Read All About it! - Fox Motors Pops Series

Recommended reading and listening list.  All materials listed here are available through the Kent District Library.

THE PIANO MEN: The music of Billy Joel and Elton John

Billy Joel The Essential Billy Joel (CD): A full 34 of his hits plus two newly recorded tunes!

Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano (2012) (MOVIE): Elton John's spectacular 'The Million Dollar Piano' show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas is the culmination of his decades long partnership with Yamaha pianos.

Love is the Cure: On Life, Loss and the End of AIDS by Elton John (BOOK): Elton's personal account of his life during the AIDS epidemic, including stories of his close friendships with Ryan White, Freddie Mercury, Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, and others, and the story of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Scissor Sisters Ta-Dah (CD): The Scissor Sisters keep the party going on their sophomore album, Ta-Dah, a synthesis of three decades worth of Pop that alternately references early Prince, Elton John, the Bee Gees and even such Rock/Funk hybrids as the Rolling Stones' "Miss You."

Under Their Thumb: How a Nice Boy from Brooklyn Got Mixed up with the Rolling Stones (and Lived to Tell About It) by Bill German (BOOK): In this warts-and-all book, which includes many never-before-seen photographs, German takes us to the Stones' homes, recording sessions, and concerts around the world. He charts the band's rocky path from the unthinkable depths of a near breakup to the obscenely lucrative heights of their blockbuster tours. And ultimately, German reveals why his childhood dream come true became a passion he finally had to part with.

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Home (2015) (MOVIE): A lovable misfit from another planet meets a girl named Tip. The two unlikely friends embark on the greatest journey of all time.

John Williams's Film Music : Jaws, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the Return of the Classical Hollywood Music Style by Emilio Audissino (BOOK): Combining accessible writing with thorough scholarship, and rigorous historical accounts with insightful readings, John Williams's Film Music explores why Williams is so important to the history of film music. Beginning with an overview of music from Hollywood's Golden Age (1933-58), Emilio Audissino traces the turning points of Williams's career and articulates how he revived the classical Hollywood musical style.

A Tribute to John Williams (CD): From Star Wars and Jaws to Indiana Jones and the first three Harry Potter films, John Williams has been behind some of today's most memorable music. This collection celebrates his eightieth birthday with a collection of works that has been handpicked by Williams himself.

WALL-E (2008) (MOVIE): After hundreds of lonely years, a waste management robot finds a new purpose in life. With only a cockroach for a friend, he finds true love in another robot sent on a mission to Earth to see if it is safe for human life.


Barbra Streisand The Classic Christmas Album (CD): Featuring the songs everyone knows and loves, performed by the legends that everyone remembers at holiday time, these are the Christmas classics that continue to appeal across generations for all time.

Catherine Slonecki Holiday Songs Around the World (CD): Join Catherine Slonecki for an exploration of different holidays from a multicultural perspective. Featured here are songs that highlight Christmas, Hanukkah, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and country-specific celebrations.

A Chanukah Story by Harris Tobias (BOOK): In this marvelous story the miracle of Chanukah is retold in a refreshing and modern way. The old story of the festival of light takes on new significance for a family just like yours.

Chanukah Lights Everywhere by Michael J. Rosen (BOOK): A young boy counts the candles on the family menorah and the lights he sees in the world around him on each night of Hanukkah. Includes information on the history and significance of the celebration.

Encylopedia of Christmas by Tanya Gulevich (BOOK): Nearly 200 alphabetically arranged entries covering all aspects of Christmas, from folk customs, religious observances, history, legends, symbols and related days from Europe, America and around the world.

The Family Treasury of Jewish Holidays by Malka Drucker (BOOK): Recounts the history and rituals of ten Jewish holidays, including appropriate games, recipes, and songs.

Home for the Holidays by Debbie Mumm (Children’s BOOK): Mummford and McFinn are lost but find their way to a small town where they learn about Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa.

How to Spell Chanukkah: 18 writers celebrate 8 nights of light by Emily Franklin (eBOOK): Eighteen Jewish writers who extol, excoriate, and expand our understanding of this most merry of Jewish holidays. 

Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes (CD): Holiday Wishes is produced by Grammy Award-winner Walter Afanasieff and features such classic favorites as "A Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”

Seth MacFarlane Holiday for Swing! (CD): Academy Award and Grammy nominated singer, actor, producer and director Seth MacFarlane releases his first ever holiday album. Along with producer Joel McNeely, he cherry-picked both timeless holiday songs and lesser-known gems.

The Young Messiah by Anne Rice (BOOK): With the Holy Land in turmoil, seven-year-old Jesus and his family leave Egypt for the dangerous road home to Jerusalem. As they travel, the boy ponders the mysteries surrounding his birth. Anne Rice's dazzling, kaleidoscopic novel, based on the gospels and the most respected New Testament scholarship, summons up the voice, the presence, and the words of Jesus, allowing him to tell his own story as he struggles to grasp the holy purpose of his life.

