Looking for recommendations: M & N (music and art)

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Looking for recommendations: M & N (music and art)

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jan 8, 2010, 11:44am

I have a textbook I can use for the MT heading, but I haven't filled the other two music subheadings, M and ML.

I also have holes for NB (sculpture), NC (drawing. design, and illustration), NE (print media), and NX (arts in general).

Suggestions would be appreciated. (This collection should give some idea of my taste in art books, at least for the N's.)

jan 8, 2010, 12:04pm

My Ms are all guitar tablature so I don't know how much help I can be there.

I've recently read some MLs: Revolution In The Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties, A Day In The Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles, The Beatles: The Biography, and Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles. Those books are probably all related somehow.

I have an NB on my wishlist: The Little Book of Hindu Deities: From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow.

NC is full of Gary Larson's various Far Side collections, with some Asterix for good measure.

Looks like our N tastes are radically divergent.

jan 8, 2010, 12:20pm

Yes, it would appear that they are. ;) That said, that NB is a little less divergent then your listed NC's.

I'll see if I can do a little more digging through the ML's though.

jan 8, 2010, 12:27pm

I have a couple for ML:
Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks which I recommend very highly, and
Jazz: A History of America's Music (the companion volume to the Ken Burns miniseries).

Graphic novels and collections of comic strips appear to be placed in NC sometimes, at the whim of the cataloger.

jan 8, 2010, 12:40pm

...at the whim of the cataloger.

Something similar seems to have happened here, too. All my knitting books are under TT, with the exception of this one book, which got filed under NK.

feb 1, 2010, 1:56pm


feb 1, 2010, 2:19pm

You might like Collected Drawings of Aubrey Beardsley for NC, it's art nouveau. Beardsley's work is all ink illustrations as far as I know in this vein. There is some erotic imagery.

feb 1, 2010, 3:32pm

Thanks for the suggestion. Brooklyn Public has a copy, though it's marked "LIB USE ONLY."

feb 2, 2010, 5:51am

Huh, I wonder why?

Redigerat: feb 2, 2010, 9:47am

Art books generally tend to be expensive. I'm fairly certain most libraries get a discount, but that doesn't make up for both the limited funding (especially with the need to staff the libraries) and the relative cost of some books. So, that might explain why they'd rather it stayed put.

Edited because at this hour even I can mistakenly use a possessive instead of a plural -- and under normal circumstances I would know better.

feb 2, 2010, 5:09pm

As far as art books go I wouldn't expect this one to be that pricey. Generally the printing cost on art books is because of the the amount of color pictures and nice paper. Because Beardsley stuck to bold ink drawings, just black and white without gradation, the printing shouldn't invoke those art book costs. But maybe they just apply this policy to art books regardless of their price.

feb 5, 2010, 2:23pm

>1 AnnaClaire:.

The M class is for music scores, so you probably won't find books in that class that are meant to be read straight through (unless you read music). However, you'll also find annotated collections of music here, such as The New Oxford Book of Carols, so you could go through and read all of the annotations, I suppose. (I may be able to dig up a shorter collection, if you're interested.)

apr 28, 2010, 9:11pm

>2 DaynaRT: wow fleela, you're the only other person I know who's heard about Asterix! I loved the comic and the old cartoons when I was a kid, but haven't ever seen them since. I've described it to a bunch of friends, but no one knows what I'm talking about and I haven't been able to find it for some reason in the brief web searches I've occasionally done. Any idea where I could get copies?