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  • Appetite for Destructionby Mick Wall

    Orion 2010; US$ 20.18

    APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION has the best of Wall's Kerrang! features, each bolstered by new, insightful post-scripts. You won't read a funnier rock book in 2010.****' MOJO more...

  • A Provincial Organ Builder in Victorian Englandby Gordon D.W. Curtis

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 134.95

    William Sweetland was a Bath organ builder who flourished from c.1847 to 1902 during which time he built about 300 organs. Gordon Curtis places this work of a provincial organ builder in the wider context of English musical life in the latter half of the nineteenth century. He relates the biographical details of Sweetland's family, surveys Sweetland's... more...

  • The Ninthby Harvey Sachs

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 13.11

    An absorbing look at Beethoven's towering Ninth Symphony, and its vibrant historical context. more...

  • Electric Edenby Rob Young

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 25.99

    A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2011 title In the late 1960s, with popular culture hurtling forward on the sounds of rock music, some brave musicians looked back instead, trying to recover the lost treasures of English roots music and update them for the new age. The records of Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Steeleye Span, and Nick Drake... more...

  • On Playing the Fluteby Johann Joachim Quantz

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 21.86

    Johann Joachim Quantz's On Playing the Flute has long been recognized as one of the primary sources of information about eighteenth-century performance practice. In spite of its title, it is not simply a tutor for the flute, but a fully-fledged programme for training musicians of all types, with detailed information on intonation, ornamentation, dynamics,... more...

  • Appetite for Destructionby Mick Wall

    Orion 2010; Not Available

    APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION has the best of Wall's Kerrang! features, each bolstered by new, insightful post-scripts. You won't read a funnier rock book in 2010.****' MOJO more...

  • The Wrecking Crewby Kent Hartman

    St. Martin's Press 2012; US$ 16.99

    Winner of the Oregon Book Award for General Nonfiction and Los Angeles Times bestseller "It makes good music sound better."?Janet Maslin in The New York Times ?A fascinating look into the West Coast recording studio scene of the ?60s and the inside story of the music you heard on the radio. If you always assumed the musicians you listened... more...

  • Children's Book of Musicby Dorling Kindersley Ltd

    Dorling Kindersley Ltd 2010; Not Available

    Go on a musical journey around the world Help your child discover the power of music and be inspired by cultures all over the world with the Children's Book of Music- now available in ebook format . Discover how instruments are played and get the low-down on the fascinating lives and achievements of great composers, from Mozart to Debussy.... more...

  • On a Cold Roadby Dave Bidini

    McClelland & Stewart 2011; US$ 17.95

    David Bidini, rhythm guitarist with the Rheostatics, knows all too well what the life of a rock band in Canada involves: storied arenas one tour and bars wallpapered with photos of forgotten bands the next. Zit-speckled fans begging for a guitar pick and angry drunks chucking twenty-sixers and pint glasses. Opulent tour buses riding through apocalyptic... more...

  • Metaphors of Depth in German Musical Thoughtby Holly Watkins

    Cambridge University Press 2011; US$ 86.00

    Watkins presents a cultural history of metaphors of musical depth in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century German criticism and analysis. more...