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  • The Man Who Sold the Worldby Peter Doggett

    HarperCollins 2012; US$ 1.99

    The Man Who Sold the World by Peter Doggett?author of the critically acclaimed Beatles biography, You Never Give Me Your Money ?is a song-by-song chronicle of the evolution of David Bowie. Focusing on the work and the life of one of the most groundbreaking figures in music and popular culture during the turbulent seventies, Bowie?s most productive... more...

  • Me, the Mob, and the Musicby Tommy James; Martin Fitzpatrick

    Scribner 2010; US$ 16.00

    Now in paperback, after five hardcover printings, Tommy James?s wild and entertaining true story of his career?part rock & roll fairytale, part valentine to a bygone era, and part mob epic?that ?reads like a music-industry version of Goodfellas ? ( The Denver Post ). Everyone knows the hits: ?Hanky Panky,? ?Mony Mony,? ?I Think We?re Alone Now,?... more...

  • Experiencing Music Videoby Carol Vernallis

    Columbia University Press 2004; US$ 35.99

    -- Nicholas Cook, Professor of Music, Royal Holloway, University of London, Editor, Journal of the Royal Musical Association more...

  • Bluesby Dick Weissman; Richard Carlin; Craig Morrison

    Infobase Publishing 2005; US$ 67.00

    Born out of the field hollers, work songs, and spirituals sung by African-American slaves and tenant farmers as they were forced to work in the fields of the South, blues music often speaks of oppression, sadness, and love, topics that transcend racial and ethnic boundaries. Early musicians such as Blind Lemon Jefferson and W.C. Handy established the... more...

  • Antonio Gardano, Venetian Music Printer, 1538-1569by Mary Lewis

    Taylor and Francis 1997; US$ 54.95

    First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. more...

  • Music and the Language of Loveby Catherine Gordon-Seifert

    Indiana University Press 2011; US$ 37.95

    Simple songs or airs, in which a male poetic voice either seduces or excoriates a female object, were an influential vocal genre of the French Baroque era. In this comprehensive and interdisciplinary study, Catherine Gordon-Seifert analyzes the style of airs, which was based on rhetorical devices of... more...

  • Woodstock Revisitedby Susan Reynolds

    F+W Media 2009; US$ 12.95 US$ 11.66

    This collection contains fifty stories written by people who attended the original Woodstock Festival in 1969. Since all the books that preceded it have focused on the musicians, promoters, and staff, this book will be the first one that chronicles the audience's experience in an up close and personal way. This book documents the event itself, but... more...

  • The Holy or the Brokenby Alan Light

    Atria Books 2012; US$ 15.00

    ? A venerated creator. An adored, tragic interpreter. An uncomplicated, memorable melody. Ambiguous, evocative words. Faith and uncertainty. Pain and pleasure .? Today, ?Hallelujah? is one of the most-performed rock songs in history. It has become a staple of movies and television shows as diverse as Shrek and The West Wing , of tribute videos... more...

  • Who Wrote The Book Of Love?by Richard Crouse

    Doubleday Canada 2012; US$ 14.95

    ¸  The words to Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" were initially so risqué they had to be completely rewritten - in the hallway of the studio, as time was running out - before the song could be recorded. (He wrote the original version while working as a dishwasher in a bus station in Georgia.) ¸  Paul Simon's 1972 hit "Mother and Child Reunion" takes... more...

  • Sex Pistols and Punkby Jon Savage

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 2.91

    Sex Pistols and Punk recounts the turbulent months at the beginning of the British punk revolution in 1976. Starting as four disparate teenagers thrown together by Svengali Malcom McLaren to sell trousers, the Sex Pistols quickly became both prism and mirror for a disaffected youth eager to smash the old guard and make the world in their own, Warholian... more...