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    Never Say No To A Rock Star: In the Studio with Dylan, Sinatra, Jagger and More... by Glenn Berger    Giacomo Puccini and His World by Arman Schwartz    Singing In My Own Key: A Vocalist's Triumph Over Stroke by Valerie L. Giglio    83 Minutes: The Doctor, the Damage, and the Shocking Death of Michael Jackson by Matt Richards    Kanye West Owes Me $300: And Other True Stories from a White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big by Jensen Karp    Summary of It's a Long Story: by Willie Nelson | Includes Analysis by Instaread Summaries    Fleetwood Mac on Fleetwood Mac: Interviews and Encounters by Sean Egan    Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines: The Life and Music of James Taylor by Mark Ribowsky    Together Through Life: A Personal Journey with the Music of Bob Dylan by Chris Morris    With My Eyes Wide Open: Miracles and Mistakes on My Way Back to KoRn by Brian "Head" Welch    Foggy Mountain Troubadour: The Life and Music of Curly Seckler by Penny Parsons    My Life with Wagner: Fairies, Rings, and Redemption: Exploring Opera's Most Enigmatic Composer by Christian Thielemann    Stick It! My Life of Sex, Drums, and Rock 'n' Roll by Carmine Appice & Ian Gittins & Rod Stewart    Porcelain: A Memoir by Moby    Prince: A Thief in the Temple by Brian Morton    Bobby Rydell: Teen Idol On The Rocks: A Tale of Second Chances by Bobby Rydell & Allan Slutsky    It's All About Him: Finding the Love of My Life by Denise Jackson & Ellen Vaughn    Palaces of Memory by Diane Thome    Confessions of a Marijuana Eater: A Songwriter's Memoir by Bobby Gosh    Introducing Wagner: A Graphic Guide by Michael White & Kevin Scott    It's a Long Story by Willie Nelson | Summary & Analysis: My Life by Instaread    The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones by Rich Cohen    Tom Jones: An Extraordinary Life by Gwen Russell    Queen Unseen: My Life with the Greatest Rock Band of the 20th Century by Peter Hince    Damon Albarn: Blur, Gorillaz and Other Fables by Martin Roach & David Nolan    Dave Grohl: Times Like His by Martin James    Cobain on Cobain: Interviews and Encounters by Nick Soulsby    You Me At Six: Never Hold an Underdog Down by Neil Daniels    Jake Bugg: The Biography by David Nolan    Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela by Hugh Masikela    Dean Dixon: Negro at Home, Maestro Abroad by Rufus Jones Jr.    American Luthier: Carleen Hutchins-the Art and Science of the Violin by Quincy Whitney    Old Records Never Die: One Man's Quest for His Vinyl and His Past by Eric Spitznagel    Delta Lady by Rita Coolidge & Michael Walker    Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul by James McBride    The Grand Tour: The Life and Music of George Jones by Rich Kienzle    Words of Our Mouth, Meditations of Our Heart: Pioneering Musicians of Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, and Dancehall by Kenneth Bilby    JOYRIDE: A Beginning In Every End by Frank Hart    Angel with Drumsticks: The rock that shook the foundations of the Vatican by Pamela King    Mac Wiseman: All My Memories Fit For Print by Walt Trott    Living Like a Runaway: A Memoir by Lita Ford    My Broken Pieces: Mending the Wounds From Sexual Abuse Through Faith, Family and Love by Rosie Rivera    Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: A Life In Music by Dave Stewart    Liar: A Memoir by Rob Roberge    What Happened, Miss Simone? A Biography by Alan Light    Loving Amy: A Mother's Story by Janis Winehouse    Harry T. Burleigh: From the Spiritual to the Harlem Renaissance by Jean E. Snyder    Really the Blues by Mezz Mezzrow & Bernard Wolfe    The Road Beneath My Feet by Frank Turner    Kent Finlay, Dreamer: The Musical Legacy behind Cheatham Street Warehouse by Brian T. Atkinson & Jenni Finlay

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Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia

Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia by Adam LernerMark Mothersbaugh is a legendary figure for fans of both street art and music culture. Cofounder of the seminal New Wave band DEVO, he was a prolific visual artist before the band's inception moving seamlessly between multiple mediums creating bold, cartoonish, strangely disturbed works of pop surrealism that playfully explore the relationship between technology and individuality. In the most comprehensive presentation of his work to date, Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia features a lifetime of his creative inventions from the beginning of his artistic career in the 1970s to his most recent work, including...
Adam Lerner29 Nov 2014$40.00

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Dirty Blvd.: The Life and Music of Lou Reed

Dirty Blvd.: The Life and Music of Lou Reed by Aidan LevyA tremendously insightful biography of the man who helmed the Velvet Underground and single-handedly created alternative rock

This book covers not only the highlights of Reed's career, but explores lesser-known facets of his work, such as his first recordings with doo-wop group the Jades, his key literary influences, the impact of Judaism upon his work, and his engagement with the LGBT movement. Drawing from original interviews with many of his artistic collaborators, friends, and romantic partners, as well as from archival material, concert footage, and unreleased bootlegs of live performances,...

Aidan Levy8 Nov 2015$26.99

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Backstage Passes & Backstabbing Bastards

Backstage Passes & Backstabbing Bastards by Al KooperÊA rock 'n roll classic back in print updated and revised.ÊÞOne of the funniest rock memoirs ever Al Kooper's legendary ÊBackstage PassesÊ is available again] Al's quirkly life from would'be teenage rocker to crashing Bob Dylan's recording sessi
Al Kooper11 Jan 2013$19.99

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Monsieur de Saint-George: "The American"

Monsieur de Saint-George: "The American" by Alain Gu?d

The first full biography of one of the greatest figures of eighteenth-century Europe, known in his time as the "Black Mozart"

Virtually forgotten until now, his life is the stuff of legend. Born in 1739 in Guadeloupe to a slave mother and a French noble father, he became the finest swordsman of his age, an insider at the doomed court of Louis XVI, and, most of all, a virtuosic musician. A violinist, he directed the Olympic Society of Concerts, which was considered the finest in Europe in an age of great musicians, including Haydn, from whom he commissioned a symphony, and Mozart, to whom he was...

Alain Gu?d6 Jul 2015$8.99

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Lightnin' Hopkins: His Life and Blues

Lightnin' Hopkins: His Life and Blues by Alan GovenarBased on scores of interviews with the artist's relatives, friends, lovers, producers, accompanists, managers, and fans, this brilliant biography reveals a man of many layers and contradictions. Following the journey of a musician who left his family's poor cotton farm at age eight carrying only a guitar, the book chronicles his life on the open road playing blues music and doing odd jobs. It debunks the myths surrounding his meetings with Blind Lemon Jefferson and Texas Alexander, his time on a chain gang, his relationships with women, and his lifelong appetite for gambling and drinking. This volume...
Alan Govenar18 May 2010$23.99

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What Happened, Miss Simone? A Biography

What Happened, Miss Simone? A Biography by Alan Light

Inspired by the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?, an intimate and vivid look at the legendary life of Nina Simone, the classically trained pianist who evolved into a chart-topping chanteuse and committed civil rights activist.

From music journalist and former Spin and Vibe editor-in-chief Alan Light comes a biography of incandescent soul singer and Black Power icon Nina Simone, one of the most influential, provocative, and least understood artists of our time. Drawn from a trove of rare archival footage, audio recordings and interviews (including Simone's...

Alan Light16 Feb 2016$26.00

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One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band

One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band by Alan Paul

A New York Times Best seller!

One Way Out is the powerful biography of The Allman Brothers Band, an oral history written with the band's participation and filled with original, never-before-published interviews as well as personal letters and correspondence. This is the most in-depth look at a legendary American rock band that has meant so much to so many for so long.

For twenty-five years, Alan Paul has covered and written about The Allman Brothers Band, conducting hundreds of interviews, riding the buses with them, attending rehearsals and countless shows. He has interviewed every living band...

