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Whiskey Bottles and Brand-New Cars: The Fast Life and Sudden Death of Lynyrd Skynyrd

by Mark Ribowsky

This intimate story of Lynyrd Skynyrd tells of how a band of lost souls and self-destructive misfits with uncertain artistic objectives clawed their way to the top of the rock 'n’ roll world. Based on interviews...


Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music (Enhanced Edition)

by Barry Mazor

This enhanced e-book includes 49 of the greatest songs Ralph Peer was involved with, from groundbreaking numbers that changed the history of recorded music to revelatory obscurities, all linked to the text so...


Born to Drum

by Tony Barrell

The pulse of rock 'n' roll—the drummer—finally gets its due in this unique, all-encompassing inside look at the culture and history of drumming

Beating the hell out of a drum kit is hard, sweaty, demanding...


Tell the Truth Until They Bleed

by Josh Alan Friedman & Wyatt Doyle

"Josh Alan Friedman has chops like a wolf. The French had a phrase for his tropism for the seedy, the gutter, the outcasts: nostalgie de la boue. This book deserves wide attention." --Jerry Wexler, co-founder...


John Prine: In Spite of Himself

by Eddie Huffman

With a range that spans the lyrical, heartfelt songs " Angel from Montgomery," " Sam Stone," and " Paradise" to the classic country music parody " You Never Even Called Me by My Name," John Prine is a songwriter's...


Motherless Child: The Definitive Biography of Eric Clapton

by Paul Scott

Timed for release around Clapton's 70th birthday, MOTHERLESS CHILD will be the ultimate celebration and definitive biography of one of the most influential musicians alive today.

From the 1960s graffiti proclaiming...


Girl in a Band

by Kim Gordon

For many, Kim Gordon, vocalist, bassist and founding member of Sonic Youth, has always been the epitome of cool.

Sonic Youth is one of the most influential and successful bands to emerge from the post-punk New...


Detroit 67: The Year That Changed Soul

by Stuart Cosgrove

The Epic Story of Motown and Detroit's Independent Soul Music Scene It's January 1967-and one of the worst snowstorms in decades is blanketing Detroit, Michigan. Berry Gordy, owner of Motown Records, is trapped...


Call Me Debbie

by Deborah Voigt

In Call Me Debbie, internationally renowned opera singer Deborah Voigt describes her journey to become one of the world's most celebrated artists. In a strikingly unguarded and revelatory memoir, Voigt writes...


Schubert's Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession

by Ian Bostridge

An exploration of the world’s most famous and challenging song cycle, Schubert's Winter Journey (Winterreise), by a leading interpreter of the work, who teases out the themes—literary, historical, psychological—that...


The B Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song

by Ben Yagoda

From an acclaimed cultural critic, a narrative and social history of the Great American Songwriting era.

 

Everybody knows and loves the American Songbook. But it’s a bit less widely understood that in about...


Conversations with John Lennon

by Ronald Ritter & Sussan Evermore

The name John Lennon immediately conjures up thoughts and images of the iconic sixties band 'The Beatles,' the 'Let It Be' roof top concert, a pedestrian crossing at Abbey Road Studios, a white room, the song...


Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone

by Marky Ramone & Richard Herschlag

The inside story behind one of the most revered bands in music history during the early days of punk rock in New York, from legendary drummer Marky Ramone.

Rolling Stone ranked the Ramones at #26 on its list...


Bobbie Gentry's Ode to Billie Joe

by Tara Murtha

July, 1967: It seems the entire country stopped to listen to a husky voice steeped in the simmering secrets of the South tell a tragic tale of teenage suicide. So much for the Summer of Love. �Ode to Billie...


Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain

by Alan Light

From the former senior editor of Rolling Stone and author of The Holy or the Broken, called “thoughtful and illuminating” by The New York Times, a new book on the unlikely coming-to-be of Prince’s now...


Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.

by Viv Albertine

"Ms. Albertine's book is wiry and cogent and fearless.… Her book has an honest, lo-fi grace. If it were better written, it would be worse."--Dwight Garner, The New York Times

"Forget Katniss And Tris - Viv...


Slim: Another Day, Another Town

by Slim Dusty & Joy McKean

Australia's greatest country singer-songwriter Slim Dusty's own story, written with Joy McKean, his wife for 50 years - now updated.

'It seems I've done most things I wanted to do, but of all things, I think...


Last Man Standing: The Chi-Lites Featuring the Legendary Marshall Thompson

by Marshall Thompson, Dane Ladwig & Bonnie Classen

The Chi-Lites were instrumental in changing the very foundation of the music industry. With their number one hits "Oh Girl" and "Have You Seen Her," Pop music artists and producers recognized the importance...


Rumours of Glory

by Bruce Cockburn

Award-winning songwriter and pioneering guitarist Bruce Cockburn has been shaped by politics, protest, romance, and spiritual discovery. He has toured the globe, visiting far-flung places such as Guatemala,...


Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles , Eric Clapton, The Faces . . .

by Glyn Johns

Born just outside London in 1942, Glyn Johns was sixteen years old at the dawn of rock and roll. His big break as a producer came on the Steve Miller Band’s debut album, Children of the Future, and he went...