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Lalo by Lalo Guerrero,Sherilyn Mentes Book Summary:
He has been called "the father of Chicano music" and "the original Chicano hepcat." Now, Lalo's autobiography takes readers on a musical rollercoaster, from his earliest enjoyment of Latino and black sounds in Tucson to his burgeoning career in Los Angeles singing with Los Carlistas, the quartet with which he began his recording career in 1938.
My Life and Music by Artur Schnabel Book Summary:
"A clear picture of a musician of rare integrity." — The Musical Times. Highly readable reminiscences, musical philosophy of great pianist: his experiences as a child prodigy in turn-of-the-century Vienna, concert career, thoughts on great conductors and composers of the day, preferences in the repertoire, much more. Also includes "Reflections on Music," address delivered at University of Manchester, 1933. Introduction by Edward Crankshaw. 20 illustrations. Index.
Mission Impossible by Lalo Schifrin Book Summary:
Accompanying audio CD features some of Schifrin's compositions: Mission : impossible (from Firebird), Sketches of Miles (from More jazz meets the symphony), Tango del atardecer (from Letters from Argentina), Ins and outs (from Ins and Outs and Lalo live at the Blue Note), Montuno (from Latin jazz suite), Shifting gears (from Bullitt), Kyrie (from Jazz mass), Charlie Parker : the firebird (from Firebird), and Tocata (from Gillespiana).
Improvising by Larry Coryell Book Summary:
(Book). Jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell takes an unflinching look at his life and career, recounting his musical journey from his scuffling early days in New York City and his pioneering role in the jazz fusion movement to his current status as a world ambassador of jazz. Coryell reveals his own involvement in and eventual victory over the drug scene, and he gives his take on the musical giants he has known and performed with. Along the way, he details the development of his own style and provides inspirational words for fellow musicians. A special section presents a selection of Coryell's beloved Guitar Player magazine columns. Includes CD with audio lessons and original compositions recorded specifically for this book.
It's More Than Do-re-mi by John Cacavas Book Summary:
For the non-musician, Do-Re-Mi are the first three notes of a major key. No matter what the key or the tonality is, the first three notes are always Do-Re-Mi. Nothing as complicated as half steps, mind you, but just the simple three whole steps. Friends, associates and employers all told composer/conductor and arranger John Cacavas that the life of a musician was more that Do-Re-Mi. Simply put, it meant that you had to deal with politics and all the other complexities that come from trying to make a living in the music business and not just the create the music. This advice was well given, and Cacavas tells us the stories that led to understanding Do-Re-Mi. Cacavas started off as a teen-age bandleader in his home town of Aberdeen, South Dakota, and this led to a career which took him to Washington, D.C, and the United States Army Band. With his wife, Bonnie, also from Aberdeen, and their three children, their life spanned the years from New York, London and finally to Hollywood. He experienced intrigue, rejections, humor, confusion, a modicum of success and a lot of happiness. Luck or being at the right place at the right time was an important part of his career. A chance meeting with an old classmate led him to the United States Army Band in Washington, another chance encounter lead to his working with Morton Gould as an orchestrator and finally an unlikely encounter with Telly Savalas led to his career as a film composer. Cacavas writes with a wry sense of humor and observation of the foibles in all of us his orchestra when he was fourteen, shenanigans with the U. S. Army Band, chastising novelist Howard Fast for being a communist, supporting his family by playing roulette in London and travelling to exotic locates with Telly Savalas while pursing his new career as a film composer. This book details his experiences with some of the most famous names in the music and entertainment business, both professionally and socially. His stories run from the hilarious, to the sad, and somewhere in between. People like Ira Gershwin, Red Buttons, Burt Lancaster, Morton Gould, Lotte Lenya, Vernon Duke, Jose Ferrer, Richard Rodgers, Jule Styne, Harold Rome, Charles Osgood, Howard Fast and countless others find their way into the Cacavas memoirs. Cacavas brings to life his early days as a child with a dream. Against all odds in a small South Dakota town