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History & Criticism

  • There Goes Gravityby Lisa Robinson

    Penguin Group US 2014; US$ 14.99

    From a legendary music journalist with four decades of unprecedented access, an insider's behind-the-scenes look at the major personalities of rock and roll. Lisa Robinson has interviewed the biggest names in music--including Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Patti Smith, U2, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Jay Z and Kanye West. She visited... more...

  • Portraits in Jazzby Howard Reich

    Agate Digital 2014;

    Howard Reich has reported on jazz for the Chicago Tribune for almost four decades, and in this time he has met musicians both celebrated and obscure. From his exclusive interviews with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, and Ella Fitzgerald, to profiles of the early masters like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holiday, this book... more...

  • Medieval Obscenitiesby Nicola McDonald

    Boydell & Brewer Group Ltd 2014;

    Obscenity is, if nothing else, controversial. Its definition, consumption and regulation fire debate about the very meaning of art and culture, law, politics and ideology. And it is often, erroneously, assumed to be synonymous with modernity. "Medieval Obscenities" examines the complex and contentious role of the obscene - what is offensive, indecent... more...

  • Music Expressby Keith Sharp; Alan Frew

    Dundurn 2014; US$ 26.99

    The rise of the Canadian music industry, along with anecdotes and exclusive photos of international rock and pop stars, from the perspective of Canada's foremost music magazine from the 70s to the 90s. more...

  • Singing Jeremiahby Robert L. Kendrick

    Indiana University Press 2014; US$ 42.99

    A defining moment in Catholic life in early modern Europe, Holy Week brought together the faithful to commemorate the passion, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In this study of ritual and music, Robert L. Kendrick investigates the impact of the music used during the Paschal Triduum on European cultures during the mid-16th century, when... more...

  • Sacred Music in Secular Societyby Jonathan Arnold

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 39.95

    Sacred Music in Secular Society is a new and challenging work asking why Christian sacred music is now appealing afresh to a wide and varied audience, both religious and secular. Blending scholarship, theological reflection and interviews with some of the greatest musicians and spiritual leaders of our day, Arnold suggests that the intrinsically theological... more...

  • The Hippest Trip in Americaby Nelson George

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 16.99

    An authoritative history of the groundbreaking syndicated television show that has become an icon of American pop culture, from acclaimed author and filmmaker Nelson George, ?the most accomplished black music critic of his generation? ( Washington Post Book World ). When it debuted in October 1971, seven years after the Civil Rights Act, Soul Train... more...

  • The Operas of Giuseppe Verdiby Abramo Basevi; Edward Schneider; Stefano Castelvecchi; Stefano Castelvecchi; Stefano Castelvecchi

    University of Chicago Press 2014; US$ 55.00

    Abramo Basevi published his study of Verdi’s operas in Florence in 1859, in the middle of the composer’s career. The first thorough, systematic examination of Verdi’s operas, it covered the twenty works produced between 1842 and 1857—from Nabucco and Macbeth to Il trovatore , La traviata , and Aroldo . But while Basevi’s... more...

  • Music Inside Outby John Rahn; Benjamin Boretz

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 68.95

    First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. more...

  • Here We Are Nowby Charles R. Cross

    HarperCollins 2014; Not Available

    In Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain , Charles R. Cross, author of the New York Times bestselling Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven , examines the legacy of the Nirvana front man and takes on the question: why does Kurt Cobain still matter so much, 20 years after his death? Kurt Cobain is the icon born of the 90s, a man whose... more...