Music Biography

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  1. Book ImageArtie Shaw, King of the Clarinet: His Life and Times

    Tom Nolan

    “The two sides of Shaw . . . are at the center of . . . [this] compulsively readable biography.”—Daniel Akst, Wall Street JournalMore

  2. Book ImageThe Beatles

    Hunter Davies

    Updated Edition

    The book that defines a band that defined a generation.More

  3. Book ImageLouis Armstrong's New Orleans

    Thomas Brothers

    "The best book ever produced about Louis Armstrong by anyone other than the man himself."—Terry Teachout, CommentaryMore

  4. Book ImageMozart's Letters, Mozart's Life

    Robert Spaethling

    "A wonderful collection that gives Mozart a voice as a son, husband, brother and friend." —New York Times Book ReviewMore

  5. Book ImageMozart: The Early Years, 1756–1781

    Stanley Sadie

    The first comprehensive life and works of the composer in over sixty years, by a leading Mozart specialist.More

  6. Book ImageBeethoven: The Music and the Life

    Lewis Lockwood

    An authoritative work offering a fresh look at Beethoven’s life, career, and milieu. “Magisterial” —New York Review of Books.More

  7. Book ImageMachers and Rockers: Chess Records and the Business of Rock & Roll

    Rich Cohen

    First Edition

    "Rich Cohen is a born storyteller, and this tale of how Muddy Waters and Leonard Chess helped invent Rock & Roll in Chicago in the 1950s is a tough, funny and smart read. It's a big story, told in a big way." —Jann WennerMore

  8. Book ImageBob Marley: Spirit Dancer

    Bruce W. Talamon, Roger Steffens

    A photographic and textual meditation on the life of a legend, reissued in special CD-size format.More

  9. Book ImageNew Worlds of Dvořák: Searching in America for the Composer's Inner Life

    Michael B. Beckerman

    A forceful reinterpretation of the composer's personality and work.More

  10. Book ImageJohann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician

    Christoph Wolff

    Finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Biography, this landmark book was revised in 2013 to include new knowledge discovered after its initial publication.More

  11. Book ImageThe Puccini Companion

    William Weaver, Simonetta Puccini

    This informative volume offers 27 photographs and drawings, select bibliographies, a chronology of Puccini’s life and works, a dramatis personae of the countless individuals who played a role in Puccini’s career, a list of first performances, and plot summaries of all the operas.More

  12. Book ImageLexicon of Musical Invective: Critical Assaults on Composers Since Beethoven's Time

    Nicolas Slonimsky

    "A supermarket tabloid of classical music criticism."—From the new foreword by Peter Schickele.More

  13. Book ImageThe New Bach Reader

    Hans T. David, Arthur Mendel, Christoph Wolff

    Revised and enlarged

    "Just reading these documents brings this great composer to life in a most exciting and vivid way. I love this book!" —Yo-Yo MaMore

  14. Book ImageThe Compleat Brahms: A Guide to the Musical Works of Johannes Brahms

    Leon Botstein

    The 1997 centennial of Brahms's death has intensified interest among concertgoers and music lovers in the composer's prodigious body of work.More

  15. Book ImageEssays Before a Sonata, The Majority, and Other Writings

    Charles Ives

    Ives's second piano sonata, Concord, Mass., 1845, stands among the masterpieces of American music.More

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