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  1. Backbeat Books American Basses Book Backbeat Books American Basses Book
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  2. Hal Leonard Back to a Shadow in the Night Music Journalism Book Hal Leonard Back to a Shadow in the Night Music Journalism Book
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  3. Hal Leonard 50 Years of the Gibson Les Paul Book Hal Leonard 50 Years of the Gibson Les Paul Book
    Hal Leonard 50 Years of the Gibson Les Paul Book

    The story of one of the world's most important and influential electric guitars. Meticulous listings for the...

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  4. Hal Leonard And Party Every Day: The Inside Story of Casablanca Records (Book) Hal Leonard And Party Every Day: The Inside Story of Casablanca Records (Book)
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    Don't pass up this compelling tale of ambition, greed, excess, and some of the '70s biggest musical acts.

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  1. Backbeat Books Turn! Turn! Turn! '60s Rock Revolution Book Backbeat Books Turn! Turn! Turn! '60s Rock Revolution Book
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  2. Hal Leonard Rockabilly: A Forty-Year Journey Book Hal Leonard Rockabilly: A Forty-Year Journey Book
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  3. Hal Leonard Bach to the Drawing Board Game Hal Leonard Bach to the Drawing Board Game
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  4. Hal Leonard Metallica - The Art of Kirk Hammett Hal Leonard Metallica - The Art of Kirk Hammett
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  1. Hal Leonard The Official Heavy Metal Book of Lists Hal Leonard The Official Heavy Metal Book of Lists
    Hal Leonard The Official Heavy Metal Book of Lists

    You'll be an encyclopedia of rock trivia with this fun book of heavy metal lists.

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  2. Backbeat Books Funk - Listening Companion Book Backbeat Books Funk - Listening Companion Book
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  3. Hal Leonard Broadway Musicals Show by Show 1891-1916 Book Hal Leonard Broadway Musicals Show by Show 1891-1916 Book
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  4. Hal Leonard Les Miserables: From Stage To Screen Limited Edition Hard Cover Book Hal Leonard Les Miserables: From Stage To Screen Limited Edition Hard Cover Book
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  1. Tara Publications Beyond Hava Nagila Songbook Tara Publications Beyond Hava Nagila Songbook
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  2. Hal Leonard Joel Whitburn Presents Rock Tracks 1981-2008 Hal Leonard Joel Whitburn Presents Rock Tracks 1981-2008
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  3. Meredith Music Sourcebook For Wind Band and Instrumental Music Meredith Music Sourcebook For Wind Band and Instrumental Music
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  4. Backbeat Books The Taylor Guitar Book: 40 Years Of Great American Flattops Backbeat Books The Taylor Guitar Book: 40 Years Of Great American Flattops
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  1. Hal Leonard A Friend In The Music Business: The Ascap Story Hal Leonard A Friend In The Music Business: The Ascap Story
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  2. Hal Leonard This Day In Music - An Everyday Record Of Musical Feats And Facts Hal Leonard This Day In Music - An Everyday Record Of Musical Feats And Facts
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  3. Hal Leonard The Legends Of Rockabilly - Book/DVD Hal Leonard The Legends Of Rockabilly - Book/DVD
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  4. Hal Leonard 50 Years of Gretsch Electrics Book Hal Leonard 50 Years of Gretsch Electrics Book
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  1. Hal Leonard Star Wars FAQ : Everything Left to Know About the Trilogy That Changed the Movies Hal Leonard Star Wars FAQ : Everything Left to Know About the Trilogy That Changed the Movies
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  2. Hal Leonard Broadway Musicals Show By Show Eighth Edition Hal Leonard Broadway Musicals Show By Show Eighth Edition
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  3. Backbeat Books Studio Stories Book Backbeat Books Studio Stories Book
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    How the Great New York Records Were Made: From Miles to Madonna, Sinatra to The Ramones

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  4. Backbeat Books Hit Singles Book Backbeat Books Hit Singles Book
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    Top 20 Charts from 1954 to the Present Day

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  1. Hal Leonard Guitars from George and Leo Hal Leonard Guitars from George and Leo
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    How Leo Fender and I Built G&L Guitars

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  2. Backbeat Books Country Fried Soul - Adventures in Dirty South Hip Hop Book Backbeat Books Country Fried Soul - Adventures in Dirty South Hip Hop Book
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  3. Hal Leonard How Nashville Became Music City, U.S.A. - 50 Years Of Music Row Hal Leonard How Nashville Became Music City, U.S.A. - 50 Years Of Music Row
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  4. Alfred Barefoot in Babylon: The Creation of the Woodstock Music Festival 1969 Book Alfred Barefoot in Babylon: The Creation of the Woodstock Music Festival 1969 Book
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  1. Backbeat Books Keyboard Presents The Evolution Of Electronic Dance Music Backbeat Books Keyboard Presents The Evolution Of Electronic Dance Music
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  2. Backbeat Books Waiting for The Sun - A Rock 'N' Roll History Of Los Angeles Backbeat Books Waiting for The Sun - A Rock 'N' Roll History Of Los Angeles
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  3. Alfred Alfred's Music Playing Cards Classical Composers Alfred Alfred's Music Playing Cards Classical Composers
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  4. Hal Leonard Pocket Dictionary Of Composers & Lyricists Hal Leonard Pocket Dictionary Of Composers & Lyricists
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  1. Music Sales Notecracker - Music Trivia (pocket-sized gift) Music Sales Notecracker - Music Trivia (pocket-sized gift)
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Learning how to play an instrument is only part of what the world of music has to offer. If you want to further develop your musical career or hobby, then it pays to learn more about the history of music and your instrument. With an in-depth knowledge about the artists and styles that have come before you, and the roots of your instrument's history, you'll be well-equipped to take your own music to the next level today. And with this library of history & criticism reference materials to choose from, you'll have no problem picking out the perfect finds to build up your own collection. Whatever your topic of interest, there are materials about it just waiting here for you to find.

Looking to broaden your horizons with respect to your favorite pieces of gear? In that case, there are lots of suggestions for you here. A few of the best-selling books include the Backbeat Books Beatles Gear Revised Edition (a comprehensive guide to everything the Fab Four played from the stage to the studio) and the Hal Leonard Fender Amps The First Fifty Years Book (a sweet walkthrough of that golden age of vintage Fender amps). Some materials, like the Centerstream Publishing Cowboy Guitars Softcover Book, are a little wider in their scope, offering insight into an entire class of instrument or genre of music.

Some examples of books covering musical styles would be the Hal Leonard Blues Guitar Inside And Out, and the Backbeat Books Surf Beat: Rock And Roll's Forgotten Revolution. These materials definitely don't stop at modern music, either: the Hal Leonard Bach to the Drawing Board Game takes you all the way back to the Baroque period, and the Pocket Dictionary of Composers and Lyricists is a reference guide that spans all the known years of music history.

From classical to modern, Mozart to metal, there are history and criticism reference materials here to cover just about any musical interest you might have. So go ahead and take a look through the whole selection - who knows what interesting topics you might find? Consider these books and materials the perfect ways to build your musical knowledge. And remember: understanding music's past is the first step to writing the next chapter in its future.
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