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On the Road with Bob Dylan
On the Road with Bob Dylan
Written by Larry Sloman, Introduction by Kinky Friedman
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ISBN: 9780307539144
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On the Road with Bob Dylan

Written by Larry Sloman
Introduction by Kinky Friedman


Format: eBook, 480 pages
On Sale: June 9, 2010
Price: $11.99

“The War and Peace of Rock and Roll.” —Bob Dylan

In 1975, as Bob Dylan emerged from eight years of seclusion, he dreamed of putting together a traveling music show that would trek across the country like a psychedelic carnival. The dream became reality, and On the Road with Bob Dylan is... Read more >
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Stravinsky
Stravinsky
Written by Stephen Walsh
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ISBN: 9780307756213
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Stravinsky
The Second Exile: France and America, 1934-1971
Written by Stephen Walsh


Format: eBook, 720 pages
On Sale: June 9, 2010
Price: $19.99

This, the second and final volume of Stephen Walsh’s magisterial biography of Igor Stravinsky, begins in 1934, when Stravinsky is fifty-two and living in France. Already regarded by many as the most important composer of his generation, Stravinsky is nevertheless at this point a fairly unhappy expatriate, all too aware of... Read more >
The Protest Singer
The Protest Singer
Written by Alec Wilkinson
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ISBN: 9780307390981
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The Protest Singer
An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger
Written by Alec Wilkinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 174 pages
On Sale: June 8, 2010
Price: $15.00

A spirited and intimate look at American icon and activist Pete Seeger.
 
Throughout his life, Pete Seeger transformed a classic American musical style into a form of peaceful protest against war, segregation, and nuclear weapons. Drawing on his extensive talks with Seeger, Alec Wilkinson delivers a first hand look at Seeger's unique... Read more >
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My Second Chapter
My Second Chapter
Written by Matthew Ward
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ISBN: 9780307550569
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My Second Chapter
The Matthew Ward Story
Written by Matthew Ward


Format: eBook, 240 pages
On Sale: June 2, 2010
Price: $11.99

How one family’s tragedy ultimately revolutionized contemporary Christian music.

Known for such classics as “Easter Song,” the Second Chapter of Acts was one of the major music groups in the forefront of the Jesus movement. But what happened, in the wake of personal tragedy, to bring together a brother and his... Read more >
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Song for my Fathers
Song for my Fathers
Written by Tom Sancton
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ISBN: 9781590513767
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Song for my Fathers

Written by Tom Sancton


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $14.95

Song for My Fathers is the story of a young white boy driven by a consuming passion to learn the music and ways of a group of aging black jazzmen in the twilight years of the segregation era. Contemporaries of Louis Armstrong, most of them had played in local obscurity until... Read more >
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Song for my Fathers

Written by Tom Sancton


Format: eBook
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $14.95

 Song for My Fathers is the story of a young white boy driven by a
consuming passion to learn the music and ways of a group of aging
black jazzmen in the twilight years of the segregation era.
Contemporaries of Louis Armstrong, most of them had played in local
obscurity until Preservation Hall launched a... Read more >
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Around the World in 57 1/2 Gigs
Around the World in 57 1/2 Gigs
Written by Dave Bidini
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ISBN: 9781551991498
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Around the World in 57 1/2 Gigs

Written by Dave Bidini


Format: eBook
On Sale: March 5, 2010
Price: $13.99

The strengths of Bidini’s two best-loved books, On a Cold Road and Tropic of Hockey, music and travel to unlikely places, come together in this account of his search for rock ‘n’ roll.

When it looks as if the Rheostatics are breaking up after more than twenty years together, Dave Bidini is... Read more >
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Elvis: My Best Man
Elvis: My Best Man
Written by George Klein and Chuck Crisafulli
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ISBN: 9780307452764
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Elvis: My Best Man
Radio Days, Rock 'n' Roll Nights, and My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley
Written by George Klein and Chuck Crisafulli


Format: eBook, 320 pages
On Sale: January 5, 2010
Price: $13.99

When George Klein was an eighth grader at Humes High, he couldn’t have known how important the new kid with the guitar—the boy named Elvis—would later become in his life. But from the first time GK (as he was nicknamed by Elvis) heard this kid sing, he knew that Elvis Presley... Read more >
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Riders on the Storm
Riders on the Storm
Written by John Densmore
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ISBN: 9780307429025
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Riders on the Storm
My Life with Jim Morrison and the Doors
Written by John Densmore


Format: eBook, 336 pages
On Sale: November 4, 2009
Price: $13.99

Here is the book that Rolling Stone called "the first Doors biography that feels like it was written for the right reasons, and it is easily the most informed account of the Doors' brief but brilliant life as a group".


