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Punk Rock Blitzkrieg

by Marky Ramone & Richard Herschlag Touchstone (January 13, 2015)

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...


My Scrapbook of Music (by Professor Genius)

by QA international Collectif Les Éditions Québec Amérique (August 09, 2012)

Take a look inside Professor Genius’ Scrapbook of Music. This book covers the entire history of musical expression, from prehistoric times right up until today, from the very first sounds to the MP3 player....


Let's Go Crazy

by Alan Light Atria Books (December 09, 2014)

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...


Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.

by Viv Albertine St. Martin's Press (November 25, 2014)

"Ms. Albertine's book is wiry and cogent and fearless.… Her book has an honest, lo-fi grace. If it were better written, it would be worse."—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

"Forget Katniss And Tris - Viv...


Steve Goodman

by Clay Eals & Alessandro Porco Ecw Press (May 15, 2007)

?Steve Goodman wrote "Good mornin' America, how are ya" into the nation's consciousness, becoming one of the most respected singer/songwriters of the 1970s and early 80s. With warmth and wit, he charmed better-known...


Far and Away

by Neil Peart, Eva Everything & Stuart Ross Ecw Press (May 01, 2011)

Following in the tradition of Ghost Rider and Traveling Music, Rush drummer Neil Peart lets us ride with him along the backroads of North America, Europe, and South America, sharing his experiences in personal...


Hallo Spaceboy

by Dave Thompson, Mendelson Joe, as told by Nadia Halim & Mark Weisleder Ecw Press (June 09, 2006)

By 1987, David Bowie was at a creative, critical, and commercial low. His most recent album was dismissed by the music press, his latest tour written off as a disaster. Fifteen years after becoming the most...


Randy Newman's American Dreams

by Kevin Courrier & Aye Jay Morano, foreword by Andrew W.K. Ecw Press (June 20, 2005)

?Among his peers, Randy Newman is considered one of the most respected singer-songwriters in contemporary American music. For over 40 years, he has composed a variety of hits for artists as diverse as Judy Collins,...


Ghost Rider

by Neil Peart, Dewey Robertson and Meredith Renwick & Nikki Stafford Ecw Press (September 24, 2010)

A bold narrative written by a man trying to stay alive by staying on the move. Within a ten-month period, Neil Peart suffered family losses so devastating that they left him a ghost - physically a man but with...


Traveling Music

by Neil Peart & Marc Vachon with François Bugingo, translated by Charles Phillips Ecw Press (June 24, 2004)

Neil Peart decided to drive his BMW Z-8 automobile from L.A. to Big Bend National Park, in Southwest Texas. As he sped along "between the gas-gulping SUVs and asthmatic Japanese compacts clumping in the left...


Björk

by Mark Pytlik & Dave Thompson Ecw Press (May 29, 2003)

The first major biography of one of the most important musicians of the last decade, Björk: Wow and Flutter is an exhaustive and revealing look at the life, music, and philosophy of one of modern music's most...


Judas Priest

by Martin Popoff & James Guttman Ecw Press (December 01, 2007)

When the world thinks of heavy metal in its pure, potent, undiluted form, it is none other than the Metal Gods, Judas Priest, that instantly come to mind. Chrome and black leather, studs and whips and chains,...


Traveling Music

by Neil Peart & Mike Knowles Ecw Press (August 03, 2004)

Neil Peart decided to drive his BMW Z-8 automobile from L.A. to Big Bend National Park, in Southwest Texas. As he sped along "between the gas-gulping SUVs and asthmatic Japanese compacts clumping in the left...


Melissa Etheridge

by Joyce Luck & Iris Nowell Ecw Press (November 01, 1997)

This first full-length biography of the international rock star is beautifully illustrated with over 50 photographs, 22 of which are in full color and many of which have never before been published. 18,000 copies...


Shaggy

by Micah Locilento & Jason Anderson Ecw Press (September 01, 2002)

"First and foremost, I am a reggae artist," insists Shaggy. Born Orville Richard Burrell, the multi-platinum pop icon is a worldwide ambassador for reggae, but few know just how connected Shaggy is with the...


Heart

by Jake Brown & Micah Locilento Ecw Press (June 01, 2008)

With more Top 10 hits than any other female-fronted music group in history, beginning with such '70s classics as "Crazy on You," "Barracuda,'" "Magic Man," and "Straight On," Rolling Stone hailed Heart's "sister...


Roadshow

by Neil Peart Ecw Press (June 01, 2011)

For thirty years, drummer, author, and songwriter Neil Peart had wanted to write a book about "the biggest journey of all in my restless existence: the life of a touring musician." Finally, the right time, and...


