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The Frontman
Bono (In the Name of Power)
Written by Harry Browne


Format: eBook, 176 pages
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $16.95

Celebrity philanthropy comes in many guises, but no single figure better encapsulates its delusions, pretensions and wrongheadedness than U2’s iconic frontman, Bono—a fact neither sunglasses nor leather pants can hide. More than a mere philanthropist—indeed, he lags behind many of his peers when it comes to parting with his own money—Bono... Read more >
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Rod
Rod
Written by Rod Stewart
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ISBN: 9780307987327
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Rod
The Autobiography
Written by Rod Stewart


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $16.00

The extraordinary life and career of music legend Rod Stewart, in his own words for the first time.
 
With his soulful and singular voice, narrative songwriting, and passionate live performances Rod Stewart has paved one of the most iconic and successful music careers of all time. He was the charismatic lead singer...

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Seventeen Famous Operas
Seventeen Famous Operas
Written by Ernest Newman
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ISBN: 9780307830838
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Seventeen Famous Operas

Written by Ernest Newman


Format: eBook, 688 pages
On Sale: May 1, 2013
Price: $18.99

“The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working.” –Ernest Newman
 
In Seventeen Famous Operas, renowned musicologist and music critic Ernest Newman goes beyond simply retelling the plots of the operas he has chosen to feature in this volume. Because for Newman... Read more >
Franz Liszt, Volume 1
Franz Liszt, Volume 1
Written by Alan Walker
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ISBN: 9780307830968
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Franz Liszt, Volume 1
The Virtuoso Years: 1811-1847
Written by Alan Walker


Format: eBook, 480 pages
On Sale: March 20, 2013
Price: $22.99

Franz 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... Read more >
Franz Liszt, Volume 2
Franz Liszt, Volume 2
Written by Alan Walker
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ISBN: 9780307830449
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Franz Liszt, Volume 2
The Weimar Years: 1848-1861
Written by Alan Walker


Format: eBook, 640 pages
On Sale: March 20, 2013
Price: $22.99

The 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... Read more >
Franz Liszt, Volume 3
Franz Liszt, Volume 3
Written by Alan Walker
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ISBN: 9780307830975
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Franz Liszt, Volume 3
The Final Years: 1861-1886
Written by Alan Walker


Format: eBook, 608 pages
On Sale: March 20, 2013
Price: $21.99

The 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... Read more >
Days That I'll Remember
Days That I'll Remember
Written by Jonathan Cott
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ISBN: 9780385536387
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Days That I'll Remember
Spending Time with John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Written by Jonathan Cott


Format: eBook, 256 pages
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $13.99

Jonathan Cott met John Lennon in 1968 and was friends with him and Yoko Ono until John's death in 1980. He has kept in touch with Yoko since that time, and is one of the small group of writers who understands her profoundly positive influence on Lennon. This deeply personal book... Read more >
A Light That Never Goes Out
A Light That Never Goes Out
Written by Tony Fletcher
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ISBN: 9780307715975
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A Light That Never Goes Out
The Enduring Saga of the Smiths
Written by Tony Fletcher


Format: eBook, 704 pages
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $11.99

The definitive book about The Smiths, one of the most beloved, respected, and storied indie rock bands in music history.

They were, their fans believe, the best band in the world. Hailing from Manchester, England, The Smiths--Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, and Mike Joyce--were critical and popular favorites throughout their mid-1980s heyday... Read more >
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A Light That Never Goes Out
A Light That Never Goes Out
Written by Tony Fletcher
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ISBN: 9780307715951
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A Light That Never Goes Out
The Enduring Saga of the Smiths
Written by Tony Fletcher


Format: Hardcover, 704 pages
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $30.00

The definitive book about The Smiths, one of the most beloved, respected, and storied indie rock bands in music history.

They were, their fans believe, the best band in the world. Hailing from Manchester, England, The Smiths--Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, and Mike Joyce--were critical and popular favorites throughout their mid-1980s heyday... Read more >
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Moanin' at Midnight
Moanin' at Midnight
Written by James Segrest and Mark Hoffman
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307831019
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Moanin' at Midnight
The Life and Times of Howlin' Wolf
Written by James Segrest and Mark Hoffman


Format: eBook, 416 pages
On Sale: November 28, 2012
Price: $13.99

Howlin’ Wolf was a musical giant in every way. He stood six foot three, weighed almost three hundred pounds, wore size sixteen shoes, and poured out his darkest sorrows onstage in a voice like a raging chainsaw. Half a century after his first hits, his sound still terrifies and inspires.

