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    They Desire a Better Country/Ils d by Lawrence Scanlan    An Outlaw and a Lady: A Memoir of Music, Life with Waylon, and the Faith that Brought Me Home by Jessi Colter & David Ritz    Captain Fantastic: Elton John's Stellar Trip Through the '70s by Tom Doyle    Spider from Mars: My Life with Bowie by Woody Woodmansey    Syd Kitchen: Scars That Shine by Donve Lee    Change of Seasons: A Memoir by John Oates & Chris Epting    Prince: in the Studio (1975-1995): Volume One by Jake Brown    My Father Wakes Up Laughing: The story of Edward and Janet Simons and their Musical Legacy by Jo Simons    Cork Rock: From Rory Gallagher To The Sultans Of Ping by Mark McAvoy    Her Name Was Dolores: The Jenn I Knew by Pete Salgado & Gabriel V. Aguayo    Whisperin' Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life in Country Music by Bill Anderson & Peter Cooper    Carl Davis: Maestro by Wendy Thompson & Carl Davis    The Beatles Book by Hunter Davies    Nazi rock star: Ian Stuart - Skrewdriver Biography by Paul London    Substance: Inside New Order by Peter Hook    Leo Ornstein: Modernist Dilemmas, Personal Choices by Michael Broyles & Denise Von Glahn    18 and Life on Skid Row: A True Story of Rock, Rage, and Metal by Sebastian Bach    Just Getting Started by Tony Bennett & Scott Simon    Foot Notes by Benjamin Allmon    Hank: The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams by Mark Ribowsky    The Keys: They Don't Want You to Read This Book by DJ Khaled    "Knoxville's 'Merry-Go-Round,' Ciderville and . . . the East TN Country Music Scene" by Ruth White    Somebody to Love: 285 Tips, Tricks, and Recipes by Mark Langthorne & Matt Richards    Testimony: A Memoir by Robbie Robertson    Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo by Sandrine Revel    Bear: The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III by Robert Greenfield    The Legend of George Jones: His Life and Death by Charlene Montgomery & Peanutt Montgomery    David Bowie: The Last Interview by David Bowie    Lennon on Lennon: Conversations with John Lennon by Jeff Burger & Jeff Burger    Smile, You're Traveling: Black Coffee Blues Part 3 by Henry Rollins    A New America: How Music Reshaped the Culture and Future of a Nation and Redefined My Life by Tommy Mottola    Not Dead Yet: The Memoir by Phil Collins    Beatles '66: The Revolutionary Year by Steve Turner    The Life and Songs of Stephen Foster: A Revealing Portrait of the Forgotten Man Behind "Swanee River," "Beautiful Dreamer," and by JoAnne O'Connell    Conversations with McCartney by Paul Du Noyer    All Is Given: A Memoir in Songs by Linda Neil    Swim Through the Darkness: My Search for Craig Smith and the Mystery of Maitreya Kali by Mike Stax    The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology: A Memoir by Thomas Dolby    Playing to Win: The Definitive Biography of John Farnham by Jeff Apter    For Those Tears I Died: The Amazing Story About How One Song Brought Healing to Millions and Birthed Contemporary Christian Musi by Marsha Stevens-Pino    Walking with Legends: Barry Martyn's New Orleans Jazz Odyssey by Mick Burns    Walking with Legends: Barry Martyn's New Orleans Jazz Odyssey by Mick Burns    Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon by Peter Ames Carlin    Traveling Soul: The Life of Curtis Mayfield by Todd Mayfield & Travis Atria    Moscow Nights: The Van Cliburn Story-How One Man and His Piano Transformed the Cold War by Nigel Cliff    Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of an American Guitar Hero by Ed Ward & Billy Gibbons    THE ABC of 1-2-3: The True Story by Billy Ritchie    THE GREATEST BAND YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF: How 1-2-3 changed the Face of Music by Paul Revill    Experiencing Schumann: A Listener's Companion by Donald Sanders    Glinka by M. Montagu Nathan

