New Arrivals · Music Books

June 28, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Dear Evan Hansen

June 27, 2017
Levenson, Steven, 1984- author.
New York : Theatre Communications Group 2017.
xiii, 165 pages ; 22 cm.
An original musical that explores the poignant desire for human connection in the tumultuous life of one young man. Evan is shy, lonely, and bullied for it--teeming with the irrepressible emotions all too familiar with anyone who's ever been a teenager. After a tragedy strikes, Evan's life suddenly gets turned around, but is it ultimately for the better?

Find your whistle : simple gifts touch hearts and change lives

June 26, 2017
Ullman, Christopher.
Herndon, VA : Mascot Books, [2017]
243 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"In this sweet and authentic memoir, world whistling champion Christopher Ullman, a managing director at one of the world's most powerful private equity firms, tells readers how he found, developed, and shares his whistle with big-wig politicians, special needs children, Wall Street billionaires, and more than 400 people on their birthdays every year. Chris inspires readers to find their simple gift - their whistle - and make the world a better place."--Amazon.com.

Light come shining : the transformations of Bob Dylan

June 23, 2017
McCarron, Andrew, author.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2017.
xvi, 214 pages ; 19 cm.
Prologue: A case for this psychobiography -- Masked and anonymous -- The motorcycle crack up -- Saved -- The recommitment -- World gone wrong -- The American Proteus.
Andrew McCarron uses psychological tools to examine three major turning points - or transformations - in Bob Dylan's life: the aftermath of his 1966 motorcycle "accident," his Born Again conversion in 1978, and his recommitment to songwriting and performing in 1987. With fascinating insight, McCarron reveals how a common script undergirds Dylan's self-explanations of these changes; and, at the heart of this script, illuminates a fascinating story of spiritual death and rebirth that has captivated us all for generations.

Dreaming the Beatles : the love story of one band and the whole world

June 21, 2017
Sheffield, Rob, author.
©2017
xiii, 350 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prelude: "Thanks, Mo" -- Meet The Beatles (1962-1970) -- "Dear Prudence" (1968) -- "I call your name" (1957) -- Please please me (1963) -- The mystery inside of George -- "It won't be long" (1963) -- The importance of being Ringo -- The scream -- "Ticket to ride" (1965) -- "Think for yourself" (1965) -- Rubber Soul (1965) -- Instrumental break: 26 songs about The Beatles -- "Tomorrow never knows" (1966) -- Revolver (1966) -- "Strawberry fields forever" (1967) -- The cover of Sgt. Pepper (1967) -- Sgt. Pepper's lonely hearts club band (1967) -- "It's all too much" (1967) -- Magical mystery tour (1967) -- Beatles or Stones? -- The white album (1968) -- "Helter Skelter" (1968) -- "Something" (1969) vs. "My love" (1971) -- The cover of Abbey Road (1969) -- Turn me on, dead man -- The Beatles' last album (1970) -- "Maybe I'm amazed" (1970) -- "God" (1970) -- Paul is a concept by which we measure our pain -- When George sang "In my life" (1974) -- A toot and a snore in '74 (1974) -- Rock 'n' roll music (1976) -- "Silver horse" (1981) -- The ballad of eighties Beatles vs. nineties Beatles -- The end: sorry we hurt your field, mister.
"John, Paul, George, and Ringo remain the world's favorite thing. Yet every theory ever devised to explain why has failed. It wasn't their timing. It wasn't drugs. It wasn't that they were the voice of a generation. The vast majority of Beatles fans today weren't born when the records came out-- yet the allure of the music keeps on growing, nearly fifty years after the band split. The world keeps dreaming the Beatles, long after the Beatles themselves figured the dream was over. Our Beatles have outlasted theirs" -- Book jacket.

