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Selections from the Polley Music Library – 2021


Selections From the Polley Music Library – 2021
Bethany BooksTalk, September 24, 2021 and South BooksTalk, September 30, 2021
Scott S. (Music Librarian in the Polley Music Library)

BooksTalk: Scott Scholz from the Polley Music Library

You can find regular music book reviews on the library’s web site on BookGuide’s Staff Recommendations pages — click here for the current month, or click here for an index to past music reviews by various staff members over the years, or click here for a list of just my own reviews. I usually add about three new recommendations each month.

I also talk about music books almost every week on the Polley Music Library show, which airs on KZUM radio (89.3 FM or live-streaming on Saturday mornings from 8-8:30, or Sunday evenings from 9:30-10. If you want to listen to previous shows, there is an archive with over 100 programs that you can listen to at

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Unstrung: Rants and Stories of a Noise Guitarist
by Marc Ribot (Music 781.66 Ribot)

Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth
by Ian Brennan (Music 780.1 Bre)

Music Lessons: The College de France Lectures
by Pierre Boulez (Music 780 Bou)

An Individual Note: Of Music, Sound and Electronics
by Daphne Oram (Music 786.7 Ora)

Music, Math and Mind: The Physics and Neuroscience of Music
by David Soldier (a.k.a. David Sulzer) (Music 781.1 Sol)

The Music of the Future
by Robert Barry (Music 780.9 Ba)

 width=Ludomusicology: Approaches to Video Game Music
by Michael Kemp, Tim Summer and Mark Sweeney, eds. (Music 781.54 Lu)

Creative Life: Music, Politics, People, and Machines
by Bob Ostertag (Music 780.92)

Arcana: Musicians on Music and Arcana II: Musicians on Music
by John Zorn, ed. (Music 780.904 ARC)

Deep Listening: A Composer’s Sound Practice
by Pauline Oliveros (Music 784.18 Oli)

Composing for the Cinema: The Theory and Praxis of Music in Film
by Ennio Morricone (Music 781.542 Mor)

Ennio Morricone: Master of the Soundtrack
by Baroini Maurizio (Music 780.92 Morricone)

Relax Baby Be Cool: The Artistry and Audacity of Serge Gainsbourg
by Jeremy Allen (Music 780.63 Gainsbourg)