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Complicated Shadows: The Life And Music Of Elvis Costello

by Graham Thomson

Complicated Shadows paints a detailed and accurate portrait of an intensely private and complex individual. It draws on nearly 50 exclusive interviews with schoolmates, pre-fame friends, early band members,...

Experiencing Led Zeppelin

by Gregg Akkerman

It’s possible that no other band has had as great an influence on rock music as Led Zeppelin. Experiencing Led Zeppelin: A Listener's Companion is a guided listening experience of the recorded music of Led...

Paul Simon

by Cornel Bonca

Paul Simon: An American Tune is the first full-scale survey of the career of one of the most honored musicians and songwriters in American history. Starting out as a teeny-bopper rocker in the late 1950s, Paul...

Bohuslav Martinu

by F. James Rybka

Bohemian composer Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959) was exceptionally prolific, composing over 400 imaginative, well-crafted, and diverse pieces, including symphonies, operas, ballet scores, and other orchestral...

Jazz Child

by Ellen Johnson

Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan is the approved complete biography revealing the fascinating life of the first female jazz vocalist to record on the prestigious Blue Note record label. In the story of...

Gods of the Hammer

by Geoff Pevere

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, no Canadian band rocked harder, louder or to more hardcore fans than Teenage Head. This high-energy quartet – consisting of four guys who'd known each other since high school...

Nikolay Myaskovsky

by Gregor Tassie

Gregor Tassie describes Nikolay Myaskovsky as “one of the great enigmas of 20th-century Russian music.” Between the two world wars, the symphonies of Myaskovsky enjoyed great popularity and were performed...

The Band

by Craig Harris

At a time when Acid Rock and Heavy Metal dominated popular music, The Band rebelled against the rebellion with a masterful mix of tight ensemble arrangements, great vocals, highly literate lyricism, and a respect...

Max Steiner

by Peter Wegele

Max Steiner is one of the greatest—not to mention most prolific—composers of the Golden Age of Hollywood. The winner of three Academy Awards, Steiner’s credits include King Kong, The Informer, Gone with...

Composers in the Classroom

by James Michael Floyd

Composers in the Classroom is a bio-bibliographical dictionary, chronicling the careers and work of over 120 composers associated with conservatories, colleges, and universities in the United States and Puerto...

Yé-Yé Girls of '60s French Pop

by Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe & Lio

This delightfully illustrated exploration into ‘60s French pop, and the women who built it, reveals yé-yé music’s hip sensuality, humor, style and wit. We hear from and about Françoise Hardy, France Gall,...

Pianists on Playing

by Linda J. Noyle

Twelve internationally-known keyboard artists entertainingly discuss their daily lives of practicing and performing in informative interviews, including reflections on learning new music, reviving repertoire,...

More Than Words Can Say

by Marv Goldberg

The story of the Ink Spots is a rags-to-riches story beloved in American mythology. The success of the Ink Spots inspired many others to attempt (some merely mimicking) their popular and musical success. They...

Ernst Krenek and the Politics of Musical Style

by Peter Tregear

Ernst Krenek has been described as a “one-man history of twentieth-century music.” His vast compositional output encompasses many of its extremes and expresses many of its contradictions. Few have attempted,...

An Intimate Portrait of Sidney Foster

by Imelda Delgado

The great American pianist Sidney Foster—distinguished professor of piano at Indiana University, and the first Leventritt Award winner—is remembered here by a former student for his outstanding ability and...

Greenback Dollar

by William J. Bush

How big an act was the Kingston Trio? Big enough that the their first 19 albums not only reached Billboard's Top 100, but 14 of them entered the top 10, with five albums alone hitting the no. 1 spot! At the...

Paul Robeson: A Life of Activism and Art

by Lindsey R. Swindall

Paul Robeson: A Life of Activism and Art is the biography of an African American icon and a demonstration of historian Lindsey R. Swindall's knack for thorough, detailed research and reflection. Paul Robeson...

Paul Whiteman: Pioneer in American Music, 1930-1967

by Don Rayno

In a career that spanned 60 years, Paul Whiteman changed the landscape of American music, beginning with his million-selling recordings in the early 1920s of “Whispering,” “Japanese Sandman,” and “Three...

Jermaine Jackson Biography

by B.A. Duffour

Discover the amazing life of a member of the most talended msucial family: Jermaine Jackson !

Eclectic, truly original, and a fully-fledged artist, Jermaine Jackson is the fourth child of the world’s most...

Bob Dylan

by Andy Gill

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