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  • One Long Tuneby Ron Forbes-Roberts

    University of North Texas Press 2006; US$ 19.96

    Lenny Breau (1941-1984) was called "the greatest guitarist who ever walked the face of the earth." Breau began playing the instrument at age seven, and went on to master many styles. His virtuosity influenced countless performers, but at the expense of his personal relationships. This book presents Breau's life story and his musical importance. more...

  • Dream Boogieby Peter Guralnick

    Little, Brown and Company 2008; US$ 9.99

    One of the most influential singers and songwriters of all time, Sam Cooke was among the first to blend gospel music and secular themes--the early foundation of soul music. He was the opposite of Elvis: a black performer who appealed to white audiences, who wrote his own songs, who controlled his own business destiny. No biography has previously been... more...

  • The George Gershwin Readerby Robert Wyatt; John Andrew Johnson

    Oxford University Press, USA 2004; US$ 18.99

    George Gershwin is one of the giants of American music, unique in that he was both a brilliant writer of popular songs ("Swanee," "I Got Rhythm," "They Can't Take That Away From Me") and of more serious music, including "Rhapsody in Blue," "An American in Paris," and "Porgy and Bess."... more...

  • Energy Flashby Simon Reynolds

    Soft Skull Press 2012; US$ 15.95

    Ecstasy did for house music what LSD did for psychedelic rock. Now, in Energy Flash , journalist Simon Reynolds offers a revved-up and passionate inside chronicle of how MDMA (“ecstasy?) and MIDI (the basis for electronica) together spawned the unique rave culture of the 1990s. England, Germany, and Holland began tinkering with imported Detroit... more...

  • A Schnittke Readerby Alfred Schnittke; Alexander Ivashkin

    Indiana University Press 2002; US$ 19.95

    This compilation assembles previously published and unpublished essays by Schnittke and supplements them with an interview with cellist and scholar Alexander Ivashkin. The book is illustrated with musical examples, many of them in Schnittke's own hand. In A Schnittke Reader, the composer speaks of his... more...

  • Why White Kids Love Hip Hopby Bakari Kitwana

    Basic Books 2006; US$ 14.95

    Why White Kids Love Hip Hop addresses uncomfortable truths about America's level of comfort with black people and challenges preconceived notions of race. more...

  • Audiotopiaby Josh Kun

    University of California Press 2005; US$ 15.95

    Ranging from Los Angeles to Havana to the Bronx to the U.S.-Mexico border and from klezmer to hip hop to Latin rock, this groundbreaking book injects popular music into contemporary debates over American identity. Josh Kun insists that America is not a single chorus of many voices folded into one, but rather various republics of sound that represent... more...

  • The Positive Pianist: How Flow Can Bring Passion to Practice and Performanceby Thomas J. Parente

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 13.99

    In The Positive Pianist: How Flow Can Bring Passion to Practice and Performance, author Thomas J. Parente applies the concept of flow to the practice of piano playing, demonstrating how student musicians can experience enjoyment and confidence from succeeding at something that challenges them to an engaging level. By using Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's... more...

  • Take Control of Recording with GarageBand '11by Jeff Tolbert

    TidBITS 2011; US$ 15.00

    This book explains how to use GarageBand '11 to create musical compositions with vocals, drums, guitars, MIDI keyboards, and even the kitchen sink! Seattle composer Jeff Tolbert shares his GarageBand know-how and years of recording experience to help you get the most out of your existing gear or purchase new equipment that fits your budget and... more...

  • Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand '11by Jeff Tolbert

    TidBITS 2011; US$ 15.00

    Seattle composer Jeff Tolbert goes to 11 with his step-by-step instructions that guide beginning and intermediate users through using GarageBand's built-in loops to create three songs, explaining not only how to use GarageBand's editing and mixing features but also how to be playful and creative while composing tunes that please the ear. You'll... more...