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Let's Talk about Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste

by Carl Wilson

For his 2007 critically acclaimed 33 1/3 series title, Let's Talk About Love, Carl Wilson went on a quest to find his inner C�line Dion fan and explore how we define ourselves by what we call good and bad,...


Will You Take Me As I Am: Joni Mitchell's Blue Period

by Michelle Mercer

Joni Mitchell is one of the most celebrated artists of the last half century, and her landmark 1971 album, Blue, is one of her most beloved and revered works. Generations of people have come of age listening...


Gimme Something Better: The Profound, Progressive, and Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk from Dead Kennedys to Green Day

by Jack Boulware

An oral history of the modern punk-revival?s West Coast Birthplace

Outside of New York and London, California?s Bay Area claims the oldest continuous punk-rock scene in the world. Gimme Something Better brings...


Punk Rock: An Oral History

by John Robb & Lars Fredriksen

Vibrant and volatile, the punk scene left an extraordinary legacy of music and cultural change, and this work talks to those who cultivated the movement, weaving together their accounts to create a raw and unprecedented...


Love Goes to Buildings on Fire

by Will Hermes

Punk rock and hip-hop. Disco and salsa. The loft jazz scene and the downtown composers known as Minimalists. In the mid-1970s, New York City was a laboratory where all the major styles of modern music were...


The Book of Exodus: The Making and Meaning of Bob Marley and the Wailers' Album of the Century

by Vivien Goldman

Follow the Sacred Journey to Create One of the Lasting Musical Masterpieces of Our Time

Bob Marley is one of our most important and influential artists. Recorded in London after an assassination attempt on his...


Best Seat in the House: Drumming in the '70s with Marriott, Frampton, and Humble Pie

by Jerry Shirley, Jon Cohan & Tim Cohan

(Book). Here is a hard rock memoir essentially an authorized bio on the endearing British rock band Humble Pie as told from the drum throne and backstage hallways during the emerging days of the Seventies classic...


Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties

by Ian MacDonald

This “Bible of the Beatles” captures the iconic band’s magical and mysterious journey from adorable teenagers to revered cultural emissaries. In this fully updated version, each of their 241 tracks is assessed...


Woodstock Revisited

by Susan Reynolds

This collection contains fifty stories written by people who attended the original Woodstock Festival in 1969. Since all the books that preceded it have focused on the musicians, promoters, and staff, this book...


Gimme Indie Rock

by Andrew Earles

The ultimate guide to one of the most revered periods and movements in American rock history. The 1980s are one of the most ridiculed and parodied epochs in popular music-what with all the skinny lapels, synthesizers,...


When That Rough God Goes Riding: Listening to Van Morrison

by Greil Marcus

This book is a quest to understand Van Morrison's particular genius through a close look at the most extraordinary and unclassifiable moments in his long career, beginning in 1965 and continuing in full force...


The Beach Boys' Smile

by Luis Sanchez

Smile is not merely a great unfinished album, but a living work of art that is all at once expansive, indeterminate, and resolutely pop.

In the early 1960s, The Beach Boys rose from the suburbs of Hawthorne,...


Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville

by Gina Arnold

Although Exile in Guyville was celebrated as one of the year's top records by Spin and the New York Times, it was also, to some, an abomination: a mockery of the Rolling Stones' most revered record and a rare...


J Dilla's Donuts

by Jordan Ferguson

From a Los Angeles hospital bed, equipped with little more than a laptop and a stack of records, James �J Dilla� Yancey crafted a set of tracks that would forever change the way beatmakers viewed their artform....


Oasis' Definitely Maybe

by Alex Niven

Oasis's incendiary 1994 debut album Definitely Maybe managed to summarize almost the entire history of post-fifties guitar music from Chuck Berry to My Bloody Valentine in a way that seemed effortless. But this...


Sigur R¿s's ( )

by Ethan Hayden

Words like "inspiring," "expansive," and "moving" are regularly used to describe Sigur R�s's ( ), and yet the only words heard on the record itself are a handful of meaningless nonsense syllables. The album...


Fleetwood Mac's Tusk

by Rob Trucks

A prismatic�look at one of the most unusual albums ever released by a major rock band, with fresh�input from Lindsey Buckingham.


Slayer's Reign in Blood

by D.X. Ferris

Issued on America's premier rap label at the peak of the thrash metal movement, Slayer's controversial Reign in Blood remains the gold standard for extreme heavy metal, a seamless 29-minute procession of ten...


Nine Inch Nails' Pretty Hate Machine

by Daphne Carr

Combining solid research into NIN's roots with compelling, emotional oral histories from fans, a fascinating account of a huge subculture.


Steely Dan's Aja

by Don Breithaupt

Aja was the album that made Steely Dan a commercial force on the order of contemporaries like Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles and Chicago. A double-platinum, Grammy-winning bestseller, it lingered on the Billboard...