From the Trade Paperback edition. Read more >
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Bowie
Bowie
Written by Marc Spitz
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ISBN: 9780307462398
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Bowie
A Biography
Written by Marc Spitz


Format: eBook, 448 pages
On Sale: October 27, 2009
Price: $13.99

Finally an expansive biography of one of the twentieth century’s greatest music and cultural icons

From noted author and rock ’n’ roll journalist Marc Spitz comes a major David Bowie biography to rival any other. Following Bowie’s life from his start as David Jones, an R & B—loving kid from Bromley... Read more >
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Neil and Me
Neil and Me
Written by Scott Young
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780771070594
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Neil and Me

Written by Scott Young


Format: Trade Paperback, 408 pages
On Sale: October 27, 2009
Price: $16.95

Scott Young chronicles his son’s early years in and around Toronto and Winnipeg and his rise from journeyman, musician to superstar in the 1960s and 1970s. The frequent occasions when Scott and Neil’s paths have crossed – from backstage meetings and family get-togethers to a sold-out appearance at Carnegie Hall –... Read more >
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Neil and Me
Neil and Me
Written by Scott Young
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ISBN: 9781551993355
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Neil and Me

Written by Scott Young


Format: eBook
On Sale: October 27, 2009
Price: $7.99

Scott Young chronicles his son’s early years in and around Toronto and Winnipeg and his rise from journeyman, musician to superstar in the 1960s and 1970s. The frequent occasions when Scott and Neil’s paths have crossed – from backstage meetings and family get-togethers to a sold-out appearance at Carnegie Hall –... Read more >
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The Portable Henry Rollins
The Portable Henry Rollins
Written by Henry Rollins
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ISBN: 9780307568090
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The Portable Henry Rollins

Written by Henry Rollins


Format: eBook, 320 pages
On Sale: October 7, 2009
Price: $14.99

Henry Rollins is an artist whose legendary, no-holds-barred performances encompasses music, acting, and written and spoken word.  As Details magazine said when it named Rollins the 1994 Man of the Year: "through two decades of rage and discipline, Henry Rollins has transformed himself from an L.A. punk rocker into a universal soldier.  His... Read more >
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A Fine Romance
A Fine Romance
Written by David Lehman
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805242508
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A Fine Romance
Jewish Songwriters, American Songs
Written by David Lehman


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $23.00

Part of the Jewish Encounter series

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... Read more >
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A Fine Romance
A Fine Romance
Written by David Lehman
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ISBN: 9780805242713
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A Fine Romance
Jewish Songwriters, American Songs
Written by David Lehman


Format: eBook
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $13.99

Part of the Jewish Encounter series

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... Read more >
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Journey of a Thousand Miles
Journey of a Thousand Miles
Written by Lang Lang and David Ritz
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ISBN: 9780385524575
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Journey of a Thousand Miles
My Story
Written by Lang Lang and David Ritz


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $16.00

“Number One” was a phrase my father—and, for that matter, my mother—repeated time and time again. It was a phrase spoken by my parents’ friends and by their friends’ children. Whenever adults discussed the great Chinese painters and sculptors from the ancient dynasties, there was always a single artist named as... Read more >
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Moving to Higher Ground
Moving to Higher Ground
Written by Wynton Marsalis and Geoffrey Ward
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ISBN: 9780812969085
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Moving to Higher Ground
How Jazz Can Change Your Life
Written by Wynton Marsalis and Geoffrey Ward


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $16.00

In this beautiful book, Pulitzer Prize—winning musician and composer Wynton Marsalis draws upon lessons he’s learned from a lifetime in jazz–lessons that can help us all move to higher ground. With wit and candor he demystifies the music that is the birthright of every American and demonstrates how a real understanding... Read more >
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Portrait of Johnny
Portrait of Johnny
Written by Gene Lees
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ISBN: 9780307489692
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Portrait of Johnny
The Life of John Herndon Mercer
Written by Gene Lees


Format: eBook, 384 pages
On Sale: August 19, 2009
Price: $12.99

An intimate biography of the great songwriter, this is also a deeply affectionate memoir by one of Johnny Mercer’s best friends.

