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The Band: Pioneers of American Music by Craig Harris

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The Band: Pioneers of American Music Craig Harris 214 Pages ISBN: #978081089040 Rowman & Littlefield 2014 It is difficult, if not impossible or unadvisable, to consider Bob Dylan and The Band separately. Theirs was an artistic event horizon that changed much of music afterwards. Writer and percussionist Craig Harris has lovingly committed to pixels The Band: Pioneers of American Music, the thoroughly researched and considered story of the Band, and necessarily, its ...

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The Velvet Lounge: On Late Chicago Jazz

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The Velvet Lounge: On Late Chicago Jazz Gerald Majer 224 pages ISBN: #023113682X Columbia University Press 2005 Three men sit around a table in a restaurant that--for one night a week--masquerades as a jazz club. The dinner plates have been cleared, and we're waiting to settle the check. On the other side of a divider, the musicians are getting ready for the night's opening set. The service is slow so there's time ...

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Philip Glass: Words Without Music - A Memoir

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Words Without Music: A Memoir Philip Glass 432 pages ISBN: 0871404389 Liveright 2015 While composer John Cage is the first name in contemporary classical music that most people will likely know, the music of composer Philip Glass is probably more likely to be the first sound of it they actually hear. His music and influence are literary widespread everywhere. Today Glass reigns supreme as America's most successful living composer and his music ...

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Giving Birth to Sound: Women in Creative Music

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Giving Birth to Sound: Women in Creative Music Renate Da Rin (ed.) and William Parker (coed.) 294 Pages ISBN: 978-3-00-049279-2 Buddy's Knife 2015 Every time a book about music is written, the history of music is also rewritten and musicians are included or left out, and old and new myths rejected or confirmed. This is something that many authors are conscious about, but seldom an issue that is addressed. Therefore, it is ...

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Brit Lit: The British Invasion & Led Zeppelin

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While “rock & roll" music had its genesis in the United States, most particularly in the American South, its subsequent (and essential) evolution occurred elsewhere, specifically in the United Kingdom. What is called “the British invasion" has been one of the most important and least studied and discussed elements in the ultimate development of the music. Simon Philo's British Invasion: The Crosscurrents of Musical Influence address this in the broadest terms, while Gregg Akkerman's Experiencing Led Zeppelin: A Listener's Companion ...

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Bebop, Swing, and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian-American Experience

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Bebop, Swing, and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian-American Experience Bill Dal Cerro and David Anthony Witter 384 Pages ISBN: #978-1-60461-089-5 Bella Musica Publishing 2015 In this meticulously researched and anecdote-included work, authors Bill Dal Cerro and David Anthony Witter present a truly fascinating perspective on both the history and influence of jazz musicians who were Italian immigrants or who were or are of Italian descent. Certainly, there are references ...

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The Tapestry Of Delights Expanded Two Volume Edition

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The Tapestry Of Delights Expanded Two Volume Edition: The Ultimate Guide to UK Rock & Pop Of The Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963-1976 Vernon Joynson 2,080 Pages ISBN: 1-899855-19-3 Borderline Productions 2014 The word “cornucopia" could have been invented just for this immense two volume set. Contained within its 2,000 plus pages lies a veritable wealth of information. First published in 1995 at a modest 700-odd pages in length, and ...

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Just For The Love of It: Popular Music In Penang, 1930s-1960s

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Just For The Love Of It: Popular Music In Penang, 1930s-1960s Paul Augustin & James Lochhead 222 Pages ISBN: 978-967-0630-64-9 Strategic Information and Research Development Centre 2015 The story of popular music in Penang--the Malaysian island by the Straits of Malacca--from the 1930s to the 1960s is--as co-authors Paul Augustin and James Lochhead graphically depict--a tremendously colourful tale. And little wonder, for as Lieutenant-Governor Sir George Leith observed in 1804: “There is ...



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