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  • 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...

  • Energy Flashby Simon Reynolds

    Soft Skull Press 2012; US$ 15.95

    Ecstasy did for house music what LSD did for psychedelic rock. Now, in Energy Flash , journalist Simon Reynolds offers a revved-up and passionate inside chronicle of how MDMA (“ecstasy?) and MIDI (the basis for electronica) together spawned the unique rave culture of the 1990s. England, Germany, and Holland began tinkering with imported Detroit... more...

  • A Schnittke Readerby Alfred Schnittke; Alexander Ivashkin

    Indiana University Press 2002; US$ 19.95

    This compilation assembles previously published and unpublished essays by Schnittke and supplements them with an interview with cellist and scholar Alexander Ivashkin. The book is illustrated with musical examples, many of them in Schnittke's own hand. In A Schnittke Reader, the composer speaks of his... more...

  • Why White Kids Love Hip Hopby Bakari Kitwana

    Basic Books 2006; US$ 14.95

    Why White Kids Love Hip Hop addresses uncomfortable truths about America's level of comfort with black people and challenges preconceived notions of race. 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...

  • Beethovenby Richard Wagner; William Ashton Ellis

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 6.99

    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827) is one of the most famous and influential classical musicians of all time. He was particularly instrumental in the transition from the Classic to the Romantic. He was born in Germany but lived from his early twenties in Vienna. There he studied under Haydn and became recognized for his prodigious talents. Though Beethoven... more...

  • Beethoven, as Revealed in His Own Wordsby Ludwig van Beethoven; Friedrich Kerst

    The Floating Press 1904; US$ 6.95

    The following book consists of brief biographical commentaries about Beethoven, each followed by sections of quotations attributed to the muse. In these quotes, Beethoven demonstrates his intense preoccupation (or obsession) with thinking artistically and intelligently, and with helping to alleviate man's suffering by providing man with musical... more...

  • Chromatic Beauty in the Late Medieval Chansonby Thomas Brothers

    Cambridge University Press 1997; US$ 48.00

    An in-depth study of the late medieval chanson. more...

  • Mozart: The 'Haydn' Quartetsby John Irving

    Cambridge University Press 1998; US$ 28.00

    A guide to Mozart's most famous string quartets, dedicated to his friend, Joseph Haydn. more...