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

    Scribner 2010; Not Available

    Everyone knows the hits: ?Hanky Panky,? ?Mony Mony,? ?I Think We?re Alone Now,? ?Crimson and Clover,? ?Crystal Blue Persuasion.? All of these songs, which epitomize great pop music of the late 1960s, are now widely used in television and film and have been covered by a diverse group of artists from Billy Idol to Tiffany to R.E.M. Just as compelling... more...

  • Life After Death: The Viola da Gamba in Britain from Purcell to Dolmetschby Peter Holman

    Boydell & Brewer 2010; US$ 99.00

    New research throws light on the history of the viol after Purcell, including its revival in the late eighteenth century through Charles Frederick Abel. more...

  • Always in Troubleby Jason Weiss

    Wesleyan University Press 2012; US$ 19.99

    You never heard such sounds in your life more...

  • Brad Pitt's Dogby Johan Kugelberg

    John Hunt Publishing 2012; US$ 9.99

    The first book of essays by a long-time renowned chronicler of underground culture. Johan Kugelberg's book on the early history of hip hop won the NYPL books for the teen age award 2008 and his book on the Velvet Underground won the Foreword silver medal for music 2010. The way this book mashes up lo-bro and hi-bro is readable, funny and thought-provoking,... more...

  • Vaughan Williamsby Simon Heffer

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 16.03

    A tweedy purveyor of folklore; too many larks ascending and too much Linden Lea: no composer's work has ever been more cruelly stereotyped than that of Ralph Vaughan Williams. The truth could hardly have been more different: that folksy feel masked the highest sophistication, that countrified air the most audacious experimentation. If, unlike his... more...

  • The First Four Notesby Matthew Guerrieri

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 13.99

    A TIME Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Book of 2012 A New Yorker Best Book of the Year Los Angeles Magazine 's #1 Music Book of the Year A unique and revelatory book of music history that examines in great depth what is perhaps the best-known and most-popular symphony ever written and its four-note opening, which has fascinated musicians, historians,... more...

  • Why AC/DC Mattersby Anthony Bozza

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 12.99

    Australian rock giants AC/DC have sold more records in the U.S. than Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, and than the Rolling Stones, yet have always been undervalued and unappreciated by mainstream rock music critics. In Why AC/DC Matters , former Rolling Stone staff writer and New York Times bestselling author Anthony Bozza addresses... more...

  • Narcocorridoby Elijah Wald

    HarperCollins 2012; US$ 13.99

    In the first full-length exploration of the contemporary and controversial Mexican corrido, award-winning author Elijah Wald blends a travel narrative with his search for the roots of this genre -- a modern outlaw music that fuses the sensibilities of medieval ballads with the edgy grit of gangsta rap. From international superstars to rural singers... more...

  • Reading the Grateful Deadby Nicholas G. Meriwether

    Scarecrow Press 2012; US$ 69.99

    In Reading the Grateful Dead: A Critical Survey , Nicholas G. Meriwether has assembled a collection of essays that examine the development of Grateful Dead studies. This volume includes work from three generations of scholars and includes a wide variety of perspectives on the band and its cultural significance. Organized into four sections, each... more...

  • Beethoven and the Grosse Fugeby Robert S. Kahn

    Scarecrow Press 2010; US$ 47.99

    This book looks closely at both Beethoven and the Grosse Fuge , placing both in their historical and social contexts. It considers interesting questions about whether absolute music?music without words?can have meaning and speculates that some works of Western music can evoke synesthesia in listeners?a sense of motion through three-dimensional volumes... more...