New Arrivals · Music Books

June 23, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Verdi : the man revealed

June 22, 2018
Suchet, John, 1944- author.
279 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Giuseppe Verdi remains the greatest operatic composer that Italy, the home of opera, has ever produced. Yet throughout his lifetime he claimed to detest composing and repeatedly rejected it. He was a landowner, a farmer, a politician and symbol of Italian independence; but his music tells a different story.; An obsessive perfectionist, Verdi drove collaborators to despair but his works were rightly lauded from the start as dazzling feats of composition and characterisation. From Rigoletto to Otello, La Traviatato to Aida, Verdi's canon encompassed the full range of human emotion. His private life was no less complex: he suffered great loss, and went out of his way to antagonise many erstwhile supporters, including his own family. An outspoken advocate of Italian independence and a sharp critic of the church, he was o en at odds with nineteenth-century society and paid the price.; In Verdi: The Man Revealed, John Suchet attempts to get under the skin of perhaps the most private composer who ever lived. Unpicking his protestations, his deliberate embellishments and disingenuous disavowals, Suchet reveals the contradictory and sometimes curmudgeonly character of this great artist, convicted throughout much of his life but ultimately unable to walk away from the art for which he will be forever known.

Rock and soul

June 22, 2018
McClary, Thomas, author.
Chicago, IL : 13th & Joan, [2017]
359 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm

Once upon a farm : lessons on growing love, life, and hope on a new frontier

June 20, 2018
Feek, Rory Lee, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : W Publishing Group, [2018]
xiv, 236 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"Now raising their four-year-old daughter, Indiana, alone, after Joey's passing, Rory Feek digs deeper into the soil of his life and the unusual choices he and his wife, Joey, made together and the ones he’s making now to lead his family into the future. When Rory Feek and his older daughters moved into a run-down farmhouse almost twenty years ago, he had no idea of the almost fairy-tale love story that was going to unfold on that small piece of Tennessee land... and the lessons he and his family would learn along the way. Now two years after Joey’s passing, as Rory takes their four-year-old daughter Indiana’s hand and walks forward into an unknown future, he takes readers on his incredible journey from heartbreak to hope and, ultimately, the kind of healing that comes only through faith. A raw and vulnerable look deeper into Rory’s heart, Once Upon a Farm is filled with powerful stories of love, life, and hope and the insights that one extraordinary, ordinary man in bib overalls has gleamed along the way. As opposed to homesteading, this is instead a book on lifesteading as Rory learns to cultivate faith, love, and fatherhood on a small farm while doing everything, at times, but farming. With frequent stories of his and Joey’s years together, and how those guide his life today, Rory unpacks just what it means to be open to new experiences. 'This isn't a how-to book; it's more of a how we, or more accurately, how He, God, planted us on a few acres of land and grew something bigger than Joey or I could have ever imagined.'"

Siren song : my life in music

June 20, 2018
Stein, Seymour, 1942- author.
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
342 pages, 16 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Seymour Stein is America's greatest living record man. Not only has he signed and nurtured more important artists than anyone alive, now sixty years in the game, he's still the hippest label head, travelling the globe in search of the next big thing. Since the late fifties, he's been wherever it's happening: Billboard, Tin Pan Alley, The British Invasion, CBGB, Studio 54, Danceteria, the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, the CD crash. Along that winding path, he discovered and broke out a skyline full of stars: Madonna, The Ramones, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Madonna, The Smiths, The Cure, Ice-T, Lou Reed, Seal, and many others. Brimming with hilarious scenes and character portraits, Siren Song's wider narrative is about modernity in motion, and the slow acceptance of diversity in America thanks largely to daring pop music. Including both the high and low points in his life, Siren Song touches on everything from his discovery of Madonna to his wife Linda Stein's violent death. Ask anyone in the music business, Seymour Stein is a legend. Sung from the heart, Siren Song will etch his story in stone.

