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You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup

by Peter Doggett

The world stopped in 1970 when Paul McCartney announced that he was through with the Beatles. His statement not only marked the end of the band's remarkable career, but also seemed to signal the demise of an...


Worlds of Sound: The Story of Smithsonian Folkways

by Richard Carlin

A man, a microphone, and a dream

When he opened his tiny recording studio in New York in 1940, Moses Asch had a larger-than-life dream: To document and record all the sounds of his time. He created Folkways Records...


Won't Get Fooled Again: The Who from Lifehouse to Quadrophenia

by RICHIE UNTERBERGER

(Book). From mid-1970 to early 1974, The Who undertook an amazing and peculiar journey in which they struggled to follow up Tommy with a yet bigger and better rock opera. One of those projects, Lifehouse , was...


Women Singer-Songwriters in Rock: A Populist Rebellion in the 1990s

by Ronald D. Lankford Jr.

Women Singer-Songwriters in Rock provides an overview of the women's singer-songwriter movement during the 1990s with detailed analyses of the music of Alanis Morissette, PJ Harvey, Courtney Love, Liz Phair,...


Wit & Wisdom of Ozzy Osbourne

by Dave Thompson

All Aboard the Crazy Train

This is Ozzy Osbourne in all his raw and unfiltered glory; four decades worth of his best quotes, oddest observations, risqué retorts, and yes, even articulate ponderings. Ozzy might...


Will You Take Me As I Am: Joni Mitchell's Blue Period

by Michelle Mercer

Joni Mitchell is one of the most celebrated artists of the last half century, and her landmark 1971 album, Blue, is one of her most beloved and revered works. Generations of people have come of age listening...


Why AC/DC Matters

by Anthony Bozza

Australian rock giants AC/DC have sold more records in the U.S. than Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, and than the Rolling Stones, yet have always been undervalued and unappreciated by mainstream...


Where the Dark and the Light Folks Meet: Race and the Mythology, Politics, and Business of Jazz

by Randall Sandke

Sandke tackles the stubborn and controversial question of whether jazz is the product of an insulated African-American environment, shut off from the rest of society by strictures of segregation and discrimination;...


What Would Keith Richards Do?: Daily Affirmations from a Rock and Roll Survivor

by Jessica Pallington West

The definitive guide to Keithism, the religious wisdom inspired by the one true prophet of our time: Keith Richards.


What Is a Wommett?: The Autobiography of Mick Abrahams

by Mick Abrahams

Mick Abrahams first rose to fame as a guitarist during the 1960s and was a founder member of Jethro Tull, although his time with the band was to prove short lived owing to the vividly contrasting musical styles...


Way Beyond Compare: The Beatles' Recorded Legacy, Volume One, 1957-1965

by John C. Winn

An answered prayer for Beatles fans and collectors, the first ­volume of a unique work that exhaustively chronicles all known and ­available Beatles recordings!

Have you ever watched a Beatles film clip and...


Walk Like a Man: Coming of Age with the Music of Bruce Springsteen

by Robert Wiersema

There are dozens of books about the Boss, exploring every facet of his career. So what's left to say? Nothing objective, perhaps. But when it comes to music, objectivity is highly overrated. Robert Wiersema...


Victor Herbert: A Theatrical Life

by Neil Gould

Victor Herbert is one of the giants of American culture. As a musician, conductor, and, above all, composer, he touched every corner of American musical life at the turn of the century, writing scores of songs,...


Unbuttoning the Hardest Button to Button: An Essay from Chuck Klosterman IV

by Chuck Klosterman

Originally collected in Chuck Klosterman IV and now available both as a stand-alone essay and in the ebook collection Chuck Klosterman on Rock, this essay is about the White Stripes.


True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself

by Janet Jackson & David Ritz

ONE OF THE GREATEST ENTERTAINERS OF OUR TIME CANDIDLY REVEALS HER VERY PERSONAL STRUGGLE WITH AN ISSUE SO MANY OF US FACE EVERY DAY: SELF-ESTEEM

Janet Jackson emerged from the shadows of an already famous family...


Tori Amos:  Piece by Piece

by Tori Amos & Ann Powers

I choose to fight my battles through my music . . . I was born a feminist. And then at age five, when my strict Christian grandmother punished me, I realized, I’m not penetrating here. I’m just pissing people...


To Live Is to Die: The Life and Death of Metallica's Cliff Burton

by Joel McIver

(Book). Metallica, the seventh-biggest recording act in American history, are consummate musicians but it wasn't always that way. A significant proportion of their playing expertise was acquired from a pivotal...


To Air is Human: One Man's Quest to Become the World's Greatest Air Guitarist

by Bjorn Turoque

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


Thriller: The Musical Life of Michael Jackson

by Nelson George

From legendary hip-hop and R&B journalist Nelson George, the definitive chronicle of the bestselling album of all time


Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original

by Robin Kelley

THELONIOUS MONK is the critically acclaimed, gripping saga of an artist’s struggle to “make it” without compromising his musical vision. It is a story that, like its subject, reflects the tidal ebbs and...


The Violin Maker: A Search for the Secrets of Craftsmanship, Sound, and Stradivari

by John Marchese

How does a simple piece of wood become a violin, the king of instruments? Watch and find out as Eugene Drucker, a member of the world–renowned Emerson String Quartet, commissions Sam Zygmuntowicz, a Brooklyn...


The Rock And Roll Book Of The Dead

by David Comfort

"Once you're dead, you're made for life." --Jimi Hendrix

Hendrix. Janis. Morrison. Elvis. Lennon. Cobain. Garcia.

Their reckless brilliance held the key to their self-destruction. Their deaths had much in common--and,...


The Resurrection of Johnny Cash: Hurt, Redemption, and American Recordings

by GRAEME THOMSON

(Book). The Resurrection of Johnny Cash tells the story of perhaps the most remarkable turnaround in musical history. As well as acknowledging Cash's drug, drink and religious travails in the fifties and sixties,...


The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting: An Oral History

by Jim Walsh

Formed in a Minneapolis basement in 1979, the Replacements were a notorious rock 'n' roll circus, renowned for self-sabotage, cartoon shtick, stubborn contrarianism, stage-fright, Dionysian benders, heart-on-sleeve...