Alan Paul27 May 2015$18.99

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Franz Liszt, Volume 1: The Virtuoso Years: 1811-1847

Franz Liszt, Volume 1: The Virtuoso Years: 1811-1847 by Alan WalkerFranz Liszt--child prodigy, virtuoso pianist, co-founder with Chopin and Schumann of the Romantic movement in music--has been the subject of literally hundreds of biographies, but it is only in the last few decades that the importance of Liszt the composer, as opposed to Liszt the Romantic hero, has been recognized. This new perspective has created the need for a fresh, full-scale approach, biographical and critical, to the evaluation of the man and his music.

For more than ten years Alan Walker, a leading authority on nineteenth-century music and the author of important studies of Chopin and...

Alan Walker29 Oct 2014$39.95

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Franz Liszt, Volume 2: The Weimar Years: 1848-1861

Franz Liszt, Volume 2: The Weimar Years: 1848-1861 by Alan WalkerThe second volume in Alan Walker's magisterial biography of Franz Liszt.

"You can't help but keep turning the pages, wondering how it will all turn out: and Walker's accumulated readings of Liszt's music have to be taken seriously indeed."-D. Kern Holoman, New York Review of Books

"A conscientious scholar passionate about his subject. Mr. Walker makes the man and his age come to life. These three volumes will be the definitive work to which all subsequent Liszt biographies will aspire."-Harold C. Schonberg, Wall Street Journal

"What distinguishes Walker from Liszt's dozens of earlier biographers...

Alan Walker3 Nov 2014$39.95

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Franz Liszt, Volume 3: The Final Years: 1861-1886

Franz Liszt, Volume 3: The Final Years: 1861-1886 by Alan WalkerThe third volume in Alan Walker's magisterial biography of Franz Liszt.

"You can't help but keep turning the pages, wondering how it will all turn out: and Walker's accumulated readings of Liszt's music have to be taken seriously indeed."-D. Kern Holoman, New York Review of Books

"A conscientious scholar passionate about his subject. Mr. Walker makes the man and his age come to life. These three volumes will be the definitive work to which all subsequent Liszt biographies will aspire."-Harold C. Schonberg, Wall Street Journal

"What distinguishes Walker from Liszt's dozens of earlier biographers...

Alan Walker3 Nov 2014$50.00

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The Pilgrim Jubilees

The Pilgrim Jubilees by Alan Young

In 1960, four young men went into a Chicago recording studio and revolutionized the sound of African American gospel music. When they made that groundbreaking recording, the Pilgrim Jubilees had been singing together for more than ten years. Today they are still singing, and they are still at the forefront of gospel music.

The Pilgrim Jubilees is their story, told in their words. From their beginnings in rural Houston, Mississippi, through the good times and the hard times of more than half a century traveling the "gospel highway" they have played a pivotal role in shaping an entire musical genre....

Alan Young19 Jul 2013$115.00

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The Protest Singer

The Protest Singer by Alec WilkinsonAlec Wilkinson began writing for The New Yorker in 1980. Before that, he was a policeman in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and before that a rock-and-roll musician. He has published eight other books—two memoirs, two collections of essays, two biographical portraits, and two pieces of reporting. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lyndhurst Prize, and a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.

Alec Wilkinson1 May 2009$15.00

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Don Andres and Paquita: The Life of Segovia in Montevideo

Don Andres and Paquita: The Life of Segovia in Montevideo by Alfredo Escande(Amadeus). This heartbreaking tale uncovers a mystery in the life of one of the most important personalities of the twentieth century, guitarist Andres Segovia (1893-1987). He married the widowed Paquita Madriguera (1900-1965), famous child prodigy pianist and prized student of Enrique Granados, in 1935 as his international career was blossoming. They fled their native Spain under death threats when the Spanish Civil War erupted in 1936 and began an odyssey that landed them in the Uruguayan capital. Segovia's support for the fascist Franco resulted in his banishment from the lucrative American...
Alfredo Escande16 Sep 2012$34.99

