New Arrivals · Music Books

April 29, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Paul McCartney : the life

April 28, 2016
Norman, Philip, 1943- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
853 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.

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

The complete singer-songwriter : a troubadour's guide to writing, performing, recording and business

April 27, 2016
Rodgers, Jeffrey Pepper, 1964- author.
Milwaukee, WI : Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation, [2016]
xi, 236 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
"HL00145576"--Back cover.
First verse. Love and theft -- The myth of perfection -- Fact and fiction -- In search of style -- Commercial considerations -- Starting points. Fishing for ideas -- Songwriting tools -- Free writing -- Songwriting games -- Song form. Parts of a song -- Using rhyme -- Understanding chord progressions. Songwriting by number -- Progressions in major keys -- Progressions in minor keys -- Simple substitutions -- Blues/rock changes -- On the drawing board. The editing process -- Collaborating -- Onstage. Getting ready to perform -- Finding venues -- Gear matters -- Booking basics -- Agents and helpers -- In the studio. Getting ready to record -- Home vs. Studio recording -- Engineering and producing -- Making tracks -- The label connection -- Taking care of business. Copyrighting your songs -- Tapping into the public domain -- Music publishings basics -- Digital royalties -- Surviving and thriving in the DIY age.
The Complete Singer-Songwriter is the ultimate guide for the modern performer, chock-full of tips, tools, and inspiration for both aspiring troubadours and those looking to take their craft and career to the next level. Author Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers draws on firsthand interviews with songwriting legends and rising stars; expert advice from managers, agents, lawyers, and publishers; and his own experiences as a performing songwriter. He offers this invaluable companion for singer-songwriters on their journey from idea to song to the stage, studio, and beyond.

Under the big black sun : a personal history of LA punk

April 27, 2016
©2016
xxii, 277 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Under the Big Black Sun explores the nascent Los Angeles punk rock movement and its evolution to hardcore punk as it's never been told before. Authors John Doe and Tom DeSavia have woven together an enthralling story of the legendary west coast scene from 1977-1982 by enlisting the voices of people who were there. The book shares chapter-length tales from the authors along with personal essays from famous (and infamous) players in the scene.

The art of singing onstage and in the studio : understanding the psychology, relationships, and technology in performing and recording

April 26, 2016
Hamady, Jennifer, author.
Montclair : Hal Leonard Books, 2016.
vii, 181 pages ; 23 cm
Includes index.

Goldmine standard catalog of American records.

April 18, 2016
Iola, WI : Krause Publications,
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Vols. for 1st ed. (1998)-<5th ed. (2006)> contain listings of 45 rpm singles, LPs, extended play 7-inch singles, and 12-inch singles plus picture sleeves and promotional items for artists whose first record was released in the U.S. from 1950 to 1975 ; <7th ed. (2010)>- contain listings for artists whose first record was released in the U.S. from 1948-1991.

Old records never die : one man's quest for his vinyl and his past

April 14, 2016
Spitznagel, Eric, author.
©2016
xiii, 274 pages ; 21 cm

Blowin' up : rap dreams in South Central

April 14, 2016
Lee, Jooyoung, 1980- author.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2016.
xiii, 276 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Preface: Down Crenshaw Boulevard -- Introduction: rap dreams and existential urgency -- Becoming rappers -- Growing up in gangland -- Masters of ceremony -- Freestyle -- Battle -- Trying to blow up -- Cautionary tales -- Almost famous -- Ditching the day job -- Gang violence and dreams derailed -- Conclusion: nurturing the creative lives of young black men -- Shout outs -- Methods appendix: videos in ethnography.

Toni Tennille : a memoir

April 14, 2016
Tennille, Toni, author.
Lanham : Taylor Trade Publishing, [2016]
214 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Since bursting onto the scene in the mid '70s, the pop duo Captain and Tennille have long defined the sparkling, optimistic idea of everlasting love, both in their music and through their image as a happy and, seemingly, unbreakable couple. They were an irresistible pair to millions of fans all over the world, further underscored by the rousing yes, we can! gospel of their biggest hit, Love Will Keep Us Together. But underneath the image was an entirely different story that the fans never saw: a woman who fought a lonely struggle against the controlling and often bizarre behavior of her emotionally inaccessible husband.