Runnin' with the devil : a backstage pass to the wild times, loud rock, and the down and dirty truth behind the making of Van Halen

June 21, 2017
Monk, Noel E., author.
©2017
342 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Prologue:1982 -- We got them for a steal -- Van Halen unleashed -- The road life -- M&Ms and guacamole -- There's no place like home -- How do you lose a rock star? (You get him really high--the rest takes care of itself) -- How Van Halen's hard work and high times were chronicled -- Dumpster divin' & chart climbin' -- Where the hell is Van Halen? -- The bootleg wars -- The girl next door -- Payola? I hardly know her! -- The Midas touch -- No problems (okay, maybe a few) -- 1984 -- Go ask Alex -- The long goodbye -- The writing on the wall.
"Beginning in 1978, Van Halen's rise was one of the most thrilling the rock world had ever seen--their mythos an epic party with a sweaty, sexy, finger-tapping guitar solo as an encore. During this infamous run of success, debauchery, and drama, few people were closer to the band than their manager, Noel Monk. A man who'd worked with some of rock's biggest and most notorious names, Monk spent seven years with Van Halen, serving initially as their tour manager then as their personal manager until 1985, when he and David Lee Roth exited as controversy, infighting, and egos consumed the band. Now, for the first time, Monk shares his side of the band's rapid ascent and abrupt halt, both of which left rock music forever changed. During his time behind the scenes, he saw it all and lived to tell the tale, helping the band grow from club-performing novices to hardened veterans who sold out stadiums. Lifting back the curtain on one of the great untold stories of rock music, Monk details the most outrageous escapades from his time as confidant, fixer, and promoter--from hotel room destruction to outrageous backstage behavior to Eddie Van Halen's high-profile marriage to Valerie Bertinelli to the incredible drug use and drinking that would ultimately fuel the conflict between the band members. More than just presenting a portrait of sex and drugs--though there's plenty of both--Monk goes behind the legend of Eddie Van Halen, bringing into focus the unique combination of talent, vision, hardship, and naiveté that not only shaped one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time, but also made him vulnerable to the trappings of fame. Monk also sheds light on a breakup long shrouded in rumor and animosity, telling the story of David Lee Roth's departure as he saw it and explaining how a band at the height of their powers found themselves struggling in vain to hold it all together. Complete with sixteen pages of never-before-seen photos of life with the band, Runnin' with the Devil offers Monk's backstage view of Van Halen's journey from obscurity to headliners, only to watch it all fall apart"--Jacket.

The art of sound : a visual history for audiophiles

June 21, 2017
Burrows, Terry, author.
©2017
345 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits (some color) ; 25 cm.
Includes index.
This volume is a compendium of beautiful recording and playback equipment and at the same time an engaging, comprehensive history of sound recording. Organized chronologically, it showcases specially commissioned photography of the beautiful, iconic and rarely seen objects contained within the diverse collections of the EMI Archive Trust. Recording equipment, playback devices, catalogues, artist files, records, master tapes, radios and televisions are all here, accompanied by detailed specifications and intriguing archival photographs. Interspersed with the timeline and images are in-depth articles that tell the complete stories of the pioneering advances in the evolution of sound technology, from the invention of the "Gramophone" method to the development of electronic signal amplifiers, and from the arrival of magnetic tape recording to the advent of CDs and the dawn of the digital age. It is sure to prove irresistible to music geeks and design lovers alike.

Toscanini : musician of conscience

June 21, 2017
Sachs, Harvey, 1946- author.
©2017
xviii, 923 pages, 40 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Indeterminate and determinate sounds -- Beardless maestro -- Turin -- La Scala reformed -- The Metropolitan -- Interlude -- La Scala re-created -- The New York Philharmonic and new horizons -- Clear as crystal and just as cutting -- Exile and return -- Finale -- Coda.

Grown-up anger : the connected mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Calumet massacre of 1913

June 20, 2017
Wolff, Daniel J., author.
New York, NY : Harper, [2017]
354 pages ; 24 cm
Once upon a time -- True stories about real events -- A little bad luck -- Some vision of the future -- Men possessed by anger -- No martyr is among ye now -- To handle men -- Till the world is level -- We are the bosses now -- The truth just twists -- Struggle -- Take a trip with me in 1913 -- How does it feel? -- Underground.
A tour de force of storytelling years in the making: a dual biography of two of the greatest songwriters, Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, that is also a murder mystery and a history of labor relations and socialism, big business and greed in twentieth-century America; woven together in one epic saga that holds meaning for all working Americans today. When thirteen-year-old Daniel Wolff first heard Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," it ignited a life-long interest in understanding the rock poet's anger. When he later discovered "Song to Woody," Dylan's tribute to his hero, Woody Guthrie, Wolff believed he'd uncovered one source of Dylan's rage. Sifting through Guthrie's recordings, Wolff found "1913 Massacre", a song which told the story of a union Christmas party during a strike in Calumet, Michigan, in 1913 that ended in horrific tragedy. Following the trail from Dylan to Guthrie to an event that claimed the lives of seventy-four men, women, and children a century ago, Wolff found himself tracing the history of an anger that has been passed down for decades. From America's early industrialized days, an epic battle to determine the country's direction has been waged, pitting bosses against workers and big business against the labor movement. In Guthrie's eyes, the owners ultimately won; the 1913 Michigan tragedy was just one example of a larger lost history purposely distorted and buried in time. In this magnificent cultural study, Wolff braids three disparate strands, Calumet, Guthrie, and Dylan, together to create a devastating revisionist history of twentieth-century America. Grown-Up Anger chronicles the struggles between the haves and have-nots, the impact changing labor relations had on industrial America, and the way two musicians used their fury to illuminate economic injustice and inspire change.

