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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...


Starve the Vulture: A Memoir

by Jason Carney Kaylie Jones Books (December 15, 2014)

A stirring story of criminality, drug addiction, recovery, and unlikely fame.


"It's the Pictures That Got Small": Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood's Golden Age

by Anthony Slide & Jim Moore Columbia University Press (November 25, 2014)

Golden Age Hollywood screenwriter Charles Brackett was an extremely observant and perceptive chronicler of the entertainment industry during its most exciting years. He is best remembered as the writing partner...


Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film

by Patton Oswalt Scribner (January 06, 2015)

The instant New York Times bestseller from author, comedian and actor Patton Oswalt, a “heartfelt and hilarious” (USA TODAY) memoir about coming of age as a performer during the late 1990s while obsessively...


Anyone Who's Anyone

by George Wayne Harper (December 05, 2017)

From former Vanity Fair magazine’s celebrity interviewer George Wayne comes a collection of piquant, poignant, and nostalgic interviews with some of the iconic personalities of our time, curated from his legendary...


The Black Horn: The Story of Classical French Hornist Robert Lee Watt

by Robert Lee Watt Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 30, 2014)

Today, the number of African Americans who hold chairs in major American symphony orchestras are few and far between, and Watt is the first in many years to write about this uniquely exhilarating—and at times...


Marilyn Monroe Day by Day: A Timeline of People, Places, and Events

by Carl Rollyson Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 16, 2014)

In Marilyn Monroe Day by Day: A Timeline of People, Places, and Events, Carl Rollyson provides a documentary approach to the life and legend of this singular personality. With details of her childhood, her young...


Behind the Scenes

by Judi Dench St. Martin's Press (November 25, 2014)

From her first theatrical roles as a teenager in York to her scene-stealing performances as 'M' in the James Bond films, Dame Judi Dench's professional life has consisted of non-stop acting, leading to numerous...


Daring to Dream

by Sam Bailey Blink Publishing (November 04, 2014)

In this wonderful and honest book, The X Factor winner and bona fide pop star Sam Bailey tells her unique story and reveals what happens when you have the courage to follow your dreams. Born in south-east London,...


The Andy Cohen Diaries

by Andy Cohen Henry Holt and Co. (November 11, 2014)

A New York Times bestseller, The Andy Cohen Diaries chronicles a year in the whirlwind life of the beloved pop icon, in his own cheeky, candid, and irreverent words

As a TV Producer and host of the smash late...


Sergeant Presley

by Rex Mansfield, Marshall and Zoe Terrill, and Rex and Elizabeth Mansfield, Elisabeth Mansfield & Dave Thompson et al. Ecw Press (September 01, 2002)

What happened when Elvis entered the army in 1958? Although many have speculated, for the first time we get the inside story. Rex Mansfield, the co-author, was inducted on the same day as Elvis in Memphis, went...


Another Day In Showbiz

by Pierre Cossette & Alex Doulis Ecw Press (January 13, 2003)

The story of an unassuming kid from rural Canada who worked his way to the top of the world of glitz and glamour. He's hunched back in the 30th row of the massive Staples Center, far from the cardboard cut-outs...


Rick Rubin

by Jake Brown & Mark Sinnett Ecw Press (August 01, 2009)

There is no greater enigma than Rick Rubin working in record production today. As mysterious personally as the Buddhist religion he practices, Rubin has made one thing crystal clear: the records he produces...


Celebrity Tantrums

by Lisa Brandt & Stewart T. Stanyard, Foreword by Neil Gaiman Ecw Press (April 01, 2003)

Catfights, temper tantrums, felonies - they're all here, in scandalous detail. Celebrity Tantrums: The Official Dirt is the only collection of highlights - or, rather, lowlights - of the world's most famous...


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...


American Demon, An

by Steve Stanton, Frank Davey & Jack Grisham Ecw Press (May 01, 2011)

?An American Demon is Jack Grisham's story of depravity and redemption, terror and spiritual deliverance. While Grisham is best known as the raucous and provocative front man of the pioneer hardcore punk band...


