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Fats Waller by Maurice Waller & Anthony Calabrese

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Fats Waller Maurice Waller and Anthony Calabrese 256 Pages ISBN: # 978-1-5179-0391-6 University of Minnesota Press2017/1977 With regards to the jazz piano, who came before Art Tatum, Bud Powell, and Bill Evans. Well, it was James P. Johnson, Willie “The Lion" Smith and Thomas Fats Waller. The latter of these is celebrate with the republication of Maurice Waller and Anthony Calabrese's 1977 Fats Waller (Schirmer). A significant presence in the F. Scott Fitzgerald ...

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The Original Blues: The Emergence of the Blues in African American Vaudeville by Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff

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The Original Blues: The Emergence of the Blues in African American Vaudeville Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff 420 Pages ISBN: # 978-1496810021 University Press of Mississippi 2017 In the late 1970s, I began a more academic approach to blues music. In addition to listening to the music, I began reading everything I could find. One of the first books I read was Robert Palmer's sweeping narrative, Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History ...

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Cornell '77: The Music, the Myth, and the Magnificence of the Grateful Dead's Concert at Barton Hall

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Cornell '77: The Music, the Myth, and the Magnificence of the Grateful Dead's Concert at Barton Hall Peter Conners 232 Pages ISBN: #150170432X Cornell University Press 2017 If it strains the credulity of even the most devout Deadhead that a whole book has been devoted to a single show of this iconic band, it may be even more startling that Peter Conners validates the concept with the combination of his skewed sense of ...

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50 Years of Rolling Stone: The Music, Politics and People that Shaped Our Culture

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50 Years of Rolling Stone: The Music, Politics and People that Shaped Our Culture 288 Pages ISBN: #1419724460 Harry N. Abrams 2017 A coffee table book for a generation, this near seven-pound tome entitles 50 Years of Rolling Stone is as philosophically weighty as its subtitle would imply. Or so Jann Wenner would have us believe in his introduction and essentially he's right. Yet he hedges on the fact that, while Rolling Stone Magazine ...

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Soul Jazz: Jazz In The Black Community, 1945-1975

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Soul Jazz: Jazz In The Black Community, 1945-1975 Bob Porter281 Pages ISBN: #978- 15245-4786-8 Xlibris 2016 With the end of World War II, in 1945, there was great rejoicing and celebrating a triumph over evil, as the United States ushered in a new era. But with segregation still the norm, in the shadows of Black America, things remained the same. The black communities had their own support groups, their own heroes, and they ...

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Go Slow: The Life of Julie London

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Go Slow. The Life of Julie London Michael Owen 296 Pages ISBN: 9781613738573 Chicago Review Press 2017 “Vinyl Viagra" “Mainly I'm a lyric reader." “Mickey Mouse...she can even make that sexy." “I'm not a singer. If all her movie footage over the years were put together, “there still wouldn't be enough to add up to one presentable part."

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The Art of Conduction

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The Art of Conduction. A conduction Workbook Lawrence “Butch" Morris (Daniela Veronesi -ed.) Karma 224 pages ISBN-13: 978-1942607427 Lawrence Douglas “Butch" Morris was undoubtedly one of the most unusual and, at the same time, influential figures on the “New Jazz" scene of the last decades. Born on 10 February 1947 in Long Beach, California, he was a cornetist but also, and especially, a composer and conductor. He gradually came into the ...

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Dreaming The Beatles: The Love Story of One Band And The Whole World

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Dreaming The Beatles: The Love Story of One Band And The Whole World Rob Sheffield 368 Pages ISBN: #0062207652 Dey Street Books 2017 Rob Sheffield is so enamored of his subject on Dreaming the Beatles, any fan who reads it may be inspired to write a book on the band too. And that's because of the largely infectious, ebullient tone he maintains over the approximately three-hundred sixty pages. But Sheffield may actually be ...

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Robbie Robertson: Testimony and Michael Nesmith: Infinite Tuesday: an Autobiographical Riff

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Robbie Robertson's Testimony and Michael Nesmith's Infinite Tuesday are both illuminating books, but only in decidedly constricted fashion. The insight each man offers into their respective timelines, as part of and apart from their famous groups, passes through filters of which neither author are wholly cognizant. The lead guitarist and chief songwriter for the Band sounds almost as guileless as his counterpart from the Monkees, but both men (and/or their respective editors) evince artful means in devising a particular slant ...


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