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Best Music Books of '09

A terrific variety of musician biographies, American popular music histories and music business handbooks should delight you music lovers! Budding instrumentalists and singers will appreciate the advice to be found in our new and sometimes off-beat technical guides, too.

 
Lang, Michael
The Road to Woodstock
ML38.W66 L36 2009x
Told by the man who started it all-festival co-producer and co-promoter Michael Lang - this 40th anniversary celebration of rock's legendary music event includes illuminating reminiscences by the artists, the audience, and its creators.
 
Mercer, Johnny
The Complete Lyrics of Johnny Mercer
ML 54.6 .M45 C66 2009
A beautifully illustrated compilation, this seventh volume in Knopf's Complete Lyrics series documents nearly six decades of Mercer songs. Superb sheet music cover and film cell reproductions complete this chronologically-arranged compendium.
 
Robertson, David
W. C. Handy: The Life and Times of the Man who Made the Blues
ML 410 .H18 R63 2009
Before Elvis came the granddaddy of them all: W. C. Handy of Memphis, composer of "St. Louis Blues" and "Beale Street Blues." The life and musical times of this American original unfold in rich narrative detail, including a frank assessment of our nation's racial sentiments at the close of the 19th Century.
 
Sdoia-Satz, Phyllis
Practicing Sucks, But It Doesn't Have To! : Surviving Music Lessons
MT 1 .S44 2009
Written for the beginning-through-intermediate level music student (and their families!) with numerous tips and ideas designed to make the task of daily, systematic practice sessions on your instrument more enjoyable.
 
Walt, Matthew
Reality Check: A Common Sense Guide to Breaking into the Music Industry
ML3795.W297 2009x
The title says it all. Inside this music business handbook is found practical advice and a realistic perspective on what it takes to make a viable living in today's music industry.
 
Weiss, Maria
The Alexander Technique and the Art of Teaching Voice
MT 289 .W32 2990x
This well-organized, layman-directed summary of the "body/mind dynamic" focuses on how the techniques of optimal body posture and proper breathing will help achieve a free and healthy vocal production in singing and public speaking.
 

2009 Music Department Staff Picks
Kirby Dilworth