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  • The Cambridge Companion to Arvo Pärtby Andrew Shenton

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 25.00

    An authoritative guide to Arvo Pärt, this Companion provides a rounded picture of the man and his music. more...

  • George Frideric Handel: Volume 1, 1609?1725by Donald Burrows; Helen Coffey; John Greenacombe; Anthony Hicks

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 144.00

    Multi-volume authoritative reference source for information about the life and career of George Frideric Handel. more...

  • Music at the Limitsby Edward Said

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2013; US$ 12.99

    Music at the Limits brings together three decades of Edward W. Said's essays on music. Addressing the work of a wide variety of composers and performers, Said analyses music's social and political contexts, and provides rich and often surprising assessments. He reflects on the censorship of Wagner in Israel; the relationship between music and feminism;... more...

  • Appetite for Destructionby Mick Wall

    Orion Publishing Group 2010; US$ 8.99

    Whether it's hanging around with Marillion's Fish in Berlin, seeing Whitesnake fail to ignite 1985's Rock in Rio, talking through old times with Jimmy Page in his Berkshire pile or following Ozzy Osbourne to Moscow, there isn't a rock luminary that Wall hasn't cross-examined or kept the flame burning with at some point over the last thirty years. ... more...

  • Document And Eyewitnessby Neil Taylor

    Orion Publishing Group 2010; US$ 11.99

    The official story of 25 years of Rough Trade Records. Part authorised biography of Geoff Travis, part history of punk and independent music and part an exercise in nostalgia, DIY: An Oral History of Rough Trade will be an essential music book for serious music fans. It tells the story of a phenomenally influential record label through the voices of... more...

  • Whispering Pinesby Jason Schneider

    ECW Press 2009; US$ 13.95

    Whispering Pines is the first comprehensive history of Canada?s immense songwriting legacy, from Gordon Lightfoot to Joni Mitchell.Canadian songwriters have always struggled to create work that reflects the environment in which they were raised, while simultaneously connecting with a mass audience. For most of the 20th century, that audience lay outside... more...

  • Bayou Undergroundby Dave Thompson

    ECW Press 2010; US$ 12.95

    ?The Bayou is a world of its own - a marshy, sometimes treacherous, oft-times sinister land of creeping darkness and living shadows, secret legends and vivid mythology. It is that darkness and those shadows that permeate Bayou Underground, the first study of the Louisiana music scene ever to leave behind the bright lights of big city New Orleans, and... more...

  • Harrison Birtwistleby Fiona Maddocks; Harrison Birtwistle

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 24.78

    Harrison Birtwistle is recognised worldwide as one of the greatest of living composers. His music is both deeply original and highly personal, yet he has always been notoriously reticent about explaining either his music or himself. In this 'conversation diary', spanning six months, he talks openly to the distinguished writer and critic Fiona Maddocks,... more...

  • Stefan Wolpe and the Avant-Garde Diasporaby Brigid Cohen

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 82.00

    Cohen traces a history of modernism in migration through the composer Stefan Wolpe, from the Bauhaus to Black Mountain College. more...

  • A History of Western Musicby J. Peter Burkholder; Donald Jay Grout; Claude V. Palisca

    W. W. Norton & Company 2014; US$ 27.99

    The definitive history of Western music. more...