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  • Jimi Hendrixby Charles R Cross; Conny Lösch

    Hannibal Verlag 2014; US$ 10.51

    James Marshall Hendrix brachte die elektrische Gitarre "zum Sprechen". Vom Blues kommend revolutionierte er den Rock'n'Roll, indem er Rückkopplungen, unvorhersehbare Frequenzüberlagerungen und Verzerrung zur Kunstform erhob - so virtuos wie er spielte sonst niemand. Er war der Star der Stars: Paul McCartney empfahl ihn für das Monterey-Festival,... more...

  • Noise Uprisingby Michael Denning

    Verso Books 2015; US$ 29.95

    In a handful of years between the development of electrical recording in 1925 and the outset of the Great Depression in the early 1930s, the soundscape of modern music unfolded in a series of relatively unnoticed recording sessions around the world. These included the recording of tango in Buenos Aires, son in Havana, and samba in Rio; of hula... more...

  • Season of the Witchby Peter Bebergal

    Penguin Group US 2014; US$ 14.99

    This epic cultural and historical odyssey unearths the full influence of occult traditions on rock and roll?from the Beatles to Black Sabbath?and shows how the marriage between mysticism and music changed our world. From the hoodoo-inspired sounds of Elvis Presley to the Eastern odysseys of George Harrison, from the dark dalliances of Led Zeppelin... more...

  • Music Then and Nowby Thomas Forrest Kelly

    W. W. Norton & Company 2012; US$ 27.99

    A ?you are there? guide to masterpieces of Western music. more...

  • The Writing Lifeby David Malouf

    Random House Australia 2014; US$ 24.02

    Who else, but a writer, is really able to interrogate the work of other writers? From Christina Stead, Les Murray and Patrick White to Proust, Shakespeare and Charlotte Bronte, David Malouf reads and examines the work of writers who have challenged, inspired and entertained us for generations. He also explores his own work and the life of the writer,... more...

  • Amazing Graceby Steve Turner

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 12.99

    Behind our most beloved hymn is a fascinating story spanning continents, cultures, and centuries. Inspired by the way "Amazing Grace" continues to change and grow in popularity, acclaimed music writer Steve Turner embarks on a journey to trace the life of the hymn, from Olney, England, where it was written by former slave trader John Newton, to tiny... more...

  • Queens Reigns Supremeby Ethan Brown

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 12.95

    Based on police wiretaps and exclusive interviews with drug kingpins and hip-hop insiders, this is the untold story of how the streets and housing projects of southeast Queens took over the rap industry. For years, rappers from Nas to Ja Rule have hero-worshipped the legendary drug dealers who dominated Queens in the 1980s with their violent crimes... more...

  • Temperamentby Stuart Isacoff

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 16.00

    Few music lovers realize that the arrangement of notes on today?s pianos was once regarded as a crime against God and nature, or that such legendary thinkers as Pythagoras, Plato, da Vinci, Galileo, Kepler, Descartes, Newton and Rousseau played a role in the controversy. Indeed, from the time of the Ancient Greeks through the eras of Renaissance scientists... more...

  • The Violin Makerby John Marchese

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 11.99

    How does a simple piece of wood become a violin, the king of instruments? Watch and find out as Eugene Drucker, a member of the world?renowned Emerson String Quartet, commissions Sam Zygmuntowicz, a Brooklyn craftsman, to make him a new violin. As he tells this extraordinary story, journalist John Marchese shares the rich lore of this beloved instrument... more...

  • Music for the Common Manby Elizabeth Bergman Crist

    Oxford University Press, USA 2009; US$ 20.99

    Introduction. 1. Expanding Americaural Front. 3. Creating Community. 4. "The Dancing of an Attitude". 5. In Wartime. Conclusion more...