Your song changed my life : from Jimmy Page to St. Vincent, Smokey Robinson to Hozier, thirty-five beloved artists on their journey and the music that inspired it

April 12, 2016
Boilen, Bob.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
xxiii, 259 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

The grand tour : the life and music of George Jones

April 7, 2016
Kienzle, Richard, author.
©2016
279 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Presents a definitive biography of country music legend George Jones.

Delta lady : a memoir

April 6, 2016
Coolidge, Rita, author.
©2016
225 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Growing up -- Memphis -- Delaney & Bonnie and friends -- Mad dogs & Englishmen -- Love the one you're with -- Layla -- Kris -- Malibu -- Anytime ... anywhere -- Leaving while you're still in love, and other assorted revelations.

Confessions of a record producer : how to survive the scams and shams of the music business

April 6, 2016
Avalon, Moses, 1962- author.
Milwaukee, WI : Backbeat Books, 2016.
xviii, 337 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"Revised and updated"--Cover.
Fast-forward and reverse -- The pros -- The creators -- Companies, companies, companies -- Understanding distribution, or Why are there so many logos on the record? -- The major label deal from the artist's point of view -- Publishing deals : the 200% pie, or 100% of something is better than 200% of nothing -- The major label deal from the producer's point of view -- The major label deal from the record company's point of view -- The single -- The independent record deal : the birth of the new indie -- The independent record deal from the point of view of the record company -- The independent record deal from the point of view of the artist -- The baby record deal -- The vanity label -- Wrap-up : who earned what? -- Watching your back -- The myth of copyright protection, or "Hey, they stole my song!" -- Master fraud -- Sneaky lawyer stuff -- Miscellaneous myths and untruths -- Dogma -- ASCAP vs. BMI : PRO pontification -- Production boners -- Marketing mishigas -- Getting credit where credit is due -- Industry census -- The big picture, or The record industry from the point of view of the rest of the world.

Hamilton : the revolution : being the complete libretto of the broadway musical, with a true account of its creation, and concise remarks on hip-hop, the power of stories, and the new America

April 5, 2016
Miranda, Lin-Manuel, 1980- author, librettist, composer.
New York : Grand Central Publishing : produced by Melcher Media, 2016.
287 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
Includes libretto and photographs from the musical, as well as an account of the creation of the musical, from the composition of the first song of the show in 2009 to the opening night in 2015.

Kill 'em and leave : searching for James Brown and the American soul

April 4, 2016
McBride, James, 1957- author.
©2016
xx, 232 pages ; 25 cm
Foreword: The buzz -- Countin' off. Mystery house ; Cussin' and fussin' ; American jive -- Hit it! The vapors ; Six Gaines ; Leaving the land ; Bro ; To live standing ; The last flame ; The Rev ; The money man ; The earth beneath his feet ; More money ; The hundred-dollar man ; The rag that nobody reads ; Sis -- Quit it! Say goodbye to the king ; The dream -- Epilogue: Sister Lee.
National Book Award winner James McBride goes in search of the “real” James Brown after receiving a tip that promises to uncover the man behind the myth. His surprising journey illuminates not only our understanding of this immensely troubled, misunderstood, and complicated soul genius but the ways in which our cultural heritage has been shaped by Brown’s legacy.

The grail guitar : the search for Jimi Hendrix's "Purple haze" Telecaster

April 1, 2016
Adams, Chris, 1967- author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
x, 209 pages, 18 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The backup guitar -- Purple haze rumours -- Ruby Tuesday -- Enter Svengali -- Jamming -- Experience counts -- A Kentish lad -- The Purple haze session -- Psychedelic makeover -- Travels with the grail guitar -- Dreams realized -- Sam -- Isle of Wight Connexions -- The Hendrix expert -- Last rays -- A shot of Rye -- The crew -- Holy relics -- Tele-photo! -- The examination -- Exit lines -- Return of the grail guitar -- Lonely intersections -- Closing arguments -- The man who said 'no' to Jimi.

Memphis going down : a century of blues, soul and rock 'n' roll

April 1, 2016
Dickerson, James.
©1996 ©2013
280 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Portions of this book appeared in James L. Dickerson's Going Back to Memphis, now out of print."
Let there be blues -- The 1920s : Furry, Minnie, Sleepy and Abe -- The 1930s : Lunceford, Memphis Slim raise the bar -- The 1940s : King Biscuit time sparks Memphis -- The 1950s : revolution in the air -- The 1960s : sweet soul, southern rock & slick pop -- The 1960s : hits from Stax, American and Hi -- The 1970s : Disco Duck comes to town -- The 1980s : Memphis rekindles the dream -- The 1980s : Sun Records homecoming -- The 1980s : Memphis takes no prisoners -- The 1980s : a Beatle drops the beat -- The 1990s : Stevie Ray gets it (if no one else does) -- The 2000s : more of the same, but without the hits.

