Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Highest Circulating Art, Music and Recreation Center books 2013-4

Memoirs, biographies and interviews make up the vast majority of the top 20 circulating books in the subjects of Art, Music and Recreation this fiscal year.  Three titles are holdovers from the top circulating titles of 2012-2013 - Bossypants (number 1 last year), Waging Heavy Peace (number 7 last year) and Rita Moreno (number 22 last year).

There are only two titles without a biographical component.  Difficult Men is behind the scenes survey of the changes in television dramas since the 1990s.  One title that has defied the trend toward celebrity worship on this list is Knitting Yarns, a collection of writing about knitting and the community of knitters.

The top twenty highest circulating books of the past year:

Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir by Linda Ronstadt (Simon & Schuster, 2013).

Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations by Peter Evans and Ava Gardner (Simon & Schuster, 2013).

Bossypants by Tina Fey (Little, Brown and Co., 2011).

Unsinkable: A Memoir by Debbie Reynolds (William Morrow, 2013).

Rita Moreno: A Memoir (Celebra, 2013).

Wild Tales : A Rock & Roll Life by Graham Nash (Crown Archetype, 2013).

Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell are My Keys? by Billy Crystal (Henry Holt and Company, 2013)

Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove by Ahmir Questlove Thompson and Ben Greenman (Grand Central Publishing, 2013).

Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From the Sopranos and the Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad by Brett Martin (The Penguin Press, 2013).

Shirley Jones: A Memoir by Shirley Jones with Wendy Leigh (Gallery Books, 2013).

I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp: An Autobiography by Richard Hell (Ecco, 2013).

Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting, edited and with an introduction by Ann Hood (W.W. Norton & Company, 2014).

Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream by Neil Young (Blue Rider Press, 2012).

A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York by Anjelica Huston (Scribner, 2013).

Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page by Brad Tolinski (Crown, 2012).

Nothin' to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975) by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, & Ken Sharp (It Books, 2013).

Mozart by Paul Johnson (Viking, 2013).

What If...: A Lifetime of Questions, Speculations, Reasonable Guesses, and a Few Things I Know For Sure by Shirley MacLaine (Atria Books, 2013).

Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin (An Eamon Dolan Book, 2013).

Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones (Ballantine Books, 2013).

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Chimurenga Library - Art, Music and Recreation Center reading list

Chimurenga Library is a collaboration between the San Francisco Public Library, Chimurenga (a South African artistic, cultural organization), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. This building wide exhibition / installation was inspired by the FESTAC '77 festival held in Nairobi.

A quotation from Randy Weston's autobiography African Rhythms, from the first floor library (image source: Andrea Lo, SF Weekly blog (June 3, 2014))

The Art, Music and Recreation hosts only a subset of this building-wide installation. Like the rest of the library, visitor / view is guided by red masking tape to quotations and to displayed video, images and text.  Books from our collection are likewise highlighted with labels hanging from wooden blocks.

More information about the Chimurenga Library installation at the San Francisco Public Library can be found at:

Chimurenga Library tumblr page
San Francisco Public Library webpage
SFMOMA website
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts website

The installation is reviewed at:

SF Weekly blog
Civic Center blog

The Chimurenga Library reading list for the Art, Music and Recreation Center:

African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston (Duke University Press, 2010). 

Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times by Robin D.G. Kelley (Harvard University Press, 2012).

The African Diaspora: A Musical Perspective /edited by Ingrid Monson (Routledge, 2003).

The Beat of My Drum: An Autobiography by Babatunde Olatunji (Temple University Press, 2005).

Black Music by LeRoi Jones (Da Capo, 1998).

Black Talk by Ben Sidran (Da Capo, 1971).

Considering Genius: Writings on Jazz by Stanley Crouch (Basic Civitas Books, 2006).

Craft Traditions of the World: Locally Made, Globally Inspiring by Bryan and Polly Sentance (Thames & Hudson, 2009).

