33 Revolutions per Minute

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33 Revolutions per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holiday to Green Day Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061670152
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Published: Ecco - April 5th, 2011

From Billie Holiday to MIA, from lynching to globalization--a stirring celebration of the protest song that is both hip history lesson and a mixtape that could change the world. ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley

The Road to Woodstock

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ISBN: 9780061576584
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Published: Ecco - June 22nd, 2010

Get the behind-the-scenes story of a concert that defined a generation from the man who created the event. Michael Lang was just 24 years old when he conceived of a music festival that would be a gathering of "peace, love, and music." His persistence in producing this event in spite of devastating setbacks is remarkable. You'll get the inside story on band negotiations (Carlos Santana played for next to nothing), and sit backstage at the festival with Lang, experiencing the personalities (and behavior) of the performers. This is a must-read for anyone who was there, wishes they were there, or is just fascinated by a time when hopes were high and anything seemed possible.

Tammy Wynette

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Tammy Wynette: Tragic Country Queen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143118886
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Published: Penguin Books - February 22nd, 2011

One of the 20th century's most influential country singers led a life that cast the trials and heartbreaks that she often sang about into shame. Wynette was always driven to seek stardom, but her eventual success came at a terrible price. Mr. McDonough is obviously a fan of the lady, although that does not mean that he shies away from the less savory aspects of her determined rise to the top. The book also provides him with the opportunity to give due credit to a singularly talented woman, who, no doubt, would still argue that it was all worth it. Every single teardrop. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

How Music Works

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How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316098311
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - December 2nd, 2011

This is an extremely droll and amazingly informative study of music and music theory meant for everyone. Even musicians will learn the scientific and historical reasons for some of "the fiddly details" and get a chuckle from this physicist/composer's turn of phrase. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The Cello Suites

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The Cello Suites: J. S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802145246
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Published: Grove Press - January 4th, 2011

An entertaining, many-faceted tale of the enigmatic history of Bach's masterpiece, with fascinating biographies of the composer and Pablo Casals, who brought the suites to prominence. ~ Reviewed by Louise Jones

The Old, Weird America

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The Old, Weird America: The World of Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312572914
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Published: Picador - April 26th, 2011

I'll admit Marcus can get a little too heady when writing about rock 'n' roll, but he attacks his subjects with the insight of a poet. This book is particularly illuminating in its analysis of Harry Smith's immortal Anthology of American Folk Music but his takes on Dylan's 1965 tour of Britain with The Band and their subsequent collaboration on The Basement Tapes is also worthwhile. What I -- a non-musician who loves music -- like best about Marcus is that he strips away all the jargon away when talking about the music and makes it all come alive.


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