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Violence Girl

Violence Girl by Alice BagThe birth of the 1970's punk movement as seen through the eyes of Chicana feminist and punk musician Alice Bag.
Alice Bag5 Dec 2011$17.95

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Rock Chicks: The Hottest Female Rockers from the 1960s to Now

Rock Chicks: The Hottest Female Rockers from the 1960s to Now by Alison Stieven-Taylor

With profiles on hottest rock 'n' roll women spanning from the 1960s to current times, this book has everything there is to know about the most rockin' chicks in history—from Janis Joplin and Suzi Quatro to Courtney Love and Pink

With perceptive biographies and in-depth music critiques, this is an up-close and personal look at the experiences, adventures, and musical passions of these extraordinary and talented women whose wild vocals and on-stage antics have made them rock 'n' roll legends. Through personal heartaches, drug addictions, public humiliations, and private nightmares, these rock...

Alison Stieven-Taylor14 Jun 2012$11.99

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With the Beatles

With the Beatles by Alistair TaylorMillions of words have been written about the Beatles, but nobody knew them quite like Alistair Taylor. Originally published as A Secret History, this is a unique insider portrait of the Fab Four Look at the first contract with Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, and you will see only one other name—Alistair Taylor's. By the band's side from the very beginning, he beheld the inception and growth of the most extraordinary musical phenomenon of the last century. He witnessed the fun, the high life, the adulation, and the music. But he was also there when things started to go wrong: when George Harrison...
Alistair Taylor1 Sep 2015$9.99

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No Authority

No Authority by Alix StraussThe guys of No Authority have a pretty cool job. They get to do what they love (sing and perform) all the time. They get to work alongside their best buds (each other). And they have a pretty cool boss (Michael Jackson). Plus, with their sweet, slammin' music and super-hot good looks, these boys have throngs of screaming girls chasing them everywhere they go. Not bad for a boy band of four teenagers from Cali! Now find out what goes on off-state and behind the scenes, their plans for the future, their favorite things to do, and the kind of girls they think are fine!
Alix Strauss29 May 2015$8.99

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Nileism by Allan BrownA book about the most emotionally articulate group to emerge from Glasgow by one of the city's most mischievously eloquent writers is cause for celebration' - The Herald 'A comprehensive and compelling read' - The List 'An insightful and enthralling peek into the world of one of the greatest acts of the modern era' - Evening Herald Ireland 2011 sees the 30th anniversary of The Blue Nile's first work together. Four albums – containing a total of just 33 songs – have followed since. Yet scarcity has served only to intensify love for the band's intensely romantic songs. Reclusive and enigmatic,...
Allan Brown1 Sep 2011$12.51

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Leonard Bernstein: An American Musician

Leonard Bernstein: An American Musician by Allen ShawnLeonard Bernstein stood at the epicenter of twentieth-century American musical life. His creative gifts knew no boundaries as he moved easily from the podium, to the piano, to television with his nationally celebrated Young People's Concerts, which introduced an entire generation to the joy of classical music. In this fascinating new biography, the breadth of Bernstein's musical composition is explored, through the spectacular range of music he composed-from West Side Story to Kaddish to A Quiet Place and beyond-and through his intensely public role as an internationally celebrated conductor....
Allen Shawn1 Sep 2014$25.00

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Fats Waller

Fats Waller by Alyn ShiptonFats Waller (1904-1943) was an outsize man in all respects: five feet, eleven inches tall, he weighed 285 pounds. The greatest of the Harlem "stride" pianists, he composed hundreds of songs, he led a band that made over 400 recordings, and he wrote several Broadway shows. Waller's gargantuan appetites have been celebrated in anecdotes and earlier biographies. He is seen by jazz historians as a man of immense musical talent that was never fulfilled. In this fully revised and updated biography of Waller, Alyn Shipton re-examines his career, arguing that his talents as a songwriter, show composer,...
Alyn Shipton14 Jun 2014$23.99

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