The Red Hot Chili Peppers

by The Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers is the iconic band's audacious look back at their thirty-year odyssey—in their own words and accompanied by more than 300 spectacular photos and ephemera. Intimate, breathtaking,...


The Power of Music

by Elena Mannes

The award-winning creator of the acclaimed documentary "The Music Instinct: Science & Song," explores the power of music and its connection to the body, the brain, and the world of nature. Only recently has...


The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music

by Victor L. Wooten

From Grammy-winning musical icon and legendary bassist Victor L. Wooten comes The Music Lesson, the story of a struggling young musician who wanted music to be his life, and who wanted his life to be great....


The Mix 'N' Match Pop Quiz Book: 300 Questions on Music History

by Chris Cowlin

Brief Description: Are you knowledgeable about pop music? Can you reel off the names of groups from years gone by and their lead singers? Can you recall chart topping hits from the past and who sung them? If...


The Mastery of Music: Ten Pathways to True Artistry

by Barry Green

The Inner Game of Music, the breakout hit that became a standard primer in the music world, has taught thousands of musicians—professionals and amateurs alike—how to overcome self-consciousness and stage...


The Magic Maker: A Portrait of John Langstaff, Creator of the Christmas Revels

by Susan Cooper

On Christmas Eve in 1920, John Meredith Langstaff was born into a music-filled home where a rousing, wassailing carol party was the peak of his family's year. Half a century later, his inspired Christmas Revels...


The Life and Music of Kenny Davern: Just Four Bars

by Edward N. Meyer

This is the first biography of jazz clarinetist Kenny Davern. Drawing from Davern's many interviews and the recollections of his friends and family, Meyer tells the story of the man and his music and why both...


The Life and Death of Classical Music: Featuring the 100 Best and 20 Worst Recordings Ever Made

by Norman Lebrecht

In this compulsively readable, fascinating, and provocative guide to classical music, Norman Lebrecht, one of the world’s most widely read cultural commentators tells the story of the rise of the classical...


The Leper's Bell: The Autobiography of a Changeling

by Norman MacLean

The Billy Connolly of the Gàidhealtachd’ – Calum Macdonald, Runrig 'Utterly compelling’ - BBC Radio Scotland ’It is a rewarding, if sometimes harrowing journey for the reader as Maclean wrestles with...


The Kylie Minogue Quiz Book

by Chris Cowlin

Are you a Kylie Minogue fan? Have you followed the pint size pop princess's long and successful career from Neighbours actress to chart topping singing sensation? Can you name all of her albums? Were you aware...


The Justin Bieber Quiz Book

by Chris Cowlin

Are you Justin Bieber's number one fan? Have you charted the Canadian teenager's meteoric rise to fame from YouTube discovery to global megastar? Do you think you know everything there is to know about the worldwide...


The James Brown Reader: Fifty Years of Writing About the Godfather of Soul

by Nelson George & Alan Leeds

Nelson George and Alan Leeds have assembled the first comprehensive collection of writings about the late, great Godfather of Soul, creating a fascinating mosaic of the man and the musician. Known as the hardest-working...


The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star

by Nikki Sixx

In one of the most unique memoirs of addiction ever published, Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx shares mesmerizing diary entries from the year he spiraled out of control in a haze of heroin and cocaine, presented...


The Hardest Working Man: How James Brown Saved the Soul of America

by James Sullivan

The untold story of the night a divide nation turned to James Brown-and he delivered hope and calm in the form of an immortal concert

Since James Brown's death in December 2006, the Godfather of Soul has received...


The Good Life: The Autobiography Of Tony Bennett

by Tony Bennett

He's that regular guy from Astoria, Queens, who left his heart in San Francisco. He's the postwar heartthrob who inspired hundreds of young girls to wear black outside St. Patrick's Cathedral on his wedding...


The Facts of Life: and Other Dirty Jokes

by Willie Nelson & Larry Mcmurtry

If you had to give America a voice, it’s been said more than once, that voice would be Willie Nelson’s. For more than fifty years, he’s taken the stuff of his life-the good and the bad-and made from it...


The Early Years

by Tom Waits

Known for his growling vocals and for the distinct poetry of his lyrics, Tom Waits has amassed over the course of three decades a devoted cult following. The Early Years collects the lyrics—formative and classic—from...


The Death of Rhythm and Blues

by Nelson George

This passionate and provocative book tells the complete story of black music in the last fifty years, and in doing so outlines the perilous position of black culture within white American society. In a fast-paced...


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music History

by Michael Miller

Music history is a required course for all music students. Unfortunately, the typical music history book is dry and academic, focusing on rote memorization of important composers and works. This leads many to...


The Boy Who Cried Freebird

by Mitch Myers

Wedding the American oral storytelling tradition with progressive music journalism, Mitch Myers' The Boy Who Cried Freebird is a treatise on the popular music culture of the twentieth century. Trenchant, insightful,...


The Blues Route: From the Delta to California, a writer searches for America's purest music

by Hugh Merrill

Journalist Hugh Merrill takes us on a sweeping road trip in search of the distinctly American music known as the blues. Tracing blues culture from its beginning in rural Mississippi up through the Delta to Chicago...


The Blue in the Air

by Marcello Carlin

A retrieved man tells how music, from Patrick Cargill to Jay-Z, retained the power to change the world in 2008.


The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones

by Jim Derogatis & Greg Kot

Two of the world’s preeminent music journalists tackle the liveliest debate in rock history: which band is the greatest ever—the Beatles or the Rolling Stones? More than two dozen topics of debate are addressed,...


The Ballad of Bob Dylan: A Portrait

by Daniel Mark Epstein & Daniel Mark Epstein

Through the lens of four seminal concerts,acclaimed poet and biographer DanielMark Epstein offers an intimate, nuancedlook at Bob Dylan: a vivid, full-bodiedportrait of one of the most influential artistsof...


The Art of the Band T-shirt

by Amber Easby & Henry Oliver

ONCE,

T-shirts were just unadorned undergarments. But with the evolution of screen printing and the birth of band merchandising, T-shirts became so much cooler. Now every band with an ounce of savvy knows the...


