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Musical Reads

This month’s non-fic picks include some NEW lyrical reads from our music section.

Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World by Rob Sheffield

John, Paul, George, and Ringo – their names are still well-known and recognized today as they were when the Beatles first hit the music scene in the 19060s.  The Beatles are the voice of a generation, even today, in an era when many of their fans weren’t even born when the Beatles’ records were released.  Because of this, it may be fair to say that the Beatles are the biggest and most iconic rock band of all time, but how did this come to be?  Rolling Stone columnist Rob Sheffield explores the unconventional pop phenomenon surrounding the Beatles, including the emotional story and their connection to music.  With fans around the globe, the Beatles are growing more popular, more influential, and more beloved, and Sheffield explains what the group means today in this comprehensive biography.

A Portrait of Bowie: A Tribute to Bowie and His Artistic Collaborators & Contemporaries by Brian Hiatt

David Bowie passed away on January 10th, 2016, making for a dark day across the entertainment industry and his fans around the world.  For Bowie, every photograph, television appearance, and musical performance was a work of art making him one of Britain’s greatest rock stars.  In A Portrait of Bowie, Brian Hiatt, author and senior writer at Rolling Stone, pays tribute to Bowie’s legacy covering every stage of his life.  Featuring forty portraits, essays, and interviews from Bowie’s collaborators and closest friends, Hiatt’s compilation offers insight and information from artists and musicians like guitarist Carlos Alomar, singer Cyndi Lauper, and songwriter Robyn Hitchcock.  Organized in chronological order, A Portrait of Bowie is a journey through Bowie’s life, making it an essential read for Bowie fans.  

Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan by Elaine M. Hayes

Despite being a four-time Grammy winner, including the honor of a Lifetime Achievement Award, American jazz singer Sarah Vaughan is often overlooked in the music world.  Known as the Queen of Bebop, Vaughan had a strong influence on female jazz vocalists; her music helped desegregate air waves in the 1940s and 50s; and she helped set the stage for the Civil Rights Movement.  Through a series of interviews with friends and colleagues, music history expert Elaine M. Hayes explores the creative process and genius of Vaughan in this biographical and critical overview.  From Vaughan’s hometown in Newark, New Jersey to the world stage, Queen of Bebop is a through historical history of a jazz great.    



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