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Paul Robeson: A Life of Activism and Art

by Lindsey R. Swindall

Paul Robeson: A Life of Activism and Art is the biography of an African American icon and a demonstration of historian Lindsey R. Swindall's knack for thorough, detailed research and reflection.


The Great Orchestrator: Arthur Judson and American Arts Management

by James M. Doering

The powerful music manager behind world-class orchestras and virtuoso artists in the early twentieth century


The Art of Nick Cave

by John H. Baker

Known for his work as a performer and songwriter with The Birthday Party, the Bad seeds and Grinderman, Australian artist Nick Cave has also pursued a variety of other projects including writing and acting....


A   History of Russian Music - Being an Account of the Rise and Progress of the Russian School of Composers, with a Survey of Their Lives and a Descri

by , M. Montagu-Nathan

M. Montagu-Nathan takes an in-depth look and the history of Russian music, and a special look at the rise and progress of the Russian School of Composers. Contents include: Introduction; Part 1- The Pre-nationalists....


Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley

by Peter Guralnick

From the moment that he first shook up the world in the mid 1950s, Elvis Presley has been one of the most vivid and enduring myths of American culture.

Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley is the...


Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley

by Peter Guralnick

Careless Love is the full, true, and mesmerizing story of Elvis Presley's last two decades, in the long-awaited second volume of Peter Guralnick's masterful two-part biography.

Last Train to Memphis, the first...


Working Class Mystic: A Spiritual Biography of George Harrison

by Gary Tillery

John Lennon called himself a working class hero. George Harrison was a working class mystic. Born in Liverpool as the son of a bus conductor and a shop assistant, for the first six years of his life he lived...


The Cynical Idealist: A Spiritual Biography of John Lennon

by Gary Tillery

A radio playlist could easily follow John Lennon’s "Mind Games" with "Do Ya Think I’m Sexy." But comparing the two, it becomes obvious that Lennon had more in common with the great thinkers of any age than...


The Deadly Snakes: Real Rock and Roll Tonight

by J.B. Staniforth

The Deadly Snakes: Real Rock and Roll Tonight charts the rise and gentle fall of Canada's greatest band. Unwilling to bow to industry demands, the Deadly Snakes instead made records they were proud of and played...


Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath

by Tony Iommi

The memoir of one of the great musicians of our time, Tony Iommi—Grammy-winning revolutionary guitarist, cofounding member of Black Sabbath, and architect of heavy metal


A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths

by Tony Fletcher

The definitive book about The Smiths, one of the most beloved, respected, and storied indie rock bands in music history.

They were, their fans believe, the best band in the world. Hailing from Manchester, England,...


Greenback Dollar: The Incredible Rise of The Kingston Trio

by William J. Bush

In Greenback Dollar: The Incredible Rise of The Kingston Trio, the first in-depth biography of America’s first recording super-group, William J. Bush retraces the band members’ personal and professional...


Robert Ashley

by Kyle Gann

_x000B_This book explores the life and works of the pioneering opera composer Robert Ashley, one of the leading American composers of the post-Cage generation. Ashley's innovations began in the 1960s when he,...


Moanin' at Midnight: The Life and Times of Howlin' Wolf

by James Segrest & Mark Hoffman

Howlin’ Wolf was a musical giant in every way. He stood six foot three, weighed almost three hundred pounds, wore size sixteen shoes, and poured out his darkest sorrows onstage in a voice like a raging chainsaw....


Dameronia: The Life and Music of Tadd Dameron

by Paul Combs

Dameronia is the first authoritative biography of Tadd Dameron, an important and widely influential figure in jazz history as one of the most significant composers and arrangers of jazz, swing, bebop, and big...


Jerry Goldsmith. Music Scoring for American Movies

by Mauricio Dupuis

This essay represents the first organic study about Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004), emblematic American film composer in the second half of the 20th century. Goldsmith was also a brilliant conductor. He conducted...


Time to Say Hello: My Autobiography

by Katherine Jenkins

Katherine Jenkins is an international singing superstar who has redefined a music genre: she has brought classical music to the masses and inspired young and old with her incredible voice, her glamorous looks...


One Woman in a Hundred: Edna Phillips and the Philadelphia Orchestra

by Mary Sue Welsh

Gifted harpist Edna Phillips (1907-2003) joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1930, becoming not only that ensemble's first female member but also the first woman to hold a principal position in a major American...


Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die

by Willie Nelson & Kinky Friedman

You won't see no sad and teary eyes

When I get my wings, and it's my time to fly

Just call my friends and tell them

There's a party, come on by

So just roll me up and smoke me when I die

In Roll Me Up and Smoke...


Marga Richter

by Sharon Mirchandani

This is the first full-length introduction to the life and works of significant American composer Marga Richter (born 1926), who has written more than one hundred works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, dance,...