano concerto no. 5 ('Emperor'), second movement (Radu Lupu, piano) -- Track nineteen: Rachmaninov, 'Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini' (Zoltán Kocsis, piano) -- Track twenty: Bach, 'Goldberg variations', Aria da capo (Glenn Gould, piano).
James Rhodes' passion for music has been his lifeline--the thread that has held through a life of abuse and turmoil. But whether listening to Rachmaninov on a loop as a traumatized teenager or discovering a Bach adagio while in a hospital ward, he survived his demons by encounters with musical miracles. These--along with a chance encounter with a stranger--inspired him to become the renowned concert pianist he is today. Instrumental is a memoir like no other: unapologetically candid, boldly outspoken, and surprisingly funny--shot through with a mordant wit, even in its darkest moments. It's also an impassioned tribute to the therapeutic powers of music, weaving in fascinating facts about how classical music actually works and about the extraordinary lives of some of the great composers. It explains why and how music has the potential to transform all of our lives. -- from book jacket.

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 : the journey of a new musical to Broadway

February 24, 2017
Malloy, Dave, 1976- author.
ix, 208 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm + 1 audio disc (4 3/4 in.).
Presents the annotated script of the musical inspired by Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace," and includes behind-the-scenes photographs, interviews with the cast and crew, and details on the costumes, set design, and lighting.

The beginner's guide to vinyl : how to build, maintain, and experience a music collection in analog

February 23, 2017
Miles, Jenna.
256 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Includes index.
The history of vinyl : how a record is made. Phonautograph ; Phonograph ; Graphophone ; Gramophone ; Commercialization of records : The record labels ; The first record labels (1880s-1930) ; Rpms : recording time and space ; Vinyl record materials ; Unusual, obscure, and creative records -- How records are made. An overview ; Record the sound ; Sound playback ; Creating the lacquer ; Plating ; Test pressings ; Pressing a record ; Vinyl record jackets and artwork -- Turntables 101. Anatomy of a turntable ; Other turntable terminology ; The preamp ; Receiver ; Speakers -- Purchasing a turntable. What are your needs? ; Turntable setup components ; Buying a used or vintage turntable ; Purchasing a new turntable ; Setting up your turntable ; A few don'ts for caring for your turntable ; Cleaning the stylus ; Replacing your cartridge/stylus -- Vinyl collectors' terminology. The plural of vinyl is not vinyls or is It? ; Audiophile ; Remastered ; Mastered from the original source ; Direct metal mastering (DMM) ; Matrix area/Dead WAX ; Record weight ; Etching ; Jacket types ; 2LP, 3LP, 4LP quad LP, double LP, and more! ; Record sleeves ; Old versus new -- Purchasing used records. Examining and inspecting used records ; Grading used records ; Where to buy used vinyl ; Purchasing used vinyl online -- Purchasing new vinyl. New vinyl-specific considerations ; Where to buy new vinyl ; Bootleg records -- Storing records. How to properly handle a record ; Proper methods for storing your collection ; Record sleeves ; Record storage ideas ; Insuring your record collection -- Cleaning and repairing records. Always start with a clean record ; Wet cleaning ; Dry cleaning ; Record-cleaning methods to avoid ; How to fix a warped record ; Fixing scratches on records -- More advanced collecting. You'll find so many records to choose from! ; Different pressings of the same album ; Original and first pressings ; Vinyl reissues ; Vinyl reissues from record labels ; Promotional records ; Test pressings ; Valuable records ; Record store day -- Vinyl and the internet. Exactly how did the internet fuel the vinyl revival? ; Online communities ; Vinyl media and news Online ; Fun sites to visit ; Resourceful websites ; Phone and tablet apps ; Youtube.

The Beatles : all our yesterdays

February 21, 2017
Quinn, Jason, author.
New Dehli : Kalyani Navyug Media, [2016]
145 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Part one. A beginning -- Part two. 1960 -- Part three. 1961 -- Part four. 1962 -- Epilogue.
"The Beatles are the world's most enduring and biggest rock band ever! This is the story of their struggle for success. Taking us through the early days of rock 'n' roll, and their lives in Liverpool during the 1950s, we journey with them to Hamburg as they come of age and through grit, determination and masses of talent became the lads who made the sixties swing!,"--Back cover.

David Bowie : the golden years

February 17, 2017
Griffin, Roger (Writer on music), author.
463 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 32 cm
A textual and pictorial chronology of David Bowie's music career from 1970 to 1980, adapting materials the author gathered for his website,

Substance : inside New Order

February 9, 2017
Hook, Peter, 1956-
New York, NY : Dey Street, an imprint of William Morrow, [2017]
xiv, 752 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Originally published in Great Britain in 2016 by Simon & Schuster.

Die young with me : a memoir

February 8, 2017
Rufus, Rob, author.
New York : Touchstone Books, 2016.
382 pages ; 22 cm
Unknown road -- My basement life -- Everyone you'll never know -- Shitsville, USA -- Parked cars -- The outline of a heart -- Kids today -- The days just get away from you -- Dead boys -- Die young with me -- Half in/half out -- Staggered rays of color and light -- A/S/L -- Cheap thrills -- Pity tucks -- A sense of an ending -- Skeleton crew -- This nightmare place -- The summer that was -- Prodigal son/weeping saint -- Skin-deep -- The blackest black -- Symptoms of me -- The imprints of angels -- Out of time -- Miracle child.

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