“No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel
Whether it’s rap, rock, jazz, reggae or classical music, the Arts Division has an eclectic mix of new book offerings that is sure to strike a chord.
The Anthology of Rapis comprised of nearly three hundred lyrics written over thirty years of the rich poetic artistry known as rap.
The Saddest Music Ever Written: The Story of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings is the first book ever to explore Samuel Barber’s seminal masterpiece: from its composition in 1936, when Barber was just twenty-six, to its orchestral premiere two years later, led by the great Arturo Toscanini, and the work’s fascinating history as America’s secular hymn for grieving our dead. Adagio is known as the music from funerals and memorials for Presidents Roosevelt and Kennedy, Albert Einstein, and Grace Kelly to the antiwar theme of the movie Platoon.
Herman Leonard’s Jazz captures and preserves the glory days of the musical genre that has defined America. His luminous images of Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and many others, both in performance and “off duty,” are at once supreme examples of the photographer’s art and a unique record of a musical revolution.
With 300 million album sales globally, Queen remains one of the most popular rock bands on the planet. Is This the Real Life? looks beyond Queen’s public persona to shed light on the legendary band’s four wildly divergent personalities, particularly lead singer Freddie Mercury’s.
New York–based photographer, author, and filmmaker Andrew Zuckerman’s new book Music features new portraits of and interviews with several international music icons.