Hi everyone, here in Library Land we’ve been discussing the fact that the Freegal Music Service we’ve offered for the last several years isn’t widely used. With that in mind, I’m going to mix up the format of the weekly music posting and suggest five library materials, a mix of books, music CDs and DVDs, that focus on music and musicians.
And I will continue to include a weekly section of suggested videos as those seem to be quite popular!
Also of note, if you’d like to request a title, book, CD or DVD, be held for you at the library simply click on the photo of the item and you’ll be re-directed to online catalog, StarCat, where you can enter your library card and PIN to request desired item.
This week our five music recommendation are:
Dust & Grooves Adventures In Record Collection by Elion Paz (Format: Print Book):
Compelling photographic essays from photographer Eilon Paz are paired with in-depth and insightful interviews to illustrate what motivates these collectors to keep digging for more records. The reader gets an up close and personal look at a variety of well-known vinyl champions, including Gilles Peterson and King Britt, as well as a glimpse into the collections of known and unknown DJs, producers, record dealers, and everyday enthusiasts. Driven by his love for vinyl records, Paz takes us on a five-year journey unearthing the very soul of the vinyl community. – From The Publisher
Folk Jazz Trio (2011) by David Grisman (Format: Music CD):
David Grisman’s musical interests have been so varied that he is impossible to categorize stylistically, one of the reasons he has long described his playing everywhere as “Dawg Music.” This is a bit of an unusual outing, as it consists of a trio with bluegrass/folk guitarist/vocalist Jim Hurst, Grisman (mostly on mandolin), and his son Samson on bass. Hurst has previously covered Roger Rasnake’s “Cold Hard Business” and this version features his strong vocal and potent solos all around. The deliberate Latin-flavored “Vaya con Dios” was a hit for Les Paul & Mary Ford and also covered by Mel Tormé, Nat King Cole, and numerous vocalists, though the trio tackles it as an intimate instrumental. “Sally Ann” is a decades-old traditional favorite of bluegrass pickers; the trio’s interpretation seems effortless and Samson Grisman does a splendid job playing with the two veterans. Hurst and Grisman share the vocals in the traditional sorrowful country ballad “Mary of the Wild Moor,” while Samson take the lead vocal in a potent version of the late John Hartford’s “I Wish We Had Our Time Again.” Stephen Foster’s “Beautiful Dreamer” is one of his best-loved songs; Grisman’s shimmering mandolin lead stands out in this performance. The rest of the CD is equally strong, and the only shortcoming of the album is the omission of composer credits, as both musicians and fans may want to seek out earlier recordings of tunes unfamiliar to them for comparison. Highly recommended. Ken Dryden, AllMusic
From Dust To Dreams (Format: DVD):
The opening-night gala at the Smith Center for Performing Arts in Las Vegas features Joshua Bell, John Fogerty, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Jennifer Hudson, Carole King, Martina McBride, Pat Monahan, Willie Nelson, Arturo Sandoval, and Mavis Staples. Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, the lineup includes “A Song for You” by McBride and Monahan, “You’ve Got a Friend” by King and Staples, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” by Hudson, McBride, and King, and “Pancho & Lefty” by Nelson and Haggard. Jeff Gemmill Synopsis for AllMusic
Complete List of Musical Guests: Jennifer Hudson, John Fogerty, Pat Monahan, Carole King, Martina McBride, Mavis Staples, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Montego Glower, Cheyenne Jackson, Larua Osnes, Sherrie Rene Scott, Benjamin Walker, Marcelo Gomes, Luciana Paris, Joshua Bell & Arturo Sandoval.
The Rolling Stones Edited by Reuel Golden (Format: Print Book):
This is what we used to call a coffee table book! It is about a third larger than an album cover and somewhat weighty and it features more than 500 pages of beautiful photos of the Rolling Stones. The first half of the book shows the Stones in the sixties and the second half offers photos from 1978 to 2015. The sixties photos not only show the Stones but offer glimpses of that dramatic place in time that was the 1960s. As this is a heft book, weighing in at about 14 pounds – you might want to request it so you can pick it up at the Circulation Desk!
