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1.
Visions of Jazz : The First Century
by Gary Giddins


Oxford Univ Pr (Trade)
Hardcover - 690 pages
(September 1998)

$24.50
$10.50

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5 out of 5 stars
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As Gary Giddins makes clear in his introduction to Visions of Jazz, he's not attempting to draw a canonical line in the sand: "Everyone has his or her vision of jazz, and this is mine." Modesty aside, though, it's hard to imagine a critic with a more encyclopedic grasp of detail, or a more lucid,... Read more

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Classical Music for Dummies (1st Ed)
by David Pogue, Scott Speck


Idg/MacMillian
Paperback - 384 pages
Book & Cd edition (September 1997)

$12.50
$12.49 (50%)

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5 out of 5 stars
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In a time when school music classes (if they exist at all) teach their students the finer points of the themes from The Twilight Zone and Jaws instead of real music; when classical radio stations are converted to Lite Rock or switched to a "top 100" classical jukebox format; and when even... Read more

3.
Flowers in the Dustbin : The Rise of Rock and Roll, 1947-1977
by Jim Miller, James Miller


Simon & Schuster
Hardcover - 416 pages
(August 1999)
$26.00
$18.20
$7.80

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4 out of 5 stars
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It appears that Flowers in the Dustbin author James Miller has just about had his fill of rock & roll. After chronicling a succession of triumphs in the development of the genre and its allied ancestors and offspring, here the veteran music scribe and editor of the superb first edition of The... Read more

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Mozart : A Cultural Biography
by Robert W. Gutman


Harcourt Brace
Hardcover - 992 pages
(November 1999)

$28.00


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5 out of 5 stars
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Readers who think of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) as the shrieking vulgarian depicted in Peter Shaffer's hit play (and movie) Amadeus will be astonished by the man they meet in this biography by music historian Robert Gutman: "affectionate and generous ... an austere moralist of vital force,... Read more

5.   The Van Halen Encyclopedia
by C. J. Chilvers


Malpractice Publishing
Hardcover - 328 pages
(January 19, 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
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The first detailed history of the most influential rock band of the past two decades, Van Halen. Read more

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Spirit into Sound : The Magic of Music
by Mickey Hart, et al


Acid Test
Paperback - 208 pages
(November 1999)

$13.56
$3.39

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5 out of 5 stars
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In Spirit into Sound: The Magic of Music, a magical collection of inspirational quotes, former Grateful Dead member Mickey Hart and ethnomusicologist Fredric Lieberman explore what it is about music that gives it the power to heal, or simply to transform an everyday moment into something of... Read more

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Live at the Fillmore East : A Photographic Memoir
by Amalie R. Rothschild, et al


Thunder's Mouth Pr
Hardcover - 156 pages
(December 1999)

$28.00


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5 out of 5 stars
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From 1968 to 1971 Bill Graham's Fillmore East in New York was the headquarters of the rock explosion. Live at the Fillmore East tells the story of its heyday with hundreds of behind-the-scenes photographs and exclusive interviews. Included here are photos of the Who's premiere of Tommy in 1969; John... Read more

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The Deadhead's Taping Compendium Volume II
by Michael M. Getz, John D. Dwork


Owl Books
Paperback - 624 pages
Vol 2 (August 1999)
$32.50
$26.00


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4.5 out of 5 stars
Billboard
"For Deadheads-especially tape collectors, this book is a treasure-an invaluable resource." Read more

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Please Kill Me : The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
by Legs McNeil(Editor), Gillian McCain (Editor)


Penguin USA (paper)
Paperback - 512 pages
(September 1997)

$12.80
$3.20

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4.5 out of 5 stars
Though Britain's notorious Sex Pistols shoved punk rock into the face of mainstream America, the movement was already brewing in the U.S. in the 1960s with bands like the Velvet Underground and Iggy and the Stooges. Through hundreds of interviews with forgotten bands as well as the ones that made... Read more

