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Bang Your Head
The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal
Written by David Konow


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80732-3 (0-609-80732-3)

“Bang your head! Metal Health’ll drive you mad!”—Quiet Riot

Like an episode of VH1’s Behind the Music on steroids, Bang Your Head is an epic history of every band and every performer that has proudly worn the Heavy Metal badge. Whether headbanging is your guilty pleasure or you firmly believe that this... Read more >
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Wilco
Learning How to Die
Written by Greg Kot


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: June 15, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1558-8 (0-7679-1558-5)

Wilco: Learning How to Die traces critically-acclaimed band Wilco's story as its music grew from its punk and alt-country origins, addressing some of the key issues surrounding the music business: How is music of substance created while the gulf between art and commerce widens in the corporate consolidation era? How does... Read more >
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Practicing
A Musician's Return to Music
Written by Glenn Kurtz


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 5, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27875-3 (0-307-27875-1)

The remarkable odyssey of a classical guitar prodigy who abandons his beloved instrument in defeat at the age of twenty-five, but comes back to it years later with a new kind of passion.

With insight and humor, Glenn Kurtz takes us from his first lessons at a small Long Island guitar school... Read more >
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This Business of Music Marketing and Promotion
A Practical Guide to Creating a Completely Intergrated Marketing and E-Marketing Campaign
Written by Tad Lathrop


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Billboard Books
On Sale: October 1, 2003
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8230-7729-8 (0-8230-7729-2)

The maxim in the music industry has always been "You can't make it on talent alone," and with This Business of Music Marketing & Promotion, you don't have to. In language that is simple and direct, author Tad Lathrop details promotional skills, publicity plans, royalty guidelines, and more, all supported by... Read more >

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The Life and Death of Classical Music
Featuring the 100 Best and 20 Worst Recordings Ever Made
Written by Norman Lebrecht


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9658-9 (1-4000-9658-8)

In this compulsively readable, fascinating, and provocative guide to classical music, Norman Lebrecht, one of the world’s most widely read cultural commentators tells the story of the rise of the classical recording industry from Caruso’s first notes to the heyday of Bernstein, Glenn Gould, Callas, and von Karajan.

Lebrecht compellingly demonstrates that classical recording... Read more >
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Why Mahler?
How One Man and Ten Symphonies Changed Our World
Written by Norman Lebrecht


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9657-2 (1-4000-9657-X)

Why Mahler? Why does his music affect us in the way it does?

Norman Lebrecht, one of the world’s most widely read cultural commentators, has been wrestling obsessively with Mahler for half his life. Following Mahler’s every footstep from birthplace to grave, scrutinizing his manuscripts, talking to those who knew him, Lebrecht... Read more >
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A Fine Romance
Jewish Songwriters, American Songs
Written by David Lehman


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4250-8 (0-8052-4250-3)

In A Fine Romance, David Lehman looks at the formation of the American songbook—the timeless numbers that became jazz standards, iconic love songs, and sound tracks to famous movies—and explores the extraordinary fact that this songbook was written almost exclusively by Jews.

An acclaimed poet, editor, and cultural critic, David Lehman hears... Read more >
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Too Many Songs by Tom Lehrer

Written by Tom Lehrer


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: October 12, 1981
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-74930-3 (0-394-74930-8)

The subversive songs of Tom Lehrer, the sardonic piano-wielding fugitive from Harvard, have corrupted generations of Americans since he first began recording and performing in the 1950s. His uniquely depraved wit has been forced again on an unsuspecting public via Tomfoolery, the stage revue based on his ever-trenchant observation of the... Read more >

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Honky Tonk Girl
My Life in Lyrics
Written by Loretta Lynn


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-59489-1 (0-307-59489-0)

One of the most beloved country music stars of all time gives us the first collection of her lyrics and, in her own words, tells the stories that inspired her most popular songs, such as "Coal Miner's Daughter," "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin'," and, of course, "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl."

Loretta... Read more >

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Shackling Water

Written by Adam Mansbach


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3159-7 (1-4000-3159-1)

At the age of nineteen, saxophone prodigy Latif James-Pearson boards a bus to Manhattan to find his aging idol, the great Albert Van Horn. The centers of Latif’s universe soon become a Harlem boarding house, where he spends his days practicing intensely, and the downtown club where Van Horn's group performs... Read more >
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Wicked Messenger
Bob Dylan and the 1960s; Chimes of Freedom, revised and expanded
Written by Mike Marqusee


Format: Trade Paperback, 376 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 4, 2005
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-686-5 (1-58322-686-9)

Bob Dylan’s abrupt abandonment of overtly political songwriting in the mid-1960s caused an uproar among critics and fans. In Wicked Messenger, acclaimed cultural-political commentator Mike Marqusee advances the new thesis that Dylan did not drop politics from his songs but changed the manner of his critique to address the changing political... Read more >
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To a Young Jazz Musician
Letters from the Road
Written by Wynton Marsalis and Selwyn Seyfu Hinds


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7420-1 (0-8129-7420-4)

In To a Young Jazz Musician, the renowned jazz musician and Pulitzer Prize—winning composer Wynton Marsalis gives us an invaluable guide to making good music–and to leading a good life.
Writing from the road “between the bus ride, the sound check, and the gig,”

Marsalis passes on wisdom gained from experience, addressed... Read more >
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Listening Book

Written by W. A. Mathieu


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: March 27, 1991
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-87773-610-3 (0-87773-610-3)

