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Listen To This: Miles Davis And Bitches Brew

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Listen To This: Miles Davis and Bitches Brew Victor Svorinich 202 Pages ISBN: 978-1-62846-194-7 The University Press of Mississippi 2015 Surprisingly, Victor Svorinich's book is the first dedicated exclusively to a study of Miles Davis's ground-breaking album Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970). Surprising, because just about every facet of the iconic trumpeter's career has already been exhaustively documented. Svorinich, a music faculty member of Kean University in Union, New Jersey, previously put the microscope ...

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The New Orleans Jazz Scene, 1970-2000: A Personal Retrospective

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The New Orleans Jazz Scene, 1970-2000: A Personal Retrospective Thomas W. Jacobsen 208 Pages ISBN: 0807156981 LSU Press 2014 This article first appeared in the American Book Review (January-February 2015 issue). Full disclosure: I've long been an admirer of Thomas Jacobsen's writing, the catholicity of his musical tastes, and his warm personal regard for jny: New Orleans musicians. The last was evident in his 2011 work for LSU Press, Traditional New ...

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One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band (paperback edition)

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One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band (paperback edition) Alan Paul 496 Pages ISBN: #9781250040503 St. Martin's Press 2015 Though Alan Paul may not have intended it as such, his truncated addition to the paperback edition of One Way Out acts as an implicit explanation of why the Allman Brothers' final (sic) performance in October of 2014 was more of an anti-climax rather than a triumphant close to their ...

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The Rolling Stones by Taschen

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The Rolling Stones Reuel Golden (editor) 522 Pages ISBN: 3836552027 Taschen 2014 There is an old joke where in case of nuclear war the only ones that will survive the nuclear holocaust would be cockroaches and the Rolling Stones. For more than 50 years since the band began its active career it has created music that has spawned the ages, generations, fashions. The band did not invent rock and roll, but ...

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Bijelo Dugme: Sta Bi Dao Da Si Na Mom Mjestu

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Šta Bi Dao Da Si Na Mom Mjestu Dušan Vesić 352 Pages Laguna, Serbia 2014 These days composer/guitarist Goran Bregovic is revered for his soundtrack work and more than that, he is better known for his explosive cocktail of Balkan Gypsy music and various other folk musics from the region, thus becoming the best known exponent of world music. His concerts are a different affair as he and his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra easily ...

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Different Every Time: The Authorised Biography of Robert Wyatt

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Different Every Time: The Authorised Biography of Robert Wyatt Marcus O'Dair 460 Pages ISBN: 978-1846687594 Serpent's Tail 2014 For all his self-effacing personality (on first meeting saxophonist Gilad Atzmon he described himself as an amateur musician) Robert Wyatt is an intelligent and extraordinarily talented musician, singer and composer. Introduced to jazz by his father, Wyatt was forever committed to the genre but, as his story unfolds his taste in music was, and is, ...

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Glyn Johns: Sound Man - A Life Recording Hits

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Sound Man Glyn Johns 336 Pages ISBN: 0399163875 Blue Rider Press 2015 The only thing wrong with famed producer/engineer Glyn Johns' Sound Man is that there's not enough of it. The famed producer/engineer maintains such a breezy tone throughout his memoirs (perhaps as overcompensation for a very dogmatic reputation), so the fifty year span he covers seems like but a fortnight and it almost reads like he's just scratching the surface.

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On Highway 61: Music, Race, and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom By Dennis McNally

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On Highway 61: Music, Race, and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom Dennis McNally 384 Pages ISBN: #978-1619024496 Counterpoint 2014 Since Samuel Charters The Country Blues (Reinhart) in 1959, beginning, effectively, the serious reportage of American Folk Music, in particular the blues, there have been two far-reaching trilogies that address American Folk Music against the larger backdrop of race and culture. The first is Peter Guralnick's Feel Like Going Home: Portraits in Blues, ...



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