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Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter

by Randy L. L. Schmidt & Dionne Warwick

An intimate profile of one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century, this first full-length biography of Karen Carpenter details every aspect of her life, from her modest Connecticut upbringing...


Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson

by Randall Sullivan

"A dishy Michael Jackson biography that makes the exhaustively covered King of Pop fascinating all over again."—People

“The first deep-dive narrative by a veteran journalist covering the King of Pop’s convoluted...


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."...


Walk Tall: The Music and Life of Julian "Cannonball" Adderley

by Cary Ginell

(Book). Cannonball Adderley introduces his 1967 recording of "Walk Tall," by saying, "There are times when things don't lay the way they're supposed to lay. But regardless, you're supposed to hold your head...


Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock 'n' Roll

by Lou Gramm & Scott Pitoniak

Lou Gramm rose from humble, working-class roots in Rochester, New York, to become one of rock’s most popular and distinctive voices in the 1970s and ’80s, singing and cowriting more than a dozen hits with...


Dreamgirl and Supreme Faith: My Life as a Supreme

by Mary Wilson

Chronicles the life of a Supreme.


Abba - Uncensored on the Record

by John Tobler

ABBA's was an extraordinary journey through the pages of rock history - it took them from throwaway Eurovision turn to highly respected pop icons. Their story has everything; beautiful girls with incredible...


Bobby Rydell: Teen Idol On The Rocks: A Tale of Second Chances

by Bobby Rydell & Allan Slutsky

At seventeen, Bobby Rydell was the face of American Bandstand — the kid from Italian South Philly with the smoothest voice, the highest pompadour, and the sweetest smile. And there were those hits: “Wild...


Whitney Houston: An Unauthorized Biography

by Belmont and Belcourt Biographies

She still wondered, "Am I good enough? Am I pretty enough? Will they like me?" It was the burden that made her great and the part that caused her to stumble in the end. If you could hear me, no I would tell...


Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone

by Marky Ramone & Richard Herschlag

The “entertaining and enlightening” (Stephen King) final word on the genius and mischief of the Ramones, told by the man who created the beat behind their iconic music and lived to tell about it.

When punk...


Owain Arwel Hughes: My Life in Music

by Owain Arwel Hughes

Prompted by the catastrophic events of 9/11,Owain Arwel Hughes' autobiography is an open, honest story, with its recurring, poignant theme of the show has to go on.


The King and I: The Uncensored Tale of Luciano Pavarotti's Rise to Fame by His Manager, Friend and Sometime Adversary

by Herbert Breslin & Anne Midgette

Luciano Pavarotti’s longtime manager and friend tells all. All.

The King and I is the story of the thirty-six-year-old business relationship between Luciano Pavarotti and his manager, Herbert Breslin, during...


Complicated Shadows: The Life And Music Of Elvis Costello

by Graham Thomson

Complicated Shadows paints a detailed and accurate portrait of an intensely private and complex individual. It draws on nearly 50 exclusive interviews with schoolmates, pre-fame friends, early band members,...


Cole Porter

by William Mcbrien

In his life and in his music, Cole Porter was the top—the pinnacle of wit and sophistication. From the 1910s through the ‘50s, from Yale pep rallies through the Broadway triumphs of Anything Goes and Kiss...


Fathomless Riches: Or How I Went From Pop to Pulpit

by Richard Coles

The memoir of popular BBC Radio 4 SATURDAY LIVE presenter and former member of the Communards, the Reverend Richard Coles.

'I love @RevRichardColes SO MUCH' Caitlin Moran

FATHOMLESS RICHES is the Reverend Richard...


Kiss and Make-Up

by Gene Simmons

You wanted the truth, you got the truth—the hottest book in the world!

Fueled by an explosive mix of makeup, costumes, and attitude, KISS burst onto the music scene thirty years ago and has become a rock institution....


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

by Alan Light

Alan Light, former writer for Rolling Stone, editor-in-chief of Vibe and Spin magazines, and author of The Holy or the Broken, “gets inside Prince’s mind palace in Let’s Go Crazy—a history of the making...


Johnny Cash FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Man in Black

Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia

by Adam Lerner & Wes Anderson

Mark Mothersbaugh is a legendary figure for fans of both street art and music culture. Cofounder of the seminal New Wave band DEVO, he was a prolific visual artist before the band's inception moving seamlessly...


Alfredo Catalani: Composer of Lucca

by Domenico Luigi Pardini, Valentina Relton & David Chandler

The full, tragic story of Puccini's great rival, now available in English for the first time. Born in Lucca four years before Puccini, Alfredo Catalani (1854-93) was the main hope of Italian opera in the 1880s....