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            The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of Hallelujah
             

            The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of Hallelujah (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Reissue)

            By Light, Alan

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            • Pub Date
              6 Jul 22

            Praised as a thoughtful and illuminating (The New York Times) work of music journalism, this is the unforgettable, fascinating, and unexpected account of one of the most performed and beloved songs in pop history--Leonard Cohen's heartrending Hallelujah. When Leonard Cohen first ...wrote and recorded the song Hallelujah, it attracted little attention or airplay, dismissed by both fans and critics alike. Today, it is one of the most recorded songs in history, having been covered by a variety of music icons including Celine Dion, Bon Jovi, Willie Nelson, and, most famously, Jeff Buckley. It's been featured on soundtracks as diverse as Shrek to The West Wing. And in the days after major tragedies, it has brought comfort to thousands after being featured in the MTV 9/11 tribute video and the telethon for the 2010 Haitian earthquake. So how did one relatively unknown song become an unofficial international anthem for human triumph and tragedy, one which each successive generation feels they have discovered and claimed as uniquely their own? Through in-depth interviews and expansive research, longtime music journalist Alan Light follows the captivating and improbable journey of Hallelujah to the heart of popular culture. Discover how great songs come to be, and how we as listeners have the endless ability to project a succession of meanings onto a cultural artifact, forever reinterpreting art through the lens of current events and the latest trends. A combination mystery tale, detective story, pop critique, and sacred psalm of its own (Daily News), The Holy or the Broken is a revelatory and masterful exploration of the overwhelming power of music.
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            ISBN 9781982141363
            Released NZ 6 Jul 2022
            Publisher Simon & Schuster
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            The Musical Human: A History of Life on Earth - A BBC Radio 4 'Book of the Week'
             

            The Musical Human: A History of Life on Earth - A BBC Radio 4 'Book of the Week' (Paperback)

            By Spitzer, Michael

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            • Pub Date
              5 Jul 22

            A RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK 'Full of delightful nuggets' Guardian online 'Entertaining, informative and philosphical ... An essential read' All About History 'Extraordinary range ... All the world and more is here' Evening Standard ____________________________________________ 165 ...million years ago saw the birth of rhythm. 66 million years ago came the first melody. 40 thousand years ago Homo sapiens created the first musical instrument. Today music fills our lives. How we have created, performed and listened to this music throughout history has defined what our species is and how we understand who we are. Yet music is an overlooked part of our origin story. The Musical Human takes us on an exhilarating journey across the ages - from Bach to BTS and back - to explore the vibrant relationship between music and the human species. With insights from a wealth of disciplines, world-leading musicologist Michael Spitzer renders a global history of music on the widest possible canvas, looking at music in our everyday lives; music in world history; and music in evolution, from insects to apes, humans to AI. 'Michael Spitzer has pulled off the impossible: a Guns, Germs and Steel for music' Daniel Levitin 'A thrilling exploration of what music has meant and means to humankind' Ian Bostridge
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            ISBN 9781526602787
            Released NZ 5 Jul 2022
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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            Leonard Cohen: The Mystical Roots of Genius

            Leonard Cohen: The Mystical Roots of Genius (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Freedman, Harry

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            Harry Freedman uncovers the spiritual traditions that lie behind Leonard Cohen's profound and unmistakable lyrics The singer and poet Leonard Cohen was deeply learned in Judaism and Christianity, the spiritual traditions that underpinned his self-identity and the way he made sens...e of the world. In this book Harry Freedman, a leading author of cultural and religious history, explores the mystical and spiritual sources Cohen drew upon, discusses their original context and the stories and ideas behind them. Cohen's music is studded with allusions to Jewish and Christian tradition, to stories and ideas drawn from the Bible, Talmud and Kabbalah. From his 1967 classic 'Suzanne', through masterpieces like 'Hallelujah' and 'Who by Fire', to his final challenge to the divinity, 'You Want It Darker' he drew on spirituality for inspiration and as a tool to create understanding, clarity and beauty. Born into a prominent and scholarly Jewish family in Montreal, Canada, Cohen originally aspired to become a poet, before turning to song writing and eventually recording his own compositions. Later, he became immersed in Zen Buddhism, moving in 1990 to a Zen monastery on Mount Baldy, California where he remained for some years. He died, with immaculate timing, on the day before Donald Trump was elected in 2016, leaving behind him a legacy that will be felt for generations to come. Leonard Cohen: The Mystical Roots of Genius looks deeply into the imagination of one of the greatest singers and lyricists of our time, providing a window on the landscape of his soul. Departing from traditional biographical approaches, Freedman explores song by song how Cohen reworked myths and prayers, legends and allegories. By the end the reader will be left with a powerful understanding of Cohen's story, together with a far broader insight into the mystical origins of his inimitable work.
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            ISBN 9781472987303
            Released NZ 16 Nov 2021
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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            Freedom Girls: Voicing Femininity in 1960s British Pop

            Freedom Girls: Voicing Femininity in 1960s British Pop (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Apolloni, Alexandra M.