Born Chester... Read more >
Light and Shade
Light and Shade
Written by Brad Tolinski
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307985736
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Light and Shade
Conversations with Jimmy Page
Written by Brad Tolinski


Format: eBook, 288 pages
On Sale: October 23, 2012
Price: $11.99

This “oral autobiography” of Jimmy Page, the intensely private mastermind behind Led Zeppelin—one of the most enduring bands in rock history—is the most complete and revelatory portrait of the legendary guitarist ever published.

   More than 30 years after disbanding in 1980, Led Zeppelin continues to be celebrated for its artistic achievements, broad... Read more >
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Rod
Rod
Written by Rod Stewart
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307987310
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Rod
The Autobiography
Written by Rod Stewart


Format: eBook, 368 pages
On Sale: October 23, 2012
Price: $11.99

The extraordinary life and career of music legend Rod Stewart, in his own words for the first time.
 
With his soulful and singular voice, narrative songwriting, and passionate live performances Rod Stewart has paved one of the most iconic and successful music careers of all time. He was the charismatic lead singer...

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Rod
Rod
Written by Rod Stewart, Read by Simon Vance
Format: Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9780449011270
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Rod
The Autobiography
Written by Rod Stewart
Read by Simon Vance


Format: Unabridged Compact Disc0
On Sale: October 23, 2012
Price: $40.00

The extraordinary life and career of music legend Rod Stewart, in his own words for the first time.
 
With his soulful and singular voice, narrative songwriting, and passionate live performances Rod Stewart has paved one of the most iconic and successful music careers of all time. He was the charismatic lead singer...

Read more >
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Rod
Rod
Written by Rod Stewart, Read by Simon Vance
Format: Unabridged Audiobook Download
ISBN: 9780449011287
Our Price: $22.50

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Rod
The Autobiography
Written by Rod Stewart
Read by Simon Vance


Format: Unabridged Audiobook Download0
On Sale: October 23, 2012
Price: $22.50

The extraordinary life and career of music legend Rod Stewart, in his own words for the first time.
 
With his soulful and singular voice, narrative songwriting, and passionate live performances Rod Stewart has paved one of the most iconic and successful music careers of all time. He was the charismatic lead singer...

Read more >
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With Billie
With Billie
Written by Julia Blackburn
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ISBN: 9780307829214
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With Billie
A New Look at the Unforgettable Lady Day
Written by Julia Blackburn


Format: eBook, 368 pages
On Sale: October 10, 2012
Price: $11.99

From Julia Blackburn, an author whose ability to conjure lives from other times and places is so vivid that one suspects she sees ghosts, here is a portrait of a woman whose voice continues to haunt anyone who hears it.

Billie Holiday’s life is inseparable from an account of her troubles, her... Read more >
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Coal to Diamonds: A Memoir
Coal to Diamonds: A Memoir
Written by Beth Ditto and Michelle Tea
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780385529747
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Coal to Diamonds: A Memoir

Written by Beth Ditto and Michelle Tea


Format: eBook, 176 pages
On Sale: October 9, 2012
Price: $10.99

A raw and surprisingly beautiful coming-of-age memoir, Coal to Diamonds tells the story of Mary Beth Ditto, a girl from rural Arkansas who found her voice.
 
Born and raised in Judsonia, Arkansas—a place where indoor plumbing was a luxury, squirrel was a meal, and sex ed was taught during senior... Read more >
Sweet Judy Blue Eyes
Sweet Judy Blue Eyes
Written by Judy Collins
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ISBN: 9780307717351
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Sweet Judy Blue Eyes
My Life in Music
Written by Judy Collins


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $15.00

A vivid, highly evocative memoir of one of the reigning icons of folk music, highlighting the decade of the ’60s, when hits like “Both Sides Now” catapulted her to international fame.
 