Here is the official description of the book: The kind of fame and success The Rolling Stones have achieved in their 50-years and counting career is without parallel; their most famous riffs and catchiest lyrics are indelibly engraved in our collective memory. With their bluesy rock ‘n’ roll and mesmerizing off and onstage presence, the Stones redefined the music of the 1960s and 1970s and paved the way for rock as we know it today. They also set the standard for how a rock band should look and behave. Produced in close collaboration with the band, this book charts the Stones’ remarkable history and outrageously cool lifestyle in over 500 pages of photographs and illustrations, many previously unseen, and gathered from archives all over the world. Unprecedented access to the Rolling Stones’ own archives in New York and London adds an equally extraordinary, more private side to their story. For Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie this is their official photographic record.
Features: Over 500 pages of incredible images from some of the world’s greatest photographers, including David Bailey, Peter Beard, Cecil Beaton, Bob Bonis, Anton Corbijn, Annie Leibovitz, Gered Mankowitz, Helmut Newton, Bent Rej, and Norman Parkinson.
A foreword written by President Bill Clinton
Three new essays from award-winning writers David Dalton, Waldemar Januszczak, and Luc Sante
Appendix including Stones in the media, a Stones timeline, a discography, and photographers’ biographies
Whistle Down The Wind (2018) by Joan Baez (Music CD):
Joan Baez has as estimable a legacy as anyone who emerged in American folk music from 1960 onward, but sometimes a powerful legacy can be as much a burden as an asset. While she’s enjoyed a long and eclectic career that’s spanned six decades, to many Baez will always be the earnest, crystal-voiced activist she was in the early to mid-’60s, and much of her career since has been devoted to honoring what was good about her formative years without being chained to her past. Whistle Down the Wind, released in 2018 as Baez was beginning what she pledged would be her last major concert tour, is the work of an autumnal Joan Baez, but also one who hasn’t turned her back on her music or her principles. The glorious soprano notes of Baez’s glory days are clearly out of reach for her here, but her phrasing remains thoughtful and emotionally strong, and if her voice isn’t quite what it once was, it’s still lovely and full of authority. The mood of these ten songs (which include compositions by Tom Waits, Josh Ritter, Anohni, and Mary Chapin Carpenter) is generally downbeat and sometimes doleful, but Baez fills her performances with strength and commitment that are impressive in their quiet defiance. In songs like “The President Sang Amazing Grace” and “I Wish the Wars Were All Over,” Baez makes clear she’s still committed to a better world without attaching herself to polemics that will be dated in ten years. And the production by Joe Henry is superb, matching Baez’s vocals with subtle but simpatico accompaniment from a studio band that knows how to shine while making room for the protagonist. Whistle Down the Wind is a portrait of an artist who, at the age of 77, has not given up on her muse or her ideals, and while it’s subtle, it’s also a deeply moving piece of work that demands attention. Mark Deming, AllMusic
Videos of the Week:
Cross Road Blues by Robert Johnson
Elves Revolt from the Six Million Dollar Man Christmas Adventures LP
It’s The Real Thing by The Raymonde Orchestra
Piano Cocktails by Buddy Cole
Needle In A Haystack by The Velvelettes
East Tennessee Blues by The Dave Grisman Folk Jazz Trio
Swang Thing by The Dave Grisman Folk Jazz Trio
Our Time – Cheyenne Jackson, Sherie Rene Scott, Ben Walker, Laura Osnes, & Montego Glover
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts – Opening Night Gala – March 10, 2012 Preview
The Last Time by The Rolling Stones
Not Fade Away by The Rolling Stones
Ruby Tuesday by The Rolling Stones
Another World by Joan Baez
Whistle Down The Wind by Joan Baez
Gone Gone Gone by Carl Perkins
This Train by Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash & Jerry Lee Lewis
You Never Can Tell by Bruce Springsteen
Have a great weekend!
Linda Reimer, SSCL
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn
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