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            This introduction positions the history of girl and young women singers in the 1960s in the context of broader histories of vocal training; ideas about voice, respectability, and expressivity; and the models of youthful femininity that were emergent in 1960s Britain. It connects ...this study to the emerging field of Voice Studies and provide an overview of the book's chapters --
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            ISBN 9780190879907
            Released NZ 24 Feb 2022
            Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
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            This Woman's Work: Essays on Music
             

            This Woman's Work: Essays on Music (Hardback)

            By Various

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            • Pub Date
              9 Aug 22

            A collection about the female experience in music by some of the most intelligent and famous writers of the moment

            ISBN 9781474621472
            Released NZ 9 Aug 2022
            Publisher Orion Publishing
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            A Little Devil in America: In Praise of Black Performance
             

            A Little Devil in America: In Praise of Black Performance (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Abdurraqib, Hanif

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            NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST * A masterpiece (Minneapolis Star Tribune), a devastating (The New York Times) meditation on Black performance in America from the MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow and bestselling author of Go Ahead in the Rain WINNER OF THE GORDON BURN PRIZE * LONGLISTE...D FOR THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL * ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Chicago Tribune, Publishers Weekly * ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times Book Review, Time, Esquire, NPR, BookRiot, BookPage, The Rumpus Gorgeous essays that reveal the resilience, heartbreak, and joy within Black performance. -Brit Bennett, author of The Vanishing Half At the March on Washington in 1963, Josephine Baker was fifty-seven years old, well beyond her most prolific days. But in her speech she was in a mood to consider her life, her legacy, her departure from the country she was now triumphantly returning to. I was a devil in other countries, and I was a little devil in America, too, she told the crowd. Inspired by these few words, Hanif Abdurraqib has written a profound and lasting reflection on how Black performance is inextricably woven into the fabric of American culture. Each moment in every performance he examines-whether it's the twenty-seven seconds in Gimme Shelter in which Merry Clayton wails the words rape, murder, a schoolyard fistfight, a dance marathon, or the instant in a game of spades right after the cards are dealt-has layers of resonance in Black and white cultures, the politics of American empire, and Abdurraqib's own personal history of love, grief, and performance. Abdurraqib writes prose brimming with jubilation and pain, infused with the lyricism and rhythm of the musicians he loves. With care and generosity, he explains the poignancy of performances big and small, each one feeling intensely familiar and vital, both timeless and desperately urgent. Filled with sharp insight, humor, and heart, A Little Devil in America exalts the Black performance that unfolds in speci
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            ISBN 9781984801203
            Publisher Random House
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            Radiohead: Life in a Glasshouse
             

            Radiohead: Life in a Glasshouse (Hardback)

            By Aizlewood, John

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              1 Jul 22

            Radiohead are proof that selling records need not mean selling out and Life In A Glasshouse is their story.

            ISBN 9781786750341
            Released NZ 1 Jul 2022
            Publisher Palazzo Editions Ltd
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            Sacred Passions: The Life and Music of Manual de Falla
              

            Sacred Passions: The Life and Music of Manual de Falla (Paperback, illustrated edition)

            By Hess, Carol

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            The work of composer Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) ranges from late-romantic salon pieces to evocations of flamenco to stark neoclassicism. In this book, Carol Hess offers a fresh understanding of his life and work. She examines his work in terms of musical style and explores the c...ultural milieu in which he worked.
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            ISBN 9780195383584
            Released NZ 1 Apr 2009
            Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
            Interest Age 14+ years
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            The National's Boxer
             

            The National's Boxer (Paperback)

            By Pinkard, Ryan

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              2 Jun 22

            Demonstrates how Boxer came at a do-or-die moment for a hardworking, fiercely-driven group that has since gone the distance --

            ISBN 9781501378010
            Released NZ 2 Jun 2022
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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            Series 33 1/3
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            The Psychology of Music: A Very Short Introduction

            The Psychology of Music: A Very Short Introduction (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Margulis, Elizabeth Hellmuth

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            The Psychology of Music: A Very Short Introduction seeks to answer fundamental questions of enduring interest, such as What is musicality? and How does music move us? In doing so, it reveals what happens when science attempts to confront some of the deepest questions about music.

            ISBN 9780190640156
            Released NZ 15 Nov 2018
            Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
            Interest Age 19+ years
            Series Very Short Introductions
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