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Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin

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Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin 400 Pages ISBN: # Reel Art Press 2018 It was 50 years ago when a group of four people gathered in the basement in Central London for a rehearsal in order to fulfill touring obligations from the band they were assembled to replace. Built on the rubble of the seminal band Yardbirds and with ideas of pursuing a more dynamic and adventurous music, ...

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What's Big and Purple and Lives in the Ocean?: The Moby Grape Story

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What's Big and Purple and Lives in the Ocean?: The Moby Grape Story Cam Cobb 288 Pages ISBN: #978-1911036319 Jawbone Press 2018 In writing The Moby Grape Story, Cam Cobb serves a higher purpose, not just for the ill-fated band itself, but rock and roll history in general. The tale must be told for this fivesome because, even if the misfortunes it encountered aren't so novel--record label snafus, bad management and run-ins with ...

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Jorma Kaukonen: Been So Long - My Life & Music

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Been So Long: My Life & Music Jorma Kaukonen 368 Pages ISBN: # 978-1250125484 St. Martin's Press 2018 Anyone who reads Jorma Kaukonen's memoir Been So Long is bound to be surprised. But what the venerable musician recounts in My Life and Music may startle fans and followers most of all, not just with the account of all his trials, tribulations and epiphanies, but by the tone of equanimity with which he shares ...

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Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon

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Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon Maxine Gordon 261 Pages ISBN: #9780520280649 University of California Press 2018 Dexter Gordon's place among those who created and performed some of the most influential music of the 1940s, 1950 and the early 1960s, when so many giants walked the earth, is indisputable. He was one of those giants, physically and otherwise. That stature comes to sharp focus in a new biography ...

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Blues From the Bayou: The Rhythms of Baton Rouge by Julian C. Piper

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Blues From the Bayou: The Rhythms of Baton Rouge Julian C. Piper 159 Pages ISBN: # 978-1455623099 Pelican Publishing Company, Inc. 2018 History may be told horizontally or vertically or some combination of both. Some historians give a 360-degree panoramic view of their subject, while others drill down deep into a single period of time. An example of the former is the newly revised Rhythm and Blues in New Orleans (Pelican, 2018) by ...

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Rhythm and Blues in New Orleans, 3rd Edition

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Rhythm and Blues in New Orleans, 3rd Edition John Broven 360 Pages ISBN: # 978-1455619511 Pelican Publishing Company, Inc. 2016 Where Julian C. Piper's Blues From The Bayou: The Rhythms Of Baton Rouge (Pelican Publishing, 2018) represents a history told vertically, drilling deep into a small slice of time and expanding out, John Broven's punctilious treatment of New Orleans R&B, Rhythm and Blues in New Orleans, completely revised and it its third edition, ...

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The Other Night at Quinn's

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The Other Night at Quinn's: New Adventures In The Sonic Underground Mike Faloon 269 Pages ISBN: #978-1-941576-24-3 Razorcake / Gorsky Press 2018 In addition to absorbing the sounds on recordings and live performances, the traditional route to an appreciation of jazz and improvised music usually entails seeking out the perspectives and opinions of experts. When diving into the music's deep end as novice listeners we're guided by an abundance of books, magazines, liner ...

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Portrait of a Phantom: The Story of Robert Johnson’s Lost Photograph by Zeke Schein with Poppy Z. Bright

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Portrait of a Phantom: The Story of Robert Johnson's Lost Photograph Zeke Schein with Poppy Z. Bright 400 Pages ISBN: # 978-1455622450 Pelican Publishing Company, Inc. 2017 We have been quickly approaching a reportage endgame on the legend and reality of storied bluesman, Robert Johnson. There exist several unpublished biographies of the Johnson that have remained so because of the threat of litigation and the cynical greed of people now long dead. Now ...

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Blue Grass, Newgrass, Old-Time, and Americana Music by Craig Harris

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Blue Grass, Newgrass, Old-Time, and Americana Music Craig Harris 400 Pages ISBN: # 978-1455624010 Pelican Publishing Company, Inc. 2018 Musician/author Craig Harris' previous book, The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014) focused intensely on a single pixel in the universe he reveals in his present expansive and well-researched Blue Grass, Newgrass, Old-Time, and Americana Music. Copiously referenced and filled with Harris' obvious love of the material for which he writes, ...

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The Jazz Bubble: Neoclassical Jazz in Neoliberal Culture

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The Jazz Bubble: Neoclassical Jazz in Neoliberal Culture Dale Chapman282 PagesISBN: 9780520279384 University of California Press 2018 What explains vibraphonist Stefon Harris giving a TED talk at a conference devoted to behavioral finance? Why would one of the world's largest investment banks sink $10 million into the New Orleans Jazz Market--home to the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra? What was the thinking behind the major record labels' investment in the post-bop revival spearheaded by ...