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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...

  • The British Invasionby Bill Harry

    Chrome Dreams 2004; US$ 12.00

    The explosion of British bands onto the American rock scene in the 1960s is examined in this thorough history. Marking the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' first trip to the United States, this look at British rock music covers in detail the pre-Beatles music that first gave Americans a taste of the British style, Beatlemania, and the British acts... 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...

  • Why AC/DC Mattersby Anthony Bozza

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 12.99

    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...

  • The Danger of Music and Other Anti-Utopian Essaysby Richard Taruskin

    University of California Press 2008; US$ 31.95

    The Danger of Music gathers some two decades of Richard Taruskin's writing on the arts and politics, ranging in approach from occasional pieces for major newspapers such as the New York Times to full-scale critical essays for leading intellectual journals. Hard-hitting, provocative, and incisive, these essays consider contemporary composition and... more...

  • On Russian Musicby Richard Taruskin

    University of California Press 2008; US$ 29.95

    Over the past four decades, Richard Taruskin's publications have redefined the field of Russian-music study. This volume gathers thirty-six essays on composers ranging from Bortnyansky in the eighteenth century to Tarnopolsky in the twenty-first, as well as all of the famous names in between. Some of these pieces, like the ones on Chaikovsky's alleged... 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...

  • Is Tiny Dancer Really Elton's Little John?by Gavin Edwards

    Crown Publishing Group 2010; US$ 13.95

    Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll, and . . . Ham Sandwiches? If you are a music fan, you may be aware of some of music?s most enduring mysteries. Where did Pearl Jam get their name? Are the White Stripes related by blood or by marriage? Did Mama Cass really die from choking on a ham sandwich? Gavin Edwards has heard just about every strange question, racy... more...