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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Shake Your Hips: The Excello Records Story by Randy Fox

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Shake Your Hips: The Excello Records Story
Randy Fox
170 Pages
ISBN: # 9781947026223
BMG
2018

As almost a vital act of nature, three books that would make a tidy trilogy in any musical world, were recently released independently. These are: Blues From The Bayou: The Rhythms Of Baton ...

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Billie Holiday: Lady Sings The Blues

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Lady Sings The Blues
Billie Holiday/William Dufty
180 Pages
ISBN: 978-0-241-35129-1
Penguin Modern Classics
2018

For many, Billie Holiday was the greatest of all the jazz singers, while her emotive delivery and tragic persona seemed to embody the early jazz life in all its boho chic and with all ...

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Dexter Gordon: Portrait of a Sophisticated Giant

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Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon
Maxine Gordon
261 Pages
ISBN: #9780520280649
University of California Press
2018

Maxine Gordon was the last of Dexter Gordon's several wives and she has written a biography of Gordon, a task with which he charged her before he died in ...

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Sonny Rollins: Meditating on a Riff

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Sonny Rollins--Meditating on a Riff
Hugh Wyatt
304 Pages
ISBN: #978-0-9981219-2-5
Kamama Books
2018

Author Hugh Wyatt doesn't hide his friendship with Sonny Rollins-Rollins is his daughter's godfather-he has written a spiritual biography of saxophone great Sonny Rollins which is perilously close to hagiography. He says in the ...

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Tracy Fessenden: Religion Around Billie Holiday

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Religion Around Billie Holiday
Tracy Fessenden
280 pages
ISBN: #9780271080956
Cambridge University Press
2018

This is one of the most unusual books about a jazz figure that I've encountered in a long time. The premise, as spelled out in this interview with author Fessenden, is fascinating. She is ...

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The History Of European Jazz: The Music, Musicians And Audience in Context

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The History Of European Jazz: The Music, Musicians And Audience In Context
Various authors/Edited by Francesco Martinelli
741 Pages
ISBN: 13 978 1 78179 446 3
Equinox Publishing
2018

It's taken some time, about a century in fact, but finally, thanks chiefly to editor and jazz historian Francesco ...

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Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob

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Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob
Mary Lee Kortes
160 Pages
ISBN: #978-1947026179
BMG Books
2018

Considering the subject of Mary Lee Kortes' Dreaming of Dylan, it may sound implausible to suggest the cover reminds of nothing so much as books of Shel Silverstein such as The Giving ...