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Seeing the Light

by Rob Jovanovic St. Martin's Press (March 27, 2012)

With exclusive new interviews from the band, this is a captivating account of one of the most influential groups in rock history.

Brian Eno famously said "the first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000...


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...


Britten's Century

by Mark Bostridge & Nicholas Kenyon Bloomsbury Publishing (June 20, 2013)

Britten's Century considers various aspects of Britten's life and work. The book is written by biographers, performers and music critics. Here is a wealth of subject matter - Britten's operatic output, his orchestral...


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...


Heavy Metal in Baghdad

by Vice Media, Andy Capper & Gabi Sifre MTV Books (November 17, 2009)

documentary Heavy Metal in Baghdad featuring the members of Iraq’s only heavy metal band—Acrassicauda—and their daily struggle to survive and rock on even as their country fell into a bloody insurgency....


Tommyland

by Tommy Lee & Anthony Bozza Atria Books (October 13, 2009)

I am Tommy Lee, born Thomas Lee Bass in Athens, Greece, on October 3, 1962, and raised in a suburb of California by an American father and a Greek mother. At seventeen, I joined Mötley Crüe and we became one...


Hitman

by David Foster Pocket Books (December 01, 2009)

After almost four decades in the music business, David Foster -- producer, arranger, songwriter, performer -- is finally ready to talk. In this compelling and outspoken memoir, Foster shares some of his incredible...


Anvil!

by Lips Reiner & Robb Reiner MTV Books (October 20, 2009)

In the early seventies, when Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath ruled the world, Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner, two young Jewish boys from the northern suburbs of Toronto, vowed to rock together forever....


Unmasked

by Ian Halperin Gallery Books (July 14, 2009)

In late December 2008, Ian Halperin told the world that Michael Jackson had only six months to live. His investigations into Jackson's failing health made headlines around the globe. Six months later, the King...


Hound Dog: The Leiber & Stoller Autobiography

by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller & David Ritz Simon & Schuster (June 09, 2009)

In 1950 a couple of rhythm and blues-loving teenagers named Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller met for the first time. Leiber was looking for someone to help compose music for lyrics he'd written, and a friend recommended...


An Analytical Survey of the Fifteen Two-Part Inventions by J.S. Bach

by Theodore O. Johnson UPA (August 02, 1982)

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Composers in the Classroom: A Bio-Bibliography of Composers at Conservatories, Colleges, and Universities in the United States

by James Michael Floyd Scarecrow Press (February 07, 2011)

A bio-bibliographical dictionary, chronicling the careers and work of over 120 composers associated with conservatories, colleges, and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico, Composers in the Classroom...


Johnny Cash: The Life

by Robert Hilburn Little, Brown and Company (October 29, 2013)

The national bestseller celebrated as "the ultimate Johnny Cash biography....Rock writer great Robert Hilburn goes deep." -- Rolling Stone

In this, the definitive biography of an American legend, Robert Hilburn...


Yé-Yé Girls of '60s French Pop

by Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe & Lio Feral House (November 18, 2013)

Yé-Yé means Yeah Yeah! and is best known as a style of '60s pop music heard in France and Québec.


Boogie Man

by Charles Shaar Murray St. Martin's Press (September 10, 2013)

Acclaimed writer Charles Shaar Murray's Boogie Man is the authorized and authoritative biography of an extraordinary musician. Murray was given unparalleled access to Hooker, and he lets the man from Clarksdale,...


Rumours of Glory

by Bruce Cockburn HarperOne (November 18, 2014)

Following the success of I’m Your Man and Just Kids, legendary Canadian singer and songwriter Bruce Cockburn delivers his long-awaited memoir—a chronicle of faith, fear, and activism that is also a lively...