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Feel My Big Guitar: Prince and the Sound He Helped Create

Prince fans and others interested in popular music will find much to love and ponder in this engaging collection.
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1000 Vampires on Screen, Vol 1: A–J

Libraries with strong film and horror sections will find this irresistible two-volume reference an essential purchase.
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The Black Guy Dies First: Black Horror Cinema from Fodder to Oscar

The book explores nearly every aspect and example of Black horror cinema, from recurring one-dimensional archetypes to surgical dissections of relevant films, but its overall message resonates. Black voices and creatives in cinema have made strides in representation, but there is clearly more work to do.
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They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us

Abdurraqib is one of the preeminent cultural critics of our time, and his insightful essays give listeners much to consider, so long as the narration style works for them.
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What You Are Now

A play that questions and affirms the power of trauma, with mixed results in audio.
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The Come Up: An Oral History of the Rise of Hip-Hop

This well-produced, essential account of hip-hop music and culture will appeal to the genre’s many fans, as well as listeners who enjoy popular culture and oral history.
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Continuity

A climate-charged spoof of filmmaking superficiality that solidly entertains but doesn’t quite soar. Directed in its excellent audio format by Anna Lyse Erikson and part of L.A. Theatre Works’ “Relativity Series” of science-themed plays.
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The Beat, the Scene, the Sound: A DJ’s Journey Through the Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of House Music in New York City

Hardcore house music fanatics will enjoy this book’s discussions on various clubs, drum machines, and acetates. Give it to readers who fondly remember the genre.
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All the Leaves Are Brown: How the Mamas & the Papas Came Together and Broke Apart

Shea’s matter-of-fact journalistic style prevents sensationalism from overtaking this study of the Mamas & the Papas’ powerful influence and importance.

A Man of Much Importance: The Art and Life of Terrence McNally

Highly recommended for all libraries with drama sections.
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Punk Revolution!: An Oral History of Punk Rock Politics and Activism

Malkin’s book will be of interest to many, but it is not the sweeping, nuanced history that punk deserves.
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Burn It Down: Power, Complicity, and a Call for Change in Hollywood

All workers, as well as TV and movie buffs, can appreciate this well-told book of essays about labor in Hollywood.
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Out There: The Science Behind Sci-Fi Film and TV

Waldman’s fun guide brings together a fascinating cast of experts to help readers discover the real-life influences behind science-fiction movies and TV shows.
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Diva

A well-designed and attractive book that skims only the surface.
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The Monkees: Made in Hollywood

This work ably demonstrates how the well-oiled music machine in Los Angeles scored a short-lived megahit with their American answer to Beatlemania.
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All You Need Is HELP

A fun collection of Beatles-related information that adds to the canon. Readers looking to see what extra work the group from Liverpool did outside of their own recordings will find it in this title.

1964: Eyes of the Storm

This beautiful art book serves as a most welcome companion to Beatles scholarship and 1960s culture in general.
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When the British Musical Ruled the World

True buffs of the business and production of musicals will appreciate this book.
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The Last Action Heroes: The Triumphs, Flops, and Feuds of Hollywood’s Kings of Carnage

This helpful overview of ’80s and ’90s action films also ventures into the forgotten subsequent film failures of the far-from-invincible men stars, guiding readers to films to avoid or to reevaluate.
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Ducktails, Drive-Ins, and Broken Hearts: An Unsweetened Look at ’50s Music

A captivating and surprising overview of the 1950s music scene.
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This Is Reggae: My Life in Jamaican Music, from Zap Pow to Bob Marley and the Wailers

Of particular interest to reggae fans; a good addition to large music collections.
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Bang Bang Crash: A Memoir

Recommended for fans of Dave Grohl’s The Storyteller or Carrie Brownstein’s Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.
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1000 Vampires on Screen, Vol. 2: K–Z

Horror fans will find this two-volume set irresistible.

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Ode to Hip-Hop: 50 Albums That Define 50 Years of Trailblazing Music

A useful reference for hip-hop fans and music streaming enthusiasts.
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Freaks, Gleeks, and Dawson’s Creek: How Seven Teen Shows Transformed Television

An enjoyable look at a key era in youth representation on television.