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The History of Jazz
by Ted Gioia, Ted Giola


Oxford Univ Press
Paperback - 480 pages
Reprint edition (December 1998)

$12.76
$3.19

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4.5 out of 5 stars
The Wall Street Journal, Terry Teachout
...anyone looking for a balanced, well-written popular history of jazz will certainly find it both readable and reliable, a few minor slips notwithstanding. Nor should more experienced readers expect to come away empty-handed: Mr. Gioia, for instance, has some highly intelligent things to say about... Read more

11.   Lost Chords : White Musicians and Their Contribution to Jazz, 1915-1945
by Richard M. Sudhalter


Oxford Univ Pr (Trade)
Hardcover - 1072 pages
(January 1999)

$24.50
$10.50

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5 out of 5 stars
John McDonough, The Wall Street Journal, August 13, 1999
Lost Chords: White Musicians and Their Contributions to Jazz, argues that there is no clear title to jazz based on race and that from the beginning jazz, unlike the blues, has been held in a joint black-white tenancy....What we get is not a honky history of jazz but a correction of a racial... Read more

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Hit Men : Power Brokers & Fast Money Inside the Music Business.
by Fredric Dannen


Vintage Books
Paperback - 407 pages
Reprint edition (July 1991)

$12.80
$3.20

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4.5 out of 5 stars
A nauseatingly honest and therefore controversial expose of the base beings that inhabit the higher levels of the music industry. Filled with horror stories that will confirm your worst suspicions about the toxicity of what my friends and I call "Planet CD Wood." Read more

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The Fender Book: A Complete History of Fender Electric Guitars (2nd Ed)
by Tony Bacon, Paul Day


Miller Freeman Books
Hardcover - 120 pages
Revised edition (1999)

$17.47
$7.48

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4.5 out of 5 stars
From Dirty Linen
Thousands of established musicians have relied on the classic Fender electric guitar sound for their twang: Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Holly, David Bowie, Jerry Donahue, Bonnie Raitt, Kurt Cobain, Eric Clapton, James Burton, Jeff Beck, and Stevie Ray Vaughan are just some of the Fenderheads. This new... Read more

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The Beatles : After the Break-Up 1970-2000 : A Day-By-Day Diary
by Keith Badman


Omnibus Press
Hardcover - 631 pages
(December 1999)

$24.47
$10.48

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5 out of 5 stars
Edward Crawford , April 14, 2000 5 out of 5 stars
Best Beatles Book in 10 years!
This is the best book since Lewisohn's Day By Day book of the Beatles which cover 1962-1989. It picks up where he left off and gives us the most complete picture of the Beatles after the Beatles to date. Only a few mistkaes on dates and times, which hopefully will be corrected in the next edition.... Read more

 


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Cinderella & Company : Backstage at the Opera With Cecilia Bartoli
by Manuela Hoelterhoff


Vintage Books
Paperback - 288 pages
(October 1999)




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3 out of 5 stars
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The author defines her style at the beginning of this bright, gossipy book about one of opera's youngest superstars. Manuela Hoelterhoff starts off by discussing Rossini's Cinderella opera, La Cenerentola, which she then uses as a recurring metaphor throughout the book. Her description is accurate... Read more

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Solo : Women Singer-Songwriters in Their Own Words
by Marc Woodworth(Editor), et al


Delta
Paperback - 352 pages
(September 1998)

$13.56
$3.39

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5 out of 5 stars
Book Description
This first-of-its-kind collection vibrates with the high-voltage energy of today's most exciting female singer-songwriters as they speak out, look inside, and reveal their lives.

