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Listening for the Secret

by Ulf Olsson

Listening for the Secret is a critical assessment of the Grateful Dead and the distinct culture that grew out of the group’s music, politics, and performance. With roots in popular music traditions, improvisation,...

The Mariposa Folk Festival

by Michael Hill

A history of the Mariposa Folk Festival, from its humble roots in Orillia in 1961 to international acclaim and legendary status as a premier folk-music gathering.

Mariposa began in the heyday of the early sixties...

Dreaming the Beatles

by Rob Sheffield

Rob Sheffield, the Rolling Stone columnist and bestselling author of Love Is a Mix Tape offers an entertaining, unconventional look at the most popular band in history, the Beatles, exploring what they mean...

From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars

by Virginia Hanlon Grohl

While the Grohl family had always been musical—the family sang together on long car trips, harmonizing to Motown and David Bowie—Virginia never expected her son to become a musician, let alone a rock star....

The Cake and the Rain

by Jimmy Webb

Jimmy Webb’s words have been sung to his music by a rich and deep roster of pop artists, including Glen Campbell, Art Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer and Linda Ronstadt. He’s the only artist ever...

So Let It Be Written

by Mark Eglinton & Chuck Billy

Metallica is back with their first album in almost a decade!

With James Hetfield at the helm, Metallica went from being thrash pioneers to heavy metal gods. He overcame adolescent upheaval and personal demons—including...

Language of the Spirit: An Introduction to Classical Music

by Jan Swafford

For many of us, classical music is something serious-something we study in school, something played by cultivated musicians at fancy gatherings. In Language of the Spirit, renowned music scholar Jan Swafford...

An Orientation to Musical Pedagogy

by Birch P. Browning

Novice music teachers and music education students struggle to form an identity that synthesizes 'musician' with 'music teacher,' and to separate themselves from their prior experiences to think critically about...

Mozart's Starling

by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

On May 27th, 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart met a flirtatious little starling in a Viennese shop who sang an improvised version of the theme from his Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major. Sensing a kindred spirit...

College Music Curricula for a New Century

by Robin D. Moore

Critiques and calls for reform have existed for decades within music education, but few publications have offered concrete suggestions as to how things might be done differently. Motivated by a desire to do...

Singing the Rite to Belong

by Helen Phelan

This book explores the way in which singing can foster experiences of belonging through ritual performance. Based on more than two decades of ethnographic, pedagogical and musical research, it is set against...

U2: Rock 'n' Roll to Change the World

by Timothy D. Neufeld

Timothy D. Neufeld explores U2’s many phases of artistic expression and cultural engagement and the band's employment of faith and activism as a foundation for success. Through close readings of their musical...


by George Alexander Fischer

Chronicling the landmark events in Beethoven's life, this book enhances understanding of the composer's character, inspiring a deeper appreciation for his work. 

George Alexander Fischer illuminates the composer’s...

Change of Seasons

by John Oates & Chris Epting

Includes an exclusive EP as a companion to the book!

John Oates was born at the perfect time, paralleling the birth of rock ‘n roll. Raised in a small Pennsylvania town, he was exposed to folk, blues, soul,...

The Music of the Future

by Robert Barry

The Music of the Future is not a book of predictions or speculations about how to save the music business or the bleeding edge of technologies. Rather, it's a history of failures, mapping 200 years of attempts...

Captain Fantastic: Elton John's Stellar Trip Through the '70s

by Tom Doyle

Based on rare one-on-one interviews with the flamboyant rock ’n’ roll icon, this is the first book to trace Elton John’s meteoric rise from obscurity to worldwide celebrity in the wildest, weirdest decade...

Sound System

by Dave Randall

Musicians have often wanted to change the world. From underground grime artists to pop icons, many have believed in the political power of music. Rulers recognise it too. Music has been used to unsettle the...

40 Questions of One Role

by Jurij Alschitz

A method of questions? A question of method. Alongside any method proposed in this book, the whole system of theatre only makes sense if it is understood creatively, not dogmatically. You can expect to find...

The Vertical of the Role

by Jurij Alschitz

Today’s actors must be able to perform as soloists in the worlds of theatre and film. The technique of the ‘Vertical of the Role’ enables actors to develop their independence and autonomy when analyzing...

Reflections of an American Harpsichordist

by Meredith Kirkpatrick

This collection of unpublished writings by the eminent harpsichordist and scholar Ralph Kirkpatrick contains his memoirs for the period 1933-77 and essays on a variety of topics, including his preparation for...