Strange stars : David Bowie, pop music, and the decade sci-fi exploded

June 15, 2018
Heller, Jason, author.
Brooklyn, NY : Melville House Publishing, [2018]
xiv, 254 pages ; 24 cm
The stars look very different today: the end of the '60s -- Dancing astronauts of renown: 1970 -- In search of space: 1971 -- I'm the space invader: 1972 -- Comet melody: 1973 -- Secrets of the circuitry mind: 1974 -- Your memory banks have forgotten this funk: 1975 -- What can this strange device be?: 1976 -- A distant planet from where I come: 1977 -- Hit by space junk: 1978 -- When the machines rock: 1979 -- The planet is glowing: the start of the '80s.
Looks at developments in science fiction and pop music in the 1970s, delving into the ways that the work of many influential performers of the time was heavily informed by science fiction and space exploration.

Fare thee well : the final chapter of the Grateful Dead's long, strange trip

June 15, 2018
Selvin, Joel, author.
New York, NY : Da Capo Press, 2018.
viii, 280 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

Famous father girl : a memoir of growing up Bernstein

June 13, 2018
Bernstein, Jamie, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
x, 385 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The Osborne -- The Vineyard and Redding -- Park Avenue and Fairfield -- The first shadows -- The Beatles portal -- Summer games -- A little teen in '60s New York -- School, family, and the world -- Stone teen -- One toe out of the nest -- Shifting grounds -- Not really grownup -- Here come the terrors -- Crawling from the wreckage -- The east-west shuffle -- Quiet-ish -- Redding, Wecord, and what was in between -- Forward motion -- An arrival -- A departure -- Life goes on -- A new millennium -- The Venezuela connection -- Lately.
"The eldest daughter of revered composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth"--Jacket.

Undivided : coming out, becoming whole, and living free from shame

June 13, 2018
Beeching, Vicky, 1979- author.
xiii, 290 pages ; 24 cm

The faith of Dolly Parton : lessons from her life to lift your heart

June 13, 2018
Delffs, Dudley J., author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2018]
238 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
Dream your way forward -- You need wings to fly -- Know when to stretch your wings -- Love like a butterfly while busy as a bee -- Practice more than you preach -- Baby steps toward a leap of faith -- Let your roots keep you grounded -- Shine through the shadows -- Laugh first to make love last -- Read into the future.
Ten faith lessons as evidenced in Dolly Parton's life, music, interviews, and attitude.

Lament from Epirus : an odyssey into Europe's oldest surviving folk music

June 11, 2018
King, Christopher C., author.
New York, N.Y. : W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2018]
304 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Prologue: Curious black discs and dead ends -- A street of gramophones -- The black earth of Epirus -- "You know, Greeks don't even like this music" -- That's going to leave a mark -- Zoumba's lament -- Kitsos's shepherd song -- Satyr dance -- Some kind of a tool -- Epilogue: On fossils, memory.
"Lament from Epirus is an unforgettable journey into a musical obsession, which traces a unique genre back to the roots of song itself. As King hunts for two long-lost virtuosos--one of whom may have committed a murder--he also tells the story of the Roma people who pioneered Epirotic folk music and their descendants who continue the tradition today. King discovers clues to his most profound questions about the function of music in the history of humanity: What is the relationship between music and language? Why do we organize sound as music? Is music superfluous, a mere form of entertainment, or could it be a tool for survival? King's journey becomes an investigation into song and dance's role as a means of spiritual healing--and what that may reveal about music's evolutionary origins" --

Mother American night : my life in crazy times

June 7, 2018
Barlow, John Perry, 1947-2018, author.
New York : Crown Archetype, [2018]
xi, 270 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
"Mother American Night is the wild, funny, heartbreaking, and often unbelievable (yet completely true) story of an American icon. Born into a powerful Wyoming political family, John Perry Barlow wrote the lyrics for thirty Grateful Dead songs while also running his family's cattle ranch. He hung out in Andy Warhol’s Factory, went on a date with the Dalai Lama's sister, and accidentally shot Bob Weir in the face on the eve of his own wedding. As a favor to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Barlow mentored a young JFK Jr. and the two then became lifelong friends. Despite being a freely self-confessed acidhead, he served as Dick Cheney's campaign manager during Cheney's first run for Congress. And after befriending a legendary early group of computer hackers known as the Legion of Doom, Barlow became a renowned internet guru who then cofounded the groundbreaking Electronic Frontier Foundation. His résumé only hints of the richness of a life lived on the edge. Blessed with an incredible sense of humor and a unique voice, Barlow was a born storyteller in the tradition of Mark Twain and Will Rogers. Through intimate portraits of friends and acquaintances from Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia to Timothy Leary and Steve Jobs, Mother American Night traces the generational passage by which the counterculture became the culture, and it shows why learning to accept love may be the hardest thing we ever ask of ourselves."