where the local bandmaster is his tormentor and enemy, he is encouraged by his father to walk to a different drummer and leave the school band. He leaves his job as waiter in his father's restaurant and pursues his dream. He becomes a budding young saxophone player and forms his own band. His poignant remembrances of playing with an all-black orchestra shed a clear light on the difficulties faced by a black band in the Midwest in the forties. It was in many ways an enlightening and sad experience that taught young Cacavas a great deal about the unhappy plight of social restrictions in those days. All come alive in these stories. The book details many personal and behind the scenes experiences with some of the most prominent personalities in the entertainment business, seen through these entertaining reflections by Cacavas. Learn why Ira Gershwin had to hide away in Cacavas' office, or why Telly Savalas went to a jail in Amsterdam, songwriter Vernon Duke's response to the Cacavas martinis, an embarrassing adventure of Richard Rodgers and the surprised response of a singer when recording with Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen. Read about Lotte Lenya, the great cabaret singer and her husband, composer Kurt Weill, having tea with Adolf Hitler and Hitler's suggestion to them. Hear the after dinner stories of such stars as Red Buttons, Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney, and negotiating for an album with General Moshe Dayan during the Israelis-Egyptian six-day war. Cacavas describes these and
Siren Song by Seymour Stein,Gareth Murphy Book Summary:
The autobiography of America’s greatest living record man: the founder of Sire Records and spotter of rock talent from the Ramones to Madonna. Seymour Stein is America's greatest living record man. Not only has he signed and nurtured more important artists than anyone alive, now sixty years in the game, he's still the hippest label head, travelling the globe in search of the next big thing. Since the late fifties, he's been wherever it's happening: Billboard, Tin Pan Alley, The British Invasion, CBGB, Studio 54, Danceteria, the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, the CD crash. Along that winding path, he discovered and broke out a skyline full of stars: Madonna, The Ramones, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Madonna, The Smiths, The Cure, Ice-T, Lou Reed, Seal, and many others. Brimming with hilarious scenes and character portraits, Siren Song’s wider narrative is about modernity in motion, and the slow acceptance of diversity in America – thanks largely to daring pop music. Including both the high and low points in his life, Siren Song touches on everything from his discovery of Madonna to his wife Linda Stein's violent death. Ask anyone in the music business, Seymour Stein is a legend. Sung from the heart, Siren Song will etch his story in stone.
My Life in Music by Chuck Anderson Book Summary:
Chuck Anderson takes you on a fascinating journey through his life in music. Never having a ""day"" job, he managed to develop a successful, full time career in music without being a ""star"" in the traditional sense. From his work with celebrity singers to jazz guitar concerts to private music education to writing jingles, this book paints a vivid picture of work in the music business. Over and above the musical anecdotes and his work descriptions, ""My Life in Music"" will be relevant to anyone who wants to go their own way. There's great advice about following your heart and loving what you do in your life's work. It also points out the importance of change and adaptation. Musicians and non musicians alike will find this story interesting and inspiring!
My Life In Music by Fanny Waterman Book Summary:
In 2015, its 50th anniversary year, Faber Music celebrated Dame Fanny Waterman's fundamental and vast contribution to music education with the release of her autobiography, Dame Fanny Waterman: My Life in Music. It tells the extraordinary story of one of the twentieth century's most inspirational British women. Born into an artistic family in impoverished circumstances, her prodigious musical talent and sheer determination was her passport out of hardship, leading to recognition as one of the most talented young pianists of her generation. Her emergence as a visionary teacher leads to the founding of the Leeds International Piano Competition and relationships with many internationally renowned pianists whose lives she has touched through her work. Interwoven throughout the story, Dame Fanny shares her inspirational philosophies on life, learning and music, and her compelling and utter passion for the piano.
