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Life of R Wagner Vol 2

Written by Ernest Newman


Format: eBook, 647 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 25, 2014
Price: $18.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-5236-5 (0-8041-5236-5)

From renowned music critic and musicologist Ernest Newman comes the second of four volumes chronicling the life of legendary German composer Richard Wagner. Volume II carries the story from 1848 to 1860. It describes the important, formative years in Wagner's life and reconstructs his role in the Dresden rising of 1849... Read more >

Life of R Wagner Vol 3

Written by Ernest Newman


Format: eBook, 606 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 25, 2014
Price: $18.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-5237-2 (0-8041-5237-3)

From renowned music critic and musicologist Ernest Newman comes the third of four volumes chronicling the life of legendary German composer Richard Wagner. Volume III covers the years 1859-66 including the Tannhäuser debacle in Paris, the crisis with Minna, the first production of Tristan und Isolde and the flight from Munich.

Originally published between 1933 and 1947, Newman’s... Read more >

Life of R Wagner Vol 4

Written by Ernest Newman


Format: eBook, 768 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 25, 2014
Price: $18.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-5238-9 (0-8041-5238-1)

From renowned music critic and musicologist Ernest Newman comes the final of four volumes chronicling the life of legendary German composer Richard Wagner. Volume IV completes the story from 1866 to Wagner's death in 1883. It covers the composition of Die Meistersinger and Parsifal, the completion of the Ring, Wagner's marriage to Cosima Liszt von Bülow... Read more >

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The Birth of Tragedy and The Case of Wagner

Written by Friedrich Nietzsche


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 1967
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-70369-5 (0-394-70369-3)

Nietzsche's first book is here, compiled with one of his last. Both works transcend their ostensible subjects to sound themes developed in the twentieth century by classicists, psychoanalysts, existentialists, and others. In addition to providing the distinguished translation, Walter Kaufmann has also provides running footnote commentaries, relevant passages from Nietzsche's correspondence... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Coming Through Slaughter

Written by Michael Ondaatje


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 19, 1996
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76785-5 (0-679-76785-1)

Bringing to life the fabulous, colorful panorama of New Orleans in the first flush of the jazz era, this book tells the story of Buddy Bolden, the first of the great trumpet players--some say the originator of jazz--who was, in any case, the genius, the guiding spirit, and the king of... Read more >
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Glenn Gould Reader

Written by Tim Page


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1990
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73135-1 (0-679-73135-0)

As a pianist, Glenn Gould was both a showman and a high priest, an artist whose devotion to music was so great that he eschewed the distractions of live performance. That same combination of flamboyance and aesthetic rigor may be found in this collection of Gould’s writings, which covers composers from... Read more >

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A New World Order
Essays
Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 30, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71403-0 (0-375-71403-0)

The Africa of his ancestry, the Caribbean of his birth, the Britain of his upbringing, and the United States where he now lives are the focal points of award-winning writer Caryl Phillips’ profound inquiry into evolving notions of home, identity, and belonging in an increasingly international society.

At once deeply reflective and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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What a Wonderful World
The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years
Written by Ricky Riccardi


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47329-5 (0-307-47329-5)

Much has been written about Louis Armstrong, but the majority of it focuses on the early and middle stages of his career. In this prodigiously researched and richly detailed book, jazz scholar and musician Ricky Riccardi reveals for the first time the genius and remarkable achievements of the last 25 years... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll
The Definitive History of the Most Important Artists and Their Music
Written by Rolling Stone Magazine


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: November 10, 1992
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73728-5 (0-679-73728-6)

The ultimate illustrated history of rock & roll--comprehensive, authoritative, and fully updated with coverage of the most important new sounds and artists of the 1980s and `90s. Read more >

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Nashville's Lower Broad
The Street That Music Made
Written by Bill Rouda


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 2004
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-094-8 (1-58834-094-5)

Like Beale Street in Memphis and Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Lower Broadway was the heart of the country music scene in Nashville, the place where locals could rub elbows with stars and impromptu jam sessions could last late into the night. But after the Grand Ole Opry moved out of... Read more >

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Do You Dream in Color?
Insights from a Girl Without Sight
Written by Laurie Rubin


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Triangle Square
On Sale: October 23, 2012
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-424-4 (1-60980-424-4)

Colors, Rubin tells us, affect everyone through sound, smell, taste, and a vast array of emotions and atmospheres. She explains that although she has been blind since birth, she has experienced color all her life.