To throw away unopened

May 30, 2018
Albertine, Viv, 1954-
London : Faber & Faber Limited, 2018.
292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"At the launch party for her memoir in 2014, Viv Albertine received the news her mother was dying. She left the party immediately and spent a few final hours with a woman who had been an enormous presence and force in her life. In the weeks that followed, Viv was left with the task of sorting through her mother's affairs. In that process she came across one fatally curious item: a bag labelled 'To throw away unopened'. This auspicious moment lies at the heart of Viv Albertine's second book, part memoir, part manifesto, part polemic in which she touches on sex, ageing, feminism (in all its guises) and other conundrums that characterise the 21st century life. It is a bold and unapologetic follow-up to a book which became a sensation by a musician and writer who sits at the heart of the counter-cultural landscape today as a celebrated and feted figure."-- Provided by publisher.

Rebels and underdogs : the story of Ohio rock and roll

May 23, 2018
Pirnia, Garin, author.
xiv, 158 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
1. Akron/Kent -- 2. Cincinnati -- 3. Cleveland -- 4. Columbus -- 5. Dayton.
From Cleveland to Cincinnati and everywhere in between, Ohio rocks. Rebels and Underdogs takes readers behind the scenes to witness the birth and rise of musical legends like the Black Keys, Nine Inch Nails, Devo, the Breeders, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, and many others who got their start in garages and bars across Ohio. Entertaining, inspiring, and revolutionary, Rebels and Underdogs is the untold story of the bands, the state, and rock itself.

Electric shock : from the gramophone to the iPhone : 125 years of pop music

May 23, 2018
Doggett, Peter, author.
728 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Originally published: The Bodley Head, 2015.
The voice of the dead -- Ev'rybody's doin' it now -- Take me to the land of jazz -- Dance-o-mania -- Wizard of the microphone -- Blues in the night -- Bugle-call rag -- Millions like us -- Let's get straight -- Music for gracious living -- Real rock drive -- Bad motocycle -- Soul food -- Music for moderns -- Revolution in reverse -- Sorry, parents -- Highlife -- Freak out people -- Flying through the air -- The new prophets -- The devil's interval -- Push-button rock -- Union of bodies -- Be disrespectful -- Dance stance -- Presenting the fantasy -- That scream -- Audio time warp -- The murder of music? -- Blurred lines.
Its rhythms have influenced how we walk down the street, how we face ourselves in the mirror, and how we handle the world around us. It has influenced our morals and social mores; it has transformed our attitudes towards race and gender, religion and politics. Ambitious and groundbreaking, Electric Shock tells the story of popular music, from the first recording in the 1890s to the early pop superstars of the twentieth century and the omnipresence of music in our lives, in hit singles, ringtones and on Spotify. In this rollercoaster ride through a social and cultural history electrified by its characters, Peter Doggett shows how revolutionary changes in technology turned popular music into the lifeblood of the modern world. -- Publisher's description.


May 22, 2018
Linton Chamber Music (Organization), issuing body.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Linton Chamber Music
volumes : illustrations ; 22 cm

