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AN EPIC HISTORY OF THE STYLE, SOUND, AND REVOLUTION OF THE ELECTRIC GUITAR

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 11/14/2017

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-97039-3

The electric guitar has long been an international symbol of freedom, beauty, and rebellion. In Play It Loud, veteran music writers Brad Tolinski and Alan di Perna give us the story of this American icon. It’s a story of inventors and mythologizers, of scam artists and prodigies as varied and original as the instruments they spawned. 
 
The electric guitar looms large over the twentieth century: as an essential element in advancing racial equality in the entertainment industry, as a mirror to...

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Written by WILL FRIEDWALD

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 11/07/2017

Price: $40.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-37907-8

The author of the magisterial A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers now approaches the great singers and their greatest work in an innovative and revelatory way: through considering their finest albums, which is the format in which this music was most resonantly organized and presented to its public from the 1940s until the very recent decline of the CD. It is through their albums that Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, and...

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THE ART AND ALCHEMY OF CONDUCTING
Written by JOHN MAUCERI

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 11/07/2017

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-0-451-49402-3

Here is an exuberant, uniquely accessible, beautifully illustrated look inside the enigmatic art and craft of conducting, from a celebrated conductor whose international career has spanned half a century. 

John Mauceri brings a lifetime of experience to bear in an unprecedented, hugely informative, consistently entertaining exploration of his profession, rich with anecdotes from decades of working alongside the greatest names of the music world. With candor and humor, Mauceri makes clear that...

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CONVERSATIONS
Written by HARUKI MURAKAMI, SEIJI OZAWA
Translator JAY RUBIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/03/2017

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17372-8

A deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing between the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author and the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

In Absolutely on Music, internationally Haruki Murakami sits down with his friend Seiji Ozawa, the revered former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, for a series of conversations on their shared passion: music. Over the course of two years, Murakami and Ozawa discuss everything from Brahms to Beethoven,...

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CONVERSATIONS
Written by HARUKI MURAKAMI, SEIJI OZAWA
Translator JAY RUBIN

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 11/15/2016

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-35434-9

A deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing between the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author and his close friend, the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. 

Haruki Murakami's passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and from The Beatles' "Norwegian Wood" to Franz Liszt's "Years of Pilgrimage," the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every one of his much-loved books. Now,...

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AN EPIC HISTORY OF THE STYLE, SOUND, AND REVOLUTION OF THE ELECTRIC GUITAR
Written by BRAD TOLINSKI, ALAN DI PERNA
Foreword by CARLOS SANTANA

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 10/25/2016

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-54099-5

"Every guitar player will want to read this book twice. And even the casual music fan will find a thrilling narrative that weaves together cultural history, musical history, race, politics, business case studies, advertising, and technological discovery." —Daniel Levitin, Wall Street Journal

An unprecedented history of the electric guitar, its explosive impact on music and culture, and the players and builders who brought it to life
 

For generations the electric guitar has been an...

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Written by PATTI SMITH

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 08/23/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-91016-0

National Bestseller 

From the National Book Award–winning author of Just Kids: an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the cafés and haunts she has worked in around the world. It is a book Patti Smith has described as “a roadmap to my life.”

M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams...

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MY LIFE AS A PRETENDER
Written by CHRISSIE HYNDE

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 08/09/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-91223-2

Chrissie Hynde, leader of the Pretenders, is one of the most widely imitated figures in rock: sexy, unflappable, vulnerable yet tough, a groundbreaking songwriter and performer. In these pages, Chrissie gives us her story. We see her all-American 1950s childhood in Ohio, and her teenage self falling for the rock music of the 1960s. We follow her to London, where she takes a job with NME and makes her way into the churning ’70s London punk scene, meeting Lemmy, Sid Vicious and Iggy Pop,...

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THE CHAIRMAN
Written by JAMES KAPLAN

Format: Hardcover, 992 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-53539-7

Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015 

In 2010's Frank: The Voice, James Kaplan, in rich, distinctive, compulsively readable prose, told the story of Frank Sinatra's meteoric rise to fame, subsequent failures, and reinvention as a star of live performance and screen. The story of "Ol' Blue Eyes" continues with Sinatra: The Chairman, picking up the day after Frank claimed his Academy Award in 1954 and had reestablished himself as the top recording artist in music. Frank's life post-Oscar was...

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THE BIOGRAPHY OF ICEBERG SLIM
Written by JUSTIN GIFFORD

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 08/04/2015

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-53834-3

The first and definitive biography of one of America's bestselling, notorious, and influential writers of the twentieth century: Iceberg Slim, né Robert Beck, author of the multimillion-copy memoir Pimp and such equally popular novels as Trick Baby and Mama Black Widow. From a career as a, yes, ruthless pimp in the '40s and '50s, Iceberg Slim refashioned himself as the first and still the greatest of "street lit" masters, whose vivid books have made him an icon to such rappers as Ice-T,...

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KRAUTROCK AND THE BIRTH OF A REVOLUTIONARY NEW MUSIC
Written by DAVID STUBBS

Format: Hardcover, 512 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 07/21/2015

Price: $32.00

ISBN: 978-1-612-19474-5

A sweeping history of the men and women who transformed postwar Germany—and created a musical genre that revolutionized rock and roll and gave birth to hip-hop.
 
West Germany after World War II was a country in shock: estranged from its recent history, and adrift from the rest of Europe. But this orphaned landscape proved fertile ground for a generation of musicians who, from the 1960s onwards, would develop the strange and beautiful sounds that became known as Krautrock.
 
Eschewing the...

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MUSIC IN THE CASTLE OF HEAVEN
Written by JOHN ELIOT GARDINER

Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/03/2015

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-400-03143-6

One of the Best Books of the Year
The Economist * The Christian Science Monitor * Financial Times *


Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most unfathomable composers in the history of music. How can such sublime work have been produced by a man who seems so ordinary, so opaque—and occasionally so intemperate?

John Eliot Gardiner grew up passing one of the only two authentic portraits of Bach every day on the stairs of his parents’ house, where it hung for safety during World War II. He has...

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