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by Romain Rolland

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern...

Handbook of the Passionate Composer

by Iacopo Del Panta

A chat about music between the serious (little) and the facetious (much more) in search of the perfect form in the expression of feeling "In this book I talk about my vision of music and musical aesthetic, starting...

MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson

by Steve Knopper

The ultimate critical biography of the King of Pop: a panoramic, vivid, and incisive portrait of Michael Jackson that explores and celebrates his influence in music, dance, and popular culture, drawing on 400...

Shout It Out Loud: The Story of Kiss's Destroyer and the Making of an American Icon

by James Campion

(Book). How does an underground oddity become a cultural phenomenon? For over 40 years, the rock band Kiss has galvanized the entertainment world with an unparalleled blitz of bravado, theatricality, and shameless...

Real Life Rock: The Complete Top Ten Columns, 1986-2014

by Greil Marcus

For nearly thirty years, Greil Marcus has written a remarkable column called "Real Life Rock Top Ten." It has been a laboratory where he has fearlessly explored and wittily dissected an enormous variety of cultural...

O Sing Unto the Lord: A History of English Church Music: A History of English Church Music

by Andrew Gant

Andrew Gant's compelling account traces English church music from Anglo-Saxon origins to the present. It is a history of the music and of the people who made, sang and listened to it. It shows the role church...

Love Becomes a Funeral Pyre: A Biography of the Doors

by Mick Wall

From one of rock’s greatest writers, Love Becomes a Funeral Pyre is the definitive biography of the Doors


Spanning the entire history of the band, from the birth of its members to the deaths of those who...

Marching to the Canon: The Life of Schubert's "Marche militaire"

by Scott Messing

Marche militaire is Franz Schubert's most recognizable and beloved instrumental work. Originally published for piano four hands in 1826, this tuneful march -- Schubert's first of three military marches -- was...

Noise Uprising: The Audiopolitics of a World Musical Revolution

by Michael Denning

A radically new reading of the origins of recorded music

Noise Uprising brings to life the moment and sounds of a cultural revolution. Between the development of electrical recording in 1925 and the outset of...

Future Days: Krautrock and the Birth of a Revolutionary New Music

by David Stubbs

A sweeping history of the men and women who transformed postwar Germany—and created a musical genre that revolutionized rock and roll and gave birth to hip-hop.


West Germany after World War II was a country...

Shared Meanings in the Film Music of Philip Glass: Music, Multimedia and Postminimalism

by Tristian, Dr Evans

The study of music within multimedia contexts has become an increasingly active area of scholarly research. However, the application of such studies to musical genres outside the 'classical' film canon, or in...

The Performance Style of Jascha Heifetz

by Dario, Dr Sarlo

The violinist Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987) is considered among the most influential performers in history and still maintains a strong following among violinists around the world. Dario Sarlo contributes significantly...

I Am Charlie Wilson

by Charlie Wilson

The long-awaited memoir of seven-time Grammy-nominated artist Charlie Wilson, the iconic R&B and Funk singer-songwriter-producer—interwoven with his recollections of collaborating with fellow artists such...

The Saddest Music Ever Written: The Story of Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings

by Thomas Larson

An exploration of the cultural impact of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, the Pieta´ of music, and its enigmatic composer. "Whenever the American dream suffers a catastrophic setback, Barber’s Adagio...

Deadheads: Stories from Fellow Artists, Friends & Followers of the Grateful Dead

by Linda Kelly

"One of the best books on the Grateful Dead." —Rolling StoneJust what was it about the Grateful Dead that made them rock and roll’s most beloved band? In Deadheads, those with the real story, who were there...

Huey Morgan¿s Rebel Heroes: The Renegades of Music & Why We Still Need Them

by Huey Morgan

The defining sounds of popular music - blues, rock 'n' roll, punk, hip-hop - were shaped and driven by rebel voices: whether that was Robert Johnson and Billie Holiday in the 1920-40s, or the likes of Jimi Hendrix,...

Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear)

by Jon Fine

A New York Times Summer Reading List selection • A Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2015 

A memoir charting thirty years of the American independent rock underground by a musician who knows...

The Study of Ethnomusicology: Thirty-Three Discussions

by Bruno Nettl

The revised third edition of the classroom perennial and scholarly classic

The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

by Jessica Hopper

Jessica Hopper's music criticism has earned her a reputation as a firebrand, a keen observer and fearless critic not just of music but the culture around it. With this volume spanning from her punk fanzine roots...

Magister Jacobus de Ispania, Author of the Speculum musicae

by Margaret, Dr Bent & Simon, Professor Keefe

The Speculum musicae of the early fourteenth century, with nearly half a million words, is by a long way the largest medieval treatise on music, and probably the most learned. Only the final two books are about...