An NYU professor of psychology describes how he was able to learn to play the guitar in midlife in spite of a limited musical aptitude, revealing what he learned about the brain's capacity for musical proficiency at any time of life and how his findings challenge commonly accepted beliefs about musical talent and training.
A Canadian music critic and heavy metal fan describes her experiences at rock shows, where she is often the only person of color in attendance and discusses her headbanging heroes with other black punk, metal and hard rock fans.
Scott Walker has travelled from teen idol to the outer limits of music. From 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Any More' reaching no.1 through to recordings of meat being punched on his last album, The Drift, he somehow seems to have reached a passionate and committed fan base, and his impeccable critical reputation as a serious and uncompromising musician has never been under question. The recent film, 30th Century Man, had a litany of stars queuing up to praise Walker: the likes of David Bowie, Damon Albarn, Jarvis Cocker, Radiohead, Johnny Marr and Sting. But despite this, in forty years of music, there has yet to be a serious book on Scott Walker. This collection put together by Rob Young of The Wire magazine features a handful of previously published articles and newly commissioned pieces, largely drawn from the orbit of The Wire's writers including Ian Penman, Chris Bohn and Rob Young.
A music critic presents a revelatory work of music history that analyzes Beethoven's iconic symphony, assessing the composer's influences and legacy while challenging popular beliefs that Beethoven was deaf at the time of the Fifth's composition.
David Byrne, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and co-founder of Talking Heads, presents a celebration of music as he knows it. He draws on his own experiences to explore everything from Balinese performance techniques to the acoustics of CBGB, deal structures and Celia Cruz — and, of course, the band that first made him famous.
The Sopranos. Oz. The Wire. Deadwood. The Shield. Lost. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 24. Battlestar Galactica. Friday Night Lights. Mad Men. Breaking Bad. These 12 shows, and the many more they made possible, ushered in a new golden age of television — one that made people take the medium more seriously than ever before. The Revolution Was Televised is the story of these 12 shows, as told by Sepinwall and the people who made them.
In graphic novel format, tells the story of the Carter Family—the first superstar group of country music—revealing the family's rise to success, their struggles along the way, and their impact on contemporary music.
Including first-hand stories of famous jazz greats and popular music icons such as Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Benny Goodman and Paul McCartney, a jazz guitarist, singer, raconteur, and the son of a jazz guitar legend shares the day-to-day experiences of a touring musician's life.
You know the song — Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." You've probably listened to one of the many covers, sung by the likes of Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainright and Michael Bolton; odds are high you've caught some of its many appearances in film and television. But, as Alan Light writes, the anthem was not always destined for classic status. When it was first released, it was practically unheard of — but in the nearly 30 years since, it has been covered by dozens of artists, accumulating a history that's as improbable as it is unique.
The award-winning founder of Piano Today magazine presents a historical tribute that evaluates the roles of forefront composers and pianists while exploring the artistic development of various genres and the influence of the piano on Western musical traditions.
A five-time Grammy nominee presents an illustrated tribute to the lives and legacies of the Gershwins that is presented through the stories of 12 of their most enduring songs, including "Strike Up the Band" and "Love Is Here to Stay," in a volume that is complemented by a CD of original recordings.
A wide-ranging analysis of Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker describes the author's 30-year fascination with the film and evaluates how it reflects both European cinema and the deepest desires of the human psyche.