Most popular Music reviews & criticism books
The most popular Music reviews & criticism books currently available. Updated weekly.
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.
***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.
An intimate and revealing portrait of the revolutionary journalist who changed sports reporting forever.
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.
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.
100+ of the best albums by women, as chosen by musicians, DJs, producers, journalists, radio hosts and music industry insiders
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.
Women write about their experiences of loving music that doesn't love them back - a feminist 'guilty pleasures'.
An informative, illustrated guide to the 35 of the most important rap songs ever released
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.
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.
A photographic review of the festival that changed history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The unofficial complete, definitive, study of Michael Jackson's music.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.