Hip-Hop History & Music Memoirs | Audio in Advance August 2016 | Stephanie’s Picks

Music-related audiobooks releasing in August 2016

Queen Victoria, Pixar, Space Travel, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2016, Pt. 4

Alvarez, Walter. A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves. Norton. Nov. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780393292695. $26.95. SCIENCE/COSMOLOGY If you’re familiar with the “Impact Theory,” which blames dinosaur extinction on a crash-landed asteroid, then you’re familiar with Berkeley geologist Alvarez; he originated the idea. Here he argues that Big History, which […]

Music & Art, April 2016 | Best Sellers

July 2015 to date as identified by YBP Library Services

Atwood, Hajdu, Semple, & Zink | Barbara’s Picks, Oct. 2016, Pt. 3

Atwood, Margaret. Hag-Seed. Hogarth: Crown. (Hogarth Shakespeare.) Oct. 2016. 256p. ISBN 9780804141291. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780804141307. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY FICTION Now that Jeanette Winterson, Howard Jacobson, and Anne Tyler have all had a go at contemporizing Shakespeare via the “Hogarth Shakespeare” series (purveyed by Penguin Random House companies in eight countries, with rights sold […]

From De Quincey to Abramovic to the Beatles | Arts Previews, Oct. 2016, Pt. 3

Abramovic, Marina. Walk Through Walls: Becoming Marina Abramovic. Crown Archetype. Oct. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781101905043. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781101905050. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. ART/MEMOIR Preeminent performance artist Abramovic has been stripped, burned, and cut and has sat with a loaded gun to her head or simply sat for hours—all in the name of an art that […]

Sounds and Sweet Airs by Anna Beer | LJ Review

LJ’s review of Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music

The Girls in the Band | LJ DVD Review

This joyous musical reveals the women who traveled and performed in vaudeville and during the Big Band era

Kill ‘Em and Leave by James McBride | LJ Review

Accounts of James Brown’s life (1933–2006) have been told many times, in many versions. He has been represented and misrepresented. Yet, there is always room for more. Memoirist (The Color of Water) and novelist (The Good Lord Bird) McBride deftly includes his own life experiences, while digging deep into sources and places that surrounded the Godfather of Soul.

More MJ | Arts and Humanities, April 1, 2016

Fans of Michael Jackson and readers interested in the suspect circumstances of the singer’s death will enjoy these two biographies of the troubled performer.

James McBride’s Quest for the Real James Brown | Audio in Advance April 2016 | Nonfiction

Ackerman, Jennifer. The Genius of Birds. HighBridge. ISBN 9781681681283. Reader TBA. Traveling around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research―the distant laboratories of Barbados and New Caledonia, the bowerbird habitats of Australia, the ravaged mid-Atlantic coast after Hurricane Sandy and the warming mountains of central Virginia and the western states―Ackerman not only tells […]