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Ready for a Brand New Beat

Was "Dancing in the Street" about something more than a party?

 

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This Land Is Their Land

New lives of folk music legends Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.

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Reinventing Bach

Following Bach's music into the digital age and beyond.

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Greatest Generation

Two defining voices of rock look back on lives of creative musical destruction.

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Live at Art D'Lugoff's Top of the Gate

Should we care about a new posthumous recording of the legendary pianist? Yes.

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Honky Tonk Girl: My Life in Lyrics

A new collection showcases the songwriting talents of the coal miner's daughter and feminist pioneer.

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The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years

A dense, imagistic book of music criticism that echoes the band's unique sound.

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Love Goes to Buildings on Fire

A period of unprecedented musical innovation.

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Tony Bennett: The Complete Collection

More than six decades of material from a living legend.

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Deep in a Dream

The tormented life of jazz legend Chet Baker.

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The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964

A two CD-set of Dylan's original publishers' demo recordings, including such classics as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Mr. Tambourine Man."

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Saxophone Colossus

The genius and grandeur of the incomparable tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins is celebrated in text and photographs.

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Whirl

The pianist and composer returns to the keyboard with tunes both classic and fresh. Read more...

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Still Evolving: New Jazz Recordings

A critic's recent listening suggest reports of jazz's death have been greatly overstated. Read more...

April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.