New Arrivals · Music Books

October 8, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

M train

October 7, 2015
Smith, Patti, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
253 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Café Ino -- Changing channels -- Animal crackers -- The flea draws blood -- Hill of beans -- The well -- Wheel of fortune -- How I lost the wind-up bird -- Her name was Sandy -- Vecchia zimarra -- Mu -- Tempest air demons -- A dream of Alfred Wegener -- Road to Larache -- Covered ground -- How Linden kills the thing she loves -- Valley of the lost -- The hour of noon.
An unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist. It begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. Woven throughout are reflections on the writer's craft and on artistic creation. Here, too, are singular memories of Smith's life in Michigan and the irremediable loss of her husband, Fred Sonic Smith.

Sounds like me : my life (so far) in song

October 7, 2015
Bareilles, Sara.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
xv, 186 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
The singer-songwriter presents a series of confessional writings about the searches for growth, healing, and self-acceptance behind some of her most popular songs.

I can play it : music games and activities to help your child learn

October 7, 2015
Campbell, Patricia Shehan, author.
New York : Barron's Educational Series, Inc., 2015.
159 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.

MJ : the genius of Michael Jackson

October 6, 2015
Knopper, Steve, 1969- author.
New York : Scribner, 2015.
438 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
A veteran music reporter offers a sweeping and vivid portrait of the King of Pop, from his first on-stage appearance at a local talent show in 1965, to his record-breaking album sales, Grammy awards, dance moves and years of scandal and controversy. --Publisher's description.

Shoot the conductor : too close to Monteux, Szell, and Ormandy

October 6, 2015
Brusilow, Anshel, author.
ix, 300 pages, 22 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
I came by it honestly -- My educations -- I'll do as I please -- Szellian perfection -- This Is the Philadelphia Orchestra -- The bow and the baton -- This isn't the Philadelphia Orchestra -- Into the Wild West -- The less Wild West -- In good company.

Mystery train : images of America in rock 'n' roll music

October 6, 2015
Marcus, Greil, author.
New York : Plume, 2015.
xx, 424 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"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"-- Provided by publisher.

Los Lobos : dream in blue

October 5, 2015
Morris, Chris (Music journalist), author.
xvii, 162 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Prologue : Cinco de Mayo -- The neighborhood : life and music in East L.A. -- Homeboys : growing up and Garfield -- A beginning : the founding of Los Lobos del Este de Los Angeles -- Recording por la Raza : the making of Si se puede! and Just another band from East L.A. -- Happy hour : going electric at Las Lomas and a baptism of fire at the Olympic -- Wolves of Hollywood : Los Lobos' arrival on the punk scene and at the Whisky -- Arrivals : Steve Berlin, Slash Records, T Bone Burnett, and the Grammys -- Quantum leap : How will the wolf survive? -- Breakdowns : the Graceland session and By the light of the moon -- Numero uno with a bullet : La Bamba -- Rooted and rocked : La pistola y el corazon and The neighborhood -- Let's try this : Kiko, Latin Playboys, and Colossal head -- Side tracks : Papa's dream, Soul disguise, Houndog, Dose -- In the mouse's house : Disney, Hollywood records, This time, and Good morning Aztlán -- Homecomings : The ride, The town and the city, Tin can trust -- Epilogue : 40 : back at the Whisky.

You don't own me : the life and times of Lesley Gore

October 2, 2015
Tolliver, Trevor, author.
Milwaukee, WI : Backbeat Books, 2015.
xxi, 209 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Out here on my own -- The sweetie pie from Tenafly -- Let's get this party started -- Tears on my pillow -- You don't own me -- The trouble with boys -- The changing of the guard -- California dreaming -- Last call -- When yesterday was tomorrow -- A blank piece of paper and a hope -- That old time rock & roll -- Disco -- That's entertainment -- Here she comes again -- Lightning strikes -- Lesleymania revived -- Arsenic & buttered popcorn -- Give my regards to Broadway -- Dirty deeds -- Better angels -- Start the party again.

Guns 'n' Roses : reckless life : a graphic novel

October 1, 2015
McCarthy, Jim, 1953- author.
London : Omnibus Press, [2015]
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
They've sold over 100 million albums, recorded the most expensive album ever, endlessly courted controversy with their lyrics, and embrace a full-on hedonistic lifestyle: Guns N' Roses are well acquainted with rock 'n' roll excess. In this spectacular new graphic biography, Marc Olivent's stunning artwork and Jim McCarthy's incisive script perfectly capture the rollercoaster tale of Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, Steve Adler and the many others who have passed through the Guns 'n' Roses story. And it's all here: the feud between Axl and Kurt Cobain, the riots during concerts, the acrimonious departure of Slash from the band, the inevitable drugs and groupies and, of course, the music.

