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  • An Introduction to the Music of Milton Babbittby Andrew Mead

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 41.95

    In this celebration of Milton Babbitt's art, Andrew Mead explores the development of a central figure in contemporary American music. As a teacher and writer, Babbitt has influenced two generations of students, including such notable musicians as Stephen Sondheim and Donald Martino. He has helped establish the study of music theory as a serious academic... 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...

  • Stravinsky and the Russian Periodby Pieter C. van den Toorn; John McGinness

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 88.00

    A fresh look at Stravinsky's musical style, from a variety of analytical, critical and aesthetic angles. more...

  • Der Himmel über Nirvanaby Charles R Cross; Bernhard Schmid

    Hannibal Verlag 2013; US$ 9.53

    "Die tragischen Umstände des Selbstmordes von Kurt Cobain sind mittlerweile hinreichend bekannt. Doch viele Fakten aus seinem Leben - ebenso wie sein Einfluss als Künstler - blieben eher vernachlässigt. Hier setzt Charles R. Cross an: Er führte mehr als 400 Interviews und recherchierte vier Jahre lang in allen zugänglichen Quellen; er studierte... more...

  • Nirvana - Come as you areby Michael Azerrad; Thomas Pöll

    Hannibal Verlag 2013; US$ 9.53

    Kurt Cobain, der "Kronprinz der Generation X" (Newsweek), erschoss sich am 8. April 1994 in seinem Haus in Seattle - wenige Monate zuvor hatte er dort gemeinsam mit Michael Azerrad die Arbeit an dieser einzigen autorisierten Nirvana-Biographie beendet. In schonungsloser Offenheit erzählt Cobain in den 18 Kapiteln aus seinem Leben, von seiner... more...

  • Jimi Hendrixby Charles R Cross; Conny Lösch

    Hannibal Verlag 2014; US$ 9.53

    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$ 25.95

    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...

  • Harrison Birtwistleby Jonathan Cross

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 21.86

    Love it or loathe it, few would disagree that the music of Harrison Birtwistle stands amongst the most assured, original and challenging music ever to have been produced by a British composer. While for some the uncompromisingly modernist surface of his music can be an obstacle to closer acquaintance, for others, it is Birtwistle's articulation of... more...

  • The Ballad of Britainby Will Hodgkinson

    Pavilion Books 2012; US$ 10.19

    In 1903, Victorian composer Cecil Sharp began a decade-long journey to collect folk songs that captured the spirit of Great Britain. A century later, writer, presenter and journalist Will Hodgkinson sets out on a similar journey. more...

  • Harrison Birtwistle Studiesby David Beard; Kenneth Gloag; Nicholas Jones

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 79.00

    This collection represents current research on Birtwistle's music, reflecting the diversity of his work through a wide-range of perspectives. more...