BBC Proms 2019
Published annually to accompany the world's greatest classical music festival, the Festival Guide contains illustrated articles on composers and performers and complete listings for over 150 concerts, ranging from folk music to classical symphonies, concerti and choral works. The Guide also provides booking information and broadcast programme times.
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.
The History of Music in Fifty Instruments
From the double bass to the piccolo, and from medieval lute to modern synthesizer, the instruments of the Western musical tradition are profiled in this fact-filled illustrated guide. The book provides information on each instrument’s origins, developments in its design and its role in the orchestra, together with the names of the most significant makers and virtuoso performers. In addition to those found in standard ensembles, several unusual instruments are also featured, such as the serpent, glass armonica and baryton.
Classic Album Covers of the 60s
By the early 1960s, jazz record labels had established a pattern of creating stylish and contemporary artwork for their artists' records, while the pop industry was predominantly using jaunty portraits of the musicians overlaid with block type. This review of the decade's album covers, compiled by legendary cover designer Storm Thorgerson of Hipgnosis, traces the development of the art form in over 200 examples, chosen for their artistic or cultural importance rather than the significance of the music.
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.