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  • 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...

  • Where Dead Voices Gatherby Nick Tosches

    Little, Brown and Company 2009; US$ 10.99

    A forgotten singer from the early days of jazz is at the center of this riveting book--a narrative that is part mystery, part biography, part meditation on the meaning and power of music. more...

  • A Book of Operasby Henry Krehbiel

    ReadHowYouWant 2009; US$ 4.99

    A delightful book about the history of operas. Krehbiel uses musical excerpts to make his work more charming and hypnotic. Mesmerizing! more...

  • The Rock and Roll Book of the Deadby David Comfort

    Kensington Publishing Corp. 2009; US$ 13.00

    Their reckless brilliance held the key to their self-destruction. Their deaths had much in common--and, surprisingly, so did their lives. From lonely childhoods marred by loss to groundbreaking music and turbulent careers that ended tragically and suspiciously, David Comfort explodes the myths as he probes:.: The sinister roles of Hendrix's manager... more...

  • Temperamentby Stuart Isacoff

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 13.99

    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...

  • Why AC/DC Mattersby Anthony Bozza

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 8.99

    Australian rock giants AC/DC have sold more records in the U.S. than Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, and than the Rolling Stones, yet have always been undervalued and unappreciated by mainstream rock music critics. In Why AC/DC Matters , former Rolling Stone staff writer and New York Times bestselling author Anthony Bozza addresses... more...

  • Rebels Wit Attitudeby Iain Ellis

    Soft Skull Press 2008; US$ 15.95

    Rock music has been the principal outlet of youth rebellion for more than half a century, and though rock rebels have been idolized and profiled extensively, their humor has not been at the center of attention. In Rebels Wit Attitude , music writer Iain Ellis throws a spotlight on the history of humor in rock music, and its use as a weapon of anti-establishment... more...

  • Music Education in the Middle Ages and the Renaissanceby Susan Forscher Weiss; Jr. Russell E. Murray; Cynthia J. Cyrus

    Indiana University Press 2010; US$ 25.45

    What were the methods and educational philosophies of music teachers in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance? What did students study? What were the motivations of teacher and student? Contributors to this volume address these topics and other -- including gender, social status, and the role of the Church... more...

  • A Love Supremeby Ashley Kahn; Elvin Jones

    Penguin Group US 2003; US$ 12.99

    Few albums in the canon of popular music have had the influence, resonance, and endurance of John Coltrane's 1965 classic A Love Supreme -a record that proved jazz was a fitting medium for spiritual exploration and for the expression of the sublime. Bringing the same fresh and engaging approach that characterized his critically acclaimed Kind of... more...

  • True Northby Bernie Finkelstein

    McClelland & Stewart 2012; US$ 17.99

    One of the all-time greats in Canadian music recounts his life and times in the business from the 1960s to the present. Whether acting as a producer, record label owner, or manager of great singer/songwriters and bands, Bernie Finkelstein, recipient of the 2006 Juno Special Achievement Award, has played a pivotal role in bringing great Canadian music... more...