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  • 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$ 7.39

    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$ 7.39

    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...

  • Beethovenby George Fischer

    Andrews UK 2010; US$ 6.99

    This short biography of the famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven details his life, his works and gives the reader an interesting guide to the style that defined this master of symphonies and other musical works. It also discusses the influence he had on Wagner's style. This version has been specifically edited and formatted for today's e-readers,... more...

  • Richard Wagnerby John Runciman

    Andrews UK 2010; US$ 4.49

    This short biography of the famous composer Richard Wagner details his life, his works and gives the reader an interesting guide to the style that defined this master of operas and other musical works. This version has been specifically edited and formatted for today's e-readers, and makes an excellent addition to any music-related book collection. more...

  • The Ballad of Bob Dylanby Daniel Mark Epstein

    HarperCollins 2011; US$ 12.74

    Drawing on revelatory interviews, a rich analysis oflyrics, and a lifelong study of one of the greatest songwriters of our time,Daniel Mark Epstein delivers a singular, nuanced, and insightful examination ofBob Dylan?the poet, the musician, and the man. Interweaving in-depthconversations with Dylan collaborators and contemporaries, including Eric Andersen,Tom... more...

  • The Producerby Dunstan Prial

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2007; US$ 7.39

    A "behind the music" story without parallel John Hammond is one of the most charismatic figures in American music, a man who put on record much of the music we cherish today. Dunstan Prial's biography presents Hammond's life as a gripping story of music, money, fame, and racial conflict, played out in the nightclubs and recording studios where the... more...