Music

bluegrass, newgrass, old-time, & americana music

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"A great introduction to one of America’s greatest cultural legacies."

 Mark Rubin, founder of the Bad Livers 

lighters in the sky: The All-Time Greatest Concerts, 1960-2016

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"A great way to travel back and vicariously live these shows."

Consequence of Sound magazine

new york rock: From the Rise of The Velvet Underground to the Fall of CBGB

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"The ultimate illustrated account of Rock's role in New York City."

Chris Frantz, drummer of Talking Heads

lost rockers: The Rediscovery of Great Forgotten Musicians

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A book about those musicians who at one point in time were on the verge of success but never quite “made it.”  

heartbeat, warble, & the electric powwow: American Indian Music

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 “An evocative snapshot of the musical landscape of Native North America.”

Philip J. Deloris, author of Playing Indian 

Noise of the world: Non-Western Musicians in Their Own Words

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Captures the world music scene through the eyes of the musicians who create it, all in their own words. 


Music

louder than hell: the definitive oral history of metal

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"I’m not saying this just because I’m in the book... If you love metal, great stories, and music history told by the people who made it, then Louder Than Hell is a must-read."
Alice Cooper, singer and songwriter

rock & roll cage match: Music's Greatest Rivalries, Decided

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"Sure to start more arguments than it settles, this is a fun book for music fans with a broad palette."

Publishers Weekly

Spin: greatest hits

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"I still remember our first SPIN cover, and even now it seems pretty surreal. SPIN has always captured artists in the most creative and ambitious way, and we love that we are part of that tradition."
Gerard Way, lead vocalist of My Chemical Romance 

gimme something better: The Profound, Progressive, & Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk

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"Jack Boulware and Silke Tudor have managed to document punk without getting it wrong—which puts them in a class of about one percent of the writers on the subject.”
Jess Michaels, vocalist for Operation Ivy 

making music videos: Everything you Need to Know from the Best in the Business

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Veteran music video director Lara M. Schwartz has compiled everything you need to know to turn a simple visual concept for a song into a professional video. 

battle of the band names: The Best & Worst Band Names Ever

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From the ridiculous to the sublime and frequently back to the ridiculous, this highly designed and thoroughly obsessive book travels through fifty years of music history.


Music

turning points in rock & roll

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From Elvis’s swiveling hips to Mick Jagger’s pouting lips, it’s all here—the people and events that have kept rock and roll vibrant, vital, and constantly evolving. 

merle haggard: the lyrics

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 “The body of work Haggard has created is stunning in its stylistic range, historical resonance, and flinty observations on the forces that bring people together and then tear them apart.”

Rolling Stone

body piercing saved my life: Inside the Phenomenon of Christian Rock

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"[Beaujon is] never condescending to his subjects... making for a refreshingly unbiased view of a subject that many jaded journalists would find easy to mock.”
Kirkus Reviews

accidental revolution: the story of grunge

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 "The way Kyle Anderson writes about grunge mirrors how the music sounded in 1993: humor within seriousness, heaviness within distortion, enthusiasm within detachment."
Check Klosterman, author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs 

dirty little secrets of the record business: Why So Much Music You Hear Sucks

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"This is the book that any one who once did time in the music business wish we had written."
Hugo Burnham, former major-label A&R executive 

the pocket dj

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 "[Lewitinn] has more power than any print music critic.”
New York Magazine 


Music

the show i'll never forget: 50 Writers Relive Their Most Memorable Concertgoing Experience

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"This work is highly recommended and is essential for any public or academic library with a popular music collection.”   

Library Journal 

Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright: the bob marley reader

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"This collection is a great read for casual readers and longtime fans.”
Library Journal 

nothing feels good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, & Emo

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"It’s Catcher in the Rye with guitars.”
Blender magazine 

pocket karaoke

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"You can pick songs by artist, genre, or occasion, but my favorite section is definitely 'Song Lists by Celebrities.' Is one of Patrick Stump's (Fall Out Boy) favorite songs really 'I Believe I Can Fly'?"

