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Yé-Yé Girls of '60s French Pop

by Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe & Lio

Yé-Yé means Yeah Yeah! and is best known as a style of '60s pop music heard in France and Québec.


Starting At Zero: His Own Story

by Jimi Hendrix

It took just four years in the spotlight for Jimi Hendrix to become an international cultural icon. The sheer impact and originality of his music and his unique mastery of the guitar placed him forever amongst...


Boogie Man

by Charles Shaar Murray

Acclaimed writer Charles Shaar Murray's Boogie Man is the authorized and authoritative biography of an extraordinary musician. Murray was given unparalleled access to Hooker, and he lets the man from Clarksdale,...


Jascha Heifetz: Early Years in Russia

by Galina Kopytova, Dario Sarlo & Alexandra Wiktorek

Notoriously reticent about his early years, violinist Jascha Heifetz famously reduced the story of his childhood to "Born in Russia. First lessons at 3. Debut in Russia at 7. Debut in Carnegie Hall at 17. That's...


Elvis Costello and Thatcherism: A Psycho-Social Exploration

by David Pilgrim & Richard Ormrod

The emergence of Thatcherism around 1980, which ushered in a period of neo-liberalism in British politics that still resonates today, led musicians, like other artists, to respond to their context of production....


The Dream of an Idol

by Lloyd Cele

Lloyd Cele made a decision to trade a life and mindset of lack, for a life of focused and effective purpose. This is his story. A harsh yet soulful journey from a destitute and fatherless upbringing in the poverty-stricken...


Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington

by Terry Teachout

A major new biography of Duke Ellington from the acclaimed author of Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was the greatest jazz composer of the twentieth century-and an impenetrably...


Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles

by Geoff Emerick & Howard Massey

Geoff Emerick became an assistant engineer at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in 1962 at age fifteen, and was present as a new band called the Beatles recorded their first songs. He later worked with the Beatles...


Oscar Peterson: The Will to Swing

by Gene Lees

Based on extensive interviews, Oscar Peterson is a well-informed and provocative exploration of Peterson's music.


My Brother Benjamin

by Beth Britten

'People are always asking, 'Aren't you proud of your famous brother?' I was, of course, but often wished he was not so famous so that one could see more of this brother who was such a joy to be with. Janet Baker...


Dixie Chicks: Down-Home and Backstage

by James L. Dickerson

The Dixie Chicks hold a prominent position in the music business as one of only two female bands that have succeeded in the pop charts in the 1990s. Today, their sassy attitudes, funky style of dress, and updated...


Menahem Pressler: Artistry in Piano Teaching

by William Brown

As soloist, master class teacher, and pianist of the world-renowned Beaux Arts Trio, Menahem Pressler can boast of four Grammy nominations, three honorary doctorates, more than 80 recordings, and lifetime achievement...


Don Messer: The Man Behind the Music

by Johanna Bertin

Don Messer was more than a household name in Canada - he was part of family life, the background music in Canadian kitchens - first on radio, and then on television. Private and unassuming, Don was everyman,...


Seventeen Famous Operas

by Ernest Newman

“The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working.” –Ernest Newman

 

In Seventeen Famous Operas, renowned musicologist and music critic Ernest Newman...


The Mayor of MacDougal Street [2013 edition]: A Memoir

by Dave Van Ronk & Elijah Wald

The acclaimed inspiration for the new Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis, a classic memoir of Greenwich Village


Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker

by Chuck Haddix

A true portrait of the troubled jazz genius


Composed: A Memoir

by Rosanne Cash

"One of the best accounts of an American life you'll likely ever read." -Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune

As moving, disarming, and elusive as one of her classic songs, Composed is Rosanne Cash's testament to...


Pianists on Playing: Interviews with Twelve Concert Pianists

by Linda J. Noyle

Twelve internationally-known keyboard artists discuss their daily lives of practicing and performing.


More Than Words Can Say: The Ink Spots and Their Music

by Marv Goldberg

The story of the Ink Spots is a rags-to-riches story beloved in American mythology. Goldberg gets behind the glitter of the Ink Spots and the publicity machines of record labels, and provides the story of the...


The Musical World of Halim El-Dabh

by Denise Seachrist

Egyptian-born composer Halim El-Dabh has studied with the giants of 20th-century musical composition and conducting, including Leopold Stokowski, Irving Fine, Leonard Bernstein, and Aaron Copland. El-Dabh?s...