Wednesday, August 17, 2011

New Music Books

I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy

by Bob Riesman

"This book sets Bill's extraordinary life and career in meticulously researched perspective...if rock 'n' roll and all its recent spawn can in any sense be regarded as art, or carries any social meaning, or transmits reflective or historical relevance to those who love it, this book will help to explain why."--Pete Townsend

Keep On Pushing: Black Power Music from Blues to Hip-Hop

by Denise Sullivan

"A pleasing survey of soul music, from Lead Belly to Johnny Otis to Michael Franti to Louis Farrakhan...Sullivan offers a welcome exploration of how African-American popular music becam America's vernacular." --Kirkus Reviews

All The Things You Are: The Life Of Tony Bennett
by David Evanier

"The great thing about David Evanier's biography - beyond its reliable research, nuanced evaluations, and stylistic eloquence - is that by looking closer at a great artist than the artist might have wished, it uncovers a man even more worthy of our admiration than we knew: a valiant defender of civil rights as well as the classic American songbook and the singer's right to enhance it by his own light." -- Gary Giddins.

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