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  • Architecture's Pretextsby Aarati Kanekar

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 59.95

    The aim of this book is to expose readers to architecture?s pretexts that include literary narratives, film, theatre, painting, music, and ritual, as a bridge between diverse intellectual territories and architecture. It introduces a selection of seminal modern and contemporary architectural projects, their situation within the built environment,... more...

  • The History of the NMEby Pat Long

    Pavilion Books Company Limited 2012; US$ 10.19

    The NME mattered to all those generations who grew up with music at the centre of their universe. The NME never had a truer chronicler than Pat Long. Tony Parsons Since it was founded in 1952, the New Musical Express has played a central part in the British love affair with pop music. Snotty, confrontational, enthusiastic, sarcastic: the NME landing... more...

  • The Ballad of Britainby Will Hodgkinson

    Pavilion Books Company Limited 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...

  • Looking and Listeningby Brenda Lynne Leach

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2014; US$ 44.99

    This book invites the art and music lover to place these two realms of creative endeavor in conversation with one another. In Looking and Listening , conductor and art connoisseur Brenda Leach explores unique pairings of well-known visual art works and musical compositions from the twentieth century, identifying the shared sources of inspiration.... 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...

  • Trikstaby Nik Cohn

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 13.95

    Acclaimed music writer Nik Cohn?s love of hip-hop goes back to its beginnings, and his love of New Orleans even further, to when he passed through the Big Easy on tour with The Who and discovered a place with a magic that never failed to seize him. On the surface he?s the least likely candidate for a rap impresario. But with his signature charm and... more...