Music

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Tom Smucker loves the Beach Boys, though he’s not in love with them right now.

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Author Thomas Brothers tries mightily in this dense but insightful book to tie his thesis together, namely that two of the biggest musical geniuses of the 20th Century—Duke Ellington and The Beatle

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Based on ten years of wide-ranging research, Alan Walker has produced the most comprehensive biography and musical analysis to date on Poland's most famous musician and composer.

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“a valuable and blessedly concise addition to the literature.”

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“This captivating story will sweep the reader through fascinating and glowing accounts of the great composer’s life . . .”

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This account of the rise of punk in East Germany is openly the work of a devoted fan of that scene. Tim Mohr is upfront about his emotional investment in the topic.

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Does the world need another book about The Beatles?

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“Captivating and intriguing, Chopin’s Piano will most certainly entertain both novice and hardcore music historians.”

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“an unsettling resonance that more triumphantly framed survivor stories rarely achieve.”

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Verdi’s life was the stuff operas are made of: sex scandals, political turmoil, creative pitfalls, testy divas, and meddling producers, but nothing stopped him from becoming the most famous opera c

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“Fare Thee Well is a passionate and well-written exposé of the behind the scenes action of one of rock and roll’s most iconic bands . . .”

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In one of the early chapters of this handsome book—as visual and colorful as a magical mystery tour—the authors have a double-page spread titled “Before the Beatles.” It details all the different b

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Paul Simon: The Life is not an autobiography but it might as well be. Simon sat for more than 100 hours of interviews with respected writer Robert Hilburn and made it possible for Hilburn

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Actor-writer Simon Callow has published books on larger-than-life figures Oscar Wilde, Charles Laughton, and Orson Welles.

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Bob Fosse was a choreographic creative force of nature who invented his own dance genre that changed American musical theater in his time and for generations of Broadway dancers to come.

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Gold Dust Woman, the unauthorized biography of pop music legend Stevie Nicks, can be read two ways.

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Ann Powers is one of music’s enduring rock critics, emerging on VH1’s “Behind the Music” in the late ’90s with a shock of orange hair, an ironic yet warm affect, everybody’s cozy hipster big sis.

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“a fascinating dual study that rescues a large chunk of musical history and well as pulling the curtain back on the operatic political drama.”

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“Elaine Hayes’ vivid portrait of Sarah Vaughan’s life, times, and indelible musical legacy reveals why she was indeed called The Divine One.”   

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One of the pleasant interludes in the Cold War was the ecstatic reception that Van Cliburn received at Moscow’s first-ever Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in 1958.

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British classical pianist James Rhodes is a rebel with a cause as he unleashes his iconoclastic view of the vaulted world of classical music in concert halls and on British TV and in the streets an

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If anyone would question why musician Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016, the answer is easily found by cracking the covers of The Lyrics: 1961–2012.

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The very idea of a high-gloss, pricey photo book about the Sex Pistols seems ludicrous on the face of it.

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Seiji Ozawa was a gifted piano student studying at Toho Gakuen School of Music in Japan, but after he hurt his hand playing rugby, he switched to conducting and received a scholarship to study unde

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