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Conversations with McCartney

by Paul Du Noyer

The intimate portrayal of one of the most famous men in music, more than half of which is in McCartney's own words.

In June 1989, Paul Du Noyer was contacted by Paul McCartney's office in London. They asked...

Just Between You And Me

by Myles Goodwyn

Singer, guitarist, writer, producer and leader of the band April Wine, Myles Goodwyn’s passion and drive shaped and directed the group from its earliest beginnings. He is the only remaining original member...

Homeward Bound

by Peter Ames Carlin

A revelatory account of the life of beloved American music icon, Paul Simon, by the bestselling rock biographer Peter Ames Carlin

To have been alive during the last sixty years is to have lived with the music...

Traveling Soul: The Life of Curtis Mayfield

by Todd Mayfield & Travis Atria

Curtis Mayfield was one of the seminal vocalists and most talented guitarists of his era, and his music played a vital role in the civil rights movement: "People Get Ready" was the black anthem of the time....

The Life and Songs of Stephen Foster: A Revealing Portrait of the Forgotten Man Behind "Swanee River," "Beautiful Dreamer," and "My Old Kentucky Home"

by JoAnne O'Connell

JoAnne O’Connell reveals a prolific composer who concealed his sympathies for slaves in his plantation songs and wrote in diverse styles to satisfy the changing tastes of his generation. This intimate biography...

THE ABC of 1-2-3: The True Story

by Billy Ritchie

1-2-3 are now acknowledged as  having a major influence on what became of music in the 1970s. Yet the band disappeared without trace in history, only to surface decades later, in circumstances that Mojo Magazine...

Born to Run

by Bruce Springsteen

“Writing about yourself is a funny business…But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.” —Bruce Springsteen, from...

For Those Tears I Died: The Amazing Story About How One Song Brought Healing to Millions and Birthed Contemporary Christian Music

by Marsha Stevens-Pino

“The mother of contemporary Christian music" - Excerpt from "The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music", Sept. 2002

 “She is Conservative Christianity’s worst nightmare: a Jesus-loving, Bible-believing,...

Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of an American Guitar Hero

by Ed Ward & Billy Gibbons

This is the definitive biography of the legendary guitarist whom Muddy Waters and B. B. King held in high esteem and who created the prototype for Clapton, Hendrix, Page, and those who followed. Bloomfield was...

Swim Through the Darkness: My Search for Craig Smith and the Mystery of Maitreya Kali

by Mike Stax

A successful young songwriter in 1960s becomes derailed by LSD and resulting madness.

Michael and Me: The Untold Story of Michael Jackson's Secret Romance

by Shana Mangatal

More than six years after his death, Michael Jackson continues to fascinate the world. Shana Mangatal was one of Jackson's only constant and true rocks of stability for nearly two decades. Their relationship...


by M. Montagu Nathan

Originally published in 1917. This early works is a fascinating look at the life work of Glinka and still an interesting read today. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900's and...

LIFE Fleetwood Mac: 40 Years Later: John, Christine, Stevie, Mick and Lindsey - Together Again

I Saw Him Standing There

by Mike Powell

Imagine if John Lennon was still alive.

What music would he be creating?

Would he still be doodling and drawing images he sees all around him?

Sadly at the young age of forty, his life was cruelly snatched...

The Age of Bowie

by Paul Morley

Author and industry insider Paul Morley explores the musical and cultural legacies left behind by “The Man Who Fell to Earth.”

Respected arts commentator and author Paul Morley, an artistic advisor to the...

Sick On You: The Disastrous Story of The Hollywood Brats, the Greatest Band You've Never Heard Of

by Andrew Matheson

MOJO magazine’s 2015 Book of the Year, the outrageous true story of the Hollywood Brats—the greatest punk band you've never heard of—brilliantly told by founding member Andrew Matheson

With only a guitar,...

A Season of Singing: Creating Feminist Jewish Music in the United States

by Sarah M. Ross

Describes the development of feminist Jewish songwriting in the United States and analyzes key composers and their songs

Singing In My Own Key: A Vocalist's Triumph Over Stroke

by Valerie L. Giglio & Suzanne Sherman

At forty-two years old, Valerie Giglio was heading for an even brighter future as both a successful lawyer and professional vocalist with two CDs to her name, when out of nowhere, she suffered a brain stem stroke...

Giacomo Puccini and His World

by Arman Schwartz & Emanuele Senici

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) is the world’s most frequently performed operatic composer, yet he is only beginning to receive serious scholarly attention. In Giacomo Puccini and His World, an international...

LIFE Gone Too Soon: The 27 Club - Rock Icons Who Died Too Soon

by The Editors of Life

The story of the 27 club is a one of brilliance: precious, fragile, and amazing to behold. Six musical artists who all happened to die at the same early age-27-did more than perform memorable songs: They expressed...