New Arrivals · Music Books

November 25, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Vinyl : the art of making records

November 24, 2015
Evans, Mike, 1941 October 30- author.
New York : Sterling, [2015]
256 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Includes index.
"The grooves, the labels, the designs"--Cover.
"In our increasingly digital world, audiophiles know that the real recording is on vinyl. That's why sales of vinyl continue to soar. Mike Evans offers a sumptuous visual celebration of this medium's fascinating history and triumphant rebirth. From weighty 78s to feisty 45s, from eccentric EPs to legendary LPs, he brings vinyl recordings off the shelves and out of the crate."--provided by publisher.

101 cello tips : stuff all the pros know and use - updated edition

November 23, 2015
Schmidt, Angela.
Milwaukee, WI : Hal Leonard, [2015]
55 p. : ill., music ; 31 cm.
This book contains tips on bowing, non-classical playing accessories, gigs, practicing, recording, and more. Also contains link to online audio file.

Hal Leonard jazz piano method : the player's guide to authentic stylings

November 23, 2015
Davis, Mark, 1969- author.
96 pages : illustrations ; 31 cm
"Audio access included"--Cover.
Getting started -- Essential theory -- Basic chords and voicings -- Repertoire -- Beginning improvisation -- Dominant vocabulary -- Major vocabulary -- More harmony -- More scales -- More repertoire.

The contemporary guitar

November 23, 2015
Schneider, John, author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
xiv, 344 pages : illustrations, music ; 28 cm

Strayhorn : an illustrated life

November 19, 2015
xii, 196 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
"Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life is a stunning collection of essays, photographs, and ephemera celebrating Billy Strayhorn, one of the most significant yet under-appreciated contributors to 20th century American music. Released in commemoration of Strayhorn's centennial, this luxurious coffee-table book offers intimate details of the composer's life from musicians, scholars, and Strayhorn's closest relatives. Perhaps best known for his 28-year collaborative role as Duke Ellington's "writing and arranging companion," Strayhorn has emerged in recent years as an even more meritorious force in shaping the jazz canon. Strayhorn delves into every stage of Billy's career, beginning with his abusive upbringing and early success to later partnerships with Lena Horne and the Copasetics. Rich with insights, the book covers topics such as his music, family, intellectual pursuits, involvement with civil rights, and open homosexuality. Featuring contributions from Strayhorn's biographer David Hajdu, film director Rob Levi, music scholar Walter van de Leur, as well as lush photography and rare memorabilia like handwritten scores, this is a book to be treasured by jazz aficionados and music lovers everywhere. Enthralling and visually captivating, Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life lauds a beloved jazz legend and captures a prodigious legacy that will influence generations to come"-- Provided by publisher.

Musical instruments : highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

November 17, 2015
Moore, J. Kenneth (Curator)
New York : Metropolitan Museum Of Art, [2015]
191 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 24 cm
Highlights from the collection -- About the musical instruments collection.
"This insightful appreciation of musical instruments features more than one hundred extraordinary pieces from the Metropolitan Museum's collection. Whether created to entertain a royal court, provide personal solace, or aid in rites and rituals, these instruments fully demonstrate music's universal resonance and the ingenuity various cultures have deployed for musical expression. The results are astoundingly diverse: from Bronze Age cymbals and sistra to violins made by Stradivari, monumental slit drums from Oceania, and iconic twentieth-century American guitars. Stunning new photographs and a lively text reveal these objects to be works of both musical and visual art, as well as marvels of technology and masterpieces of design. Depictions of instruments and music making--paintings, statues, and pottery--further illuminate the narrative, providing a vivid counterpoint to these remarkable objects." -- Publisher's description.

Petty : the biography

November 17, 2015
Zanes, Warren, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
x, 323 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Includes index.
1976. Introduction ; Family secrets ; Stranger in the house ; Cowboys and Indians ; Salesmen ; Mud ; Farming ; Chemistry lessons ; Even the losers ; Cordell ; Waiting for Leon ; Punching buttons ; Opening acts ; Chapter eleven ; The album cycle ; Life between the branches below ; The veteran in a new field ; The backing band -- 1987. Gonna leave this world for a while ; Planned collisions ; A boat out at sea ; Full grown boy ; Half of me is ocean, half of me is sky -- 2006. Everything changed, then changed again ; Somewhere under heaven -- 2015.
Zanes provides an honest and evocative examination of Petty's music, and the remarkable rock and roll history he and his band helped to write. Petty was a kid without a whole lot of promise; rock and roll made it otherwise. His story has all the drama of a rock and roll epic. Dark and mysterious, Petty manages to come back, again and again, showing us what the music can do and where it can take us.

Ukulele for dummies

November 13, 2015
Wood, Alistair, 1977- author.
xv, 312 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm
First edition published 2011.
Presents an introduction to playing the ukulele, discussing such topics as chords, strumming, fingerpicking, and different genres and styles, along with advice on selecting and caring for an instrument.

Why Sinatra matters

November 13, 2015
Hamill, Pete, 1935-
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
xviii, 187 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Originally published ©1998 ; introduction ©2015.

