New Arrivals · Music Books

October 1, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Mavericks of sound : conversations with artists who shaped indie and roots music

September 30, 2014
Ensminger, David, 1971- author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
xi, 231 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The song is the territory : singer songwriters : Tom Russell, Peter Case, Dave Alvin, Billy Joe and Eddy Shaver, Jason Ringenberg, Robert Earl Keen -- Rockabilly and honky tonker renegades : Junior Brown, Deke Dickerson, Reverend Horton Heat -- Indelible indie rock icons : Janet Bean, member of 11th Dream Day, Dave Thomas, member of Pere Ubu, Robert Schneider, member of Apples in Stereo, Michael Gira, members of The Swans and Angels of Light, Jarboe, members of The Swans, Richard Buckner and Alejandro Escovedo -- The other side of the pond : voices from Britain and New Zealand : James Stevenson, member of Chelsea, Gen X, Gene Loves Jezebel, Mike Scott, member of Waterboys, Richard Thompson, David Gedge, member of Wedding Present and Cinerama, David Kilgour, member of The Clean -- Short cuts : concise interview with icons : Merle Haggard, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Wayne Kramer, member of MC5, the Mekons, Ralph Stanley, Yo La Tengo, Neko Case, Rob Younger, member of Radio Birdman and New Christs.

Dancing with myself

September 29, 2014
Idol, Billy.
New York : Touchstone, 2014.
ix, 326 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
In this memoir, Billy Idol shares his life story—from his childhood in England to his rise to fame during the height of the punk-pop revolution—revealing intimate details about the sex, drugs, and rock and roll that he is so fabulously famous for—all told in his own voice. An member of the punk rock revolution whose music crossed over into ’80s pop mainstream—and one of MTV’s first stars—Billy Idol remains an iconic music legend. Now, in his long-awaited Dancing With Myself, he delivers a lively, candid account of his journey to fame—including intimate and unapologetic details about his life’s highs and lows—all rendered with the in-your-face attitude and exuberance his fans have embraced. Idol brings to life the key events that shaped his life, his music, and his career, including his early childhood in England, his year at Sussex University, and his time spent hanging out with the Sex Pistols and as a member of punk bands Chelsea and Generation X. He shares outtakes from his wildly and unexpectedly successful solo career and stories behind his string of popular hits, including “White Wedding,” “Eyes Without a Face,” and “Rebel Yell,” which involved close collaboration with Steve Stevens.

The art of noise : conversations with great songwriters

September 29, 2014
Rachel, Daniel, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
xiv, 514 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The art of noise offers an unprecedented collection of insightful, of-the-moment conversations with twenty-seven of the great songwriters. They discuss everything from their individual approaches to writing, to the inspiration behind their most successful songs, to the techniques and methods they have independently developed to foster their creativity. Contributors include: Sting, Ray Davies, Robin Gibb, Jimmy Page, Joan Armatrading, Noel Gallagher, Lily Allen, Annie Lennox, Damon Albarn, Noel Gallagher, Laura Marling, Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, and many more. Each interview is approached with depth of understanding--of the practice of songwriting, but also of each musician's catalog. The result is a collection of conversations that's probing, informed, and altogether entertaining--what contributor Noel Gallagher called "without doubt the finest book I've ever read about songwriters and the songs they write." The collected experience of these artists makes this book the essential word on songwriting--as spoken by the songwriters themselves. "-- Provided by publisher.

Rocks : my life in and out of Aerosmith

September 29, 2014
Perry, Joe, 1950- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
xiv, 416 pages, 48 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (somecolor) ; 25 cm
Includes index and selected discography.
The lead guitarist of Aerosmith shares behind-the-scenes perspectives into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band, discussing such topics as his teen decision to drop out of school, enduring relationship with Steve Tyler and experiences with fame and recovery.

The Beatles invade Cincinnati : the 1964 & 1966 concerts

September 29, 2014
v, 150 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 28 cm.
Foreword by Dusty Rhodes.
"This book reveals many unknown facts behind the concerts and features candid interviews with those most closely involved, and of course, with the fans themselves. Relive Beatlemania as you enjoy page after page of rare photographs, newspaper clippings and memorabilia from the Fab Four's two visits to Cincinnati."--Page [4] of cover.

Facing the music : my story

September 29, 2014
Knapp, Jennifer, 1974- author.
New York : Howard Books, 2014.
292 pages ; 22 cm

Aces back to back : the history of the Grateful Dead (1965-2013)

September 25, 2014
Allen, Scott W., author.
169 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Originally published as: Aces back to back : a guide to the Grateful Dead / Scott W. Allen. New York : PierceAxiom, c1992.
Jack Straw -- Fire on the mountain -- The golden road (to unlimited devotion) -- Sitting on top of the world -- Playing in the band -- That's it for the other one -- Dark star -- Uncle John's band -- Big boss man -- Black-throated wind -- Eyes of the world -- China cat sunflower -- I know you rider -- Drums -- Space -- Dear Mr. Fantasy -- The wheel -- All along the watchtower -- Victim or the crime -- Morning dew -- Sing me back home.
The Dead's music reflected the people's tide of emotions and changing lives throughout the 1960s. Allen updates the Grateful Dead's history through the fall of 2013. He provides a thorough account of the Dead's career, from their inception, through the death of Jerry Garcia, and on to their incarnations over the years.

