The Long March of Pop
Art, Music and Design 1930–1995
Finding the roots of Pop Art further back than is usually cited – in the first folk revival of the 1930s – art historian Thomas Crow makes connections between the arts, relating the commercially inspired imagery of Warhol and Lichtenstein to trends in music, graphic design and youth culture. Over 300 illustrations include influential artworks from the 1930s to the 1990s as well as photographs, advertising, concert posters, album cover designs and other ephemera.
The 50 Crucial Concepts, Styles and Performers, Each Explained in Under a Minute
Tracing the evolution of jazz from its early 20th-century origins, this compact introduction explains the centrality of improvization, the importance of the Great American Songbook, and the various genres, from Trad to Bebop. It surveys the key instruments and the various band formats, and includes brief biographies of musicians including Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald.
Explorations in Schenkerian Analysis
In these essays 15 scholars investigate Heinrich Schenker’s techniques to analyse music ranging from Bach to Debussy, demonstrating the use of such an approach for the study of repertoire to which it is infrequently applied. The volume also features an interview with Edward Laufer, who was an influential advocate of Schenker’s method.
Myth, Music, and Propaganda
During the 1870s the nationalist Artistic Society (Umělecká beseda) propagated the mythology of Smetana as both national symbol and instigator of a specifically Czech music. Kelly St Pierre examines the context, history and legacy of this campaign, discussing the motivations of Society members and considering how political and ideological discourses influenced scholarship on the composer into the Communist era.
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 This edition presents the published text facing Parker’s manuscript version; it includes two unpublished metrical psalms, together with facsimiles of the manuscript and Thomas Tallis’s eight tunes.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.
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.
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.