The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash: My Life, My Beats

by Grandmaster Flash & David Ritz

A no-holds-barred memoir from the primary architect of hip hop and one of the culture's most revered music icons—both the tale of his life and legacy and a testament to dogged determination.

Grandmaster Flash...


The Advanced Genius Theory: Are They Out of Their Minds or Ahead of Their Time?

by Jason Hartley & Chuck Klosterman

Let the debate begin...

 

The Advanced Genius Theory, hatched by Jason Hartley and Britt Bergman over pizza, began as a means to explain why icons such as Lou Reed, David Bowie, and Sting seem to go from artistic...


That Magic Feeling: The Beatles' Recorded Legacy, Volume Two, 1966-1970

by John C. Winn

From Revolver to Let It Be, That Magic Feeling: The Beatles Recorded Legacy, Volume Two, 1966—1970, continues the chronicle of the group’s spectacular career from its creative zenith to its irrevocable split...


THE 10 RULES OF ROCK AND ROLL COLLECTED MUSIC WRITING 2005-2010

by ROBERT FORSTER

In his first book ÊThe 10 Rules of Rock and RollÊ Australian singer-songwriter Robert Forster takes readers on an idiosyncratic journey through the past and present of popular music ä from Bob Dylan to Cat...


Stuart Adamson: In a Big Country

by Allan Glen

This is the book that fans of the Skids, Big Country and the Raphaels have been waiting for – a critical perspective not only of Adamson’s music and its wider cultural influence, but also the excesses of...


Stone Me: The Wit and Wisdom of Keith Richards

by Mark Blake

In his own words-from rock's most legendary bad boy.

Rock 'n' roll legend and Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has quite a few things to say: about Mick Jagger, the Stones, sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll, and...


Stance: Ideas about Emotion, Style, and Meaning for the Study of Expressive Culture

Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Uncensored

by Richard Cole

No one knew Led Zeppelin like Richard Cole. The band's tour manager for more than a decade, Cole was there when they burst onto the music scene, achieved cult status, cut platinum records, and transformed popular...


Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal

by Ian Christe

The definitive history of the first 30 years of heavy metal, containing over 100 interviews with members of Black Sabbath, Metallica, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, Slipknot, Kiss, Megadeth, Public Enemy, Napalm...


Songbook

by Nick Hornby

"All I have to say about these songs is that I love them, and want to sing along to them, and force other people to listen to them, and get cross when these other people don't like them as much as I do"—Nick...


Song: The World's Best Songwriters on Creating the Music That Moves Us

by American Songwriter Magazine

The secrets of songwriting from the legends of music

Song is an enthralling compilation of songwriting wisdom from 100 of the biggest names in music. From country to rock to folk to alternative, this genre-spanning...


Some People Are Crazy: The John Martyn Story

by John Neil Munro

Described recently by Empire magazine as ‘Britain’s best ever blues singer’, John Martyn was one of rock music’s last real mavericks. Despite long-term addiction to alcohol and drugs, which contributed...


Some Liked It Hot: Jazz Women in Film and Television, 1928-1959

by Kristin A. McGee

Investigates the changing representations of jazz women in American culture


So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star: How I Machine-Gunned a Roomful Of Record Executives and Other True Tales from a Drummer's Life

by Jacob Slichter

A hilarious inside look at the real business of popular music by the drummer of Semisonic that does for rock and roll what Jim Bouton's Ball Four did for baseball.

After years of working day jobs and making music...


Sing You Home: A Novel

by Jodi Picoult

Every life has a soundtrack. All you have to do is listen.

Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. There’s the melody that reminds her of the summer she spent rubbing baby oil on her stomach...


See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody

by Bob Mould

The long-awaited, full-force autobiography of American punk music hero, Bob Mould

Bob Mould stormed into America's punk rock scene in 1979, when clubs across the country were filling with kids dressed in black...


Seasons They Change: The Story of Acid and Psychedelic Folk

by JEANETTE LEECH

(Book). In the late '60s and early '70s the inherent weirdness of folk met switched-on psychedelic rock and gave birth to new, strange forms of acoustic-based avant garde music. Artists on both sides of the...


Ruthless: A Memoir

by Jerry Heller & Gil Reavill

"PAYBACK'S A BITCH, JERRY."

The words scrawled crudely across Jerry Heller's bedroom mirror that afternoon meant the rap wars had suddenly escalated. In the battle of his life over the ragingly successful music...


Rush and Philosophy: Heart and Mind United

Popular Culture and Philosophy® series #57

by Jim Berti & Durrell Bowman

The progressive/hard rock band Rush has never been as popular as it is now. A documentary film about the band, Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, which was released in the summer of 2010 has been universally well...


Rockabilly

by Michael Dregni & Greil Marcus

It was the twang heard 'round the world: Rockabilly was born out of country, bluegrass, jazz, and the blues in the 1950s, becoming rock ’n’ roll and ruling the world. Here’s the story of Elvis Presley’s...


Rock and Roll Cage Match: Music's Greatest Rivalries, Decided

by Sean Manning

Music defines us. To return the favor, we’ll stick up with zealous passion for the performers and bands that we love . . . and heap aspersions and ridicule upon people who dare to place their allegiances above...


Rock Star Babylon: Outrageous Rumors, Legends, and Raucous True Tales of Rock and Roll Icons

by Jon Holmes

Rockers Behaving Badly

From Ozzy Osbourne to Chuck Berry, Courtney Love to Keith Moon, Rock Star Babylon has gathered together the most outrageous antics and diva-esque misbehavior in the annals of rock. Here...


Rock & Roll Jihad: A Muslim Rock Star's Revolution

by Salman Ahmad

"The story you are about to read is the story of a light-bringer....Salman Ahmad inspires me to reach always for the greatest heights and never to fear....Know that his story is a part of our history."

-- Melissa...


Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music

by Greg Kot

A decade ago the vast majority of mainstream music was funneled through a handful of media conglomerates. Now, more people are listening to more music from a greater variety of sources than at any time in history....


Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984

by Simon Reynolds

Rip It Up and Start Again is the first book-length exploration of the wildly adventurous music created in the years after punk. Renowned music journalist Simon Reynolds celebrates the futurist spirit of such...


