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Schumann

Schumann

A groundbreaking account of Robert Schumann, a major composer and key figure of Romanticism, whose life and works have been the subject of intense controversy since his early death in...

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Sticky Fingers

Sticky Fingers

A New York Times Top 10 Book of the Year (Dwight Garner)A New York Times Top 10 Book of the Year (Janet Maslin)A New York Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year A USA Today Top 10 Book We Loved Reading in 2017An Amazon Top...

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Playing Changes

Playing Changes

One of jazz’s leading critics gives us an invigorating, richly detailed portrait of the artists and events that have shaped the music of our time. Grounded in authority and brimming with...

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When the World Stopped to Listen

When the World Stopped to Listen

From the acclaimed author of A Natural History of the Piano, the captivating story of the 1958 international piano competition in Moscow, where, at the height of Cold War...

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Schubert's Winter Journey

Schubert's Winter Journey

An exploration of the world’s most famous and challenging song cycle, Schubert's Winter Journey (Winterreise), by a leading interpreter of the work, who teases out the themes—literary,...

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Play It Loud

Play It Loud

"Every guitar player will want to read this book twice. And even the casual music fan will find a thrilling narrative that weaves together cultural history, musical history, race, politics, business case studies, advertising,...

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The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums

The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums

The author of the magisterial A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers now approaches the great singers and their greatest work in an innovative and revelatory way: through considering their finest albums, which is the format...

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Maestros and Their Music

Maestros and Their Music

An exuberant, uniquely accessible, beautifully illustrated look inside the enigmatic art and craft of conducting, from a celebrated conductor whose international career has...

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Absolutely on Music

Absolutely on Music

A deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing between the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author and the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra....

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What Is It All but Luminous

What Is It All but Luminous

"Poetic musings on a life well-livedone that is still moving forward, always creating, always luminous. This isn't your typical autobiography. Garfunkel's history is told in flowing prose, bounding from present to past, far from a linear rags-to-riches story." —Bookreporter...

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Reckless

Reckless

Chrissie Hynde, for nearly four decades the singer/songwriter/ undisputed leader of the Pretenders, is a justly legendary figure. Few other rock stars have managed to combine her swagger,...

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Bach

Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most unfathomable composers in the history of music. How can such sublime work have been produced by a man who (when we can discern his personality at all)...

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The Baroness

The Baroness

Beautiful, romantic and spirited, Pannonica, known as Nica, named after her father’s favorite moth, was born in 1913 to extraordinary, eccentric privilege and a storied history. The Rothschild...

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Rebel Music

Rebel Music

In this pioneering study, Hisham Aidi—an expert on globalization and social movements—takes us into the musical subcultures that have emerged among Muslim youth worldwide...

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Decomposition

Decomposition

Decomposition is a bracing, revisionary, and provocative inquiry into music—from Beethoven to Duke Ellington, from Conlon Nancarrow to Evelyn Glennie—as a personal and...

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Thirty Years' Musical Recollections

Thirty Years' Musical Recollections

Thirty Years' Musical Recollections, first published in 1862, is a year-by-year commentary on the European operas, ballets, singers and dancers popular in London...

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Life of R Wagner Vol 2

Life of R Wagner Vol 2

In the vast literature on Richard Wagner, Ernest Newman's classic four-volume Life remains unsurpassed.Volume II carries the story from 1848...

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Life of R Wagner Vol 3

Life of R Wagner Vol 3

In the vast literature on Richard Wagner, Ernest Newman's classic four-volume Life remains unsurpassed.Volume III covers the years 1859-66 including the Tannhäuser debacle...

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Life of R Wagner Vol 4

Life of R Wagner Vol 4

Ernest Newman's four-volume Life of Wagner, originally published between 1933 and 1947, remains a classic work of biography. The culmination of forty years' research on the composer and his works...

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The First Four Notes

The First Four Notes

A TIME Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Book of 2012A New Yorker Best Book of the YearLos Angeles Magazine's #1 Music Book of the YearA...

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Reading Jazz

Reading Jazz

"Comprehensive and intelligently organized. . . .  Jazz aficionados . . . should be grateful to have so much good writing on the subject in one place."--The New York Times Book Review"Alluring....

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Musorgsky and His Circle

Musorgsky and His Circle

The emergence of Russian classical music in the nineteenth century in the wake of Mikhail Glinka comprises one of the most remarkable and fascinating stories in all musical history. The five men who came together in the...

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Days that I'll Remember

Days that I'll Remember

Jonathan Cott met John Lennon in 1968 and was friends with him and Yoko Ono until John's death in 1980. He has kept in touch with Yoko since that time, and is one...

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Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung

Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung

Vintage presents the paperback edition of the wild and brilliant writings of Lester Bangs--the most outrageous and popular rock critic of the 1970s--edited and with...

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