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ANATOMY OF AN OBSESSION
Written by IAN BOSTRIDGE

Format: Hardcover, 528 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 01/27/2015

Price: $29.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-96163-1

An exploration of the world’s most famous and challenging song cycle, Schubert's Winter Journey (Winterreise), by a leading interpreter of the work, who teases out the themes—literary, historical, psychological—that weave through the twenty-four songs that make up this legendary masterpiece.

Completed in the last months of the young Schubert’s life, Winterreise has come to be considered the single greatest piece of music in the history of Lieder. Deceptively laconic—these twenty-four short...

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A MUSIC MANIFESTO
Written by ANDREW DURKIN

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 11/18/2014

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-91175-9

Decomposition is a bracing, revisionary, and provocative inquiry into music—from Beethoven to Duke Ellington, from Conlon Nancarrow to Evelyn Glennie—as a personal and cultural experience: how it is composed, how it is idiosyncratically perceived by critics and reviewers, and why we listen to it the way we do. 

Andrew Durkin, best known as the leader of the West Coast–based Industrial Jazz Group, is singular for his insistence on asking tough questions about the complexity of our presumptions...

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BEETHOVEN'S FIFTH AND THE HUMAN IMAGINATION
Written by MATTHEW GUERRIERI

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/04/2014

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-804-17019-2

A TIME Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Book of 2012
A New Yorker Best Book of the Year
Los Angeles Magazine's #1 Music Book of the Year

This revelatory book of music history examines what is perhaps the best known and most-popular symphony ever written—and its famous four-note opening. Reaching back before Beethoven’s time, Matthew Guerrieri uncovers premonitions of the opening notes in the rhythms of ancient Greek poetry and the music of the French Revolution. He discusses the Fifth’s impact when...

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SPENDING TIME WITH JOHN LENNON AND YOKO ONO
Written by JONATHAN COTT

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 11/05/2013

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-95128-1

Jonathan Cott met John Lennon in 1968 and was friends with him and Yoko Ono until John's death in 1980. He has kept in touch with Yoko since that time, and is one of the small group of writers who understands her profoundly positive influence on Lennon. This deeply personal book recounts the course of those friendships over the decades and provides an intimate look at two of the most astonishing cultural figures of our time. And what Jonathan Cott has to say and tell will be found nowhere...

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A WATCHED MAN
Written by JORDAN GOODMAN

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 10/08/2013

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68131-2

In his heyday, Paul Robeson was one of the most famous people in the world; to his enemies he was also one of the most dangerous. From the 1930s to the 1960s, the African-American singer was the voice of the people, both as a performer and as a political activist who refused to be silenced.
 
Having won fame with hits such as “Ol’ Man River” and thrilling London and New York theatergoers with his legendary performance in Othello, Robeson established himself as a vocal supporter of Civil Rights...

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CONVERSATIONS WITH JIMMY PAGE
Written by BRAD TOLINSKI

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 10/01/2013

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-98575-0

More than 30 years after disbanding in 1980, Led Zeppelin—one of the most enduring bands in rock history—continues to be celebrated for its artistic achievements, broad musical influence, and commercial success. The band's notorious exploits have been chronicled in previous books; yet none of the individual members of the band has penned a memoir nor cooperated to any degree with the press or a biographer. In Light & Shade, Jimmy Page, the intensely private mastermind behind Led Zeppelin,...

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Written by PROSPER MERIMEE
Translator GEEORGE BURNHAM IVES

Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 08/13/2013

Price: $10.00

ISBN: 978-1-612-19226-0

The novella that was the basis for one of the most popular operas of all time, Prosper Merimee’s Carmen is a swashbuckling story of a nineteenth-century Spanish soldier who deserts his post to pursue the fiery gypsy beauty, Carmen -- who seems to love him yet nonetheless seems to do everything in her power to escape him.

But the opera, it turns out, is only based on a part of the larger adventure that is Carmen. The story opens, for example, with Prosper Merimee himself meeting an famous (and...

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THE INSTRUMENT, THE MUSIC, THE MUSICIANS--FROM MOZART TO MODERN JAZZ ANDEVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
Written by STUART ISACOFF

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 11/20/2012

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-27933-0

A fascinating celebration of the piano, including tales of its masters from Mozart and Beethoven to Oscar Peterson and Jerry Lee Lewis, told with the expertise of composer and author of Temperament, Stuart Isacoff.

This history takes us back to the piano's humble genesis as a simple keyboard, and shows how everyone from Ferdinando de’ Medici to Herbie Hancock affected its evolution of sound and influence in popular music. Presenting the instrument that has been at the core of musical...

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A MEMOIR OF ART, RACE, AND DEFIANCE

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 11/13/2012

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-47342-4

An eloquently told personal account of an era of enormous cultural and political change, which reveals Harry Belafonte as not only one of America’s greatest entertainers, but also one of our most profoundly influential activists.

Harry Belafonte spent his childhood in both Harlem and Jamaica, where the toughness of the city and the resilient spirit of the Caribbean lifestyle instilled in him a tenacity to face the hurdles of life head-on and channel his anger into positive, life-affirming...

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INSIGHTS FROM A GIRL WITHOUT SIGHT
Written by LAURIE RUBIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Triangle Square

On Sale: 10/23/2012

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80424-4

Colors, Rubin tells us, affect everyone through sound, smell, taste, and a vast array of emotions and atmospheres. She explains that although she has been blind since birth, she has experienced color all her life.

In her memoir Do You Dream in Color?, Laurie Rubin looks back on her life as an international opera singer who happens to be blind. From her loneliness and isolation as a middle school student to her experiences skiing, Rubin offers her young readers a life-story rich in detail and...

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ARETHA FRANKLIN, THE RISE OF THE SOAP OPERA, CHILDREN OF THE GOSPEL CHURCH, ANDOTHER MEDITATIONS
Written by ANTHONY HEILBUT

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 06/19/2012

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-40080-3

In The Fan Who Knew Too Much, Heilbut writes about art and obsession, from country blues singers and male sopranos to European intellectuals and the originators of radio soap opera–figures transfixed and transformed who helped to change the American cultural landscape.

Heilbut writes about Aretha Franklin, the longest-lasting female star of our time, who changed performing for women of all races. He writes about Aretha’s evolution as a singer and performer (she came out of the tradition of...

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THE MAGIC OF LOUIS ARMSTRONG'S LATER YEARS
Written by RICKY RICCARDI

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/05/2012

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-47329-5

Much has been written about Louis Armstrong, but the majority of it focuses on the early and middle stages of his career. In this prodigiously researched and richly detailed book, jazz scholar and musician Ricky Riccardi reveals for the first time the genius and remarkable achievements of the last 25 years of Armstrong’s life, providing along the way a comprehensive study of one of the best-known and most accomplished jazz stars of our time. During the last third of his career, Armstrong was...

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