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The Life of a Song The fascinating stories behind 50 of the world's best-loved songs by David Cheal, Jan Dalley The Life of a Song The fascinating stories behind 50 of the world's best-loved songs
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The fascinating back stories behind 50 of the world's best-known and best-loved songs as featured in the FT Weekend's Life of a Song column every Saturday.
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017

Arcade Fire's The Suburbs by Eric (Independent Scholar, USA) Eidelstein Arcade Fire's The Suburbs
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The Suburbs is an incredibly sentimental and nostalgic album, which generally moved critics but was jarring to others. But it also made a heavy impact on fans and - to the surprise of many - won Album of the Year...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017

Ruth and Martin's Album Club by Martin Fitzgerald Ruth and Martin's Album Club

The concept behind the Ruth and Martin's Album Club blog is simple: Make people listen to a classic album they've never heard before. What follows are delightful, humorous and insightful contributions from each guest as they have an album forced...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017

Bob Mould's Workbook by Walter Biggins, Daniel Couch Bob Mould's Workbook
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In 1989, Bob Mould took a left turn. Already legendary before his 30th birthday for his noise-and-nuance work in Husker Du, Mould had recently walked away from his old band. He re-emerged with his debut solo album: Workbook. Filled with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017

Camp Lo's Uptown Saturday Night by Patrick (University of New Haven, USA) Rivers, William (LaGuardia Community College, USA) Fulton Camp Lo's Uptown Saturday Night
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Geechi Suede and Sonny Cheeba are Camp Lo. These two emcees from the Bronx, NY entered the American hip hop scene with an insider slang that bewildered listeners as they radiated the look of a bygone era of black culture....
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017

Ferruccio Busoni and His Legacy by Erinn E. Knyt Ferruccio Busoni and His Legacy

Many students of renowned composer, conductor, and teacher Ferruccio Busoni had illustrious careers of their own, yet the extent to which their mentor's influence helped shape their success was largely unexplored until now. Through rich archival research including correspondence, essays,...
Format: Book - Released: 22/05/2017

Ferruccio Busoni and His Legacy by Erinn E. Knyt Ferruccio Busoni and His Legacy

Many students of renowned composer, conductor, and teacher Ferruccio Busoni had illustrious careers of their own, yet the extent to which their mentor's influence helped shape their success was largely unexplored until now. Through rich archival research including correspondence, essays,...
Format: Book - Released: 22/05/2017

Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings by Steve Sullivan, Dave Marsh Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
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This masterful survey covers all genres of popular music, from pop, rock, soul, and country to jazz, blues, classic vocals, hip-hop, folk, gospel, and ethnic/world music. Collectors will find detailed discographical data while music lovers will appreciate the detailed commentaries...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/05/2017

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Love for Sale Pop Music in America by David Hajdu Love for Sale Pop Music in America

David Hajdu begins Love for Sale, his personal history of pop music, in an unexpected place - not with nostalgic reminiscences of the 45s of his youth but with the sheet-music era at the end of the nineteenth century. It...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/10/2017

Year of Wonder: Classical Music for Every Day by Clemency Burton-Hill Year of Wonder: Classical Music for Every Day

Classical music for everyone - an inspirational piece of music for every day of the year, celebrating composers from the medieval era to the present day.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

Bjork's Homogenic by Emily MacKay Bjork's Homogenic

In recent years, Bjork's artistry has become ever more ambitious and ever more respected. With the release of her conceptual app-album Biophilia in 2011, and a huge retrospective exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art coinciding with her most...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017

Got to be Something Here The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound by Andrea Swensson Got to be Something Here The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound

Beginning in the year of Princes birth, 1958, with the recording of Minnesotas first R&B record by a North Minneapolis band called the Big Ms, Got to Be Something Here traces the rise of that distinctive sound through two generations...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2017

Arlen and Harburg's Over the Rainbow by Walter (H. Harold Gumm/Harry and Albert Von Tilzer Professor of Music, Columbia University) Frisch Arlen and Harburg's Over the Rainbow
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In this history of the ballad Over the Rainbow , author Walter Frisch traces the song's journey from the imagination of composer Harold Arlen and lyricist Yip Harburg and its debut performance by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/10/2017

Arlen and Harburg's Over the Rainbow by Walter (H. Harold Gumm/Harry and Albert Von Tilzer Professor of Music, Columbia University) Frisch Arlen and Harburg's Over the Rainbow
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In this history of the ballad Over the Rainbow , author Walter Frisch traces the song's journey from the imagination of composer Harold Arlen and lyricist Yip Harburg and its debut performance by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/10/2017

Nothing Has Been Done Before Seeking the New in 21st-Century American Popular Music by Robert (Columbus College of Art and Design, USA) Loss Nothing Has Been Done Before Seeking the New in 21st-Century American Popular Music
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Is there such a thing today as music that's meaningfully new? In our contemporary era of remixing and retro styles, cynics and romantics alike cry It's all been done before while record labels and media outlets proclaim that everything is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/11/2017

Nothing Has Been Done Before Seeking the New in 21st-Century American Popular Music by Robert (Columbus College of Art and Design, USA) Loss Nothing Has Been Done Before Seeking the New in 21st-Century American Popular Music
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Is there such a thing today as music that's meaningfully new? In our contemporary era of remixing and retro styles, cynics and romantics alike cry It's all been done before while record labels and media outlets proclaim that everything is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017

