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Jethro Tull's Thick as a Brick and A Passion Play: Inside Two Long Songs

by Tim Smolko

Since the 1960s, British progressive rock band Jethro Tull has pushed the technical and compositional boundaries of rock music by infusing its musical output with traditions drawn from classical, folk, jazz,...


Musical World of Halim El-Dabh

by Denise Seachrist

Biography of an important figure in 20th-century musical history

Egyptian-born composer Halim El-Dabh has studied with the giants of 20th-centruy musical composition and conducting. Although The Musical World...


Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers' Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music

by Rickey Vincent & Boots Riley

Examining the culture and politics of the Black Power era of the late 1960s, this book explores the relationship of soul music to the Black Power movement from the vantage point of the musicians and black revolutionaries...


The Conductor as Leader: Principles of Leadership Applied to Life on the Podium

by Ramona M. Wis

Vision, trust, persuasion, and character are just a few of the key concepts explored in this volume that brings the wealth of leadership literature to bear on the business of running a musical ensemble. The...


The Musician's Breath: The Role of Breathing in Human Expression

by James Jordan, Mark Moliterno & Nova Thomas

Examining breath in its role as the “delivery system” for ideas in musical performance, this provocative book makes a compelling case for the power of submitting oneself to its miracles. The study is divided...


Mentoring in the Ensemble Arts: Helping Others Find Their Voice

by Tim Sharp

Examining the mentor-protégé dynamic and its critical impact on the lives of ensembles and their conductors, author Tim Sharp draws from research, his own experience as a choir conductor, mentor, and protégé,...


The Singer's Ego: Finding Balance Between Music and Life

by Lynn Eustis

From the psychological to the practical, the serious challenges and issues that can affect a singer’s performance are explored in this groundbreaking book. Author Lynn Eustis, herself a professional signer...


Opera As Drama

by Joseph Kerman

Passionate, witty, and brilliant, Opera as Drama has been lauded as one of the most controversial, thought-provoking, and entertaining works of operatic criticism ever written. First published in 1956 and...


Nagauta: The Heart of Kabuki Music

by William P. Malm

This study of Japanese music explore Nagauta or literally "long song"—the delicate and complex music that accompanies kabuki theater—in great detail.

The Kabuki theater of Japan has achieved a growing reputation...


The Voice of the Blues: Classic Interviews from Living Blues Magazine

by Jim O'Neal & Amy van Singel

The Voice of the Blues brings together interviews with many pioneering blues men including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, B.B. King, and many others.


Chopin's Prophet: The Life of Pianist Vladimir de Pachmann

by Edward Blickstein & Gregor Benko

Vladimir de Pachmann was perhaps history’s most notorious pianist. In this book, the first biography ever of this remarkable figure, the authors explore the life of this master pianist, surveying his achievements...


Music, Modernity and Locality in Prewar Japan: Osaka and Beyond

by Hugh de Ferranti & Alison Tokita

This anthology addresses the modern musical culture of interwar Osaka and its surrounding Hanshin region. Modernity as experienced in this locale, with its particular historical, geographic and demographic character,...


Music and Academia in Victorian Britain

by Rosemary Golding

Until the nineteenth century, music occupied a marginal place in British universities. Degrees were awarded by Oxford and Cambridge, but students (and often professors) were not resident, and there were few...


Michael Jackson and the Blackface Mask

by Harriet J. Manning

Blackface minstrelsy, the nineteenth-century performance practice in which ideas and images of blackness were constructed and theatricalized by and for whites, continues to permeate contemporary popular music...


Christian Congregational Music: Performance, Identity and Experience

by Monique Ingalls & Carolyn Landau

Christian Congregational Music explores the role of congregational music in Christian religious experience, examining how musicians and worshippers perform, identify with and experience belief through musical...


My So-Called Punk

by Matt Diehl

When it began, punk was an underground revolution that raged against the mainstream; now punk is the mainstream. Tracing the origins of Grammy-winning icons Green Day and the triumphant resurgence of neo-punk...


What's Up, Dawg?: How to Become a Superstar in the Music Business

by K. C. Baker & Randy Jackson

Everything you need to know to make it big and take it all the way to the top, from the Grammy Award-winning producer, songwriter, musician, record exec, and American Idol judge.

So you wanna be a superstar?...


Making Records: The Scenes Behind the Music

by Phil Ramone

Sinatra. Streisand. Dylan. Pavarotti. McCartney. Sting. Madonna. What do these musicians have in common besides their super-stardom? They have all worked with legendary music producer Phil Ramone.

For almost...


Nobody Likes You: Inside the Turbulent Life, Times, and Music of Green Day

by Marc Spitz

The full story of the rise and spectacular comeback of the band hailed as the saviors of punk rock and the next U2

It's hard to believe that in early 2004 Green Day was considered over--the band was still together,...


Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix

by Charles R. Cross

Now in paperback, the national bestselling biography of American musical icon Jimi Hendrix

It has been more than thirty-five years since Jimi Hendrix died, but his music and spirit are still very much alive for...