Wild Years

by Jay S. Jacobs, Grant Buday & John McFetridge Ecw Press (May 10, 2006)

Legend. Bum. Genius. Con Man. Devoted husband and father. Myth. Storyteller. Inspiration. Drunk. Visionary. Tom Waits is all of these things. Waits is the lifeline between the great Beat poets and today's rock...


Anger Is an Energy

by John Lydon Dey Street Books (April 28, 2015)

From the legendary frontman of the Sex Pistols, comes the complete, unvarnished story of his life in his own words.

John Lydon is an icon—one of the most recognizable and influential cultural figures of the...


Paul Simon: An American Tune

by Cornel Bonca Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 10, 2014)

In Paul Simon: An American Tune, Cornel Bonca considers Simon’s vast trove of songs in the biographical and cultural context in which he wrote them: from the pop cultural revolution of the 1960s which Simon...


The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light

by Carlos Santana & Ashley Kahn Little, Brown and Company (November 04, 2014)

The intimate and long-awaited autobiography of a legend

In 1967 in San Francisco, just a few weeks after the Summer of Love, a young Mexican guitarist took the stage at the Fillmore Auditorium and played a blistering...


Play On: Now, Then, and Fleetwood Mac: The Autobiography

by Mick Fleetwood & Anthony Bozza Little, Brown and Company (October 28, 2014)

"After forty-six years of being on the road, this is the right time to look back in a way I've never done before: now and then. This is the story of my life in rock and roll -- and how the band that has meant...


Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard On You?

by George Clinton & Ben Greenman Atria Books (October 21, 2014)

The long-awaited memoir from one of the greatest bandleaders, hit makers, and most influential pop artists of our time—known for over forty R&B hit singles—George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic.

George...


27: Amy Winehouse

by Chris Salewicz Quercus (August 12, 2014)

In 27: Amy Winehouse, the first in a series of exclusive ebooks, acclaimed music writer Chris Salewicz celebrates the life of one of the most talented performers of recent times. In an intimate mini-biography,...


27: Kurt Cobain

by Chris Salewicz Quercus (August 12, 2014)

Kurt Cobain, Nirvana frontman, died aged just 27. In this insightful mini-biography, respected music critic Chris Salewicz examines Cobain's journey from sensitive loner to generational icon. Salewicz scrutinizes...


27: Brian Jones

by Chris Salewicz Quercus (August 12, 2014)

Brian Jones, multi-instrumentalist, visionary and the "golden boy of the '60s", was, at the age of 27, the first rock casualty of his generation. A strange, somewhat impenetrable character, Brian Jones was a...


27: Janis Joplin

by Chris Salewicz Quercus (August 19, 2014)

Janis Joplin, singer-songwriter, counterculture icon, the Queen of rock and roll, died aged just 27. During a short four-year career, blighted by alcoholism and drug abuse, she changed the face of music, carving...


27: Jimi Hendrix

by Chris Salewicz Quercus (August 12, 2014)

James Marshall 'Jimi' Hendrix is the most famous and perhaps the most innovative guitarist in music history. He died aged 27. In this thought-provoking mini-biography, acclaimed author Chris Salewicz attends...


27: Jim Morrison

by Chris Salewicz Quercus (August 19, 2014)

Jim Morrison, musician, singer and poet was found dead, the victim of a suspected heroin overdose, in a Paris apartment bathtub in 1971. He was 27.

Morrison was a talented, charismatic, wild-tempered cultural...


27: Robert Johnson

by Chris Salewicz Quercus (August 12, 2014)

Robert Johnson was, according to Eric Clapton, "the most important blues singer that ever lived." An itinerant street musician, with a weakness for whisky and women, his is a life of pure legend-the man who...


Not Dead & Not for Sale

by Scott Weiland & David Ritz Scribner (May 17, 2011)

In the early 1990s, Stone Temple Pilots—not U2, not Nirvana, not Pearl Jam— was the hottest band in the world. STP toppled such mega-bands as Aerosmith and Guns N’ Roses on MTV and the Billboard charts....


Rocks

by Joe Perry & David Ritz Simon & Schuster (October 07, 2014)

Joe Perry’s New York Times bestselling memoir of life in the rock-and-roll band Aerosmith: “An insightful and harrowing roller coaster ride through the career of one of rock and roll’s greatest guitarists....


The Ballad of Bob Dylan: A Portrait

by Daniel Mark Epstein HarperCollins e-books (May 03, 2011)

Drawing on revelatory interviews, a rich analysis oflyrics, and a lifelong study of one of the greatest songwriters of our time,Daniel Mark Epstein delivers a singular, nuanced, and insightful examination ofBob...