Goldmine's essential guide to record collecting

June 20, 2017
Thompson, Dave (Writer on music)
Iola, WI : Krause Publications, [2017].
239 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

The show that never ends : the rise and fall of prog rock

June 13, 2017
Weigel, David, 1981- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
xx, 346 pages, 8 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Children of the blitz -- The psychedelic boom -- A billion times the impact -- Moog men -- A higher art form -- Hammers and bells -- Complexity freaks -- Fripperies -- Death knell -- Neo-prog -- The nostalgia factory.
"The definitive story of the extraordinary rise and fall of progressive ('prog') rock. Epitomized by such classic, chart-topping bands as Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, and Emerson Lake & Palmer, along with such successors as Rush, Marillion, Asia, Styx, and Porcupine Tree, prog sold hundreds of millions of records. Weigel explains exactly what was 'progressive' about prog rock and how its complexity and experimentalism arose from such precursors as the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds and the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper. He traces prog's popularity from the massive success of Procol Harum's 'Whiter Shade of Pale' and the Moody Blues' 'Nights in White Satin' in 1967. He reveals how prog's best-selling, epochal albums were made, including The Dark Side of the Moon, Thick as a Brick, and Tubular Bells. And he explores the rise of new instruments into the prog mix, such as the synthesizer, flute, mellotron, and―famously―the double-neck guitar" --Dust jacket.

Notes from the Velvet Underground : the life of Lou Reed

June 13, 2017
Sounes, Howard, 1965- author.
London : Doubleday, an imprint of Transworld Publishers, 2015.
407 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Coney Island baby, 1942-59 -- On to the darkened sea, 1960-4 -- Honeybun, Black Jack, Sterl and Moesy, 1964-5 -- The exploding plastic inevitable, 1966 -- Light and dark, 1967-8 -- A new VU, 1968-70 -- Solo in the seventies, 1970-3 -- Self-parody, 1973-4 -- Howling like the devil, 1975-6 -- The Arista years, 1976-80 -- Second marriage, 1980-7 -- New inspiration, 1987-92 -- Return to the Velvet Underground, 1992-6 -- Love, Lou, 1996-2008 -- Nevermore, 2008-13.
Lou Reed, who died in 2013, was best known to the general public as the grumpy New Yorker in black who sang 'Walk on the Wild Side'. To his dedicated admirers, however, he was one of the most innovative and intelligent American song writers of modern times, a natural outsider who lived a tumultuous and tortured life. In this in-depth, meticulously researched and very entertaining biography, respected biographer Howard Sounes examines the life and work of this fascinating man, from birth to death, including his time as the leader of The Velvet Underground - one of the most important bands in rock'n'roll. Written with a deep knowledge and understanding of the music, Sounes also sheds entirely new light on the artist's creative process, his mental health problems, his bisexuality, his three marriages, and his addictions to drugs and alcohol. In the course of his research, Sounes has interviewed over 140 people from every part of Lou Reed's life - some of whom have not spoken publicly about him before - including music industry figures, band members, fellow celebrities, family members, former wives and lovers. This book brings Lou Reed and his world alive.

Make: musical inventions : DIY instruments to toot, tap, crank, strum, pluck, and switch on

June 12, 2017
Ceceri, Kathy, author.
San Francisco, CA : Maker Media, 2017.
xxxv, 211 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"Make: makezine.com"--Page 4 of cover.

