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 ImageAn Autobiography

    Igor Stravinsky

    While many hundred thousands of pages have been written about Stravinsky, in this book—the composer's first—we hear from the man himself.

  3. Book ImageBartok Remembered

    Malcolm Gillies

    In Bartók Remembered, Malcolm Gillies has brought us closer to this man through a collection of memoirs written by those who knew him best. The volume contains nearly one hundred recollections of Bartók, from his mother’s memories of his early years in provincial Hungary, to assorted reminiscences of his last years in New York.More

  4. Book ImageThe Beatles

    Hunter Davies

    Updated Edition

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

  5. 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

  6. Book ImageBeing Elvis: A Lonely Life

    Ray Connolly

    On the fortieth anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death comes this rocking biography of an iconic artist who fundamentally transformed American culture.More

  7. 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

  8. Book ImageA Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen

    Liel Leibovitz

    Brings to life a passionate poet-turned-musician and what compels him and his work.More

  9. Book ImageBruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll

    Marc Dolan

    A vibrant biography of one of the greatest rock 'n' rollers, the America that made him, and the America he made.More

  10. Book ImageChanging Lives: Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema, and the Transformative Power of Music

    Tricia Tunstall

    “Reminds us of how arts education can change lives.” —Gary Stager, Huffington PostMore

  11. Book ImageCharles E. Ives: Memos

    Charles Ives, John Kirkpatrick

    A source book incorporating all the most important unpublished writings of America’s great composer.More

  12. Book ImageCharles Ives: A Life with Music

    Jan Swafford

    An illuminating portrait of a man whose innovative works profoundly influenced the course of twentieth-century American classical music.More

  13. Book ImageThe Chopin Companion: Profiles of the Man and the Musician

    Alan Walker

    The Chopin Companion is illustrated with a photograph of the composer, fourteen manuscript facsimiles, and 350 music examples. It also contains a biographical summary chart and a chronological table of the compositions.More

  14. Book ImageChopin's Piano: In Search of the Instrument that Transformed Music

    Paul Kildea

    The captivating story of Frédéric Chopin and the fate of both his Mallorquin piano and musical Romanticism from the early nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century.More

  15. 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

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