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Confessions of a Marijuana Eater: A Songwriter's Memoir

Bobby Gosh

Confessions of a Marijuana Eater: A Songwriter's Memoir by Bobby GoshSongwriter Bobby Gosh's memoir Confessions of a Marijuana Eater is part biography, popular music history, personal philosophy, and of course, public acknowledgement of his career-spanning use of marijuana/cannabis. By 1952, when Gosh started touring, using marijuana was not something one publicized. The Federal Bureau of Narcotics called it the "devil weed and intended to round up musicians who played "bad" music - jazz - on marijuana charges; the exploitative film "Reefer Madness" was on the circuit through the 1940s and '50s, and cannabis use was criminalized and mandatory minimum sentences...
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Sick On You: The Disastrous Story of The Hollywood Brats, the Greatest Band You've Never Heard Of

Andrew Matheson

Sick On You: The Disastrous Story of The Hollywood Brats, the Greatest Band You've Never Heard Of by Andrew MathesonMOJO magazine
2016 / 7 / 17
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Summary of Bare Bones: by Bobby Bones | Includes Analysis

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In his memoir Bare Bones: I'm Not Lonely If You're Reading This Book, country music radio personality Bobby Bones, whose birth name is Bobby Estell, looks back on his life so far. Bobby, who was 36 at the time of its 2016 publication, reflects on his successful and storied career, which has spanned three radio stations. He also explains how his difficult childhood has had an ambivalent legacy in his adult life: it has fueled his near-superhuman work ethic and severely stunted his personal relationships.

Bobby was raised by his mother...

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A Cole Porter Companion

Don M. Randel

A Cole Porter Companion by Don M. RandelBirds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it--go ahead, do it, read about Cole Porter
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Never Say No To A Rock Star: In the Studio with Dylan, Sinatra, Jagger and More...

Glenn Berger

Never Say No To A Rock Star: In the Studio with Dylan, Sinatra, Jagger and More... by Glenn BergerIn 1974, at the age of seventeen, author Glenn Berger served as "schlepper" and apprentice to the legendary recording engineer, Phil Ramone, at New York City's A&R Studios. He was witness to music history on an almost daily and nightly basis as pop and rock icons such as Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Frank Sinatra, Burt Bacharach, Bette Midler, and James Brown performed their hit-making magic, honed their sound, strutted their stuff, bared their souls, and threw epic tantrums. In this memoir, full of revelatory and previously unknown anecdotal observations of these musical giants, Glenn...
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Singing In My Own Key: A Vocalist's Triumph Over Stroke

Valerie L. Giglio

Singing In My Own Key: A Vocalist's Triumph Over Stroke by Valerie L. Giglio

At forty-two years old, Valerie Giglio was heading for an even brighter future as both a successful lawyer and professional vocalist with two CDs to her name, when out of nowhere, she suffered a brain stem stroke that ravaged her life and caused her world to spin out of control. Completely paralyzed on one side, confined to a wheelchair, her singing voice stolen from her at the height of her career, Valerie was devastated. But with fierce determination and fortitude, and the support of her loving family and a wonderful healthcare team, Valerie faced down every setback and obstacle in her path....

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83 Minutes: The Doctor, the Damage, and the Shocking Death of Michael Jackson

Matt Richards

83 Minutes: The Doctor, the Damage, and the Shocking Death of Michael Jackson by Matt Richards

A definitive look at Michael Jackson's final minutes, revealing for the first time the shocking details behind the tragic death of one of the world's biggest pop stars.

On June 25th, 2009, the world was rocked by the tragic news that Michael Jackson

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Kanye West Owes Me $300: And Other True Stories from a White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big

Jensen Karp

Kanye West Owes Me $300: And Other True Stories from a White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big by Jensen Karp

After Vanilla Ice, but before Eminem, there was "Hot Karl," the Jewish kid from the L.A. suburbs who became a rap battling legend??"and then almost became a star.

