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These books make great gifts for those hard-to-buy-for musicians and music lovers on your list! Most of these books are so specialized, you will not find them in bookstores. If you know someone that is interested in a subject area presented in the books listed below. . .that special someone will surely wonder how and where you found such a perfect gift!!

Broadway Musicals - Show By Show
Hollywood Musicals Year By Year
Top Pop Albums, 1955-1996
The Sound Reinforcement Handbook

The Complete Beatles Lyrics
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Standing In The Shadows Of Motown: The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson. Includes 120 minute CD
Django Reinhardt
Legends of Rock Guitar

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Broadway Musicals - Show By Show
Stanley Green revised Kay Green (5th ed.)
378 Pages 6" x 9" $16.95

A combination history, guide, fact book and photo album of 325 of the most important and memorable productions of the American musical theatre. The late Broadway historian Stanley Green gives the reader a wealth of statistics, inside information, critical reception, cast lists, and pithy commentary about each show. Includes 7 cross-referenced indexes and over 200 photographs.

Hollywood Musicals Year By Year
Stanley Green (2nd Edition)
352 Pages 6" x 9 " $16.95

Following the success of Broadway Musicals Show By Show (see listing above), this book provides a world of information, facts and trivia about cinema's favorite musicals. Beginning with The Jazz Singer and moving through the 80's, this book documents more than 300 movies. Each entry includes the screenplay writer, producer, director, choreographer, cast list, song list, release date, plot summary and interesting notes surrounding the production, cast and spin-offs that the movie inspired. The book also contains many photographs of memorable moments in movie history. Written in Stanley Green's down-to-earth, one-to-one style, this book is a pleasure to read and a virtual encyclopedia that no movie buff should be without!

Top Pop Albums, 1955 - 1996
Joel Whitburn / Record Research
1000+Pages 7" x 9-1/4" $89.95

This book is a comprehensive listing arranged by artist of the thousands of albums that appeared on Billboard's pop album charts between 1955 and 1996. Along with complete chart data, you'll find under each artist's listing every track from their charted albums. Featured expanded biographies and title notes, the price of each album, photos of the Top 100 albums and artists, a Top 500 album artists' ranking, and much more. 1060 pages.

The Sound Reinforcement Handbook
Second Edition Gary Davis Ralph Jones / Hal Leonard
416 Pages 8-1/2" x 11" $34.95

The first and only book to cover all aspects of designing and using systems for public address and musical performance. The book features information on both the audio theory involved and the practical applications of that theory, explaining everything from microphones to loudspeakers. This revised edition features almost 40 new pages and is even easier to follow with the addition of an index and a simplified page and chapter numbering system. New topics covered include: MIDI, Synchronization, and an appendix on Logarithms.

Complete Beatles Lyrics
Hal Leonard Publ.
183 Pages 7" x 10" $19.95

The Complete Beatles Lyrics is an amazing tribute to the most influential band in pop history. For the first time together in print, it publishes the lyrics to every song Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr ever wrote and recorded. 183 song lyrics, 19 pages of photos, and a complete discography will make this a must-own souvenir for any Beatles fan or songwriter.

Lyrics By Oscar Hammerstein II
Hal Leonard
296 Pages Hardcover 5-7/16" x 8-1/2" $19.95

This volume, edited by William Hammerstein, encompasses lyrics from Oscar Hammerstein's entire canon; from the early "Indian Love Call" written in 1924 with Otto Harbach and Rudolph Friml, to his final song, "Edelweiss," in 1959. Oscar Hammerstein's introduction, Notes On Lyrics, has been an acknowledged classic text for musical theatre enthusiasts since 1949 and remains a definitive work today. To say Oscar Hammerstein II made a significant contribution to the art of lyric-writing is understating the case. He, with his lyrics, and his collaborators with their music, rewove the fabric of the musical theatre for all time.

Standing In The Shadows Of Motown -
The Life And Music Of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson

Allan Slutsky / Dr. Licks Publications
208 Pages 9" x 12" - 120 minute CD $35.00

He was the embodiment of the Motown spirit and groove - the invisible entity whose bass playing inspired thousands of imitators, and made it impossible for anyone with a pulse to sit still whenever a Motown record was playing. Now for the first time in print, James Jamerson's tumultuous life and musical brilliance are explored in-depth through hundreds of interviews, 49 transcribed musical scores, two hours of recorded all-star performances by the most famous bassists of all time, and more than fifty rarely seen photographs.

Django Reinhardt
Charles Delaunay / Ashley Mark Publishing Co.
300 Pages 8" x 11" $35.00

At last, the original biography of the great gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt is available again!
This deluxe edition features three parts: The first part is devoted to Charles Delaunay's charming and authoritative biography of Django, the second part is a completely revised and updated discography of all of Django's known recorded works. The final part is devoted to over 150 photographs and illustrations of the master guitarist, many of which have never been published before. This beautiful book is without a doubt the finest literary tribute ever made to the eternal genius of Django Reinhardt and is a wonderful book for jazz lovers and guitar enthusiasts alike.

Legends Of Rock Guitar
Pete Prown and HP Newquist / Hal Leonard
300 Pages 8-1/2" x 11" $22.95
Legends Of Rock Guitar is a virtual encyclopedia of great electric guitar players, with 35 chapters examining the major players in each important era of rock. From rock's birth from the blues, covering masters like Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, through to shred stars and grunge gods, Legends Of Rock Guitar is a great resource as well as an interesting and well-researched chronology of the rock idiom.

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