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Chinaberry Sidewalks

Written by Rodney Crowell


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74097-7 (0-307-74097-8)

In a tender and uproarious memoir, singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell reveals the good, the bad, and the ugly of a dirt-poor southeast Texas boyhood.

The only child of a hard-drinking father and a holy-roller mother, acclaimed musician Rodney Crowell was no stranger to bombast. But despite a home life always threatening to burst... Read more >

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Chinaberry Sidewalks

Written by Rodney Crowell


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 18, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-59420-4 (0-307-59420-3)

The only child of a hard-drinking father and a Holy Roller mother, Rodney Crowell was no stranger to bombast from an early age, whether knock-down-drag-outs at a local dive bar or fire-and-brimstone sermons at Pentecostal tent revivals. He was an expert at reading his father’s mercurial moods and gauging exactly when... Read more >

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Hit Men
Power Brokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business
Written by Fredric Dannen


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 2, 1991
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73061-3 (0-679-73061-3)

Hit Men is the shocking, highly controversial expose of the venality, greed, and corruption of many of the assorted kingpins and hustlers who rule over the music industry.
“A sobering, blunt, and unusually well-observed depiction of the sometimes sordid inner workings of the music business.” —Billboard

4 pages of photographs Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Blues Legacies and Black Feminism
Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday
Written by Angela Y. Davis


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 26, 1999
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77126-5 (0-679-77126-3)

Angela Davis gives us a new, radically transforming interpretation of the lives and music of three of the greatest singers of the 20th century. She uses the biographies, careers, and performances of recorded songs by Bessie Smith, "Ma" Rainey, and Billie Holiday--the African-American women who dominated American popular music between 1910... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The American Opera Singer
The lives & adventures of America's great singers in opera & concert from 1825 to the present
Edited by Peter G. Davis


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 16, 1999
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-42174-4 (0-385-42174-5)

In America today, opera has never been more popular, and one reason for this is, no doubt, that American opera singers are fixtures on every leading opera stage throughout the world. In this lively and engrossing account, Peter G. Davis, music critic for New York magazine and a leading opera authority... Read more >

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In the Country of Country
A Journey to the Roots of American Music
Written by Nicholas Dawidoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 28, 1998
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70082-8 (0-375-70082-X)

From the author of the bestselling The Catcher Was a Spy comes an exhilarating exploration of the performers, places, and experiences which form country music—a genre which is uniquely and authentically American.

In this evocative book, Dawidoff pays tribute to the music that sprang from places like Maces Springs, Viriginia, home of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Art in the Streets

Written by Jeffrey Deitch, Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Skira Rizzoli
On Sale: April 12, 2011
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3617-8 (0-8478-3617-7)

While other books have chronicled graffiti in the US and abroad, this is the first to assemble the most important artists and writers from around the world and their interlocutors in one exhibition and accompanying volume. No other book on the subject has gathered all the major figures (experts and those... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Art in the Streets

Written by Jeffrey Deitch, Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Skira Rizzoli
On Sale: April 12, 2011
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3648-2 (0-8478-3648-7)

While other books have chronicled graffiti in the US and abroad, this is the first to assemble the most important artists and writers from around the world and their interlocutors in one exhibition and accompanying volume. No other book on the subject has gathered all the major figures (experts and those... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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The Guitar Handbook

Written by Ralph Denyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 20, 1992
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74275-3 (0-679-74275-1)

The most comprehensive resource available for beginning and experienced guitarists alike, whether acoustic or electric. Completely redesigned and with many more full-color photos than the original, this new edition surveys recent models and profiles current masters, includes an expanded lesson section, and encompasses 10 years of technological change in recording and... Read more >

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An Invitation to the Opera

Written by John L. Digaetani


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 1, 1991
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-26339-9 (0-385-26339-2)

This invaluable primer will ntroduce the uninitiated to the mysteries of opera and helps more experienced buffs expand their understanding and deepen their appreciation of the art form. It provides an accesible and completely comprehensive look at opera's rich heritage and includes information such as:

•A retelling of opera's history, from its... Read more >

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Your Body, Your Voice
The Key to Natural Singing and Speaking
Written by Theodore Dimon Ed. D.
Illustrated by G. David Brown


Format: Trade Paperback, 184 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: September 27, 2011
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-320-5 (1-58394-320-X)

In this innovative book, Theodore Dimon, Ed. D., shows how each part of the vocal organ (breathing, larynx, throat, and so on) works as part of a larger musculoskeletal system that is often interfered with, and how identifying this larger system and understanding how it works allows a person to train... Read more >

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The Birth of Venus
A Novel
Written by Sarah Dunant


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 30, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6897-2 (0-8129-6897-2)

2005 BOOK SENSE BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD, ADULT NON-FICTION

Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family’s Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a... Read more >

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In the Company of the Courtesan
A Novel
Written by Sarah Dunant


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 6, 2007
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7404-1 (0-8129-7404-2)

My lady, Fiammetta Bianchini, was plucking her eyebrows and biting color into her lips when the unthinkable happened and the Holy Roman Emperor’s army blew a hole in the wall of God’s eternal city, letting in a flood of half-starved, half-crazed troops bent on pillage and punishment.

