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How Music Works

by David Byrne

How Music Works is David Byrne’s remarkable and buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. In it he explores how profoundly music is shaped by its time and place, and he explains...


The Afghan Whigs' Gentlemen

by Bob Gendron

"In the absence of love, there is loneliness, sorrow and desperation. And that's where I come in." --Greg Dulli, introducing "When We Two Parted" onstage in San Francisco

Like no record before or since, Gentlemen...


Let's Talk about Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste

by Carl Wilson

For his 2007 critically acclaimed 33 1/3 series title, Let's Talk About Love, Carl Wilson went on a quest to find his inner C�line Dion fan and explore how we define ourselves by what we call good and bad,...


Will You Take Me As I Am: Joni Mitchell's Blue Period

by Michelle Mercer

Joni Mitchell is one of the most celebrated artists of the last half century, and her landmark 1971 album, Blue, is one of her most beloved and revered works. Generations of people have come of age listening...


Gimme Something Better: The Profound, Progressive, and Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk from Dead Kennedys to Green Day

by Jack Boulware

An oral history of the modern punk-revival?s West Coast Birthplace

Outside of New York and London, California?s Bay Area claims the oldest continuous punk-rock scene in the world. Gimme Something Better brings...


Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970

by David Browne

Set against a backdrop of world-changing historical and political events, Fire and Rain tells the extraordinary story of one pivotal year in the lives and music of four legendary artists, and reveals how these...


The Killers

by Alan Cross

Alan Cross is the preeminent chronicler of popular music.

Here he provides a history of Las Vegas rock band The Killers.

This look at "one of the biggest new bands of the new century" is adapted from the audiobook....


Punk Rock: An Oral History

by John Robb & Lars Fredriksen

Vibrant and volatile, the punk scene left an extraordinary legacy of music and cultural change, and this work talks to those who cultivated the movement, weaving together their accounts to create a raw and unprecedented...


Love Goes to Buildings on Fire

by Will Hermes

Punk rock and hip-hop. Disco and salsa. The loft jazz scene and the downtown composers known as Minimalists. In the mid-1970s, New York City was a laboratory where all the major styles of modern music were reinvented--all...


The Book of Exodus: The Making and Meaning of Bob Marley and the Wailers' Album of the Century

by Vivien Goldman

Follow the Sacred Journey to Create One of the Lasting Musical Masterpieces of Our Time

Bob Marley is one of our most important and influential artists. Recorded in London after an assassination attempt on his...


Best Seat in the House: Drumming in the '70s with Marriott, Frampton, and Humble Pie

by Jerry Shirley, Jon Cohan & Tim Cohan

(Book). Here is a hard rock memoir essentially an authorized bio on the endearing British rock band Humble Pie as told from the drum throne and backstage hallways during the emerging days of the Seventies classic...


Steel Drums and Steelbands: A History

by Angela Smith

Steel Drums and Steelbands: A History is a vivid account of the events that led to the “accidental” invention of the steel drum: the only acoustic musical instrument invented in the 20th century. Angela...


Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties

by Ian MacDonald

This “Bible of the Beatles” captures the iconic band’s magical and mysterious journey from adorable teenagers to revered cultural emissaries. In this fully updated version, each of their 241 tracks is assessed...


Woodstock Revisited

by Susan Reynolds

This collection contains fifty stories written by people who attended the original Woodstock Festival in 1969. Since all the books that preceded it have focused on the musicians, promoters, and staff, this book...


Sonic Bodies: Reggae Sound Systems, Performance Techniques, and Ways of Knowing

by Julian Henriques

Breaking new ground in the field of Sound Studies, this book provides an in-depth study of the culture and physicality of dancehall reggae music.


Talking Heads' Fear of Music

by Jonathan Lethem

A virtuoso performance by a writer at the peak of his powers, tackling one of his great obsessions: Talking Heads. 


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...


Gender and Song in Early Modern England

by Leslie C. Dunn & Katherine R. Larson

Innovative and collaborative in its approach, this volume engages with the question of how gender informed song within particular textual, social and spatial contexts in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England....


Senza Vestimenta: The Literary Tradition of Trecento Song

by Lauren McGuire Jennings

Senza Vestimenta reintegrates poetic and musical traditions in late medieval Italy through a fresh evaluation of more than 50 literary sources transmitting Trecento song texts. These manuscripts have been long...


Current Thought in Musicology

by John W. Grubbs

Current Thought in Musicology covers a variety of topics, ranging from the Middle Ages to the present and touching on all the major disciplines of musicology: music history, theory and composition, music education,...