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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 240Pages ISBN: #9780190055288 Oxford University Press 2019 Alto and soprano saxophonist Johnny Hodges was one of the most singular voices in jazz. He didn't play the horn as much as sing through it. Hodges made a large, long-term contribution to the music, both as a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra and on his own. He was also a somewhat inscrutable, ...

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Black Case Volume 1 & 11: Return From Exile

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Black Case Volume 1 & 11: Return From Exile Joseph Jarman 146 Pages ISBN: 978-1-733723-3-4 Blank Forms Editions / After : Still 2019 The welcome reappearance after over forty years of a lost treasure of the Black Arts Movement, written by the Art Ensemble of Chicago's Joseph Jarman. Black Case Volume 1 & 11: Return From Exile was self-published in 1974 and a second, revised edition was published by Art Ensemble of Chicago ...

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Robert Johnson: Lost and Found

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Robert Johnson: Lost and Found Barry Lee Pearson & Bill McCulloch Music in American Life Series 160 Pages ISBN: # 978-0252028359 University of Illinois Press 2003 There are two stories surrounding the discovery and marketing of pre-World War II musical recordings in general and 1930s blues musician Robert Johnson, in particular. One is the actual chronology and analysis of events and the second is the research and reportage of the findings surrounding ...

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In the Court of King Crimson: An Observation Over 50 Years

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In the Court of King Crimson: An Observation Over 50 YearsSid Smith616 PagesISBN: 978-1916153004Panegyric Publishing2019 When it was first released in 2001, British scribe Sid Smith's In the Court of King Crimson (Helter Skelter Publishing) filled a major need for a band that was, at that time, touring in its double duo format, responsible for the some of the music reissued, earlier this year, in the Heaven & Earth: Live And In The ...

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GIRL: an Untethered Life

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GIRL: A Life Untethered Julia Dreyer Brigden 242 Pages ISBN: #978-0578526591 Self Published 2019 Julia Dreyer Brigden's GIRL: A Life Untethered moves at the virtually same near-blurry pace at which she seems to have lived the life she recounts. But what reads like a personal journal invites sustained and/or frequent reading sessions through the quick succession of often very short chapters combined with her matter-of-fact and mostly peppy prose. In keeping ...

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Sympathy For The Drummer: Why Charlie Watts Matters

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Sympathy For The Drummer: Why Charlie Watts Matters Mike Edison 264 pages ISBN: #978-1493047734 Backbeat Books 2019 Sympathy For The Drummer: Why Charlie Watts Matters is a schizophrenic piece of work. But, as befits a book wherein the main title and subtitle could be transposed with no loss of meaning, the schism in is worth enduring because this work of Mike Edison's is ultimately so edifying. At a glance and upon ...

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The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 2: 1964–1977: The Beatles, the Stones, and the Rise of Classic Rock by Ed Ward

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The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 2: 1964--1977: The Beatles, the Stones, and the Rise of Classic Rock Ed Ward 336 Pages ISBN: # 978-1250165190 Flatiron Books 2019 Ed Ward, Rock Historian on Terry Gross's NPR program Fresh Air (WHYY, Philadelphia), completes his survey of the history of rock music with The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 2: 1964--1977: The Beatles, the Stones, and the Rise of Classic Rock. In The ...


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