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  • The Book of Exodusby Vivien Goldman

    Crown/Archetype 2007; US$ 16.00

    Follow the Sacred Journey to Create One of the Lasting Musical Masterpieces of Our Time Bob Marley is one of our most important and influential artists. Recorded in London after an assassination attempt on his life sent Marley into exile from Jamaica, Exodus is the most lasting testament to his social conscience. Named by Time magazine as ?Album... more...

  • Being Thereby David Malouf

    Random House Australia 2015; US$ 21.29

    Words, music, art and performance. The stuff of a satisfying life. After exploring the idea of home, where and what it is in A First Place , what does it mean to be a writer and where writing begins in The Writing Life , David Malouf moves on to words and music and art and performance in Being There . With pieces on the Sydney Opera House - then... more...

  • The Holy or the Brokenby Alan Light

    Atria Books 2012; US$ 15.00

    ? A venerated creator. An adored, tragic interpreter. An uncomplicated, memorable melody. Ambiguous, evocative words. Faith and uncertainty. Pain and pleasure .? Today, ?Hallelujah? is one of the most-performed rock songs in history. It has become a staple of movies and television shows as diverse as Shrek and The West Wing , of tribute videos... 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Swing Bookby Degen Pener

    Little, Brown and Company 2009; US$ 9.99

    Ten years ago a revival of swing took place, originating in San Francisco, snowballing into today's international resurgence. This book presents the complete history of swing music and dancing, then and now. more...