Meet me in the bathroom : rebirth and rock and roll in New York City, 2001-2011

June 6, 2017
Goodman, Elizabeth, 1980- author.
©2017
xvii, 621 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Nostalgia for an hour ago -- The class of 2001 -- The new global underground -- Birth of Brooklyn -- "New York, I love you but you're bringing me down."
"Meet Me in the Bathroom charts the transformation of the New York music scene in the first decade of the 2000s, the bands behind it—including The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem, Interpol, and Vampire Weekend-- and the cultural forces that shaped it, from the Internet to a booming real estate market that forced artists out of the Lower East Side to Williamsburg. Drawing on 200 original interviews with James Murphy, Julian Casablancas, Karen O, Ezra Koenig, and many others musicians, artists, journalists, bloggers, photographers, managers, music executives, groupies, models, movie stars, and DJs who lived through this explosive time, journalist Lizzy Goodman offers a fascinating portrait of a time and a place that gave birth to a new era in modern rock-and-roll."--Amazon.com

In their lives : great writers on great Beatles songs

May 25, 2017
New York : Blue Rider Press, [2017]
xv, 300 pages ; 22 cm
She loves you / Roz Chast -- I saw her standing there / Alan Light -- I want to hold your hand / Jane Smiley -- I'll be back / Shawn Colvin -- No reply / Rosanne Cash -- I'm a loser / Gerald Early -- Yesterday / Pico Iyer -- Norwegian wood / Amy Bloom -- Eleanor Rigby / Rebecca Mead -- Yellow submarine / Maria Popova -- And your bird can sing / Peter Blauner -- Tomorrow never knows / Jon Pareles -- Lucy in the sky with diamonds / Thomas Beller -- She's leaving home / Mona Simpson -- Good day sunshine / Joseph O'Neill -- She said she said / Alec Wilkinson -- Strawberry Fields forever/Penny Lane / Adam Gopnik -- A day in the life / Nicholas Dawidoff -- I am the walrus / Ben Zimmer -- Dear Prudence / David Duchovny -- Helter skelter / Chuck Klosterman -- The ballad of John and Yoko / Touré -- Octopus's garden / Elissa Schappell -- The end / Rick Moody -- You know my name (Look up the number) / David Hajdu -- Here comes the sun/There's a place / Francine Prose and Emilia Ruiz-Michels -- Let it be / John Hockenberry -- Two of us / Bill Flanagan.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band : the album, the Beatles, and the world in 1967

May 25, 2017
Southall, Brian, author.
©2017
192 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 x 26 cm
First published: London : Carlton Books, 2017.
"An Imagine Book."
The Beatles. John Lennon ; Paul McCartney ; George Harrison ; Ringo Starr ; Brian Epstein ; George Martin -- Sgt. Pepper, side one -- Sgt. Pepper, side two -- Music meets art: the cover -- Reception -- It was fifty years ago today -- Turn on, tune in and drop out: 1966 -- The rise of psychedelia -- 1967: the year that everything changed -- 1968: the year after.

