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Summary: Imagine a world in which gospel, the blues, jazz, R & B, and rock 'n' roll didn't exist. These indigenous American musical forms are the product of, and a moving expression of the African American experience. Musical geniuses and innovators like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, B.B. King, and Jimi Hendrix turned individual and collective histories of suffering and injustice into...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Enslow Publishing 2018

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 920 AFR

Cachin, Olivier

Summary: Shares brief biographies of forty influential black musicians, including James Brown, The Fugees, and Rihanna.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Wide Eyed Editions 2019

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 782.42 CAC

Edgerton, Clyde

Summary: In 1963, Dwayne Hallston discovers James Brown and wants to perform just like him. Meanwhile, Dwayne's forbidden black friend Larry, aspiring to play piano like Thelonius Monk, apprentices to a jazz musician called the Bleeder. A mutual passion for music help Dwayne and Larry as they try to achieve their dreams.

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Recorded Books 2011

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1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD FIC EDG

Summary: Saxophonist, composer, and band leader John Coltrane has been almost as popular in death as he was during his lifetime. The prolific jazzman passed away at 40, but left a legacy of influential musical work. This documentary delves into Coltrane's beginnings starting with his childhood in North Carolina, displays some stellar live performances, including rare footage of Coltrane during his stint...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: BMG Special Products 2002

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1 available in Music DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSIC WOR

Medina, Nico

Summary: Presents the life of one of the bestselling artists of all time, from her start singing in front of her father's Baptist congregation to being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Penguin Workshop, an imprint of Penguin Random House 2018

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Summary: "Musician Daryl Davis has an unusual hobby. He's played all over the world with legends like Chuck Berry and Little Richard, but it's what Daryl does in his free time that sets him apart. In an effort to find out how anyone can 'hate me without knowing me' he takes an interesting line of research. Daryl likes to meet and befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan, something few black men can...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: First Run Features 2017

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC ACC

Dillon, Leo.

Summary: Synopsis: If you have ever been lucky enough to hear great jazz, then you will understand the pure magic of this book. Leo and Diane Dillon use bright colors and musical patterns that make music skip off the page in this toe-tapping homage to many jazz greats. From Miles Davis and Charlie Parker to Ella Fitzgerald, here is a dream team sure to knock your socks off. Learn about this popular...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Blue Sky Press 2007

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1 available in Juvenile Easy, Call number: JE DIL

Kelly, R.

Summary: The R&B performer and producer traces the story of his life and career, describing his battle with a learning disorder, his collaborations with such icons as Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin, and his difficulties with personal and legal challenges.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Hay House 2011

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 KELLY, R. KEL

Russell-Brown, Katheryn

Summary: "A biography of African American musician Melba Doretta Liston, a virtuoso musician who played the trombone and composed and arranged music for many of the great jazz musicians of the twentieth century. Includes afterword, discography, and sources"--

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Lee & Low Books Inc. 2014

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 921 LIS

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: JB LISTON RUS

Scott-Heron, Gil

Summary: A personal account by the late musician and poet traces the story of his life, career, and history-making 1981 tour at the side of Stevie Wonder to raise support for the establishment of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Grove Press 2012

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 SCOTT-HERON, GIL SCO

Lauterbach, Preston.

Summary: A definitive account of the birth of rock 'n' roll in black America...The Chitlin' Circuit brings us into the sweaty back rooms where such stars as James Brown, B. B. King, and Little Richard got their start.--Amazon.com

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: W.W. Norton 2011

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 781.66 LAU

Summary: A young man leaves behind his mother and life in a Los Angeles neighborhood and sets out on a journey of self-discovery in Europe during the 1970s in order to find his purpose in life through his music.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: IFC Films 2010

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC PAS

Summary: Documents the obscure country blues musician and idiosyncratic visual artist, Howard 'Louie Bluie' Armstrong, member of the last known black string band in America. Director Terry Zwigoff honors him with an unsentimental but endlessly affectionate tribute. Full of infectious music and comedy, this is a humane evocation of the kind of pop-cultural marginalia that Zwigoff would continue to make...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Criterion Collection 2010

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC LOU

Baram, Marcus

Summary: In this biography, Marcus Baram--an acquaintance of Gil Scott-Heron's--will trace the volatile journey of a troubled musical genius. Baram will chart Scott-Heron's musical odyssey, from Chicago to Tennessee to New York: a drug addict's twisted path to redemption and enduring fame. In Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man, Marcus Baram puts the complicated icon into full focus.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: St. Martin's Press 2014

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 SCOTT-HERON, GIL BAR

Summary: A PBS miniseries in which a black jazz band becomes a huge success and ends up entangled in the aristocratic world of 1930s London as they seek fame and fortune.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2015

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2 available in British Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD BRITISH TV DAN

Basie, Count

Summary: Features one of the greatest big band orchestras captured at the height of their considerable powers. This recently discovered concert is the earliest known complete concert of Count Basie and his orchestra released on DVD.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Reelin' in the Years Productions 2006

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1 available in Music DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSIC COU

Summary: On August 20, 1972, more than 100,000 people attended what came to be known as 'the black Woodstock.' Wattstax documents this historic event and includes the once-lost original ending.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Distributed by Warner Home Video 2004

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1 available in Music DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSIC WAT

Mortensen, Viggo

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Summary: During the nineteen sixties, a bouncer, whose nightclub closes for renovations, finds a temporary employment as a driver for black pianist Don Shirley going on a tour into the Deep South states.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Universal Studios Home Entert. 2018

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1 available in Digital Video Disc, Call number: DVD GR

Copies Available at Fife Lake

1 available in Browsing Hot DVDs, Call number: DVD GRE

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1 available in Digital Video Disc, Call number: DVD GRE

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1 available in Digital Video Disc, Call number: DVD MOVIE GRE

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3 available in Browsing Hot DVDs, Call number: HOT DVD

Crouch, Stanley.

Summary: "Carla is a talented jazz singer nearing forty. Maxwell is a renowned tenor saxophonist, the man Carla deeply loves and wants to marry. But Maxwell, who is black, finds himself increasingly at odds with the notion of lifelong togetherness with a white woman, as he yields to group pressure. While they are visiting his parents (whom Carla hopes to win over in her struggle to keep Maxwell in her...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Pantheon Books 2000

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FIC CRO

Troupe, Quincy

Summary: A poem tribute to blind musician and composer Stevie Wonder.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Houghton Mifflin 2005

Copies Available at Interlochen

1 available in Juvenile, Call number: J 811 Troupe

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Welcome Rain Publishers 2001

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1 available in Oversize, Call number: OVS 781.6 ERT

Mahin, Michael James

Summary: Presents the life of blues legend Muddy Waters, describing how he persisted with his interest in music despite a lack of encouragement from his family and record producers, leading him to Chicago where he was able to record his unique country blues sound.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2017

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1 available in Juvenile Easy, Call number: JE MAH

Summary: Talented trumpeter Bleek Gilliam is obsessed by his music and indecisive about his girlfriends. But when he is forced to come to the aid of his manager and childhood friend, Bleek finds his world more fragile than he ever imagined.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Universal Studios 2000

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Summary: Director Jon Brewer worked closely with the gregarious and charming musician and was given extraordinary access to his friends, family and colleagues. This is a no holds barred, powerful documentary that explores how an orphaned kid from Mississippi turned his life around, battled against all odds and against unrelenting racism to overcome even the toughest critics in the entertainment...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2014

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1 available in Music DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSIC BB