Rock Music
The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band
The Dirt
Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band
Paperback      ISBN: 0060989157

Now a Netflix original movie starring Machine Gun Kelly, Daniel Webber, Douglas Booth, and Iwan Rheon, directed by Jeff Tremaine.

"Without a doubt, it is the most detailed account of the awesome pleasures and perils of rock & roll stardom I have ever read. It is completely compelling, and utterly revolting, full of blood, leather, eyeliner, heroin, and, oh yes, the glam metal that made the Eighties...the Eighties."--Joe Levy, Rolling Stone

Celebrate thirty years of the world's most notorious rock band with the deluxe collectors' edition of The Dirt--the outrageous, legendary, no-holds-barred autobiography of M tley Cr e.

Fans have gotten glimpses into the band's crazy world of backstage scandals, celebrity love affairs, rollercoaster drug addictions, and immortal music in M tley Cr e books like Tommyland and The Heroin Diaries, but now the full spectrum of sin and success by Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, and Mick Mars is an open book in The Dirt. Even fans already familiar with earlier editions of the bestselling expos will treasure this gorgeous deluxe edition. Joe Levy at Rolling Stone calls The Dirt without a doubt . . . the most detailed account of the awesome pleasures and perils of rock & roll stardom I have ever read. It is completely compelling and utterly revolting.

Set the Boy Free: The Autobiography
Set the Boy Free
The Autobiography
Paperback      ISBN: 0062438735

The long-awaited memoir from the legendary guitarist and cofounder of the seminal British band The Smiths.

An artist who helped define a period in popular culture, Johnny Marr tells his story in a memoir as vivid and arresting as his music. The Smiths, the band with the signature sound he cofounded, remains one of the most beloved bands ever, and have a profound influence on a number of acts that followed--from the Stone Roses, Suede, Blur, and Radiohead to Oasis, The Libertines, and Arctic Monkeys.

Marr recalls his childhood growing up in the northern working-class city of Manchester, in a house filled with music. He takes us back to the summer of 1982 when, at eighteen, he sought out one Stephen Morrissey to form a new band they called The Smiths. Marr invites fans on stage, on the road, and in the studio for the five years The Smiths were together and how after a rapid ascent, the working-class teenage rock star enjoyed and battled with the perks of success until ideological differences, combined with his much publicized strained relationships with fellow band mates, caused him to leave in 1987. Marr's "escape" as he calls it, ensured the beginning of the end for one of the most influential groups of a generation. But The Smiths' end was only the beginning for Marr. The bona-fide guitar hero continues to experiment and evolve in his solo career to this day, playing with Paul McCartney, Pretenders, Modest Mouse, Oasis and collaborating today's most creative and renowned artists.

Rising above and beyond the personal struggles and bitter feuds, Marr delivers the story of his music and his band, sharing the real insights of a man who has made music his life, and finally giving fans what they've truly been waiting for.

Ziggyology: A Brief History of Ziggy Stardust
Ziggyology
A Brief History of Ziggy Stardust
Paperback      ISBN: 0091948894
The most ambitious and important book on Ziggy Stardust ever written, released to mark the 40th anniversary of Bowie's notorious Ziggy 'retirement concert.'
He came from Outer Space. It was the greatest invention in the history of pop music -- the rock god who came from the stars -- which struck a young David Bowie like a lightning bolt from the heavens. When Ziggy the glam alien messiah fell to Earth, he transformed Bowie from a prodigy to a superstar who changed the face of music forever. But who was Ziggy Stardust? And where did he really come from?
In a work of supreme pop archaeology, Simon Goddard unearths every influence that brought Ziggy to life -- from HG Wells to Holst, Kabuki to Kubrick, and Elvis to Iggy. Ziggyology documents the epic drama of the Starman's short but eventful time on Planet Earth... and why Bowie eventually had to kill him.
Just Kids
Just Kids
Paperback      ISBN: 0060936223

The legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies. An honest and moving story of youth and friendship, Smith brings the same unique, lyrical quality to Just Kids as she has to the rest of her formidable body of work--from her influential 1975 album Horses to her visual art and poetry.