In her memoir Do You Dream in Color?, Laurie Rubin looks back on her life as an... Read more >
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The Ninth
Beethoven and the World in 1824
Written by Harvey Sachs


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6907-8 (0-8129-6907-3)

The premier of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Vienna on May 7, 1824, was the most significant artistic event of the year—and the work remains one of the most precedent-shattering and influential compositions in the history of music. Described in vibrant detail by eminent musicologist Harvey Sachs, this symbol of freedom and... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Musicophilia
Tales of Music and the Brain
Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 23, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3353-9 (1-4000-3353-5)

Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much... Read more >

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On Late Style
Music and Literature Against the Grain
Written by Edward W. Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72633-0 (0-375-72633-0)

On Late Style is a book that came out of a very popular graduate seminar called "Last Works/Late Style" that Said taught only once at Columbia in the fall of 1995. It was a subject that had increasing resonance for him, particularly after his diagnosis of leukemia in September 1991. Michael... Read more >
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Parallels and Paradoxes
Explorations in Music and Society
Written by Edward W. Said and Daniel Barenboim


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7515-7 (1-4000-7515-7)

These free-wheeling, often exhilarating dialogues—which grew out of the acclaimed Carnegie Hall Talks—are an exchange between two of the most prominent figures in contemporary culture: Daniel Barenboim, internationally renowned conductor and pianist, and Edward W. Said, eminent literary critic and impassioned commentator on the Middle East. Barenboim is an Argentinian-Israeli and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Song for my Fathers

Written by Tom Sancton


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-376-7 (1-59051-376-2)

Song for My Fathers is the story of a young white boy driven by a consuming passion to learn the music and ways of a group of aging black jazzmen in the twilight years of the segregation era. Contemporaries of Louis Armstrong, most of them had played in local obscurity until... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fin-De-Siecle Vienna
Politics and Culture
Written by Carl E. Schorske


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 12, 1980
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74478-0 (0-394-74478-0)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

This is Schorske's magnificent revelation of turn-of-the-century Vienna where out of a crisis of political and social disintegration so much of modern art and thought was born.

"Not only is it a splendid exploration of several aspects of early modernism in their political context; it is an... Read more >
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Start and Run Your Own Record Label, Third Edition

Written by Daylle Deanna Schwartz


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Billboard Books
On Sale: February 3, 2009
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-8230-8463-0 (0-8230-8463-9)

Start and Run Your Own Record Label is a comprehensive guidebook to building your own record business in the highly competitive world of independent record labels. Written from the perspective of an industry insider who started and ran her own label, this revised and expanded edition of a bestseller has been... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Stephen Sondheim
A Life
Written by Meryle Secrest


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94684-3 (0-307-94684-3)

The first and only full-scale and definitive biography of the most important composer-lyricist in musical theater today.

Drawing on personal conversations with Sondheim himself, as well as interviews with his friends, family, collaborators, and lovers, Secrest offers new insight into the enigmatic and very private Stephen Sondheim. Here, we learn about... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Begin Again
A Biography of John Cage
Written by Kenneth Silverman


Format: Hardcover, 496 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4437-5 (1-4000-4437-5)

John Cage was a man of extraordinary and seemingly limitless talents: musician, inventor, composer, poet. He became a central figure of the avant-garde early in his life and remained at that pinnacle until his death in 1992 at the age of eighty. Now award-winning biographer Kenneth Silverman gives us the first... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Life and Def
Sex, Drugs, Money, + God
Written by Russell Simmons


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: September 24, 2002
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-609-80715-6 (0-609-80715-3)

Russell Simmons, the original and eternal hip-hop mogul, is one of the most innovative and influential figures in modern American business and culture. When no one outside of inner-city New York had even heard of hip-hop, Simmons saw the seeds of a global force that would change the way people talk... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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100 Great Operas And Their Stories
Act-By-Act Synopses
Written by Henry W. Simon


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 22, 1989
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-05448-5 (0-385-05448-3)

An invaluable guide for both casual opera fans and afficionados, this volume contains act-by-act descriptions of operatic works ranging from the early seventeenth century masterworks of Monteverdi and Purcell to the modern classics of Menotti and Britten. Written in a lively anecdotal style, entries include character descriptions, historical background, and much... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star
How I Machine-Gunned a Roomful Of Record Executives and Other True Tales from a Drummer's Life
Written by Jacob Slichter


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1471-0 (0-7679-1471-6)

A hilarious inside look at the real business of popular music by the drummer of Semisonic that does for rock and roll what Jim Bouton's Ball Four did for baseball.

After years of working day jobs and making music in his basement, Jacob Slichter wondered if his dreams of rock stardom were... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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On the Road with Bob Dylan

Written by Larry Sloman
Introduction by Kinky Friedman


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: August 27, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4596-9 (1-4000-4596-7)

The War and Peace of Rock and Roll.” —Bob Dylan

In 1975, as Bob Dylan emerged from eight years of seclusion, he dreamed of putting together a traveling music show that would trek across the country like a psychedelic carnival. The dream became reality, and On the Road with Bob Dylan is... Read more >
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Finishing the Hat
Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes
Written by Stephen Sondheim


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 26, 2010
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-43907-3 (0-679-43907-2)

Stephen Sondheim has won seven Tonys, an Academy Award, seven Grammys, a Pulitzer Prize and the Kennedy Center Honors. His career has spanned more than half a century, his lyrics have become synonymous with musical theater and popular culture, and in Finishing the Hat—titled after perhaps his most autobiographical song, from... Read more >
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