Sweet Judy Blue Eyes by Judy Collins Book Summary:
A folk music icon discusses the height of her career in the 60s, her alcoholism, her love affair with Stephen Stills and her friendships with Joan Baez, David Crosby, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and others. By the author of Voices. Reprint. 15,000
Leave It To Me... My Life In Music by Donn Trenner,Tim Atherton Book Summary:
Donn Trenner’s storied life in music is more than his participation in modern Jazz recordings, such as Jazz & Romantic Places (1955) and The Warm Moods (1961), and his participation with Ted Fio Rito’s band, Buddy Morrow's orchestra, Charlie Barnet’s band, and Les Brown and his Band of Renown. Donn has always worked as a studio musician and Musical Director. Bands and orchestras under his leadership were integral to the classic television shows pioneered by Bob Hope and Steve Allen, as well as a prodigious volume of television production and studio recording with stars throughout the US and Europe. The list of celebrities reads like a Who’s Who of Jazz, Pop, and Hollywood variety entertainment. The cast of legendary artists include: Charlie Parker, Shirley MacLaine, Ann-Margret, Chet Baker, Nancy Wilson, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Sandy Duncan, Stan Getz, Dick Haymes, Jack Jones, Eartha Kitt, Charles Mingus and Mel Tormé. Donn Trenner with author Tim Atherton leads you on stage, into studios, behind the scenes, and around the world through a six-decade era. Discover the man behind the music you remember, when a cross-pollination of Jazz and variety entertainment engaged millions. “Donn, my musical director for twenty-one years, always made me feel so safe and secure as a performer. I would stand on stage, he would lift his baton, the music would begin, and I was home. Loving thanks, my dear friend. Everyone will love your book.” –Ann-Margret, singer, dancer and award-winning actress of movies and television “Donn was my partner in several productions and we played many engagements touring with my show. As a vocalist, I have worked with numerous musical directors over the years and there is no one better than my good friend, Donn Trenner. This book is a must read.” – Peter Marshall, singer, actor and host of the popular TV game show, Hollywood Squares “I first met Donn Trenner when he was heading up The Steve Allen Show and their band in the sixties. Throughout the years, I’ve seen him again and again, now especially in the Connecticut area. He knows more about music than anyone else. He’s worked with so many stars from Bob Hope on. I was lucky enough to inherit him for a two week run on Steve Allen’s show while Steve was on vacation, and it was a thrill that I will never forget. But the thing about Donn Trenner that is most important—he’s also the nicest guy I ever met. He’s had a great career, which is still going on, and I know you’ll enjoy reading about it in this book.” – Regis Philbin, American media personality, singer, actor and talk show host
From Harlem to Hollywood: My Life in Music by Van Alexander,Stephen Fratallone Book Summary:
"What a great story - a must for all music afficionados - this is legendary stuff. What a gift." - Mark Snow (prolific screen and TV composer of The X-files, The Rookies, Hart to Hart) "Van Alexander knows more about the Big Band era than any man alive - and he's written it all in his autobiography." - James Bacon, veteran Hollywood columnist "What a delight it is to have the recollections of one who was there, and was central to the development of the Swing Era, and so much of what followed..." - Garry Giddens - author, columnist, artistic director of the American jazz orchestra "Van Alexander vividly recalls and recaps all the great stories depicting his extraordinary career that began for him in Harlem at the legendary Savoy Ballroom. His anecdotes and association with many musical giants in Hollwood from Les Brown and Billy May, to Stan Getz and "Sweets" Edison. Meet them all in this wonderful book." - Richard Grudens - author of Stardust, The Bible of the Big Bands, and well known jazz musicologist. "Van's life story is truly a bit of musical history, and it resurrected many fond memories for me. He was there at the beginning of the Swing Era, and recalls many great stories covering his early days at the Savoy Ballroom with Chick Webb and Ella Fitzgerald, up to and including his TV and picture credits and his collaboration with Michael Feinstein. I found his book 'unputdownable.'" - Quincy Jones
One Way Or Another: My Life in Music, Sport & Entertainment by Chris Wright Book Summary:
One Way Or Another is multi-millionaire rock, media and sport mogul Chris Wright’s explosive autobiography. In it, Wright lifts the veil on the wheeling and dealing that propelled his company Chrysalis to the forefront of the pop industry – and how the fortune he made from rock enabled him to buy Queens Park Rangers FC, Wasps Rugby Club and a fistful of radio stations and TV production companies. Chris Wright signed bands like Jethro Tull and Ten Years After who were at the forefront of the British rock invasion of America that took place in the late sixties and early seventies, then went on to embrace punk with Blondie and Billy Idol, New Romantics with Ultravox and Spandau Ballet, 2-Tone stars The Specials and many more. In a life story that reads like a Who’s Who of the rock business, Wright spares no blushes in telling tales of sex, drugs and financial blowouts that made some rich and left others by the wayside. Ever the entrepreneur, Wright remained at the heart of the unfolding story that has become the contemporary entertainment industry, subsequently taking the Chrysalis brand into TV and radio. But his story goes beyond success in media and entertainment. In later years, Wright went on to own premiership football club Queens Park Rangers and rugby giants Wasps. Interwoven with a personal narrative that has all the twists and turns of a best-selling novel, One Way Or Another is a remarkable, truly gripping story of life at the top.
