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Rock Star Babylon: Outrageous Rumors, Legends, and Raucous True Tales of Rock and Roll Icons

by Jon Holmes

Rockers Behaving Badly

From Ozzy Osbourne to Chuck Berry, Courtney Love to Keith Moon, Rock Star Babylon has gathered together the most outrageous antics and diva-esque misbehavior in the annals of rock. Here...


JAMerica: The History of the Jam Band and Festival Scene

by Peter Conners

Interviews with the most recognizable names in the jam band scene build a narrative that progresses through time


Bon Jovi: America's Ultimate Band

by Margaret Olson

In Bon Jovi: America’s Ultimate Band, Margaret Olson chronicles the history and music of the band from its inception to present day. She closely examines Bon Jovi’s musical and social relevance to listeners...


The Routledge History of Social Protest in Popular Music

by Jonathan C. Friedman

The major objective of this collection of 28 essays is to analyze the trends, musical formats, and rhetorical devices used in popular music to illuminate the human condition. By comparing and contrasting musical...


In Her Own Words: Conversations with Composers in the United States

by Jennifer Kelly

Women's voices on musical composition, creativity, and gender


The Story of Fake Books: Bootlegging Songs to Musicians

by Barry Kernfeld

Bootleg fake books - unauthorized anthologies of songs notated in a musical shorthand - have been used for decades by countless pop, jazz, and country musicians. Drawing from FBI files, newspaper accounts, court...


1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die

by Tom Moon

The musical adventure of a lifetime. The most exciting book on music in years. A book of treasure, a book of discovery, a book to open your ears to new worlds of pleasure. Doing for music what Patricia Schultz—author...


Hamish MacCunn (1868-1916): A Musical Life

by Jennifer L. Oates

As the first comprehensive study of MacCunn's life, this book illustrates how social and cultural situations, as well as personal relationships, influenced his career. Having risen to fame in the late 1880s...


Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself: Essays on Debut Albums

by George Plasketes

These essays bring together the stories of 23 debut albums over a nearly fifty year span, ranging from Buddy Holly and the Crickets in 1957 to The Go! Team in 2004. In addition to biographical background and...


Studying the Dead: The Grateful Dead Scholars Caucus, an Informal History

by Nicholas G. Meriwether

This book provides an informal history of the Grateful Dead Caucus and explores its significance as a scholarly community, focusing on its increasing self-awareness, its ability to span diverse disciplinary...


Philosophizing Rock Performance: Dylan, Hendrix, Bowie

by Wade Hollingshaus

In Philosophizing Rock Performance: Dylan, Hendrix, Bowie, Wade Hollingshaus capitalizes on this notion by embracing a set of historiographical logics that re-imagine these three artists. Noting how Dylan, Hendrix,...


Bound for America: Three British Composers

by Nicholas Temperley

In Bound for America, Nicholas Temperley documents the lives, careers, and music of three of the first British composers (William Selby, Rayner Taylor, and George K. Jackson) who emigrated from England in mid-career...


On Music

by Theodore Gracyk

Opinionated and example-filled, this extremely concise and accessible book provides a survey of some fundamental and longstanding debates about the nature of music. The central arguments and ideas of historical...


You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup

by Peter Doggett

The world stopped in 1970 when Paul McCartney announced that he was through with the Beatles. His statement not only marked the end of the band's remarkable career, but also seemed to signal the demise of an...


The Bee Gees: The Biography

by David N. Meyer

The long overdue biography of the Bee Gees, by an acclaimed author


Parental Advisory

by Eric D. Nuzum

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Music Your Parents Never Wanted You To Hear

Believe it or not, music censorship in America did not begin with Tipper Gore's horrified reaction to her daughter's Prince...


The Stage's Glory: John Rich (1692-1761)

by Jeremy Barlow, Berta Joncus & Olive Baldwin

John Rich (1692-1761) was a profoundly influential figure of the eighteenth-century London stage. As producer, manager and performer, he transformed the urban entertainment market, creating genres and promotional...


Here We Are Now

by Charles R. Cross

Kurt Cobain was the voice of a generation. Twenty years after his death, why does he still matter?

On April 5, 1994, twenty-seven-year-old Kurt Cobain took his own life. His desperation to kick drugs, his complicated...


The Collected Writings of Franz Liszt: F. Chopin

by Janita R. Hall-Swadley & Jolanta T. Pekacz

This translation is the starting volume of Janita Hall-Swadley's The Collected Writings of Franz Liszt, the very first production of Liszt's entire literary collection in English. In Volume 1, Liszt provides...


Music, History, and Ideas

by Hugo Leichtentritt

This present work had it's origin in two series of twelve public lectures on music as part of the general culture, given at Harvard University between 1934 and 1935. Since these lectures this subject matter...