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History & Criticism Reference Materials

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    Hal Leonard The Beauty of the 'Burst Book
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    Alfred Music: Music: The Definitive Visual History Hardcover Book
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    Hal Leonard Ampeg: The Story Behind the Sound Book
  4. Alfred Alfred's Teach Yourself Music History Book & CD
  5. Backbeat Books Surf Beat: Rock And Roll's Forgotten Revolution
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    Backbeat Books The SG Guitar Book: 50 Years of Gibson's Stylish Solid Guitar
  7. Backbeat Books Keyboard Presents The Evolution Of Electronic Dance Music
  8. Hal Leonard Pocket Dictionary Of Composers & Lyricists
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    Hal Leonard Relix: The Book: The Grateful Dead Experience
  10. Hal Leonard Bach to the Drawing Board Game
  11. Hal Leonard Star Wars FAQ : Everything Left to Know About the Trilogy That Changed the Movies
  12. Hal Leonard Broadway Musicals Show By Show Eighth Edition
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    Backbeat Books The Taylor Guitar Book: 40 Years Of Great American Flattops
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    Meredith Music Sourcebook For Wind Band and Instrumental Music
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    Hal Leonard A Friend In The Music Business: The Ascap Story
  16. Hal Leonard How Nashville Became Music City, U.S.A. - 50 Years Of Music Row
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    Hal Leonard Joel Whitburn Presents Rock Tracks 1981-2008
  18. Hal Leonard Broadway Musicals Show by Show 1891-1916 Book
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    Hal Leonard Top Pop Albums 1955-1996 Hardcover Book
  20. Hal Leonard The Official Heavy Metal Book of Lists
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    Hal Leonard The JBL Story - Sixty Years of Audio Innovation Book
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    Hal Leonard Back to a Shadow in the Night Music Journalism Book
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    Hal Leonard Woodstock Vision: The Spirit of a Generation (Book)
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    Tara Publications Beyond Hava Nagila Songbook
  25. Backbeat Books Funk - Listening Companion Book
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    Backbeat Books Hit Singles Book
  27. Backbeat Books Waiting for The Sun - A Rock 'N' Roll History Of Los Angeles
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    Hal Leonard This Day In Music - An Everyday Record Of Musical Feats And Facts
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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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