Patti Smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style toward photography. Bound in innocence and enthusiasm, they traversed the city from Coney Island to 42nd Street, and eventually to the celebrated round table of Max's Kansas City, where the Andy Warhol contingent held court. In 1969, the pair set up camp at the Hotel Chelsea and soon entered a community of the famous and infamous--the influential artists of the day and the colorful fringe. It was a time of heightened awareness, when the worlds of poetry, rock and roll, art, and sexual politics were colliding and exploding. In this milieu, two kids made a pact to take care of each other. Scrappy, romantic, committed to create, and fueled by their mutual dreams and drives, they would prod and provide for one another during the hungry years.

A true fable, Just Kids is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.

--The Rumpus
Sitting in -- Rock Piano: Backing Tracks and Improv Lessons, Book & Online Audio/Software
Sitting in -- Rock Piano
Backing Tracks and Improv Lessons, Book & Online Audio/Software
Paperback      ISBN: 1470615576

Since jamming with other musicians is not always possible, Sitting In: Rock Piano brings the band to you with streaming audio and downloadable software Practice comping and soloing with the same energy you get with a real, live band. Veteran blues and rock pianist Loren Gold (The Who) leads you through all the tips and ideas you need to add authentic rock sounds to your practice sessions. The recording features some of today's hottest players in full performance and minus-one mixes. The TNT 2 software lets you slow down tracks, loop sections, and isolate parts to customize your practice. Be inspired by authentic rock sounds that will add new life to your piano playing

Alfred's Basic Guitar Rock Songs Method, Bk 1: Learn How to Play Guitar with Melodies and Riffs from 22 Classic Rock Songs, Book, DVD & Online Video/A
Alfred's Basic Guitar Rock Songs Method, Bk 1
Learn How to Play Guitar with Melodies and Riffs from 22 Classic Rock Songs, Book, DVD & Online Video/A
Paperback      ISBN: 1470637669

The latest addition to Alfred's best-selling Alfred's Basic Guitar Method series, Alfred's Basic Guitar Rock Songs Method 1 features melodies, licks, and riffs from 22 of the best-known rock songs.

Familiar rock songs we all know and love, along with helpful photos and diagrams, help introduce each new technique and concept. Featuring the same clear, well-paced instruction that sets Alfred's Basic Guitar Method apart, you'll start by learning the basics and will be playing classic riffs and licks in no time. Learning to play guitar has never been easier or more fun

The included DVD features companion video lessons, MP3 audio demonstration tracks, and exclusive TNT 2 software, which lets you customize audio tracks for practice. The video, audio, and TNT 2 software are also accessible online.
Rhapsody in Black: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison
Rhapsody in Black
The Life and Music of Roy Orbison
Paperback      ISBN: 154000046x

Roy Orbison emerged as an artist alongside his Sun Records contemporaries in the early days of rock 'n' roll. He did not possess the good looks of Elvis Presley or the everyman toughness of Johnny Cash, nor did he conduct wild-child stage antics like Jerry Lee Lewis. But he did possess a magnetic mystique that would captivate fans around the world and inspire countless musicians. A quiet man, who k.d. lang would refer to as "Buddha " Orbison was more interested in building model airplanes, watching films, and reading books in his den than talking about himself or partying hard. Yet he was nothing shy of a superstar - determined to succeed, driven by a relentless love for music that started in childhood, and blessed with some of the best pipes in the business. Standing still onstage, hidden behind his perpetual Ray-Bans, Orbison delivered his melodious songs with haunting emotional depth. His artful recordings, mysterious image, and angelic voice have left an indelible mark on popular music. In Rhapsody in Black, John Kruth tells the story of Roy Orbison in prose as musical as the artist's melodies and does not shy away from or trivialize the personal pain, alienation, and tragic events that shaped Orbison's singular personality and music. Featuring interviews with people who worked closely with Orbison, career-spanning photos, a select discography, and a new afterward for the paperback edition, Rhapsody in Black is both celebratory and touching. It delves into the behind-the-music details of Orbison's collaborations, recording sessions, tours, and business affairs, as well as his personal life - his roots, his marriages and his children - to present a telescopic view of his legacy.

