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But Beautiful

by Geoff Dyer Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 24, 2014)

"May be the best book ever written about jazz."—David Thomson, Los Angeles Times

In eight poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skillfully evokes the music and the men who shaped modern jazz. Drawing on...

Jack Be Nimble

by Jack O'Brien Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 18, 2013)

A warm, witty tell-all and history of American regional theater, from one of our best-loved directors

For Jack O'Brien, there's nothing like a first encounter with a great performer, nothing like the sound of...

The Age of the Image

by Stephen Apkon & Martin Scorsese Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 16, 2013)

An urgent, erudite, and practical book that redefines literacy to embrace how we think and communicate now

We live in a world that is awash in visual storytelling. The recent technological revolutions in video...

Reinventing Bach

by Paul Elie Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 18, 2012)

The story of a revolution in music and technology, told through a century of recordings of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach

In Reinventing Bach, his remarkable second book, Paul Elie tells the electrifying...

Hallelujah Junction

by John Adams Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 24, 2009)

John Adams is one of the most respected and loved of contemporary composers, and "he has won his eminence fair and square: he has aimed high, he has addressed life as it is lived now, and he has found a language...

Speak the Speech!

by Rhona Silverbush & Sami Plotkin Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 18, 2002)

The most comprehensive sourcebook of Shakespeare's monologues ever available in one volume.

A detailed guide to approaching Shakespearean text, Speak the Speech! contains everything an actor needs to select and...

Electric Eden

by Rob Young Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 10, 2011)

A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2011 title

In the late 1960s, with popular culture hurtling forward on the sounds of rock music, some brave musicians looked back instead, trying to recover the lost treasures...

Love Goes to Buildings on Fire

by Will Hermes Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 08, 2011)

Punk rock and hip-hop. Disco and salsa. The loft jazz scene and the downtown composers known as Minimalists. In the mid-1970s, New York City was a laboratory where all the major styles of modern music were reinvented—all...

Girl Power

by Marisa Meltzer Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 15, 2010)

In the early nineties, riot grrrl exploded onto the underground music scene, inspiring girls to pick up an instrument, create fanzines, and become politically active. Rejecting both traditional gender roles...

Perfecting Sound Forever

by Greg Milner Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 09, 2009)

In 1915, Thomas Edison proclaimed that he could record a live performance and reproduce it perfectly, shocking audiences who found themselves unable to tell whether what they were hearing was an Edison Diamond...

Fryderyk Chopin

by Dr. Alan Walker Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 16, 2018)

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. The Sunday Times (U.K.) Classical Music Book of 2018 and one of The Economist's Best Books of 2018.

"A magisterial portrait." --Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New...

Broadcast Hysteria

by A. Brad Schwartz Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 05, 2015)

On the evening of October 30, 1938, radio listeners across the United States heard a startling report of a meteor strike in the New Jersey countryside. With sirens blaring in the background, announcers in the...

Love for Sale

by David Hajdu Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 18, 2016)

A personal, idiosyncratic history of popular music that also may well be definitive, from the revered music critic

From the age of song sheets in the late nineteenth-century to the contemporary era of digital...

Every Song Ever

by Ben Ratliff Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 09, 2016)

What is music in the age of the cloud? Today, we can listen to nearly anything, at any time. It is possible to flit instantly across genres and generations, from 1980s Detroit techno to 1890s Viennese neo-romanticism....