Latest Music Books

For the first time, rock music icon Gregg Allman, one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band, tells the full story of his life and career in My Cross to Bear. No subject is taboo, as one of the true giants of rock ‘n’ roll opens up about his Georgia youth, his long struggle with substance abuse, his string of bad marriages (including his brief union with superstar Cher), the tragic death of brother Duane Allman, and life on the road in one of rock’s most legendary bands.

Loretta Lynn’s rags-to-riches story–from her hardscrabble childhood in Butcher Holler, Kentucky, through her marriage to Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn when she was thirteen, to her dramatic rise to the top of the charts–has resonated with countless fans throughout her more than fifty-year career. Now, the anecdotes she shares here give us deeper insight into her life, her collaborations, her influences, and how she pushed the boundaries of country music by discussing issues important to working-class women, even when they were considered taboo. Honky Tonk Girl: A Life in Lyrics is one more way for Lynn’s fans–those who already love her and those who soon will–to know the heart and mind of this remarkable woman.

Mambo Diablo: My Journey with Tito Puente – Countless stories have been written about Tito Puente’s percussive musical abilities, but never before have his talent and intuition, as well as the mishaps and controversies surrounding him, been presented with such vivacity and love, chronicling the popular and combative King of Latin rhythm who climbed from El Barrio to international fame and recognition, influencing multiple generations of jazzers and Latin rockers from Dizzy Gillespie to Santana. Tito Puente was more than a flamboyant percussionist; he was a multi-instrumentalist and gifted composer.

Céline: Beyond the Image – With more than 600 previously unpublished photographs, this book tells the story of Céline Dion through the unique and up-close perspective of photographer Laurent Cayla, revealing also his personal struggles with depression and dependency on alcohol and drugs and the hope Céline and her husband gave him for change. From tender family moments and glimpses of Céline with other celebrities and stars to private backstage views and captivating scenes on the stage, Céline fans will relish this panorama of both inside and outside the spotlight.

From patriotic “God Bless America” to wistful “White Christmas,” Irving Berlin’s songs have long accompanied Americans as they fall in love, go to war, and come home for the holidays. Irving Berlin’s American Musical Theater is the first book to fully consider this songwriter’s immeasurable influence on the American stage. Award-winning music historian Jeffrey Magee chronicles Berlin’s legendary theatrical career, providing a rich background to some of the great composer’s most enduring songs, from “There’s No Business Like Show Business” to “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”


In Dwight Yoakam: A Thousand Miles from Nowhere, award-winning music journalist Don McLeese offers the first musical biography of this acclaimed artist. Tracing the seemingly disparate influences in Yoakam’s music, McLeese shows how he has combined rock and roll, rockabilly, country, blues, and gospel into a seamless whole. In particular, McLeese explores the essential issue of “authenticity” and how it applies to Yoakam, as well as to country music and popular culture in general.


The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook – It’s not an exaggeration to say that The Sound of Music is the most beloved film musical of all time. It has touched more than one generation, as over the years, many parents have shared the magic of this wonderful movie with their children. Seven very special children experienced The Sound of Music firsthand: the seven young actors cast as the von Trapp children. Now, for the first time, they tell their stories about making this celebrated film, from their auditions to rehearsals in Los Angeles to an incredible spring and summer in Salzburg, Austria.



Predict the Oscars Contest!

The Arts Division and the Media Department are having a contest this week to gear up for the 84th annual Academy Awards to be broadcast Sunday evening, February 26th. A ballot box is set out in both divisions for patrons to make their predictions for this year’s winners. To participate come to one of these locations and fill in a ballot sheet by marking one choice in each of the categories. The person who predicts the most categories correctly will win 2 movie tickets.  Second most correct predictions will win a past Best Picture DVD. And the third place winner will take home a book based on one of this year’s Best Picture Nominees.  The Art Division has a large selection of resources about the film industry. Our Media Department has many new and popular films on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Sunday Cinema @ the Library

Looking for something to do on a Sunday afternoon? The Central Library presents Sunday Movie Matinee @ the Library beginning in January 2012. We invite you to an all-ages free movie experience in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Public Library Building on these Sunday afternoons of the following months:

January 8Transformers: Dark of the Moon [rated PG-13]

February 12The Music Never Stopped [rated PG]

March 11 – Alice in Wonderland (2011) [rated PG]

April 22Cars 2 [rated G]

May 6 – African Cats [rated G]

June-September – LIBRARY CLOSED

October 14Akeelah and the Bee [rated PG]

November 4Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock [rated PG13]

December 9A Christmas Story [rated PG]

Show time is 2 PM. Movie goers are welcome to bring their own snacks or visit our new Tim Hortons restaurant.

Vampires, Slashers and Zombies! Oh my!

We’ve added five new titles that are sure to scare the daylights out of you while, of course, informing and entertaining you. First up…

Horror! : 333 films to scare you to death /Carlton, 2010.

From Psycho to Saw, James Marriott and Kim Newman have compiled details of 333 key horror films including creepy black-and-white classics (Repulsion) to colorful splatterfests (The Texas Chainsaw Masacre)  from one of the most popular film genres for over a century. Next…

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Horror noir : where cinema’s dark sisters meet/McFarland & Co., c2011.[Table of Contents]

“Film historian (Paul) Meehan follows Tech-Noir (2008), which explored the fusion of noir and science fiction and fantasy, with an equally engaging survey of films that blend horror and noir elements. Film noir, he explains, took from horror its visual style—the shadow motif, for instance—and much of its thematic core (psychological terror, blurring the line between good and evil).”-David Pitt (Booklist) Followed by…

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Count down to terror : ranking the top 100 horror movies/Diamond , 2010.

This super-colorful overview contains over 600 rare visuals that pit horror against horror in the ultimate scary movie match-up. Screenwriter/film historian Gary Gerani presents and evaluates the cinema’s most celebrated shockers, from silent classics to today’s gorefests. And for the fans of suspense…

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Hitchcock, piece by piece/ Abrams, c2010.

The Hitchcock family archives have been raided for this new coffee-table book by Laurent Bouzereau containing rare photos, many never before published. Housed in pouches are fascinating facsimile reproductions of memorabilia and scrapbook-type items which offer a tactile, hands-on perusal.  Handwritten notes and family snapshots are just some of the mementos which frame the story of the inventor of modern horror’s life and work. And finally…

Universal Monsters: A legacy of Horror/ Universe Pub., c2009.

Michael Mallory’s visually stunning book explores Hollywood’s horror film characters from Frankenstein to The Creature from the Black Lagoon and chronicles the mythology behind your favorite Universal Studios horror movies from the 1920’s to the 50’s.

Contact the Arts Division to find out more about these titles and others like them!