Musical Memoirs and Biographies

The subjects of these musical biographies and autobiographies hail from every corner of the globe, representing musical styles as diverse as calypso, Afrobeat, and country and western. Among others, these books tell the stories of jazz pianist Randy Weston, experimental composer and performer Arthur Russell, funk trombonist Frank Wesley, and the iconic South African singer and bandleader Thomas Mapfumo. Regardless of genre, time period, or region, they give readers insight into the lives and careers of some of the most innovative, important, and interesting musicians of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.