Rhythm ride : a road trip through the Motown sound

October 1, 2015
Pinkney, Andrea Davis, author.
New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2015.
166 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A greeting from the groove -- Motor City -- Handsome dazzler -- Got a job -- Dreaming big for eight hundred dollars -- The Motown family -- My mama told me -- Factory rhythm -- The C circuit -- Miss Manners -- Cholly's moves -- Dancing in the streets -- Wonder kid -- The funk brothers -- Ugly sightseeing -- Sunshine on a cloudy day -- The sound of young America -- Singing Supreme -- Family drama -- What's going on -- TCB, ABC, 1-2-3-4-5 -- New directions -- The groove goes on.
"A narrative history of the Motown music label covering the historical context, personalities, and ongoing legacy of the 'sound of young America'"-- Provided by publisher.

Baby you're a rich man : suing the Beatles for fun & profit

October 1, 2015
Soocher, Stan, author.
Lebanon NH : ForeEdge, [2015]
xiii, 291 pages, 9 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm

Experiencing David Bowie : a listener's companion

September 30, 2015
Chapman, Ian, 1960-
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
xxxii, 221 pages ; 24 cm.
Rock and role : the rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and the spiders from Mars, 1972 -- The actor emerges : Hunky dory, 1971 -- Musical beginnings : David Bowie, 1967 -- Messages from ground control : David Bowie (aka Space oddity) and The man who sold the world, 1969-1971 -- Irresistible decadence : Aladdin sane, Pin ups, and Diamond dogs, 1973-1974 -- Plastic soul and the birth of the European canon : Young Americans, and Station to station, 1975-1976 -- The sounds of Europe : Low, Heroes, and Lodger, 1977-1979 -- The rise and fall of David Bowie : Scary monsters (and super creeps), Let's dance, Tonight, Never let me down, Tin machine, and Tin machine II, 1980-1991 -- Rediscovering the alien : Black tie white noise, the Buddha of suburbia, Outside, Earthling, and Hours, 1993-1999 -- Twenty-first century man : Heathen, Reality, and The next day, 2003-2013.

Folk city : New York and the American folk music revival

September 30, 2015
Petrus, Stephen, author.
New York, NY: Oxford University Press, [2015]
320 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
The heart of folk city -- New York and the origins of the folk music revival -- Making a business out of it -- The battles of Washington Square Park -- The Village scene in the early 1960s -- Political activism and the folk music revival -- Bob Dylan is talkin' New York -- The evolution of the folk music revival in New York.
"From Washington Square Park and the Gaslight Café to WNYC Radio and Folkways Records, New York City's cultural, artistic, and commercial assets helped to shape a distinctively urban breeding ground for the folk music revival of the 1950s and 60s. Folk city explores New York's central role in fueling the nationwide craze for folk music in postwar America. It involves the efforts of record company producers and executives, club owners, concert promoters, festival organizers, musicologists, agents and managers, editors and writers - and, of course, musicians and audiences. In Folk city, authors Stephen Petrus and Ron Cohen capture the exuberance of the times and introduce readers to a host of characters who brought a new style to the biggest audience in the history of popular music. Among the savvy New York entrepreneurs committed to promoting folk music were Izzy Young of the Folklore Center, Mike Porco of Gerde's Folk City, and John Hammond of Columbia Records. While these and other businessmen developed commercial networks for musicians, the performance venues provided the artists space to test their mettle. The authors portray Village coffee houses not simply as lively venues but as incubators of a burgeoning counterculture, where artists from diverse backgrounds honed their performance techniques and challenged social conventions. Accessible and engaging, fresh and provocative, rich in anecdotes and primary sources, Folk city is lavishly illustrated with images collected for the accompanying major exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York in 2015"-- Provided by publisher.

Fortunate son : my life, my music

September 29, 2015
Fogerty, John, 1945- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
viii, 406 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Introduction: Beautiful Dreamer -- El Cerrito Days -- The D Word -- My Influences -- "There's Somethin' Missing," Says R. R. King -- The...Golliwogs? -- Dirty Little Wars -- Susie Q -- I Guess I'm Just Gonna Have to Do It with Music -- "We're with Ya, John!" -- Tom Leaves -- Three-Legged Stool -- Hoodooed -- Springtime in the Bahamas -- Put Me In, Coach -- Wild as a Mink, Sweet as Soda Pop -- Zanz Kant Danz (But He'll Steal Your Money) -- Crossroads -- "This Is Only Going to End One Way" -- Why I Didn't Play at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, or They Don't Care About the Music; Just Give 'Em the Money -- Revival -- Wrote a Song for Everyone -- Epilogue: Flying -- Index.
John Fogerty, the legendary singer-songwriter and creative force behind Creedence Clearwater Revival, takes readers from his Northern California roots, through Creedence's success and the retreat from music and public life, to his hard-won revival as a solo artist who finally found love.

