Film and Music

Let's Do It: The Birth of Pop Music: A History By Bob Stanley Cover Image
ISBN: 9781639362509
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Published: Pegasus Books - September 6th, 2022

Calling all music lovers! Let’s Do It details the history of the beginning of pop music from the end of the nineteenth century until the mid-1950s. Stanley tells a rich story that brings the music off the page and celebrates the contributions of those who brought this genre to life.

- Kiarra

Entertainment Nation: How Music, Television, Film, Sports, and Theater Shaped the United States By NMAH, Kenneth XCohen (Editor), John Troutman (Editor), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Foreword by) Cover Image
By NMAH, Kenneth XCohen (Editor), John Troutman (Editor), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781588347244
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Published: Smithsonian Books - November 1st, 2022

Entertainment Nation is a star-studded and richly illustrated book celebrating the best of 150 years of US pop culture. The book presents nearly 300 breathtaking Smithsonian objects from the first long-term exhibition on popular culture. Entertainment Nation offers the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, the passion and grit of star athletes, the limelight of the music industry and theater.

- Mark

Cinema Speculation By Quentin Tarantino Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063112582
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Published: Harper - November 1st, 2022

Tarantino delves into the movies that shaped him. Bullitt (Steve McQueen!), Deliverance (Ned Beatty!), The Funhouse (Tobe Hooper!), and many more get their own close readings, along with Q’s views on Hollywood culture during the mid 20th century and his own moviegoing memories.

- Keaton

The Philosophy of Modern Song By Bob Dylan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451648706
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 1st, 2022

The one and only Bob Dylan--songwriting genius and Nobel Prize winner--turns to the genius of others and what goes into making a great song. There is no greater authority on the intersection of American history, culture and music.

- Keaton

Hollywood: The Oral History By Jeanine Basinger, Sam Wasson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063056947
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Published: Harper - November 8th, 2022

If you’re a fan of celebrity biographies and autobiographies, this book is for you!! Immerse yourself in the behind scenes, ‘spill the tea’ Hollywood story through conversations of hundreds of actors, directors, musicians, costumers, art directors, writers, makeup artists, cinematographers and more. Conversations like Al Pacino, Mario Puzo, Diane Keaton, and Martin Scorsese discussing The Godfather. A great gift for movie buffs of all ages and interests.

- Joy

Chuck Berry: An American Life By RJ Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306921636
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Published: Hachette Books - November 8th, 2022

The definitive biography of Chuck Berry, legendary performer and inventor of rock and roll. Based on interviews, archival research, legal document analysis, and a deep understanding of Berry's St. Louis. Essential for Berry fans and music nerds alike.

- Mark

Number One Is Walking: My Life in the Movies and Other Diversions By Steve Martin, Harry Bliss (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Steve Martin, Harry Bliss (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250815293
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Published: Celadon Books - November 15th, 2022

Raise your hand if you have been waiting for Steve Martin’s own take on his career in films and stand-up! *both hands go up* Martin details his forty-year career in all its forms - acting, writing, banjo-playing, stand-up, and cartooning--with anecdotes from his acclaimed films told with his signature humor and style. Bonus fun: contains illustrations from Martin and his cartooning partner Harry Bliss, the team behind A Wealth of Pigeons.

- Amy

Finale: Late Conversations with Stephen Sondheim By D.T. Max Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063279810
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Published: Harper - November 22nd, 2022

The theatre world lost Stephen Sondheim in 2021 but this book gives unique access to his genius through a series of interviews by D.T. Max, starting in 2017. Sondheim intensely disliked the spotlight, but here he is at his most relaxed, thoughtful, sardonic, and engaging as he talks about work, music, movies, family, New York City, aging, the creative process, and much more. A must-have for any Sondheim or musical theatre fan!

- Amy

Designing Broadway: How Derek McLane and Other Acclaimed Set Designers Create the Visual World of Theatre By Derek McLane, Eila Mell, Ethan Hawke (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Derek McLane, Eila Mell, Ethan Hawke (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780762480364
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Published: Running Press Adult - November 22nd, 2022

If you have ever wanted to get inside the head of a theatre set designer, this is your book. Where do the ideas for the striking visual worlds they create come from? How do they solve staging challenges? Tony Award-winning designer Derek McLane explores the craft while reflecting on some of the greatest stage productions of the past few decades. Featuring personal sketches and photographs from the designers’ archives, this stunning book is truly a behind-the-scenes experience that theatre fans will love.

- Amy