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Bass: History and Development

History and Development

Books, magazines and journals on the history and development of the bass




Selected books from the library's collection
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Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius, "The World's Greatest Bass Player" by Bill Milkowski
ML419.P378 M55 1995  Check Availability
Image:bassltbook1.gif From the publisher:
This tragic tale of the man who revolutionized the electric bass will appeal to players, fans, and anyone curious about the fine line between creative genius and madness. Bass players and music fans today - whether of jazz, rock, reggae, pop, or punk - owe much to Jaco Pastorius who literally reinvented the role of the electric bass.
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Broken Music: a Memoir by Sting
ML420.S75 A3 2003  Check Availability
Image:bassltbook2.jpg From the publisher:
"A first-rate memoir…Engrossing…With writing that is both witty and refreshingly self-deprecating, this book has pleasures that extend well beyond interest in the man’s music alone." - People
“A beautifully styled, elegantly crafted and intelligent portrayal of Sting’s own life…[it] ranks on the highest shelf of literary debuts.” -Toronto Globe and Mail
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Bass Heroes: Styles, Stories & Secrets of 30 Great Bass Players edited by Tom Mulhern
ML399 .B37 1993  Check Availability
Image:bassltbook3.jpg From the publisher:
From the publisher of Electric Bass Guitar comes Bass Heroes - interviews with 30 of the world's greatest bass players. It's a collection of interviews spanning the past 25 years, adapted from Guitar Player magazine. The interviews here feature some of the best players who ever lived, regardless of stylistic leanings.
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Bass Line: The Stories and Photographs of Milt Hinton by Milt Hinton and David G. Berger
ML418.H56 1988  Check Availability
Image:Bassltbook4-1.jpg From the publisher:
Milt Hinton, the "dean of bass players," has experienced the jazz world firsthand for more than five decades. A member of Cab Calloway's orchestra for sixteen years, he has played with most of the jazz greats of this century including Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, and Dizzy Gillespie. Throughout his career he has photographed artists and personalities in the music scene who have been his mentors, colleagues, and friends.
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Mingus: a Critical Biography by Brian Priestley
ML418.M56 P7 1984  Check Availability
Image:bassltbook5.jpg From the publisher:
The British pianist and journalist Brian Priestly has written the first biography of Charles Mingus, and it's an excellent piece of work. His emphasis tends to be on the music, which he discusses in a lucid and lively manner. But Priestly recounts the life, too, exalting Mingus' devotion to his art and treating even his most self-destructive fiascoes with even-handed sympathy.
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How the Fender Bass Changed the World by Jim Roberts
ML1015.B35 R63 2001  Check Availability
Image:bassltbook6.jpg From the publisher:
This book by the founding editor and former publisher of Bass Player magazine not only celebrates the 50-year history of Fender's revolutionary Precision Bass, it also - for the first time - illuminates the full scope of its profound impact on music and society. Focusing on the bass' artistic influence, it details the technical milestones that gave the bass its musical power.
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KISS and Make-up by Gene Simmons
ML420.S544 A3 2001  Check Availability
Image:genesimmons.jpg From the publisher:
The co-founder of the rock group KISS shares his candid, uncensored, and outrageous reminiscences about growing up as an immigrant kid from Israel, his creation of one of the world's most popular bands, and three decades of life and fame in the world of rock music
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To Live Is To Die : The Life and Death of Metallica's Cliff Burton by Joel McIver
ML419 .B869 M35 2009  Check Availability
Image:Live-is-die-life-death-metallicas-cliff-burton-joel-mciver-paperback-cover-art.jpg From the publisher:
Metallica, the seventh-biggest recording act in American history, are consummate musicians but it wasn't always that way. A significant proportion of their playing expertise was acquired from a pivotal three-year period in their history 1983 to 1986 during which their music, a potent variant of thrash metal, evolved from garage level to sophisticated, progressive heights thanks to the teachings of their bass player, Cliff Burton
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The Confessions of Rick James: "Memoirs of a Super Freak" by Rick James
ML420.J369 A3 2007  Check Availability
Image:Rick-james.jpg From the publisher:
To fans of sassy and savvy urban music, the name Rick James will forever be associated with the mainstream emergence of funk—that bottom-heavy blend of rock and soul that sparked a multiracial musical revolution in the 1970s and 1980s and has since influenced everything from rap to raves, punk to progressive rock. Along with the fame, the Grammy Award, and superstardom came drug abuse and even felony convictions, all of which are chronicled in this gripping, posthumous tell-all of the funk revolution.
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Magazines and Journals

Selected magazines and journals from the library's collection
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Bass Frontiers 
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Image:M401-BassFrontiersS.jpg‎ From the publisher:
Bass Frontiers Magazine is an online publication that specializes in coverage of bass guitar via video interviews, text articles, gear and media reviews. The library owns the print magazine from 1994-2001.
Bass Player 
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Image:M403-BassPlayerS.jpg‎ From the publisher:
Bass Player magazine is your source for acoustic and electric bass guitar tabs, chords and free online bass guitar lessons, tutorials and videos.
Bass World 
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Image:M403-1-BassWorld.gif From the publisher:
Journal published by the International Society of Bassists. Regular features include: columns for soloists, orchestra members and jazz bassists; advice from experts about instrument maintenance; profiles of early and 20th century music specialists; discussions of health issues for bassists.
Bassics Magazine 
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Image:M404-Bassics.jpg‎ From the publisher:
Bassics Magazine features the best Bass Guitar articles - Bass Player - lessons - transcriptions - music - pod casts and more. A small sampling of the featured artists include Jaco Pastorius, Jeff Berlin, Nathan East, Gerald Veasley, Michael Manring, Geddy Lee, Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller, Victor Bailey, Jack Cassidy, Stu Hamm, Bootsy Collins, Rhonda Smith, Jack Bruce.
The Double Bassist (incorporated into The Strad) 
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Image:M440-1DoubleBassist.jpg‎ From the publisher:
Double Bassist was a United Kingdom magazine covering Music Performance. The magazine was incorporated into The Strad. The library owns the Double Bassist print magazine from 1996-2007.
Bass Guitar Magazine 
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Image:M402-BassGuitar.jpg From the publisher:
Covering every genre possible, from Hard Rock through to Jazz and everything in between and either side! - the magazine gives unrivalled, expert advice, critic and comment by those who truly understand the importance of the bass guitar and its place in modern music.
Guitar & Bass 
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Image:G1-guitarbass.jpg From the publisher:
Guitar & Bass is a monthly publication with a well-earned reputation for high quality and completely unbiased product reviews. The magazine presents interviews, band features, music reviews, tuition and DIY workshops.