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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...


Confessions of a Marijuana Eater: A Songwriter's Memoir

by Bobby Gosh

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 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...


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,"...


Kent Finlay, Dreamer: The Musical Legacy behind Cheatham Street Warehouse

by Jenni Finlay, Brian T. Atkinson & George Strait

Though not a household name for the general public, Kent Finlay (1938–2015) was one of the world’s best-known and best-loved promoters, mentors, and gurus of Texas music. In 1974, he founded the Cheatham...


Harry T. Burleigh: From the Spiritual to the Harlem Renaissance

by Jean E. Snyder

Reclaiming the unique life and soaring art of an essential American composer


What Happened, Miss Simone?: A Biography

by Alan Light

Inspired by the Academy Award-nominated Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?, an intimate and vivid look at the legendary life of Nina Simone, the classically trained pianist who evolved into a chart-topping...


What You Wanna Know

by Samantha Stonebraker

You know him as B-Rok, a front man for the Backstreet Boys. I know him as G.B., a special nickname shared only between the two of us until Now.

I am Brian Littrell's first love and highschool sweetheart. Brian...


Prince: The Man and His Music

by Matt Thorne

Famously reticent and perennially controversial, Prince is one of the few pop superstars who remains, largely, an enigma. A fixture of the pop canon, Prince is widely held to be the greatest musician of his...


Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: A Life In Music

by Dave Stewart

A no-holds-barred look into the remarkable life and career of the prolific musician, songwriter, and producer behind Eurythmics and dozens of pop hits.

 

Dave Stewart’s life has been a wild ride—one filled...


My Broken Pieces: Mending the Wounds From Sexual Abuse Through Faith, Family and Love

by Rosie Rivera

The sister of “La Diva de la Banda”—legendary Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera—opens up for the first time about Jenni’s untimely death and her own triumph over abuse and addiction.

Growing up as...


Cobain on Cobain: Interviews and Encounters

by Nick Soulsby

The most extensive and complete portrait of Kurt Cobain’s life as it unfolded

 

Cobain on Cobain places the reader at the key moments of Kurt Cobain’s rollercoaster life, telling the tale of Nirvana entirely...


Dylan: A Biography

by Bob Spitz

"No other book captures it so well, understands so well.... "—Greil Marcus


Frederick Chopin

by Frederick Niecks

While the novelist has absolute freedom to follow his artistic instinct and intelligence, the biographer is fettered by the subject-matter with which he proposes to deal. The former may hopefully pursue an ideal,...


Adele: The Biography (Updated Edition)

by Chas Newkey-Burden

The newly revised, definitive account of the Grammy-winning soul singer’s life story, illustrated with 16 color photos and now fully updated to include the making of her eagerly anticipated new album, 25 ...