When 12-year old Jensen Karp got his first taste of rapping for crowds at his friend's bar mitzvah in 1991, little did he know that he was taking his first step on a crazy journey??"one that would end with a failed million-dollar recording and publishing deal with Interscope Records when he was only 19. Now, in Kanye West Owes Me $300, Karp finally tells the true story of his wild ride as "Hot Karl," the most famous white rapper you've...

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Summary of It's a Long Story: by Willie Nelson | Includes Analysis

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It??s a Long Story: My Life is country singer Willie Nelson??s memoir. The book chronicles his life as a musician, songwriter, and social activist and delves into his turbulent personal life and internal emotional struggles.

On April 29, 1933 in Abbott, Texas, Willie Nelson was born to Ira and Myrle Nelson, a fiddler and singer respectively, two years after his sister, Bobbie. Willie??s parents divorced when Willie was six months old. They left he and Bobbie, or as Willie refers to her, Sister Bobbie, in the care of their grandparents,...

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Fleetwood Mac on Fleetwood Mac: Interviews and Encounters

Sean Egan

Fleetwood Mac on Fleetwood Mac: Interviews and Encounters by Sean EganFleetwood Mac was a triumph from the beginning-their first album was the UK's bestselling album of 1968. After some low points-when founder Peter Green left, some fans felt that the band continuing was sacrilege-Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined, and the band's 1977 album Rumours became one of history's immortals, a true classic that remained in the charts for years and public affection forever.  In the press, the ethereal Californian Stevie Nicks, the tormented rocker Lindsey Buckingham, the dignified English rose Christine McVie, the blunt-speaking John McVie, and the loquacious...
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Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines: The Life and Music of James Taylor

Mark Ribowsky

Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines: The Life and Music of James Taylor by Mark RibowskyIn 1970 a scraggly, antiheroic young man from North Carolina by way of Massachusetts began  presenting a comforting new sound, a kind never heard before. Within a year, when young ears sought a new sound, there was "Fire and Rain" and "You've Got a Friend," and a new Southern California-fed branch of pop music. Taylor was its reluctant leader. Remarkably, Taylor has survived: his 2015 release, Before This World, edged out Taylor Swift and went to #1 on the charts. Today he is in better physical and probably mental condition than during the whirlwind when he influenced music so heavily, the...
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Together Through Life: A Personal Journey with the Music of Bob Dylan

Chris Morris

Together Through Life: A Personal Journey with the Music of Bob Dylan by Chris Morris

Veteran journalist and critic Chris Morris looks back at his intense half-century-long relationship with the music of Bob Dylan, viewing the role the singer-songwriter??s work has played in his own life. A candid album-by-album exploration of Dylan??s catalog through 2016??s “Fallen Angels” examines the powerful personal impact of the musician??s art.

In 2013, Morris ??" the former music editor of The Hollywood Reporter and a longtime senior writer at Billboard ??" hit a psychological roadblock as he worked on his book Los Lobos: Dream in Blue (ultimately published in 2015 by the University...

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With My Eyes Wide Open: Miracles and Mistakes on My Way Back to KoRn

Brian "Head" Welch

With My Eyes Wide Open: Miracles and Mistakes on My Way Back to KoRn by Brian "Head" WelchThe lead guitarist of Grammy Award-winning mega-band KoRn tells the incredible story of his life after leaving the hardcore music scene and of God leading him back to the band.
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Foggy Mountain Troubadour: The Life and Music of Curly Seckler

Penny Parsons

Foggy Mountain Troubadour: The Life and Music of Curly Seckler by Penny ParsonsThe bluegrass legend's road from Carolina cotton fields to Nashville Grass
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My Life with Wagner: Fairies, Rings, and Redemption: Exploring Opera's Most Enigmatic Composer

Christian Thielemann

My Life with Wagner: Fairies, Rings, and Redemption: Exploring Opera's Most Enigmatic Composer by Christian Thielemann

One of today's most outstanding conductors, Christian Thielemann, composes a brilliant account of the great??"and controversial??"Richard Wagner.