All you need to know about the music business.

November 12, 2015
New York : Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, c1991-
v. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Vols. for 1991-<2015> published by Simon & Schuster.
Vols. for 1991-<2015> by Donald S. Passman.

Sting and The Police : walking in their footsteps

November 9, 2015
West, Aaron J.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
xxxix, 163 pages ; 24 cm.
The Police and the progressive rock, punk, and reggae styles -- The Police and the style mosaic -- Sting and the album Mosaic -- Selling The Police and Sting to the world -- Sting in the age of global activism -- The Police and the rock trio -- The music after The Police.

Beethoven's symphonies : an artistic vision

November 9, 2015
Lockwood, Lewis.
285 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

Sam Phillips : the man who invented rock 'n' roll

November 9, 2015
Guralnick, Peter, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
xvii, 763 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"I dare you!" : 1923-1942 -- Radio romance : 1942-1950 -- The price of freedom : January 1950-June 1951 -- "Where the soul of man never dies" : June 1951-October 1952 -- Perfect imperfection : June 1952-July 1953 -- Prisoner's dream : July 1953-February 1955 -- Spiritual awakenings : January 1955-December 1956 -- I'll sail my ship alone : 1957-1961 -- "They'll carry you to the cliff and shove you off" : 1979-1961-1979 -- How lucky can one man get : 1980-2003.
The author of Last Train to Memphis brings us the life of Sam Phillips, the visionary genius who singlehandedly steered the revolutionary path of Sun Records. The music that Phillips shaped in his tiny Memphis studio, with artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ike Turner, and Johnny Cash, introduced a sound that had never been heard before. He brought forth a singular mix of black and white voices unabashedly proclaiming the primacy of the American vernacular tradition while at the same time declaring, once and for all, a new, integrated musical world. With extensive interviews and firsthand personal observations extending over the author's 25-year acquaintance with Phillips, along with wide-ranging interviews with nearly all the legendary Sun Records artists, this book gives us an ardent, intimate, and unrestrained portrait of an American original as compelling in his own right as Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, and Thomas Edison.--Adapted from book jacket.

Sinatra's century : one hundred notes on the man and his world

November 9, 2015
Lehman, David, 1948- author.
268 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
A one hundredth-birthday tribute to the iconic entertainer collects one hundred short reflections on subjects ranging from his childhood in Hoboken and emergence in the 1940s to his romantic entanglements and bonds with the Rat Pack.

Chapter and verse : New Order, Joy Division and me

November 6, 2015
Sumner, Bernard.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2015.
343 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Examines "Bernard Sumner's childhood, the early days of Joy Division, the band's enormous critical and popular success, and the subsequent tragic death of Ian Curtis. Sumner describes the formation of New Order, takes us behind the scenes at the birth of classics such as 'Blue Monday,' and gives his first-hand account of the ecstasy and the agony of the Haçienda days"--Dust jacket flap.

The Who : the official history

November 6, 2015
Marshall, Ben, author.
New York, NY : HarperDesign, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.
319 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
It's a boy, 1944-1955. Introducing Roger Harry Daltrey ; Introducing John Alec Entwhistle ; Introducing Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend ; Introducing Keith John Moon -- My generation, 1954-1958. Teddy Boys -- Sparks, 1958-1964 -- Maximum R&B, 1964-1965. Lambert and Stamp ; Who are the Mods? -- The Who sell out, 1965-1969. Pop goes art -- Tommy can you hear me? 1969-1974. Hippies -- Amazing journey, 1971-1975 -- Hooligans, 1975-1978. Scar tissue -- Moon beams. The strange story of Esso, Dave, Keith Moon and the weekend punks -- Doctor Jimmy, 1978-1979. The battle of Brighton -- When you do it alone, 1979-2000 -- The ox -- The seeker, 2006 -- What's next?

In search of Pharrell Williams

November 6, 2015
Lester, Paul, author.
vi, 217 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : portraits (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Pharrell Williams is one of the biggest names on today's top 40 charts. He's won eleven Grammys (and immeasurable attention for his Grammys fashion choices), been nominated for an Oscar, and is about to begin writing a series of children's books. He's worked behind the scenes as a producer on hits like Kelis's "Milkshake," Britney Spears's "Slave 4 You," and has collaborated with every major hip hop artist in the business. Pharrell's music is inescapable, but his story -- his life and influences -- has been largely left unreported. In this first major biography of Williams, Paul Lester draws on interviews with Williams and his family and friends to show fans the man behind the music.

Kraftwerk : publikation a biography

November 5, 2015
Buckley, David, 1965- author.
London : Overlook Omnibus, [2015]
xix, 314 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

Sinatra : the chairman

November 3, 2015
Kaplan, James, 1951- author.
979 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Presents a behind-the-scenes examination of the life and career of the legendary performer that offers insight into his prolific accomplishments, multidimensional character, and complex relationships.

