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Free Jazz In Japan: A Personal History

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Free Jazz In Japan: A Personal History Soejima Teruto 367 Pages ISBN: 978-4-9908636-5-4 Public Bath Press 2019 An absolute legend in Japanese free-jazz circles, Soejima Teruto wrote about, lectured on and promoted the music he loved for almost sixty years. This personal account of the birth and development of free jazz in Japan was originally published in Japanese in 2002, and thanks to Public Path Press, now makes an overdue appearance in English, ...

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A&R Pioneers: Architects of American Roots Music on Record by Brian Ward & Patrick Huber

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A&R Pioneers: Architects of American Roots Music on Record Brian Ward & Patrick Huber 480 pages ISBN: # 978-0826521750 Country Music Foundation Press 2018 Scholarship in the history or blues music (and all music, for that matter) reaches a pinnacle with the publication of the exhaustively researched A&R Pioneers: Architects of American Roots Music on Record, written and edited by Brian Ward and Patrick Huber. In the past 60 years, there has been ...

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Nothing's Bad Luck: The Lives of Warren Zevon

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Nothing's Bad Luck: The Lives of Warren Zevon C.M.Kushins 416 pages ISBN: #978-0306921483 Da Capo 2019 Even just a cursory glance through C. M. Kushins' biography of Warren Zevon reveals it as a textbook example of what a thorough contemporaneous biography should be. The fastidious approach the author takes to his subject includes not just the scholarly research of well-documented interviews and a complete discography, but acknowledgments eloquent in their heartfelt gratitude. Combine ...

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Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson by Bruce Conforth & Gayle Dean Wardlow

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Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson Bruce Conforth & Gayle Dean Wardlow 336 Pages ISBN: # 978-1787602441 Omnibus Press 2019 There is a wonderful social media meme that applies to almost all of the writing about Robert Johnson before Bruce Conforth and Gayle Dean Wardlow's long-awaited biography, Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson: There are two types of people in this world:

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6 Steps To Big Band Writing

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6 Steps to Big Band Writing Steven Feifke 44 pages Jazz Lesson Videos 2019 Big band writing is no simple task. As with any skill, musical or otherwise, it requires time, study, and patience to reach a true level of proficiency. In short, it's an art that shouldn't be minimized. But it's also a process that need not mystify. Foundational knowledge connected to big band scoring is, at it's heart, all about building blocks. ...

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Can't Give It Away On Seventh Avenue: The Rolling Stones And New York City

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Can't Give It Away on Seventh Avenue: The Rolling Stones and New York City Christopher McKittrick 256 pages ISBN: #978-1642930399 Post Hill Press2019 Based on his extremely well-wrought prologue, Christoper McKittrick's Can't Give It Away on Seventh Avenue would seem to be based on a very finite premise. But it's a deceptively complex one and to his great credit, the writer balances the main theme, accurately paraphrased on the back cover with the ...

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The Routledge Companion To Jazz Studies

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The Routledge Companion To Jazz Studies Edited by Nicholas Gebhardt, Nicole Rustin-Paschal and Tony Whyton 481 Pages ISBN: 978-1-138-23116-0 Routledge 2019 Spoiler alert: this book may permanently alter many fixed notions of jazz history previously held by the reader. In fact, it would be a surprise if it didn't. For taken together, these forty-four essays by leading international jazz scholars / researchers, take firmly entrenched jazz narratives by the scruff of the ...

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Begin the Begin: R.E.M.'s Early Years

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Begin the Begin: R.E.M.'s Early Years Robert Dean Lurie 288 pages ISBN: #978-1891241680 Verse Chorus Press 2019 Coming from the unusual angle of a repatriated Southerner by the name of Robert Dean Lurie, Begin The Begin is a fast and fascinating read devoted to the formative period, including the first flush(es) of success that occurred during R.E.M.'s Early Years. As is the case with the best book covers, this one featuring Joanna Schwartz' ...

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Sounds: Inside Stories of Jazz Studio Sessions By Famed Recording Engineer Max Bolleman

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Sounds: Inside Stories of Jazz Studio Sessions Max Bolleman 256 Pages ISBN: #978-90-820456-1-1 (Self-Published) 2018 When it comes to recorded jazz, most diehard fans have definitive tastes in how they want their music to sound and be reproduced at home and on the go. It is not unusual to find zealots outlining the relative merits of recording engineers such as Rudy Van Gelder or Roy DuNann. Of more recent vintage, astute listeners will ...

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Singer’s Survival Guide to Touring by Elisabeth Lohninger

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Singer's Survival Guide to Touring Elisabeth Lohninger 172 pages ISBN: # 978-1793950161 Lofish Music 2019 Singer/composer/arranger/bandleader/teacher Elisabeth Lohninger adds published author to her credentials with Singer's Survival Guide to Touring, a primer on how not to lose one's mind (and health) as a touring musician. To be completely fair and transparent, Lohninger has been a published author since 2013 when she released a series of short stories, A Walk in the Park (Lofish ...

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Ziga Koritnik: Cloud Arrangers

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Cloud Arrangers Ziga Koritnik 376 Pages ISBN: 978-961-288-626-4 Drustvo Pega 2019 Most of the music we experience today is heard removed from the presence of the performers. That is the result of the invention of the phonograph and every other invention to date following in its footsteps. The invention of this apparatus has had the same effect as the printing press had on literature i.e., it allowed numerous people who otherwise wouldn't have ...

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Ricochet: David Bowie 1983

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Ricochet: David Bowie 1983 Denis O'Regan 328 pages ISBN: 9781846149726 Particular Books 2018 1983 was a great year for David Bowie. In the previous two years he bowed out of music for a spell in order to act, debuting on Broadway as The Elephant Man and on television in Bertolt Brecht's play Baal. This move culminated in 1983, when he landed leading roles in two movies. Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, directed ...