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Book Collection

Following, please find a list of books about music and music-related subjects in my collection. I have learned much from these books. This list is being constantly expanded, so please come back and check out the new additions.



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RADOSZEWSKI, ROMAN ~ CZESLAW NIEMEN: KIEDY SIE DZIWIC PRZESTANE
ISKRY ~ 83-307-1770-1 ~ 2004 ~ Polish

Rock / Progressive Rock / Jazz-Rock Fusion / Biography / History & Criticism

One of the most serious books on Rock music ever published, following the life of Polish musical genious Czeslaw Niemen, singer / keyboards player and composer, who singlehandedly revolutionised the Easter European Rock scene in the late 1960´s and 1970´s. Based on years of in-depth interviews with the artists, the author presents a serious portrait of his personality, his social and political horizons and his deep attachement to Polish literature.


RANTANEN, MISKA ~ LOVE RECORDS 1966-1979
SCHILDTS ~ 951-50-1528-6 ~ 2005 ~ ~ New

Music Industry / Discography / History & Criticism

This beautiful book tells the story of Love Records, the small Finnish record label Love Records, which was active in the 1960s / 1970s and released some of the best, most interesting and most beautiful music on this planet.

Beautifully designed, lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched, this book is a tribute of love to the label´s unique status and achievement. In retrospect Love Records were one of several labels, which changed the fate of music by allowing unknown and uncompromising musicians to record and release their music, which would later influence generations of young musicians. The disregard of commercial considerations and the complete artistic freedom which the label offered its artists was symbolic and prophetic, as it eventually brought the label to its financial collapse.

This book is a superb tribute paid to the label´s creative output and one can only wish that other labels of similar importance and fate will be attributed in similar way one day.


RATLIFF, BEN ~ COLTRANE: THE STORY OF A SOUND
FABER AND FABER ~ 978-0-571-23274-1 ~ 2011 ~ English ~ New

Jazz / Biography / History & Criticism

More than any other Jazz icon, John Coltrane continues to fascinate writers / researchers / critics and the music listeners, now 45 years after his tragically untimely death. Quite a few books about Coltrane, his life and his music were written and published over time, but this new book by NYT Jazz critic Ben Ratliff is one of the best.

Having the benefit of a longer historical perspective (than other authors) and the open-mindedness (he is also a Rock critic) required for understanding music, Ratliff examines again what he calls the legendary "Coltrane sound", trying to describe its essence and aesthetic influence. In part two of the book he tries to analyze the influence of Coltrane´s music upon other Jazz musicians over time as well as Culture in general.

The book is excellently written and proposes many highly intellectual issues, which deserve to be contemplated in depth. It is intelligent and provoking as well as highly educational even for people, who have already consumed many books about Coltrane. The only slight point of criticism would be (as with almost everything written in the US) the complete omission of Coltrane´s influence on European Jazz in particular and European music in general, which in fact was even more dramatic than the influence in the US soil.

Altogether this is an instant classic, which deservers to be a part of any serious music library. Kudos Ben!


REJ, BENT ~ THE ROLLING STONES: IN THE BEGINNING
MITCHELL BEAZLEY ~ 1-84000-648-X ~ 2006 ~ English ~ New

Rock / Art & Photography / History & Criticism

This is a stunning book, which collects hundreds of mostly black & white photographs of The Rolling Stones by the Danish photographer Bent Rej, taken between March 1965 and May 1966. These extraordinary photographs tell the story of the group at the formative time, when their popularity was rising like a rocket and had no rivals other that The Beatles.

The old phrase that "a picture tells a thousand words" is true in this case more than ever. The text accompanying the photographs in factual and very informative, but of course the images are much more important. This is a superb example of marvelous Rock photography of the highest quality, which is characterized not only by the technical quality of the photographs, but more importantly by the keen eye of the Artist, able to catch the right moment, with the right lighting effect and the dramatic dynamics frozen in a split second.

This is an absolute must to every Rolling Stones fan and Rock photography connoisseur.


RENAUD, PHILIPPE ~ LA DISCOGRAPHIE DU JAZZ ANGLAIS
NOTES ~ ? ~ 1985 ~ French

Jazz / Discography

Brilliant discography of the Bitish Jazz at the peak of its creative powers, covering the late 1960´s / 1970´s and early 1980´s. Incredible detail and a superb resource for record collectors.


RENAUD, PHILIPPE ~ SIMPLY NOT CRICKET: CATALOGUE DU JAZZ BRITANNIQUE 1964-1994
PRIVATE EDITION ~ 2-9509156-0-4 ~ 1995 ~ English

Jazz / Jazz-Rock Fusion / Discography

This is the second edition of Renaud´s discography of British Jazz published a decade earlier, expanded and brought up to date. Meticulously researched, this is the best ever publication of its kind and an absolute goldmine of information to any record collector / fan of British Jazz. Although not complete and perfect, since no discography, especially of this scope can ever be, this is as close to perfection as possible and summarizes the author´s lifetime work and love put into the project. This is an essential document!


REYNARD, GUY ~ FUSION
JAZZ HOT / L'INSTANT ~ 2-86-929-153-1 ~ 1990 ~ French

Jazz / History & Criticism

8th volume of a Jazz encyclopedia issued in France by the French "Jazz Hot" magazine. As the title suggests, this volume tells the story of Jazz-Rock Fusion.


RIVELLI, PAULINE / LEVIN, ROBERT (EDITORS) ~ GIANTS OF BLACK MUSIC
DA CAPO PRESS ~ 0-306-80119-1 ~ 1979 ~ English

Jazz / History & Criticism

A collection of essays by some of the best American Jazz writers, like Frank Kofsky and Nat Hentoff, about American black Jazz musicians.


ROSENTHAL, DAVID H. ~ HARD BOP: JAZZ & BLACK MUSIC 1955-1965
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS ~ 0-19-508556-6 ~ 1992 ~ English

Jazz / History & Criticism

A serious study of Jazz in the post bebop period and the emergence of hard bop as an amalgam of bebop and rhythm ´n´ blues. Very interesting.


RULAND, HANS ~ DUKE ELLINGTON: SEIN LEBEN, SEINE MUSIK, SEINE SCHALLPLATEN
OREOS VERLAG ~ 3-923657-03-X ~ 1983 ~ German

Jazz / Biography

A comprehensive biography of Duke Ellington with good analysis of his music and extensive discography.


RUSSELL, ROSS ~ BIRD LIVES!
QUARTET BOOKS ~ 0-7043-3094-6 ~ 1976 ~ English

Jazz / Biography

Considered the best biography of Jazz giant Charlie Parker, including many details about his life and a deep analysis of his music. One of the most popular Jazz books.


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