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Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen

by Al Jourgensen

The high-octane, no-holds-barred memoir by legendary godfather of industrial music—Al Jourgensen, the founder of Ministry


Portraits in Jazz: 80 Profiles of Jazz Legends, Renegades and Revolutionaries

by Howard Reich

Howard Reich has reported on jazz for the Chicago Tribune for almost four decades, and in this time he has met musicians both celebrated and obscure. From his exclusive interviews with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett,...


Leonard Bernstein: An American Musician

by Allen Shawn

Leonard Bernstein stood at the epicenter of twentieth-century American musical life. His creative gifts knew no boundaries as he moved easily from the podium, to the piano, to television with his nationally...


Little Richard: The Birth of Rock 'n' Roll

by David Kirby

A brilliant new biography of the extraordinary, outrageous performer who helped open the floodgates of Rock 'n' Roll. In June, 2007, Little Richard's 1955 Specialty Records single, "Tutti Frutti," topped Mojo...


Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found

by Joe Bonomo

A superb new study of Jerry Lee Lewis that's as intense and fast paced as the life of "The Killer" himself, from the height of fame to the bumpy road that followed

"The category in which Jerry Lee Lewis truly...


Song and Circumstance: The Work of David Byrne from Talking Heads to the Present

by Sytze Steenstra

This is the first book to offer a full account of Byrne's sprawling artistic portfolio.


Another Side of Bob Dylan

by Victor Maymudes & Jacob Maymudes

A Los Angeles Times Best seller!

August 2014 marks 50 years since Bob Dylan released his fourth album, Another Side of Bob Dylan. Recorded in one night, in the middle of a turbulent year in his life, the music...


Bowie: The Biography

by Wendy Leigh

Discover the man behind the myth in this new biography of one of the most pioneering and influential performers of our time—David Bowie.

David Bowie—the iconic superstar of rock, fashion, art, design, and...


The Kelly Khumalo Story

by Melinda Ferguson & Sarah Setlaelo

Kelly Khumalo is an award-winning kwaito star who rose to national fame at the age of 21: the shining star who, after a string of bad decisions and relationships, soon lost her shine. The book tracks the life...


Back in from the Anger

by Roger Lucey

The story of a once promising young musician, this autobiography demonstrates how Roger Lucey’s life journey was radically changed by the South African apartheid. Having performed songs that reflected upon...


Benson: The Autobiography

by George Benson & Alan Goldsher

The much-awaited story of celebrated singer, songwriter, composer, and guitarist George Benson, with a foreword by Bill Cosby.


Aaron Jay Kernis

by Leta E. Miller

The first full-length biography of the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer


Behind the Shades

by Clinton Heylin & Joel Bernstein

In virtually all areas of Dylan's life - his immigrant antecedents, his business dealings, his various addictions and his romantic attachments - Heylin is able to provide a fascinating picture of a man who changed...


Elvis Has Left the Building: The Day the King Died

by Dylan Jones

'The King' departed this world during the month of punk rock's apotheosis. Punk had set out to destroy Elvis, or at least everything he came to represent, but never got the chance, as Elvis destroyed himself...


Cold Sweat: My Father James Brown and Me

by Yamma Brown & Robin Gaby Fisher

Being the child of a global superstar is never easy, but being the daughter of the “Hardest Working Man in Show Business”—that’s a category unto itself. Like every little girl, Yamma Brown wanted her...


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...


Time to Say Hello: My Autobiography

by Katherine Jenkins

Katherine Jenkins is an international singing superstar who has redefined a music genre: she has brought classical music to the masses and inspired young and old with her incredible voice, her glamorous looks...


Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan

by Howard Sounes

The acclaimed biography substantially updated and revised, Howard Sounes’s Down the Highway broke news about Dylan’s fiercely guarded personal life and set the standard as the most comprehensive and riveting...


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...


Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph

by Jan Swafford

The definitive book on the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven, written by the acclaimed biographer of Brahms and Ives.