Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life - John Adams

John Adams started his musical career early in idyllic New Hampshire: he was playing clarinet in bands and orchestras, composing, and conducting as a teenager. Over the last twenty-five years, he’s written some of the iconic works of modern music: Shaker Loops, Harmonielehre, the operas Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer, Doctor Atomic, and the oratorio El Niño. In his memoir, Hallelujah Junction (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26), Adams describes his early life and influences, finding his “voice” on the West Coast, and details his works and collaborations. The writing is as felicitous and inventive as his compositions. (Nonesuch Records has released a companion 2-CD compilation of his works, also titled Hallelujah Junction.)

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ISBN: 9780312428617
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Published: Picador - November 24th, 2009

Country Music: The Masters [With CD] - Marty Stuart

Country Music: The Masters (Sourcebooks, $49.99) is a love song by Marty Stuart, the great country singer, to the extraordinary figures that make, and have made, country music America’s music. From the moving final portrait of Johnny Cash to photographs of Little Jimmie Dickens and Merle Haggard, you have an invaluable document. There are pictures of Elvis Presley’s guitar and of Minnie Pearl’s hat; you can see the handwritten lyrics of Loretta Lynn’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”  Everywhere you look there is something that adds to your knowledge of the history of country music and its contributors. Also included are a CD containing 21 songs and a DVD of a music video of Stuart’s “Dark Bird.”