Shake it up : great American writing on rock and pop from Elvis to Jay Z

May 25, 2017
©2017
xv, 601 pages ; 22 cm
"A Library of America Special Publication."
The freewheelin' Bob Dylan / Nat Hentoff -- The changing same (R&B and new Black music) (excerpt) / Amiri Baraka -- Learning from the Beatles / Richard Poirier -- Goodbye surfing, hello God! / Jules Siegel -- Master of mediocrity / Richard Goldstein -- Outlaw blues / Paul Williams -- The Memphis soul sound / Stanley Booth -- Lillian Roxon's rock encyclopedia (excerpt) / Lillian Roxon -- The best of acappella / Lenny Kaye -- The aesthetics of rock (excerpt) / Richard Meltzer -- Inside the cages of the zoo / Ellen Sander -- The disco files (excerpt) / Vince Aletti -- Valley of the New York Dolls / Paul Nelson -- Where were you when Elvis died? / Lester Bangs -- In defense of rock theory / Greg Shaw -- Prince / Robert Christgau -- The Cars' power steering / Jon Pareles -- Janis Joplin / Ellen Willis -- The Slits go native / Carola Dibbell -- David Bowe eats his young / Debra Rae Cohen -- Hellfire (excerpt) / Nick Tosches -- Boys' night out : Aztec camera clicks / Ariel Swartley -- The power and the glory / Nelson George -- King Solomon : the throne in exile / Peter Guralnick -- Sylvia's husband / Donna Gaines -- The heart of rock & soul : the 1001 greatest singles ever made (excerpt) / Dave Marsh -- The Ramones / Chuck Eddy -- Jim Morrison is dead and living in Hollywood / Eve Babitz -- Route 666 (excerpt) / Gina Arnold -- Houses of the holy / Ann Powers -- Sam Cooke's Night Beat / Robert Palmer -- One nation under a groove (excerpt) / Gerald Early -- Bruce Springsteen : born to run / Ed Ward -- Total systems failure / Camden Joy -- Fargo Rock City (excerpt) / Chuck Klosterman -- Seven years in the life / Geoffrey O'Brien -- O.P.D. ; Deus Est Vivus : The Beatles and The Death Cults (excerpt) / Devin McKinney -- Emo : where the girls aren't / Jessica Hopper -- Live at the Apollo (excerpt) / Douglas Wolk -- Ray Charles / David Hajdu -- I is somebody else / Luc Sante -- The final comeback of Axl Rose / John Jeremiah Smith -- In praise of assholes / Greg Tate -- Say you want a revolution... / Elijah Wald -- Michael / Hilton Als -- The Runaways : wild thing / Evelyn McDonnell -- Word : Jay Z's Decoded and the language of hip-hop / Kelefa Sanneh -- Love and hope and sex and dreams : punk rock, disco, New York City & the triumph of the Rolling Stones' Some Girls / Anthony DeCurtis -- After 30 years, I finally went to a Barry Manilow concert / Danyel Smith -- Guitar drag / Greil Marcus -- Sources and acknowledgments -- Index.
"Shake It Up invites the reader into the tumult and excitement of the rock revolution through fifty landmark pieces by a supergroup of writers on rock in all its variety, from heavy metal to disco, punk to hip-hop."--provided by publisher.

Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill

May 24, 2017
Dantzic, Jerry, photographer.
©2017
144 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
Crazy they call me: on looking at Jerry Dantzic's photos of Billie Holiday / by Zadie Smith -- Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill, Newark, New Jersey, April 16-21, 1957 -- Billy Holiday at the 2nd New York Jazz Festival, Randall's Island, August 24, 1957 -- Jerry Dantzic's Billie Holiday / by Grayson Dantzic.
In 1957, New York photojournalist Jerry Dantzic spent time with the iconic singer Billie Holiday during a week-long run of performances at the Newark, New Jersey, nightclub Sugar Hill. The resulting images offer a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of Billie with her family, friends, and her pet chihuahua, Pepe; playing with her godchild (son of her autobiography's coauthor, William Dufty); washing dishes at the Duftys' home; walking the streets of Newark; in her hotel room; waiting backstage or having a drink in front of the stage; and performing. The years and the struggles seem to vanish when she sings; her face lights up. Later that same year, Dantzic photographed her in color at the second New York Jazz Festival at Randall's Island. Only a handful of the photographs in the book have ever been published. In her text, Zadie Smith evokes Lady Day herself and shows us what she sees as she inhabits these images and reveals what she is thinking.