Sweet Judy Blue Eyes is the deeply personal, honest, and revealing memoir of folk legend and relentlessly creative spirit... Read more >
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Four Strong Winds
Four Strong Winds
Written by John Einarson
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ISBN: 9780771030390
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Four Strong Winds
Ian and Sylvia
Written by John Einarson


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $19.99

Their classic "Four Strong Winds" is widely considered to be one of the greatest songs of all time. Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, and Joni Mitchell count among their admirers. Their music, including hits like "You Were On My Mind" and "Someday Soon," has been recorded by everyone... Read more >
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Letters
Letters
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Edited by Michael Rose and Peter Washington, Introduction by Lady Wallace
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307824219
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Letters

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


Format: eBook, 256 pages
On Sale: August 22, 2012
Price: $9.99

Mozart's remarkable life was well and richly documented in letters: his own and those concerning him written by others. This volume brings together a fascinating selection, giving us a detailed portrait of the composer's life and times. Here are letters to and from Mozart's domineering father, Leopold, the earliest of which... Read more >
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Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
Written by Laurence Bergreen
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307828309
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Louis Armstrong

Written by Laurence Bergreen


Format: eBook, 576 pages
On Sale: August 8, 2012
Price: $14.99

Louis Armstrong was the founding father of jazz and one of this century's towering cultural figures, yet the full story of his extravagant life has never been told.

Born in 1901 to the sixteen-year-old daughter of a slave, he came of age among the prostitutes, pimps, and rag-and-bone merchants of New Orleans.  He... Read more >
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Space Is the Place
Space Is the Place
Written by John F. Szwed
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307822444
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Space Is the Place
The Lives and Times of Sun Ra
Written by John F. Szwed


Format: eBook, 496 pages
On Sale: July 25, 2012
Price: $14.99

Always riveting, Space Is the Place is the definitive biography of "one of the great big-band leaders, pianists, and surrealists of jazz"  (The New York Times)—unparalleled for his purposeful outlandishness, a man who exerted a powerful influence over a vast array of artists.

Sun Ra—a/k/a Herman Poole "Sonny  Blount—was born in Alabama on May... Read more >
Writing Gordon Lightfoot
Writing Gordon Lightfoot
Written by Dave Bidini
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ISBN: 9780771012631
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Writing Gordon Lightfoot
The Man, the Music, and the World in 1972
Written by Dave Bidini


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
On Sale: July 3, 2012
Price: $18.99

From acclaimed musician and author Dave Bidini comes a brilliantly original look at a folk-rock legend and the momentous week in 1972 that culminated in the Mariposa Folk Festival.

July, 1972. As musicians across Canada prepare for the nation's biggest folk festival, held on Toronto Island, a series of events unfold that... Read more >
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Pickin' Up the Pieces
Pickin' Up the Pieces
Written by Richie Furay and Michael Roberts
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307550798
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Pickin' Up the Pieces
The Heart and Soul of Country Rock Pioneer Richie Furay
Written by Richie Furay and Michael Roberts


Format: eBook, 272 pages
On Sale: June 20, 2012
Price: $11.99

When a young Richie Furay moved to New York hoping to make it big in folk music, God wasn’t one of his concerns. But destiny was.
Later, when he started Buffalo Springfield with Neil Young and Stephen Stills, it seemed Furay’s destiny had finally arrived. Although the band recorded only three... Read more >
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The Memory of All That
The Memory of All That
Written by Katharine Weber
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ISBN: 9780307395894
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The Memory of All That
George Gershwin, Kay Swift, and My Family's Legacy of Infidelities
Written by Katharine Weber


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $14.00

The Memory of All That is Katharine Weber’s memoir of her extraordinary family. 

Her maternal grandmother, Kay Swift, was known both for her own music (she was the first woman to compose the score to a hit Broadway show, Fine and Dandy) and for her ten-year romance with George Gershwin. Their love... Read more >
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Chasin the Trane
Chasin the Trane
Written by J.C. Thomas
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ISBN: 9780307820327
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Chasin the Trane

Written by J.C. Thomas


Format: eBook, 252 pages
On Sale: June 6, 2012
Price: $12.99

He was always elusive, on and off the stand; like his music, he was constantly moving, incessantly changing. Just as Charlie Parker stood astride the jazz world of the late 40s and 50s, so did John Coltrane in the late 50s and 60s.

Trane was a giant of the saxophone and... Read more >
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