Classical Music Month

  The Cambridge Companion to the Symphony Few genres of the last 250 years have proved so crucial to the course of music history, or so vital to public musical experience, as the symphony. This Companion offers an accessible guide to the historical, analytical and interpretative issues surrounding this major genre of Western music, discussing […]

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Patriotic Music

American patriotic music is a part of the culture and history of the United States. Learn the words and the stories behind them. Music for Patriots, Politicians and Presidents 101 Patriotic Poems, Songs and Speeches This Land is Your Land: Woody Guthrie and the Journey of an American Folk Song Of Thee I Sing: Lyrics and […]

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June is African American Music Appreciation Month

On June 7, 1979, President Jimmy Carter declared June the month to honor African American music. In the years since, several presidential administrations have acknowledged the month by holding formal events at the White House. On June 2, 2009, President Barack Obama decreed the name was changed to African-American Music Appreciation Month. Learn more about […]

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Rolling Stones 50 Years Ago

The Rolling Stones released their first album The Rolling Stones in the UK on April 16, 1964.  The US version was released on May 30th with the sub-title England’s Newest Hit Makers.  Learn more about this remarkable group by checking out these titles. The Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Rock’n’Roll 50 Licks: Myths and Stories […]

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March 3 is National Anthem Day

The Star- Spangled Banner is the National anthem of the United States of America. It was written by Francis Scott Key and became our national anthem on          March 3, 1931. There are four verses but only the first is commonly sung.   Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light What so proudly […]

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Jazz began in the United States

Jazz was born in the late 1800’s out of a mix of African and European music traditions. One key elements of jazz is improvisation—the ability to create new music spontaneously. Another is syncopation. When musicians syncopate their music, they take patterns that are even and regular and break them up, make them uneven, and put […]

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Singer, Song Writer, Book Writer

You may have caught Steve Earle’s recent show in Kent, or maybe you’ve listened to his music on CD. You may not know that Steve has written books, as well as a thoughtful introduction to James Agee’s A Death in the Family.  Click on the covers to find Earle in our collection.     “[James […]

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The Islamic World – A New Look

In whose name : the Islamic world after 9/11 Born in Iran, Abbas casts a sharp eye over a world seen by few from the West. Seeking out people and places that have been overlooked by others, he reveals far more—and in greater depth—than photojournalists who focus on flashpoints or who race to break the […]

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Rock Bands

The Eagles : an American band “Take It Easy.” “Lyin’ Eyes.” “One of These Nights.” “Hotel California.” These songs are among the most memorable ever written, and they all came from one amazing band: the Eagles. This gorgeous volume traces the history of the group from the late 1960s through to the present. Capturing the […]

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Beatles

The Beatles : the stories behind the songs 1962-1966 Who was “just 17” and made Paul’s heart go ‘boom?’ Was there really an Eleanor Rigby?     The Beatles : the stories behind the songs 1967-1970 Where is Penny Lane? What was the inspiration for “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds?”Steve Turner investigates the most famous […]

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