Otis Redding : an unfinished life

May 23, 2017
Gould, Jonathan, 1951-
New York : Crown Archetype, [2017]
viii, 533 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Monterey -- Georgia on my mind -- Laura -- Gallantry's last bow -- Sonny -- Georgia Tom -- Sister Rosetta and the Jukebox King -- Macon music -- Brown v. board -- Brother Ray -- 1955 -- Specialty -- Bellevue -- Hillview Springs -- Teenage party -- Atlantic -- Phil -- Otis and Phil -- Zelma -- Love twist -- Joe -- Satellite -- Stax -- These arms of mine -- That's what my heart needs -- The hot summer revue -- Pain in my heart -- The Apollo -- Security -- Berry, Brown, and Burke -- Roy street -- Soul ballads -- I've been loving you too long -- Otis blue -- My girl -- I can't turn you loose -- The soul album -- The whisky -- Summer 1966 -- Otis and Phil redux -- Ready steady go! -- Dictionary of soul -- The Fillmore -- King & Queen -- Hit the road, Stax -- R-E-S-P-E-C-T -- The love crowd -- Buses to planes -- What makes these guys so special -- The dock of the bay -- Epitaph -- Epilogue.
"Otis Redding remains an immortal presence in the canon of American music on the strength of such classic hits as "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay," "I've Been Loving You Too Long," "Try a Little Tenderness," and "Respect," a song he wrote and recorded before Aretha Franklin made it her own. As the architect of the distinctly southern, gospel-inflected style of rhythm & blues associated with Stax Records in Memphis, Redding made music that has long served as the gold standard of 1960s soul. Yet an aura of myth and mystery has always surrounded his life, which was tragically cut short at the height of his career by a plane crash in December 1967. In chronicling the story of Redding's life and music, Gould also presents a social history of the time and place from which they emerged. His book never lets us forget that the boundaries between black and white in popular music were becoming porous during the years when racial tensions were reaching a height throughout the United States. His indelible portrait of Redding and the mass acceptance of soul music in the 1960s is both a revealing look at a brilliant artist and a provocative exploration of the tangled history of race and music in America that resonates strongly with the present day" -- provided by publisher.

Jimmy Buffett : a good life all the way

May 16, 2017
White, Ryan (Journalist), author.
New York : Touchstone, 2017.
viii, 354 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"Music critic Ryan White has crafted the first definitive account of Buffett's rise from singing songs for beer to his emergence as a tropical icon and CEO behind the Margaritaville industrial complex, a vast network of merchandise, chain restaurants, resorts, and lifestyle products all inspired by his ... hit 'Margaritaville'"--Dust jacket flap.

The cake and the rain

May 11, 2017
Webb, Jimmy, author.
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
346 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Jimmy Webb's words have been sung to his music by a rich and deep roster of pop artists, including Glen Campbell, Art Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer, and Linda Ronstadt. He's the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestrations, and his chart-topping career has, so far, lasted fifty years, most recently including a Kanye West rap hit and a new classical nocturne. Now, in his first memoir, Webb delivers a snapshot of his life from 1955 to 1970, from simple and sere Oklahoma to fast and fantastical Los Angeles, from the crucible of his family to the top of his longed-for profession. Webb was a preacher's son whose father climbed off a tractor to receive his epiphany, and Jimmy, barely out of his teenage years, sank down into the driver's seat of a Cobra to speed to Las Vegas to meet with Elvis. Classics such as 'Up, Up and Away,' 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix,' 'Wichita Lineman,' 'Galveston,' 'The Worst That Could Happen,' 'All I Know,' and 'MacArthur Park' were all recorded by some of the most important voices in pop before Webb's twenty-fifth birthday--and he thought it was easy. The sixties were a supernova, and Webb was at the center, whipsawed from the proverbial humble beginnings into a moneyed and manic international world of beautiful women, drugs, cars, and planes. That stew almost took him down, but Webb survived, his passion for music and work among his lifelines. The Cake and the Rain is a surprising and unusual book: Webb's talent as a writer and storyteller is on every page. His book is rich with a sense of time and place, and with the voices of characters, vanished and living, famous and not, but all intimately involved with him in his youth, when life seemed nothing more than a party and Webb the eternal guest of honor." -- Inside jacket.

Dig if you will the picture : funk, sex, God, and genius in the music of Prince

May 11, 2017
Greenman, Ben, author.
©2017
xiii, 286 pages ; 23 cm
Foreword / Questlove -- Introduction: the end -- Man, music. Life can be so nice: his life and its beginnings ; Baby I'm a star: his music and its beginnings ; Brand new groove: his music and its properties ; Musicology: his music and its imitators -- Meaning. Girls and boys: sex in his music ; Walk by the mirror: self in his music ; What time is it?: others in his music ; I wish u heaven: virtue and sin in his music ; America: race and politics in his music -- Methods, madness. What's my name: why he changed his name, and what that wrought ; MPLS: how his hometown made him and how he, in turn, made it ; Call the law: how he grew frustrated with fans and the internet ; It's gonna be a beautiful night: when he was onstage ; The work: how he produced so much for so long -- Memory. Such a shame our friendship had to end -- Appendix: Let's work: annotated discography and song index.
An exploration of the life and legacy of Prince discusses his vibrant and prolific output, the paradigm-shifting ideas in his music, and his wide-ranging impact on modern culture.

