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The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics

by David G. Dodd Free Press (December 16, 2014)

Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the most popular and enduring band ever: “Even the most hardcore Deadheads will be impressed by this obsessively complete look at the Grateful Dead’s lyrics” (Publishers...


Rock & Roll Jihad

by Salman Ahmad Free Press (November 02, 2009)

"The story you are about to read is the story of a light-bringer....Salman Ahmad inspires me to reach always for the greatest heights and never to fear....Know that his story is a part of our history."

-- Melissa...


Great Pretenders

by Karen Schoemer Free Press (January 31, 2006)

February 1964: The Beatles step onto the tarmac at JFK International Airport and turn the country on its head. It's the advent of rock and roll's uninterrupted reign, youthful rebellion, and overt teenage sex....


Piano Notes

by Charles Rosen Free Press (October 29, 2002)

Charles Rosen is one of the world's most talented pianists -- and one of music's most astute commentators. Known as a performer of Bach, Beethoven, Stravinsky, and Elliott Carter, he has also written highly...


Thelonious Monk

by Robin Kelley Free Press (December 08, 2009)

The first full biography of legendary jazz musician Thelonious Monk, written by a brilliant historian, with full access to the family's archives and with dozens of interviews. Now updated with an afterword for...


Will You Take Me As I Am

by Michelle Mercer Free Press (April 07, 2009)

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...


Blockbuster

by Tom Shone Free Press (December 07, 2004)

It's a typical summer Friday night and the smell of popcorn is in the air. Throngs of fans jam into air-conditioned multiplexes to escape for two hours in the dark, blissfully lost in Hollywood's latest glittery...


Birth of the Cool

by Lewis MacAdams Free Press (April 10, 2012)

Miles Davis and Juliette Greco, Jackson Pollock and Jack Kerouac, Marlon Brando and Bob Dylan and William Burroughs.

What do all these people have in common? Fame, of course, and undeniable talent. But most...


The Pirate's Dilemma

by Matt Mason Free Press (January 08, 2008)

It started with punk. Hip-hop, rave, graffiti, and gaming took it to another level, and now modern technology has made the ideas and innovations of youth culture increasingly intimate and increasingly global...


Simple Gifts

by Bill Henderson Free Press (March 28, 2006)

If there is one simple phrase that lies at the heart of this moving tribute to the pleasures of singing hymns, it is this: "Only joy." Bill Henderson, a tough man with a gentle vision, found community and religious...


Appetite for Self-Destruction

by Steve Knopper Free Press (January 06, 2009)

For the first time, Appetite for Self-Destruction recounts the epic story of the precipitous rise and fall of the recording industry over the past three decades, when the incredible success of the CD turned...


In Heaven Everything Is Fine

by Josh Frank & Charlie Buckholtz Free Press (August 12, 2008)

On March 3, 1983, Peter Ivers was found bludgeoned to death in his loft in downtown Los Angeles, ending a short-lived but essential pop cultural moment that has been all but lost to history. For the two years...


Dixie Lullaby

by Mark Kemp Free Press (August 24, 2004)

Rock & roll has transformed American culture more profoundly than any other art form. During the 1960s, it defined a generation of young people as political and social idealists, helped end the Vietnam War,...


Stories Done

by Mikal Gilmore Free Press (November 11, 2008)

The 1960s and 1970s represent a rare moment in our cultural history -- music was exploring unprecedented territories, literature was undergoing a radical reinvention, politics polarized the nation, and youth...


Clapton's Guitar

by Allen St. John Free Press (October 12, 2005)

In 1994, Eric Clapton came across a Wayne Henderson guitar in a recording studio and decided on the spot that he had to have one. Rarer than Stradivarius violins, these musical works of art are built from near-extinct...


Candy and Me

by Hilary Liftin Free Press (May 01, 2003)

As a seven-year-old child, Hilary Liftin poured herself a glass (or two) of powdered sugar. Those forbidden cups soon escalated to pound bags of candy corn and multiple packets of dry cocoa mix, launching the...


Complete Printmaker

by John Ross, Claire Romano & Tim Ross Free Press (December 01, 2009)

This revised and expanded edition takes the reader step by step through the history and techniques of over forty-five print-making methods.

From the traditional etching, engraving, lithography, and relief print...


ART/WORK

by Heather Darcy Bhandari & Jonathan Melber Free Press (March 24, 2009)

The definitive, must-have guide to pursuing an art career—the fully revised and updated edition of Art/Work, now in its fourteenth printing, shares the tools artists of all levels need to make it in this highly...


Da Vinci's Ghost

by Toby Lester Free Press (February 07, 2012)

In Da Vinci's Ghost, critically acclaimed historian Toby Lester tells the story of the world’s most iconic image, the Vitruvian Man, and sheds surprising new light on the artistry and scholarship of Leonardo...


Theater Geek

by Mickey Rapkin Free Press (June 01, 2010)

What do Natalie Portman, Robert Downey, Jr., Zach Braff, and Mandy Moore have in common? Before they were stars, they were campers at Stagedoor Manor, the premier summer theater camp for children and teenagers....


Saving Monticello

by Marc Leepson Free Press (March 06, 2002)

When Thomas Jefferson died on the Fourth of July 1826 -- the nation's fiftieth birthday -- he was more than $100,000 in debt. Forced to sell thousands of acres of his lands and nearly all of his furniture and...


Somewhere in the Night

by Nicholas Christopher Free Press (May 11, 2010)

Film noir is more than a cinematic genre. It is an essential aspect of American culture. Along with the cowboy of the Wild West, the denizen of the film noir city is at the very center of our mythological iconography....


Venus in Exile

by Wendy Steiner Free Press (October 24, 2001)

Whereas previous eras had celebrated beauty as the central aim of art, the modernist avant-garde were deeply suspicious of beauty and its perennial symbols, woman and ornament, preferring instead the thrill...


MUSIC AND THE MIND

by Anthony Storr Free Press (May 19, 2015)

Why does music have such a powerful effect on our minds and bodies? It is the most mysterious and most tangible of all forms of art. Yet, Anthony Storr believes, music today is a deeply significant experience...