Play It Loud by Brad Tolinski, Alan di Perna Play It Loud
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Format: Paperback - Released: 14/11/2017

Bach Perspectives 11 J. S. Bach and His Sons by Mary Oleskiewicz Bach Perspectives 11 J. S. Bach and His Sons

Among his numerous children, Johann Sebastian Bach sired five musically gifted sons. The eleventh volume of Bach Perspectives presents essays that explore these men's lives and careers via distinctive and, in several cases, alternative and interdisciplinary methodologies. Robert L. Marshall...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/11/2017

Steelpan in Education A History of the Northern Illinois University Steelband by Andrew R. Martin, Ray Funk, Jeannine Remy Steelpan in Education A History of the Northern Illinois University Steelband
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Founded by Al O'Connor in 1973, the steelband program at Northern Illinois University was the first of its kind in the United States. Thanks to the talent and dedication of O'Connor, current codirectors Cliff Alexis and Liam Teague, and a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/11/2017

Harmony in Mendelssohn and Schumann by David (University of Minnesota) Damschroder Harmony in Mendelssohn and Schumann

A creative and accessible harmonic analysis of major works by key composers, demonstrating innovative methods in harmonic theory with sound examples.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/11/2017

Other books in this genre

Charles Ives's Concord Essays after a Sonata by Kyle Gann Charles Ives's Concord Essays after a Sonata

In 1921, insurance executive Charles Ives sent out copies of a piano sonata to two hundred strangers. Laden with dissonant chords, complex rhythm, and a seemingly chaotic structure, the so-called Concord Sonata confounded the recipients, as did the accompanying book,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/05/2017

It's Just the Normal Noises Marcus, Guralnick, No Depression, and the Mystery of Americana Music by Timothy Gray It's Just the Normal Noises Marcus, Guralnick, No Depression, and the Mystery of Americana Music

Roots rock, Americana, alt country: what are they and why do they matter? Americans have been trying to answer these questions for as long as the music bearing these labels has existed. In It's Just the Normal Noises, Timothy Gray...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/04/2017

When The World Stopped To Listen by Stuart Isacoff When The World Stopped To Listen


Format: Hardback - Released: 13/04/2017

Improvisation and Social Aesthetics by Georgina Born Improvisation and Social Aesthetics

Addressing a diverse set of improvised art and music forms-from jazz and cinema to dance and literature-this volume traces how the social, political, and the aesthetic relate within the context of improvisation.
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/04/2017

Improvisation and Social Aesthetics by Georgina Born Improvisation and Social Aesthetics

Addressing a diverse set of improvised art and music forms-from jazz and cinema to dance and literature-this volume traces how the social, political, and the aesthetic relate within the context of improvisation.
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/04/2017

Hymns for the Fallen Combat Movie Music and Sound After Vietnam by Todd Decker Hymns for the Fallen Combat Movie Music and Sound After Vietnam

Shows how the domain of sound, a rich and culturally resonant aspect of the cinema, not only invokes the realities of war, but also shapes the American audience's engagement with soldiers and veterans as flesh-and-blood representatives of the nation. This...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/04/2017

Hymns for the Fallen Combat Movie Music and Sound After Vietnam by Todd Decker Hymns for the Fallen Combat Movie Music and Sound After Vietnam

Shows how the domain of sound, a rich and culturally resonant aspect of the cinema, not only invokes the realities of war, but also shapes the American audience's engagement with soldiers and veterans as flesh-and-blood representatives of the nation. This...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/04/2017

Giacomo Puccini - Secrets of the Maestro of Music and Freemasonry by Paolo Nuti Giacomo Puccini - Secrets of the Maestro of Music and Freemasonry

Giacomo Puccini and Freemasonry: what is the connection between one of the greatest Italian composers of all time and this controversial organization? In a skillful interweaving of fiction and autobiography, the author combines personal anecdotes with historical references, raising questions,...
Format: eBook - Released: 24/03/2017

Vaudeville Melodies Popular Musicians and Mass Entertainment in American Culture, 1870 1930 by Nicholas Gebhardt Vaudeville Melodies Popular Musicians and Mass Entertainment in American Culture, 1870 1930

If you enjoy popular music and culture today, you have vaudeville to thank. From the 1870s until the 1920s, vaudeville was the dominant context for popular entertainment in the United States, laying the groundwork for the music industry we know...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2017

Vaudeville Melodies Popular Musicians and Mass Entertainment in American Culture, 1870 1929 by Nicholas Gebhardt Vaudeville Melodies Popular Musicians and Mass Entertainment in American Culture, 1870 1929

If you enjoy popular music and culture today, you have vaudeville to thank. From the 1870s until the 1920s, vaudeville was the dominant context for popular entertainment in the United States, laying the groundwork for the music industry we know...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/03/2017

Jahrbuch Der Musikbibliothek Peters by Emil Vogel Jahrbuch Der Musikbibliothek Peters


Format: Paperback / softback - Released: 19/03/2017

Seinen Glauben Selber Singen by Dietmar Strobel Seinen Glauben Selber Singen


Format: Paperback / softback - Released: 15/03/2017

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