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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.

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

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White, Adam.

Summary: "Motown: The Sound of Young America is the definitive, visual history of the Detroit-based independent record company which became a style unto itself, a prolific and hugely successful production line of suave, sassy and sophisticated music through the sixties, seventies and eighties. Featuring extensive, specially commissioned photography of treasures gathered from the archives, this landmark...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Thames & Hudson Ltd. 2016

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Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2015

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC MR.

McBride, James

Summary: A product of the complicated history of the American South, James Brown was a cultural shape-shifter who arguably had the greatest influence of any artist on American popular music. Brown was long a figure of fascination for James McBride, a noted professional musician as well as a writer. When he received a tip that promised to uncover the man behind the myth, McBride set off to follow a trail...

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Books on Tape 2016

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1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD 780 MCB

Ritz, David.

Summary: Aretha Franklin began life as the golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher. Raised without her mother, she was a gospel prodigy who gave birth to two sons in her teens and left them and her native Detroit for New York, where she struggled to find her true voice. She found fame, fortune, and that remarkable voice in 1967 with "Respect" and a rapid-fire string of hits....

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Publisher / Publication Date: Little, Brown and Company 2014

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 FRANKLIN, ARETHA RIT

Solomon, Linda

Summary: Reflections on the life of Aretha Franklin captured in exclusive photographs by her friend, photojournalist Linda Solomon.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: 0000

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1 available in New Non-fiction, Call number: 921 FRANKLIN, ARETHA SOL

McBride, James

Summary: A product of the complicated history of the American South, James Brown was a cultural shape-shifter who arguably had the greatest influence of any artist on American popular music. Brown was long a figure of fascination for James McBride, a noted professional musician as well as a writer. When he received a tip that promised to uncover the man behind the myth, McBride set off to follow a trail...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Spiegel & Grau 2016

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 780 MCB

Summary: "Starting on his 62nd birthday, follow Charles Bradley's extraordinary journey from James Brown impersonator to recording artist during the electrifying and transformative months leading up to the release of his debut album 'No time for dreaming'. Despite a life of grinding poverty, despair and often disappointment, Bradley's optimism, perseverance and remarkable talent shine through in this...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Distributed by Madman Entertainment 2013

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

Summary: During the late '60s and early '70s, and decades before Nirvana, Microsoft, and Starbucks put Seattle on the map, Seattle's African American neighborhood known as the Central District was buzzing. The soul sounds of groups like Black on White Affair, Cookin' Bag, and Cold Bold & Together filled local airwaves and packed clubs seven nights a week. As many of the bands began breaking out...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Cinewax 2011

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

Guralnick, Peter.

Summary: He was the biggest star in gospel music before he ever crossed over into pop. At a time when record companies treated black artists like hired help, he demanded respect and a recording contract equal to that of top white artists of the day. And Cooke connected, in songs that still sound fresh today. Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Fidel Castro, Jackie Wilson, James Brown, the Beatles, the Rolling...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Little, Brown and Co. 2005

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Whitall, Susan.

Summary: Little Willie John was an American R&B singer who performed in the 1950s and early 1960s and is best known for his popular music chart successes with songs such as, "All Around the World" (1955), "Need Your Love So Bad" (1956) and "Fever" the same year, the latter covered in 1958 by Peggy Lee.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Titan Books 2011

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 JOHN, LITTLE WILLIE WHI

Ribowsky, Mark.

Summary: "A soul icon and the southern music he helped popularize come to life in this moving requiem,"--Amazon.com.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Liveright Publishing Corporation 2015

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 780 RIB

Summary: This documentary brings together an amazing array of musical icons. With living legends performing together on one stage, it's a dream revue of original artists and songs that have won American hearts ... Takes us back to the glory days of soul music, with the stars of Stax Records.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Miramax Home Entertainment 2004

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

Bailey, Philip

Summary: A personal account by the lead singer of Earth, Wind & Fire traces his professional and spiritual journey against a backdrop of the group's meteoric rise to stardom, describing the diverse influences that shaped the band's style and his own experiences as a solo performer.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Penguin Group USA 2014

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 BAILEY, PHILIP BAI

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

Colwin, Laurie.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: HarperPerennial 1991

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FIC Colwi

Smith, R. J.

Summary: A tribute to the life and achievements of the "Godfather of Soul" covers his unconventional youth in a segregated South, his complicated family life, and his work as a civil rights advocate and entrepreneur.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Gotham Books 2012

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 BROWN, JAMES SMI

Gould, Jonathan

Summary: "Otis Redding remains an immortal presence in the canon of American music on the strength of such classic hits as "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay," "I've Been Loving You Too Long," "Try a Little Tenderness," and "Respect," a song he wrote and recorded before Aretha Franklin made it her own. As the architect of the distinctly southern, gospel-inflected style of rhythm & blues associated with...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Crown Archetype 2017

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Summary: James Brown delivers, for the first time, the in-depth story of his life and music, from the his early years of poverty and imprisonment, to his extraordinary live shows.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Universal Music 2004

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

Summary: MAVIS! is the first documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. From the freedom songs of the '60s and hits like "I'll Take You There" in the '70s, to funked-up collaborations with Prince and her recent albums with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Mavis has stayed true to her roots, kept her family close, and inspired millions along...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2015

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

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