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Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups

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Everything Man The Form and Function of Paul Robeson

Everything Man The Form and Function of Paul Robeson

Author: Shana L. Redmond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2020

From his cavernous voice and unparalleled artistry to his fearless struggle for human rights, Paul Robeson was one of the twentieth century's greatest icons and polymaths. In Everything Man Shana L. Redmond traces Robeson's continuing cultural resonances in popular culture and politics. She follows his appearance throughout the twentieth century in the forms of sonic and visual vibration and holography; theater, art, and play; and the physical environment. Redmond thereby creates an imaginative cartography in which Robeson remains present and accountable to all those he inspired and defended. With her bold and unique theorization of antiphonal life, Redmond charts the possibility of continued communication, care, and collectivity with those who are dead but never gone.

The Johnny Cash Encyclopedia

The Johnny Cash Encyclopedia

Author: Rob Jovanovic Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2019

Johnny Cash is one of the undisputed giants of modern music and here, to commemorate his life on the 10th anniversary of his death, is the first ever encyclopedia of his works. Song-by-song and album-by-album, this mighty retrospective includes over 150 albums, 100 singles and 1500 live performances, plus the people, places, performances and influences that made him great.

Searching for Woody Guthrie A Personal Exploration of the Folk Singer, His Music, and His Politics

Searching for Woody Guthrie A Personal Exploration of the Folk Singer, His Music, and His Politics

Author: Ron Briley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2019

Born in the summer of 1912, Woody Guthrie remains one of the most significant figures in American folk music to this day. While most Americans know his iconic anthem This Land Is Your Land , surprisingly few understand Guthrie's place in the greater context of American radicalism and protest in the 1930s and beyond. In Searching for Woody Guthrie, Ron Briley embarks on a chronological exploration of Guthrie's music in the vein of American radicalism and civil rights. Briley begins this journey with an overview of five key periods in Guthrie's life and, in the chapters that follow, analyses his political ideas through primary and secondary source materials. While numerous biographies on Woody Guthrie exist - including Guthrie's own 1943 autobiography - this book takes a different approach. Less biographical and more thematic in nature, Searching for Woody Guthrie centres around Guthrie's faith in the common working people of America, bringing together People's Daily World Woody Sez newspaper columns, Guthrie centennial secondary source texts, research in the Woody Guthrie Archives, and Briley's own personal reflections to present a narrative that is at once personal to the author and relatable to America's rural working class. Interlacing Guthrie's music with his own geographic and economic background, Briley presents an original and eloquent chronology of Guthrie's life and work in what amounts to a compelling new case for why that work, more than fifty years after Guthrie's death, continues to leave its mark.

Blockbuster! The True Story of the Sweet

Blockbuster! The True Story of the Sweet

Author: Dave Thompson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/12/2019

Mahler's Seventh Symphony

Mahler's Seventh Symphony

Gustav Mahler's Seventh Symphony stands out as one of the most provocative symphonic statements of the early twentieth century. Throughout its performance history, it has often been heard as existing in the shadow of the Sixth Symphony or as too reminiscent of Richard Wagner's opera Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg. Anna Stoll Knecht's Mahler's Seventh Symphony offers a new interpretation of the Seventh based on a detailed study of Mahler's compositional materials and a close reading of the finished work. With a focus on sketches previously considered as discarded, Stoll Knecht exposes unexpected connections between the Seventh and both the Sixth and Meistersinger, confirming that Mahler's compositional project was firmly grounded in a dialogue with works from the past. This referential aspect acts as an important interpretive key to the work, enabling the first thorough analysis of the sketches and drafts for the Seventh, and shedding light on its complex compositional history. Considering each movement of the symphony through a double perspective, genetic and analytic, Stoll Knecht demonstrates how sketch studies and analytical approaches can interact with each other. Mahler's Seventh Symphony exposes new facets of Mahler's musical humor and leads us to rethink much-debated issues concerning the composer's cultural identity, revealing the Seventh's pivotal role within his output.

Composition and Cognition Reflections on Contemporary Music and the Musical Mind

Composition and Cognition Reflections on Contemporary Music and the Musical Mind

Author: Fred Lerdahl Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/12/2019

In Composition and Cognition, renowned composer and theorist Fred Lerdahl builds on his careerlong work of developing a comprehensive model of music cognition. Bringing together his dual expertise in composition and music theory, he reveals the way in which his research has served as a foundation for his compositional style and how his intuitions as a composer have guided his cognitively oriented theories. At times personal and reflective, this book offers an overall picture of the musical mind that has implications for central issues in contemporary composition, including the recurrent gap between method and result, and the tension between cognitive constraints and utopian aesthetic views of musical progress. Lerdahl's succinct volume provides invaluable insights for students and instructors, composers and music scholars, and anyone engaged with contemporary music.

Composition and Cognition Reflections on Contemporary Music and the Musical Mind

Composition and Cognition Reflections on Contemporary Music and the Musical Mind

Author: Fred Lerdahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/12/2019

In Composition and Cognition, renowned composer and theorist Fred Lerdahl builds on his careerlong work of developing a comprehensive model of music cognition. Bringing together his dual expertise in composition and music theory, he reveals the way in which his research has served as a foundation for his compositional style and how his intuitions as a composer have guided his cognitively oriented theories. At times personal and reflective, this book offers an overall picture of the musical mind that has implications for central issues in contemporary composition, including the recurrent gap between method and result, and the tension between cognitive constraints and utopian aesthetic views of musical progress. Lerdahl's succinct volume provides invaluable insights for students and instructors, composers and music scholars, and anyone engaged with contemporary music.