“Moon River,” “Laura,” “Skylark,” ”That Old Black Magic,” “One for My Baby,” “Accentuate the Positive,” “Satin Doll,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” “Something’s Gotta Give”—the honor roll of Mercer’s songs is... Read more >
Secret Lives of Great Composers
Secret Lives of Great Composers
Written by Elizabeth Lunday, Illustrated by Mario Zucca
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ISBN: 9781594744020
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Secret Lives of Great Composers
What Your Teachers Never Told You about the World's Musical Masters
Written by Elizabeth Lunday
Illustrated by Mario Zucca


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
On Sale: August 1, 2009
Price: $16.95

True tales of murder, riots, heartbreak, and great music.
 
With outrageous anecdotes about everyone from Gioachino Rossini (draft-dodging womanizer) to Johann Sebastian Bach (jailbird) to Richard Wagner (alleged cross-dresser), Secret Lives of Great Composers recounts the seamy, steamy, and gritty history behind the great masters of international music. You’ll learn... Read more >
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A Freewheelin' Time
A Freewheelin' Time
Written by Suze Rotolo
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ISBN: 9780767926881
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A Freewheelin' Time
A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties
Written by Suze Rotolo


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
On Sale: May 12, 2009
Price: $16.00

A great read for fans of the Coen brothers' film, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

A Freewheelin’ Time
is Suze Rotolo’s firsthand, eyewitness, participant-observer account of the immensely creative and fertile years of the 1960s, just before the circus was in full swing and Bob Dylan became the anointed ringmaster. It chronicles the back-story... Read more >
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I Got Your Back
I Got Your Back
Written by Sr. Eddie Levert and Gerald Levert
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ISBN: 9780307496034
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I Got Your Back
A Father and Son Keep It Real About Love, Fatherhood, Family, and Friendship
Written by Sr. Eddie Levert and Gerald Levert


Format: eBook, 224 pages
On Sale: May 6, 2009
Price: $9.99

The final collaboration from Eddie and Gerald Levert: an intimate glimpse into their lives, their passions, and their musical legacy. But most important, I Got Your Back gets inside the special and rare father-son bond that these two R&B legends shared. Eddie and Gerald put their hearts and souls on the... Read more >
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The Protest Singer
The Protest Singer
Written by Alec Wilkinson
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ISBN: 9780307272379
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The Protest Singer

Written by Alec Wilkinson


Format: eBook, 176 pages
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $9.99

A spirited and intimate look at American icon and activist Pete Seeger.
 
Throughout his life, Pete Seeger transformed a classic American musical style into a form of peaceful protest against war, segregation, and nuclear weapons. Drawing on his extensive talks with Seeger, Alec Wilkinson delivers a first hand look at Seeger's unique... Read more >
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Cat Power
Cat Power
Written by Elizabeth Goodman
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ISBN: 9780307396365
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Cat Power
A Good Woman
Written by Elizabeth Goodman


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
On Sale: April 7, 2009
Price: $13.95

How Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, Survived Herself–and Became the Indie Rock Queen.

Chan Marshall’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... Read more >
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Cat Power
Cat Power
Written by Elizabeth Goodman
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Cat Power
A Good Woman
Written by Elizabeth Goodman


Format: eBook
On Sale: April 7, 2009
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How Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, Survived Herself–and Became the Indie Rock Queen.

Chan Marshall’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... Read more >
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Check the Technique
Check the Technique
Written by Brian Coleman, Introduction by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson
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ISBN: 9780307494429
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Check the Technique
Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies
Written by Brian Coleman
Introduction by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson


Format: eBook, 528 pages
On Sale: March 12, 2009
Price: $14.99

A Tribe Called Quest • Beastie Boys • De La Soul • Eric B. & Rakim • The Fugees • KRS-One • Pete Rock & CL Smooth • Public Enemy • The Roots • Run-DMC • Wu-Tang Clan • and twenty-five more hip-hop immortals

It’s a sad fact: hip-hop album liners have... Read more >
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