Collected lyrics, 1970-2015

November 3, 2015
Smith, Patti.
New York, N.Y. : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers ©2015.
308 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 24 cm
Includes index to lyrics.
First published as: Patti Smith complete : lyrics, reflections & notes for the future. New York : Doubleday, 1998.
About a boy -- Ain't it strange -- Amerigo -- April fool -- As the night goes by -- Ask the angels -- Babelfield -- Babelogue -- Ballad of a bad boy -- Banga -- Because the night -- Beneath the southern cross -- Birdland -- Blue poles -- Boy cried wolf -- Break it up -- Broken flag -- Burning roses -- Capitol letter -- Career of evil -- Cartwheels -- Cash -- Chiklets -- Child -- China bird -- Citizen ship -- Come back little Sheba -- Constantine's dream -- Dancing barefoot -- Dead city -- Dead to the world -- Death singing -- Distant fingers -- Dog dream -- Don't say nothing -- Dream of life -- Easter -- Elegie -- Farewell reel -- A fire of unknown origin -- Fireflies -- Frederick -- Free money -- Fuji-san -- Gandhi -- Ghost dance -- Glitter in their eyes -- Godspeed -- Going under -- Gone again -- Grateful -- Gung ho -- Hymn -- In excelsis Deo -- In my Blakean year -- It takes time -- The Jackson song -- Jubilee -- Just kids -- Kimberly -- Land. Horses ; Land of a thousand dances ; La mer (de) -- Last call -- Laugharne -- Libbie's song -- Lo and beholden -- Looking for you (I was) -- Maria -- Marigold -- Memento mori -- Memorial song -- Mercy is -- Mermaid song -- Mosaic -- Mother rose -- My madrigal -- New party -- Nine -- Notes to the future -- 1959 -- One voice -- Paths that cross -- Peaceable kingdom -- People have the power -- Persuasion -- Picture hanging blues -- Piss factory -- Pissing in a river -- Poor fellah -- Poppies -- Pumping (my heart) -- The pride moves slowly -- Qana -- Radio Baghdad -- Radio Ethiopia /Abyssinia -- Ravens -- Redondo Beach -- Revenge -- The revenge of Vera Gemini -- Rock n roll nigger -- Seneca -- Seven ways of going -- Somalia -- Space monkey -- Strange messengers -- Stride of the mind -- Summer cannibals -- Tarkovsky -- This is the girl -- 'Till victory -- Trespasses -- Twenty-fifth floor -- Upright come -- Up there down there -- Waiting underground -- Wave -- We three -- Where duty calls -- Whirl away -- Wild leaves -- Wing -- The wing child -- Without chains -- A woman's story -- Work song -- The writer's song.

The Singing Irish : a history of the Notre Dame Glee Club

November 3, 2015
Anderson, Michael Alan, 1975- author.
Notre Dame, Indiana : University of Notre Dame Press, [2015]
xiv, 225 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 x 29 cm
Traces of a glee club -- Membership and the privileged -- Shaping the sound I : setting the standards -- Shaping the sound II : continuing the tradition -- Concerts at home -- Touring life : beyond the dome -- Songs of the Singing Irish : a century of glee club repertoire -- Recordings, airwaves, and the silver screen -- The glee club and the gridiron -- Traditions public and private -- Ladies sweet and kind : women and the glee club.

MC5 : sonically speaking : a tale of revolution and rock 'n' roll

November 3, 2015
Callwood, Brett.
Detroit, Mich. : Wayne State University Press, ©2010.
x, 231 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
The definitive biography of the MC5, with firsthand interviews.

Songwriter's market.

October 30, 2015
Cincinnati : Writer's Digest Books,
v. : ill. ; 24 cm.

How can it be? : a rock & roll diary

October 30, 2015
Wood, Ron, 1947-
[Guildford, England] : Genesis Publications Ltd, [2015]
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations, maps, facsimilies (some color) ; 22 cm.
Includes index.
"This book first appears as a limited edition of 1,965 numbered copies, signed by Ronnie Wood."
"Before he was a Rolling Stone, a Face, or a member of the Jeff Beck Group, Ronnie Wood flew the nest aged just 17 with his first band, the Birds. Featuring cameos by legends such as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Rod Stewart and Pete Townshend, Ronnie's adventures on the road to superstardom were handwritten in his private diary of 1965. Now, celebrating 50 years in rock' n' roll, Ronnie Wood guides us through the pages of his rediscovered journal. With his entertaining new commentary, hand-drawn illustrations, and rare photos and memorabilia, Ronnie's trip through the Sixties is introduced by his Stones bandmate Charlie Watts." -- page [4] of slipcover.

Hunger makes me a modern girl : a memoir

October 29, 2015
Brownstein, Carrie, 1974-
New York : Riverhead Books, 2015.
x, 244 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
A "narrative of [rock guitarist and actor Brownstein's] escape from a turbulent family life into a world where music was the means toward self-invention, community, and rescue. Along the way, Brownstein chronicles the excitement and contradictions within the era's flourishing and fiercely independent music subculture, including experiences that sowed the seeds for the observational satire of the popular television series Portlandia years later"--Dust jacket flap.

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