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27: Brian Jones

by Chris Salewicz

Brian Jones, multi-instrumentalist, visionary and the "golden boy of the '60s", was, at the age of 27, the first rock casualty of his generation. A strange, somewhat impenetrable character, Brian Jones was a...


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

Joe Perry’s New York Times bestselling memoir of life in the rock-and-roll band Aerosmith: “An insightful and harrowing roller coaster ride through the career of one of rock and roll’s greatest guitarists....


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

Drawing on revelatory interviews, a rich analysis oflyrics, and a lifelong study of one of the greatest songwriters of our time,Daniel Mark Epstein delivers a singular, nuanced, and insightful examination ofBob...


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

Freddie's outlook or comments about life now come from a different perspective as he has passed over. He views his life from this new existence. This book is a record of his new perspective, it is charming,...


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...


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

“An engaging journey into the wild and wonderful world of drumming.”—CLEM BURKE, Blondie

To have a great band you need a great drummer. For the first time, Tony Barrell shines a long-overdue spotlight on...


Girl in a Band

by Kim Gordon

Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon, and role model for a generation of women, now tells her story—a memoir of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence, and as one...


After the Dance

by Jan Gaye & David Ritz

A riveting cautionary tale about the ecstasy and dangers of loving Marvin Gaye, a performer passionately pursued by all—and a searing memoir of drugs, sex, and old school R&B from the wife of legendary soul...


Another Side of Bob Dylan

by Victor Maymudes & Jacob Maymudes

A Los Angeles Times Best seller!

August 2014 marks 50 years since Bob Dylan released his fourth album, Another Side of Bob Dylan. Recorded in one night, in the middle of a turbulent year in his life, the music...