Why was the Partridge in the Pear Tree?: The history of Christmas Carols by Mark Lawson-Jones (eBOOK): Why was the partridge in the pear tree? Who was Good King Wenceslas? And what are the pagan origins behind 'The Holly and the Ivy'? Discover the hidden stories behind our bestlived Christmas carols, from their earliest incarnations in the Middle Ages and their banning under the Puritans to the carols that united soldiers on the Western Front during the First World War. This fascinating book charts the history of one of Christmas' longestrunning traditions and is sure to appeal to all those who love the festive season.


HITS OF BARBRA STREISAND: Starring Ann Hampton Callaway

Funny Girl (1968) (MOVIE): A musical film that follows the early career of stage comedienne Fanny Brice.

Barbra Streisand Love is the Answer (CD): A collection of pop and jazz standards performed by Barbra Streisand with simple arrangements.

Streisand: In the Camera Eye by James Spada (BOOK): A collection of 170 of the most compelling photographs of Barbra Streisand, chosen for their rarity, beauty and insight into Streisand's multifaceted life and career. Seven essays combine with the spectacular photos to tell the whole story of one of the world's most popular and beloved stars.

Hello Dolly (1969) (MOVIE): Musical set in the 1890's about a professional matchmaker who meets her match.

My Passion for Design by Barbra Streisand (BOOK): A lavishly illustrated personal tour of the great star's homes and collections. The book contains many of Streisand's own photographs of the rooms she has decorated, the furniture and art she has collected and the ravishing gardens she has planted on her land on the California coast.

Hello Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand by William J. Mann (BOOK): The best-selling biographer of Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor tells the electrifying story of how Barbra Streisand transformed herself into the greatest star of her era.


Celtic Women Destiny (CD): Features four sublimely gifted Irish women — three glorious vocalists and a brilliant Celtic violinist — accompanied by full band, bagpipers and Irish dancers whose exceptional talent and high energy bring a fresh fusion to centuries of musical and cultural tradition.

Black 47 Trouble in the Land (CD): A 2010 poll by voted this the best Irish American album of the previous decade.

The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan (BOOK): The epic story of an Irish rebel turned American hero who shaped history on a global scale, including as a fighter for slaves' freedom in all the iconic battles of the American Civil War.

Brooklyn (2015) (MOVIE): When Eilis Lacey moves from Ireland to 1950s Brooklyn, she finds romance and new life, but events in Ireland call her back home and she finds she must choose between the two countries and lives she has made in each.

My Irish Table
by Cathal Armstrong (BOOK): The debut cookbook from Cathal Armstrong featuring 130 recipes showcasing modern Irish fare, along with stories about Armstrong's journey from Dublin to Washington, DC, and becoming an internationally recognized four-star chef, the owner of seven successful food and drink establishments and a leader in the sustainable-food movement.

CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR: Sgt. Pepper's 50th Anniversary

The Beatles by Mike Venezia (BOOK): The story of the world's most celebrated and influential rock group.

The Beatles by Mick Manning (BOOK): An introduction to The Beatles includes coverage of Lennon's Liverpool childhood, the friendship between McCartney and Harrison, the contributions of manager Brian Epstein and record label boss George Martin, and the group's famous tour to the USA.

The Beatles Anthology by John Lennon (DVD): A visual history of the Beatles beginning in 1940 and ending with the breakup of the band at the end of the '60s. Includes their songs, successes and failures.

The Beatles Rockband (WII Game): Follow the legendary career of The Beatles from Liverpool to Shea Stadium to Abbey Road. Play drums, lead guitar, and bass guitar and sing three-part harmony with up to three microphones. Feel what it's like to perform The Beatles classic songs, on stage and in the studio."

How the Beatles Changed the World by Martin W. Sandler (BOOK): Fifty years after the British invasion began, explores the Beatles' long-lasting impact on the world, revealing how the band changed popular culture forever.

The Beatles: in their own write (DVD): Even before the boys had signed to EMI Records in 1962, John and Paul were creating the finest songbook ever composed in this idiom, this film investigates and discovers the story of The Beatles via their own music and in so doing reveals, in a way previously undocumented, just how this unlikely collective came to write the songs that made the whole world sing.

Parting Ways: an unauthorized story on life after the Beatles (DVD): Parting Ways: An unauthorized story on life after the Beatles' examines the phenomenon that was Beatlemania. Four decades after the band broke up, The Beatles are still on top of every conceivable list of the greatest recording artists of all time. No other pop act has surpassed the Fab Four in terms of innovation, or social impact. Because of this, whatever they chose to do as solo performers would forever be judged against what was achieved as a part of the most popular group in music history.

Classical Beatles (CD): The songs of Lennon and McCartney and George Harrison.

Live at the BBC (CD)

Magical Mystery Tour (CD)