From cradle to stage : stories from the mothers who rocked and raised rock stars

May 10, 2017
Grohl, Virginia Hanlon, author.
Berkeley, California : Seal Press, [2017]
xv, 224 pages : illustrations (mostly color) ; 23 cm
Marianne Stipe, mother of Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) -- Vignette #1: the conversation -- Verna Griffin, mother of Andre Young (Dr. Dre) -- Bev Lambert, mother of Miranda Lambert -- Vignette #2: my friend Wendy -- Hester Diamond, mother of Mike D (Beastie Boys) -- Sandi Clark, mother of Gary Clark Jr. -- Vignette #3: the music lady -- Vignette #4: the three belles -- Donna Haime, mother of Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim (HAIM) -- Mary Weinrib, mother of Geddy Lee (Rush) -- Vignette #5: have rhinestones, will travel -- Patsy Noah, mother of Adam Levine (Maroon 5) -- Jeannie Taylor, mother of Kelly Clarkson -- Vignette #6: applause! -- Dr. Carolyn Williams, mother of Pharrell Williams -- Val Matthews, mother of Dave Matthews (Dave Matthews Band) -- Vignette #7: Nirvana -- Bettye Moses, mother of Zac Brown (Zac Brown Band) -- Harriette Brown, stepmother of Zac Brown (Zac Brown Band) -- Vignette #8: 9/11 -- Ellen Taylor, mother of Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule) -- Vignette #9: party on, Dave! -- Janis Winehouse, mother of Amy Winehouse -- Vignette #10: pride and joy -- Lindy Groban, mother of Josh Groban -- Vignette #11: mother's day -- Judy Kahn, mother of Adam Levin (X Ambassadors) -- Mary Morello, mother of Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) -- Vignette #12: Foo Fighters -- Vignette #13: what's a mother to do?
Drawing on interviews with such women as Verna Griffin, Dr. Dre's mother; Marianne Stipe, Michael Stipe of REM's mother; Janis Winehouse, Amy Winehouse's mother; Hester Diamond, Mike D of The Beastie Boys' mother; and many more, the mother of Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl presents an exposé of what it's like to be a rock 'n' roll mom.

American epic : when music gave America her voice

May 5, 2017
MacMahon, Bernard, 1970- author.
©2017
279 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
At head of title: T Bone Burnett, Robert Redford, Jack White present.
"The companion book to the PBS series."
The first time America heard herself -- I'll get a break someday: Will Shade and the Memphis Jug Band -- In the shadow of Clinch Mountain: The Carter Family -- My heart keeps singing: Elder J.E. Burch -- Gonna die with my hammer in my hand: Dick Justice and the Williamson Brothers -- Down the dirt road: Charley Patton and the Mississippi Delta Blues -- Chant of the snake dance: The Hopi Indian Chanters -- Bird of paradise: Joseph Kekuku -- Mal hombre: Lydia Mednoza -- Allons à Lafayette: The Breaux Family -- Avalon blues: Mississippi John Hurt -- The American epic sessions -- Travel and the crew.
A companion book to the groundbreaking PBS and BBC documentary series celebrates the pioneers and artists of American roots music--blues, gospel, folk, Cajun, Appalachian, Hawaiian, and Native American--without which there would be no jazz, rock, country, R & B, or hip hop today.

In the midnight hour : the life & soul of Wilson Pickett

May 4, 2017
Fletcher, Tony, author.
New York : Oxford University Press, [2017]
xv, 302 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Rise 1941-1972 -- Fall 1973-1996 -- Redemption 1997-2006.
Looks at the life and music career of prominent soul singer Wilson Pickett, chronicling the performer's rise to stardom and his self-destructive fall into alcohol and drug addiction before ending his career on a high note with a Grammy-nominated album.

Gone : a girl, a violin, a life unstrung

May 1, 2017
Kym, Min, author.
New York : Crown, [2017]
227 pages ; 22 cm
At seven years old Min Kym was a prodigy, the youngest ever student at the famed Purcell School of Music. At eleven she won her first international prize. And at twenty-one, she found zthe one,y the violin that would transform her life: a rare 1696 Stradivarius. Her career soared. She recorded the Brahms concerto and a world tour was planned.

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