Guitar amps & effects for dummies

September 24, 2014
Hunter, Dave, 1962-
xii, 318 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Getting started with guitar amps & effects -- Grab a guitar : it's your signal generator -- The amplifier : more than just loud -- Effects pedals : fuzz, filth, wobble, and echo -- The part of tens.

Becoming Belafonte : black artist, public radical

September 24, 2014
Smith, Judith E., 1948- author.
xiii, 352 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
From Harlem, Jamaica, and the segregated navy to New York City's interracial left-wing culture, 1927/1948 -- Black left, white stage, Cold War : moving into the spotlight, 1949/1954 -- Multimedia stardom and the struggle for racial equality, 1955/1960 -- Storming the gates : producing film and television, 1957/1970.

Mudhoney : the sound and the fury from Seattle

September 23, 2014
Cameron, Keith (Music journalist), author.
Minneapolis, MN : Voyageur Press, 2014.
xix, 281 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Reprint. Previously published: London : Omnibus Press, 2013.
No place like home -- Take a shot at forever -- Drag you through the mud -- An inside job -- Our future of fun -- Penetrate and pull the strings -- All I got was a rock -- Everybody's got a price -- In the blood -- Wait, I'm not done.

Softly, with feeling : Joe Wilder and the breaking of barriers in American music

September 22, 2014
Berger, Edward, author.
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2014.
xviii, 378 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The making of a musician : Philadelphia (1922-1938) -- From student to pro (1938-1943) -- Integration of the Armed Forces : the Montford Point Marines (1943-1946) -- Big band odyssey (1946-1950) -- New York (1950-1953) -- On the road again : Count Basie (1953-1954) -- Back on Broadway and into the studios (1955-1957) -- On staff : African American musicians and the network orchestras (1957-1964) -- A dream realized : return to classical music (1964-1975) -- Freelance : the end of the staff orchestras (1974-1989) -- New outlets : jazz repertory and jazz parties (1989-2000) -- Passing it on : teaching, awards, and honors (2000- ).
In this biography the author tells trumpeter Joe Wilder's remarkable story, from his growing up in working-class Philadelphia to becoming one of the first 1,000 black Marines during World War II, and his achievements in the worlds of jazz, classical, and popular music. Wilder is also known as a pioneer who broke down racial barriers, the first African American to hold a principal chair in a Broadway show orchestra, and one of the first African Americans to join a network studio orchestra. Reminiscences by Wilder and his colleagues, including renowned Philadelphia-area musicians Jimmy Heath and Buddy DeFranco place Wilder's experiences within a broader context of American musical and social history.

Verdi and/or Wagner : two Men, two worlds, two centuries

September 22, 2014
Conrad, Peter, 1948-
London : Thames & Hudson, 2014.
384 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Originally published: 2011.
Includes index.
Verdi and Wagner took very different approaches to opera, approaches still debated today. This book asks if it is possible to appreciate both and to find commonalities between them.

Inside the Godfather : never-before-told stories of James Brown by his inner circle

September 19, 2014
Brown, Daryl, author.
313 pages : black and white illustrations ; 21 cm
Brings together, for the first time, those from Brown's inner circle to connect the distortions of the past and provide a clear understanding of the brilliance and generosity that was James Brown, Mr. Dynamite.

Bowie : the biography

September 18, 2014
Leigh, Wendy.
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
311 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

The Youngs : the brothers who built AC/DC

September 18, 2014
Fink, Jesse, author.
New York : St. Martins Press, [2014].
312 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Tells the story of the trio through 11 classic rock songs and reveals some of the personal and creative secrets that went into their making. Important figures from AC/DC's long way to the top open up for the very first time, while unsung heroes behind the band's success are given the credit they are due. Accepted accounts of events are challenged while sensational new details emerge to cast a whole new light on the band's history--especially their early years with Atlantic Records in the United States. Former AC/DC members and musicians from bands such as Guns N' Roses, Dropkick Murphys, Airbourne and Rose Tattoo also give their take on the Youngs' brand of magic.

Gimme indie rock : 500 essential American underground rock albums 1981-1996

September 11, 2014
Earles, Andrew, 1973- author.
Minneapolis, MN : Voyageur Press, 2014.
400 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
"Music journalist Andrew Earles provides a rundown of 500 landmark albums recorded and released by bands of the indie rock genre"-- Provided by publisher.

