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Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78 rpm Records
Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78 rpm Records
by Amanda Petrusich
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The untold story of a quirky and important subculture: The world of 78rpm records and the insular community that celebrates themand#8212;by acclaimed music critic and author Amanda Petrusich, who contributes regularly to andlt;iandgt;Pitchforkandlt... (read more)

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Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyonce
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyonce
by Bob Stanley
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The Chitlin' Circuit: And the Road to Rock 'n' Roll
The Chitlin' Circuit: And the Road to Rock 'n' Roll
by Preston Lauterbach
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"A well-researched valentine to a lost world of seedy con men, promoters and club owners, the power brokers and hustlers who made the 'circuitry spark.' "--Eddie Dean, Wall Street Journal "Lauterbach spins the tale with enormous vitality and it's... (read more)

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This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession
This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession
by Daniel J. Levitin
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A revelation for music buffs and science geeks — and all the better if you happen to be both. How do memory and music work together? What makes timbre? How do writers like Lennon and McCartney, or John Coltrane and Miles Davis, manipulate our... (read more)

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Black Sabbath: Master of Reality (33 1/3 Series)
Black Sabbath: Master of Reality (33 1/3 Series)
by John Darnielle
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Lexicon of Musical Invective: Critical Assaults on Composers Since Beethoven's Time
Lexicon of Musical Invective: Critical Assaults on Composers Since Beethoven's Time
by Nicolas Slonimsky
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A snakeful of critical venom aimed at the composers and the classics of nineteenth- and twentieth-century music. Who wrote advanced cat music? What commonplace theme is very much like Yankee Doodle? Which composer is a scoundrel and a giftless bastard... (read more)

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Women Make Noise: Girl Bands from the Motown to the Modern
Women Make Noise: Girl Bands from the Motown to the Modern
by Julia (edt) Downes
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In Women Make Noise musicians, promoters, journalists, and fans explore the best girl bands of the last fifty years. Includes interviews with members of the original '60s girl groups and classic punk outfits like The Raincoats and The Slits as well as... (read more)

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Abbey Road: The Best Studio in the World
Abbey Road: The Best Studio in the World
by Alistair Lawrence
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Abbey Road studios have been on the cutting edge of recording for eighty years, hosting some of the biggest names in music over the decades: the Beatles, of course, who immortalized it with the title of their 1969 album; Pink Floyd; Kate Bush; Duran... (read more)

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The Band: Music From Big Pink (33 1/3 Series)
The Band: Music From Big Pink (33 1/3 Series)
by John Niven
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"Music From Big Pink is a moving book that succeeds not just in vividly evoking its time and place but in distilling one young man's cliched and minor destiny into something approaching tragedy....This well-written first novel captures not just some... (read more)

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Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
by Legs McNeil
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A Time Out and Daily News Top Ten Book of the Year upon its initial release, Please Kill Me is the first oral history of the most nihilist of all pop movements. Iggy Pop, Danny Fields, Dee Dee and Joey Ramone, Malcom McLaren, Jim Carroll, and scores of... (read more)

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Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo
Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo
by Ned Sublette
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This entertaining history of Cuba and its music begins with the collision of Spain and Africa and continues through the era of Miguelito Valdés, Arsenio Rodríguez, Benny Moré, and Pérez Prado. It offers a... (read more)

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Holy Or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of ""Hallelujah"" (12 Edition)
Holy Or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of ""Hallelujah"" (12 Edition)
by Alan Light
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How did one obscure song become an international anthem for human triumph and tragedy, a song each successive generation seems to feel they have discovered and claimed as uniquely their own? Celebrated music journalist Alan Light follows the improbable... (read more)

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Songbook
Songbook
by Nick Hornby
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"All I have to say about these songs is that I love them, and want to sing along to them, and force other people to listen to them, and get cross when these other people don't like them as much as I do"—Nick Hornby Songs, songwriters, and why and... (read more)

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The Strangest Tribe: How a Group of Seattle Rock Bands Invented Grunge
The Strangest Tribe: How a Group of Seattle Rock Bands Invented Grunge
by Stephen Tow
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Grunge isn’t dead – but was it every truly alive? Twenty years after the height of the movement, The Strangest Tribe redefines grunge as we know it. Stephen Tow takes a second look at the music and community that vaulted the likes of... (read more)

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Classical Music for Dummies (For Dummies)
Classical Music for Dummies (For Dummies)
by David Pogue
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The more you know about classical music, the more you love it. Now, thanks to Classical Music For Dummies, you can achieve a whole new level of insight into both the composers and the compositions that have made classical music one of the great... (read more)

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The Classical Style
The Classical Style
by Charles Rosen
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This outstanding book treating the three most beloved composers of the Vienna School is basic to any study of Classical-era music. Drawing on his rich experience and intimate familiarity with the works of these giants, Charles Rosen presents his keen... (read more)

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Highway 61 Revisited: The Tangled Roots of American Jazz, Blues, Rock, & Country Music
Highway 61 Revisited: The Tangled Roots of American Jazz, Blues, Rock, & Country Music
by Gene Santoro
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What do Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, Cassandra Wilson, and Ani DiFranco have in common? In Highway 61 Revisited, acclaimed music critic Gene Santoro says the answer is jazz--not just the musical style, but jazz's... (read more)

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There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll
There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll
by Lisa Robinson
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From a legendary journalist with four decades of unprecedented access and untold stories, an insiders behind-the-scenes look at the major personalities of rock and roll.   Lisa Robinson has interviewed everyone from John Lennon to Bono to Patti... (read more)

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Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music
Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music
by Nona Willis (edt) Aronowitz
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In 1968, the New Yorker hired Ellen Willis as its first popular music critic. Her column, Rock, Etc., ran for seven years and established Willis as a leader in cultural commentary and a pioneer in the nascent and otherwise male-dominated field of rock... (read more)

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Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
by Kirk Walker Graves
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In the first decade of the twenty-first century, Kanye West produced what is arguably the most compelling body of work made by a popular American musician during the period. Rising from obscurity as a precocious producer through the ranks of Jay-Z's Roc... (read more)

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