The Golden Girls: A Cultural History

An essential read for The Golden Girls fans and media studies scholars alike.
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Mary Climbs In: The Journeys of Bruce Springsteen’s Women Fans

An intelligent and vital look at women in rock audiences. All Springsteen fans will likely enjoy this, but it also deserves serious consideration from general readers interested in studies of popular music, gender, and fandom.
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Haight-Ashbury, Psychedelics, and the Birth of Acid Rock

A diverting and informative tour and an excellent companion to William Schnabel’s Summer of Love and Haight.
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Listen to My Heart: Life, Love & Roxette

Fredriksson’s honesty about her often abrasive past behavior, her frustration at being discounted in the men-dominated music industry, and her attempts to find alternative lifesaving treatments makes for an engaging read. Most poignant is her vulnerability as she opens her closets and photo albums that showcase a life well lived.
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From Princess to Porn Star: A Real-Life Cinderella Story

Neither an excoriation of the sex industry nor a reclamation of it as a source of empowerment, this memoir adds a needed complexity to the conversation about both.
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Staging Emily Dickinson: The History and Enduring Influence of William Luce’s The Belle of Amherst

Bursting with anecdotes, personal stories, and careful research, this is an important contribution to American theater history. Readers who cannot imagine a life without stage performances will thoroughly enjoy this book.
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Reach: Hard Lessons and Learned Truths from a Lifetime in Television

Readers looking for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the world of television production, as well as those searching for inspiration and motivation to pursue their own dreams, will enjoy this memoir. It’s a great addition to a collection looking to round out its entertainment section.
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Silent Film’s Last Hurrah: The Remarkable Movies of the Long 1928

Great for libraries with lots of movie buffs, especially fans of silent films and classics, and for institutions with film studies programs.
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Into the Void: From Birth to Black Sabbath—and Beyond

Metalhead library users will enjoy this addition to rock star memoirs.

The Art of Ruth E. Carter: Costuming Black History and the Afrofuture, from Do the Right Thing to Black Panther

An appealing read for anyone interested in moviemaking, and an essential for aspiring costumers. Carter’s contributions to Black cinema make this a worthy inclusion in any library collection.

We See Each Other: A Black, Trans Journey Through TV and Film

An excellent examination of the current state of on-screen trans representation and its real-life effects. Anderson also offers some insight into the ways gender, sexuality, and race are handled in different media.
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Making the Low Notes: A Life in Music

While exploring a life in music, this book also outlines trying to fit in, finding and retaining a job, and adjusting to fellow workers, all experiences that many readers may find to be universally relatable.
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Game Show Confidential: The Story of an American Obsession

Offered more for information than extensive sociological analysis, this is an entertaining treat for nostalgia and trivia lovers.
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Cinema of Swords: A Popular Guide to Movies About Knights, Barbarians, and Vikings (and Samurai and Musketeers and Gladiators and Outlaw Heroes)

Deliberately designed for fun instead of scholarship, this book offers much to enhance studies and stir the imaginations of pop culture fans.
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Don’t Call Me Home: A Memoir

With humor, love, and some giddiness, Auder tells her singular survival story.
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Warner Bros.: 100 Years of Storytelling

A visual treat for movie lovers everywhere.

When the World Didn’t End: A Memoir

Will have wide appeal for general audiences, particularly those who enjoyed memoirs such as Tara Westover’s Educated and Deborah Feldman’s Unorthodox.
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The Daddy Diaries: The Year I Grew Up

This fast and breezy diary reveals a man who is happiest not on camera but when he’s curled up in bed reading picture books to his children.
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Making It in Country Music: An Insider’s Look at the Industry

Readers will want to study this instructional book from beginning to end.
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Where Are Your Boys Tonight?: The Oral History of Emo’s Mainstream Explosion 1999–2008

Payne’s oral history does a remarkable job of defining and showing the meteoric boom of emo that music fans will find fascinating.
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Don’t Call It Hair Metal: Art in the Excess of ’80s Rock

A solid addition to any library’s music collection.

Jessica Lange: An Adventurer’s Heart

A well-researched and highly readable biography that is a must for film studies collections.
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Holding the Note: Profiles in Popular Music

General readers might best savor this anthology of articles, a tribute to the resilience of maturing music performers, by perusing them one by one.
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Act Naturally: The Beatles on Film

For Beatles and film enthusiasts only.
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Abbey Road: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Famous Recording Studio

After this substantive look at Abbey Road beyond the famous zebra-stripe crossing album cover, music mavens might also consider Alistair Lawrence’s Abbey Road and Kenneth Womack’s Solid State.

