On this page, we present to you links to recommended books or other publications, arranged alphabetically by title, that have to do with music. When you click on a title below, you will be taken to another page that describes the publication in greater detail. From that individual page, we then link you to another website where you can purchase the book or publication.
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Beethoven. This biography of the legendary figure is considered the best out there. If you're interested in his life from many different angles, this is the book to get.
Piano - The Making of a Steinway Grand - James Barron, a New York Times staff writer, expands on his series of articles published in the newspaper for a thoroughgoing chronicle of how a New York immigrant family created an American cultural institution. Barron tracks, from inception to stage, one Steinway concert grand piano named K0862, a direct descendant of the first Model D developed in 1884 by the German family of piano makers established in New York.
Escaping the Delta - Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues. "As far as the evolution of black music goes, Robert Johnson was an extremely minor figure," writes the author. This book, along with others, are now attempting to dissect the facts from the myths surrounding this undoubtedly gifted musician who issued just 11 songs in his lifetime.
"33 Revolutions per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holiday to Green Day" - "Mr. Lynskey's decision to begin his book with "Strange Fruit," first sung by Holiday in 1939 at age 23 (and written by Abel Meeropol, a Communist), will be controversial among some American songbook geeks. So much came before. But Mr. Lynskey makes a convincing case that prior to "Strange Fruit" protest songs "had nothing to do with mainstream popular music." Rather "they were designed for specific audiences -- picket lines, folk schools, party meetings." ~~ NY Times Book Review
The Violin Maker - Finding a Centuries-Old Tradition in a Brooklyn Workshop - Emerson Quartet violinist, Eugene Drucker, plays a 1686 Stradivari that is temperamental, especially when traveling. Polish immigrant, Sam Zygmuntowicz, whom Marchese met at a luthiers' workshop, is one of the foremost luthiers making violins. Knowing both enabled Marchese to trace the construction of the violin from the beginning to its premier use.
Lush Life - A Biography of Billy Strayhorn. "Lush Life is as beautiful and intelligent as its subject. David Hajdu has brought all my dear memories of Billy Strayhorn to life." - Lena Horne.
- As the NY
Times says, "Music has been used successfully as a treatment
for many kinds of mental suffering. Indeed the benefits of the singing
cure are more evident than those of the talking one. Oliver Sacks describes
as astonishing the sight of deeply demented patients waking from their
torpor or casting aside their agitation to focus on songs that are played
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