Arts Titles, Oct. 2022, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Music and dance.

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Abrams, Jonathan. The Come Up: An Oral History of the Rise of Hip-Hop. Crown. Oct. 2022. 576p. ISBN 9781984825131. $35. MUSIC

Baldwin, Neil. Martha Graham: When Dance Became Modern. Knopf. Oct. 2022. 576p. ISBN 9780385352321. $40. DANCE

Gaddy, Kristina R. Well of Souls: Uncovering the Banjo’s Hidden History. Norton. Oct. 2022. 588p. ISBN 9780393866803. $30. MUSIC/HISTORY

Posner. Michael. Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories: That’s How the Light Gets In, Vol. 3. S. & S. Oct. 2022. 496p. ISBN 9781982176921. $35. MUSIC

Rauch, Arianna Warsaw-Fan. Declassified: A Low-Key Guide to the High-Strung World of Classical Music. Putnam. Oct. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780593331460. $27.MUSIC

New York Times best-selling author Abrams (Boys Among Men) tracks The Come Up of hip-hop from its 1973 origins in the Bronx to its preeminence today. A busy biographer and emeritus professor of theater and dance at Montclair State University, Baldwin surveys the life and work of legendary dancer/choreographer Martha Graham, whose technique offered the first real and lasting alternative to ballet. In Well of Souls, fiddler/writer Gaddy traverses two centuries to reveal the importance of the banjo in Black history, spirituality, and resistance. With Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories, award-winning writer, playwright, and journalist Posner wraps up his study of the seminal musician, soaring through the last three decades of his life. When Juilliard-trained violinist Warsaw-Fan Rauch titles her book Declassified, she’s serious: she not only explains classical music to the uninitiated but insists that they can chose what they like and don’t like about it—because she does, too.

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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, awards chair, and treasurer of the National Book Critics Circle.

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