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Most popular Music reviews & criticism books

The most popular Music reviews & criticism books currently available. Updated weekly.
Beautiful Ones
BBC Proms 2019: Festival Guide
Great Romantic: Cricket and the golden age of Neville Cardus
An intimate and revealing portrait of the revolutionary journalist who changed sports reporting forever.
Foo Fighters: The Band that Dave Made
Voices: How a Great Singer Can Change Your Life
***ONE OF BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN MUSIC BOOKS OF 2018***`A brilliant book about singing... I have been talking to Nick Coleman about music, in person and in my head, for forty years now.
YEAR OF WONDER: Classical Music for Every Day
Classical music for everyone - an inspirational piece of music for every day of the year, celebrating composers from the medieval era to the present day.
Bob Dylan: His Life in Pictures
AC/DC: Album by Album
Feel Free: Essays
Story of NOW That's What I Call Music in 100 Artists
To tie into the anniversary of the 100th NOW album, this book is a celebration of the last 35 years of pop music as told through the NOW brand and 100 of the most iconic artists ever featured.
Ruth and Martin's Album Club
Wild Tchoupitoulas' The Wild Tchoupitoulas
Wendy Carlos's Switched-On Bach
Woodstock and Altamont: The music festivals that defined the 1960s
Woodstock and Altamont bookend the late sixties, forming a social agenda for change. Americans transformed how they viewed themselves and society. Woodstock was proof that hippie peace and love was possible. Four months later Altamont was the flip side of the coin, marred by violence and death which has Charles Manson's face upon it.
Massive Attack's Blue Lines
Wichita Lineman: Searching in the Sun for the World's Greatest Unfinished Song
Fusing a dribble of bass, searing strings, tremolo guitar and Campbell's plaintive vocals, Webb's paean to the American West describes a telephone lineman's longing for an absent lover, who he hears 'singing in the wire' - and like all good love songs, it's an SOS from the heart.
33 1/3 B-sides: New Essays by 33 1/3 Authors on Beloved and Underrated Albums
Under My Thumb: Songs that hate women and the women who love them
Women write about their experiences of loving music that doesn't love them back - a feminist 'guilty pleasures'.
Classic Albums by Women
100+ of the best albums by women, as chosen by musicians, DJs, producers, journalists, radio hosts and music industry insiders
Beatles '66: The Revolutionary Year
It was the year their records were burned in America after John's explosive claim that the group was "more popular than Jesus," the year they were hounded out of the Philippines for "snubbing" its First Lady, the year John met Yoko Ono, and the year Paul conceived the idea for Sgt.
Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed
An informative, illustrated guide to the 35 of the most important rap songs ever released
Night Music: Essays on Music 1928-1962
Collected in their entirety for the first time in English, the insightful texts in Night Music show the breadth of Adorno's musical understanding and reveal an overlooked side to this significant thinker.
Woodstock 1969: The Lasting Impact of the Counterculture
A photographic review of the festival that changed history.
Odetta's One Grain of Sand
Tom Petty's Southern Accents
BBC Proms 2018: Festival Guide
Published annually to accompany the world's greatest classical music festival, the <i>BBC Proms Guide </i>contains illustrated articles on composers and performers and on events commemorating the end of the First World War and the significance of 1918 for music. There are complete listings for over 90 concerts, ranging from solo recitals to Mahlers Symphony of a Thousand, and the <i>Guide </i>provides booking information and a pull-out calendar showing all the concerts and events at a glance.
I'd Fight the World: A Political History of Old-Time, Hillbilly, and Country Music
In I'd Fight the World Peter La Chapelle traces the bonds between country music and politics from the rise of amateur fiddler-politicians to twentieth-century figures like Pappy O'Daniel, Roy Acuff, George C. Wallace, Al Gore, Sr., and Richard Nixon, who all played or harnessed music for electoral success.
Create, Produce, Consume: New Models for Understanding Music Business
Smokin' Valves: A Headbanger's Guide To 900 NWOBHM Records
Popoff has undertaken the task of documenting virtually every record large and small from heavy metal's most fabled period (beginning essentially in `79 with a hard stop at 1983) providing catalogue information, mini reviews as only he can do, plus thumbnails of those wonderful 7" picture sleeves and LP covers.
Grateful Dead Family Album
Music and the New Global Culture: From the Great Exhibitions to the Jazz Age
Life of a Song Volume 2: The Stories Behind 50 More of the World's Best-loved Songs
The second installment of the fascinating back stories behind 50 of the world's best-known and best-loved songs as featured in the FT Weekend's Life of a Song column every Saturday.
Americana Revolution: From Country and Blues Roots to the Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, and Beyond
Michael Cain offers an informal social history that describes Americana as both a musical genre and a movement, showing what it is, where it came from and where it is going. Through anecdotes and interviews, Cain provides a firsthand view into the creation of Americana, trying to clarify how the genre can be categorized and defined.
Hymns for the Fallen: Combat Movie Music and Sound after Vietnam
Shows how the domain of sound, a rich and culturally resonant aspect of the cinema, not only invokes the realities of war, but also shapes the American audience's engagement with soldiers and veterans as flesh-and-blood representatives of the nation. This book explores all three elements of film sound-dialogue, sound effects, music.
Hum of the World: A Philosophy of Listening
Voice as Something More: Essays Toward Materiality
Papers of the international conference "A Voice as Something More," held at the University of Chicago in November 2015.
Experiencing Progressive Rock: A Listener's Companion
Robert G. H. Burns brings together the many strands of the progressive rock movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s and follows the evolution of this remarkable rock tradition into the modern era. Exclusive interviews with some of prog rock's most important progenitors supplement Burns' analysis of the music itself.
Finding Fogerty: Interdisciplinary Readings of John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival
Where's My Welly?: The World's Greatest Music Festival Challenge
Sex, Death, and Minuets: Anna Magdalena Bach and Her Musical Notebooks
It Gets Me Home, This Curving Track
In `prose that glides and shimmies and pivots on risky metaphors, low puns and highbrow reference points' (Brian Dillon, FRIEZE), Ian Penman's first book in twenty years is cause for celebration.
Jazz: A Beginner's Guide
Experiencing Herbie Hancock: A Listener's Companion
Eric Wendell looks beyond the successes and failures of jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock to explore his musical design within the jazz community and mainstream pop culture. Wendell explores how Hancock's efforts have established new jazz standards while fostering a cross-genre continuity among modern jazz practitioners.
Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
Glam Rock: Music in Sound and Vision
Glam Rock investigates the origins, development, and impact of an often under-valued and misunderstood musical genre. Exploring artistic, political, psychological, sexual, and commercial contexts, this book brings a fresh perspective to the transatlantic cultural history of this unique movement in popular music.
Lou Reed's Transformer
Riffs & Meaning: Manic Street Preachers and Know Your Enemy
Queen: Every Album, Every Song (On Track)
The first book to analyse every Queen song - giving equal weight to album tracks alongside the hits. Includes analysis of about 20 classic songs using the original 24 track master tapes. Queen remain ever popular and active, and continue to tour despite the death of Freddie Mercury in 1991.
Portrait in Four Movements: The Chicago Symphony Under Barenboim, Boulez, Haitink, and Muti
Emerson, Lake and Palmer: The Show That Never Ends ... Encore