 Adrienne So, Wired

johnny cash: the songs

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“Don Cusic gives an outstanding perspective on American icon Johnny Cash, blending the artist's life, the background to his music, and the history of his albums.”
J.A. Kaszuba Locke, Bookloons 

spin: 20 years of alternative msuic

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“Offers a valuable overview of the last 20 years of music and some pop culture in short, digestible segments, like an encyclopedia with a sarcastic sense of humor.”
Heather Kuldell, Creative Loafing Atlanta 


Music

outlaw: Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson & the Renegades of Nashville

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"A biting, in-depth chronicle of Nashville’s most tumultuous era told through the voices of iconic artists who used their music to accomplish significant changes in the music industry."
Kirkus Reviews 

hank: The Short Life & Long Country Road of Hank Williams

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"It's not every 29-year-old who can pack enough into a life to warrant a 500-page biography―and a good one at that.”
Kirkus Reviews 

sweet dreams & flying machines: The Life & Music of James Taylor

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"Ribowsky artfully chronicles Taylor's life... offers a rich and nuanced portrait." 

BookPage 

whiskey bottles & brand-new cars: The Fast Life & Sudden Death of Lynyrd Skynyrd

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 Placing the music and personae of Skynyrd into a broad cultural context, this book gives a new perspective to a history of stage fights, motel-room destructions, cunning business deals, and brilliant studio productions 

dreams to remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records, & the Transformation of Southern Soul

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 A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year (Nonfiction), and a Finalist for the Marfield Prize (also known as the National Award for Arts Writing).

jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue

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"Combining biography with cultural history, Jagger unfolds like a captivating documentary."

Amazon


Music

buck owens: the biography

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"Sisk captures the real Buck. I knew him. I experienced the weird weaknesses... [Sisk] has the guts, she has the 'perfect subject,' and she's overstocked with talent. Her book is dynamite—a masterpiece, a sure-fire winner."  

Bill Mack, host of Country Crossroads 

captain beefheart: the biography

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“Barnes gets the story, and with the full participation of those brave musicians who attempted to interpret Beefheart's sometimes otherworldly methodology.” 

The Times 

honky tonk angel: the intimate story of patsy cline

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"Done with great respect and humor and just enough down-and-dirty detail." 

New York Daily News 

cat power: a good woman

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"A story of a whimsical, sorrowed protagonist, who is so astounding in her self-destruction she could be mistaken for a fiction of Goodman’s imagination or a female Cobain."

Jenn Laidlaw, The Snipe

willie nelson: an epic life

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"Writing with an affectionate country twang, Patoski gives his subject the consideration he deserves in a fine, fluid piece of storytelling that any Nelson fan will appreciate."

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

nobody likes you: inside the turbulent life, times, & music of green day

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The full story of the rise and spectacular comeback of the band hailed as the saviors of punk rock and the next U2.


Music

billy joel: the life & times of an angry young man

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An in-depth look at "the piano man," starting with his lower-middle-class childhood and progressing through his years as a gang member, boxer, and working musician. 

dr. dre: the biography

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"Its breezy writing and well-researched chronology places the life of one Hip-Hop’s fabulous beatsmiths in crystal clear perspective."

All Hip Hop

johnny cash: the biography

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"An exemplary music bio for fans of the man, the music or the genre."

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

jackson browne: his life & music

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Gritty, passionate, and totally comprehensive, Jackson Browne is nothing less than a guided tour of rock's most prolific years with one of its most complex artists.

bowie: a biography

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"Inspired, edge-worn, loud, quiet, observant, humble, gorgeous, and humane. If the record business loved music as much as Marc Spitz does, there would still be a record business.” 

Dan Kennedy, author of Rock On: An Office Power Ballad 

Bad Moon Rising: The Unauthorized History of Creedence Clearwater Revival

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"Bordowitz’s recounting of all the acrimony is well detailed and not too hyperbolic. This is a must read for CCR-philes."  

