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Why Vinyl Matters: A Manifesto from Musicians and Fans by Jennifer Otter Bickerdike
MUSIC BIC
Vinyl, once thought to be a dying market, is now facing a major revival. Pop culture writer and historian Jennifer Otter Bickerdike interviews some of our most iconic artists, including hip-hop stars, Indie legends, DJs, producers, album cover designers, photographers, label founders and record store owners. Each superstar and superfan talks about their own experiences of vinyl and what it means to them, and the importance of its re-emergence - seemingly against all odds - as a physical format in the era of the digital economy. Why Vinyl Matters is part history, part future forecasting, part nostalgia and all celebration.
The Vinyl Detective Mysteries - Written in Dead Wax: A Vinyl Detective Mystery 1 by Andrew Cartmel
MYS CARTMEL
He is a record collector -- a connoisseur of vinyl, hunting out rare and elusive LPs. His business card describes him as the "Vinyl Detective" and some people take this more literally than others. Like the beautiful, mysterious woman who wants to pay him a large sum of money to find a priceless lost recording -- on behalf of an extremely wealthy (and rather sinister) shadowy client. Given that he's just about to run out of cat biscuits, this gets our hero's full attention. So begins a painful and dangerous odyssey in search of the rarest jazz record of them all...
Old Records Never Die: One Man's Quest for His Vinyl and His Past by Eric Spitznagel
BIOGRAPHY SPITZNAGEL
As he finds himself within spitting distance of middle age, journalist Eric Spitznagel feels acutely the loss of . . . something. Freedom? Maybe. Coolness? Could be. The records he sold in a financial pinch? Definitely. To find out for sure, he sets out on a quest to find the original vinyl artifacts from his past. Not just copies. The exact same records. As he embarks on his hero's journey, he reminisces about the actual records, the music, and the people he listened with-old girlfriends, high school pals, and, most poignantly, his father and his young son.
The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter by David Sax
BUSINESS SAX
David Sax has uncovered story after story of entrepreneurs, small business owners, and even big corporations who've found a market selling not apps or virtual solutions but real, tangible things. Sax's work reveals a deep truth about how humans shop, interact, and even think. Blending psychology and observant wit with first-rate reportage, Sax shows the limited appeal of the purely digital life- and the robust future of the real world outside it.
Vinyl. The complete first season [videorecording]
TV DVD VIN
From Oscar-winner* Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter, "Vinyl" explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business of the 1970s. A dizzying ride through America s music-business landscape at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop, the story is seen through the eyes of Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), a NYC record executive trying to revive his label and keep his personal life from spiraling out of control.
Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting by Eilon Paz
OVERSIZE MUSIC PAZ
This sumptuous coffee table book is the culmination of photographer Eilon Paz's six-year journey around the globe to unearth the very soul of the vinyl community. A peek into the worlds of more than 130 vinyl record collectors in their most intimate of environments-their record rooms-it combines compelling photographic essays, anecdotes, and quotes with in-depth interviews to illustrate what motivates these collectors to keep digging for more records.
Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music by Ellen Willis
MUSIC 781.66 WIL
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 criticism. Out of the Vinyl Deeps collects for the first time Willis's Rock, Etc. columns and her other writings about popular music from this period (including liner notes for works by Lou Reed and Janis Joplin) and reasserts her rightful place in rock music criticism.
The Record Players: DJ Revolutionaries by Bill Brewster, Frank Broughton
MUSIC BRE
Acclaimed authors and music historians Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton have spent years traveling across the world to interview the revolutionary and outrageous DJs who shaped the last half-century of pop music. The Record Players is the fun and revealing result--a collection of firsthand accounts from the obsessives, the playboys, and the eccentrics that dominated the music scene and contributed to the evolution of DJ culture.
Record Collecting for Girls: Unleashing Your Inner Music Nerd, One Album at a Time by Courtney E. Smith
MUSIC SMI
Drawing on her personal life as a music enthusiast, as well as her experience working at MTV and in radio, Courtney E. Smith explores what music can tell women about themselves--and the men in their lives. Along the way, she evaluates the essential role that music plays as we navigate life's glorious victories and its soul-crushing defeats. Finally, here is a voice that speaks to women--because girls get their hearts broken and make mix tapes about it, too.
33 Revolutions per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holiday to Green Day by Dorian Lynskey
MUSIC LYN
33 Revolutions Per Minute is the story of protest music told in 33 songs. An incisive history of a wide and shape-shifting genre, Dorian Lynskey's authoritative book takes us from the days of Billie Holliday crooning "Strange Fruit" before shocked audiences to Vietnam-era crowds voicing their resentment at the sounds of Bob Dylan to the fracas over the Dixie Chicks' comments against George W. Bush during the Iraq War.