Riders on the Storm: My Life with Jim Morrison and the Doors

by John Densmore

Here is the book that Rolling Stone called "the first Doors biography that feels like it was written for the right reasons, and it is easily the most informed account of the Doors' brief but brilliant life as...


Rhythm Without Blues: The Dichotomy of a Music Genre

by Dr Syleecia Thompson

Synopsis: If you've ever felt the blues, sang the blues, or simply love rhythm and blues, Dr. Syleecia Thompson's tell-all book will make you appreciate this nearly 70-year-old music genre even more. This insider's...


Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock

by Sammy Hagar

Loud rock, fast cars, and Cabo.

This is the life of Sammy Hagar.

For almost forty years, Sammy Hagar has been a fixture in rock music. From breaking into the industry with the band Montrose to his multiplatinum...


Read the Beatles: Classic and New Writings on the Beatles, Their Legacy, and Why They Still Matter

by June Skinner Sawyers

A must-have volume for all Beatles fans-a career-spanning selection of writings about the Fab Four

There are, of course, many books on the Beatles, but this is the only one available that is a comprehensive,...


Ramblin' Jack Elliott: The Never-Ending Highway

by Hank Reineke

This professional biography of Ramblin' Jack Elliott (1931- ) examines the music and milestones of the American folksinger's half-century career, detailing his role in the preservation of the music of Woody...


Queen

by Phil Sutcliffe

Queen was renowned for electrifying performances, envied for rumors of rock excess, and beloved for music that melded an array of genres. Now available in a nicely priced paperback edition comes the first history...


Pigs Might Fly: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd

by Mark Blake

Interest in Pink Floyd remains as intense as ever even 40 years after the release of Dark Side of the Moon, with lavish box-sets collecting demos and out-takes, and Roger Waters’ world tours of The Wall playing...


Perfect from Now On: How Indie Rock Saved My Life

by John Sellers

TOP FIVE MUSICAL THINGS I HOPE HAPPEN NOW THAT THE ORIGINAL LINEUPS OF THE PIXIES AND DINOSAUR JR. HAVE REUNITED

1. Ian Curtis is resurrected.

2. The Smiths reunite for a private party at my favorite bar....


Parental Advisory

by Eric D. Nuzum

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Music Your Parents Never Wanted You To Hear

Believe it or not, music censorship in America did not begin with Tipper Gore's horrified reaction to her daughter's Prince...


Opera for Everybody

by Susie Gilbert

Susie Gilbert traces the development of ENO from its earliest origins in the darkest Victorian slums of the Cut, where it was conceived as a vehicle of social reform, through two world wars, and via Sadler's...


One Day It'll All Make Sense

by Common & Adam Bradley

Common has earned a reputation in the hip-hop world as a conscious artist by embracing themes of love and struggle in his songs. His journey toward understanding is rooted in his relationship with a remarkable...


On Celestial Music: And Other Adventures in Listening

by Rick Moody

Rick Moody has been writing about music as long as he has been writing, and this book provides an ample selection from that output. His anatomy of the word cool reminds us that, in the postwar 40s, it was infused...


Old Gods Almost Dead: The 40-Year Odyssey of the Rolling Stones

by Stephen Davis

The acclaimed, bestselling rock-and-roll biographer delivers the first complete, unexpurgated history of the world’s greatest band.

The saga of the Rolling Stones is the central epic in rock mythology. From...


Obama Music

by Bonnie Greer

Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, London based author and playwright Bonnie Greer seeks to demonstrate that Barack Obama's Presidency is what she calls a 'South Side Presidency'. And that it is only...


Now and Then

by Gil Scott-Heron

One glance at Now and Then and it becomes evident that this is not merely a collection of a songwriter's lyrics. The song-poems of this undisputed "bluesologist" triumphantly stand on their own, evoking the...


Norman Granz: The Man Who Used Jazz for Justice

by Tad Hershorn

"Any book on my life would start with my basic philosophy of fighting racial prejudice. I loved jazz, and jazz was my way of doing that," Norman Granz told Tad Hershorn during the final interviews given for...


No Regrets

by Ace Frehley, Joe Layden & John Ostrosky

THE MUSIC, THE MAKEUP, THE MADNESS, AND MORE. . . . In December of 1972, a pair of musicians placed an advertisement in the Village Voice: “GUITARIST WANTED WITH FLASH AND ABILITY.” Ace Frehley figured he...


Neon Angel

by Cherie Currie & Tony O'Neill

Cherie Currie, with her signature Bowie haircut and fishnet stockings, was the groundbreaking lead singer of '70s teenage all-girl rock band the Runaways. At the tender age of fifteen, she joined a group of...


NPR The Curious Listener's Guide to Opera

by William Berger & Placido Domingo

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


My Dead Dad Was in ZZ Top: the ZZ Top Letters...and More 100% Real, Never Before Seen Documents from the World of Rock n' Roll

by Jon Glaser

An irreverent and ridiculous collection of "found" documents that will change everything you thought you knew about rock and roll, by the creator and star of Adult Swim's Delocated

Jon Glaser delves into the...


Mustaine

by Dave Mustaine & Joe Layden

The fall and rise of a heavy metal icon

Dave Mustaine is the first to admit that he's bottomed out a few times in his dark and twisted speed metal version of a Dickensian life.

Impoverished, transient childhood?...


Music as Thought: Listening to the Symphony in the Age of Beethoven

by Mark Evan Bonds

Before the nineteenth century, instrumental music was considered inferior to vocal music. Kant described wordless music as "more pleasure than culture," and Rousseau dismissed it for its inability to convey...


Music Makes Me: Fred Astaire and Jazz

by Todd Decker

Fred Astaire: one of the great jazz artists of the twentieth century? Astaire is best known for his brilliant dancing in the movie musicals of the 1930s, but in Music Makes Me, Todd Decker argues that Astaire's...


Mozartiana

by Joseph Solman

Mozartiana is a surprising, eccentric, and enchanting testament to the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Artist Joseph Solman has gathered opinions, remembrances, letters, and more-from Albert Einstein, Virginia...


Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story, 1958-2009: The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story, 1958-2009

by J. Randy Taraborrelli

So much has how been said and written about the life and career of Michael Jackson that it has become almost impossible to disentangle the man from the myth. This book is the fruit of over 30 years of research...


Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughter's Eyes

by Wendy Holden & Deana Martin

Charming, debonair, and impeccably attired in a black tuxedo, Dean Martin was coolness incarnate. His music provided the soundtrack of romance, and his image captivated movie and television audiences for more...


Me, the Mob, and the Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James & The Shondells

by Tommy James & Martin Fitzpatrick

Everyone knows the hits: “Hanky Panky,” “Mony Mony,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion.” All of these songs, which epitomize great pop music of the...


Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley

by Jerry Schilling & Chuck Crisafulli

Commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of Elvis?s death, an intimate memoir of a friendship with the greatest artist in rock and roll history, taking you from late-night parties at Graceland to the bright lights...


Marooned: The Next Generation of Desert Island Discs

by Phil Freeman

A new generation of music critics grapples with the eternal question-what album would you bring to a desert island, and why?


Madonna: Like an Icon

by Lucy O'Brien

Material Girl . . . Immaculate sexpot . . . Superstar . . . Mother . . . Kabbalah enthusiast . . . For three decades she has defied categorization. . . . She remains one of our greatest living pop icons.

Here...


Madonna: An Intimate Biography

by J. Randy Taraborrelli

Madonna!

Megastar. Lover. Mother. Opportunist. Chameleon. Role model.

She's all of these things...and more.

Yet, who is she, really?

In Madonna: An Intimate Biography, author J. Randy Taraborrelli's scrupulously...


Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits

by Barney Hoskyns

With his trademark growl, carnival-madman persona, haunting music, and unforgettable lyrics, Tom Waits is one of the most revered and critically acclaimed singer-songwriters alive today. After beginning his...


Love Brought Me Back: A Journey of Loss and Gain

by Natalie Cole & David Ritz

IN THIS LUMINOUS MEMOIR, LEGENDARY SINGER AND ACTRESS NATALIE COLE TELLS A REMARKABLE STORY OF LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESS AND RECOVERY, AND THE STORY OF A DEATH THAT BROUGHT NEW LIFE.

In 2009 Natalie Cole was...


Louis Armstrong: The Soundtrack of the American Experience

by David Stricklin

In the twentieth century, African Americans not only helped make popular music the soundtrack of the American experience, they advanced American music as one of the preeminent shapers of the world's popular...


Lost Lustre: A New York Memoir

by Josh Karlen

Muggings on Avenue C, punk bands at CBGB, parties in a nascent SoHo, dropping out from the famous Music & Art High School. In this episodic, coming-of-age memoir, Josh Karlen chronicles growing up in New York's...


Lit Riffs

by Jonathan Lethem, Tom Perrotta & Lester Bangs

Following in the footsteps of the late great Lester Bangs -- the most revered and irreverent of rock 'n' roll critics -- twenty-four celebrated writers have penned stories inspired by great songs. Just as Bangs...


Listen: A History of Our Ears

by Jean-Luc Nancy

In this intimate meditation on listening, Peter Szendy examines what the role of the listener is, and has been, through the centuries. The role of the composer is clear, as is the role of the musician, but where...


Life with My Sister Madonna

by Christopher Ciccone & Wendy Leigh

Madonna up close, by the brother who knows her better than anyone.

Christopher Ciccone's extraordinary memoir is based on his forty-seven years of growing up with, working with, and understanding the most...


Let's Talk About Pep

by Sandy Denton, Missy Elliott & Queen Latifah

She's the spiciest ingredient in the legendary rap group Salt-N-Pepa, and the outspoken star of VH1's smash-hit reality show. She's Sandy "Pepa" Denton -- and she's never at a loss for words. Now, in her first...


Let it Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America's Greatest Rock Critic

by Jim Derogatis

Let It Blurt is the raucous and righteous biography of Lester Bangs (1949-82)--the gonzo journalist, gutter poet, and romantic visionary of rock criticism. No writer on rock 'n' roll ever lived harder or wrote...


Legends of the Chelsea Hotel: Living with Artists and Outlaws in New York's Rebel Mecca

by Hamilton Ed

There's a current that courses through the old Chelsea Hotel, an electricity that drives people relentlessly to create. It's an energy that longtime resident and creator of "Living with Legends: Hotel Chelsea...


Lady Sings the Blues the 50th Anniversary Edition

by William Dufty, Billie Holiday & David Ritz

With photos

Originally released by Doubleday in 1956, Harlem Moon Classics celebrates the publication with the fiftieth-anniversary edition of Billie Holiday’s unforgettable and timeless memoir. Updated with...


Lady Blue Eyes: My Life with Frank

by Barbara Sinatra

Thirty years after she first heard his voice singing on the jukebox at her local drive-in, Barbara Ann Blakely heard Frank Sinatra take the wedding vows that began his fourth, final, and most enduring marriage....


Kylie - Naked: A Biography

by Jenny Stanley-Clarke

Kylie Naked is the bestselling biography of Kylie Minogue. First published in 2002 to coincide with her massive Fever arena tour of the UK and Europe, the book was the first to tell the story of her well publicised...


Killing Me Softly

by Charles Fox

Charles Fox has composed more than 100 motion picture and television scores, among them the themes of many iconic series, including Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Love, American Style, and Love Boat. In this...


Killing Bono: I Was Bono's Doppelganger

by Neil McCormick

Some are born great.

Some achieve greatness.

Some have greatness thrust upon them.

And some have the misfortune

to go to school with Bono.

Everyone wants to be famous. But as a young punk in Dublin in the 1970s,...


Keith Richards: The Biography

by Victor Bockris

The definitive biography of the legendary guitarist for The Rolling Stones, now fully updated by the author


Just Can't Get Enough: The Making of Depeche Mode

by SIMON SPENCE

(Book). Nobody who saw Depeche Mode in 1980 could have predicted that those four fresh-faced, synth-pop innocents would transform themselves into stadium-filling rock gods within a few years. Yet Depeche Mode...


