Chopin: A Listener’s Guide to the Master of the Piano—Book/CD (Oct., $22.95) by Victor Lederer; Tchaikovsky: A Listener’s Guide—Book/CD (Nov., $22.95) by Daniel Felsenfeld; Sibelius Orchestral Works: An Owner’s Manual—Book/Two CDs (Jan., $27.95) by David Hurwitz are new entries in the Unlocking the Masters series.
Will Power: How to Act Shakespeare in 21 Days (Sept., $17.95) by John Basil with Stephanie Gunning guides both professionals and would-be thespians.
The Commercial Theatre Institute Guide to Producing Plays and Musicals (Nov., $17.95), edited by Frederic B. Vogel and Ben Hodges, is based on the institute’s program for those interested in producing or investing in the theater.
Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop (Feb., $18.95), edited by Jeff Chang. Innovative hip-hop voices examine the future of this cultural movement.
James Bond and the 21st Century: Why We Still Need 007 (Sept., $17.95), edited by Glenn Yeffeth, investigates Ian Fleming’s sexy spy in film, from Dr. No to this fall’s remake of Casino Royale.
Hollywood Interviews (Nov., $14.95) by Cahiers du Cinema, trans. by John Flower. Among the seven directors interviewed are Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood and the Coen brothers.
BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE (dist. by Univ. of California Press)
100 Westerns (Sept., $22.50) by Edward Buscombe offers plot synopses, credits, commentary and more.
Distant Voices, Still Lives (Jan., $14.95) by Paul Farley analyzes writer/director Terence Davies’s visual style.
American Popular Music: Country (Dec., $21.95) by Richard Carlin documents the evolution of this genre with 350 A—Z entries.
33-1/3 Greatest Hits (Sept., $14.95), edited by David Barker, assembles rock and roll anecdotes about the Ramones, the Rolling Stones, James Brown and 16 others.
Director’s Cut: Picturing Hollywood in the 21st Century (Oct., $18.95) by Stephen Littger collects interviews with 21 film directors.
DUKE UNIV. PRESS
Steve Lacy: Conversations (Sept., $21.95), edited by Jason Weiss, gathers interviews with the saxophonist.
INDIANA UNIV. PRESS
The Velvet Underground (Sept., $22.95) by Richard Witts journeys into the world of the punk band and New York City in the ’60s.
24: Behind the Scenes (Oct., $29.95) by Jon Cassar and the Filmmakers of 24, foreword by Kiefer Sutherland, delves into the hugely successful TV series; includes DVD.
All About Guitar by Tom Kelley; ...Bass by Chad Johnson; ...Piano by Mark Harrison; and ...Drums by Rich Mattingly (Oct., $19.95 each) launch a series for beginning musicians.
Across the Great Divide: The Band and America (Nov., $18.95) by Barney Hoskyns takes readers on the Band’s journey across three decades.
Sports Cinema: 100 Movies—The Best of Hollywood’s Athletic Heroes, Losers, Myths, and Misfits (Nov., $24.95) by Randy Williams ranks sports films from All the Right Moves to Olympia, from Caddyshack to Rocky.
An Introduction to the Art of Theatre: A Comprehensive Text—Past, Present, and Future (Sept., $22.95) by Marsh Cassady is divided into three sections: “Theatre, Drama and Place”; “The Production”; and “Theatre History.”
101 Greatest Screenplays: A Guide to the Greatest Films of All Time (Oct.; $14.95, cloth $24.95), selected by the members of the Writers Guild of America, covers classics from Casablanca and Notorious to Pulp Fiction and American Beauty.
NORTHWESTERN UNIV. PRESS
“No Legs, No Jokes, No Chance”: A History of the American Musical Theater (Feb., $45) by Sheldon Patinkin surveys what has often been called the one uniquely American art form.
Parents’ Guide to Kids’ Movies: Over 500 Children’s and Family Films Reviewed (Sept., $12.95) by Jo Berry rates movies on a one- to five-star scale.
The Hills (Nov., $12.95) by Andrew Perry is the official companion book to The Hills, MTV’s spinoff of its hit reality drama Laguna Beach.
The Rough Guide to American Independent Film (Oct., $14.99) by Jessica Winter gives the lowdown on indie films—exploitation flicks, quirky suburban dramas and more.
SANTA MONICA PRESS (dist. by IPG)
Silent Traces: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Charlie Chaplin (Sept., $24.95) by John Bengtson studies Chaplin’s genius and how his films reveal the history of L.A.
Movie Lust (Sept., $16.95) by Maitland McDonagh offers more than 1,000 recommendations for the discerning film fan. 20,000 first printing.
STONE BRIDGE PRESS
Waiting on the Weather: Making Movies with Akira Kurosawa (Sept., $24.95) by Teruyo Nogami. Kurosawa’s longtime assistant offers a personal look at the director and his work.
TAYLOR TRADE PUBLISHING
The Book of Caddyshack: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Greatest Movie Ever Made (Nov., $14.95) by Scott Martin tells all in this behind-the-scenes exploration. 17,500 first printing.
THEATRE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP
My Name Is Rachel Corrie (Sept., $12.95), edited by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner, presents this one-woman play using the words of the young American activist killed in Gaza. A Nick Hern Book.
365 Days/365 Plays (Nov., $16.95) by Suzan-Lori Parks collects the Pulitzer Prize—winner’s works.
1001 Songs: The Great Songs of All Time and the Artists, Stories, and Secrets Behind Them (Oct., $29.95) by Toby Creswell covers 50 years of popular songs.
UNIV. PRESS OF MISSISSIPPI
Federico Fellini: Interviews (Oct., $20) by Sam Myers and Jeff Horton. The front man for Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets tells his blues life story.
WATSON-GUPTILL/BACK STAGE BOOKS
The Munsters: A Trip Down Mockingbird Lane (Oct., $21.95) by Stephen Cox, foreword by Yvonne DeCarlo, gathers interviews with the cast and crew plus insider anecdotes and photos.
Happier Days: Paramount Television’s Classic Sitcoms, 1974—1984 (Oct., $16.95) by Marley Brant visits the golden age of sitcoms, including Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, Taxi and more.