The Truth Is . . . by Melissa Etheridge,Laura Morton Book Summary:
Since she first burst onto the international music scene, Melissa Etheridge has released seven albums that have sold more than 25 million copies worldwide, garnering not only public adoration for her uncompromising honesty but numerous critical awards, including two Grammys and the prestigious ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award. The Truth Is . . . is a highly charged autobiography—a bold and unflinching account of an extraordinary life that Melissa describes as only she can: from her Kansas roots, through her early love of music, to her brilliant rise to superstardom in a male-dominated rock world. Melissa openly discusses the massive impact of her publicly coming out, a revelation that only increased her popularity, making her a highly visible spokesperson for the gay and lesbian community. The Truth Is . . . shares Melissa Etheridge’s fascinating story with unprecedented candor and insight. From the Trade Paperback edition.
A Life in Music by Daniel Barenboim,Phillip Huscher Book Summary:
Traces five decades of the career of the virtuoso conductor, describing his work with some of the twentieth century's most distinguished musicians, his most noted performances, and his travels throughout the world. 20,000 first printing.
Music Is My Life by Myles Tanzer Book Summary:
Learn about music and emotion in this beautifully produced anthology Do you remember the first time you discovered an artist you really loved? Have you listened to them over and over again at different points throughout your life? This book harnesses that feeling, by collecting together 80 of music's finest artists to guide young people through the good, bad and sad times. Whatever the feeling, these artists have been there and sung about it. Organised by mood, young ones can dip into the library to discover new artists from decades past to present day. Fall in love with Mariah Carey, shout about it with Nirvana, love yourself with Lizzo, or cry it out with Adele. With 80 artists, bands, and composers from all genres (including classical) there's something for every family member to love and recommend to the next generation. Each entry contains biographical information on each artist, lists must-hear songs, and has accessible musical analysis from author and journalist Myles Tanzer. Every artist is captured in full-colour, rocking art by Ali Mac. With information at the front on how to soundtrack your mood, and information at the back on how to listen to and make your own music. A pitch-perfect first introduction to music for tweens.
You Only Rock Once by Jerry Blavat Book Summary:
Jerry Blavat's rockin' life story pulses with celebrity names, infamous episodes and "offers readers an insider's view into the golden era of rock and roll and pop music and entertainment" raves Publishers Weekly. The long-awaited autobiography of entertainment icon Jerry Blavat, You Only Rock Once is the wildly entertaining and unfiltered story of the man whose career began at the age of 13 on the TV dance show Bandstand and became a music legend. Lifelong friendships with the likes of Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra, a controversial relationship with Philadelphia Mafia boss Angelo Bruno that resulted in a decade-long FBI investigation, and much more colors this amazing journey from the early 60s through today. Now, some 50 years after his first radio gig, Blavat puts it all in perspective in this uniquely American tale of a "little cockroach kid" borne out of the immigrant experience who lived the American Dream.