They Don't Wanna Wait

by Richard Crouse Ecw Press (October 01, 1999)

Not since that famous Beverly Hills area code was etched into our minds has teen life been given such loving attention. TV's newest hit, Dawson's Creek is a smart, articulate, sexy program that's taken the Archies...


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,...


Mariah Carey

by Marc Shapiro & Nikki Stafford Ecw Press (June 01, 2001)

A Cinderella story starring the bestselling female musical artist of the millennium. Mariah Carey grew up in a broken home, poor and with no friends. Singing was her salvation. One day, at a music industry party,...


Depp

by Christopher Heard & Neil Peart Ecw Press (September 01, 2001)

The truth behind Johnny Depp's bad-boy image in this definitive biography. Accidental actor? Bratty bad boy? Consummate craftsman? Take a little of each, and a whole lot more, and you've got Johnny Depp. Delectably...


Gwyneth Paltrow

by Valerie Milano, Kathleen Tracy & Jimmy Hart Ecw Press (March 01, 2000)

Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow has lived the life of a Hollywood princess - despite her parents' attempts to shelter her from the glare of the spotlight. The daughter of producer Bruce Paltrow and actress...


Russell Crowe

by Gabor H. Wylie & Mendelson Joe Ecw Press (November 01, 2001)

In this innovative biography of one of Hollywood's most recently crowned kings, Gabor H. Wylie gives Russell Crowe fans what they've been longing for - the stories that make up a lifetime, little anecdotal gems...


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...


I'm Walking As Straight As I Can

by Geri Jewell, Marc Strange, Jon Waldman and Stephen Laroche & Geri Jewell with Ted Nichelson et al. Ecw Press (April 01, 2011)

Born with cerebral palsy, Geri Jewell inspired a generation of young people when she became the first person with a disability to appear in a recurring role on prime-time television, with her groundbreaking...


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,...


Michael Moore

by Emily Schultz & Terry F. Ritchie with Brian D. Wruk Ecw Press (October 03, 2005)

Love him or hate him, the world over cannot ignore Michael Moore. Left and right can both agree that this son of a Flint autoworker has single-handedly revitalized liberal politics, and turned his unique style...


Natalie Portman

by James L. Dickerson & Jeremy Wall Ecw Press (April 01, 2002)

The first in-depth look at one of today's fastest rising stars! Natalie Portman is only 20 years old, but already she has co-starred in nine motion pictures with everyone from Woody Allen to Al Pacino to Julia...


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...


Smoke on the Water

by Dave Thompson & Scott Thomas Ecw Press (August 20, 2004)

It is now 35 years since Deep Purple first came together and today - 14 musicians, 17 albums, and millions of record sales later - the group remains a monster. Smoke on the Water is the first book in more than...


Regis!

by Kathleen Tracy & Robert Priest Ecw Press (December 01, 2000)

The first biography of the host of  Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Live! With Regis - he's the most-watched man on American television. Regis Philbin is short, curmudgeonly, and pure schmaltz. Yet he commands...


David E. Kelley

by Josh Levine, Cary Fagan & Randy Baer and R.D. Reynolds Ecw Press (March 01, 1999)

America's luckiest guy? The real story behind the most important man in the lives of Michelle Pfeiffer and Ally McBeal. I love Ally McBeal, says one female fan. "She's gorgeous, she has a great job, men are...


Jerry Seinfeld

by Josh Levine & Cary Fagan Ecw Press (October 01, 1993)

Jerry Seinfeld is the master of observational humour. Pointing at the small absurdities of daily life, Seinfeld makes his audience laugh with recognition. For many years a stand-up comic, Seinfeld was also the...


Claire Danes

by Richard Crouse Ecw Press (April 01, 2000)

The first biography of the beautiful young star of William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, Brokedown Palace and My So-Called Life (the critically acclaimed television show). Claire Danes may be only twenty years...


Contents Under Pressure

by Martin Popoff & Brian D. Wruk with Terry Ritchie Ecw Press (August 13, 2004)

Contents Under Pressure: 30 Years of Rush at Home & Away is a detailed history of the exhaustive road experience of Canadian rock icons Rush. Celebrating the band's 30th anniversary, By-Tour features in-depth...


