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  • Author:
    Doyle, Alan
    Summary:

    From the lead singer of the band Great Big Sea comes a memoir about growing up in the tiny fishing village of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, and then taking to the world stage. Alan paints a vivid and raucous portrait of a curious young lad born into the small coastal fishing community of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, a childhood surrounded by larger-than-life characters who made an indelible impression on his music and work; of his first job on the wharf cutting out cod tongues for fishermen; of growing up in a family of five in a two-bedroom house with a beef-bucket as a toilet, yet lacking nothing; of learning at his father's knee how to sing the story of a song and learning from his mother how to simply "be good." Small-town life, curiosity and creative fulfillment, and finally, about leaving everything you know behind only to learn that no matter where you go, home will always be with you.

  • Author:
    K'naan
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    2Waving Flag3 has become an international anthem for world soccer and for young people around the world. K'Naan, a young Somali Canadian musician, inspired by words from his grandfather, movingly recounts his struggles as a refugee coming to New York and then Canada.

  • Author:
    Jones, Tamala Georgette
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    The Three of Us is an honest and heartfelt look into the life of a broken family living in the glare of the public spotlight. Like so many of her generation, Georgette had to make sense of loving two parents who couldnt love each other. With never-before-told stories about George and Tammy, it recounts Tammys descent into prescription pill addiction, her dependence on her fifth husband, George Richey, and her untimely death at the age of fifty-five. Georgette opens up about her broken relationship with her father and what it took for them to come back together. Lastly, Georgette discusses the ups and downs of her adult life: failed marriages, illness, an arrest, and now, an unexpected but thrilling career as a musician.

  • Author:
    Reid, Harold
    Summary:

    The Statler Brothers came on the scene in the turbulent 60s as a backup group for Johnny Cash. Their first hit record, Flowers On The Wall, catapulted them to the top of the charts where they remained for the rest of their long, successful career. Often called the most awarded act in the history of Country Music, the Statlers have multiple Grammy Awards; stacks of gold and platinum albums; decades of standing-room-only concerts; a number one television series that ran for seven seasons; and a staggering list of hit records. The lives they have touched are in the millions and those who have touched theirs are inside this cover.

  • Author:
    Patterson, James
    Summary:

    John Lennon was one of the world's most influential people. Mark David Chapman was one of the most invisible. But Chapman achieved the notoriety he craved, and wounded the spirit of a generation.

  • Author:
    Goodall, Mark
    Summary:

    Critical opinion on The Beatles (aka the 'White Album') in 1968 varies, the record being seen as something of a comedown after the exhilaration of the group’s somewhat over-rated predecessor, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. In addition, conventional wisdom holds that The Beatles marks the beginning of the end of the Lennon/McCartney partnership. This book however, exists to argue that The Beatles is not only the finest achievement of the Beatles group but can also be considered one of the greatest LP recordings of all time.

  • Author:
    Manilow, Barry
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    Filled with anecdotes about his tours and the behind-the-scenes realities of the music business, this autobiography reveals the musician's personal life and musical career, from his Brooklyn youth through his performance at Radio City Music Hall.

  • Author:
    Bennet, Jim
    Summary:

    In this memoir Jim Bennet portrays the Halifax of the 1930s and '40s: one full of coal smoke and rival gangs of young boys, freight trains and pine tar soap. He takes the reader "down the bank" with him to adventures all over the city's south end and beyond, offering a glimpse of childhood where a boy had free rein far beyond his backyard. For Jim and his neighbours, the playground was the seashore, the tracks, the ponds and parks, the tramcars, the Commons, the Citadel. Through his eyes we see the impact caused by the Second World War on daily family life. Bennet's gift for storytelling is evident as he recalls the details of ordinary life from the perspective of a boy growing up. This book will bring memories back for some readers; for others, it is a window into adolescence at a time when the world was rapidly changing.

  • Author:
    Smarsh, Sarah
    Summary:

    The National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author of Heartland focuses her laser-sharp insights on a working-class icon and one of the most unifying figures in American culture: Dolly Parton. Growing up amid Kansas wheat fields and airplane factories, Sarah Smarsh witnessed firsthand the particular vulnerabilities—and strengths—of women in working poverty. Meanwhile, country songs by female artists played in the background, telling powerful stories about life, men, hard times, and surviving. In her family, she writes, "country music was foremost a language among women. It's how we talked to each other in a place where feelings aren't discussed." And no one provided that language better than Dolly Parton. Smarsh challenged a typically male vision of the rural working class with her first book, Heartland , starring the bold, hard-luck women who raised her. Now, in She Come By It Natural , originally published in a four-part series for The Journal of Roots Music , No Depression , Smarsh explores the overlooked contributions to social progress by such women—including those averse to the term "feminism"—as exemplified by Dolly Parton's life and art. Far beyond the recently resurrected "Jolene" or quintessential "9 to 5," Parton's songs for decades have validated women who go unheard: the poor woman, the pregnant teenager, the struggling mother disparaged as "trailer trash." Parton's broader career—from singing on the front porch of her family's cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains to achieving stardom in Nashville and Hollywood, from "girl singer" managed by powerful men to leader of a self-made business and philanthropy empire—offers a springboard to examining the intersections of gender, class, and culture. Infused with Smarsh's trademark insight, intelligence, and humanity, She Come By It Natural is a sympathetic tribute to the icon Dolly Parton and—call it whatever you like—the organic feminism she embodies.