Journey with a hundred strings by Ina Puri Book Summary:
Santoor maestro Shiv Kumar Sharma is one of India’s living-musical legends. Born and raised in Jammu. ‘in a house where, from dawn till dusk, someone or another was singing or playing an instrument’, Shiv Kumar Sharma began his musical life as a tabla player under the tutelage of his Benares-trained father. One day when he was fourteen, his father returned from Srinagar with a santoor and announced that he had found his son’s true calling. The bemused boy took the instrument—traditionally used only in Kashmiri Sufiana songs—and, over the next few years, performed surgery to adapt it for Hindustani ragas. The results are musical history. In this lucid memoir, the artist recalls his youth in tranquil Jammu and Kashmir, his lean years asan aspiring young professional in Bombay, his long, not always happy association with All India Radio, his work in the film industry, his most blissful moments on stage, his tours around the world and, most compellingly, his struggle to establish the. santoor as a classical Indian instrument in the face of sceptical, some times dismissive critics. Along the way, he illuminates a remarkable series of relationships and encounters: guru-slushya bonds, life-long friendships, dazzling jugalbandis and, of course, musical rivalries, good-natured and otherwise. Here are Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Allah Rakha Khan, Zakir Hussain, Brij Bhushan Kabra, George Harrison, Yash Chopra, Lata Mangeshkar and a host of household names—doing riyaaz, recording LPs, discussing style and technique, gathering at All India festivals and cooking for each other at the end of a long day. The life chronicled here is rich in professional achievement, personal companionship and pure, solitary artistry. ‘I am here,’ says Shiv Kumar Sharma, ‘with a mission; to reach out and touch the hearts of people with my music. And I shall do my duty as best I can.’
Dame Fanny Waterman -- My Life in Music by Fanny Waterman Book Summary:
Faber Music is celebrating Dame Fanny Waterman's fundamental and vast contribution to music education with the release of her autobiography, Dame Fanny Waterman: My Life in Music. It tells the extraordinary story of one of the twentieth century's most inspirational British women. Born into an artistic family in impoverished circumstances, her prodigious musical talent and sheer determination were her passport out of hardship, leading to recognition as one of the most talented young pianists of her generation. Her emergence as a visionary teacher leads to the founding of the Leeds International Piano Competition and relationships with many internationally renowned pianists whose lives she has touched through her work. Interwoven throughout the story, Dame Fanny shares her inspirational philosophies on life, learning, and music, and her compelling, utter passion for the piano.
Killing Me Softly by Charles Fox Book Summary:
Charles Fox has composed more than 100 motion picture and television scores, among them the themes of many iconic series, including Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Love, American Style, and Love Boat. Twice nominated for the AcademyAward and a two-time Emmy winner, Fox has also written music for the concert hall and the ballet. Among the hundreds of songs he has written is the Grammy Award-winning "Killing Me Softly with His Song," a number one record in just about every country inthe world, by two different artists: Roberta Flack in 1973 and the Fugees, 20 years later. In this memoir, Fox recounts his development as a musician, beginning with his formal music education in Paris. From letters he wrote home between 1959 and 1961,Fox recounts his studies under the tutelage of the most renowned music composition teacher of the 20th century, Nadia Boulanger, whose influence Fox carried throughout his entire professional career. Following his return to the states, Fox describes thecornerstone events of his musical and personal life. He reflects on the highlights of his career, working with some of the greatest names in entertainment, film, television, and records, including Jim Croce, Barry Manilow, Lena Horne, and Fred Astaire. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004 and a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Composers & Lyricists, Fox's memoir is a compelling story of a musician and composer whose work continues to entertain and inspire listeners around the world.
Killing Me Softly by Charles Fox Book Summary:
Charles Fox has composed more than 100 motion picture and television scores, among them the themes of many iconic series, including Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Love, American Style, and Love Boat. In this memoir, Fox recounts his development as a musician, describing the cornerstone events of his musical and personal life. He reflects on the highlights of his career, working with some of the greatest names in entertainment, film, television, and records, including Jim Croce, Barry Manilow, Lena Horne, and Fred Astaire.
Lydia Mendoza's Life in Music / La Historia de Lydia Mendoza by Yolanda Broyles-Gonzalez Book Summary:
Lydia Mendoza began her legendary musical career as a child in the 1920s, singing for pennies and nickels on the streets of downtown San Antonio. She lived most of her adult life in Houston, Texas, where she was born. The life story of this Chicana icon encompasses a 60-year singing career that began with the dawn of the recording industry in the 1920s and continued well into the 1980s, ceasing only after she suffered a devastating stroke. Her status as a working-class idol continues to this day, making her one of the most prominent and long-standing performers in the history of the recording industry and a champion of Chicana/o music. This bilingual edition presents Lydia Mendoza's historia in an interview between the artist and Yolanda Broyles-González: first is the English translation, then the Spanish original, as told by Mendoza herself. Broyles-González concludes the volume with an extended essay on the significance of Mendoza's career and her place in Tejana music and Chicana studies. Known as a lone artist and performer, Lydia Mendoza's voice and twelve-string guitar-playing figure prominently in her ability to both nurture and transmit the vast oral tradition of popular Mexican song with beauty and integrity. She sang the songs of the people across generations in the old tradition; all are indigenous to the Americas, and many of them to Texas. It is the music that emerged from the experiences of native peoples (on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border) within the colonial context of the nineteenth century. Mendoza's prominence and stature as a Chicana idol stems from her sustained presence and perpetual visibility within a complex network of social and cultural relations in the twentieth century. Along with being one of the earliest female recording and touring artists, she is loved as a voice of working-class sentimiento, sentiment and sentience, through song, which is one of the most cherished of Chicana/o cultural art forms. Through her vast repertoire and unmistakable interpretive skill in the shaping of songs she is a living embodiment of U.S.-Mexican culture and a participant in raza people's protracted struggles for survival.
