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  • Appetite for Destructionby Mick Wall

    Orion Publishing Group 2010; Not Available

    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; Not Available

    Rough Trade is practically a byword for the history of independent music over the last thirty years. DOCUMENT AND EYEWITNESS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY OF ROUGH TRADE tells the story from the inside of a phenomenally influential record label, through the voices of Geoff Travis, Jarvis Cocker, Robert Wyatt, Green Gartside and many many more. From the early... more...

  • Stefan Wolpe and the Avant-Garde Diasporaby Brigid Cohen

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 88.00

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

  • Schoenberg's Twelve-Tone Musicby Jack Boss

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 88.00

    Jack Boss presents detailed analyses of Arnold Schoenberg's twelve-tone pieces, bringing the composer's 'musical idea' - problem, elaboration, solution - to life. more...

  • Night Moves: Pop Music in the Late '70sby Don Breithaupt; Jeff Breithaupt

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 8.99

    The late 1970s brought us an eclectic mix of popular music--everything from big hits (and even bigger hair) to cult favorites, along with the dawn of disco and punk, the coming of corporate rock, the rise of reggae and new wave, and some of the most progressive, inventive songwriting of the century. Whether you cranked up your radio for Bruce Springsteen,... more...

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

    W. W. Norton & Company 2014; US$ 40.68

    The definitive history of Western music. more...

  • Schoenberg and Redemptionby Julie Brown

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 79.00

    Julie Brown reconsiders Schoenberg's step into atonality as a response to Wagner's charges concerning the Jewish influence on German music. more...

  • Choral Masterpiecesby Nicholas Tarling

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2014; US$ 44.99

    In Choral Masterpieces: Major and Minor, historian Nicholas Tarling offers short essays on over 28 works, from major masterpieces such as Handel?s Messiah and Bach?s St. Matthew?s Passion to off-the-beaten path choral works such as Samuel Coleridge-Taylor?s Hiawatha and Frederick Delius? A Mass of Life. Throughout, Tarling offers... more...

  • Good Rockin' Tonightby Colin Escott; Martin Hawkins

    Open Road Media 2011; US$ 14.99

    Rock ?n? roll was born in Memphis in the tiny storefront recording studio of Sun Records. This is the definitive account of how it happened!   Sam Phillips?s credo was: ?If you?re not doing something different, you?re not doing anything.? If he had done no more than discover Elvis Presley and produce his first five singles he would still... more...

  • The Story of Musicby Howard Goodall

    Pegasus Books 2014; US$ 24.99

    Music is an intrinsic part of everyday life, and yet the history of its development from single notes to multi-layered orchestration can seem bewilderingly complex. In his dynamic tour through 40,000 years of music, from prehistoric instruments to modern-day pop, Howard Goodall leads us through the story of music as it happened, idea by idea, so... more...