I Wonder U How Prince Went beyond Race and Back

I Wonder U How Prince Went beyond Race and Back

Author: Adilifu Nama Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2019

Harmony & Discord: the Life of Johann Sebastian Bach

Harmony & Discord: the Life of Johann Sebastian Bach

Author: Julian Shuckburgh Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2019

I Wonder U How Prince Went beyond Race and Back

I Wonder U How Prince Went beyond Race and Back

Author: Adilifu Nama Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2019

Dearest Lenny Letters from Japan and the Making of the World Maestro

Dearest Lenny Letters from Japan and the Making of the World Maestro

Much has been written about Leonard Bernstein, a musician of extraordinary talent who was legendary for his passionate love of life and many relationships. In this work, Mari Yoshihara reveals the deeply emotional connections Bernstein formed with two little-known Japanese individuals, which she narrates through their personal letters that have never been seen before. Dearest Lennyinterweaves an intimate story of love and art with a history of Bernstein's transformation from an American icon to a world maestro during the second half of the twentieth century. The articulate, moving letters of Kazuko Amano-a woman who began writing fan letters to Bernstein in 1947 and became a close family friend-and Kunihiko Hashimoto-a young man who fell in love with the maestro in 1979 and later became his business representative-convey the meaning Bernstein and his music had at various stages of their lives. The letters also shed light on how Bernstein's compositions, recordings, and performances touched his audiences around the world. The book further traces the making of a global Bernstein amidst the shifting landscape of classical music that made this American celebrity turn increasingly to Europe and Japan. The dramatic change in Japan's place in the world and its relationship to the United States during the postwar decades shaped Bernstein's connection to the country. Ultimately,Dearest Lennyis a story of relationships-between the two individuals and Bernstein, the United States and the world, art and commerce, artists and the state, private and public, conventions and transgressions, dreams and realities-that were at the core of Bernstein's greatest achievements and challenges and that made him truly a maestro of the world. Dearest Lennypaints a poignant portrait of individuals connected across cultures, languages, age, and status through correspondence and music-and the world that shaped their relationships.

Deep Purple: Fire in the Sky The Story of Smoke on the Water and Machine Head

Deep Purple: Fire in the Sky The Story of Smoke on the Water and Machine Head

Author: Simon Robinson, Stephen Clare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

These days Deep Purple's `Smoke on the Water' is such a ubiquitous rock anthem that it almost seems as if it's been out there forever. Yet the story of how this most famous of metal tracks came into being is shot-through with chance incidents, any one of which could have seen the recording stifled at birth, leaving music writers to scrabble about for another best riff of all time contender (and five hard-working musicians considerably less well-off.) Fire in the Sky looks in detail at this crucial period in Deep Purple's history and the making of their break-through album `Machine Head'. The basic fact that a fire destroyed the Montreux Casino during a Frank Zappa concert is well known to most music fans, leaving Deep Purple to find somewhere else to record, but this book brings much new information to light. And although `Smoke On The Water' was laid down while the Swiss Police hammered at the door of a roller skating rink, the band were then forced to move again, ending up at the Grand Hotel where they built a studio in the corridors using old mattresses and egg cartons for sound-proofing. In the chaos, `Smoke on the Water' was almost forgotten. The band only roughed it out as something to play to their Montreux host, Jazz festival organiser Claude Nobs, who told them it was far too good to leave in the can. This book looks back at the events which led up to Deep Purple's bizarre and Heath Robinson-esque `Machine Head' recording sessions in the winter of 1971. And as for that hit to be ; `Smoke On The Water' was not even tried out on stage, and might never have been played live at all were it not for a request from the BBC for a radio session. It went on to sell 12 million copies when issued as a single in 1973 and is probably the only record to ever generate a gold disc presented to a city. And yes, there really is a music shop in London which threatens to fine budding guitarists should they dare to try out the riff in-store. And in these times of economic hardship, isn't it inspiring to know that punitive tax rates back home were responsible for Deep Purple being in Montreux in the first place? The book moves on through 1972 and takes in the subsequent debilitating American tours where `Machine Head' quickly became a massive selling album, even as the relentless gigging pulled Deep Purple apart. Memorabilia and many rare and unseen photographs illustrate the story, including remarkable images of the Casino fire and aftermath, and Ian Gillan with his notepad writing the lyrics to `Smoke On The Water' in the studio. Members of the band have spoken, as well as associated crew and studio staff. The music and gigs are covered while appendices include tour dates and a discography, as well as a map showing the sites connected with the recordings. Several myths are also laid to rest: Many fans trekking to Montreux visit the wrong Grand Hotel altogether, while down the road the wealthy owners of luxury apartments sit blithely unaware of the musical history made in their living rooms. During research for this book the authors revisited the site of the recordings in Montreux with bass player Roger Glover to gain a unique insight into the album's history. As a result of this visit locals are preparing a heritage plaque to mark the site.