March 2021: Favorite Music

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March's Year in Reading theme is: Favorite Music!!

Read about musicians, music, both fictional and non.


Tom Angleberger, Chris Eliopoulos
Description: Every famous piece of art has an origin story--even Bach's Goldberg Variations! When the richest dude in town can't sleep, he hires a much-less-rich dude named Johann Gottlieb Goldberg to play him lullabies on the harpsichord. Goldberg does an OK job, but as the Rich Dude hollers for Goldberg each night, he wakes up the whole town in the process. As the town gets sleepier and sleepier and grumpier and grumpier, Goldberg worries he may be out of a job soon. But then, the one and only Bach enters the scene with a series of lullabies composed specifically for the Rich Dude. And, thus, the Goldberg Variations are born!
Call Number: E Ang
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Carole Boston Weatherford, Bryan Collier
Description: Picture book biography told in rhyming verse. Charles Tindley was born free, though his childhood was far from easy. He had no chance to go to school, but the spirituals he heard as he worked in the fields made him long to know how to read the Gospel. Late at night, he taught himself to read from scraps of newspapers. From those small scraps, Charles raised himself to become a founding father of American gospel music whose hymn was the basis for the civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome."
Call Number: E Wea
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Leslie Gourse
Call Number: B Gil
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Suzan Overmeer, Myriam Berenschot
Description: "Ella is different from other ducklings. She always waddled out of the line. She was loud and silly. And she made up her own songs to sing. Her family didn't know what to think of her. Until one day, Ella met Dizzy. Could Ella and Dizzy make beautiful music together? And could they get the othe animals to listen?"--publisher
Call Number: E Ove
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Sasha Geffen
Description: Why has music so often served as an accomplice to transcendent expressions of gender? Why did the query "is he musical?" become code, in the twentieth century, for "is he gay?" Why is music so inherently queer? For Sasha Geffen, the answers lie, in part, in music's intrinsic quality of subliminal expression, which, through paradox and contradiction, allows rigid gender roles to fall away in a sensual and ambiguous exchange between performer and listener. This book traces the history of this gender fluidity in pop music from the early twentieth century to the present day. Starting with early blues and the Beatles and continuing with performers such as David Bowie, Prince, Missy Elliot, and Frank Ocean, Geffen explores how artists have used music, fashion, language, and technology to break out of the confines mandated by gender essentialism and establish the voice as the primary expression of gender transgression. From glam rock and punk to disco, techno, and hip-hop, music helped set the stage for today's conversations about trans rights and recognition of nonbinary and third-gender identities. Glitter Up the Dark takes a long look back at the path that led here.--From back cover.
Call Number: 781.64 Gef
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Jeff Tweedy
Description: A thoughtful, counterintuitive book about creativity from Jeff Tweed--songwriter, leader of the band Wilco, and author--inspiring others by taking the reader through the process of writing one song.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 780.23 Twe
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Lyla Lee
Description: Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn't dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn't call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop, and to do that, she's about to break all the rules that society, the media, and even her own mother, have set for girls like her. She'll challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and she'll do it better than anyone else. When Skye nails her audition, she's immediately swept into a whirlwind of countless practices, shocking performances, and the drama that comes with reality TV. What she doesn't count on are the highly fat-phobic beauty standards of the Korean pop entertainment industry, her sudden media fame, and scrutiny, or the sparks that soon fly with her fellow competitor, Henry Cho. But Skye has her sights on becoming the world's first plus-sized K-pop star, and that means winning the competition, without losing herself.
Call Number: YA FIC Lee
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Lakita Wilson
Description: "Lizzo started singing and rapping with musical groups in her hometowns of Houston and Minneapolis. With her fun lyrics, danceable beats, and positive message, she's become one of the biggest solo musicians in the world"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: JB Liz
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Eric Barrier, 1968- writer Rakim (Musician), Kirk Parrish
Description: A boy enters an alternate universe through his stereo and proceeds to change the lives of the inhabitants with his vibrant music.