I'll never write my memoirs

September 28, 2015
Jones, Grace, author.
New York, NY : Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2015.
386 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
In her first book, legendary performer Grace Jones offers a revealing account of her spectacular career and turbulent life, charting the development of a persona that has made her one of the world's most recognizable artists. As a singer, model, and actress, Grace has consistently been an extreme, challenging presence in the entertainment world since her emergence as an international model in the 1970s. Celebrated for her audacious talent and trailblazing style, Grace became one of the most unforgettable, free-spirited characters to emerge from the historic Studio 54, recording glittering disco classics. Her provocative shows in underground New York nightclubs saw her hailed as a disco queen, gay icon, and gender-defying iconoclast. In 1980, she escaped a crowded disco scene to pursue more experimental interests. Her music also broke free, blending house, reggae, and electronica into a timeless hybrid. In the memoir she once promised never to write, Grace offers an intimate insight into her evolving style, personal philosophies, and varied career--including her roles in the 1984 fantasy-action film Conan the Destroyer alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and the James Bond movie A View to a Kill. Featuring sixteen pages of full-color photographs, this book follows this ageless creative nomad as she rejects her strict religious upbringing in Jamaica; conquers New York, Paris, and the 1980s; answers to no-one; and lives to fight again and again.--Adapted from book jacket.

The man that got away : the life and songs of Harold Arlen

September 23, 2015
Rimler, Walter, author.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2015]
209 pages, 18 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Beethoven : the music and the life

September 23, 2015
Lockwood, Lewis.
New York : W.W. Norton, ©2003.
xix, 604 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue : Youth, maturity, old age : three letters -- pt. 1. The early years 1770-1792. -- Beginnings -- Music of the Bonn years -- pt. 2. The first maturity 1792-1802. -- The first years in Vienna -- Music of the first Vienna years -- Years of crisis -- Music for and with piano -- Music for orchestra and the first quartets -- The first maturity : an overview -- pt. 3. The second maturity 1802-1812. -- Beethoven in the New Age -- New symphonic ideals -- The mature concertos -- Music for the stage -- Vocal music -- Beethoven at the keyboard -- String quartets -- pt. 4. The final maturity 1813-1827. -- The "fallow" years -- Beethoven's inner and outer worlds -- Bringing the past into the present -- Late piano music -- The celestial and the human -- Timeless music : the last quartets -- Notes -- Chronology -- Bibliography -- Classified index of Beethoven's works -- Index of Beethoven's works by Opus number.
In this portrayal of the world's most famous composer, Lewis Lockwood interweaves his subject's musical and biographical dimensions and places them in their historical and artistic contexts. Written for the lay reader, the book describes the special problems Beethoven faced as a highly gifted artist who fulfilled his destiny as Mozart's main successor while remaining a true, rebellious original. It sketches the turbulent personal, historical, political, and cultural frameworks in which Beethoven worked and demonstrates their effects on his music. Finally, it turns to the composer in his last years, with great achievements behind him, surmounting the crisis of finding still further artistic paths by which to continue. Also, by providing glimpses into the composer's sketchbooks and autograph manuscripts, Lockwood allows us to gain substantial insights into Beethoven's compositional methods. In this brilliant portrayal of the world's most famous composer, eminent Beethoven scholar Lockwood interweaves his subject's musical and biographical dimensions and places them in their historical and artistic contexts.

Recording secrets for the small studio

September 23, 2015
Senior, Mike.
New York : Focal Press, 2015.
xii, 447 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
One source, no mics. Recording a machine ; The human element ; Instruments with pickups -- One source, one mic. Basic vocal recording ; Beyond vanilla vocals ; Single-mic instrument recording -- One source, multiple mics. Multimiking in mono ; Multimiking in stereo -- Multiple sources, multiple mics. Ensemble recording with a dominant array ; Ensemble recording with peer arrays; Going freestyle ; Conclusion.
Discover how to achieve commercial-grade recordings, even in the smallest studios, by applying power-user techniques from the world''s most successful producers.Recording Secrets for the Small Studio is an intensive training course specifically designed for small-studio enthusiasts who want a fast track to release-quality results. Based on the backroom strategies of more than 200 famous names, this thorough and down-to-earth guide leads you through a logical sequence of practical tasks to build your live-room skills progressively from the ground up.

Symphony for the city of the dead : Dmitri Shostakovich and the siege of Leningrad

September 22, 2015
Anderson, M. T, author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2015.
456 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
An account of the Siege of Leningrad reveals the role played by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony in rallying and commemorating their fellow citizens.

