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27: Janis Joplin

by Chris Salewicz

Janis Joplin, singer-songwriter, counterculture icon, the Queen of rock and roll, died aged just 27. During a short four-year career, blighted by alcoholism and drug abuse, she changed the face of music, carving...


27: Jimi Hendrix

by Chris Salewicz

James Marshall 'Jimi' Hendrix is the most famous and perhaps the most innovative guitarist in music history. He died aged 27. In this thought-provoking mini-biography, acclaimed author Chris Salewicz attends...


27: Jim Morrison

by Chris Salewicz

Jim Morrison, musician, singer and poet was found dead, the victim of a suspected heroin overdose, in a Paris apartment bathtub in 1971. He was 27.

Morrison was a talented, charismatic, wild-tempered cultural...


27: Robert Johnson

by Chris Salewicz

Robert Johnson was, according to Eric Clapton, "the most important blues singer that ever lived." An itinerant street musician, with a weakness for whisky and women, his is a life of pure legend-the man who...


Music for Silenced Voices: Shostakovich and His Fifteen Quartets

by Wendy Lesser

Most previous books about Dmitri Shostakovich have focused on either his symphonies and operas, or his relationship to the regime under which he lived, or both, since these large-scale works were the ones that...


Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith

by Joe Perry & David Ritz

“An insightful and harrowing roller coaster ride through the career of one of rock and roll’s greatest guitarists. Strap yourself in.” —Slash

“Rocking Joe Perry ‘rocks’ again!” —Jimmy Page

Before...


Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones

by Paul Trynka

“Should be unfailingly interesting to any Stones fan.” —Larry Rhoter, New York Times

 

The Rolling Stones’ rise to fame is one of rock ‘n’ roll’s epic stories. Yet one crucial part of that story...


Blues All Day Long: The Jimmy Rogers Story

by Wayne Everett Goins

The life and music of one of the most influential Chicago blues figures


Life Without Elgar: A Tale of a Journeying Soul

by Ann Merivale

During a regression to find out the reason for the unusual emotional attachment that she'd had since the age of sixteen to Sir Edward Elgar - both his music and the man himself - Ann Merivale was knocked for...


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...


Bohuslav Martinu: The Compulsion to Compose

by F. James Rybka

Bohuslav Martinu's amazing output—over 400 imaginative, well-crafted, and diverse pieces, including symphonies, operas, ballet scores, and other orchestral works—is accounted for in this biography that asserts...


Conversations with Freddie Mercury

by Ronald Ritter & Sussan Evermore

Meet the real Freddie Mercury, the iconic vocalist of Queen who died in 1991. We make contact through Sussan (the host) who connects to him via a process channeling that allows Freddie to use the hosts vocabularly...


Conversations with Linda McCartney

by Ronald Ritter & Sussan Evermore

Linda McCartney was the wife of ex Beatle Paul McCartney. But what of her inner thoughts and her regrets. Now Listen as Linda reflects and gives advice on her breast cancer, thoughts of Heather Mills and Nancy...


Conversations with George Harrison

by Ronald Ritter & Sussan Evermore

Sitting with Sussan the host and listening to George talk about his life, loves and music became more than what I expected. We talked about Olivia, Dhani his son and 'The Traveling Wilburys'. Whether you are...


Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen

by Al Jourgensen

The high-octane, no-holds-barred memoir by legendary godfather of industrial music—Al Jourgensen, the founder of Ministry


Portraits in Jazz: 80 Profiles of Jazz Legends, Renegades and Revolutionaries

by Howard Reich

Howard Reich has reported on jazz for the Chicago Tribune for almost four decades, and in this time he has met musicians both celebrated and obscure. From his exclusive interviews with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett,...


Leonard Bernstein: An American Musician

by Allen Shawn

Leonard Bernstein stood at the epicenter of twentieth-century American musical life. His creative gifts knew no boundaries as he moved easily from the podium, to the piano, to television with his nationally...


Born to Drum

by Tony Barrell

The pulse of rock 'n' roll—the drummer—finally gets its due in this unique, all-encompassing inside look at the culture and history of drumming

Beating the hell out of a drum kit is hard, sweaty, demanding...


Girl in a Band

by Kim Gordon

For many, Kim Gordon, vocalist, bassist and founding member of Sonic Youth, has always been the epitome of cool.

Sonic Youth is one of the most influential and successful bands to emerge from the post-punk New...


Little Richard: The Birth of Rock 'n' Roll

by David Kirby

A brilliant new biography of the extraordinary, outrageous performer who helped open the floodgates of Rock 'n' Roll. In June, 2007, Little Richard's 1955 Specialty Records single, "Tutti Frutti," topped Mojo...