Booklist 


Music

black tooth grin: The High Life, Good Times, & Tragic End of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott

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 “Chronicle[s] Abbot’s life and career with careful detail and just the right amount of appreciation.” 

Dallas Morning News

always been there: rosanne cash, the list, & the spirit of southern music

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“Intimate, illuminating narrative [with] a satisfying sense of history that should please any fan of modern American music.” 

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

lay down your weary tune: a novel

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 “[Belcher's] ability to paint clear pictures of the people and locations make[s] this story worth reading. But his taking his writing one step further and probing into the soul of his main character is the real attraction.”

The New York Journal of Books 

rockin' the bronx: a novel

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"A tremendous rock n roll saga... [Kirwan's] lovingly rendered portrait of American and Irish social and political realities in the 1980s is both brutal and magical." 

Library Journal  

black dogs: the possibly true story of classic rock's greatest robbery

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"What's important here are the quirky characters, the snarky Elmore-Leonard-meets-Lester-Bangs attitude, the goofball atmosphere and, most vitally, a heartfelt affection for all that rocks."

Kirkus Reviews

too much too late: a novel

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"A fast and funny read."

Booklist


Music

miss misery: a novel

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"Equal parts metaphysical conundrum, roman à clef, and page-turning thriller... [Greenwald is] the Bret Easton Ellis of the blogosphere." 

Paste magazine 

sonic cool: The Life & Death of Rock'n'roll

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"A solid choice for pop-music collections." 

Booklist

through the wire: lyrics & illuminations

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"By interweaving picture with song, Through The Wire illustrates a remarkable timeline of Kanye's journey, undoubtedly providing readers the most vivid analysis of Kanye's life and lyrics to date." 

Radio Facts 

wish you were here: an essential guide to your favorite music scenes

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“The selection of indie music–centric cities is spot-on… Simon’s text is knowledgeable… the book serves as a helpful jumping-off point for readers looking to learn more.” 

Publishers Weekly

i'm the man: the story of that guy from anthrax

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"I'm The Man will please Anthrax fans. It will also please music fans who maybe don't know so much about Anthrax. The passion behind his band, perseverance over numerous hardships, and the ability to recount tales gone by with an often humorous stilt makes for an entertaining read.” 

Lithium Magazine

ministry: the lost gospels according to al jourgensen

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 “Even if you are not a fan of the music this is still a compulsive read… This really is not far off from the sort of biographical great American novels told by the likes of... Jack Kerouac and Charles Bukowski… An absolute gem and a real treat of a book.”

Caught in the Carousel music blog


Music

poseur: a memoir of downtown new york in the '90s

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 “A fun read…[with] amusing behind-the-scenes anecdotes.” 

Blurt.com

Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!: My Adventures in The Alice Cooper Group

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 “An informative, entertaining, and surprisingly cheerful work. The pacing is fast, the chronology is tight, and the balance of personal, professional, and cultural details is spot-on... Recommended for music historians, children of the 1970s, and, of course, Cooper fans.” 

Library Journal 

Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, & Classical Music

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"A fresh, highly readable and caustic perspective on an overglamorized world."

Publishers Weekly 

fug you: An Informal History of the Peace Eye Bookstore, the Fuck You Press, & the Fugs

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“This brilliant memoir not only chronicles the band's early days, but paints an outrageous, inspiring picture of life among the artistic outlaws of New York's Lower East side in the `60s.”

High Times

under their thumb: How a Nice Boy from Brooklyn Got Mixed Up with the Rolling Stones

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“The epic tale of an obsessive teenager who launched a Rolling Stones fanzine and spent the next two decades capturing the band’s whirlwind metamorphosis from behind the scenes... First-rate, firsthand account of the world’s greatest rock ’n’ roll band, and a disenchanted chronicle of its increasingly crass commercialization.”

Kirkus Reviews