November 15, 2016 | strande
Music can inspire us during our worst times, or be the backbone of a celebration. Check out some of these stories about the people behind the music, and check the links for where to listen to their tunes.
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. Her music can be interloaned through MeL.
With rhythmic swirls of words and pictures, Suzanne Slade and Stacy Innerst beautifully reveal just how brilliantly Gershwin reached inside his head to create his masterpiece, Rhapsody in Blue. It's a surprising and whirlwind composition of notes and sounds and one long wail of a clarinet-dazzling and daring, just like George Gershwin himself!
Read about the beginnings of hip hop and break dancing.
October 31, 2014 | strande
Looking for fascinating stories about real people? Explore the following list for some suggestions.
Gus & me [kit]: the story of my granddad and my first guitar by Keith Richards, with Barnaby Harris and Bill Shapiro ; art by Theodora Richards — About Keith Richards’ relationship with his grandfather, this copy comes with a CD of the author reading the story.
Marvelous Mattie: how Margaret E. Knight became an inventor by Emily Arnold McCully — A young woman inventor becomes known as the female Edison.
A boy and a jaguar by written by Alan Rabinowitz ; illustrated by Cátia Chien — A young boy struggles with stuttering, and uses his relationship with animals to overcome his difficulties.