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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...

Lush Life

by David Hajdu Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 26, 2013)

Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967) was one of the most accomplished composers in American music, the creator of such standards as "Take the 'A' Train", yet all his life he was overshadowed by his friend and collaborator,...

Thomas Adès: Full of Noises

by Thomas Adès & Tom Service Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 16, 2012)

Composer, conductor, and pianist, Thomas Adès is one of the most diversely talented musical figures of his generation. His music is performed by great opera companies, symphony orchestras, chamber groups, and...


by Ben Ratliff Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 28, 2008)

John Coltrane left an indelible mark on the world, but what was the essence of his achievement that makes him so prized forty years after his death? What were the factors that helped Coltrane become who he was?...

Positively 4th Street

by David Hajdu Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 26, 2011)

The story of how four young bohemians on the make - Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mimi Baez, and Richard Farina - converged in Greenwich Village, fell into love, and invented a sound and a style that are one of the...

Soul Mining

by Daniel Lanois Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 09, 2010)

Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, U2, Peter Gabriel, and the Neville Brothers all have something in common: some of their best albums were produced by Daniel Lanois. A French-speaking kid from Canada,...

The Producer

by Dunstan Prial Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 15, 2007)

A "behind the music" story without parallel

John Hammond is one of the most charismatic figures in American music, a man who put on record much of the music we cherish today. Dunstan Prial's biography presents...