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Background Noise, Second Edition: Perspectives on Sound Art

by Brandon LaBelle

Background Noise follows the development of sound as an artistic medium and illustrates how sound is put to use within modes of composition, installation, and performance. While chronological in its structure,...


Chaos Media: A Sonic Economy of Digital Space

by Stephen Kennedy

The contemporary media landscape might be described in simple terms as a digital terrain where real and virtual worlds collide. Stephen Kennedy investigates the concept of our digital space leading up to the...


Living Stereo: Histories and Cultures of Multichannel Sound

by Paul Théberge, Kyle Devine & Tom Everrett

Stereo is everywhere. The whole culture and industry of music and sound became organized around the principle of stereophony during the twentieth century. But nothing about this-not the invention or acceptance...


Schubert's Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession

by Ian Bostridge

An exploration of the world’s most famous and challenging song cycle, Schubert's Winter Journey (Winterreise), by a leading interpreter of the work, who teases out the themes—literary, historical, psychological—that...


The B Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song

by Ben Yagoda

From an acclaimed cultural critic, a narrative and social history of the Great American Songwriting era.

Everybody knows and loves the American Songbook. But it's a bit less widely understood that in about 1950,...


No Simple Highway

by Peter Richardson

For almost three decades, the Grateful Dead was America's most popular touring band. No Simple Highway is the first book to ask the simple question of why—and attempt to answer it. Drawing on new research,...


Fashion and Jazz: Dress, Identity and Subcultural Improvisation

by Alphonso McClendon

Born in the late 19th century, jazz gained mainstream popularity during a volatile period of racial segregation and gender inequality. It was in these adverse conditions that jazz performers discovered the power...


Vinyl: The Analogue Record in the Digital Age

by Dominik Bartmanski & Ian Woodward

Recent years have seen not just a revival, but a rebirth of the analogue record. More than merely a nostalgic craze, vinyl has become a cultural icon. As music consumption migrated to digital and online, this...


Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone

by Marky Ramone & Richard Herschlag

The inside story behind one of the most revered bands in music history during the early days of punk rock in New York, from legendary drummer Marky Ramone.

Rolling Stone ranked the Ramones at #26 on its list...


RUNNING FROM THE PAST

by CLINTON TYESHIA

SAMANTHA'S life could be different but all of her role models are prostitutes, drug dealers, gang-bangers, and drug addicts. She does not look up to anyone but her mother, ANGEL, and her aunts are her first...


Free Jazz/Black Power

by Philippe Carles, Jean-Louis Comolli & Grégory Pierrot

For the first time in English, the classic volume that developed a radical new understanding of free jazz and African American culture


Bobbie Gentry's Ode to Billie Joe

by Tara Murtha

July, 1967: It seems the entire country stopped to listen to a husky voice steeped in the simmering secrets of the South tell a tragic tale of teenage suicide. So much for the Summer of Love. "Ode to Billie...


The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics

by David G. Dodd

When the Grateful Dead's in-house publishing company, Ice Nine, decided that the band's fortieth anniversary was a good time to publish their entire lyric catalog, a wave of excitement swept across the world...


Heavenly Harmony: Organs and Organists of Exeter Cathedral

by Malcolm Walker & David Davies

Heavenly Harmony tells the fascinating story of the organs and organists of Exeter Cathedral. Beginning in 1284 when Roger de Ropford and his wife and heirs were given responsibility for making bells for the...


Godot at last: A Play - A tragicomedy in two acts, includes the entire theatrical score

by Leonardo Losavio, Mario Rucci & Richard R Nybakken

Stuck in a place known only as "the stage," a mysterious location where trash is the only thing that appears to mark the passage of time, Estragon and Vladimir continue to wait for Godot, who it seems will never...


Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain

by Alan Light

From the former senior editor of Rolling Stone and author of The Holy or the Broken, called “thoughtful and illuminating” by The New York Times, a new book on the unlikely coming-to-be of Prince’s now...


The Boombox Project: The Machines, the Music, and the Urban Underground

by Lyle Owerko & Spike Lee

On the heels of the graffiti renaissance comes a vibrant look at an old-school icon that figured prominently in the hip-hop, rock & roll, and punk movements of the 1970s and 80s. The Boombox Project features...


The Girl in the Song: The Real Stories Behind 50 Rock Classics

by Michael Heatley & Frank Hopkinson

The Girl in the Song tells the stories of 50 women who have inspired classic rock songs. Who was Emily in Pink Floyd's See Emily Play? What happened to Suzanne Verdal, immortalised in Leonard Cohen's Suzanne?...


The Boy in the Song: The real stories behind 50 classic pop songs

by Michael Heatley

The Boy in the Song is a follow up to 2010's The Girl in the Song. It features the real-life stories that inspired some classic pop songs about the male of the species. While the first book was filled with songs...


Last Man Standing: The Chi-Lites Featuring the Legendary Marshall Thompson

by Marshall Thompson, Dane Ladwig & Bonnie Classen

The Chi-Lites were instrumental in changing the very foundation of the music industry. With their number one hits "Oh Girl" and "Have You Seen Her," Pop music artists and producers recognized the importance...