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  • 'You Better Work!': Underground Dance Music In New York City

    By Kai Fikentscher

    Our Price: $19.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780819564047
    • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
    • Published: August 2000
    "You Better Work!" is the first detailed study of underground dance music or UDM, a phenomenon that has its roots in the overlap and cross-fertilization of African American and gay cultural sensibilities that have occurred since the 1970s. UDM not only predates and includes disco, but also constitutes a unique performance practice in the history of American social dance. Taking New York City as its geographic focus, "You Better Work!" shows how UDM functions in the lives of its DJs and dancers, and how it is used as the primary identifier of an urban subculture shaped essentially by the relationships between music, dance, and marginality. Kai Fikentscher goes beyond stereotypical images of club and disco to explore the cult and culture of the DJ, the turntable and vinyl recordings as musical instruments, and the vital relationship between music and dance at underground clubs. Including interviews, photographs, and an extensive discography, this ethnographic account tells the story of a celebration of collective marginality through music and dance
  • 10 for 10 Sheet Music Classical Piano Arrangements: Piano Solos

    By Alfred Music

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780739073322
    • Publisher: Alfred Music
    • Published: July 2010
  • 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)

    By Matt Redman

    Our Price: $4.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780739091333
    • Publisher: Alfred Music
    • Published: July 2012
  • 100 Albums That Changed Popular Music : a Reference Guide

    By Chris Smith

    Our Price: $72.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780313338250
    • Published: December 2006
    Whether on vinyl or in digital form, the album has become an integral part of our cultural history. This book tells the stories behind the most groundbreaking, influential, & often controversial albums ever recorded. Narrative chapters in this chronologically organized volume describe how the albums reflected the political, social, & economic culture of the era. Individual entries discuss these albums' histories, the inspiration behind theircreation, & why they continue to stand the test of time.
  • 100 Things Beatles Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (100 Things...Fans Should Know)

    By Gillian G. Gaar

    Our Price: $14.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781600787997
    • Publisher: Triumph Books
    • Published: June 2013
    Draws on five decades of Beatles history and lore to list and rate the one hundred most significant facts and activities for Beatles fans.
  • 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die: And 10,001 You Must Download

    By Robert Dimery

    Our Price: $36.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780789320896
    • Publisher: Universe
    • Published: October 2010
    This latest addition to the best-selling 1001 series offers more than ever— the world’s biggest and best playlist, referencing over 10,000 must-download songs. This book offers more than any previous book in the series. While each main entry profiles and illustrates 1,001 primary songs, it places that song into a contextual web of music history with references to other songs that are musically related. Thus, each entry points to alternate versions, covers, riffs, and influences effectively expanding the total number to 10,000. From the Beatles to Beyoncé, from Elvis to Elvis Costello, from Frank Sinatra to Rufus Wainwright, the full spectrum is covered chronologically and includes additional ancillary lists of 'must-hear' songs grouped by subgenre and other special categories. Each song is analyzed by an international team of critics who explain why you must hear it. Included are key details such as lyricist, composer, producer, and label, making this a music treasure trove perfect for anyone into music, addicted to downloading, or those just getting started.
  • 1001 Songs: The Great Songs of All Time and the Artists, Stories and Secrets Behind Them

    By Toby Creswell

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Oversize Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781560259152
    • Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press
    • Published: August 2006
    An editor for Rolling Stone (Australia) traces the backgrounds of top-selected songs from the past half century, in a volume that features artist biographies, rare photographs, and an analysis of how iPods and portable MP3 players have changed the way people listen to music. Original.
  • 101 Albums That Changed Popular Music

    By Chris Smith

    Our Price: $18.95
    • Format: Oversize Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780195373714
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press
    • Published: April 2009
    Chris Smith's 101 Albums That Changed Popular Music tells the fascinating stories behind the most groundbreaking, influential, and often controversial albums ever recorded, ranging from The Anthology of American Folk Music (1952) to Elephant (2003) by The White Stripes. Organized chronologically to capture the flow of culture from one album to the next, this volume illuminates how these classic recordings reflected--and sometimes changed--the political, social, and economic culture of their eras. Among the featured albums are releases from the hard-blues explosion of the '60s, including Robert Johnson's King of the Delta Blues Singers, a landmark collection whose songs were later covered by the likes of Cream, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones. Punk made its mark in the '70s with Patti Smith's Horses and the Clash's London Calling. In the '80s Michael Jackson's blockbuster LP, Thriller, not only topped the charts, it became the best-selling record of all time. Diversity defined the '90s, with the most influential albums ranging from Garth Brooks' No Fences, which made country one of the hottest musical genres of the decade, to Dr. Dre's debut, The Chronic, a multi-platinum smash hit that brought West Coast hip hop into the mainstream. For each album, the book lists the basic publication information, including release date, label, and producer. More important, Chris Smith sheds light on the history of these albums, revealing the inspiration behind their creation, and why they continue to stand the test of time. Selected on the basis of their popular appeal and influence on later genres, the albums included represent a wide variety of genres, such as blues, jazz, rock, reggae, rockabilly, folk, soul, hip-hop, and country. A timeline of important events, a selected bibliography for further reading, and an appendix of albums that almost made the cut round out this volume, making it a gold mine of information for everyone who loves popular music.
  • 1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About