Superheroes! The History of a Pop-Culture Phenomenon from Ant-Man to Zorro

Solomon presents the information in such an enjoyable and digestible way that he delivers a worthwhile reference title.
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Why Tammy Wynette Matters

Fans of Wynette and country music will be drawn to this reappraisal.
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Stringbean: The Life and Murder of a Country Legend

This tale will appeal to readers curious about the formative years of the United States’ country-music scene.

Elizabeth Taylor: The Grit and Glamour of an Icon

Eleanor Caudill’s perspicuous narration will compel listeners forward and gives Taylor’s frequent ballsy quotes appropriate rendering. An engrossing, gossipy listen.

Bogie & Bacall: The Surprising True Story of Hollywood’s Greatest Love Affair

This magnificent biography is splendidly written, reads fast, and is impossible to put down.

And Don’t F&%k It Up: An Oral History of RuPaul’s Drag Race (The First Ten Years)

Drag Race fans and pop culture buffs will find this show bible irresistible.

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Queen in Comics

Queen fans, megafans, and curious newbies will clap and sing along to this colorful, kaleidoscopic graphic novel.
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Soul Survivor: The Autobiography

A story of survival with a bird’s-eye view of Swinging Radio England that pop music aficionados will likely enjoy.

Musical Theatre for Dummies

The author’s love for his subject shines through in this entertaining and edifying reference that would be valuable to theater students and fun reading for lovers of the theater.

Killin’ Generals: The Making of The Dirty Dozen, the Most Iconic WW II Movie of All Time

For all cinematic history collections. War-movie buffs are going to love this.
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The Mick Ronson Story: Turn and Face the Strange

A strong, long-overdue bio of a 1970s guitar hero who played a major role in many staples of classic rock.
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The Queer Film Guide: 100 Great Movies That Tell LGBTQIA+ Stories

An enjoyable, concise, and well-written international guide to a century of queer-themed films.
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More Fire! The Building of The Towering Inferno: A 50th Anniversary Explosion

Readers will enjoy this loving tribute to the movie and that era of filmmaking.

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Denim and Leather: The Rise and Fall of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal

Hann’s immersive book lovingly recounts a music scene for readers of popular music history.
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Diva 2.0: 12 Life Lessons from Me for You!

Fans will enjoy Ralph’s stories of courage and perseverance and her positive messages for future divas.
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Glimmer: A Story of Survival, Hope, and Healing

Recommended for memoir lovers and for those who are searching for the path to healing after a traumatic experience.
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Judy Garland: Splendor and Downfall of a Legend

This sincere and affectionate examination of Garland’s life and legacy is heavily laden with photographs and will appeal to the legend’s many fans.
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Too Late To Stop Now: More Rock ’n’ Roll War Stories

Jones turns it up to 11 with his latest collection. These are captivating and absolutely delightful tales of rock’s wonder and power.

Uncle of the Year: & Other Debatable Triumphs

A candid and thoroughly enjoyable read.
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I’m Coming To Take You to Lunch: A Fantastic Tale of Boys, Booze and How Wham! Were Sold to China

A breezy but insightful snapshot of an era implausible even to those who lived it. For fans of Wham! and pop culture aficionados.
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Gentleman of Jazz: A Life in Music

Lewis provides a straightforward, candid, and lively account of his more than 60-year-long musical journey that will appeal to general readers and jazz fans.
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To Anyone Who Ever Asks: The Life, Music, and Mystery of Connie Converse

Although its length is daunting, this tome is welcome. It’s an interesting foray into Converse’s glimmer of fame and sad subsequent neglect.
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Mud Ride: A Messy Trip Through the Grunge Explosion

There aren’t any shocking revelations about the band or its music, but this book, with its insider’s perspective, takes music fanatics on an enjoyable romp through the grunge heyday.
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Why Sinéad O’Connor Matters

A touching tribute. O’Connor has been the subject of recent and numerous articles, a documentary, and books (including her own), but McCabe’s take is unique in its critical analysis of the media and its attempts to silence and cancel O’Connor.
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Tell Me Everything: A Memoir

Use caution when recommending this particular celebrity memoir. It should come with a trigger warning, considering its cover-to-cover instances of abuse, neglect, drug use, violence, and trauma.

Black Vinyl White Powder: The Real Story of the British Music Industry

Napier-Bell’s racy but shrewd look at the British music scene will fly off library shelves.
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Jean-Luc Godard: The Permanent Revolutionary

No one experimented more with film than Godard in his day. It’s helpful to have this insightful, if sometimes difficult to follow, account of his oeuvre.
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Walking with Sam: A Father, a Son, and Five Hundred Miles Across Spain

A sweet gem of a tale that will appeal to McCarthy fans and those who appreciate a challenging journey.

