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Louis Armstrong's New Orleans

by Thomas Brothers

"The best book ever produced about Louis Armstrong by anyone other than the man himself."—Terry Teachout, Commentary In the early twentieth century, New Orleans was a place of colliding identities and histories,...


A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, From Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man

by Holly George-Warren

The first biography of the influential musician and forebear of the indie-rock scene

Alex Chilton's story is rags to riches in reverse, beginning with teenage rock stardom and heading downward. Following stints...


In My Life

by Debbie Geller & Anthony Wall

Without the determination, magnetism, vision, good manners, respectable clothes and financial security of Brian Epstein, no one would ever have heard of John, Paul, George, and Ringo. In Liverpool, in December...


Definitive Biography of P.D.Q. Bach

by Peter Schickele

What little-known son of a famous genius has been called:

"A musical blight"

"A one-man plague"

"History's most justifiably neglected composer"

"The worst musician ever to trod organ pedals" "A pimple on the face...


Beg, Steal or Borrow: The Official Baby Shambles Story

by Spencer Honniball

Charting the wayward tale of the UK's most notorious group and written with full co-operation of the band this is the ultimate rock and roll story and is destined to become a classic of the genre. From rehab...


Pete Seeger In His Own Words

by Pete Seeger, Rob Rosenthal & Sam Rosenthal

Long an icon of American musical and political life, Pete Seeger has written eloquently in books and for magazines, activist movements, and union newsletters. Although he has never written an autobiography,...


Secret Lives of Great Composers: What Your Teachers Never Told You about the World's Musical Masters

by Elizabeth Lunday & Mario Zucca

True tales of murder, riots, heartbreak, and great music.

 

With outrageous anecdotes about everyone from Gioachino Rossini (draft-dodging womanizer) to Johann Sebastian Bach (jailbird) to Richard Wagner (alleged...


Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism

by Thomas Brothers

The definitive account of Louis Armstrong—his life and legacy—during the most creative period of his career. Nearly 100 years after bursting onto Chicago’s music scene under the tutelage of Joe "King"...


I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom's Highway

by Greg Kot

This is the untold story of living legend Mavis Staples—lead singer of the Staple Singers and a major figure in the music that shaped the civil rights era. Now in her seventies, Mavis has been a fixture in...


Lydia Thompson: Queen of Burlesque

by Kurt Ganzl

First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


William B. Gill: From the Goldfields to Broadway

by Kurt Ganzl

First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Autobiography

by Morrissey

Autobiography covers Morrissey's life from his birth until the present day.

Steven Patrick Morrissey was born in Manchester on May 22nd 1959. Singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Smiths (1982-1987), Morrissey...


Musorgsky and His Circle: A Russian Musical Adventure

by Stephen Walsh

The emergence of Russian classical music in the nineteenth century in the wake of Mikhail Glinka comprises one of the most remarkable and fascinating stories in all musical history. The five men who came together...


Beethoven: The Man Revealed

by John Suchet

Beethoven scholar and classical radio host John Suchet has had a lifelong, ardent interest in the man and his music. Here, in his first full-length biography, Suchet illuminates the composer’s difficult childhood,...


Mozart: A Life

by Paul Johnson

Eminent historian Paul Johnson dazzles with a rich, succinct portrait of Mozart and his music

As he's done in Napoleon, Churchill, Jesus, and Darwin, acclaimed historian and author Paul Johnson here offers a...


Willin': The Story of Little Feat

by Ben Fong-Torres

The first biography of the legendary, beloved, long-running band Little Feat, by veteran music journalist Ben Fong-Torres


Bohemian Rhapsodies: True and Authorized Tales by Queen Fans & Celebrities

by Robyn Dunford & Kelly Franko

Officially authorized by Queen's camp and will feature loads of exclusive commentary from those closest to FREDDIE MERCURY, including his longtime personal assistant, as well as rock and metal peers of Mercury's...


An Education in Rebellion: The Biography of Nikki Sixx

by Jake Brown

Time Magazine quipped at the start of the Millennium in their gossip section that the Backstreet Boys might be transforming into the Millennium's new Motley Crue now that 'Nikki Sixx has mellowed up...' Following...


Alice in Chains: In the Studio

by Jake Brown

According to Billboard Magazine, "in many ways, Alice in Chains was the definitive heavy metal band of the early '90s," while MTV.com has "placed them among the front ranks of the Seattle-based grunge bands."...


Jane's Addiction: In the Studio

by Jake Brown

Jane's Addiction's instantly-legendary catalog of albums spawned a generational movement that would change the face of rock n' roll forever, giving way to mainstream alternative rock in the 1990s. Now, for the...