Here at Agate, we are fans of all types of media and art forms, including music. Agate has published several works pertaining to various artists and the music industry. If you consider yourself a music afficionado, or if you know someone who is one, then you may be interested in picking up one of these titles as a gift this holiday season.
This meticulously researched biography is one of the most comprehensive work on Prince yet published. Unlike other Prince books, this one eschews speculation into the artist’s highly guarded private life and instead focuses deep and sustained attention exactly where it should be: on his work. Acclaimed British novelist and critic Matt Thorne draws on years of research and dozens of interviews with Prince’s intimate associates (many of whom have never spoken on record before) to examine every phase of the musician’s 35-year career, including nearly every song—released and unreleased—that Prince recorded. Originally released in the UK in 2012, this first US publication of Prince includes updated content detailing the artist’s two 2014 albums, tour, 2015 Tidal release, and other career events.
A. Alice Claerbaut and David Schlesinger
Strayhorn features contributions from Billy Strayhorn’s biographer David Hajdu, film director Rob Levi, music scholar Walter van de Leur, as well as commentary from jazz greats like Lena Horne, Clark Terry, Dianne Reeves, Nancy Wilson, Terell Stafford, Herb Jeffries, and more. With lush photography and rare memorabilia like handwritten scores, this is a book to be treasured by jazz aficionados and music lovers everywhere. Enthralling and visually captivating, Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life lauds a beloved jazz legend and captures a prodigious legacy that will influence generations to come.
For nearly 25 years, Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune has been reviewing popular music: from indie up-and-comers and underground hip-hop artists to arena-filling rock-and-rollers and celebrity pop superstars. Turn It Up: A Guided Tour Through the Worlds of Pop, Rock, Rap and More is the first-ever collection of Kot’s Tribune articles, covering the years of 2000–2013. Kot delves deeply into the essential acts of the 21st century, the business of music as a whole, and the Chicago music scene in particular.