Over a distinguished career conducting some of the world's finest orchestras, Christian Thielemann has earned a reputation as the leading modern interpreter of Richard Wagner.

My Life with Wagner chronicles his ardent personal and professional engagement with the great composer, whose work has shaped his thinking and feeling from early childhood. Thielemann retraces his journey around the world with Wagner??"from Berlin to Bayreuth via Venice, Hamburg,...

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Stick It! My Life of Sex, Drums, and Rock 'n' Roll

Carmine Appice & Ian Gittins & Rod Stewart

Stick It! My Life of Sex, Drums, and Rock 'n' Roll by Carmine Appice & Ian Gittins & Rod StewartCarmine Appice has enjoyed a jaw-dropping rock-and-roll life-and now he is telling his scarcely believable story. Appice ran with teenage gangs in Brooklyn before becoming a global rock star in the Summer of Love, managed by the Mob. He hung with Hendrix, unwittingly paid for an unknown Led Zeppelin to support him on tour, taught John Bonham to play drums (and helped Fred Astaire too), and took part in Zeppelin's infamous deflowering of a groupie with a mud shark. After enrolling in Rod Stewart's infamous Sex Police, he hung out with Kojak, accidentally shared a house with Prince, was blood...
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Porcelain: A Memoir

Moby

Porcelain: A Memoir by MobyFrom one of the most interesting and iconic musicians of our time, a piercingly tender, funny, and harrowing account of the path from suburban poverty and alienation to a life of beauty, squalor, and unlikely success out of the NYC club scene of the late '80s and '90s.

There were many reasons Moby was never going to make it as a DJ and musician in the New York club scene. This was the New York of Palladium; of Mars, Limelight, and Twilo; of unchecked, drug-fueled hedonism in pumping clubs where dance music was still largely underground, popular chiefly among working-class African Americans and...

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Prince: A Thief in the Temple

Brian Morton

Prince: A Thief in the Temple by Brian MortonPrince Rogers Nelson released his first album in 1978. In the years that followed until his death in April 2016, he became a superstar, a recluse, an inspiration, an enigma, a slave and a symbol. He was a master of reinvention, but the one constant in his astonishing career was his genius: as a singer, a songwriter, a performer and a musician. He sold more than 100 million albums, won seven Grammys, a Golden Globe and an Oscar. His ability to fuse styles and genres made him one of the most unique, influential and beloved artists in music history. In Prince: A Thief in the Temple, acclaimed journalist...
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Bobby Rydell: Teen Idol On The Rocks: A Tale of Second Chances

Bobby Rydell & Allan Slutsky

Bobby Rydell: Teen Idol On The Rocks: A Tale of Second Chances by Bobby Rydell & Allan Slutsky

At seventeen, Bobby Rydell was the face of American Bandstand ??" the kid from Italian South Philly with the smoothest voice, the highest pompadour, and the sweetest smile. And there were those hits: “Wild One,” “Volare,” and “Forget Him,” to name a few. He was far more than just a teen idol. Bobby??s voice and boy next door charm earned him a spot singing, acting, and dancing with Ann-Margret in the film adaptation of the hit musical comedy, Bye Bye Birdie. His comedic talents made him a nighttime fixture during the golden age of TV variety shows, and his phrasing and musicianship...

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It's All About Him: Finding the Love of My Life

Denise Jackson & Ellen Vaughn

It's All About Him: Finding the Love of My Life by Denise Jackson & Ellen VaughnWritten by Denise Jackson, with co-writer Ellen Vaughn, this inspirational book gives the reader an all-access look into one of country music's most famous couples: their love story, struggles, dreams, success, the near-failure of their marriage, and the rediscovery of their faith and how that has dramatically shaped their lives.
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