David's Blissful Harp
A Critical Edition of the Manuscript of Matthew Parker's Metrical Psalms (1–80)
Archbishop Parker’s psalter was printed in 1567/68, following a long process of revision. This edition presents the published text facing Parker’s manuscript version; it includes two unpublished metrical psalms, together with facsimiles of the manuscript and Thomas Tallis’s eight tunes.
The Life of a Song
Volume 2: The Stories Behind 50 More of the World's Best-Loved Songs
This second collection from the column from FT Weekend describes the background to the writing of 50 more classic songs and their cultural impact after release. An interesting example is John Lennon’s 1971 song ‘Jealous Guy’ which started out in 1968 as ‘Child of Nature’. It was reinterpreted by Donny Hathaway and then the Faces before Bryan Ferry recorded a version that is arguably better known than the original.
My Life of Sex, Drums, and Rock 'N' Roll
Carmine Appice came to prominence with Vanilla Fudge in the 1960s, his innovative style helping to define modern rock drumming and inspiring players such as John Bonham. Recounting wild stories from decades of touring, this biography describes his experiences playing with Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osborne and Pink Floyd as well as reflecting on his childhood and life in recent years.
All the Songs
In 1982 Michael Jackson made a demo of a song called Starlight for his new album but it was judged inadequate until a new lyric transformed it into Thriller, his career-defining recording. This highly illustrated book tells the story of all Jackson’s songs from the first hits of the Jackson 5 to songs released since the singer’s death in 2009, and includes profiles of key producers and collaborators. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge
Containing 450 letters (in English translation), this volume sheds light on the life and work of the important Viennese music theorist. His communications with such figures as Wilhelm Furtwängler and Paul Hindemith reveal the nature and extent of his influence as teacher, writer and administrator.
Anatomy of a Song
The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop
This compendium of the popular Wall Street Journal column tells the stories of 45 hits by artists including Elvis, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell and The Clash, based on interviews with the songs’ writers and performers. Off-mint.
The 100 Greatest Cover Versions
The Ultimate Playlist
Robert Webb, the Independent’s music writer, tells the stories behind his selection of 100 cover versions, from The Kingsmen’s ‘Louie Louie’ (originally by Richard Berry) to the Ramones’ ‘Baby I Love You’ (originally by the Ronettes), with a bonus track: ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ – one of the most covered songs of the last 25 years.
Tony Bennett in the Studio
A Life of Art & Music
Singer Tony Bennett is also an accomplished painter whose work is held in the permanent collections of several American museums. The subjects of his paintings are the people he works with and the places he encounters as he tours the world. This handsome book includes his views of Central Park, Italian landscapes and portraits of jazz musicians, accompanied by Bennett's thoughts on his life and career and by a CD of six personal favourites from his recorded songs. Slightly off-mint.