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Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories: The Early Years

This book offers a seductive blend of sometimes contradictory insights into Cohen but will be sought after only by his most devoted fans.
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Do You Feel Like I Do?

Entertaining and rousing, on the stage and now on the page, Frampton Comes Alive. [See Prepub Alert, 4/15/20.]
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Dance We Do: A Poet Explores Black Dance

Of interest to those familiar with Shange’s written work, and generally to dancers and dance historians.
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Whose Blues? Facing Up to Race and the Future of the Music

Extremely knowledgeable but a bit overly academic, Gussow ably details the African American core of the blues and the shifting racial dynamics that have made the music so compelling to white Americans and blues fans in other cultures. Blues scholars will find the book illuminating.
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The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America

Fans will likely devour this title despite its problems, and the work has crossover appeal to young adult readers, who will be stirred by Lamar’s professional and personal journey. [See Prepub Alert, 4/15/20.]
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Amplified: A Design History of the Electric Guitar

Acknowledging the significant role guitar historian Tony Bacon has played in this arena through his more popularly oriented publications, Atkinson’s more academic contribution to the literature is decidedly welcome. His rigorous scholarship and clear affection for the subject shine.
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Composers: Their Lives and Works

There’s little new here; readers will find the same information covered in similar texts. Still, for nonmusically trained readers, this is an aesthetically pleasing introduction to Western classical music.
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She Come by It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs

A thoughtful musing on the significance of Parton’s work and success, and those she inspires.
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A Sound Mind: How I Fell in Love with Classical Music (and Decided To Rewrite Its Entire History)

An excellent guide for anyone interested in expanding their musical horizons.
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Unlikely Angel: The Songs of Dolly Parton

A persuasive argument for taking Dolly Parton seriously as an artist. For folk and country music scholars, musicians, and fans.

The Nolan Variations: The Movies, Mysteries, and Marvels of Christopher Nolan

For the foreseeable future, this is the definitive word on Nolan and a must for film buffs.
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I Don’t Like the Blues: Race, Place, and the Backbeat of Black Life

Foster’s thoughtful and well-researched look at race and the blues via an exploration of a distressed and declining Southern rural town will be useful to music and sociology academics.
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Sun Ra’s Chicago: Afrofuturism and the City

Not the launching point for an introduction to the life of Sun Ra, but rather a deeper dive into the city life and utopian vision informing his work and philosophy, emphasizing that (Urban) Space Is the Place. Recommended for academic libraries.

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Heart Full of Rhythm: The Big Band Years of Louis Armstrong

Though sometimes overly enthusiastic about Armstrong and presenting more detail than most general readers need, Riccardi produces a meticulously researched but readable account that jazz fans will embrace as a standard work about the iconic trumpeter. [See Q&A, p. 69.]

150 Glimpses of the Beatles

Brown presents a fresh take on a seemingly inexhaustible subject
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