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Look, I Made a Hat
Collected Lyrics (1981-2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany
Written by Stephen Sondheim


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 22, 2011
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59341-2 (0-307-59341-X)

After his acclaimed and best-selling Finishing the Hat (named one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2010), Stephen Sondheim returns with the second volume of his collected lyrics, Look, I Made a Hat, giving us another remarkable glimpse into the brilliant mind of this living legend, and his... Read more >

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We Got the Neutron Bomb
The Untold Story of L.A. Punk
Written by Marc Spitz and Brendan Mullen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80774-3 (0-609-80774-9)

Taking us back to late ’70s and early ’80s Hollywood—pre-crack, pre-AIDS, pre-Reagan—We Got the Neutron Bomb re-creates word for word the rage, intensity, and anarchic glory of the Los Angeles punk scene, straight from the mouths of the scenesters, zinesters, groupies, filmmakers, and musicians who were there.

“California was wide-open sex—no condoms... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Jazz Loft Project
Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957-1965
Written by Sam Stephenson


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 24, 2009
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26709-2 (0-307-26709-1)

In 1957, Eugene Smith, a thirty-eight-year-old magazine photographer, walked out of his comfortable settled world—his longtime well-paying job at Life and the home he shared with his wife and four children in Croton-on-Hudson, New York—to move into a dilapidated, five-story loft building at 821 Sixth Avenue (between Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth streets)... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Beethoven

Written by J.W.N. Sullivan


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1960
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-70100-4 (0-394-70100-3)

From the Author's Preface:"I believe that in his greatest music Beethoven was primarily concerned to express his personal vision of life. This vision was, of course, the product of his character and his experience. Beethoven the man and Beethoven the composer are not two unconnected entities, and the known history of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sinatra
The Life
Written by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 30, 2006
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71370-5 (0-375-71370-0)

Packed with revelations, this is the first complete account of a career built on raw talent, sheer willpower--and criminal connections. Anthony Summers—bestselling author of Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe—and Robbyn Swan unveil stunning new information about Sinatra’s links to the Mafia, his crowded love life and his tangled relationships... Read more >

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Johannes Brahms
A Biography
Written by Jan Swafford


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 1999
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74582-2 (0-679-74582-3)

A New York Times Notable Book

"This brilliant and magisterial book is a very good bet to...become the definitive study of Johannes Brahms."--The Plain Dealer

Judicious, compassionate, and full of insight into Brahms's human complexity as well as his music, Johannes Brahms is an indispensable biography.

Proclaimed the new messiah of Romanticism by Robert... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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What They'll Never Tell You About the Music Business
The Myths, the Secrets, the Lies (& a Few Truths)
Written by Peter M. Thall


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Billboard Books
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $21.99
ISBN: 978-0-8230-0708-0 (0-8230-0708-1)

This completely revised and expanded edition of What They'll Never Tell You About the Music Business is a must-have reference not only for aspiring songwriters, record producers, and performing artists but also for record company executives, personal and business managers, agents, and attorneys. You’ll learn:

*How the Internet has affected every... Read more >

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Light and Shade
Conversations with Jimmy Page
Written by Brad Tolinski


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-98575-0 (0-307-98575-X)

More than 30 years after disbanding in 1980, Led Zeppelin—one of the most enduring bands in rock history—continues to be celebrated for its artistic achievements, broad musical influence, and commercial success. The band's notorious exploits have been chronicled in previous books; yet none of the individual members of the band has... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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How to Wreck a Nice Beach
The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop, The Machine Speaks
Written by Dave Tompkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Stop Smiling Books
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-092-1 (1-61219-092-8)

The history of the vocoder: how popular music hijacked the Pentagon’s speech scrambling weapon

The vocoder, invented by Bell Labs in 1928, once guarded phones from eavesdroppers during World War II; by the Vietnam War, it was repurposed as a voice-altering tool for musicians, and is now the ubiquitous voice of popular... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Shout, Sister, Shout!
The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Written by Gayle Wald


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 15, 2008
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0985-7 (0-8070-0985-7)

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Pick

Long before “women in rock” became a media catchphrase, African American guitar virtuoso Rosetta Tharpe proved in spectacular fashion that women could rock. Born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, in 1915, Tharpe was gospel’s first superstar and the preeminent crossover figure of its golden age... Read more >