Bohuslav Martinu: The Compulsion to Compose

by F. James Rybka Scarecrow Press (May 01, 2011)

Bohuslav Martinu's amazing output—over 400 imaginative, well-crafted, and diverse pieces, including symphonies, operas, ballet scores, and other orchestral works—is accounted for in this biography that asserts...


Born to Drum

by Tony Barrell Dey Street Books (March 17, 2015)

“An engaging journey into the wild and wonderful world of drumming.”—CLEM BURKE, Blondie

To have a great band you need a great drummer. For the first time, Tony Barrell shines a long-overdue spotlight on...


Girl in a Band

by Kim Gordon Dey Street Books (February 24, 2015)

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon, and role model for a generation of women, now tells her story—a memoir of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood,...


After the Dance

by Jan Gaye & David Ritz Amistad (May 19, 2015)

A riveting cautionary tale about the ecstasy and dangers of loving Marvin Gaye, a performer passionately pursued by all—and a searing memoir of drugs, sex, and old school R&B from the wife of legendary soul...


Another Side of Bob Dylan

by Victor Maymudes & Jacob Maymudes St. Martin's Press (September 09, 2014)

A vivid, first-hand account of Nobel Prize-winning singer and songwriter Bob Dylan as an artist, friend, and celebrity, illustrated with never-before-seen photographs, and told by an engaging raconteur who cut...


Bowie: The Biography

by Wendy Leigh Gallery Books (September 23, 2014)

Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, the Thin White Duke. Gender Bender. Rebel. Songwriter. Fashion Icon. Rock God. One of the most influential creative artists of his generation, David Bowie morphed from one glittering...


Bob Dylan: The Biography

by Dennis Mcdougal Wiley (May 06, 2014)

Bob Dylan is a music hero to generations. He’s also an international bestselling artist, a Pulitzer Prize–winning author, and an Oscar winner for “Things Have Changed.” His career is stronger and...


Nikolay Myaskovsky: The Conscience of Russian Music

by Gregor Tassie Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 05, 2014)

Gregor Tassie describes Nikolay Myaskovsky as “one of the great enigmas of 20th-century Russian music.” Between the two world wars, the symphonies of Myaskovsky enjoyed great popularity and were performed...


The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music

by Craig Harris Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 04, 2014)

The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music explores the diverse influences on the quintet’s music, and the impact that their music had in turn on contemporary music and American society. Through previously unpublished...


Max Steiner: Composing, Casablanca, and the Golden Age of Film Music

by Peter Wegele Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 24, 2014)

This biography of Steiner provides insight into how the film music industry worked and functioned during the Golden era of film scores. The central part of this work is an analysis of Steiner’s score to Casablanca...


The Musical Theater of Stephen Schwartz: From Godspell to Wicked and Beyond

by Paul R. Laird Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 10, 2014)

This book is a detailed consideration of the various projects composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz has worked on throughout his career. Paul R. Laird discusses in length Schwartz’s major shows, including Godspell,...


Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock

by Sammy Hagar HarperCollins e-books (March 15, 2011)

Sammy Hagar—legendary lead singer of Van Halen, founder of the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand, and one of rock music’s most notoriously successful performers—tells his unforgettable story in this one-of-a-kind...


Bob Marley

by Chris Salewicz Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 08, 2014)

What was it about Bob Marley that made him so popular in a world dominated by rock 'n' roll? How is it that he not only has remained the single most successful reggae artist ever, but also has become a shining...


In My Life

by Debbie Geller & Anthony Wall St. Martin's Press (March 11, 2014)

Without the determination, magnetism, vision, good manners, respectable clothes and financial security of Brian Epstein, no one would ever have heard of John, Paul, George, and Ringo. In Liverpool, in December...


Diary of a Madman

by Brad "Scarface" Jordan & Benjamin Meadows Ingram Dey Street Books (April 21, 2015)

One of Rolling Stone’s Best Music Books of 2015

From Geto Boys legend and renowned storyteller Scarface, comes a passionate memoir about how hip-hop changed the life of a kid from the south side of Houston,...


I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom's Highway

by Greg Kot Scribner (January 21, 2014)

“A biography that will send readers back to the music of Mavis and the Staple Singers with deepened appreciation and a renewed spirit of discovery” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)—from the acclaimed music...


Revealing Jewel

by Cambria Jensen, Kenneth Calhoun & Atz Lee Kilcher Atria Books (June 03, 2003)

She has been called "one of the most richly idiomatic female pop singers of her generation" by Rolling Stone magazine. Translation: Jewel speaks to millions of fans of all ages through her award-winning music...