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Most popular Music reviews & criticism books

The most popular Music reviews & criticism books currently available. Updated weekly.
BBC Proms 2019: Festival Guide
Foo Fighters: The Band that Dave Made
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.
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.
AC/DC: Album by Album
Bob Dylan: His Life in Pictures
Great Romantic: Cricket and the golden age of Neville Cardus
An intimate and revealing portrait of the revolutionary journalist who changed sports reporting forever.
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
Feel Free: Essays
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.
Classic Albums by Women
100+ of the best albums by women, as chosen by musicians, DJs, producers, journalists, radio hosts and music industry insiders
Wichita Lineman: Searching in the Sun for the World's Greatest Unfinished Song
It's just a masterfully written song.' Glen Campbell 'I love the song because its as though it's been in my life forever.' Amy Raphael'It's not just the perfect pop song, it's almost perfect as an idea, existing outside of the song itself.' Stuart Maconie.
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'.
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
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.
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.
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
How to Write About Music: Excerpts from the 33 1/3 Series, Magazines, Books and Blogs with Advice from Industry-leading Writers
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.
Cure: A Perfect Dream
Music and the New Global Culture: From the Great Exhibitions to the Jazz Age
Grateful Dead Family Album
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.
Where's My Welly?: The World's Greatest Music Festival Challenge
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.
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.
Emerson, Lake and Palmer: The Show That Never Ends ... Encore
Michael Jackson: All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track
The unofficial complete, definitive, study of Michael Jackson's music.
Hum of the World: A Philosophy of Listening
Sex, Death, and Minuets: Anna Magdalena Bach and Her Musical Notebooks
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.
Pink Floyd: Album by Album
Finding Fogerty: Interdisciplinary Readings of John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival
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.
Fugazi's In on the Kill Taker
Lou Reed's Transformer
Feel Free: Essays
AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK<br> <br> The one and only Zadie Smith, prize-winning, bestselling author of Swing Time and White Teeth, is back with a second unmissable collection of essays<br> <br> No subject is too fringe or too mainstream for the unstoppable Zadie Smith. From social media to the environment, from Jay-Z to Karl Ove Knausgaard, she has boundless curiosity and the boundless wit to match. In Feel Free, pop culture, high culture, social change and political debate all get the Zadie Smith treatment, dissected with razor-sharp intellect, set brilliantly against the context of the utterly contemporary, and considered with a deep humanity and compassion.<br> <br> This electrifying new collection showcases its author as a true literary powerhouse, demonstrating once again her credentials as an essential voice of her generation.
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.
Young Marble Giants' Colossal Youth
Black and Blur
In Black and Blur-the first volume in his consent not to be a single being trilogy-Fred Moten engages in a capacious consideration of the place and force of blackness in African diaspora arts, politics, and life, exploring a wide range of thinkers, musicians, and artists.
Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement
Riffs & Meaning: Manic Street Preachers and Know Your Enemy
Portrait in Four Movements: The Chicago Symphony Under Barenboim, Boulez, Haitink, and Muti
Visualizing The Beatles: A Complete Graphic History of the World's Favorite Band