    By Joshua Clover

    Our Price: $11.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780520252554
    • Publisher: University of California Press
    • Published: November 2009
    A tour de force theory that boldly reimagines how we understand both pop music and its social context in a vibrant exloration of a year famously described as 'the end of history.' Amid the historic overturnings of 1989, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, pop music experienced striking changes. Vividly conjuring cultural sensations and events, Joshua Clover tracks the emergence of seemingly disconnected phenomena - from grunge to acid house to gangstarap - asking if 'perhaps pop had been biding its time until 1989 came along to make sense of its sensibility.' His analysis deftly encompasses, among others, Nirvana, Madonna, Public Enemy, Nine Ince Nails. Addenda. B&W illus. 187p.
  • 1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing about

    By Joshua Clover

    Our Price: $24.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780520267879
    • Publisher: University of California Press
    • Published: October 2010
    "Joshua Clover finally puts the lie to the tiresome cliche that 'writing about music is like dancing about architecture.' He shows definitively that when the time is right, architecture is precisely what people do dance about."--Greil Marcus, author of Lipstick Traces
  • 20 Years of Rolling Stone: What a Long Strange Trip It's Been

    By Jann S. Wenner

    Our Price: $12.50
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780914919100
    • Publisher: Friendly Press, Inc.
    • Published: 1987
  • 21 Nights: Photography, Poetry, Music, Lyrics

    By Prince

    Our Price: $12.50
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781416554448
    • Publisher: Atria Books
    • Published: September 2008
    In '21 Nights', Prince does what he does. He thrives in his dueling worlds of music and solitude. As each day becomes night, Prince prepares for a performance that is never the same. 24,000 people arrive to inhabit the arena known as the O2. There is a charged electricity of anticipation that unites everyone. The expectations from all involved, band, crew, and audience are high as they willingly turn the night over to the music that never lets them down. The experience can never be duplicated or forgotten. And then there is an after show where the music continues with tireless passion. And finally the euphoric reality of a new day beginning. Prince is ready to do it all over, again and again.
  • 33 Revolutions per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holiday to Green Day

    By Dorian Lynskey

    Our Price: $25.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780061670152
    • Publisher: Ecco
    • Published: April 2011
    When pop music meets politics, the results are often thrilling, sometimes life changing, and never simple. 33 REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE is a history of protest music embodied in 33 songs that span seven decades and four continents, from Billie Holiday crooning “Strange Fruit” to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young paying tribute to the Vietnam protesters killed at Kent State in “Ohio,” to Green Day railing against President Bush and 21st-century media in “American Idiot” (now a Broadway musical). With the aid of exclusive new interviews, Dorian Lynskey explores the individuals, ideas, and events behind each song. This expansive survey examines how music has engaged with racial unrest, nuclear paranoia, apartheid, war, poverty, and oppression, offering hope, stirring anger, inciting action, and producing songs that continue to resonate years down the line, sometimes at great cost to the musicians involved. The book divides into five chapters of historical significance: 1939-1964; 1965-1973; 1973-1977; 1977-1987; 1989-2008. List of Songs and Albums in Text; List of 100 Recommended Songs. Sources, Index. 660p.
  • 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story

    By Sean Wilentz

    Our Price: $50.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781452107561
    • Publisher: Chronicle Books
    • Published: 2012
    For 125 years, Columbia Records has remained one of the most vibrant and storied names in prerecorded sound, nurturing the careers of legends such as Bessie Smith, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, and many more. Written by distinguished historian Sean Wilentz, 360 Sound tells the story of the label's rich history as it interweaves threads of technical and social change with the creation of some of the greatest albums ever made. Featuring over 300 rare and revealing images from the Columbia archives, this lavishly illustrated celebration is a must-have for any serious music fan.
  • 50 Years of the Gibson Les Paul: Half a Century of the Greatest Electric Guitars

    By Tony Bacon

    Our Price: $22.99
    • Format: Oversize Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780879307110
    • Publisher: BACKBEAT BOOKS
    • Published: April 2002
    This lavishly illustrated volume - over 200 color photographs - shows how Gibson expanded the Les Paul line, creating the highly desired sunburst Standard, high-end Custom, control-ladenRecording, hollow-bodied Signature, and many others. The book also spotlights the recently revised Historic Collection reissues, such as the 1952 Goldtop and 1954 Custom Black Beauty. Includes meticulous listings thatdocument every model produced since 1952. 144p. Pap.