Music Stories

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The Greatest Music
Stories Never Told:
100 Tales from Music History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy

by Rick Beyer

Did you know about:

  • The ballet that sparked a riot?
  • The rock star who became an
  • The song that saved Wheaties?
  • The man killed by his own
  • The controversy behind
       "Mary Had a Little Lamb"?

  • Prepare to be astonished, bewildered, and stupefied by the tantalizing tidbits of music history collected here: amazing stories about jazz, classical, country, rock 'n' roll, hip-hop, show tunes, composers, band names, song lyrics, instruments, technology, controversies, and more.

    Learn how the FBI spent years trying to decode the lyrics of one rock song. Discover how Watergate provided the inspiration for A Chorus Line. Find out how one megahit was born in a history class, while another was dashed off in a fit of anger at actor Robert De Niro. Meet the monk behind solfège, the aviation pioneer who created Muzak, and the prisoner who literally sang himself out of jail. Then there's the most important person in rock 'n' roll history—chances are you've never heard of him!

    Continuing the successful Greatest Stories Never Told series, Rick Beyer has delivered another classic volume for history and music buffs alike.

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    "In music one must think with the heart
    and feel with the brain."

    ~George Szell~

    Our Music Stories series begins with an inspirational and heartwarming story about how Itzhak Perlman was able to overcome potential adversity while performing a concert.

    ...and more to come.
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