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Sex, Death, and Minuets Anna Magdalena Bach and Her Musical Notebooks
ISBN: HB: 9780226617701, University of Chicago Press, July 2019
336 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 29 halftones, 35 line drawings, 2 tables
At one time a star in her own right as a singer, Anna Magdalena (1701-1760) would go on to become, through her marriage to the older Johann Sebastian Bach, history's most famous musical wife and mother. The two musical notebooks belonging to her cont...
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£34,00
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Creolized Aurality Guadeloupean Gwoka and Postcolonial Politics
ISBN: PB: 9780226631776, ISBN: HB: 9780226631639, University of Chicago Press, June 2019
256 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 4 halftones, 7 line drawings
In the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, the complex interplay between anticolonial resistance and accommodation resounds in its music. Guadeloupean gwoka music – a secular, drum-based tradition – captures the entangled histories of French colonization...
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£23,00
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£68,00
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Five Years Ahead of My Time Garage Rock from the 1950s to the Present
ISBN: PB: 9781789140651, Reaktion Books, May 2019
224 pp., 21x14.8 cm, 40 illus.
"Five Years Ahead of My Time: Garage Rock from the 1950s to the Present" tells of an explosive musical phenomenon whose continuing influence on popular culture is dramatic and deep. The tale begins in 1950s America, when classic rock 'n' roll was rea...
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£9,95
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Stories of Tonality in the Age of Francois-Joseph Fetis
ISBN: HB: 9780226626925, University of Chicago Press, May 2019
368 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 76 halftones
"Stories of Tonality in the Age of Francois-Joseph Fetis" explores the concept of musical tonality through the writings of the Belgian musicologist Francois-Joseph Fetis (1784-1867), who was singularly responsible for theorizing and popularizing the...
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£42,00
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Nightingales in Berlin Searching for the Perfect Sound
ISBN: HB: 9780226467184, University of Chicago Press, May 2019
184 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 14 colour plates, 14 halftones, 1 line drawing
A celebrated figure in myth, song, and story, the nightingale has captivated the imagination for millennia, its complex song evoking a prism of human emotions – from melancholy to joy, from the fear of death to the immortality of art. But have you ev...
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£20,00
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Play It Loud Instruments of Rock & Roll
ISBN: HB: 9781588396662, Metropolitan Museum of Art, April 2019
236 pp., 26.7x22.9 cm, 127 colour illus., 51 black&white illus.
Play It Loud celebrates the musical instruments that gave rock and roll its signature sound – from Louis Jordan's alto saxophone and John Lennon's Rickenbacker to the drum set owned by Metallica's Lars Ulrich, Lady Gaga's keytar, and beyond. Seven en...
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£35,00
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On Track… The Rolling Stones 1963-1980 Every Album, Every Song
ISBN: PB: 9781789520170, Sonicbond Publishing, April 2019
144 pp., 21.1x14.7 cm
The Rolling Stones: Still going strong and defying the doubters, over 55 years since their formation, they possess a longevity almost unheard of in popular music – especially with three of the five original members still present. The majority of peop...
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£14,99
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Portrait in Four Movements The Chicago Symphony under Barenboim, Boulez, Haitink, and Muti
ISBN: HB: 9780226609911, University of Chicago Press, April 2019
272 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 12 halftones
"Playing in an orchestra in an intelligent way is the best school for democracy" – Daniel Barenboim The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has been led by a storied group of conductors. And from 1994 to 2015, through the best work of Daniel Barenboim, Pierr...
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£21,00
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Wherever the Sound Takes You Heroics and Heartbreak in Music Making
ISBN: HB: 9780226477558, University of Chicago Press, March 2019
248 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 12 halftones
David Rowell is a professional journalist and an impassioned amateur musician. He's spent decades behind a drum kit, pondering the musical relationship between equipment and emotion. In "Wherever the Sound Takes You", he explores the essence of music...
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£17,00
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Pick Up the Pieces Excursions in Seventies Music
ISBN: HB: 9780226604732, University of Chicago Press, March 2019
400 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm
Unless you lived through the 1970s, it seems impossible to understand it at all. Drug delirium, groovy fashion, religious cults, mega corporations, glitzy glam, hard rock, global unrest – from our 2018 perspective, the seventies are often remembered...
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£20,00
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