The Listening Book is about rediscovering the power of listening as an instrument of self-discovery and personal transformation. By exploring our capacity for listening to sounds and for making music, we can awaken and release our full creative powers. Mathieu offers suggestions and encouragement on many aspects of music-making, and provides... Read more >

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The Listening Book
Discovering Your Own Music
Written by W. A. Mathieu


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: November 15, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-831-8 (1-59030-831-X)

The Listening Book is about rediscovering the power of listening as an instrument of self-discovery and personal transformation. By exploring our capacity for listening to sounds and for making music, we can awaken and release our full creative powers. Mathieu offers suggestions and encouragement on many aspects of music-making, and provides... Read more >

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The Musical Life

Written by W. A. Mathieu


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: May 24, 1994
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-87773-670-7 (0-87773-670-7)

"Judging from his book, practicing Sufi Mathieu is a philosopher in the Thoreauvian cast. Also known by the name Allaudin, he has had a diverse career as composer, performer, and mystic, all of which is apparent in his treatment of music as a spiritual force with a technical side to it... Read more >

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Cole Porter

Written by William McBrien


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 5, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72792-7 (0-679-72792-2)

In his life and in his music, Cole Porter was "the top"—the pinnacle of wit, sophistication, and success. His songs—"I Get a Kick Out of You," "Anything Goes," and hundreds more—were instant pop hits, and their musical and emotional depths have made them lasting standards.

William McBrien has captured the creator of... Read more >
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Shakey: Neil Young's Biography

Written by Jimmy McDonough


Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 13, 2003
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75096-3 (0-679-75096-7)

Neil Young is one of rock and roll’s most important and enigmatic figures, a legend from the sixties who is still hugely influential today. He has never granted a writer access to his inner life—until now. Based on six years of interviews with more than three hundred of Young’s associates, and... Read more >
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A Long Strange Trip
The Inside History of the Grateful Dead
Written by Dennis McNally


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1186-3 (0-7679-1186-5)

The complete history of one of the most long-lived and legendary bands in rock history, written by its official historian and publicist–a must-have chronicle for all Dead Heads, and for students of rock and the 1960s’ counterculture.

From 1965 to 1995, the Grateful Dead flourished as one of the most beloved, unusual... Read more >
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The Complete Lyrics of Johnny Mercer

Written by Johnny Mercer, Robert Kimball, Barry Day, Miles Kreuger and Eric Davis


Format: Hardcover, 488 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 20, 2009
Price: $65.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26519-7 (0-307-26519-6)

The seventh volume in Knopf’s critically acclaimed Complete Lyrics series, published in Johnny Mercer’s centennial year, contains the texts to more than 1,200 of his lyrics, several hundred of them published here for the first time.

Johnny Mercer’s early songs became staples of the big band era and were regularly featured in... Read more >
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Carmen

Written by Prosper Merimee
Translated by George Burnham Ives


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: August 13, 2013
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-1-61219-226-0 (1-61219-226-2)

The novella that was the basis for one of the most popular operas of all time, Prosper Merimee’s Carmen is a swashbuckling story of a nineteenth-century Spanish soldier who deserts his post to pursue the fiery gypsy beauty, Carmen -- who seems to love him yet nonetheless seems to do everything... Read more >
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Beneath the Underdog
His World as Composed by Mingus
Written by Charles Mingus


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 3, 1991
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73761-2 (0-679-73761-8)

Bass player extraordinaire Charles Mingus, who died in 1979, is one of the essential composers in the history of jazz, and Beneath the Underdog, his celebrated, wild, funny, demonic, anguished, shocking, and profoundly moving memoir, is the greatest autobiography ever written by a jazz musician. It tells of his God-haunted childhood... Read more >

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The American Night
The Writings of Jim Morrison
Written by Jim Morrison


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 30, 1991
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73462-8 (0-679-73462-7)

The American Night presents Morrison’s previously unpublished work in its truest form. The book includes the complete text of the legendary performance pieces “An American Prayer,” “Celebration of the Lizard,” and “Soft Parade”; the lyrics so such songs as “Moonlight Drive,“ ”Soul Kitchen,” and “The End”; a tantalizing excerpt from an... Read more >

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Wilderness
The Lost Writings of Jim Morrison
Written by Jim Morrison


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 17, 1989
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72622-7 (0-679-72622-5)

Compiled from the literary estate of the singer who brought a wildly lyrical poetry of the damned to the world of rock 'n' roll. Includes unpublished poems, drawings, photos, and a candid self-interview. Read more >

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Letters

Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Edited by Michael Rose and Peter Washington
Introduction by Lady Wallace


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $12.50
ISBN: 978-0-307-26625-5 (0-307-26625-7)

Mozart's remarkable life was well and richly documented in letters: his own and those concerning him written by others. Here are letters to and from Mozart's domineering father, Leopold, the earliest of which describes his six-year-old son's accomplishments.

There are letters from the 12-year-old Mozart to his mother and sister; adoring... Read more >
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The Hero And the Blues

Written by Albert Murray


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 16, 1996
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76220-1 (0-679-76220-5)

In this visionary book, Murray takes an audacious new look at black music and, in the process, succeeds in changing the way one reads literature. Murray's subject is the previously unacknowledged kinship between fiction and the blues. Both, he argues, are virtuoso performances that impart information, wisdom, and moral guidance to... Read more >
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