September 2015 Music Picks from Chrissie Hynde & Patti Smith


Full disclosure: my good-time listening music dates mostly from the medieval and Renaissance eras. But I love music in general as a country without borders, and I’m always happy to feature books by or about major rock/pop/blues/jazz musicians in Prepub Alert. There has been a flood of such books lately, and since most of them […]

Candice Bergen, Philip Glass, & the Dalai Lama’s Brother | Audio in Advance Apr. 2015 | Nonfiction


Acuff, Jon. Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck. Blackstone. ISBN 9781481519960. Reader TBA. Acuff’s (Start) latest is a guide to making big career changes—by choice or necessity—and escaping the horrible feeling of being trapped in the wrong job. Throughout the book, Acuff features inspiring and funny true stories—not merely his own […]

Music and Lyrics: Five Books on Sound and Singers | Wyatt’s World


Looking for a display idea? Consider collecting the recent raft of memoirs by musicians and cultural histories of music together.

Bukowski, Dylan, von Furstenberg, Robots, & the New American Generation | Nonfiction Previews, Jul. 2015, Pt. 2


Bukowski, Charles. On Writing. Ecco. Jul. 2015. 112p. ISBN 9780062396006. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062395986.LITERATURE/LETTERS The great cultural iconoclast Bukowski hasn’t been with us for two decades, but you can still hire him on as a writing teacher by reading this collection of his correspondence with publishers, editors, friends, and fellow writers. Lots of insights into […]

Modern Composition | Music Matters, December 2014


Jennifer Higdon is among the most important and prolific composers working today—and one who’s frequently inspired by books and libraries.

The Music Scene, from Steve Earle’s Memoir to Pasquale Rotella’s Electric Daisy Carnival | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2015, Pt. 2


Bach, Sebastian. 18 and Life on Skid Row. Dey Street: HarperCollins. Jun. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9780062265395. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062265418. MUSIC Actually, Bach has been part of the metal music scene since he was 14, first joining Kid Wikkid and then flaunting his vocals and mass of blond hair with Skid Row, Madam X, The […]

Q&A: Malka Marom

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Canada-based singer and broadcast journalist Malka Marom talks to LJ about her book Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words, a thoughtful account of Joni Mitchell’s life and creative process.

Library Care Packages: CDs, Freshly Picked | Music Matters


Physical music collections are still strong; the Cincinnati public library’s CD of the Month Club brings a new music discovery service to patrons. You can, too.

Aczel on Science and Religion, Hadlow on King George III, Jessye Norman on Her Life, & More | Nonfiction Previews, May 2014, Pt. 5


Aczel, Amir. Why Science Does Not Disprove God. Morrow. Apr. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780062230591. $27.99. SCIENCE/RELIGION Aczel, the award-winning author of Fermat’s Last Theorem and recipient of a doctoral degree in mathematics from Berkeley, profoundly disagrees with the decree by the so-called New Atheists that modern breakthroughs in science prove that there is no God. […]

Rock On: Four Big Music Titles | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2014, Pt. 2


Bailey, Philip with Keith Zimmerman & Kent Zimmerman. Shining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth, Wind & Fire. Viking. Apr. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780670785889. $28.95. MUSIC Ninety million records sold. Eight Grammy awards. Lot of platinum and gold records. And lead singer Bailey’s leaping multi-octave range. The numbers speak for themselves, but Bailey has more […]