Paul Simon : the life

May 21, 2018
Hilburn, Robert, author.
439 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Prologue -- Part one. The boxer -- Part two. The sound of silence -- Part three. Bridge over troubled water -- Part four. Still crazy after all these years -- Part five. Graceland -- Part six. Questions for the angels -- Epilogue.
For more than fifty years, Paul Simon has spoken to us in songs about alienation, doubt, resilience, and empathy in ways that have established him as one of the most beloved artists in American pop music history. But Simon is a deeply private person who has resisted speaking to us outside of his music. He has said he will not write an autobiography or memoir, and he has refused to talk to previous biographers. Finally, Simon has opened up--for more than one hundred hours of interviews--to Robert Hilburn, whose biography of Johnny Cash was named by Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times as one of her ten favorite books of 2013. The result is a landmark book that will take its place as the defining biography of one of America's greatest artists. It begins in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, where, raised by a bandleader father and schoolteacher mother, Simon grew up with the twin passions of baseball and music. The latter took over at age twelve when he and schoolboy chum Art Garfunkel became infatuated with the alluring harmonies of doo-wop. Together, they became international icons, and then Simon went on to even greater artistic heights on his own. But beneath the surface of his storied five-decade career is a roller coaster of tumultuous personal and professional ups and downs. From his remarkable early success with Garfunkel to their painfully acrimonious split; from his massive early hits as a solo artist to the wrenching commercial failures of One-Trick Pony and Hearts and Bones; from the historic comeback success of Graceland and The Rhythm of the Saints to the star-crossed foray into theater with The Capeman and a late-career creative resurgence--his is a musical life unlike any other. Over the past three years, Hilburn has conducted in-depth interviews with scores of Paul Simon's friends, family, colleagues, and others--including ex-wives Carrie Fisher and Peggy Harper, who spoke for the first time--and even penetrated the inner circle of Simon's long-reclusive muse, Kathy Chitty. The result is a deeply human account of the challenges and sacrifices of a life in music at the highest level. In the process, Hilburn documents Simon's search for artistry and his constant struggle to protect that artistry against distractions--fame, marriage, divorce, drugs, record company interference, rejection, and insecurity--that have derailed so many great pop figures. Paul Simon is an intimate and inspiring narrative that helps us finally understand Paul Simon the person and the artist.--From dust jacket.

Pulse of the people : political rap music and black politics

May 18, 2018
Bonnette, Lakeyta M. (Lakeyta Monique), 1981- author.
219 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction : Watch for the hook -- Behind the music : Black political attitudes and rap music -- Music and political resistance : The cultural foundation of black politics -- It's bigger than hip-hop : Rap music and black nationalism -- Beyond the music : Black feminism and rap music -- the future of politics : The implications of rap music and political attitudes -- Conclusion : It's still bigger than hip-hop : The future of rap and politics.
"Pulse of the People lays a foundation for the study of political rap music and public opinion research and demonstrates ways in which political attitudes asserted in the music have been transformed into direct action and behavior of constitutents"--Jacket.

Fanfare Cincinnati.

May 17, 2018
Cincinnati, Ohio : Cincinnati Magazine, [2013/14]-
volumes : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Magazine-style program books featuring Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, CSO Chamber Players, Lollipops Family Concerts, and other special concert events.

Twilight of the gods : a journey to the end of classic rock

May 16, 2018
Hyden, Steven, 1977- author.
305 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Side 1: "The hero is born and learns about the world...". Track 1: "The song is over" -- Track 2: "Welcome to the machine" -- Track 3: "Rock and roll"-- Track 4: "I know there's an answer" -- Side 2: "The hero meets the spirit guides who will point him toward greatness...". Track 5: "Bob Dylan's dream" -- Track 6: "Hello there" (Live at Budokan) -- Track 7: "My love will not let you down" -- Track 8: "Turn the page" -- Track 9: "Draw the line" -- Side 3: "The hero is corrupted...". Track 10: "Mr. Crowley" -- Track 11: "So bad" -- Track 12: "Dog eat dog" -- Track 13: "Keep on loving you" -- Track 14: "You can't always get what you want" -- Track 15: "Rock is dead" -- Side 4: "The hero discovers the meaning of life, transcending death, and finding god...". Track 16: "You enjoy myself" -- Track 17: "Junior dad" -- Track 18: "Pressing on" -- Track 19: "Death don't have no mercy".
By mixing personal memoir, criticism, and journalism, Hyden explores the ways that classic rock changed the culture -- how it established the album as music's answer to the novel, and rock concerts as the secular equivalent to church -- and asks whether any of these signposts can endure. He investigates the rise and fall of classic rock radio and determines whether the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is telling the right version of Rock history. He revisits favorite live bootlegs, rereads all the great tell-all rock biographies, and excavates deep down into the liner notes of rock's greatest masterpieces to explain what we can all learn from rock gods and their music.

