Just Kids - Patti Smith

Patti Smith’s unique fusing of Rimbaud and Beat-inspired poetry to the shamanic energy of rock & roll culminated in her first record, Horses (Arista, $9.98), released in 1975, with a beautiful cover photo by Robert Mapplethorpe. Her beautifully written memoir of her years as an emerging artist, Just Kids (Ecco, $27), is an inspiring tale told with tenderness, grace, wit, and vulnerability. It’s also a dual portrait of Patti and of Robert—her serendipitous protector, lover, collaborator, and lifelong friend—in a long-lost bohemian New York of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The book features memorable appearances by Sam Shepard, Gregory Corso, Harry Smith, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and many other heroes, mentors, friends, and supporters. Just Kids is the perfect gift for present and future poets, musicians, and artists of all kinds, and describes the vision, will, and tenacity that is needed to succeed.

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ISBN: 9780066211312
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Published: Ecco - January 19th, 2010

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ISBN: 9780060936228
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Published: Ecco - November 2nd, 2010

My Nine Lives - Leon Fleisher and Anne Midgette

When he was left unable to use two fingers on his right hand, classical pianist Leon Fleisher’s life took a tragic turn. But during his thirty-year battle to overcome his mysterious physical problem, his love of music led to other outlets: conducting, teaching at the Peabody Institute and at Tanglewood, playing and commissioning pieces for left-hand only. Now with the help of Botox injections in his fingers and other therapies, Fleisher is concertizing once again with two hands. Co-written with Washington Post music critic Anne Midgette, MY NINE LIVES: A Musical Memoir (Doubleday, $26) is an inspiring book, immersing the reader in the classical world of the last five decades, and in the joys of music-making.

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ISBN: 9780767931373
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Published: Anchor - November 1st, 2011

Richard Cook's Jazz Encyclopedia - Richard Cook

The best thing about Richard Cook’s Jazz Encyclopedia is that it is so opinionated. In the mostly biographical entries about jazz, he pulls no punches in his assessments. On the saxophonist Archie Shepp, “A few recent performances on record have been close to embarrassing. . . .” Along with these observations, he gives a comprehensive look at the music and provides an important recording at the end of each biographical entry. And there are explanations of musical terms that are part of the lexicon of jazz. It’s educational and fun!