Lift Every Voice: The History of African American Music (The African American History Series) by Burton W. Peretti
MUSIC PER
Lift Every Voice traces the roots of black music in Africa and slavery and its evolution in the United States from the end of slavery to the present day. The music's creators, consumers, and distributors are all part of the story. Musical genres such as spirituals, ragtime, the blues, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, rock, soul, and hip-hop--as well as black contributions to classical, country, and other American music forms--depict the continuities and innovations that mark both the music and the history of African Americans.
Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life by Wynton Marsalis, Geoffrey Ward
MUSIC MAR
The great jazz perfomer and personality Marsalis offers readers an insight into the power of jazz to effect personal changes. That is, people and nations can improvise together to create a more meaningful way of life. The Pulitzer Prize-winner shows how to listen to jazz and through stories about the lessons he's learned through life and other jazz greats, he reveals how the central ideas of jazz can change how people think and behave with others. Jazz, as an art, has always been able to move people to higher ground. This illuminating book is a master-class on its power.
1001 Classical Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die
MUSIC ONE
Selected by a team of 22 leading music critics from around the world, the 1001 classical recordings featured here are absolute must hear pieces that will delight discerning music fans as well as those just discovering the joy of classical music. 800 photographs throughout.
Punk Love by Susie J. Horgan
MUSIC HOR
Punk Love documents specifically the birth of the early Washington, D.C., punk movement in 1979. D.C. punk was a different kind of punk. It was hardcore. It was explosive. It was revolutionary. But people misread punk rock as being about hate and anger. It was spiritual. It was about self-respect and justice-basic morals and values. This is punk love.
American Hair Metal by Steven Blush
MUSIC BLU
There was a time--not so long ago--when pomp and spandex dominated MTV and pop radio playlists. American Hair Metal visually celebrates this orgy of flamboyance, androgyny, and animal magnetism, of big-haired alpha males and the beautiful women who surrounded them. Hundreds of striking photographs are surrounded by hedonistic ephemera from bands like Poison, Cinderella, Mötley Crüe, Skid Row, and Stryper, and wild interview quotes from major players such as David Lee Roth, Jon Bon Jovi, Sebastian Bach, Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, Bret Michaels, Don Dokken, and a good number of unsung heroes.
Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 by Simon Reynolds
MUSIC REY
Rip It Up and Start Again is the first book-length exploration of the wildly adventurous music created in the years after punk. Renowned music journalist Simon Reynolds celebrates the futurist spirit of such bands as Joy Division, Gang of Four, Talking Heads, and Devo, which resulted in endless innovations in music, lyrics, performance, and style and continued into the early eighties with the video-savvy synth-pop of groups such as Human League, Depeche Mode, and Soft Cell, whose success coincided with the rise of MTV.
Visualizing The Beatles: A Complete Graphic History of the World’s Favorite Band by John Pring, Rob Thomas
MUSIC PRI
Filled with stunning full-color infographics, a unique, album-by-album visual history of the evolution of the Beatles that examines how their style, their sound, their instruments, their songs, their tours, and the world they inhabited transformed over the course of a decade. Combining data, colorful artwork, interactive charts, graphs, and timelines, Visualizing the Beatles is a fresh and imaginative look at the world's most popular band.
Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture by Jace Clayton
MUSIC CLA
In 2001 Jace Clayton was an unknown DJ who recorded a three-turntable, sixty-minute mix and put it online to share with friends. Within weeks, Gold Teeth Thief became an international calling card, whisking Clayton away to play a nightclub in Zagreb, a gallery in Osaka, a former brothel in Sao Paolo, and the American Museum of Natural History. Just as the music world made its fitful, uncertain transition from analog to digital, Clayton found himself on the front lines of creative upheavals of art production in the twenty-first century globalized world.
Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap by Ben Westhoff
MUSIC WES
A monumental, revealing narrative history about the legendary group of artists at the forefront of West Coast hip-hop: Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur. Ben Westhoff explores how this group of artists shifted the balance of hip-hop from New York to Los Angeles. He shows how N.W.A.'s shocking success lead to rivalries between members, record labels, and eventually a war between East Coast and West Coast factions. In the process, hip-hop burst into mainstream America at a time of immense social change, and became the most dominant musical movement of the last thirty years.
Anatomy of a Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop by Marc Myers
MUSIC MYE
Every great song has a fascinating backstory. In Anatomy of a Song , based on the ongoing Wall Street Journal column, writer and music historian Marc Myers brings to life five decades of music through oral histories of forty-five transformative songs woven from interviews with the artists who created them.
Love for Sale: Pop Music in America by David Hajdu
MUSIC HAJ
David Hajdu begins Love for Sale, his personal history of pop music, in an unexpected place - not with nostalgic reminiscences of the 45s of his youth but with the sheet-music era at the end of the nineteenth century. From there, Hajdu takes us on more unexpected routes through the history of pop music - back to Alexander Graham Bell and the invention of records... and to his grandmother's collection of Italian crooners on shellac records that young Hajdu liberated from her New Jersey basement.
Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Style, Sound, and Revolution of the Electric Guitar by Brad Tolinski, Alan di Perna
MUSIC TOL
For generations the electric guitar has been an international symbol of freedom, danger, rebellion, and hedonism. In Play It Loud , Brad Tolinski and Alan di Perna bring the history of this iconic instrument to roaring life. It's a story of inventors and iconoclasts, of scam artists, prodigies, and mythologizers as varied and original as the instruments they spawned.
How to Listen to Jazz by Ted Gioia
MUSIC GIO
In How to Listen to Jazz , award-winning music scholar Ted Gioia presents a lively introduction to the art of listening to jazz. He tells us what to listen for in a performance and includes a guide to today's leading jazz musicians. From Louis Armstrong's innovative sounds to the jazz-rock fusion of Miles Davis, Gioia covers the music's history and reveals the building blocks of improvisation. A true love letter to jazz by a foremost expert, How to Listen to Jazz is a must-read for anyone who's ever wanted to understand America's greatest contribution to music.
101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die by Ricardo Cavolo
MUSIC CAV
A graphic novel in the form of Ricardo Cavolo's personal diary, which follows the story of music through 101 essential artists; from Bach to Radiohead, to Amy Winehouse, Nirvana and Daft Punk. With over one hundred uniquely colorful illustrations and handwritten text, lists, notes, and personal anecdotes this is a book to delight in.
The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory by John Seabrook
MUSIC SEA
In The Song Machine, longtime New Yorker staff writer John Seabrook tells the story of the massive cultural upheaval that produced these new, super-strength hits. Seabrook takes us into a strange and surprising world, full of unexpected and vivid characters, as he traces the growth of this new approach to hit-making from its obscure origins in early 1990s Sweden to its dominance of today's Billboard charts. Journeying from New York to Los Angeles, Stockholm to Korea, Seabrook visits specialized teams composing songs in digital labs with new "track-and-hook" techniques.
The Day Alternative Music Died: Dylan, Zeppelin, Punk, Glam, Alt, Majors, Indies, and the Struggle between Art and Money for the Soul of Rock by Adam Caress
MUSIC CAR
At once a groundbreaking cultural history of rock music and an impassioned defense of the unique value of art, The Day Alternative Music Died is a timely and essential addition to the cultural discourse. Featuring a meticulously researched and eminently readable narrative that will appeal to both casual and diehard music fans, The Day Alternative Music Died tells the fascinating story of the tensions between artistic and commercial aspirations throughout the history of rock music.
The Underground Is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America by Michaelangelo Matos
MUSIC MAT
Drawing on a vast array of resources, including hundreds of interviews and a library of rare artifacts, from rave fanzines to online mailing-list archives, Matos reveals how electronic dance music blossomed in tandem with the nascent Internet--message boards and chat lines connected partiers from town to town. In turn, these ravers, many early technology adopters, helped spearhead the information revolution. As tech was the tool, Ecstasy--(Molly, as it's know today) an empathic drug that heightens sensory pleasure--was the narcotic fueling this alternative movement.
The Concise Guide to Hip-Hop Music: A Fresh Look at the Art of Hip-Hop, from Old-School Beats to Freestyle Rap by Paul Edwards
MUSIC EDW
In 1973, the music scene was forever changed by the emergence of hip-hop. In this comprehensive, accessible guide, Paul Edwards breaks down the difference between old school and new school, recaps the biggest influencers of the genre, and sets straight the myths and misconceptions of the artists and their music. Fans old and new alike will all learn something new about the history and development of hip-hop, from its inception up through the current day, in The Concise Guide to Hip-Hop Music.
Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 by Lizzy Goodman
MUSIC GOO
Meet Me in the Bathroom charts the transformation of the New York music scene in the first decade of the 2000s, the bands behind it--including The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem, Interpol, and Vampire Weekend--and the cultural forces that shaped it, from the Internet to a booming real estate market that forced artists out of the Lower East Side to Williamsburg. Drawing on 200 original interviews, journalist Lizzy Goodman offers a fascinating portrait of a time and a place that gave birth to a new era in modern rock-and-roll.
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé by Bob Stanley
MUSIC STA
As much fun to argue with as to quote, Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! is a monumental work of musical history, tracing the story of pop music through individual songs, bands, musical scenes, and styles from Bill Haley and the Comets' "Rock around the Clock" (1954) to Beyoncé's first megahit, "Crazy in Love" (2003). It covers the birth of rock, soul, R&B, punk, hip hop, indie, house, techno, and more, and it will remind you why you fell in love with pop music in the first place.