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  • Dig That Beat!by Sheree Homer

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2015; US$ 39.95

    Disc jockey Alan Freed coined the term "rock and roll" in the 1950s. Rooted in rockabilly, rhythm and blues, country and western, gospel, and pop, the genre was popularized by performers like Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis. Rock and roll's originators and revivalists continue to entertain crowds at roots music... more...

  • Becoming the Beach Boys, 1961-1963by James B. Murphy

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2015; US$ 39.95

    They were almost The Pendletones--after the Pendleton wool shirts favored on chilly nights at the beach--then The Surfers, before being named The Beach Boys. But what separated them from every other teenage garage band with no musical training? They had raw talent, persistence and a wellspring of creativity that launched them on a legendary career... more...

  • The Music of Counterculture Cinemaby Mathew J. Bartkowiak; Yuya Kiuchi

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2015; US$ 40.00

    Films produced in late 1960s and early 1970s America--along with later films focusing on that period--continue to frame our understanding of the counterculture era. The popular and experimental music of the day is central to the counterculture narrative on film, from the utopian Monterey Pop (1968) to the disenchantment of Gimme Shelter (1970). But... more...

  • The Twenty-First-Century Legacy of the Beatlesby Dr Michael Brocken; Professor Derek B Scott; Professor Stan Hawkins

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 109.95

    It has taken Liverpool almost half a century to come to terms with the musical, cultural and now economic legacy of the Beatles and popular music. At times the group was negatively associated with sex and drugs images surrounding rock music: deemed unacceptable by the city fathers, and unworthy of their support. Liverpudlian musicians believe that... more...

  • Believe Your Earsby Kirke Mechem

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015; US$ 64.99

    Believe Your Ears is the memoir of composer Kirke Mechem, whose unorthodox path to music provides a fascinating narrative. Along the way, readers will meet Dimitri Shostakovich, Wallace Stegner, Billie Jean King, The Grateful Dead, Benjamin Britten, Bill Tilden, and Aaron Copland?a who?s who of talent in Mechem?s storied career. more...

  • Performing al-Andalusby Jonathan Holt Shannon

    Indiana University Press 2015; US$ 25.99

    Performing al-Andalus explores three musical cultures that claim a connection to the music of medieval Iberia, the Islamic kingdom of al-Andalus, known for its complex mix of Arab, North African, Christian, and Jewish influences. Jonathan Holt Shannon shows that the idea of a shared Andalusian heritage animates performers and aficionados in modern-day... more...

  • Alan McGee and The Story of Creation Recordsby Paolo Hewitt

    Dean Street Press 2015; US$ 7.28

    Alan McGee?s legendary Creation record label brought us Oasis, Primal Scream, Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, House of Love, Teenage Fanclub and many of the other most exciting and innovative bands of the eighties and nineties. But it also eventually brought McGee to a breakdown so complete that it took him two years to recover. Alan... more...

  • Musik und Abschiedby Peter Gülke

    Bärenreiter 2015; US$ 24.96

    Peter Gülke widmet sich in 54 Essays dem großen Thema Tod und Abschied in der Musik, aber auch in der Literatur. Mit unnachahmlicher Sprachkraft präsentiert er Erkenntnisse, die von allgemeinem Interesse und bedeutend für den kulturellen Diskurs über Tod und Vergänglichkeit sind. Musik ist als diejenige unter den Künsten charakterisiert worden, die... more...

  • Musik und Abschiedby Peter Gülke

    Bärenreiter 2015; US$ 24.96

    Peter Gülke widmet sich in 54 Essays dem großen Thema Tod und Abschied in der Musik, aber auch in der Literatur. Mit unnachahmlicher Sprachkraft präsentiert er Erkenntnisse, die von allgemeinem Interesse und bedeutend für den kulturellen Diskurs über Tod und Vergänglichkeit sind. Musik ist als diejenige unter den Künsten charakterisiert worden, die... more...

  • Dave Grohl - Times Like His: Foo Fighters, Nirvana & Other Misadventuresby Martin James

    John Blake Publishing 2015; US$ 8.74

    Foo Fighters emerged from the morass of suicide and potent musical legacy that was Nirvana to establish themselves against all odds as one of the most popular rock bands in the world. Deflecting early critical disdain, Dave Grohl has single-handedly reinvented himself and cemented his place in the rock pantheon. This is his story, from his pre-Nirvana... more...