The Story of My Life by Ehsanullah Sherdil Book Summary:
This book leads you through Afghani religion, politics, and culture in different times of history. This country has always been invaded by surrounding countries, as well as super powers. However, Afghans are free people, who are fond of freedom, with a free hospitable spirit and have always pushed the invaders back to their place. Afghanistan has its own tradition of food, sport and music, which are now world re known. Afghanistan is also a beautiful country with mountains, rivers, and lovely valleys, which unfortunately are over-shadowed by the politics. This book gives you information about the problems, that Afghanistan has and why they are difficult to resolve, despite a lot of help from other countries and international organizations. The political competition from neighboring countries and super powers may cause Afghanistan to either move ahead quickly or be destroyed to the ground. Almost all of the weapons come to this country from different parts of the world. None are made in Afghanistan. Afghan people are mostly making carpets, handicrafts, furniture, clothes, shoes, coats, and jewelery, and etc. not weapons. Most of the people were and are farmers, not soldiers. This books is a call for people to work shoulder to shoulder, in order to bring peace and prosperity to this beautiful country. It is a cry to work together with the noble people of Afghanistan to stop killing, torturing, and suffering in this part of the world.
Kentucky Traveler by Ricky Skaggs Book Summary:
When six-year-old Ricky Skaggs was called up onstage to play mandolin with bluegrass master Bill Monroe near his small hometown of Cordell, Kentucky, a storied life in music began. With Monroe as a mentor, Ricky joined the Clinch Mountain Boys and became a professional musician at age fifteen. And when Skaggs moved into the world of mainstream country music he became a legend and a household name. Kentucky Traveler tells the intimate stories of a career built on passion, drive, and faith in God. Sharing tales of his influences, and fondly recalling the instruments that have shaped his sound over the years and the friendships that have shaped his life, Skaggs paints a unique insider look at the evolution of bluegrass.
My Music, My Life by Ravi Shankar,Philip Glass Book Summary:
My Music, My Life chronicles the extraordinary career of India’s best-known musician. Through his relationships with George Harrison and Philip Glass in the 1960s, Ravi Shankar brought Indian classical musical to the world stage and became one of the most influential musicians of the era, even performing at Woodstock in 1969. Here, Shankar describes in his own words his transformation from a young traveling dancer to a Grammy Award–winning, internationally recognized musician. At once a compelling memoir, a history of Indian classical music, and a manual on how to play the sitar, the book is as much about living a musical life as it is about the art of music. Originally published in 1968, this edition features a new foreword by Philip Glass, stunning, never-before-published photographs, and a new final chapter detailing Shankar’s hope for the preservation of Indian classical music.
98% Funky Stuff by Maceo Parker Book Summary:
Revealing the warm and astonishing story of an influential jazz legend, this personal narrative tells the story of a man’s journey from a Southern upbringing to a career touring the world to play for adoring fans. It tells how James Brown first discovered the Parker brothers—Melvin, the drummer, and Maceo on sax—in a band at a small North Carolina nightclub in 1963. Brown hired them both, but it was Maceo’s signature style that helped define Brown’s brand of funk, and the phrase “Maceo, I want you to blow!” became part of the lexicon of black music. A riveting story of musical education with frank and revelatory insights about George Clinton and others, this definitive autobiography arrives just in time to celebrate the 70th birthday of the author—one of the funkiest musicians alive—and will be enjoyed by jazz and funk aficionados alike.