On the road & off the record with Leonard Bernstein : my years with the exasperating genius

May 15, 2018
Harmon, Charlie, author.
xi, 259 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The ad under "M" -- Indiana bound -- The rebbe in wolf's clothing -- The cabin fever ward -- Composers, conductors, a celebrated cellist, and a charred cork -- "Chich" and a concussion -- What universe is this? -- On your mark -- The maestro dines out -- At home in the parallel universe -- Princess Margaret can't go shopping -- Speaking Hebrew in only one lesson -- Souvenirs picked up on the road -- A touchy situation -- A day for distraction -- Far from Tanglewood -- "People like me for what I do, not for who I am" -- Name the nine muses! -- What takes nine months to gestate? -- The two (other) women in Leonard Bernstein's life -- A quiet place in a noisy, noisy world -- Houston "grand" opera -- The restorative greens of Tanglewood -- Bi-coastal blues -- "Why do I have to work so hard?" -- How pleads the defendant? -- Down for the count! -- Who's in charge here? -- Lifetime achievement = lifetime therapy -- I should stay here and work -- The ends of the earth -- C'mon, it'll be fun! -- And then what happened? An epilogue.

Astral weeks : a secret history of 1968

May 10, 2018
Walsh, Ryan H., author.
357 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: in the beginning -- Against electricity -- God's underground newspaper -- The silver age of television -- Paul Revere is shamed: being a brief history of the Bosstown sound -- The white light underground -- Scenes from the real world -- I saw you coming from the cape -- A little more light into the darkness of man -- The noises that roar in the space between the worlds -- Something in the bricks -- We have all been astrals many times -- Epilogue: afterwards.
Documents the story of the creation of Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks" album against a backdrop of the political and cultural turmoil of 1968 Boston, examining how other artists raised awareness about key historical events and issues.

Official program.

May 8, 2018
Cincinnati : Robert Clarke & Co., printers
v. : map, music ; 22-26 cm.
Vols. for 1972- issued without title: "Official program."
An additional announcement program was published in 1878 celebrating the opening of Music Hall.


May 7, 2018
Matinée Musicale Club of Cincinnati, Ohio, issuing body.
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : Matinée Musicale Club of Cincinnati, Ohio
volumes ; 22 cm
Title supplied by cataloger.

Comparing notes : how we make sense of music

May 7, 2018
Ockelford, Adam, 1959- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2018.
viii, 344 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prelude : Insights from the blind -- How does music work? -- The zygonic conjecture -- How we construct musical meaning -- We are all musical -- Composing, performing and lsitening -- Postlude : Notes compared.

Don't stop believin' : the man, the band, and the song that inspired generations

May 4, 2018
Cain, Jonathan, 1950- author.
303 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Opening interlude -- "Just a city boy". "Foolish heart" ; "Don't let the stars get in your eyes" ; "Rock around the clock" ; "Whole lotta shakin' goin' on" ; "Great balls of fire" ; "Smoke gets in your eyes" -- "Born to sing the blues". "Johnny B. Goode" ; "House of the rising sun" ; "Beginnings" ; "Hold what you've got" ; "You better think twice" -- "The midnight train goin' anywhere". "Rock it down" ; "Isn't it time" ; "Turn and walk away" ; "Lay it down" ; "Liberty" ; "Running alone" -- "Shadows searching in the night". "My old man" ; "Working class man" ; "Best of what I got" ; "Back to the innocence" ; "Trial by fire" -- "It goes on and on and on and on". "To be alive again" ; "Gone crazy" ; "Wildest dreams" ; "After all these years" ; "Shine" ; "Ashes to beauty" -- Closing interlude -- Acknowledgments -- "The songs you leave behind".
From One of the Greatest Bands in History Comes a Reminder to Never Give Up Hope. In this long-awaited memoir, complete with color photographs, songwriter and keyboardist Jonathan Cain takes us on an odyssey from center stage with Journey when all America was listening to songs like "Don't Stop Believin', "Faithfully," and "Open Arms," to his hope and faith today. He tells of the thrilling moments when the music came together and offers an inside look at why Steve Perry left and the extraordinary story of their gifted new vocalist, Arnel Pineda.

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