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Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road And The End of The Beatles

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Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road And The End of the Beatles Kenneth Womack 288 Pages ISBN: #978-1501746857 Cornell University Press 2019 Reverberating with all manner of interpretations, Solid State is a magnificently ironic title for a book purporting to tell The Story of Abbey Road and The End of the Beatles. Or is it simply to be read at face value? Author Kenneth Womack proffers the technical advancement at Abbey Road ...

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The Road Goes on Forever: Fifty Years of The Allman Brothers Band Music (1969-2019)

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The Road Goes on Forever: Fifty Years of The Allman Brothers Band Music (1969-2019) Michael Buffalo Smith 352 Pages ISBN: # 978-0881467123 Mercer University Press 2019 In approaching Michael Buffalo Smith's book The Road Goes On Forever, it is absolutely essential to take the subtitle literally. In Fifty Years of The Allman Brothers Band Music (1969-2019), the author collects information on the recordings, performances, and musicianship of the seminal Southern rock band, ...

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The Musician's Lifeline: Advice for All Musicians, Student to Professional

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The Musician's Lifetime Peter Erskine & Dave Black 191 pages ISBN-10: 1-4706-4247-6 Alfred Music 2019 In 2017 drummers Peter Erskine and Dave Black co-authored a book entitled The Drummer's Lifeline. The purpose of the book was to share their paired expertise of the profession. Written in a thoroughly entertaining and accessible format, the book is engaging and tailored to be advantageous for any and all drummers, student to professional.

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Freedom Music: Wales, Emancipation & Jazz 1850-1950

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Freedom Music: Wales, Emancipation & Jazz 1850- 1950 Jen Wilson 336 Pages ISBN: 978-1-78683-407-2 University of Wales Press 2019 The emancipation in the title of Jen Wilson's deeply researched book is two-pronged. On the one hand it refers to African American slaves risking their lives to escape pre-civil war plantations and gain freedom. On the other, it references the battles of Welsh women, in roughly the same historical period, for social, political and ...

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Neil Young - To Feel The Music: A Songwriter's Mission To Save High-Quality Audio

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To Feel the Music: A Songwriter's Mission to Save High-Quality Audio Neil Young and Phil Baker 242 Pages ISBN: #1948836386 BenBella Books 2019 In his introduction to To Feel The Music, Neil Young ascertains that the point of decline in the sound quality of modern music began with the compact disc. In his mind and to his ears, that physical manifestation of the advent of digital sound constitutes an abhorrent occurrence for ...

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Dreaming Drums

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Dreaming Drums Christian Ducasse / Franck Médioni 144 Pages ISBN: # 978-2-86364-319-8 Éditions Parenthèses 2018 To celebrate 40 years spent documenting jazz, French photographer Christian Ducasse decided to focus on drummers--the first time those timekeepers receive such an honor. In this endeavor, he partnered with Franck Médioni, a French journalist and longtime contributor to Jazz Magazine (1995-2009) as well as a producer for the radio station France Musique (1995-2014), whose text is ...

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The Vinyl Frontier: The Story Of The Voyager Golden Record

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The Vinyl Frontier:The Story Of The Voyager Golden Record Jonathon Scott 288 Pages ISBN: 978-1-4729-5613-2 Bloomsbury Sigma 2019 It was a message-in-a-bottle on a truly cosmic scale. In 1977, two golden records containing images, music and sounds from Earth were attached to the sides of the Voyager I and Voyager II spacecraft and launched into deep space. The records were intended as a cosmic greeting and a message of peace to any ...

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Rabbit's Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges

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Rabbit's Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges Con Chapman 218 ISBN: #978-0-19-0655390-3 Oxford University Press 2019 It's difficult to fathom the existence of a jazz musician in the position of a featured soloist of an internationally recognized large ensemble, year in and year out, for decades, making a good living and deriving a fair amount of artistic satisfaction from this endeavor, as well as consistently receiving kudos from peers, critics and ...

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Jazz from Detroit

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Jazz from Detroit Mark Stryker 342 pages ISBN: 978-0472074266 University of Michigan Press 2019 When music journalist Mark Stryker left the Detroit Free Press in 2016, yet another casualty of the ineluctable downsizing occurring at news outlets all over the country, jazz fans throughout metro Detroit feared they were losing a trusted voice, one that had edified listeners across the jazz and classical music spectrum for twenty years. But fortunately, this didn't mean ...

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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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