The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help

by Amanda Palmer Grand Central Publishing (November 11, 2014)

FOREWORD BY BRENE BROWN and POSTSCRIPT FROM BRAIN PICKINGS CREATOR MARIA POPOVA

Rock star, crowdfunding pioneer, and TED speaker Amanda Palmer knows all about asking. Performing as a living statue in a wedding...


Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: My Life

by Sophia Loren Atria Books (November 04, 2014)

In her first memoir, the Academy Award–winning actress Sophia Loren tells her incredible life story from the struggles of her childhood in war-torn Naples to her life as a screen legend, icon of elegance,...


Is That All There Is?: The Strange Life of Peggy Lee

by James Gavin Atria Books (November 11, 2014)

Praised by the New York Times Book Review as “fascinating, suspenseful, careful, musically detailed, and insightful,” this is a long-overdue biography of recording artist and musical legend Peggy Lee.

Miss...


Hope

by Richard Zoglin Simon & Schuster (November 04, 2014)

“Revelatory…fascinating” (The New York Times): The first definitive biography of Bob Hope, featuring exclusive and extensive reporting that makes the persuasive case that he was the most important entertainer...


The Life of Ian Fleming

by John Pearson Bloomsbury Publishing (December 01, 2011)

It is now over fifty years since the premiere of Dr No, the very first Bond film, with Sean Connery introducing 007 as the glamorous secret agent who would become the single most profitable movie character in...


John Arpin: Keyboard Virtuoso

by Robert Popple Dundurn (April 20, 2009)

Born and raised in Port McNicoll, John Arpin is today regarded as one of Canada's finest keyboard virtuosos, performing at concert halls around the world. This authorized biography is based on extensive research...


That Close

by Suggs Quercus (November 04, 2014)

Suggs is one of pop music's most enduring and likeable figures. Written with the assured style and wit of a natural raconteur, this hugely entertaining and insightful autobiography takes you from his colorful...


Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin

by David Ritz Little, Brown and Company (October 28, 2014)

The definitive biography of the Queen of Soul from acclaimed music writer David Ritz.

Aretha Franklin began life as the golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher. Raised without her mother,...


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...


Brief Encounters

by Dick Cavett & Jimmy Fallon Henry Holt and Co. (October 28, 2014)

Dick Cavett is back, sharing his reflections and reminiscences about Hollywood legends, American cultural icons, and the absurdities of everyday life

In Brief Encounters, the legendary talk show host Dick Cavett...


American Outlaw

by Jesse James Gallery Books (March 15, 2011)

The New York Times bestselling self-portrait of a flawed but determined Jesse James: rebel, outlaw, gearhead, artist, entrepreneur, lost son, and fiercely committed father.

Jesse James is everything you imagined...


From This Moment On

by Shania Twain Atria Books (May 03, 2011)

Now in paperback from superstar Shania Twain, a poignant, heartfelt, and beautifully told account of her hard-scrabble childhood, rise to worldwide fame, and recent personal tragedies.

The world may know Shania...


Dancing with Myself

by Billy Idol Touchstone (October 07, 2014)

A Rolling Stone Top 10 Best Music Books of the Year

“That’s what I’m talking about…Of all these memoirs, Dancing With Myself was the only one that stimulated my envy—made me want to be Billy Idol for...


Santa Claus Is for Real

by Charles Edward Hall & Bret Witter Gallery Books (October 14, 2014)

A heartwarming true-life fable from the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Santa—including his personal journey of discovering the magic of Christmas.

Every year, over a million people attend the Radio City Christmas...


McBusted

by Jennifer Parker Simon & Schuster UK (October 23, 2014)

This is the first book to tell the full inside story of the world's most awesome supergroup, McBUSTED.

McBusted takes an exclusive look at the birth of Busted and McFly, two ground-breaking pop-rock bands who...


Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?

by Mark Zwonitzer & Charles Hirshberg Simon & Schuster (October 14, 2014)

The first major biography of the Carter Family, the musical pioneers who almost single-handedly created the sounds and traditions that grew into modern folk, country, and bluegrass music.

Meticulously researched...