Call Number: E Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Robin Talley
Description: "It's summer 1977 and closeted lesbian Tammy Larson can't be herself anywhere. Not at her strict Christian high school, not at her conservative Orange County church and certainly not at home, where her ultrareligious aunt relentlessly organizes antigay political campaigns. Tammy's only outlet is writing secret letters in her diary to gay civil rights activist Harvey Milk--until she's matched with a real-life pen pal who changes everything. Sharon Hakwins bonds with Tammy over punk music and carefully shared secrets, and soon their letters become the one place she can be honest. The rest of her life in San Francisco is full of lies. The kind she tells for others--like helping her gay brother hide the turth from their mom--and the kind she tells herself. But as antigay fervor in America reaches a frightening new pitch, Sharon and Tammy must rely on their long-distance friendship to discover their deeply personal truths, what they'll stand for--and who they'll rise against."--Jacket.
Call Number: YA FIC Tal
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Stephen Johnson
Description: "Experience ten different types of music-classical, Latin, jazz, country, heavy metal, hip-hop, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, electronica, pop, and a surprise finale"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Joh
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Tom/ Bienstock Beaujour, Tom Beaujour, Richard Bienstock
Description: "The definitive, no-holds-barred oral history of 1980s hard rock and hair metal. 1980s hard rock was a hedonistic and often intensely creative wellspring of escapism that perfectly encapsulated-and maybe even helped to define-a spectacularly over-the-topdecade. Indeed, fist-pumping hits like Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It," Mötley Crüe's "Girls, Girls, Girls," and Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" are as inextricably linked to the era as Reaganomics, Pac-Man, and E.T. From the do-or-dieearly days of self-financed recordings and D.I.Y. concert productions that were as flashy as they were foolhardy, to the multi-Platinum, MTV-powered glory years of stadium-shaking anthems and chart-topping power ballads, to the ultimate crash when grungebands like Nirvana forever altered the entire climate of the business, Tom Beaujour and Richard Bienstock's Nothin' But a Good Time captures the energy and excess of the hair metal years in the words of the musicians, managers, producers, engineers, label executives, publicists, stylists, costume designers, photographers, journalists, magazine publishers, video directors, club bookers, roadies, groupies, and hangers-on who lived it. Featuring an impassioned foreword by Slipknot and Stone Sour vocalist and avowed glam metal fanatic Corey Taylor, and drawn from over 200 new interviews with members of Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Poison, Guns N' Roses, Skid Row, Bon Jovi, Ratt, Twisted Sister, Winger, Warrant, Cinderella, Quiet Riot and others, as well as OzzyOsbourne, Lita Ford and many more, this is the ultimate, uncensored, and often unhinged chronicle of a time where excess and success walked hand in hand, told by the men and women who created a sound and style that came to define a musical era-one in which the bands and their fans went looking for nothin' but a good time...and found it"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Mike (Journalist) Ayers, Jim James, illustrator Studio Muti (Firm)
Description: A collection of the songs that have moved us, changed us, or amplified our lives. Highlights some of the most emotionally resonant music ever created, in the words of more than thirty musical legends and up-and-comers. Weaving together their explanations with illustrations and interludes, these essays encourage us to examine the soundtracks of our own experiences and consider how integral music is to our personal narratives.--From back cover.
Call Number: 781.588 Aye
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Jessica Jung
Description: Seventeen-year-old Rachel Kim confronts the dark underbelly of the K-pop world as she strives to become a K-pop star.
