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    A Cole Porter Companion by Don M. Randel    Almost There by Darryl T. Easley    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

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For the Music: The Vince Gill Story

For the Music: The Vince Gill Story by Jo SgammatoTO LOVE MUSIC IS TO LOVE VINCE GILL

His pure tenor voice, amazing guitar playing, and superb songwriting skills have earned Vince Gill eleven Grammies and seventeen Country Music Association Awards--making him the biggest CMA winner of all time. But it's the man behind the music who inspires so much love and devotion from his fans and his peers. Humble, wholesome, funny, and kind, Vince Gill is a superstar with heart--and his numerous volunteer activities raise millions of dollars for charity every year.

From his childhood as the son of a banjo-playing judge in Oklahoma to his roots in Kentucky...

Jo Sgammato8 Jan 2009$15.00

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Before the Legend

Before the Legend by Christopher Farley

Bob Marley was a reggae superstar, a musical prophet who brought the sound of the Third World to the entire globe. Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley goes beyond the myth of Marley to bring you the private side of a man few people ever really knew. Drawing from original interviews with the people closest to Marleyincluding his widow, Rita, his mother, Cedella, his bandmate and childhood friend, Bunny Wailer, his producer Chris Blackwell, and many others—Legend paints an entirely fresh picture of one of the most enduring musical artists of our times.

This is a portrait of an artist as a...

Christopher Farley28 Mar 2009$10.99

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The Facts of Life

The Facts of Life by Willie NelsonIf you had to give America a voice, itÂ's been said more than once, that voice would be Willie NelsonÂ's. For more than fifty years, heÂ's taken the stuff of his life-the good and the bad-and made from it a body of work that has become a permanent part of our musical heritage and kept us company through the good and the bad of our own lives. Long before he became famous as a performer, Willie Nelson was known as a songwriter, keeping his young family afloat by writing songs-like Â"CrazyÂ"-that other people turned into hits. So itÂ's fitting, and cause for celebration, that he has finally...
Willie Nelson28 Mar 2009$15.00

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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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Tori Amos: Piece by Piece

Tori Amos: Piece by Piece by Tori AmosFrom her critically acclaimed 1992 debut, Little Earthquakes, to the recent hit, Scarlet's Walk, Tori Amos has been a formidable force in contemporary music, with one of the most dedicated fan bases in the industry. In Tori Amos: Piece by Piece, the singer herself takes readers beyond the mere facts, explaining the specifics of her creative process - how her songs go from ideas and melodies to recordings and passionately performed concert pieces. Written with acclaimed music journalist Ann Powers, Tori Amos: Piece by Piece is a firsthand account of the most intricate and intimate details of...
Tori Amos2 May 2009$15.95

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The Lennon Prophecy: A New Examination of the Death Clues of the Beatles

The Lennon Prophecy: A New Examination of the Death Clues of the Beatles by Joseph NiezgodaOffering a new interpretation of the hidden messages and symbols that have ornamented Beatles mythology for years, this examination of the Beatles' recordings and album artwork theorizes that John Lennon's murder was eerily foretold. Following a fascinating and unique trail of sorcery, mysticism, numerology, backwards masking, anagrams, and literary and theological writings, the book posits that John Lennon sold his soul in order to achieve international fame and fortune and subsequently paid the ultimate price for his success.
Joseph Niezgoda8 May 2009$9.99

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Life on Planet Rock

Life on Planet Rock by Lonn Friend1

Welcome to My Jungle


--John Keats

I've never had trouble making friends. Probably has something to do with the name I was born with. The moniker has been both a curse and blessing. When I was growing up, kids would tease me. "What's up, Lonn Enemy?" Preschool sticks and stones, but I was born sensitive so it hurt nonetheless. When my professional train started rollin', however, that's when my name started to take on deeper significance.

Running a rock magazine, I was everybody's friend. Friend to artist. Friend to executive. Friend...

Lonn Friend10 May 2009$14.95

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Cat Power

Cat Power by Elizabeth GoodmanHow Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, Survived Herself–and Became the Indie Rock Queen. Chan MarshallÂ's stark lyrics, minimal arrangements,and wounded, smoky vocals, were an instant indie hit in the nineties–but her mental instability nearly derailed her career. How this sensitive but headstrong Georgian daughter of an unstable mother and a relatively unknown musician father–managed to make it big, burn out, and rise up again to become not only the darling of the indie music scene but also a fashion and Hollywood icon is the fabric of this irresistible story. Covering her musical beginnings...
Elizabeth Goodman26 Jun 2009$13.95

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The Toughest Show on Earth

The Toughest Show on Earth by Joseph VolpeThe Toughest Show on Earth is the ultimate behind-the-scenes chronicle of the divas and the dramas of New YorkÂ's Metropolitan Opera House, by the remarkable man who rose from apprentice carpenter to general manager.

Joseph Volpe gives us an anecdote-filled tour of more than four decades at the Met, an institution full of vast egos and complicated politics. With stunning candor, he writes about the general managers he worked under, his embattled rise to the top, the maneuverings of the blue-chip board, and his masterful approach to making a family of such artist-stars as Luciano Pavarotti,...