David Adjaye: Making Public Buildings: Specificity, Customization, Imbrication / edited by Peter Allison (Thames & Hudson, 2006).  

Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa by Karen E. Milbourne (National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, 2013).

88: The Giants of Jazz Piano by Robert L. Doerschuk (Backbeat Books, 2001).

The Face of Black Music: Photographs Valerie Wilmer (Da Capo Press, 1976).

Fela: This Bitch of a Life by Carlos Moore (Omnibus, 2001).

Fela: From West Africa to West Broadway / edited by Trevor Schoonmaker (Palgrave / MacMillan, 2003). 

Fela: The Life & Times of an African Musical Icon Michael E. Veal (Temple University Press, 2000). 

The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World / edited by Robert Cozzolino (Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 2012).

Fresh Talk, Daring Gazes: Conversations on Asian American Art by Elaine H. Kim, Margo Machida and Sharon Mizota (University of California Press, 2003).

Global Minstrels: Voices of World Music by Elijah Wald (Routledge, 2007).

Great Spirits: Portraits of Life-Changing World Music Artists by Randall Grass (University Press of Mississippi, 2009).

Higher Ground: Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, and the Rise and Fall of American Soul by Craig Werner (Crown Publishers, 2004).

I Got Thunder: Black Women Songwriters on their Craft by LaShonda Katrice Barnett (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2007).

Lives and Works, Talks with Women Artists by Lynn F. Miller and Sally S. Swenson (Scarecrow Press, 1981; 1996).

Multiple Interpretations of Dynamics of Creativity and Knowledge in African Music Traditions: A Festschrift in Honor of Akin Euba on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday / edited by Bode Omojola and George Dor (MRI Press, 2005).

Noise of the World: Non-Western Musicians in their Own Words by Hank Bordowitz (Soft Skull Press, 2004).

Off the Planet: Music, Sound and Science Fiction Cinema / edited by Phillip Hayward (J. Libby, 2004).

Pathways to Unknown Worlds: Sun-Ra, El Saturn and Chicago's Afro-futurist underground 1954-68 by John Corbett, Anthony Elms and Terri Kapsalis (WhiteWalls, 2006).

Photography on the Color Line: W.E.B. Du Bois, Race, and Visual Culture by Shawn Michelle Smith (Duke University Press, 2004).

Radical Sensations: World Movements, Violence, and Visual Culture by Shelley Streeby (Duke University Press, 2013).

Rebel Dance, Renegade Stance: Timba Music and Black Identity in Cuba by Umi Vaughan (University of Michigan Press, 2012). 

Recollections, The Detroit years: The Motown Sound by the People Who Made It by Jack Ryan (Glendower Media LLC, 2012).

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered: The Soulful Journey of Stevie Wonder by Mark Ribowsky (John Wiley and Sons, 2010).

Sounds of the Future: Essays on Music in Science Fiction Film by Mathew J. Bartkowiak (McFarland & Co., 2010).

The Sound of Stevie Wonder: His Words and Music by James E. Perone (Praeger, 2006).

Space Is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra by John F. Szwed (Pantheon Books, 1997).

Stevie Wonder: A Musical Guide to the Classic Albums by Steve Lodder (Backbeat Books, 2005).

Sun Ra: Interviews & Essays by John Sinclair (Headpress, 2010).

To Smile in Autumn: A Memoir
by Gordon Parks (University of Minnesota Press, 2009).

Tony Allen: An Autobiography of the Master Drummer of Afro-Beat (Duke University Press, 2013).

Undercurrents: The Hidden Wiring of Modern Music by Rob Young (Continuum, 2002).

Weather Bird: Jazz at the Dawn of its Second Century by Gary Giddins (Oxford University Press, 2004).

White Face, Black Mask: Africaneity and the Early Social History of Popular Music in Brazil by Darien J. Davis (Michigan State University Press, 2009).

The Wire Primers: A Guide to Modern Music by Rob Young (Verso, 2009).