Thus begins In the Company... Read more >

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Little Money Street
In Search of Gypsies and Their Music in the South of France
Written by Fernanda Eberstadt
Introduction by John Updike


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 14, 2007
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27942-2 (0-307-27942-1)

In 1998, Fernanda Eberstadt, her husband, and their two small children moved from New York to an area outside Perpignan, France—a city with one of the largest Gypsy populations in Western Europe. Here she found a jealously guarded culture, a society made, in part, of lawlessness and defiance of non-Gypsy norms... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Chopin's Funeral

Written by Benita Eisler


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70868-8 (0-375-70868-5)

The author of the acclaimed biography Byron: Child of Passion, Fool of Fame brings to life a closely focused portrait of another great romantic artist, Frédéric Chopin.

At twenty-one, Chopin fled Russian-occupied Poland for exile in France. He would never see his native country again. With only two public concerts in as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Living with Music
Ralph Ellison's Jazz Writings
Written by Ralph Ellison
Edited by Robert O'Meally


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 14, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76023-5 (0-375-76023-7)

Before Ralph Ellison became one of America’s greatest writers, he was a musician and a student of jazz, writing widely on his favorite music for more than fifty years. Now, jazz authority Robert O’Meally has collected the very best of Ellison’s inspired, exuberant jazz writings in this unique anthology.

“No Ellison fan... Read more >

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Trading Twelves
The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray
Written by Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray
Preface by Albert Murray
Edited by John Callahan
Introduction by John Callahan


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 15, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70805-3 (0-375-70805-7)

The correspondence between Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray begins in 1950 when Ellison is living in New York City, hard at work on his enduring masterpiece, Invisible Man, and Murray is a professor at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Mirroring a jam session in which two jazz musicians "trade twelves"—each improvising twelve... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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How to Read Music
Fundamentals of Music Notation Made Easy
Written by Roger Evans


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: April 25, 1995
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-517-88438-6 (0-517-88438-0)

A basic primer for anyone without musical training who wishes to learn to read musical scores when singing or taking up an instrument. The book explains how notes are named and written; how to read melody, interpret time signatures, keys, sharps, flats, and naturals; how to read tempo; and how to... Read more >

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Molto Agitato
The Mayhem Behind the Muisc at the Metropolitan Opera
Written by Johanna Fiedler


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3231-0 (1-4000-3231-8)

If the opera world is full of “intrigue, double meanings, and devious dramatics,” then no place exemplifies this more than the world-famous Metropolitan Opera, where politics, ambition, and oversized egos have traditionally taken center stage along with some of the world’s richest music. Drawing on her fifteen years as its press... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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True North
A Life Inside the Music Business
Written by Bernie Finkelstein


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $32.99
ISBN: 978-0-7710-4793-0 (0-7710-4793-2)

One of the all-time greats in Canadian music recounts his life and times in the business from the 1960s to the present. Whether acting as a producer, record label owner, or manager of great singer/songwriters and bands, Bernie Finkelstein, recipient of the 2006 Juno Special Achievement Award, has played a pivotal... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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My Nine Lives
A Musical Memoir
Written by Leon Fleisher and Anne Midgette


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3137-3 (0-7679-3137-8)

My Nine Lives is a powerful and stirring memoir of one of the greatest pianists of the postwar era—an inspiring tale of courage, compassion, and triumph over outstanding odds.

At the peak of his career, celebrated pianist Leon Fleisher suddenly lost the use of two fingers on his right hand. Miraculously, at... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Night at the Opera
An Irreverent Guide to The Plots, The Singers, The Composers, The Recordings
Written by Sir Denis Forman


Format: Trade Paperback, 976 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 1, 1998
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75176-9 (0-375-75176-9)

With an encyclopedic knowledge of opera and a delightful dash of irreverence, Sir Denis Forman throws open the world of opera—its structure, composers, conductors, and artists—in this hugely informative guide.

A Night at the Opera dissects the eighty-three most popular operas recorded on compact disc, from Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur to Mozart's... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers

Written by Will Friedwald


Format: Hardcover, 832 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-42149-5 (0-375-42149-1)

These illuminating, opinionated essays–provocative, funny, and personal–on the lives and careers of more than three hundred singers anatomize the work of the greatest popular vocalists of the twentieth century, from giants like Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland to lesser-known artists whose work still pleases and inspires.
 
Will... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Faces of Salsa
A Spoken History of the Music
Written by Leonardo Padura Fuentes
Translated by Stephen J. Clark


Format: Trade Paperback, 236 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 17, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-080-1 (1-58834-080-5)

In this collection of masterfully crafted interviews with some of the most famous creators of the music we call Salsa, prizewinning Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura Fuentes explores the genesis of the music, its rise in popularity, its social context, and its artistic legacy. Filled with personal revelations by the musicians, historical... Read more >

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Bach
Music in the Castle of Heaven
Written by John Eliot Gardiner


Format: Hardcover, 672 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41529-6 (0-375-41529-7)

Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most unfathomable composers in the history of music. How can such sublime work have been produced by a man who (when we can discern his personality at all) seems so ordinary, so opaque—and occasionally so intemperate?

John Eliot Gardiner grew up passing one of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.
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