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Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph

by Jan Swafford

The definitive book on the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven, written by the acclaimed biographer of Brahms and Ives.


Aaron Jay Kernis

by Leta E. Miller

The first full-length biography of the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer


Cold Sweat: My Father James Brown and Me

by Yamma Brown & Robin Gaby Fisher

Being the child of a global superstar is never easy, but being the daughter of the “Hardest Working Man in Show Business”—that’s a category unto itself. Like every little girl, Yamma Brown wanted her...


Elvis Has Left the Building: The Day the King Died

by Dylan Jones

'The King' departed this world during the month of punk rock's apotheosis. Punk had set out to destroy Elvis, or at least everything he came to represent, but never got the chance, as Elvis destroyed himself...


Life of R Wagner Vol 4

by Ernest Newman

Ernest Newman's four-volume Life of Wagner, originally published between 1933 and 1947, remains a classic work of biography. The culmination of forty years' research on the composer and his works (Newman's first...


Life of R Wagner Vol 3

by Ernest Newman

In the vast literature on Richard Wagner, Ernest Newman's classic four-volume Life remains unsurpassed.

Volume III covers the years 1859-66 including the Tannhäuser debacle in Paris, the crisis with Minna,...


Life of R Wagner Vol 2

by Ernest Newman

In the vast literature on Richard Wagner, Ernest Newman's classic four-volume Life remains unsurpassed.

Volume II carries the story from 1848 to 1860. It describes the important, formative years in Wagner's...


Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s

by Tom Doyle

An illuminating look at the most tumultuous decade in the life of a rock icon—the only McCartney biography in decades based on firsthand interviews with the ex-Beatle himself.

 

As the 1970s began, the Beatles...


Say It Loud!: The Life of James Brown, Soul Brother No. 1

by Don Rhodes

When Don Rhodes took his seat not far behind Michael Jackson at the funeral of the “Godfather of Soul” on December 30, 2006, it marked the close of a forty-year friendship. In Say It Loud! Rhodes pays tribute...


The Roaring Silence: John Cage: A Life

by David Revill

John Cage was one of the most innovative and important composers of the twentieth century. He influenced not only contemporaries but also younger generations, including artists from Phillip Glass, Steve Reich,...


What's Exactly the Matter with Me?: Memoirs of a Life in Music

by P.F. Sloan & S.E. Feinberg

(Book). What's Exactly the Matter With Me? is a first-person account of an extraordinary life and pilgrimage through the most fascinating years of American and English musical culture. This is a story of dreams,...


Claude Vivier: A Composer's Life

by Bob Gilmore

Claude Vivier's haunting and expressive music has captivated audiences around the world. But the French-Canadian composer is remembered also because of the dramatic circumstances of his death: he was found murdered...


Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist

by Steve Lowenthal & David Fricke

John Fahey is to the solo acoustic guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric: the man whom all subsequent musicians had to listen to. Fahey made more than 40 albums between 1959 and his death in 2001, most...


Lifting My Voice: A Memoir

by Barbara Hendricks & Kofi A. Annan

Growing up African American in segregated Arkansas in the 1950s, Barbara Hendricks witnessed firsthand the painful struggle for civil rights. After graduation from the Juilliard School of Music, Hendricks immediately...


With the Beatles

by Lewis Lapham

Halfway between the summer of love and the Tet offensive, the Beatles went to India to study with the Maharishi—and Lewis Lapham, esteemed Harper's editor and award-winning writer, was there. WITH THE BEATLES...


Ella Fitzgerald: A Biography of the First Lady of Jazz, Updated Edition

by Stuart Nicholson

Stuart Nicholson's biography of Ella Fitzgerald is considered a classic in jazz literature. Drawing on original documents, interviews, and new information, Nicholson draws a complete picture of Fitzgerald's...


Ain't It Time We Said Goodbye: The Rolling Stones on the Road to Exile

by Robert Greenfield

When the Rolling Stones embarked on their farewell tour of England in 1971, it marked the end of an era.


Bob Dylan: The Biography

by Dennis Mcdougal

Bob Dylan is a music hero to generations. He’s also an international bestselling artist, a Pulitzer Prize–winning author, and an Oscar winner for “Things Have Changed.” His career is stronger and...


Stand Up Straight and Sing!

by Jessye Norman

One of America's most admired and decorated singers tells her inspiring life story, from the segregated south to the world's greatest stages. 


Rush FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Rock's Greatest Power Trio