Music eBooks

I am considering a shift in the MusicOfOurHeart to focus exclusively on music books. I was asked for the first time to review a new music book by a leading publisher last month. They sent me the hard copy edition which I am reading and enjoying. I wonder how much closer I would be in completing this book review if I was reading the eBook edition on my iPad?

I have a couple of music book projects in development. The plan is to (self)publish these works as eBook titles with integrated Web linking. Everyone is reading more HTML5 content with Web eyeballs. That’s where my eBook content needs to be.

I work with eBooks every day in the technology curriculum I manage for my employer.  We are an eBook centrist learning institute, with VitalSource.

The WordPress 5.0 Gutenberg Editor is imminent which will make adding rich content for WordPress authors a simple and enjoyable taskPublishing an eBook on the WordPress platform is the likely route for me to pursue.

eBooks.com is a popular ebook retailer with a reputation for innovation, integrity, and independence. They sell ebooks direct to millions of consumers around the world, with five local sales portals in the US, Canada, UK, Europe and Australia.

eBooks

I like the fact that they sell 11,341 music eBooks. eBooks now serve as my primary music eBook resource.

I dislike the usability I encounter on their site. I can only display 11 music books at a time. This translates to over 1,000 screens to see all the music books they offer. I can use the subcategory feature to view Jazz books which are featured on 44 screens. Either way that’s a lot of clicking. It becomes an arduous task to build a music book wishlist on their site. I wish eBooks would redesign their Web site and increase the usability and user experience. I have been in contact with user support about this issue but they don’t design the site.

There are many eBook readers available. eBooks offer a guide to eBook readers.

Are you reading more eBooks than printed books? Let me know in your reply.

 

 

 

Jimi Hendrix – The Day I Was There

As a veteran of over 415 concerts in 49 years, one of my regrets is that I never saw Jimi Hendrix live in concert. Alas, that was not meant to happen.

I will soon have an opportunity to read about the personal memories of 400 eyewitness accounts of seeing Jimi live. Richard M. Houghton has a new book coming out on the 48th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s death, September 18, 2018, Jimi Hendrix, The Day I Was There.

I love the use of color that illustrates the book cover.

Richard M. Houghton is a music journalist/archivist. He has forged an interesting niche by writing a series of books from a rock music fan’s point of view. His, I Was There theme is a smart and welcome idea. The Jimi Hendrix book is the fifth I Was There title in the series.

He has written I Was There books about The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Pink Floyd.

He is working on several more I  Was There books for 2019 and beyond. Upcoming projects are fan memories of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath (2019), the Faces, Cream and Neil Young.  I have some memories to share with Richard for those titles.

If there’s anyone else you’re passionate reading about, he’ d love to hear from you. Drop him a line at iwasatthatgig@gmail.com

I will be corresponding with Richard very soon 🙂

State of the Blues – Jeff Dunas

I picked up a copy of a new magazine to me, American Photo (March/April 2015) yesterday. The issue focuses on music photographers of then and now.

I just can’t get enough of music photography books. State of the Blues by photographer Jeff Dunas is an incredible portrait study of the artists who define the blues.

A hardcover book and paperback of the same title (1998) published by Aperture Foundation, includes photographs by Jeff Dunas, interviews with leading blues performers, a preface by John Lee Hooker, and an introduction by William Ferris.

Photograph Copyright Jeff Dunas

 

Patti Smith: America’s Punk Rock Rhapsodist by Eric Wendell

I’ve uncovered a new book about Patti Smith by Eric Wendell. It is from TEMPO, the Rowman & Littlefield Music Series on Rock, Pop and Culture.

I’ve yet to read this book so I withhold my comments until I can procure a copy.

The TEMPO Web site provides the General Guidelines and Proposals directions for volumes in its series. Ponders this option…

The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in 10 Songs – Greil Marcus

 

Greil Marcus selects ten songs recorded between 1956 and 2008, then proceeds to dramatize how each embodies rock ’n’ roll as a thing in itself, in the story it tells, inhabits, and acts out—a new language, something new under the sun.

The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in 10 Songs is available for purchase in stores and online. Disregard the September 2, 2014 availability date. I saw it on the shelf today at Barnes & Noble, Inc.

The Facebook page for this book is being managed by the Publisher, Yale University Press. It’s quite informative in positioning the 10 songs and includes the YouTube links for each song.

 

Jack White’s Innovative Third Man Books Publishing Imprint

I tip my hat once more to Jack White’s innovative business sense as he forges and casts the Third Man Books publishing imprint. His creative sense builds a fresh dimensional interpretation as we learn to respect and interact with printed matter.

Language LessonsVolume 1 is a 321 page hardbound book co-edited by Third Man’s Ben Swank and Chet Weise, a poet, musician and founder of the Nashville literary event, Poetry Sucks. The book is packed with new pieces from more than 20 acclaimed authors including Pulitzer Prize nominee in fiction Dale Ray Phillips; C.D. Wright, a National Book Award Finalist and National Book Critics Circle winner in poetry; and Adrian Matejka, a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry. Punk godfathers Richard Hell and Tav Falco also contributed non-fiction pieces.

As for the music portion of the set, the two vinyl LPs boast previously unheard material ranging from blues and pop to jazz and psychedelic-punk, courtesy of an eclectic group of artists like William Tyler, Destruction Unit, Ken Vandermark and Paul “Wine” Jones.

Each Language Lessons set will also include five frameable posters combining poems by Weise, Wright, Frank Stanford, Brian Barker and Jake Adam York with original art by former Big Boys guitarist Tim Kerr, former Hate comics illustrator Jim Blanchard, folk artist Butch Anthony and more.

Language Lessons is now available for pre-order over on the Third Man website.

Third Man Books will preview Language Lessons, Volume 1 on Saturday, July 26th during the Newport Folk Festival, where Jack White is also a headliner. The event will feature readings from Weise and other contributors Zachary Schomburg, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Janaka Stucky, Sampson Starkweather, Paige Taggart and Kendra Decolo.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/jack-whites-third-man-records-starts-publishing-wing-20140722#ixzz38QasfcXV
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