The grand tour : the life and music of George Jones

March 31, 2016
Kienzle, Richard, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe [2016]
384 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
"The George Jones of this heartfelt biography lived hard before finding contentment until he died at eighty-one--a story filled with whiskey, women and drugs but always the saving grace of music."--Publisher's description.

Les Paul : in his own words

March 30, 2016
Paul, Les, author.
Milwaukee, WI : Backbeat Books, 2016.
366 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm

How music dies (or lives) : field recording and the battle for democracy in the arts

March 30, 2016
Brennan, Ian, author.
New York : Allworth Press, [2016]
xviii, 405 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.

Heads : a biography of psychedelic America

March 29, 2016
Jarnow, Jesse.
Philadelphia, PA : Da Capo Press, [2016]
xi, 468 pages, 32 unnumbered pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm

Music maker : composer & performer.

March 29, 2016
Hubbard, L. Ron (La Fayette Ron), 1911-1986.
Commerce, Calif. : Bridge Publications, ©2012.
[3], 171 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm.
Includes index.
"Glossary": p. 129-156.
An introduction to L. Ron Hubbard -- A musical heritage -- Harmonica -- Banjo -- Ukulele -- The art of music -- Types of rhythm -- A collection of rare musical instruments -- Musical Director -- The sea chanteys -- Country music / by L. Ron Hubbard -- Proportionate sound / by L. Ron Hubbard -- Music and theater / by L. Ron Hubbard -- Space jazz -- A note for the Fairlight -- Ron's musical research base -- Music form and music type / by L. Ron Hubbard -- Declaration of peace / by L. Ron Hubbard -- Mission Earth -- Lyrics and music / by L. Ron Hubbard -- Cry out / by L. Ron Hubbard -- Scoring for the screen -- An analysis of rock music / by L. Ron Hubbard -- Organs -- Composing on the road -- Synthesizers -- The Music Room -- The L. Ron Hubbard Music Studio -- Sound, panels and chambers -- Echo chambers -- Choralizer -- The art and science of recording and relaying sound -- Microphones -- The Road to Freedom -- Thank you for listening / by L. Ron Hubbard -- The making of The Road to Freedom -- The good go free / by L. Ron Hubbard -- Epilogue.

Orchestra of exiles : the story of Bronislaw Huberman, the Israel Philharmonic, and the one thousand Jews he saved from Nazi horrors

March 28, 2016
Aronson, Josh.
New York : Berkley Books, 2016.
xii, 370 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

Experiencing the Rolling Stones : a listener's companion

March 25, 2016
Malvinni, David.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
xxxviii, 286 pages ; 24 cm
The early Stones : from R & B and the blues to Chuck Berry -- Toward an original direction : aftermath to their Satanic Majesties Request -- Supernaturally charged blues : Beggars banquet -- This record should be played loud : Let it Bleed -- 1970s overture : Sticky Fingers -- Elegantly wasted : Exile on Main Street -- Twilight of the idols : To Some Girls and Beyond.

The Elvis you didn't know : memories of living and working with the man we called our friend

March 25, 2016
Sumner, Donnie, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Mike L. Moon, [2015]
147 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
"For nearly eight years, Donnie Sumner and Ed Hill were constant companions to Elvis Presley. As members of the legendary gospel group, J.D. Sumner and THE Stamps Quartet, they enjoyed the privilege of witnessing an Elvis persona that very few were fortunate enough to share. A host of books have been written about The king of rock and roll, but seldom has Elvis been portrayed as the fun loving and loyal friend that he truly was and that is the purpose of this collection of stories. In the words of both Donnie and Ed: zDuring the years we worked and lived with Elvis, we made an immeasurable number of memories with the man we knew as 'our friend.' Some of them, we gladly share with anyone who wishes to listen. Some of them, we hold sacred and will only talk about them when we meet Elvis once again and we get to reminisce, together."--Page [4] of cover.

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