Jump Up - The Rise of the Rolling Stones: The First Ten Years: 1963-1973

by Nigel Goodall

Jump Up - The Rise of the Rolling Stones was originally a coffee-table illustrated softback that traced the band's first ten years from 1963 onwards. Now available in digital format for the first time since...


Johnny Cash: The Biography

by Michael Streissguth

An exploration of many often overlooked aspects of the legend's life and career


Johnny Cash and Philosophy: The Burning Ring of Truth

Popular Culture and Philosophy® series #31

by John Huss & Werther

Interest in the Man in Black has grown since his death in 2003, with increased record sales, cover videos by groups like Nine Inch Nails, and the 2006 biopic Walk the Line cementing his fame. This book honors...


John Lennon

by John Borack

REAL LOVE...

John Lennon - Life is What Happens celebrates the life and times of one of the most influential musicians in pop music history. A singer, songwriter, artist, social activist, husband and father,...


Jazz Survivor: The Story of Louis Bannet, Horn Player of Auschwitz

by Ken Shuldman

This is the true story of Louis Bannet, a Jewish jazz musician known throughout Europe in the 1930's and 40's as The Dutch Louis Armstrong. The story travels from the nightclubs of Amsterdam to the nightmares...


Jazz Matters: Sound, Place, and Time since Bebop

by David Ake

What, where, and when is jazz? To most of us jazz means small combos, made up mostly of men, performing improvisationally in urban club venues. But jazz has been through many changes in the decades since World...


It's So Easy: and other lies

by Duff McKagan

In his New York Times bestseller, Duff McKagan, founding member of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, shares the story of his rise to fame and fortune, his struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, his...


Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath

by Tony Iommi

The memoir of one of the great musicians of our time, Tony Iommi—Grammy-winning revolutionary guitarist, cofounding member of Black Sabbath, and architect of heavy metal


I, Shithead: A Life in Punk

by Joey Keithley & Jack Rabid

The life and times of punk band D.O.A.


I, Rock Chump: An Essay from Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs

by Chuck Klosterman

Originally collected in Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and now available both as a stand-alone essay and in the ebook collection Chuck Klosterman on Pop, this essay is about pop music conventions.


I Was Born This Way: A Gay Preacher's Journey through Gospel Music, Disco Stardom, and a Ministry in Christ

by Carl Bean & David Ritz

In I Was Born This Way, Carl Bean, former Motown recording artist, noted AIDS activist, and founder of the Unity Fellowship of Christ Church in Los Angeles, shares his extraordinary personal journey from Baltimore...


I Slept with Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir

by Mickey Leigh & Legs McNeil

When the Ramones recorded their debut album in 1976, it heralded the true birth of punk rock. Unforgettable front man Joey Ramone gave voice to the disaffected youth of the seventies and eighties, and the band...


I Met the Walrus

by Jerry Levitan & Mr. Jerry Levitan

Imagine you're the world's biggest Beatles fan and you've just snuck into John Lennon's hotel room. But instead of being thrown out, inexplicably you're invited to spend the day with your idol. That's exactly...


Hound Dog: The Leiber & Stoller Autobiography

by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller & David Ritz

In 1950 a couple of rhythm and blues-loving teenagers named Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller met for the first time. Leiber was looking for someone to help compose music for lyrics he'd written, and a friend recommended...


Hip Hop America

by Nelson George

Now with a new introduction by the author, Hip Hop America is the definitive account of the society-altering collision between black youth culture and the mass media.


Higher Ground: Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, and the Rise and Fall of Americ an Soul

by Craig Werner

In Higher Ground, one of our most insightful music writers brilliantly reinterprets the lives of three pop geniuses and the soul revolution they launched.

Soul music is one of America's greatest cultural achievements,...


Hiding in Hip Hop: On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry--from Music to Hollywood

by Terrance Dean

Everyone wants to know the truth about their favorite celebrities' heart's desire. Within the masculine culture of Hip Hop and Hollywood, there is a well-known gay subculture that industry insiders are keenly...


Heavy Metal in Baghdad: The Story of Acrassicauda

by Andy Capper & Vice Media

documentary Heavy Metal in Baghdad featuring the members of Iraq’s only heavy metal band—Acrassicauda—and their daily struggle to survive and rock on even as their country fell into a bloody insurgency....


Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters

by Donald Bogle

From the author of the bestselling Dorothy Dandridge comes a dazzling look at one of America's brightest and most troubled theatrical stars.

Almost no other star of the twentieth century reimagined herself with...


Hank Hung the Moon: . . . and Warmed Our Cold, Cold Hearts

by Rheta Grimsley Johnson

Nationally syndicated columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson's Hank Hung the Moon is more of a musical memoir than a biography: the author's evocative and personal stories of 1950s and '60s musical staples-elementary...


Halfway Home: My Life 'til Now

by Ronan Tynan

Yes, I am a singer. But I am also a horseman, an athlete, and a doctor. I am a son, a brother, and a friend. I can sing as I do only because of the life that I've led. With each decade, I've found myself in...


Guitar Lessons: A Life's Journey Turning Passion Into Business

by Bob Taylor

The inside story of the founding and growth of Taylor Guitars, one of the world's most successful guitar manufacturers

Bob Taylor mixes the details of his experience as a tradesman and cofounder of Taylor Guitars,...


Great Violinists of the Twentieth Century. Enriched version

by Jean-Michel Molkhou

Great Violinists of the 20th Century provides the first English-language introduction to fifty performers who made their mark upon the twentieth century.

Readers will discover the lives and careers of these...


Great Pretenders: My Strange Love Affair with '50s Pop Music

by Karen Schoemer

February 1964: The Beatles step onto the tarmac at JFK International Airport and turn the country on its head. It's the advent of rock and roll's uninterrupted reign, youthful rebellion, and overt teenage sex....


Gonna Do Great Things: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr.

by Gary Fishgall

A major reappraisal of the life of legendary entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr., Gonna Do Great Things is at once an intimate portrait and an exuberant celebration of a wholly American icon. Through his multifaceted...


Glenn Hughes: The Autobiography: From Deep Purple to Black Country Communion

by Joel McIver

(Book). Vocalist, bassist and songwriter Glenn Hughes is a living, breathing personification of British rock, and the arc of his career and attendant lifestyle make for a compelling story. Starting with the...


