Terry Teachout’s Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington (Gotham, $30) vividly brings to life the composer, pianist, and bandleader who “knew how to express the grandest of emotions on the smallest of scales, and who needed no more room in which to suggest his immortal longings.” Teachout (author of the wonderful Pops on Louis Armstrong) also shows Ellington the enigma: cool, suave, and charismatic in public, yet distant and selfish, sporting a Don Juan complex in private. But above all, it’s about the music: Ellington’s apprenticeship on D.C.’s U Street and in Harlem’s Cotton Club, and the decades-long, non-stop journey of composing and traveling with his orchestra. Working with his inspiring soloists (and later, Billy Strayhorn), Ellington composed a body of work, song by song, suite by suite, that is unsurpassed.

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ISBN: 9781592407491
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Published: Avery - October 17th, 2013

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Published: Avery - November 4th, 2014

For years, popular culture has pitted music fans into one of two houses of rock and roll: You’re either a Beatles fan or a Rolling Stones fan. In Beatles vs. Stones (Simon & Schuster, $26) writer and rock music fanatic John McMillian explores the celebrity, reputations, and media frenzy surrounding the historic rivalry of two of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands ever. Suggesting that the groups’ rivalry was merely a fabrication of the music industry and their managers, McMillian traverses the history and culture of the ‘60s to reflect on the public and personal relationships of the bands. From the streets of London to the arenas of the States, the book unveils the true characters of the bands; The Beatles were ruffians posed as the boys next door, the Rolling Stones were suburban gentleman made into streetfighters. Through McMillian’s painstaking research and passionate storytelling, this book stands as a refreshing take on two of the most beloved bands of all time.

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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 29th, 2013

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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 11th, 2014

Football Nation: Four Hundred Years of America’s Game from the Library of Congress (Abrams, $30), edited by Susan Reyburn, tells the story of football from its origins in pre-colonial America to the modern game we know today. Etchings, photographs, paintings, and memorabilia bring the history to life. Yale’s Walter Camp codified the rules of football in the late nineteenth century, making mainstream what had been perceived as an outlaw sport. Stars like Jim Thorpe and Red Grange firmly fixed football’s place in the public imagination and our popular culture. Archival documents, posters, cartoons, and advertisements show how the sport has changed as our country has changed. For football fans and students of the game, this book is a celebration of an American institution.
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ISBN: 9780810997622
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 8th, 2013