Books for Music Lovers

How Music Works Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781938073533
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Published: McSweeney's Books - September 17th, 2013

"How Music Works" is David Byrne's buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. Drawing on his work over the years with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and myriad collaboratorsalong with journeys to Wagnerian opera houses, African villages, and anywhere music existsByrne shows how music emerges from cultural circumstance as much as individual creativity.


Brian Eno: Visual Music Cover Image
By Christopher Scoates, Brian Eno (With), Roy Ascott (Contribution by)
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ISBN: 9781452108490
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 24th, 2013

This comprehensive monograph celebrates the visual art of renowned musician Brian Eno. Spanning more than 40 years, Brian Eno: Visual Music weaves a dialogue between Eno's museum and gallery installations and his musical endeavors all illustrated with never-before-published archival materials such as sketchbook pages, installation views, screenshots, and more.


The Chronicle of Jazz Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780199341009
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - November 2013

A year-by-year history of people and events, this lively multi-layered account tells the whole story of jazz music and its personalities.


Verve: The Sound of America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780500517147
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Published: Thames & Hudson - November 4th, 2013

Verve signed practically every major jazz artist of the 1950s and 1960s and is home to some of the greatest music ever recorded. Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, and Ella Fitzgerald all released records through Verve. This superb new volume presents some of the rarest records and unseen ephemera from the label that helped define the world of jazz.


Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker Cover Image
$29.39
ISBN: 9780062005595
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Published: HarperTorch - September 24th, 2013

No musician has lived a more transformational, or more tragic, life than Charlie Parker, one of the most talented and influential figures of the twentieth century.


Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781592407491
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Published: Gotham Books - October 17th, 2013

A major new biography of Duke Ellington from the acclaimed author of "Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong"


Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781455501359
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 18th, 2013

"You have to bear in mind that Questlove] is one of the smartest motherf*****s on the planet. His musical knowledge, for all practical purposes, is limitless." --Robert Christgau
MO' META BLUES
"The World According to Questlove"


Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion Cover Image
By Robert Gordon, Booker T. Jones (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781596915770
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - November 12th, 2013

The story of Stax Records unfolds like a Greek tragedy. A white brother and sister build a record company that becomes a monument to racial harmony in 1960's segregated south Memphis. Their success is startling, and Stax soon defines an international sound. Then, after losses both business and personal, the siblings part, and the brother allies with a visionary African-American partner.


Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385347549
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Published: Crown Archetype - September 17th, 2013

From Graham Nash the legendary musician and founding member of the iconic bands Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Hollies comes a candid and riveting autobiography that belongs on the reading list of every classic rock fan.


Keeping Time: The Unseen Archive of Columbia Records: The Photographs of Don Hunstein Cover Image
By Leo Sacks (Editor), Jon Pareles (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Don Hunstein (Photographer)
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ISBN: 9781608872244
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Published: Insight Editions - October 22nd, 2013

From journalist and Grammy(r)-nominated music producer Leo Sacks, and New York Times chief popular music critic Jon Pareles, Keeping Time places Hunstein's photos in the context of musical and social change, adding an untold chapter to the cultural history


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