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Feedback

by Casey Harison

In Feedback: The Who and Their Generation, historian Casey Harison offers a cultural and social history of one of the most successful bands of the 1960s British Invasion. In this historically sensitive account...


The Meat Puppets and the Lyrics of Curt Kirkwood from Meat Puppets II to No Joke!

by Matthew Smith-Lahrman

In The Meat Puppets and the Lyrics of Curt Kirkwood from Meat Puppets II to No Joke!, Matthew Smith-Lahrman interprets the words of Curt Kirkwood, founding member and songwriter of the Meat Puppets, a pioneering...


So You Want to Sing Rock 'n' Roll

by Matthew Edwards

Rock ‘n’ roll is a style that was born out of the great American melting pot. An outgrowth of the blues, rock 'n' roll music combines driving rhythms, powerful chords, and lyrics that communicate the human...


Experiencing Led Zeppelin

by Gregg Akkerman

It’s possible that no other band has had as great an influence on rock music as Led Zeppelin. Experiencing Led Zeppelin: A Listener's Companion is a guided listening experience of the recorded music of Led...


Experiencing Rush

by Durrell Bowman

Few bands have proven as long-standing and experimental as the Canadian rock act Rush, which has successfully survived and adapted like few others by continuing to work in an album-oriented “progressive hard...


Mavericks of Sound

by David A. Ensminger

In Mavericks of Sound: Conversations with the Artists Who Shaped Indie and Roots Music, music scholar David Ensminger offers a collection of vivid and compelling interviews with legendary roots rock and indie...


Letters to Kurt

by Eric Erlandson

"Nearly two decades after the death of Kurt Cobain, a friend and fellow musician not only continues to mourn his suicide, but also rages against the culture that he holds responsible. These 52 'letters' . ....


Who Did It First?

by Bob Leszczak

“Everybody has to start somewhere. Businessmen start on the ground floor and try to work their way up the corporate ladder. Baseball players bide their time in the minor leagues wishing for an opportunity...


Counting Down Bruce Springsteen

by Jim Beviglia

For 40 years, Bruce Springsteen has held center stage as the quintessential American rock and roll artist, expressing the hopes and dreams of the American everyman and every woman through his vast array of insightful...


Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock 'n' Roll Group

by Ian F. Svenonius

"Proscriptive how-to advice ranges over a wide number of subjects (e.g., sex, band photos, etc.) and can be seen both as skewering the cultural idolatry associated with rock and as genuine counsel. Verdict:...


The Band

by Craig Harris

At a time when Acid Rock and Heavy Metal dominated popular music, The Band rebelled against the rebellion with a masterful mix of tight ensemble arrangements, great vocals, highly literate lyricism, and a respect...


Wounds to Bind

by Alan Rifkin, Jerry Burgan & Sylvia Tyson

The dawn of folk rock comes to life in Jerry Burgan’s unforgettable memoir of the pre-psychedelic 1960s and the summer that changed everything.

As a naïve folksinger from Pomona, California, Burgan was thrust...


The Elvis Movies

by James L. Neibaur

Elvis Presley’s stature as the “King of Rock and Roll” will never be challenged. Between his first RCA hit single in 1956—the number-one smash “Heartbreak Hotel”—and his death in 1977, Elvis amassed...


The Jesus Lizard Book

by The Jesus Lizard

Featured as a "This Week's Reading/What We're Loving" pick at The Paris Review

Named the Best Music-Related Book of 2014 by Joel Gausten

"If you're a Jesus Lizard fan or a David Yow devotee, you're sure all over...


Sparks-Tastic

by Tosh Berman

In 2008, Tosh Berman—author and publisher of TamTam Books—got on a plane with a single motive: "Sparks Spectacular." It had been announced that the band Sparks would perform all twenty-one of their albums...


Bruce Springsteen

by Donald L. Ii Deardorff

Tempo: A Scarecrow Press Music Series on Rock, Pop, and Culture offers titles that explore rock and popular music through the lens of social and cultural history, revealing the dynamic relationship between musicians,...


Counting Down Bob Dylan

by Jim Beviglia

Counting Down is a unique series of titles designed to select the best songs or musical works from major performance artists and composers in an age of design-your-own playlists.

For fifty years, Bob Dylan’s...


Paul Is Dead? The case of the double Beatle

by Glauco Cartocci

For years we’ve been saying that there’s a Great Mystery in the history of Rock’n’Roll. One of the 20th Century’s most outstanding stories, concerning the alleged death of Paul McCartney and his subsequent...


Bon Jovi

by Margaret Olson

In 1986, when Bon Jovi’s third studio album, Slippery When Wet, was released, America had found its next superband. In Bon Jovi: America’s Ultimate Band, Margaret Olson chronicles the history and music of...


Philosophizing Rock Performance

by Wade Hollingshaus

Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and David Bowie are among three of the most influential figures in twentieth-century popular music and culture, and innumerable scholars and biographers have explored the history of...