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A Natural History of the Piano

A Natural History of the Piano

The Instrument, the Music, the Musicians — From Mozart to Modern Jazz, and Everything in Between

by Stuart Isacoff

Paperback, 361 pages, Vintage, $17.95, published November 20 2012 | purchase
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  • The Instrument, the Music, the Musicians — From Mozart to Modern Jazz, and Everything in Between
  • Stuart Isacoff

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.

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Dancers Among Us

Dancers Among Us

A Celebration Of Joy In The Everyday

by Jordan Matter

Paperback, 229 pages, Workman Publishing Company, $17.95, published October 23 2012 | purchase
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  • A Celebration Of Joy In The Everyday
  • Jordan Matter

Dancers Among Us presents photographs of dancers leaping and spinning in the midst of daily life: on the beach; at a construction site; in a library, a restaurant and a park.NPR Bestseller

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The Gershwins and Me

The Gershwins and Me

A Personal History in Twelve Songs

by Michael Feinstein

Hardcover, 351 pages, Simon & Schuster, $45, published October 16 2012 | purchase
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  • The Gershwins and Me
  • A Personal History in Twelve Songs
  • Michael Feinstein

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.

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The First Four Notes

The First Four Notes

Beethoven's Fifth And The Human Imagination

by Matthew Guerrieri

Hardcover, 304 pages, Knopf, $26.95, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • Beethoven's Fifth And The Human Imagination
  • Matthew Guerrieri

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.

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Zona

Zona

A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room

by Geoff Dyer

Paperback, 228 pages, Vintage, $15, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room
  • Geoff Dyer

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.

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Broadway Tails

Broadway Tails

Heartfelt Stories of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Superstars

by William Berloni, Jim Hanrahan and Bernadette Peters

Paperback, 228 pages, Globe Pequot Pr, $16.95, published June 3 2008 | purchase
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  • Heartfelt Stories of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Superstars
  • William Berloni, Jim Hanrahan, et al
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Rin Tin Tin

Rin Tin Tin

The Life And The Legend

by Susan Orlean

Paperback, 324 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published October 9 2012 | purchase
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  • The Life And The Legend
  • Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean chronicles the rise of the iconic German shepherd character, sharing the stories of the real World War I dog and canine performer and exploring Rin Tin Tin's relevance in military and popular culture. NPR Bestseller

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I Want My MTV

I Want My MTV

The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution

by Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum

Paperback, 542 pages, Plume, $20, published September 25 2012 | purchase
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  • The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution
  • Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum

I Want My MTV shows how the channel grew from a radical programming concept to a defining network for a generation and a force in the worlds of music, television, sports, fashion and politics.

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Abbey Road

Abbey Road

The Best Studio in the World

by Alistair Lawrence

Hardcover, 303 pages, St Martins Press, $75, published October 16 2012 | purchase
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  • The Best Studio in the World
  • Alistair Lawrence

An oversized photographic celebration of the Abbey Road recording studio provides a history, timeline, discography of famous album covers and previously unseen images from the studio's archives that document recordings by such artists as The Beatles, Pink Floyd and John Williams.

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Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust

Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust

Off the Record With the Beatles, Bowie, Elton & So Much More

by Ken Scott and Bobby Owsinski

Hardcover, 414 pages, Alfred Music Publishing Co., $24.99, published May 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Off the Record With the Beatles, Bowie, Elton & So Much More
  • Ken Scott and Bobby Owsinski

Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust recounts Ken Scott's experience working as a recording engineer for such artists as The Beatles, David Bowie and Duran Duran.

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The Big Screen

The Big Screen

The Story of the Movies

by David Thomson

Hardcover, 595 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $35, published October 16 2012 | purchase
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  • The Big Screen
  • The Story of the Movies
  • David Thomson

David Thomson traces the rise, decline and influence of the film industry on the modern world, assessing its expressions in multiple media, its capacity for imitating and idealizing life and its role in the lives of everyday viewers.

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We Killed

We Killed

The Rise of Women in American Comedy

by Yael Kohen

Paperback, 308 pages, St Martins Pr, $16, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • We Killed
  • The Rise of Women in American Comedy
  • Yael Kohen

Yael Kohen gathered stories from more than 100 different comedians, writers and producers for her oral history of women in comedy. Out of this chorus of voices — including the likes of Joan Rivers and Tina Fey — emerges a depiction of the challenges these women confronted, as well the achievements they've earned in spite of them.

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MP3

MP3

The Meaning of a Format

by Jonathan Sterne

Paperback, 341 pages, Duke Univ Pr, $24.95, published August 6 2012 | purchase
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  • The Meaning of a Format
  • Jonathan Sterne
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