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Books, Products, Resources

Smithsonian Rock

Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen

Between December 2015 and August 2017 the Smithsonian called upon rock and roll lovers around the world to submit photos and stories of their favorite moments in music.

Woman Walk

Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives

A celebration of women in country, Americana, and bluegrass music, Woman Walk the Line is a collection of deeply personal essays from some of America’s most intriguing women writers

The Pastorale

The Pastorale: 26 Pieces Composed in the Pastorale Tradition

These pieces demonstrate the history and varied heritage of the Pastorale tradition that has permeated poetry, drama, painting, and music around the world.

Social Media Promotion

Social Media Promotion for Musicians: The Manual for Marketing Yourself, Your Band, and Your Music Online

This update to Bobby Owsinski’s Social Media Promotion for Musicians will teach you how to use social media to effectively promote yourself and your music.

My Years

Music to My Years: Life and Love Between the Notes

“Music to My Years,” is about Local 47 member Artie Kane’s personal life and career as a first call pianist for Hollywood studios from 1960 through 1979.

Ludwig Milde

Ludwig Milde: 25 Studies in Scales and Chords for Bassoon Op. 24

A staple of the bassoon’s pedagogical literature, Ludwig Milde’s 25 Studies, Op. 24 was previously available only in uncorrected editions lacking content beyond the etudes themselves.

A Life in Songwriting, from Willie to Whitney

I Wrote That One, Too…A Life in Songwriting, from Willie to Whitney

“I Wrote that One, Too … A Life in Songwriting, from Willie to Whitney,”
by Steve Dorff, Backbeat Books,

Ray Reed Jazz Originals

Ray Reed Jazz Originals: 45 Great Compositions by The Jazz Master

Ray Reed was a first call, woodwind multi-instrumentalist who performed on hundreds of jazz recordings over a 40-plus year career, including with Stan Kenton, Johnny Mandel, Bill Holman, and Frank Zappa orchestras.

The Bass Book

The Bass Book: A Complete Illustrated History of Bass Guitars

Bass guitar has provided the solid foundation on which much of modern music is built. This third edition of The Bass Book follows the evolution of bass guitar from its introduction to today with a full lowdown of the most important bass players and makers.

Jazz in Italy

Bebop, Swing, and Bella Music: Jazz and the Italian American Experience

This book explores the contributions that Americans of Italian descent have made to jazz and also discusses the discrimination and stereotyping faced by Italian immigrants in their efforts to assimilate into American culture.