Call Number: YA FIC Jun
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Lorence Alison
Description: Offered an all-expenses-paid trip to the exclusive Solstice Festival, Adri throws caution, her prestigious summer internship, and her parents goodwill to the wind. She just wants to live a little before the first day of the rest of her life, planned and scheduled in accordance with her parents’ law school dreams. But when she and a horde of affluent, entitled teen partiers arrive at the island paradise, it looks nothing like the luxury vacation they were promised. There’s barely any food, nowhere to stay, and not nearly enough porta-potties. Pretty soon, the festival is trending on social media for all the wrong reasons, and the music acts are cancelling left and right. And then the first dead body washes up on the beach. Adri has a front-row seat as everything devolves into chaos―and she's in a prime position to put together the clues to who―or what―is killing off the helpless attendees. But even if she finds the killer, how can she hope to stop them? --From amazon.com.
Call Number: YA FIC Ali
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Cynthia Ruchti
Description: "Forced to retire from her position as music educator in a small Midwestern school, Lucy watches helplessly as the program her father started years ago is dismantled. Her passion seems lost. Lucy feels her faith's song has gone silent until a young boy and his soundless mother change the way she sees--and hears--everything"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: LP FIC Ruc
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Katy Farina, Ashanti Fortson
Description: "To buy seeds for her beautiful garden, Arietta plans to sell her treasured family violin--until Princess Cassia spots the instrument and begs Arietta to perform at her birthday party. Although she has never played, Arietta decides to learn a special song for the occasion."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Far
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Coco Simon, Caroline Hickey
Description: Sierra is tired of being known as "the sweetest girl in the ice cream shop," but she still wants everybody to like her! Can she spice up her personality (and learn to say no occasionally), and still keep all her friends? Sierra decides to pour her feelings into an original song--and through music, she's able to find her voice. --from Amazon.
Call Number: J FIC Sim
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Jose Pimienta
Description: "Beatriz loves music. More than her school, more than her friends, and definitely more than her homework. After Beatriz discovers that her grandfather's soul is trapped in his guitar, she becomes determined to get him out. But the only way to free him is to play the perfect song... his perfect song, a song that he never actually wrote down. Fixated on freeing her grandfather, music slowly consumes Beatriz's life. She soon finds herself growing obsessed with perfection at the expense of her friendships, her band, and her health. Beatriz won't let anything stop her. Even if it means losing everything else."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Pim
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
David Yoon
Description: When new-girl Cirrus mistakes self-described nerd Sunny Dae as the lead in a rock band, Sunny rolls with it forming a fake band with his friends, but as the lies continue he risks losing both Cirrus and his friends.
Call Number: YA FIC Yoo
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Jennifer (Jennifer L.) author Ryan
Description: As England becomes enmeshed in the early days of World War II and the men are away fighting, the women of Chilbury village forge an uncommon bond. They defy the Vicar's stuffy edict to close the choir and instead resurrect themselves as the Chilbury Ladies' Choir. There's a timid widow devastated when her only son goes to fight; the older daughter of a local scion drawn to a mysterious artist; her younger sister pining over an impossible crush; a Jewish refugee from Czechoslovakia hiding a family secret; and a conniving midwife plotting to outrun her seedy past.
Call Number: FIC Rya
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Louis Thomas
Description: In Paris, Lenny has trouble starting to compose his symphony until he discovers that there is music all around him in everyday life.
Call Number: E Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Xuefeng Liu, Gunter Grossholz, Yuxi Wan
Description: In ancient China, a young musician named Yu Boya gained fame for his talents. On the night of the Moon Festival, he encounters a mysterious woodcutter who is also a musician and admires Boya's most famous song: Lofty Mountains and Flowing Water. Their friendship deepens and Boya vows to play the song for his new friend every year on the festival night. But the next year, upon hearing of his friend's death, Boya smashes his instrument and never plays again. To this day, the word for "close friendship" means "understanding the music."
Call Number: E Liu
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Jessica Khoury, Federica Frenna
Description: Twelve-year-old Amelia gets the opportunity to attend a boarding school and learn how to use music to create magic, hoping to become a Maestro like her deceased mother.
Call Number: J FIC Kho
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Colleen A. F. Venable, Lian Cho
Description: "The band is assembled and the band director is ready to tell you all about the instruments, but an enthusiastic little drummer girl keeps interrupting"-- Provided by publisher. Includes biographical notes on the musicians who inspired the book's characters.
