Music

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It’s not surprising that the jacket blurb compares this new memoir to Patti Smith’s Just Kids. Besides being a terrific book, that one sold really well.

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Rudyard Kipling—the Anglo Indian novelist, short story writer, and bard of the British Empire—must have known that it wasn't true when he wrote, "East is East, and West is West, and Never the twain

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In Mozart: The Reign of Love musical historian Jan Swafford dispels the myths and popular lore about Mozart in Peter Shaffer’s hit play and movie Amadeus.

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“‘I have often said that my songs are my children and that I expect them to support me when I’m old. Well, I am old, and they are!’”

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Michael Oberman was the music columnist at the daily Washington Star, taking over from his older brother, Ron, from February 1967 to March 1973.

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Philip Norman has tackled some interesting luminaries of the golden age of rock and roll.

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So this is the new “book” by the great singer-songwriter David Byrne, with illustrations by Maira Kalman.

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“Guthrie, from what we learn, is part of a bigger picture, challenging the 'simple narrative' of individual freedom of expression."

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Leonard Cohen Untold Stories could not have happened before social media. Through Facebook, Google, and WhatsApp, Michael Posner located people who once knew Leonard Cohen and fell away.

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“A small, fun, and insightful book, She Come By It Natural can be enjoyed on its own or as a perfect companion to Smarsh’s Heartland.”

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“The Beatles’ legend only grows in stature every year until now it is one of the best-known stories in entertainment history. Anything that remotely touches them is gold.”

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“‘If I was the sky, Bobbie was the earth. She grounded me. Two years older, she also protected me.’”

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Chasing Chopin is well worth reading. It is instructive, engaging, and sincere.”

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French composer Francis Poulenc was one of the famed vanguard composers of Les Six and a bon vivant who enjoyed celebrity but privately suffered bouts of depression and self-doubt, all of which inf

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“This book’s strongest message is one of hope.

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Jeanine Basinger’s The Movie Musical! is an in-depth history of a distinctly American art form that combined cinematic arts with music, dance, theater, and design.

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The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 2 delivers more than its share of amusing and revelatory anecdotal glories, while still adhering to its mission statement of identifying ess

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Ted Gioia's books on jazz, blues, and folk music are both scholarly and entertaining, and his latest volume Music: A Subversive History is perhaps his most ambitious.

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“One senses on every page Kaplan’s enthusiasm for his subject as well as his deep knowledge.”

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In the late ’60s, Janis Joplin shot to international fame after her performance of “Ball and Chain” at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.

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“‘I’d allowed myself to get to the stage where I shaved and wiped my arse and paid other people to do everything else for me. I had no idea how to work a washing machine.’”

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"‘Although his days on earth were limited to the summer season of his life, the music he left behind, endowed with his extraordinary inventiveness and intellectual curiosity has yet to ceas

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“All of these clear and beautiful examples help put the listener in control of the narrative. Mauceri’s book gives the audience power, confidence, and joy.

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Ask a musician to choose one American classical music celebrity and it’s likely it would be Leonard Bernstein.

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