Bob Dylan : a biography

September 10, 2014
Batchelor, Bob, author.
Santa Barbara : Greenwood, [2014]
xxx, 158 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Timeline: events in the life of Bob Dylan -- Symbolic Bob -- Young Bob -- Freewheelin' Bob -- Rocking Bob -- Renewed bob -- Postmodern bob -- Resurgent Bob -- Telltale Bob -- Iconic Bob.
In this thematically organized biography, cultural historian and prolific biographer Bob Batchelor examines one of the most important yet elusive figures in modern history. Rather than taking an exhaustive and cumbersome chronological approach to Bob Dylan's 50-plus year career, the author focuses on the most significant aspects of his life and accomplishments. This work examines the musician's life and career by placing him in the context of contemporary American history and culture. Dylan's music and lyrics are at the center of the analysis, while attention is also paid to how his image transformed as he moved from being the "voice of a generation" during the 1960s to becoming a bonafide rock and roll icon. Readers will appreciate the book for its in-depth, scholarly coverage that remains readable and engaging, and gain a full appreciation for Dylan's place in American history and cultural evolution.

American jukebox : a photographic journey

September 10, 2014
Felver, Christopher, 1946- photographer.
xiii, 256 pages : illustrations, music ; 29 cm
Includes index.
Music to my ears / by Christopher Felver -- Gallery -- Contributions from Terry Allen ; Jim Carroll ; Cecil Taylor ; John Cage ; Ralph Gibson ; Ed Sanders ; Joy Harjo ; Dan Hicks ; David Amram ; Ramblin' Jacl Elliott ; Terry Riley ; Bobby Neuwirth ; Billy Cobham ; Ray Manzarek ; Lorin Rowan ; Wadada Leo Smith ; John Zorn ; Rozanne Cash ; Mark Mothersbaugh.
Photographic portraits of over 200 American musicians, from all musical styles and genres, taken from 1976 to 2013.

Violins of hope : violins of the Holocaust, instruments of hope and liberation in mankind's darkest hour

September 10, 2014
Grymes, James A., author.
319 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
The Wagner violin -- Erich Weininger's violin -- ·The Auschwitz violin -- Ole Bull's violin -- Feivel Wininger's violin -- Motele Schlein's violin.
"A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins owned by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust (some surviving when their owners did not) through the work of internationally-recognized Israeli violin maker Amnon Weinstein, who has spent two decades bringing these neglected, severely damaged instruments back to life"-- Provided by publisher.


September 8, 2014
Fast, Susan.
New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.
x, 151 pages ; 17 cm.

Another side of Bob Dylan : a personal history on the road and off the tracks

September 8, 2014
Maymudes, Victor, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
288 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), facsimiles ; 22 cm
"August 2014 marks 50 years since Bob Dylan released his remarkable fourth album, Another Side of Bob Dylan. Recorded in one night, in the middle of a turbulent year in his life, the album marked a departure from Dylan's socially-conscious folk songs and began his evolution toward other directions. Few people outside Dylan's immediate family have ever been closer than Victor Maymudes, who was Dylan's tour manager, personal friend, and travelling companion from the first days in 1960s Greenwich Village through the late 90's. Another Side of Bob Dylan recounts landmark events including Dylan's infamous motorcycle crash; meeting the Beatles on their first US tour; his marriage to Sarah Lownds, his romances with Suze Rotolo, Joan Baez, and others; fellow travelers including Ramblin Jack Elliott, Wavy Gravy, Dennis Hopper, The Band, The Traveling Wilburys, and many more; memorable concerts around the world, and the recording of his seminal album, Blood on the Tracks. On January 26th, 2001, after recording more than 24 hours of taped memories in preparation for writing this book, Victor Maymudes suffered an aneurysm and died. His son Jacob has written the book, using the tapes to shape the story. The result is a vivid, first hand, and unique account of Dylan as an artist, friend, and celebrity, illustrated with never-before-seen photographs, and told by an engaging raconteur who cut his own swathe through the turbulent counterculture"-- Provided by publisher.

Hip hop family tree

August 29, 2014
Piskor, Ed.
Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics Books, 2014-
v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 33 cm.
v. 1. 1970s-1981 -- v. 2. 1981-1983

Death punch'd : surviving Five Finger Death Punch's metal mayhem

August 29, 2014
Spencer, Jeremy, 1973- author.
New York : It Books, 2014.
vii, 291 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

Benson : the autobiography

August 28, 2014
Benson, George, 1943- author.
xvii, 222 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : black and white illustrations ; 24 cm
The steel city -- Little Georgie goes to New York -- Those doo-wop sounds -- Interlude #1. A quick tour of Pittsburgh -- Brother Jack -- Interlude #2. Catching the early Trane -- Discovered -- Playing with Verve ... and Miles ... and A&M -- Interlude #3. Miles ahead and Miles beyond -- The sound of the seventies -- Interlude #4. Chops vs. vibes -- From Breezin' to Broadway and beyond -- Final interlude -- I keep going.

The beat of my own drum : a memoir

August 27, 2014
E., Sheila (Escovedo), 1959-
New York : Atria Books, 2014.
xiii, 321 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The singer, drummer, and percussionist traces her career through four decades of Latin and pop music, sharing details from her tours with fellow artists and her solo career while revealing how her faith has helped her heal from sexual abuse.

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