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Paul Morley: The Age of Bowie

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The Age of Bowie Paul Morley 496 Pages ISBN: 978-1471148088 Simon & Schuster UK 2016 The enormous grief and sadness that outpoured at the unexpected death of singer David Bowie by fans and supporters worldwide were immediate and sincere. As soon as the shocking news broke on the 11th of January 2016, fans paid their homage to this artist who not only pushed boundaries but who also shaped and embodied the ...

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Peter Hook: Substance - Inside New Order

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Substance: Inside New Order Peter Hook 768 Pages ISBN: 1471132404 Simon & Schuster 2016 Evidently, this is the golden age of book memoirs by world renowned music artists as the bookstores are being literary showered by juicy memoirs full of soul-baring, band drama, drugs, debauchery and salacious gossip. The appeal of some of these books is evident and immediate. Most of these artists are fascinating already because of their music and lifestyle. ...

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Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth

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Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth Josef Woodard 229 Pages ISBN: 978-1-935247-13-5 Silman-James Press 2016 A book on Charles Lloyd--one of the most celebrated and enigmatic jazz musicians of the past fifty years--has been a long time coming. It's been a while in the making too, for author Josef Woodard spent twenty five years doing the groundwork, repeatedly interviewing Lloyd, following his career for Downbeat/JazzTimes and other publications and even traveling on ...

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Man Of The Light: The Life And Work Of Zbigniew Seifert

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Man Of The Light: The Life And Work Of Zbigniew Seifert Aneta Norek-Skrycka 172 Pages ISBN: 978-83-938054-2-6 The Zbigniew Seifert Foundation 2016 A number of European jazz musicians stand out for having shaped the sound of the music in the past fifty years, for their virtuosity and for having influenced subsequent generations. A partial list would include Django Reinhardt, Joe Zawinul, Jan Garbarek, Jan Johansson, Norma Winstone, Henri Texier, Enrico Rava and Tomasz ...

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Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight

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Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight Frank R. Hayde 224Pages ISBN: #13978-1-59580-086-2 Santa Monica Press 2016 When one thinks of Bebop, the names Bird and Dizzy along with Monk, Max and Bud immediately pop up. In the mind's eye, one can see those classic Herman Leonard jazz photos of these Cats playin' in smoke-filled clubs like Minton's in Harlem and the 3 Deuces on 52nd Street. But someone else, virtually unknown, by comparison, deserves to ...

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You're IN the Band - The Real Experience of Playing in a Traditional/Hot Jazz Band

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You're IN the Band Cynthia Sayer 128 Pages ISBN: #978-0-578-17971-1 Cynthia Sayer Music 2016 Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, bandleader and music educator, Cynthia Sayer's name might not be a bell-ringer, however I'd wager that you've probably heard her Hall of Fame banjo (Yes, there is one!) playing on film soundtracks, commercials, pop recordings--or, if you've been a lucky-so-and-so, live. At the request of her students, Sayer has compiled and published her thoughts, ...

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Dafnis Prieto: A World Of Rhythmic Possibilities

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A World Of Rhythmic Possibilites Dafnis Prieto 276 Pages ISBN: #978-0-692-65526-9 Dafnison Music 2016 Learning to fluently and fluidly dissect, construct, and speak rhythms through the drums is a lifelong process of study, discovery, and growth. Touching on the new while truly expanding that coded language is incredibly difficult to do, and having the wherewithal and communicative skills to actually breakdown those expansions is as rare as can be. But clearly nobody ...

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Altamont: The Rolling Stones, The Hell's Angels and The Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day

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Altamont: The Rolling Stones, The Hell's Angels and The Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day Joel Selvin 368 Pages ISBN: # 0062444255 Dey Street Books2016 The best books on rock and roll have invariably been comprised of layer upon layer of information interwoven with insight and Joel Selvin's Altamontis exactly that kind of book. Formally and informally ensconced in the San Francisco scene for decades, he brings his knowing perceptions to bear ...

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Whisper Not: The Autobiography Of Benny Golson

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Whisper Not Benny Golson and Jim Merod 335 Pages ISBN: 9781439913338 Temple University Press 2016 jny: Philadelphia has always been a cradle for outstanding jazz talent, though when it comes to durability surely none can match Benny Golson, who began playing seventy years ago. At 87, Golson--an NEA Jazz Master--still leads small ensembles and fronts big bands who play his charts. “Killer Joe," “I Remember Clifford," “Stablemates," “Whisper Not" and “Along Came ...


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