Glenn Gould: A Musical Force

by Vladimir Konieczny

Gould (1932-1982), a brilliant pianist who disliked performing and craved solitude, quit the concert stage at age 31 and immersed himself in his true love: the recording studio.


Glaring Through Oblivion

by Serj Tankian & Roger Kupelian

From Serj Tankian—Grammy Award–winning lead singer of System Of A Down, songwriter, activist, and poet. Following his critically acclaimed debut poetry book, Cool Gardens, comes this new collection of stunning...


Gimme Something Better: The Profound, Progressive, and Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk from Dead Kennedys to Green Day

by Jack Boulware

An oral history of the modern punk-revival?s West Coast Birthplace

Outside of New York and London, California?s Bay Area claims the oldest continuous punk-rock scene in the world. Gimme Something Better brings...


Giant Steps: Bebop and the Creators of Modern Jazz, 1945-65

by Kenny Mathieson

Giant Steps examines the most important figures in the creation of modern jazz, detailing the emergence of bebop through the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro, Bud Powell and Thelonious...


From This Moment On

by Shania Twain

The world may know Shania Twain as many things: a music legend, a mother, and recently, a fixture in the news for her painful, public divorce and subsequent marriage to a cherished friend. But in this extraordinary...


Frank: The Voice

by James Kaplan

Bestselling author James Kaplan redefines Frank Sinatra in a triumphant new biography that includes many rarely seen photographs.

Frank Sinatra was the best-known entertainer of the twenti­eth century—infinitely...


For the Music: The Vince Gill Story

by Jo Sgammato

TO LOVE MUSIC IS TO LOVE VINCE GILL

His pure tenor voice, amazing guitar playing, and superb songwriting skills have earned Vince Gill eleven Grammies and seventeen Country Music Association Awards--making him...


Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office

by Zack O'Malley Greenburg

"I'm not a businessman-I'm a business, man."

--Jay-Z

Some people think Jay-Z is just another rapper. Others see him as just another celebrity/mega-star. The reality is, no matter what you think Jay-Z is, he...


Emma Albani: Victorian Diva

by Michelle Labreche-Larouche & Darcy Dunton

Born in Quebec, Emma Lajeunesse launched her opera career in Italy in 1869, at the age of 23. Almost overnight she became Albani, the world-renowned diva.


Elvis: My Best Man: Radio Days, Rock 'n' Roll Nights, and My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley

by George Klein & Chuck Crisafulli

When George Klein was an eighth grader at Humes High, he couldn’t have known how important the new kid with the guitar—the boy named Elvis—would later become in his life. But from the first time GK (as...


Elvis Presley: The Man. The Life. The Legend.

by Pamela Clarke Keogh

That voice, those eyes, that hair, the cars, the girls...Elvis Presley revolutionized American pop culture when, at the age of twenty-one, he became the world's first modern superstar. A Memphis Beau Brummel...


Elvis Presley: A Life

by Bobbie Ann Mason

A vibrant, sympathetic portrait of the once and future king of rock ?n? roll by the award-winning author of Shiloh and In Country

To this clear-eyed portrait of the first rock ?n? roll superstar, Bobbie Ann...


Elvis Presley

by Wilborn Hampton

Elvis Presley made a sound so different it ushered in a new kind of music: rock and roll. He was able to combine gospel, honky-tonk, country and rhythm and blues to create a unique sound that crossed racial...


Don't Sleep With Your Drummer

by Jen Sincero

At twenty-eight, Jenny Troanni has decided to become the rock goddess she was always meant to be. Items on her new to-do list include:

1) Quit going-somewhere copywriting job and get going-to-band-practice...


Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir

by Steven Tyler

"I've been mythicized, Mick-icized, eulogized and fooligized, I've been Cole-Portered and farmer's-daughtered, I've been Led Zepped and 12-stepped. I'm a rhyming fool and so cool that me, Fritz the Cat, and...


Desperately Seeking Madonna: In Search of the Meaning of the World's Most Famous Woman

by Adam Sexton

From cartoons to academic essays to tabloid journalism, Madonna has been interpreted in almost every way possible. Here is an original collection of these writings that is almost as diverse as the Material Girl...


Crazy Train: The High Life and Tragic Death of Randy Rhoads

by Joel McIver

(Book). Randall Rhoads, born in California in 1956 and cut down in his prime at the age of only 26, has been an immense influence on a whole generation of musicians in rock and metal. He first came to international...


Clark: The Autobiography of Clark Terry

by Clark Terry, Gwen Terry & Bill Cosby

Compelling from cover to cover, this is the story of one of the most recorded and beloved jazz trumpeters of all time. With unsparing honesty and a superb eye for detail, Clark Terry, born in 1920, takes us...


Cigar Box Banjo: Notes on Music and Life

by Paul Quarrington & Roddy Doyle

In Paul Quarrington's favorite childhood recording, a boy fashions a banjo from a cigar box, pluckily sets off for a contest in the next town, and wins with a song that weaves in the sounds he hears along the...


Cheetah Chrome

by Cheetah Chrome & Legs McNeil

Here is the autobiography of Cheetah Chrome, lead guitarist of the Dead Boys, one of the greatest punk bands ever. It’s a tale of success--and excess: great music, drugs (he overdosed and was pronounced dead...


Certain Rock Bands You Probably Like: An Essay from Chuck Klosterman IV

by Chuck Klosterman

Originally collected in Chuck Klosterman IV and now available both as a stand-alone essay and in the ebook collection Chuck Klosterman on Pop, this essay is about underrated and overrated artists.


Cat Power: A Good Woman

by Elizabeth Goodman

How Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, Survived Herself–and Became the Indie Rock Queen.

Chan Marshall’s stark lyrics, minimal arrangements,and wounded, smoky vocals, were an instant indie hit in the nineties–but...


Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music

by Mark Katz

There is more to sound recording than just recording sound. Far from being simply a tool for the preservation of music, the technology is a catalyst. In this award-winning text, Mark Katz provides a wide-ranging,...


Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America

by Jonathan Gould

Nearly twenty years in the making, Can’t Buy Me Love is a masterful work of group biography, cultural history, and musical criticism. That the Beatles were an unprecedented phenomenon is a given. In Can’t...


Buried Alive: The Biography of Janis Joplin

by Myra Friedman

Electrifying, highly acclaimed, and intensely personal, this new and updated version of Myra Friedman's classic biography of Janis Joplin teems with dramatic insights into Joplin's genius and into the chaotic...


Bumping Into Geniuses: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business

by Danny Goldberg

A giant of the music industry grants an all-access pass to the world of rock and roll, with mesmerizing stories of thirty0five years spent working with legends

Danny Goldberg has been a hugely influential figure...


Buffy, Ballads, and Bad Guys Who Sing: Music in the Worlds of Joss Whedon

by Kendra Preston Leonard

This contributed volume explores the significant role that music plays in the works of Joss Whedon, investigating the uses and meaning of music and sound in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Serenity,...


Bono

by Michka Assayas

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet

by Seth Rogovoy

Bob Dylan and his artistic accomplishments have been explored, examined, and dissected year in and year out for decades, and through almost every lens. Yet rarely has anyone delved extensively into Dylan's Jewish...


Blues & Chaos: The Music Writing of Robert Palmer

by Robert Palmer & Anthony DeCurtis

Robert Palmer’s extraordinary knowledge and boundless love of music were evident in all his writing. He was an authority on rock & roll, blues, jazz, punk, avant-garde, and world music—often discovering...


Black Postcards: A Memoir

by Dean Wareham

A bewitching memoir about the lures, torments, and rewards of making and performing music in the indie rock world

Dean Wareham's seminal bands Galaxie 500 and Luna have long been adored by a devoted cult following...


Billy F Gibbons

by Billy F Gibbons & Tom Vickers

Now available in paperback, Billy F Gibbons throws wide his garage and studio doors for an exclusive look at his exquisite vintage and way-out custom guitars and his influential hot rods and custom cars. From...


Bill Bruford - The Autobiography: Yes, King Crimson, Earthworks and More

by Bill Bruford

(Book). Bill Bruford once called "the godfather of progressive-rock drumming" has been at the top of his profession for four decades, playing with Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, Earthworks, and many more. The Autobiography...


Behind the Shades

by Clinton Heylin & Joel Bernstein

In virtually all areas of Dylan's life - his immigrant antecedents, his business dealings, his various addictions and his romantic attachments - Heylin is able to provide a fascinating picture of a man who changed...


Beatlesongs

by William J. Dowlding

A complete and fascinating chronicle of Beatles music and history, Beatlesongs details the growth, evolution, and dissolution of the most influential group of out time.

Drawing together information from sources...


Ballad of a Bagpiper: Whatever Blows Up Your Kilt

by E. A. Channon

Synopsis: Ballad of a Bagpiper is the first of its kind telling the funny side of bagpipes. With an ancestor that invented the wash closet (bathroom), it's no wonder that E.A. Channon leads an unusual and interesting...


Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock

by Pete Fornatale

On the fortieth anniversary of Woodstock, renowned New York City disc jockey Pete Fornatale brings the iconic rock concert to vivid life through original interviews with Roger Daltrey, Joan Baez, David Crosby,...


Apathy for the Devil: A Seventies Memoir

by Kent Nick

Chronicling Nick Kent's up-close , personal, often harrowing adventures with the Rolling Stones, Lester Bangs, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, the Sex Pistols, and Chrissie Hynde, among scores of others, Apathy for...


Always Magic in the Air: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era

by Ken Emerson

During the late 1950s and early 1960s, after the shock of Elvis Presley and before the Beatles spearheaded the British Invasion, fourteen gifted young songwriters huddled in midtown Manhattan's legendary Brill...


Alfredo Catalani: Composer of Lucca

by Domenico Luigi Pardini, Valentina Relton & David Chandler

The full, tragic story of Puccini's great rival, now available in English for the first time. Born in Lucca four years before Puccini, Alfredo Catalani (1854-93) was the main hope of Italian opera in the 1880s....


Absolute Music, Mechanical Reproduction

by Arved Ashby

Recordings are now the primary way we hear classical music, especially the more abstract styles of "absolute" instrumental music. In this original, provocative book, Arved Ashby argues that recording technology...


Aaliyah: More Than a Woman

by Christopher John Farley

Aaliyah Dana Haughton was that music business rarity: a teen idol who transformed herself into a critically acclaimed hip-hop soul artist, a singer who successfully made the transition to actress, and a beautiful...


AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll

by Arnaud Durieux & Murray Engleheart

Over three decades and more than 150 million albums, AC/DC has established itself as much more than just a great rock band. For millions of fans spanning several generations across the world, they are an ear-bleedingly...


AC/DC

by Phil Sutcliffe

Formed in 1973 by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, AC/DC has become one of the most popular rock ’n’ roll bands in history. This massive new title follows the band from its roots in Sydney, Australia, to...


A Touch from God: It's Only Rock N Roll

by Del Newman

The book is an expose of more than fifty rock stars, written by someone who has thirty-five years experience working as an arranger and producer with them in the recording studios. It is an observation of their...


A Pete Seeger Discography: Seventy Years of Recordings

by David King Dunaway

Pete Seeger is one of the most recorded artists in American history, and his recording catalog tells us not just the story of his career but the story of our culture and its political and social history. This...


A Guitar and a Pen: Stories by Country Music's Greatest Songwriters

by Robert Hicks, John Bohlinger & Justin Stelter

Nothing tells a story better than the story-songs of country music. A GUITAR AND A PEN presents, for the first time, the literary work of some of the best storytellers in the world: the songwriters who cut and...


A Cure for Gravity: A Musical Pilgrimage

by Jackson Joe

Since the release of his first best-selling album Look Sharp in 1979, Joe Jackson has forged a singular career in music through his originality as a composer and his notoriously independent stance toward music-business...


33 Revolutions per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holiday to Green Day

by Dorian Lynskey

From one of the United Kingdom’s most prominent music critics, a page-turning and wonderfully researched history of 33 songs that have transformed the world through the twentieth century and beyond.

When pop...


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