Sarah McLachlan:
"When I sang and played I'd get completely lost in what I was doing. During that time, I was no longer... Read more


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Pearl Jam: Place/Date
by Lance Mercer(Photographer), Charles Peterson (Photographer)


Universe Pub
Paperback - 128 pages
(May 1999)

$15.96


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Contemporary music photography suffers from a lack of unhindered contact between photographer and subject. The musicians prefer to control the process and, while one understands that impulse (would you want to see your mug turn up in print after a bad hair day?), the result is often an excess of... Read more

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Pink Floyd Encyclopedia
by Vernon Fitch(Editor)


CG Publishing Inc.
Paperback - 456 pages
Cd Audio edition (November 1, 1998)
$24.98



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5 out of 5 stars
The author, Vernon Fitch , November 16, 1999
The Pink Floyd Encyclopedia second edition
The second edition of The Pink Floyd Encyclopedia is now available.

Included in the new edition are the following:

1) New biographical information on all the people listed in the book. I did extensive research on every entry in the book and expanded the background information for all the musicians,... Read more


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A History of Western Music
by Donald Jay Grout, Claude V. Palisca (Contributor)


W.W. Norton & Company
Hardcover
5th edition (March 1996)
$62.50

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4.5 out of 5 stars
Tim Whistler , January 30, 2000 3 out of 5 stars
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This book is fine. I should like to point out, however, at the risk of belaboring the bleedingly obvious (as comedian John Cleese might put it), that a book true to its title called "A History of Western Music" is necessarily concerned with the past, and the past tends not to change. The... Read more

 


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Altered State : The Story of Ecstasy Culture and Acid House (Five Star)
by Matthew Collin, John Godfrey


Serpents Tail
Paperback - 320 pages
2nd edition (December 1998)

$9.59


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5 out of 5 stars
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Although it probably over-emphasizes the London scene, this book provides a well-written introduction to the history of house music as well as to 20th-century dance music in general. Citing the Stonewall Riots as a cultural turning point, Matthew Collin shows how the emerging gay rights movements... Read more

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Sweet Soul Music : Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom
by Peter Guralnick, Peter Gurainick


Little Brown & Co (Pap)
Paperback - 448 pages
Reprint edition (July 1999)

$13.60
$3.40

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5 out of 5 stars
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Nat Hentoff has called Peter Guralnick "a national resource," and for once this isn't a piece of hype. Guralnick may be a premiere chronicler of American popular music, which he writes about with brains, reverence, and a peculiar tenderness for dashed dreams. In this volume, he records the... Read more

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Making Music for the Joy of It : Enhancing Creativity Skills and Musical Confidence
by Stephanie Judy


J P Tarcher
Paperback - 319 pages
1st Ed. edition (November 1990)

$13.56
$3.39

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5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis
Starting from the belief that we all have musical ability, Judy challenges popular assumptions about musicality and shows how to remove self-limiting beliefs and avoid frustrations as you discover and express the musician within, whether you want to play classical, jazz, pop, be-bob, old time, or... Read more

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Fundamentals of Musical Acoustics
by Arthur H. Benade


Dover Pubns
Paperback - 596 pages
reprint edition (December 1990)

$13.56
$3.39

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4.5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis
In a landmark book in its field, this book deals extensively with the fundamental modes of sound production and sound-producing properties of the musical instruments in common use today. Read more

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Vibe History of Hip Hop
by Alan Light(Editor), Magazine Vibe


Three Rivers Pr
Paperback - 304 pages
Book & Cd edition (October 1999)
$27.50
$22.00
$5.50

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4 out of 5 stars
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In his introduction, founding Vibe editor Alan Light justifies the magazine's 300-page hip-hop chronicle in historical terms, noting that while less than 15 years passed between Elvis's first single and Woodstock, it's been two full decades since rap busted out of New York City street parties via... Read more

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Bach, Beethoven and the Boys : Music History As It Ought to Be Taught
by David W. Barber, et al


Sound And Vision Ltd
Paperback
2nd edition (September 1996)

$11.96
$2.99

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Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Midwest Book Review
Facts and trivia abound in this gentle expose of music history. From Bach's laundry lists to Handel's unexpected success in Italy, this provides a lively, involving format which treats musicians as human beings and which reads almost like an action novel in exploring their lives and approaches to... Read more

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