Gays on Broadway

Mordden’s book is authoritative proof that the legacy of American theater is eternally indebted to gay culture.
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Bloodstained Narratives: The Giallo Film in Italy and Abroad

Written for an audience both knowledgeable in cult films and fluent in film theory, this title meets a niche need. Readers seeking to learn a little more about films such as The Bird with the Crystal Plumage or Don’t Torture a Duckling might find themselves overwhelmed.
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The Science of Music: How Technology Has Shaped the Evolution of an Artform

An engaging introduction for any adult interested in the mathematics and physics of music.
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The Great American Songbook: 201 Favorites You Ought To Know (& Love)

From A (“Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive”) to Z (“Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart”), this book will delight lovers of American pop songs. But those who don’t read music will find it hard to follow Suskin’s dissection of melody lines, rhythm accents, and key changes, which makes up half or more of each entry.
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Les Paul—70 Years: The Definitive History of Rock’s Greatest Guitar

This book’s vibrant revelry will likely appeal both to those who own Les Paul guitars and to the fans of the many famous players of the instrument.
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The Cinema of Barbara Stanwyck: Twenty-Six Short Essays on a Working Star

A well-written and engaging book on a star everyone should know. Perfect for libraries with classic movie fans and film-history nerds.
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Screening Social Justice: Brave New Films and Documentary Activism

While readers studying film will likely devour this book, non-academic readers may find the research portions a bit dry. However, if they push through, they will find its information, and its filmography of every title mentioned throughout the book, worth their effort.
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The Inner Ear of Don Zientara: A Half Century of Recording in One of America’s Most Innovative Studios, Through the Voices of Musicians

With a wide range of pieces and candid photographs throughout, this work will likely appeal to music fans and readers interested in independent music studios and music history.

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Life in Lashes: The Story of a Drag Superstar

A smooth and energetic read about the making of one of Aotearoa’s most prominent drag queens. Recommended for readers who enjoy getting a peek behind-the-scenes of reality television and entertainment culture.
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When Rock Met Disco: The Story of How the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, KISS, Queen, Blondie, and More Got Their Groove On in the Me Decade

Fans of ’70s music will likely reminiscence and enjoy the entertaining photographs.
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Honey, Baby, Mine: A Mother and Daughter Talk Life, Death, Love (and Banana Pudding)

Generously illustrated with family photos, this book will be a treat for fans of celebrity memoirs.
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Top Billin’: Stories of Laughter, Lessons, and Triumph

Anachronistic tales throughout and Bellamy’s sometimes overly simplistic lessons and advice take away from the book’s allure. This title is best to give to his fans, especially those who grew up watching him.
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Inventing Troy Donahue: The Making of a Movie Star

Photographs abound in this meticulous biography that celebrity mavens will especially enjoy.
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Don’t Tell Anybody the Secrets I Told You: A Memoir

Honest and raw, this book serves a slice of an inspiring life that reminds readers to keep trying. Williams’s story will likely appeal to readers interested in music, poetry, literature, or mental health.

ScreenAge: How TV Shaped Our Reality from Tammy Faye to RuPaul’s Drag Race

This is an eye-opening exploration and essential reading for readers interested in pop or queer culture.
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Third Girl from the Left

A deeply personal, emotionally wrenching memoir and eyewitness account of the AIDS pandemic.
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Paris: The Memoir

Hilton’s fans and supporters, along with readers interested in pop culture and books by celebrities, might request this one.
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The Downhome Sound: Diversity and Politics in Americana Music

Mostly for scholars, the book’s conclusions, though less than startling, are worth reading.
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Cary Grant’s Suit: Nine Movies That Made Me the Wreck I Am Today

The subject matter might appeal only to a limited audience of strict cinephiles, but McEwen’s sentimental devotion is both noteworthy and impressive in this entertaining work.
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Why Beethoven: A Phenomenon in One Hundred Pieces

Some readers will enjoy the author’s free-ranging, exuberant style. For others, there are more traditional treatments of Beethoven in books such as Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph by Jan Swafford and Beethoven: The Man Revealed by John Suchet.

Samuel Barber: His Life and Legacy

Barber knew everybody in his milieu, and this book reflects that. Scholars will devour this exceptional study, but any music lover will benefit from reading it.

Electronically Yours, Vol. I: My Autobiography

Spiced with fascinating stories, this book provides a valuable personal insight into the heyday of ’80s electropop that will appeal to general readers.
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