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Musorgsky and His Circle
A Russian Musical Adventure
Written by Stephen Walsh


Format: Hardcover, 496 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: December 17, 2013
Price: $37.50
ISBN: 978-0-385-35385-4 (0-385-35385-5)

The emergence of Russian classical music in the nineteenth century in the wake of Mikhail Glinka comprises one of the most remarkable and fascinating stories in all musical history. The five men who came together in the Russian capital of St. Petersburg in the 1860s, all composers of talent, some of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Jazz
A History of America's Music
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76539-4 (0-679-76539-5)

The companion volume to the ten-part PBS TV series by the team responsible for The Civil War and Baseball.

Continuing in the tradition of their critically acclaimed works, Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns vividly bring to life the story of the quintessential American music—jazz. Born in the black community of turn-of-the-century... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and a hardcover.

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Jazz
A History of America's Music
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns


Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 7, 2000
Price: $80.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-44551-7 (0-679-44551-X)

Born in the black community of turn-of-the-century New Orleans but played from the beginning by musicians of every color, jazz celebrates all Americans at their best.  Here are the stories of the extraordinary men and women who made the music.

Louis Armstrong, the fatherless waif whose unrivaled genius helped turn jazz into... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and a trade paperback.

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Hip Hop Matters
Politics, Pop Culture, and the Struggle for the Soul of a Movement
Written by S. Craig Watkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 1, 2006
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0986-4 (0-8070-0986-5)

Avoiding the easy definitions and caricatures that tend to celebrate or condemn the “hip hop generation,” Hip Hop Matters focuses on fierce and far-reaching battles being waged in politics, pop culture, and academe to assert control over the movement. At stake, Watkins argues, is the impact hip hop has on the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Music Business
Career Opportunities and Self-Defense
Written by Dick Weissman


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: May 27, 2003
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-81013-2 (0-609-81013-8)

Completely revised and updated for the twenty-first century, The Music Business provides essential career advice and information on how to get started and advance in all areas of the music industry—from an author who’s had careers in music as an artist and professor for more than two decades. This comprehensive volume... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bob Dylan in America

Written by Sean Wilentz


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3179-3 (0-7679-3179-3)

Sean Wilentz discovered Bob Dylan’s music as a teenager growing up in Greenwich Village. Now, almost half a century later, he revisits Dylan’s work with the skills of an eminent American historian as well as the passion of a fan.

Beginning with Dylan’s explosion onto the scene in 1961, Wilentz follows the... Read more >

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The Protest Singer
An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger
Written by Alec Wilkinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 174 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 8, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39098-1 (0-307-39098-5)

A spirited and intimate look at American icon and activist Pete Seeger, and his life and his accomplishments.

Pete Seeger transformed a classic American musical style into a form of peaceful protest against war, segregation, and nuclear weapons. Drawing on his extensive talks with Seeger, Alec Wilkinson delivers a first hand look... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Musician's Guide to Licensing Music
How to Get Your Music into Film, TV, Advertising, Digital Media & Beyond
Written by Darren Wilsey and Daylle Deanna Schwartz


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Billboard Books
On Sale: February 16, 2010
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-0-8230-1487-3 (0-8230-1487-8)

Plug your music career into the lucrative new income streams of the digital marketplace

Record deals are so twentieth century. Today, music licensing is the fastest route to widespread exposure and a steady income. Creators of films, television shows, commercials, video games, ringtones, podcasts and other digital-age media hunger for music perfectly... Read more >

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Critical Mass
Four Decades of Essays, Reviews, Hand Grenades, and Hurrahs
Written by James Wolcott


Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52779-8 (0-385-52779-9)

A career-spanning collection of critical essays and cultural journalism from one of the most acute, entertaining, and sometimes acerbic (but in a good way) critics of our time

From his early-seventies dispatches as a fledgling critic for The Village Voice on rock ’n’ roll, comedy, movies, and television to the literary criticism... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Like Me
Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer
Written by Chely Wright


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37886-6 (0-307-37886-1)

Chely Wright, singer, songwriter, country music star, writes in this moving, telling memoir about her life and her career; about growing up in America’s heartland, the youngest of three children; about barely remembering a time when she didn’t know she was different.

She writes about her parents, putting down roots in their... Read more >
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