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Never Say No To A Rock Star: In the Studio with Dylan, Sinatra, Jagger and More...

by Glenn Berger

In 1974, at the age of seventeen, author Glenn Berger served as "schlepper" and apprentice to the legendary recording engineer, Phil Ramone, at New York City's A&R Studios. He was witness to music history on...


Fleetwood Mac on Fleetwood Mac: Interviews and Encounters

by Sean Egan

Fleetwood Mac was a triumph from the beginning-their first album was the UK's bestselling album of 1968. After some low points-when founder Peter Green left, some fans felt that the band continuing was sacrilege-Lindsey...


Summary of Bare Bones: by Bobby Bones | Includes Analysis

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In his memoir Bare Bones: I'm Not Lonely If You're Reading This Book, country music radio personality Bobby Bones, whose birth name is Bobby...


Kanye West Owes Me $300: And Other True Stories from a White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big

by Jensen Karp

“Kanye West Owes Me $300 might be the funniest rap memoir ever.” –LA Weekly

After Vanilla Ice, but before Eminem, there was "Hot Karl," the Jewish kid from the L.A. suburbs who became a rap battling legend—and...


Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines: The Life and Music of James Taylor

by Mark Ribowsky

In 1970 a scraggly, antiheroic young man from North Carolina by way of Massachusetts began  presenting a comforting new sound, a kind never heard before. Within a year, when young ears sought a new sound, there...


Together Through Life: A Personal Journey with the Music of Bob Dylan

by Chris Morris

Veteran journalist and critic Chris Morris looks back at his intense half-century-long relationship with the music of Bob Dylan, viewing the role the singer-songwriter’s work has played in his own life. A...


Summary of It's a Long Story: by Willie Nelson | Includes Analysis

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It’s a Long Story: My Life is country singer Willie Nelson’s memoir. The book chronicles his life as a musician, songwriter, and social...


Porcelain: A Memoir

by Moby

From one of the most interesting and iconic musicians of our time, a piercingly tender, funny, and harrowing account of the path from suburban poverty and alienation to a life of beauty, squalor, and unlikely...


My Life with Wagner: Fairies, Rings, and Redemption: Exploring Opera's Most Enigmatic Composer

by Christian Thielemann & Anthea Bell

One of today's most outstanding conductors, Christian Thielemann, composes a brilliant account of the great—and controversial—Richard Wagner. Over a distinguished career conducting some of the world's finest...


Prince: A Thief in the Temple

by Brian Morton

Prince Rogers Nelson released his first album in 1978. In the years that followed until his death in April 2016, he became a superstar, a recluse, an inspiration, an enigma, a slave and a symbol. He was a master...


Stick It!: My Life of Sex, Drums, and Rock 'n' Roll

by Carmine Appice, Ian Gittins & Rod Stewart

Carmine Appice has enjoyed a jaw-dropping rock-and-roll life-and now he is telling his scarcely believable story. Appice ran with teenage gangs in Brooklyn before becoming a global rock star in the Summer of...


Bobby Rydell: Teen Idol On The Rocks: A Tale of Second Chances

by Bobby Rydell & Allan Slutsky

At seventeen, Bobby Rydell was the face of American Bandstand — the kid from Italian South Philly with the smoothest voice, the highest pompadour, and the sweetest smile. And there were those hits: “Wild...


Confessions of a Marijuana Eater: A Songwriter's Memoir

by Bobby Gosh, McSherry W Joseph & West J Michael

Songwriter Bobby Gosh's memoir Confessions of a Marijuana Eater is part biography, popular music history, personal philosophy, and of course, public acknowledgement of his career-spanning use of marijuana/cannabis....


JOYRIDE: A Beginning In Every End

by Frank Hart

There are a lot of reasons why you might read a book. Maybe you want to be entertained, maybe you want to be inspired, maybe you want to peek into the secret closets and junk drawers of an almost famous, almost...


Old Records Never Die: One Man's Quest for His Vinyl and His Past

by Eric Spitznagel & Jeff Tweedy

Foreword by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy

"Memories are far more indelible when married to the physical world, and Spitznagel proves the point in this vivid book. We love vinyl records because they combine the tactile,...


Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul

by James McBride

National Book Award winner James McBride goes in search of the “real” James Brown after receiving a tip that promises to uncover the man behind the myth. His surprising journey illuminates not only our understanding...


American Luthier: Carleen Hutchins-the Art and Science of the Violin

by Quincy Whitney

The female pioneer who revolutionized violin acoustics and built the first violin octet


Angel with Drumsticks: The rock that shook the foundations of the Vatican

by Pamela King

This is the story as it was told to the author by Angelo Ferrari, drummer, singer and founder of the Italian Beat rock group Angel and the Brains.

After recounting how the band was formed and its music ambitions,...


Really the Blues

by Bernard Wolfe, Mezz Mezzrow & Ben Ratliff

Mezz Mezzrow was a boy from Chicago who learned to play the sax in reform school and pursued a life in music and a life of crime. He moved from Chicago to New Orleans to New York, working in brothels and bars,...


Mac Wiseman: All My Memories Fit For Print

by Walt Trott, Charlie Daniels & Mac Wiseman

Despite hardship, Mac Wiseman succeeded on the international music scene, thanks to strong, heartfelt tenor vocals, intricate pickin' style and easygoing manner, attaining chart hits "Ballad of Davy Crockett,"...