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Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist

by Steve Lowenthal & David Fricke

John Fahey is to the solo acoustic guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric: the man whom all subsequent musicians had to listen to. Fahey made more than 40 albums between 1959 and his death in 2001, most...


Lifting My Voice: A Memoir

by Barbara Hendricks & Kofi A. Annan

Growing up African American in segregated Arkansas in the 1950s, Barbara Hendricks witnessed firsthand the painful struggle for civil rights. After graduation from the Juilliard School of Music, Hendricks immediately...


Claude Vivier

by Bob Gilmore

Claude Vivier's haunting and expressive music has captivated audiences around the world. But the French-Canadian composer is remembered also because of the dramatic circumstances of his death: he wasfound murdered...


Unbreak My Heart

by Toni Braxton

In this heartfelt memoir, six-time Grammy Award-winning artist and star of WE TV’s reality hitBraxton Family Values, Toni Braxton writes about her personal life decisions and their impact on her health, family...


With the Beatles

by Lewis Lapham

Halfway between the summer of love and the Tet offensive, the Beatles went to India to study with the Maharishi—and Lewis Lapham, esteemed Harper's editor and award-winning writer, was there. WITH THE BEATLES...


Ella Fitzgerald: A Biography of the First Lady of Jazz, Updated Edition

by Stuart Nicholson

Stuart Nicholson's biography of Ella Fitzgerald is considered a classic in jazz literature. Drawing on original documents, interviews, and new information, Nicholson draws a complete picture of Fitzgerald's...


Bob Dylan: The Biography

by Dennis Mcdougal

Bob Dylan is a music hero to generations. He’s also an international bestselling artist, a Pulitzer Prize–winning author, and an Oscar winner for “Things Have Changed.” His career is stronger and...


Stand Up Straight and Sing!

by Jessye Norman

One of America's most admired and decorated singers tells her inspiring life story, from the segregated south to the world's greatest stages.


Rush FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Rock's Greatest Power Trio

You Don't Cry Out Loud: The Lily Isaacs Story

by Lily Isaacs

A talented daughter of Holocaust survivors, Lily Isaacs is a woman who has felt pain and loss, and found the incomparable joy of a life with Jesus Christ. As a new Christian believer, she became estranged from...


Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues

by James Fearnley

The Pogues injected the fury of punk into Irish folk music and gave the world the troubled, iconic, darkly romantic songwriter Shane MacGowan. Here Comes Everybody is a memoir written by founding member and...


Gods of the Hammer: The Teenage Head Story

by Geoff Pevere

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, no Canadian band rocked harder, louder or to more hardcore fans than Hamilton, Ontario's own Teenage Head. Although usually lumped in the dubiously inevitable 'punk rock' category...


Max Steiner: Composing, Casablanca, and the Golden Age of Film Music

by Peter Wegele

This biography of Steiner provides insight into how the film music industry worked and functioned during the Golden era of film scores. The central part of this work is an analysis of Steiner’s score to Casablanca...


Simply Thrilled

by Simon Goddard

They had just a few hundred pounds, one band missing a drummer, a sock drawer for an office, more dreams than sense and not a clue between them how to run a record company. But when Alan Horne and Edwyn Collins...


Shining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth, Wind & Fire

by Philip Bailey, Keith Zimmerman & Kent Zimmerman

Earth, Wind & Fire has sold some ninety million records and won eight Grammy awards. But while its charismatic founder, Maurice White, and Philip Bailey, one of popular music’s greatest voices, are remarkable...


Strange Way to Live: A Story of Rock 'n' Roll Resurrection

by Carl Dixon

Carl Dixon takes readers along on his wild journey through the golden days of Canadian rock, from early days with upstarts Coney Hatch to dizzying success with The Guess Who and April Wine. Strange Way to Live...


Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir

by Joe Satriani & Jake Brown

Go behind the scenes with the musician The New York Times called “a guitar God!”

Oft-hailed as the Jimi Hendrix of his generation, living guitar legend Joe Satriani has long transcended stylistic boundaries...


Bob Marley

by Chris Salewicz

What was it about Bob Marley that made him so popular in a world dominated by rock 'n' roll? How is it that he not only has remained the single most successful reggae artist ever, but also has become a shining...


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...


101 Amazing Facts about Cody Simpson

by Jack Goldstein & Frankie Taylor

Are you the world's most dedicated Simpsonizer? Or do you want to find out everything there is to know about the heartthrob singer-songwriter? If so, then this is the book for you! Contained within are over...