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  • Honky Tonk Angelby Ellis Nassour; Dottie West

    Chicago Review Press 2008; US$ 15.99

    Earthy, sexy, and vivacious, the life of beloved country singer, Patsy Cline, who soared from obscurity to international fame to tragic death in just thirty short years, is explored in colorful and poignant detail. An innovatoróand even a hell-raiseróCline broke all the boys? club barriers of Nashville?s music business in the 1950s and brought a... more...

  • Beethovenby Edmund Morris

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 10.39

    ?Brilliant....This book is a perfect marriage?or should one say, duet?of subject and author, every word as masterly as the notes of the artist it illuminates.? ? Christopher Buckley, Forbes ?This is not just criticism but poetry in itself, with the additional?and inestimable?merit of being true.? ? Washington Post Book World Pulitzer Prize-winning... more...

  • One Long Tuneby Ron Forbes-Roberts

    University of North Texas Press 2006; US$ 19.96

    Lenny Breau (1941-1984) was called "the greatest guitarist who ever walked the face of the earth." Breau began playing the instrument at age seven, and went on to master many styles. His virtuosity influenced countless performers, but at the expense of his personal relationships. This book presents Breau's life story and his musical importance. more...

  • Dream Boogieby Peter Guralnick

    Little, Brown and Company 2008; US$ 9.99

    One of the most influential singers and songwriters of all time, Sam Cooke was among the first to blend gospel music and secular themes--the early foundation of soul music. He was the opposite of Elvis: a black performer who appealed to white audiences, who wrote his own songs, who controlled his own business destiny. No biography has previously been... more...

  • The George Gershwin Readerby Robert Wyatt; John Andrew Johnson

    Oxford University Press, USA 2004; US$ 18.99

    George Gershwin is one of the giants of American music, unique in that he was both a brilliant writer of popular songs ("Swanee," "I Got Rhythm," "They Can't Take That Away From Me") and of more serious music, including "Rhapsody in Blue," "An American in Paris," and "Porgy and Bess."... more...

  • Audiotopiaby Josh Kun

    University of California Press 2005; US$ 15.95

    Ranging from Los Angeles to Havana to the Bronx to the U.S.-Mexico border and from klezmer to hip hop to Latin rock, this groundbreaking book injects popular music into contemporary debates over American identity. Josh Kun insists that America is not a single chorus of many voices folded into one, but rather various republics of sound that represent... more...

  • Let's Go Crazyby Alan Light

    Atria Books 2014; Not Available

    From the former senior editor of Rolling Stone and author of The Holy or the Broken , called ?thoughtful and illuminating? by The New York Times , a new book on the unlikely coming-to-be of Prince?s now legendary album. Purple Rain is a song, an album, and a film?each one a commercial success and cultural milestone. How did this semi-autobiographical... more...

  • Slim: Another Day, Another Townby Slim Dusty; Joy McKean

    Hachette Australia 2014; US$ 14.99

    Australia's greatest country singer-songwriter Slim Dusty's own story, written with Joy McKean, his wife for 50 years - now updated. 'It seems I've done most things I wanted to do, but of all things, I think I most enjoy finding good songs and recording them. There are so many songs I want to record that I will be kept busy for as long as I can... more...

  • A Nick Drake Companionby Pete Paphides

    Hodder & Stoughton 2014; Not Available

    This short book, taken from Remembered For A While , tells the stories and circumstances that surround every known recording in Nick Drake's canon (as well as a few unrecorded songs). The result is like a detailed, extended series of liner notes, something to read while sitting in your favourite chair, in your favourite room, listening to the imperishably... more...

  • Let's Go Crazyby Alan Light

    Atria Books 2014; Not Available

    From the former senior editor of Rolling Stone and author of The Holy or the Broken , called ?thoughtful and illuminating? by The New York Times , a new book on the unlikely coming-to-be of Prince?s now legendary album. Purple Rain is a song, an album, and a film?each one a commercial success and cultural milestone. How did this semi-autobiographical... more...