  • Author:
    Ingraham, Mary I.
    Summary:

    Malcolm Forsyth (1936-2011) was a musical legend: a much-loved composer, performer, teacher, and mentor. Reflections on Malcolm Forsyth presents a captivating and approachable portrait of one of Canada's finest modern composers. Readers will discover both public and private sides to the man and gain fresh insights from critical assessments of a broad range of Forsyth's compositions, his continuing popular appreciation, and his lasting influence on the next generation of musicians and music scholars. Drawing from the perspectives of leading scholars, composers, and musicians, as well as on those of family, friends, students, and colleagues, Reflections on Malcolm Forsyth honours the rich life and cultural significance of this exceptional creative mind. It is important reading for music students and researchers, professional performers, and anyone who loves contemporary music.

  • Author:
    Plotkin, Fred
    Summary:

    Fred Plotkin, an internationally respected writer and teacher and former performance manager of the Metropolitan Opera, introduces listeners, whatever their level of musical knowledge, to all the riches of opera.

  • Author:
    Aragon, Andrea, McCann, Séan
    Summary:

    In this deeply personal memoir, co-written with wife Andrea Aragon, singer-songwriter and renowned mental health, addiction, and recovery advocate Séan McCann leaves no stone unturned. Detailing, in powerful and lyrical prose, a childhood in Newfoundland indoctrinated in strict Catholic faith, the creation of the wildly successful Great Big Sea, his courtship and early marriage with Aragon, and the battle with alcoholism that nearly cost him everything, McCann offers readers a love story, a memoir of addiction and recovery, of young love and a strained marriage, of reaching international fame and rock bottom. But most of all, an honest, raw, and inspiring tribute to embracing that we are all worth saving. At the heart of this insightful coming-of-recovery is McCann's exploration of the root cause of his alcoholism, a secret he kept until 2014 when he came out as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Aragon's parallel narrative offers a rare and intimate spousal perspective, making the memoir a nuanced and complex portrait of the effects of addiction on family. Featuring lyrics from McCann's celebrated solo career, One Good Reason is a rallying cry for holding on to the ones you love, helping yourself, and turning music into medicine.

  • Author:
    Simmons, Gene
    Summary:

    Gene Simmons, Kiss front man, shares his philosophy on power--how to attain it, how to keep it, and how to harness it as a driving force in business and in life.

  • Author:
    Rogers, Stan
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    A retelling of Canadian folk singer Stan Rogers's song "Northwest Passage" with illustrations, maps, bibliographical information of the key explorers involved, a timeline and sheet music for the original song.

  • Author:
    Troupe, Quincy, Davis, Miles
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    For the first time Miles Davis talks about his five-year silence, his drug problem and how he overcame it, the racism he encountered, and the women in his life. But above all, Miles talks about music and musicians, including the legends he has played with over the years.

  • Author:
    Nelson, Willie
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    The untold story of Willie Nelson and his sister, Bobbie, who, over the course of their lives together, supported each other through personal tragedies and triumphs and forged an unbreakable bond through their shared love of music Abandoned by their parents as toddlers, Willie and Bobbie Nelson found their love of music almost immediately through their grandparents, who raised them in a small Texas town. Their close relationship—which persists today—is the longest-lasting bond in both their lives. In alternating chapters, this heartfelt dual memoir weaves together both their stories as they experienced them side by side and apart. The Nelsons share powerful, emotional moments from growing up, playing music in public for the first time, and facing trials in adulthood, as Willie pursued songwriting and Bobbie faced a series of challenging relationships and a musical career that took off only when attitudes about women began to change in Texas. The memoir is Bobbie's first book, and in it she candidly shares her life story in full for the first time. Her deeply affecting chapters delve into her personal relationships and life as a mother and as a musician with technical skills that even Willie admits surpass his own. In his poignant stories, Willie shares the depth of his bond with his sister, and how that bond carried him through his most troubled moments. Willie and Bobbie have supported each other through unthinkable personal heartbreak, and they've always shared in each other's victories.

  • Author:
    Kaye, Lenny
    Summary:

    Different scenes of rock and roll have been birthed in different times and places since 1954. Kaye takes us on a historical carpet ride of rock and roll's most influential movements and moments.

  • Author:
    Grant, Barbara Ann
    Summary:

    Barbara Ann Grant presents a new method of vocal self-discovery. These three classes are suitable for the complete beginner and those with experience. They teach you how to speak and sing effectively, and leave you feeling fantastic.

  • Author:
    Monk, Katherine
    Summary:

    From the moment Joni Mitchell's career began — with coffee-house bookings, serendipitous encounters with established stars, and a recording contract that gave her full creative control over her music — the woman from the Canadian wheat fields has eluded industry cliches. When her peers were focused on feminism, Mitchell was plumbing the depths of her own human condition. When arena rock was king, she turned to jazz. When all others hailed Bob Dylan as a musical messiah, Mitchell saw a fraud burdened with halitosis. Unafraid to "write in her own blood," regardless of the cost, Mitchell has been vilified as a diva and embraced as a genius, but rarely has she been recognized as an artist and a thinker.
    This new portrait of the reclusive icon examines how significant life events — failed relationships, the surrender of her infant daughter, debilitating sickness — have influenced her creative expression. Author Katherine Monk captures the rich legacy of her multifaceted subject in this offbeat account, weaving in personal reflections and astute cultural observations, and revealing the Mitchell who remains misunderstood.

  • Author:
    Szwed, John F.
    Summary:

    John Szwed takes listeners on a tour of the varied and nonlinear history of jazz, exploring how it developed from an ethnic music to become America's most popular music and then part of the avant-garde in less than fifty years. Szwed's complete overview includes the major types of jazz and significant jazz musicians of the twentieth century; the roots of jazz, including its European and African influences; and recommended listening.

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