Call Number: E Ven
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Rob Rufus
Description: In small-town Florida in 1968, four teens who bond over music and their objection to the Vietnam War decide to take a stand against the U.S. government and violent racism.
Call Number: YA FIC Ruf
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Bill Zehme
Call Number: B Sin
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Grady Hendrix
Description: "In the 1990s, heavy metal band Dürt Würk was poised for breakout success--but then lead singer Terry Hunt embarked on a solo career and rocketed to stardom as Koffin, leaving his fellow bandmates to rot in obscurity. Two decades later, former guitarist Kris Pulaski works as the night manager of a Best Western--she's tired, broke, and unhappy. Everything changes when a shocking act of violence turns her life upside down, and she begins to suspect that Terry sabotaged more than just the band. Kris hits the road, hoping to reunite with the rest of her bandmates and confront the man who ruined her life. It's a journey that will take her from the Pennsylvania rust belt to a celebrity rehab center to a music festival from hell. A furious power ballad about never giving up, even in the face of overwhelming odds, We Sold Our Souls is an epic journey into the heart of a conspiracy-crazed, pill-popping, paranoid country that seems to have lost its very soul.
Call Number: FIC Hen
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
Random House (COR)
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2021
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Bach To The Rescue!!! : How A Rich Dude Who Couldn't Sleep Inspired The Greatest Music Ever
Tom Angleberger, Chris Eliopoulos
E Ang
Song Of Silence [Large Print]
Cynthia Ruchti
LP FIC Ruc
By And By : Charles Albert Tindley, The Father Of Gospel Music
Carole Boston Weatherford, Bryan Collier
E Wea
Song Of The Court
Katy Farina, Ashanti Fortson
J FIC Far
Dizzy Gillespie And The Birth Of Bebop
Leslie Gourse
B Gil
Sugar, Spice, And Sprinkles
Coco Simon, Caroline Hickey
J FIC Sim
Ella The Swinging Duck
Suzan Overmeer, Myriam Berenschot
E Ove
Suncatcher
Jose Pimienta
YA FIC Pim
Glitter Up The Dark : How Pop Music Broke The Binary
Sasha Geffen
781.64 Gef
Super Fake Love Song
David Yoon
YA FIC Yoo
How To Write One Song
Jeff Tweedy
780.23 Twe
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir : A Novel
Jennifer (Jennifer L.) author Ryan
FIC Rya
I'll Be The One
Lyla Lee
YA FIC Lee
The Music Of Life
Louis Thomas
E Tho
Lizzo : Breakout Artist
Lakita Wilson
JB Liz
The Musician
Xuefeng Liu, Gunter Grossholz, Yuxi Wan
E Liu
Move The Crowd
Eric Barrier, 1968- writer Rakim (Musician), Kirk Parrish
E Bar
The Mystwick School Of Musicraft
Jessica Khoury, Federica Frenna
J FIC Kho
Music From Another World
Robin Talley
YA FIC Tal
The Oboe Goes Boom Boom Boom
Colleen A. F. Venable, Lian Cho
E Ven
Music Is...
Stephen Johnson
E Joh
The Vinyl Underground
Rob Rufus
YA FIC Ruf
Nothin' But A Good Time : The Uncensored History Of The '80s Hard Rock Explosion
Tom/ Bienstock Beaujour, Tom Beaujour, Richard Bienstock
The Way You Wear Your Hat : Frank Sinatra And The Lost Art Of Livin'
Bill Zehme
B Sin
One Last Song : Conversations On Life, Death, And Music
Mike (Journalist) Ayers, Jim James, illustrator Studio Muti (Firm)
781.588 Aye
We Sold Our Souls
Grady Hendrix
FIC Hen
Shine
Jessica Jung
YA FIC Jun
You Can Be A Musician
Random House (COR)
Solstice
Lorence Alison
YA FIC Ali