The Greatest Music Stories Never Told : 100 Tales from Music History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy
RickBeyer, author of the highly successful History Channel series The GreatestStories Never Told returns with new historic tales from the world ofmusic-ennobling, entrancing and inevitably surprising stories of soaringgenius, tantalizing scandal, nefarious intrigue, and, above all, unbridledpassion for music. Perfect for fans of The Mental Floss History of theUnited States or Bill Bryson's Made in America, Beyer's GreatestMusic Stories Never Told is "history like you've never read itbefore." (The Tennessean)
- Hardback | 224 pages
- 177.8 x 180.34 x 20.32mm | 453.59g
- 06 Jul 2011
- HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- New York, United States
- black and white throughout
Other books in this series
30 Apr 2003
14 Jan 2010
06 Jul 2011
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The ballet that sparked a riot? The rock star who became an astrophysicist? The song that saved Wheaties? The man killed by his own conducting? The controversy behind "Mary Had a Little Lamb"?
Prepare to be astonished, bewildered, and stupefied by the tantalizing tidbits of music history collected here: amazing stories about jazz, classical, country, rock 'n' roll, hip-hop, show tunes, composers, band names, song lyrics, instruments, technology, controversies, and more.
Learn how the FBI spent years trying to decode the lyrics of one rock song. Discover how Watergate provided the inspiration for A Chorus Line. Find out how one megahit was born in a history class, while another was dashed off in a fit of anger at actor Robert De Niro. Meet the monk behind solfege, the aviation pioneer who created Muzak, and the prisoner who literally sang himself out of jail. Then there's the most important person in rock 'n' roll history--chances are you've never heard of him!
Continuing the successful Greatest Stories Never Told series, Rick Beyer has delivered another classic volume for history and music buffs alike.
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