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Reflections on Liszt

by Alan Walker

"No one knows more about Franz Liszt than Alan Walker."—Malcolm Bowie, Times Literary Supplement

In a series of lively essays that tell us much not only about the phenomenon that was Franz Liszt but also about...

Access All Areas: Stories from a Hard Rock Life

by Scott Ian

Entertaining, crazy, and hilarious stories from Scott Ian of Anthrax

Scott Ian, famous for cofounding legendary thrash metal band Anthrax and only slightly less so for his iconic beard, has done and seen a lot...

Parental Discretion Is Advised: The Rise of N.W.A and the Dawn of Gangsta Rap

by Gerrick D. Kennedy

“An incredibly vivid look at one of music’s most iconic groups.” —Associated Press

“An entertaining account.” —Kirkus Reviews

“In-depth portrait of a seminal group.” —Booklist

“A nonstop,...

Why Bob Dylan Matters

by Richard F. Thomas

“The coolest class on campus” – The New York Times

When the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan in 2016, a debate raged. Some celebrated, while many others questioned the choice.  How could...

Like a Bat Out of Hell: The Larger than Life Story of Meat Loaf

by Mick Wall

'A passionate, pacey tome you should do anything for a copy of' - Kerrang!


"I never wanted to be a big star. I just wanted to be the biggest at what I do! Powerful, unstoppable, heavy - when that word still...

Phil Spector

by Sean MacLeod

Phil Spector is a musician, songwriter and producer whose musical ability and visionary foresight as a producer charted the future of popular music and culture of the late 20th century. He revolutionized recording...

Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World

by Joseph Keckler

Joseph Keckler's signatures are his magnificent three-plus-octave operatic voice and the mesmerizing stories he tells. Combining original pieces with material from his acclaimed performances, Keckler confirms...


by Wiley




'The greatest UK MC of all time' Noisey

'Perhaps the most influential musician working in Britain today' Guardian

'Wiley is the...

World In My Eyes

by Richard Blade

Richard Blade’s autobiography is much more than a spotlight on any one decade.   Instead, he gives you a jaw-dropping, uncensored insider’s look into the world of music, movies, and television and its biggest...

The Clash on  Clash: Interviews and Encounters

by Sean Egan

The Clash thought they could change the world. They never did, but they created some of the greatest rock music of all time in the attempt.

Clash interviews were mesmerizing. Infused with the messianic spirit...

The Way It Was: My Life with Frank Sinatra

by Eliot Weisman & Jennifer Valoppi

A candid and eye-opening inside look at the final decades of Sinatra's life told by his longtime manager and friend, Eliot Weisman.

By the time Weisman met Sinatra in 1976, he was already the Voice, a man who...


by Afshin Shahidi & Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

Featuring a foreword by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

When Prince wanted to document his One Nite Alone tour in 2002, he turned to Afshin Shahidi. Again in 2004, he went along on Prince’s record breaking Musicology...

The Authorized Roy Orbison: The Authorized Biography

by Alex Orbison, Roy Orbison & Wesley Orbison

For the first time, legendary performer Roy Orbison's story as one of the most beloved rock legends will be revealed through family accounts and records.

Roy Orbison is a rock and roll icon almost without peer....

Reckless Daughter

by David Yaffe

"She was like a storm." —Leonard Cohen

Joni Mitchell may be the most influential female recording artist and composer of the late twentieth century. In Reckless Daughter, the music critic David Yaffe tells...

Lou Reed: A Life

by Anthony DeCurtis

The essential biography of one of music's most influential icons: Lou Reed

As lead singer and songwriter for the Velvet Underground and a renowned solo artist, Lou Reed invented alternative rock. His music, at...

New Orleans Remix

by Jack Sullivan

Since the 1990s, New Orleans has been experiencing its greatest musical renaissance since Louis Armstrong. Brass band, funk, hip hop, Mardi Gras Indian, zydeco, and other styles are rocking the city in new neighborhood...

Pearl Jam & Eddie Vedder

by Martin Clarke

Exploding onto the world stage in 1991 with their multi-platinum first album, Ten, Pearl Jam courted controversy and conflict. They won credibility with their astounding second album, Vs., in 1993, which became...

What Is It All but Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man

by Art Garfunkel

"Poetic musings on a life well-livedone that is still moving forward, always creating, always luminous. This isn't your typical autobiography. Garfunkel's history is told in flowing prose, bounding from...

Debussy's Paris

by Catherine Kautsky

Debussy’s Paris: Piano Portraits of the Belle Époque explores how key works reflect not only the most appealing and innocent aspects of Paris but also more disquieting attitudes of the time such as racism,...

Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In and Out of Jazz

by Fred Hersch

Jazz could not contain Fred Hersch.

Hersch’s prodigious talent as a sideman—a pianist who played with the giants of the twentieth century in the autumn of their careers, including Art Farmer and Joe Henderson—blossomed...