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By Peter Goddard. 2017
Considered one of the most influential musicians and cultural figures of his time, Glenn Gould remains a fascinating figure. In… the first book to be published in co-operation with Gould's estate, Peter Goddard draws on Gould's unpublished writings, interviews, and never-before-seen photographs to present a startling new portrait of Gould, the man and the musician. Presents a deep and nuanced study of Gould's life with unmatched candour and clarity. Inside is a love letter Gould wrote but never sent (he later revised it again and again); the text of a speech that Gould gave to a group of children about life and childhood; and portions of Glenn Gould: hysteric return, a never-before-seen radio script in which Gould imagines his return to the concert stage and all it would have entailed. 2017.
By Ken Emerson. 1997
Portrays the life and works of one of America's earliest professional songwriters and creator of popular music. Traces his youth… in Pittsburgh, his desultory search for a career, his later success as a composer of minstrel songs, and his tragic final years as a bibulous pauper who strove in vain for respectability. 1997.
By Michael Streissguth. 1997
Recounts the life of country singer Richard Edward (Eddy) Arnold from his birth in Tennessee in 1918. Discusses Arnold's interest… in playing the guitar at an early age, his first radio appearance while still in high school, his rise to fame, and his struggle to remain popular as Elvis Presley and rock-and-roll music began to overtake country music in the 1950s and 60s. 1997.
By Bruce S Feiler. 1998
Traces the evolution of country music, from the Grand Ole Opry to later methods of developing potential new stars. Highlights… the careers of two famous musicians, Garth Brooks and Wynonna Judd. Discusses the business aspect of the music industry in Nashville. Some strong language. 1998.
By Robert Palmer. 1981
Traces the evolution of blues music from its rural beginnings to its international popularity and recognition, and tells the personal… histories of great bluesmen such as Charley Patton and B.B.King. 1981.
By Dizzy Gillespie, Al Fraser. 1980
By Nick Tosches. 1992
The author looks at Martin's descent from celebrity. The son of Italian immigrants in Ohio, Dean Martin transformed himself into… one of America's most idolized and mythologized popular singers. Martin earned a dubious reputation, however, by dabbling with alcohol, gambling, and the Mafia. c1992.
By Mark Miller. 1987
In this cross-section of the jazz scene in Canada, 40 musicians are interviewed to form a survey of Canadian jazz… music. The musicians were selected for their past achievements and continuing contributions, while representing different cities, styles, and attitudes. 1987.
By Chris Albertson. 1972
A definitive portrait of the "Empress of the blues," with intimate, personal recollections of friends and associates who knew Bessie… Smith. A woman of courage and self-determination, she was a proud black before it became popular. Some strong language. 1972.
By Robert Dupuis. 1993
Story of the jazz trumpeter famous during the 1930s for his horn playing and his Swing Era band. Dupuis notes… Berigan also enjoyed money, women, and alcohol until his untimely death in 1942 at the age of thirty-three. He asserts Berigan's sound, stamina (playing in public up to seventy hours a week), wide register, and theme song, "I Can't Get Started," secure his place among the legends of jazz. Some strong language. c1993.
By Ray Charles, David Ritz. 1978
Candid autobiography of the famous American singer and musician who was born black and poor in the deep south, became… blind as a small boy, and was orphaned as a teenager. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 1978.
By Reba McEntire. 1999
The country western star reminisces about her childhood on a ranch in Oklahoma where her father worked in rodeos, her… singing career including the 1991 crash that killed members of her band, and her favourite role - as a mother. Bestseller. 1999.
By Nat Brandt. 1993
Story of four Russian Jews who flee to Germany and, one by one, take their seats in a Hungarian string… quartet before they once more escape to France and then to America. There they attract a new audience for chamber music, become the first quartet-in-residence at the Library of Congress, and gain renown around the world. The author profiles the individuals and the collective character of the quartet. 1993.
By Bob Dylan. 2004
This is the first volume of the autobiography of a musical and political icon. Circa 1965, arguably the high point… of his creative genius, Bob Dylan writes on the beginnings of his music career, his loves - including his very first date - and offers a very personal, anecdotal view of this time of great creativity, innovation and music history. 2004.
By Charles Schwartz. 1977
Biography of the songwriter of the 1930s and 1940s whose sophisticated lyrics and melodies are still popular. The author delves… into Porter's life and career, from his Indiana childhood to his glamourous celebrity days. 1979, c1977.
By Humphrey Carpenter. 1992
Twentieth-century British composer whose name dominated the music world for decades. Using lay language, Carpenter examines what influenced such familiar… works as "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" and "Peter Grimes." In addition to outlining Britten's creative growth, the author focuses on his complex personal relationships, including a homosexual "marriage" to Peter Pears. 1992.
By Alanna Nash. 1988
By Peter Guralnick. 1999
Elvis Presley's life from 1958 until his death in 1977 is depicted here. Suggests that his manager, Colonel Tom Parker,… treated him like a product to be marketed. Describes the musician as living in an isolated world, consumed by love affairs and drugs. Sequel to "Last train to Memphis." 1999.
By Patrick Carr, Johnny Cash. 1998
The country-western star relates his life in rural Arkansas as a boy picking cotton, his early career, and his continual… concert touring. Chronicles his ups and downs with amphetamine addiction and his various rehabilitation attempts, and describes his homes in Tennessee, Florida, and Jamaica. Includes a discography. Some strong language. 1998.
By Myra Friedman. 1992
This biography of Janis Joplin, originally published in 1973 and now updated, was written by a friend and former publicist… of the rock star. Friedman traces Joplin's life from her home in Port Arthur, Texas, through the University of Texas, and to her rise to fame. She relies on her own recollections and interviews with people who knew Joplin. Includes a discography. Some strong language. 1992.