in the City
An icon of working-class feminity and the underworld, the realist singer
signaled the emergence of new cultural roles for women as well as shifts
in the nature of popular entertainment. Chanteuse in the City provides
a genealogy of realist performance through analysis of the music hall careers
and film roles of Mistinguett, Josephine Baker, Frehel, and Damia. Above
all, this volume offers a fresh interpretation of 1930s French cinema,
emphasizing its love affair with popular song and its close connections
to the music hall and the cafe-concert. Softcover, 246 pp. $37.95.
If You Believe
This engaging biography looks beyond the public glitz and outrageous costumes
into the tumultuous private life of Cher. Here is the full story behind her
dazzling four-decade professional career as well as her turbulent personal
relationships with Sonny Bono, Gregg Allman, and her daughter Chastity. Cher:
If You Believe is the definitive portrait of this most flamboyant, multitalented
entertainer. Softcover, 407 pp. $24.95.
Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music
This is the most comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date dictionary
of music available in paperback. Including musical terms, works, composers,
librettists, musicians, singers, and orchestras, it is a rich mine of
information for lovers of music of all periods and styles. Softcover,
815 pp. $28.50.
How to Write Songs for Fun and (Maybe) Profit
Assuming no musical knowledge, Songwriting Success breaks
down the craft of melody and lyric writing into easily digested lessons
that anyone can follow. From putting pen to paper to getting your songs
heard, this easy to follow guide book shows the beginning songwriter
how to integrate the craft's many skills into a seamless artistic and
commercial whole. Softcover, 195 pp. $29.95.
It in the Music Business
In today's competitive music industry, it takes more than just talent
to succeed and survive. Entertainment attorney Lee Wilson provides the
business information and legal advice that songwriters and performers
need before they can afford their own lawyers and managers. Easy-to-understand
and highly informative. Softcover, 239 pp. $29.95.
Ultimate Survival Guide to the New Music Industry
Handbook for Hell
Written by a 15-year veteran of the music industry, this honest and insightful
book tells musicians, songwriters and budding moguls what they should be doing
to succeed. From setting up an indie label to shopping songs and gaining airplay
and getting signed, these invaluable insights are meticulously documented in
an informative guide to creating a career in music. Softcover, 355 pp. $36.95.
Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould
In this brilliant and entertaining biography, the product of twenty years'
research, Kevin Bazzana sheds new light on Glenn Gould's life, personality,
and multifarious work as pianist, write, broadcaster, and composer. Looking
past the legend of the self-taught recluse, he offers a balanced portrait of
a complex figure who, while uniquely gifted and genuinely eccentric, was in
many ways also a product of his time and place. Hardcover, 528 pp. $39.99.
The Blues: A Musical Journey
This volume -- a companion piece to the groundbreaking seven-part documentary
series -- is a literary sampler every bit as vibrant and original as the music
and films that inspired it. In these pages one not only reads about the blues,
one hears them, feels them, and lives them. In all, this is a unique and timeless
tribute to the very essence of American music and culture. Hardcover, 287 pp.
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