Joseph Volpe26 Jul 2009$17.00

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I, Doll

I, Doll by Arthur "Killer" KaneWhen the New York Dolls' bassist died suddenly at age 55 in 2004, he left behind not only their timeless music-and many thousands of fans and friends-but a memoir of the Dolls' early years. This distinctive and extroverted voice of an undisciplined showman is presented with an introduction and epilogue by his widow, Barbara. This up close and personal perspective of the band's early days and late nights-including an instance where he locks himself out of the studio in full drag while tripping on LSD-chronicles the glorious, glamorous era of high times, high drama, and low comedy that captures...
Arthur "Killer" Kane1 Aug 2009$19.99

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Washed by Blood

Washed by Blood by Brian WelchAn Out-of-Control Rock Star. An Inescapable Addiction to Drugs. A Miraculous Redemption through Jesus Christ. You think you've heard this story before but you haven't. Washed by Blood is a look at the dramatic saving power of Jesus Christ unlike any otherâ€Â"one that shows how God looks out for all of us, even those who seem farthest away from his grace. Brian "Head" Welch was a rock star who thought he had it all. He was the lead guitarist in Korn, one of the biggest and most controversial rock bands on the planet. He lived in a mansion, had millions of dollars in the bank, and legions...
Brian Welch11 Aug 2009$11.99

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Robkaay Journals (Vol I) My Glorious Nightmare

Robkaay Journals (Vol I) My Glorious Nightmare by Rob KaayFor the first time, delve inside the head of a professional Australian touring musician signed to a major American record label. Read about what it's really like, on a day-by-day basis, to live a life of music and creation, love and sex, drugs and alcohol, depression and confidence.
Rob Kaay28 Aug 2009$20.00

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Celebrating Michael Jackson Looking Back at the King of Pop

Celebrating Michael Jackson Looking Back at the King of Pop by Anelda BallardThis book was written in hopes that it would keep Michael Jackson's memory alive. I wanted to give his fans the opportunity to take a moment to look back at Michael's life and reminisce about the positive times only. You will not read about any negative things in this book. You can turn on the TV, read the newspaper, a magazine or go on the internet for that. We will go back to his childhood and go up until his untimely death on June 25, 2009. He passed way at the young age of 50 and it broke our hearts. I pray that something read or something seen will enlighten or touch your heart. We will...
Anelda Ballard31 Aug 2009$14.99

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Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes: In Search of Blind Willie McTell

Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes: In Search of Blind Willie McTell by Michael GrayEvoking the turbulent past of the subject's time and place, this odyssey to rural Georgia peels back the many layers of Blind Willie McTell's compelling, occasionally shocking, but ultimately uplifting story. Portraying him as one of the most gifted artists of his generation, this account uncovers the secrets of McTell's ancestry, the hardships he suffered-including being blind from birth-and the successes he enjoyed. Traveling throughout the South and beyond, this personal and moving journey unearths a lost world of black music, exploring why he drifted in and out of the public eye, how he...
Michael Gray20 Sep 2009$21.99

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Bowie by Marc Spitz1.

There's an alien in the window of the house next door to the one where David Bowie was born at 40 Stansfield Road in Brixton, a southern borough of London. It peers out, gray skinned, with black, oval-shaped eyes and a tennis-racket-sized skull, the same kind of inflatable spacemen for sale in the gas station gift shops that one stops at while driving through Roswell, New Mexico. X-Files/E.T.-faced aliens. It might not be there now, should you decide to make a new pilgrimage, but it was there when I traveled to Brixton, as if to say, "Welcome, biographer!"

Whoever lives in the virtually identical...

Marc Spitz19 Oct 2009$17.00

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A Fine Romance

A Fine Romance by David Lehman"Digressive, nostalgic and deeply moving, Lehman achieves a fine, lasting tribute to the American songbook."
--Publishers Weekly

"David Lehman's A Fine Romance wittily explores the enormous contribution of Jewish writers and composers to the American musical scene. Lehman finds Jewish influence, or what he calls 'a plaintive undertow,' even in such unlikely upbeat anthems as Gershwin's 'Love Walked In.' His love-struck history is itself a major entertainment."
-- John Ashbery, author of Three Poems

"David Lehman's A Fine Romance is a spirited account and reminiscence of a time when Jewish plaintiveness...

David Lehman24 Oct 2009$23.00

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How NOT to Make It in the Pop World (diary of an almost has-been)

How NOT to Make It in the Pop World (diary of an almost has-been) by John BarrowTenor sax man John Barrow has played and recorded with world name artists. This is the tale of his stroll through the labyrinth of dreams that is the pop industry.
John Barrow14 Nov 2009$9.99

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Riders on the Storm

Riders on the Storm by John Densmore
John Densmore8 Dec 2009$17.00

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Willis Conover

Willis Conover by Terence M. RipmasterWillis Clark Conover Jr. was born on December 18, 1920. Known around the world for his Voice of America radio programs, he also traveled the world as a jazz ambassador. Willis Conover: Broadcasting Jazz To The World recounts the story of his talented life.

In America, Conover helped break down racial barriers related to jazz, participating in the famous Newport Jazz Festivals as well as serving on the National Endowment for the Arts to gain funding for jazz events. As a personal friend of Duke Ellington and many other jazz greats, Conover promoted their music over radio stations and at White...

Terence M. Ripmaster14 Jan 2010$6.00

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Someone Out There Is Listening: The Life of Eddie Hazell, Jazz Guitar-Vocalist

Someone Out There Is Listening: The Life of Eddie Hazell, Jazz Guitar-Vocalist by Ed PetkusSomeone Out There is Listening tells the story of Eddie Hazell, a jazz guitar player and vocalist with a unique style unmatched in the last half century. Hazell had a combination of good looks, skills, and style. He was a '50s guy - heady, hopeful,
Ed Petkus22 Jan 2010$43.99

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