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  • Lost Geniusby Kevin Bazzana

    McClelland & Stewart 2009; US$ 24.99

    The award-winning author of Wondrous Strange , the critically acclaimed biography of Glenn Gould, explores the bizarre, untold life of another brilliant and eccentric musician. The composer Arnold Schoenberg called him an ?utterly extraordinary? pianist of ?incredible originality and conviction,? yet today he is all but forgotten. Born in Budapest... more...

  • Ordinary Peopleby Family Osbourne

    MTV Books 2010; US$ 24.95

    In their own words (and we all know how colorful those can be), the five members of the notorious Osbourne clan tell the amazing story of the first family of rock. OZZY talks about his first beer, his legendary career,and why he's the only sane member of the Osbourne family. SHARON explains the root of her shopaholic nature, the ups and... more...

  • There Will Be Rainbowsby Kirk Lake

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 7.99

    The first biography of legendary singer/songwriter/composer Rufus Wainwright, There Will Be Rainbows reveals the integrity and complexity of Wainwright?s work while fully embracing the self-deprecating humor, wild flamboyance, and fascinating contradictions that embody Rufus Wainwright, the man. There Will Be Rainbows tells Wainwright unforgettable... more...

  • Buck Owensby Eileen Sisk

    Chicago Review Press 2010; US$ 13.99

    Retracing the life of Buck Owensfrom his poverty-stricken youth as the son of a sharecropper to one of the nation?s best-loved and wealthiest entertainersthis biography pays tribute to the man and his music by revealing his genius, his warmth, his humor, his vulnerabilities, and his flaws. It is based on personal sources, including original and latter-day... more...

  • Gregor Piatigorskyby Terry King

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2010; US$ 45.00

    Forced to provide for his family from the age of 8 and thrown out of his home into a bitter Moscow winter at age 12, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky began his career as an archetypal struggling artist, using secondhand and borrowed instruments. When the October Revolution forced his escape to Warsaw, he enjoyed initial success with the Warsaw Philharmonic.... more...

  • Cigar Box Banjoby Paul Quarrington; Roddy Doyle

    Greystone Books 2010; US$ 14.99

    This eclectic, funny, and moving book tracks a life lived in music and words. Paul Quarrington ruminates on the bands of his childhood; his restless youth, spent playing bass with the cult band Joe Hall and the Continental Drift; and his incarnation, in middle age, as rhythm guitarist and singer with the band Porkbelly Futures. Ranging through... more...

  • Anvilby Robb Reiner; Steve 'Lips' Kudlow

    Transworld 2009; US$ 12.68

    At fourteen, Toronto school friends Steve 'Lips' Kudlow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Forming their band 'Anvil' they went on to become the 'demi-gods of Canadian metal', releasing one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982's Metal on Metal . The album influenced a musical generation including the world-dominating bands... more...

  • Passion and Painby Marc Shapiro

    St. Martin's Press 2007; US$ 6.79

    From the poverty-stricken streets of Ponce, Puerto Rico to the vibrant barrios of New York City, HECTOR LAVOE became the singer of all singers, and the driving-force behind the Salsa movement in the mid-1960s. His popularity rivaled that of his contemporaries, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco. Behind the music, Hector's life was filled... more...

  • Singing Was the Easy Partby Vic Damone; David Chanoff; Larry King

    St. Martin's Press 2009; US$ 6.79

    Born Vito Farinola in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn in 1928, Vic worked as an usher at the fabled Paramount Theatre before realizing a dream by shooting to the top of the Billboard Chart in 1947 with his first hit "I Have But One Heart." He was mentored by everyone from Perry Como to Tommy Dorsey. Frank Sinatra praised his voice and became a friend for life,... more...

  • Wagner and Beethovenby Klaus Kropfinger; Peter Palmer

    Cambridge University Press 1991; US$ 80.00

    This book analyses the lifelong impact of Beethoven's music on Wagner and its importance for his conception of music drama. more...