Rick Hall : my journey from shame to fame

September 22, 2015
Hall, Rick, 1932- author.
Clovis, Monterey California : Heritage Builders Publishing, 2015.
xx, 404 pages, [16] unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm + 1 videodisc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
This is the story of legendary record producer Rick Hall and his historic role in the development of the world-famous "Muscle Shoals sound." Rick Hall made music history when he founded FAME Recording Studios, the first professional recording studio in the entire state of Alabama. After producing and engineering the area's first national hit on Arthur Alexander's Southern Soul classic "You Better Move On," Rick went on to earn international fame and eventually a Grammy for a lifetime of achievements. Award-winning DVD, Muscle Shoals, included with every book.

Big Freedia : God save the queen diva!

September 17, 2015
Big Freedia, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
262 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"From the eponymous star of the most popular reality show in Fuse TVs history, this no-holds-barred memoir tells the story of a gay, self-proclaimed mama's boy who exploded onto the formerly underground Bounce music scene--a hip-hop subgenre--and found acceptance, healing, self-expression, and stardom"

Your child's career in music and entertainment : the prudent parent's guide from start to stardom

September 15, 2015
Beer, Steven C., author.
xviii, 165 pages ; 21 cm.
"In today's competitive society, parents face great pressure to encourage their children to follow their dreams and strive for excellence. Organized in a practical question-and-answer format, Your Child's Career in Music and Entertainment: The Prudent Parent's Guide raises and addresses many of the issues parents encounter when seeking to turn their children's creative passion and talent into a sustainable career in entertainment. Topics include: Knowing which professionals to consult and when; Finding and preparing for auditions; Dealing with the financial aspects; Understanding statutory and regulatory legal protections for children; Creating balance for the whole family. Most importantly, maintaining a child's health and happiness is underlined throughout. Drawing on author Steven Beer's extensive contacts in the industry, the book quotes the personal experiences of industry players, stars and their parents, and veteran sources. This indispensable guide will help parents ensure that their children are instilled with morals and values that will make them not just good performers, but good people, capable of becoming responsible adults who will run their own careers someday.

Never broken : songs are only half the story

September 15, 2015
Jewel, 1974- author.
xx, 386 pages, 24 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
When Jewel's first album, Pieces of You, topped the charts in 1995, her emotional voice and vulnerable performance were groundbreaking. Drawing comparisons to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, a singer-songwriter of her kind had not emerged in decades. Now, with more than thirty million albums sold worldwide, Jewel tells the story of her life, and the lessons learned from her experience and her music. Living on a homestead in Alaska, Jewel learned to yodel at age five, and joined her parents' entertainment act, working in hotels, honky-tonks, and biker bars. Behind a strong-willed family life with an emphasis on music and artistic talent, however, there was also instability, abuse, and trauma. At age fifteen, she moved out and tasked herself with a mission: to see if she could avoid being the kind of statistic that her past indicated for her future. Soon after, she was accepted to the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, and there she began writing her own songs as a means of expressing herself and documenting her journey to find happiness. Jewel was eighteen and homeless in San Diego when a radio DJ aired a bootleg version of one of her songs and it was requested into the top-ten countdown, something unheard-of for an unsigned artist. By the time she was twenty-one, her debut had gone multiplatinum. There is much more to Jewel's story, though, one complicated by family legacies, by crippling fear and insecurity, and by the extraordinary circumstances in which she managed to flourish and find happiness despite these obstacles. Along her road of self-discovery, learning to redirect her fate, Jewel has become an iconic singer and songwriter. In Never Broken she reflects on how she survived, and how writing songs, poetry, and prose has saved her life many times over. She writes lyrically about the natural wonders of Alaska, about pain and loss, about the healing power of motherhood, and about discovering her own identity years after the entire world had discovered the beauty of her songs.

Dust & grooves : adventures in record collecting

September 15, 2015
Paz, Eilon.
Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, 2014.
440 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
"Includes interviews with Questlove, Gilles Peterson, Four Tet, the Gaslamp Killer, Egon and more."

Reckless : my life as a Pretender

September 9, 2015
Hynde, Chrissie, author.
New York : Doubleday, 2015.
x, 312 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Beautiful trees -- Cuyahoga Falls...Terry! Christy! -- Akron -- Walk, don't run -- WHLO appreciation day -- Testing, testing . . . One two, one two -- Wanting the world -- Paul Butterfield and the security guards -- Kent State University -- Four days in May -- North of the border -- South of the border -- Bewitched and bedraggled -- Tattooed love boys -- The final countdown -- LET'S GO ON OUTTA HERE NOW--LET'S GO! -- Limeytown! -- The NME -- Craft must have clothes but truth loves to go naked -- Paris -- Back to Ohio -- Is it getting hot in here or am I just going crazy? -- Mick's gran's -- Days of punk and poses -- Moped mania and White Riot -- Lemmy -- Closing in on destiny -- It's always something -- Sid, Sid! look what he did! -- Making rock history -- For the record -- Pretenders -- The last Show -- The end.
The rock legend reflects on her life and career.

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