Microbes, Music and Me by John Postgate Book Summary:
John Postgate describes this autobiography as essentially ‘a book about doing science’, and while it is an entertaining account of his life in the UK and abroad as he rose to international prominence in microbiology, it is also a book about playing and listening to his beloved jazz. Away from lab and lecture hall, Professor Postgate (brother of the late Oliver Postgate, creator of Bagpuss and the Clangers) has taken enormous pleasure in his hobby, playing cornet over the years with many musicians, some of whom became prominent names in jazz. His articles and reviews for magazines such as Gramophone and Jazz Journal have been as widely appreciated in jazz circles as his contributions to the understanding of certain key microbiological processes, including the sulphur cycle and nitrogen fixation, have been in the world of microbiology.
Meet Me with Your Black Drawers On by Jeannie Cheatham Book Summary:
Jeannie Cheatham is a living legend in jazz and blues. A pianist, singer, songwriter, and co-leader of the Sweet Baby Blues Band, she has played and sung with many of the greats in blues and jazz—T-Bone Walker, Dinah Washington, Cab Callaway, Joe Williams, Al Hibbler, Odetta, and Jimmy Witherspoon. Cheatham toured with Big Mama Thornton off and on for ten years and was featured with Thornton and Sippie Wallace in the award-winning PBS documentary Three Generations of the Blues. Her music, which has garnered national and international acclaim, has been described as unrestrained, exuberant, soulful, rollicking, wicked, virtuous, wild, and truthful. Cheatham's signature song, "Meet Me with Your Black Drawers On" is a staple in jazz and blues clubs across America and in Europe, Africa, and Japan. In this delightfully frank autobiography, Jeannie Cheatham recalls a life that has been as exuberant, virtuous, wild, and truthful as her music. She begins in Akron, Ohio, where she grew up in a vibrant multiethnic neighborhood surrounded by a family of strong women. From those roots, she launched a musical career that took her from the Midwest to California, doing time along the way everywhere from a jail cell in Dayton, Ohio, where she was innocently caught in a police raid, to the University of Wisconsin-Madison—where she and Jimmy Cheatham taught music. Cheatham writes of a life spent fighting racism and sexism, of rage and resolve, misery and miracles, betrayals and triumphs, of faith almost lost in dark places, but mysteriously regained in a flash of light. Cheatham's autobiography is also the story of her fifty-years-and-counting love affair and musical collaboration with her husband and band partner, Jimmy Cheatham.
Janis by Holly George-Warren Book Summary:
It’s been said Janis Joplin was second only to Bob Dylan as the ‘creator-recorder-embodiment of her generation’s mythology’. But how did a middle-class girl from Texas become a ’60s countercultural icon? Janis’ parents doted on her and promoted her early talent for art. But the arrival of a brother shattered the bond she had with her intellectual maverick of a father, an oil engineer. And her own maverick instincts alienated her from her socially conformist mother. That break with her parents, along with the rejection of her high school peers, who disapproved of her beatnik look and racially progressive views, and wrongly assumed she was sexually promiscuous, cemented her sense of herself as an outcast. She found her tribe with a group of offbeat young men a year ahead of her, who loved her intellectual curiosity, her passion for conversation, and her adventurous search for the blues. Although she never stopped craving the approval of her parents and hometown, she left Port Arthur at seventeen determined to prove she could be loved. She tried college twice, and dropped out both times. She ran off to California, but came back when her heavy drug use scared her into it. She almost signed up for a life as a domesticated, hang-the-curtains wife. But instead, during a second stint on the West Coast, she launched a career that would see her crowned the queen of rock and roll. What no one besides Holly George-Warren has captured in such intimate detail is the way Janis Joplin teetered between the powerful woman you hear in her songs and the little girl who just wanted to go home and feel emotionally safe there. The pain of that dichotomy fuelled her music – and ultimately killed her.
The Soundtrack of My Life by Clive Davis,Anthony DeCurtis Book Summary:
The chief creative officer of Sony Music presents a candid assessment of his life and the past half-century of popular music from an insider's perspective, tracing his work with a wide array of stars and personalities.