Visualizing the Beatles: A Complete Graphic History of the World's Favorite Band
Visualizing the Beatles
A Complete Graphic History of the World's Favorite Band
Hardcover      ISBN: 0062790986

Foreword by Rob Sheffield
Filled with stunning full-color infographics, a unique, album-by-album visual history of the evolution of the Beatles that examines how their style, their sound, their instruments, their songs, their tours, and the world they inhabited transformed over the course of a decade.

Combining data, colorful artwork, interactive charts, graphs, and timelines, Visualizing the Beatles is a fresh and imaginative look at the world's most popular band. Meticulously examining the songs on every Beatles' album from Please Please Me to Let It Be, UK-based graphic artists John Pring and Rob Thomas deconstruct:

  • lyrical content
  • songwriting credits
  • inspiration for the songs
  • instruments used
  • cover designs
  • chart position
  • and more . . . .

They also break down the success of Beatles' singles across the world, their tour dates, venues, and cities, their hairstyles, fashion choices and favorite guitars, and a wealth of other Beatles' minutiae. Visualizing the Beatles also includes illustrations involving the conspiracy theories of the Paul is dead hoax as well as A-to-Z lists of every artist or performer who has ever covered a Beatles' song.

Comprehensive, entertaining, and packed with fun facts, Visualizing the Beatles is a wonderful introduction for new fans and a must-have for devotees, offering a new way to think about this extraordinary band whose influence continues to shape music.

--Publishers Weekly
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl
A Memoir
Paperback      ISBN: 0399184767

From the guitarist of the pioneering band Sleater-Kinney, the book Kim Gordon says "everyone has been waiting for" and a New York Times Notable Book of 2015-- a candid, funny, and deeply personal look at making a life--and finding yourself--in music.

Before Carrie Brownstein became a music icon, she was a young girl growing up in the Pacific Northwest just as it was becoming the setting for one the most important movements in rock history. Seeking a sense of home and identity, she would discover both while moving from spectator to creator in experiencing the power and mystery of a live performance. With Sleater-Kinney, Brownstein and her bandmates rose to prominence in the burgeoning underground feminist punk-rock movement that would define music and pop culture in the 1990s. They would be cited as "America's best rock band" by legendary music critic Greil Marcus for their defiant, exuberant brand of punk that resisted labels and limitations, and redefined notions of gender in rock.

HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL is an intimate and revealing narrative of her escape from a turbulent family life into a world where music was the means toward self-invention, community, and rescue. Along the way, Brownstein chronicles the excitement and contradictions within the era's flourishing and fiercely independent music subculture, including experiences that sowed the seeds for the observational satire of the popular television series Portlandia years later.

With deft, lucid prose Brownstein proves herself as formidable on the page as on the stage. Accessibly raw, honest and heartfelt, this book captures the experience of being a young woman, a born performer and an outsider, and ultimately finding one's true calling through hard work, courage and the intoxicating power of rock and roll.
Led Zeppelin Live: 1975-1977
Led Zeppelin Live
1975-1977
Hardcover      ISBN: 1851498966

- Includes many rare and unseen photos of the band on and off stage- Extensive commentary throughout from top photographers: Terry O'Neill, Michael Brennan and Baron Wolman- A mixture of black & white and color photography- Edited by Dave Lewis, the author of several acclaimed Led Zeppelin booksBetween 1975 and 1977, there is little doubt that Led Zeppelin ruled supreme as the biggest band in the world. Bigger audiences, bigger stage settings, bigger venues - lights, lasers and dragon suits. All this combined to produce some of the most iconic images of the 1970s rock era. That era comes firmly under the spotlight in Led Zeppelin Live 1975 - 1977 The book profiles the work of three highly respected photographers. Terry O'Neill made his name documenting the fashions, styles, and celebrities of the1960s.He was also on hand to capture Led Zeppelin at Earls Court in London on May 23, 1975, at Tampa Stadium, Florida on June 3,1977 and at New York's Madison Square Garden on June 7 of the same year. Similarly in the right place at the right time was Michael Brennan. Michael had built a reputation working for various daily UK newspapers in the UK. He moved to America in 1973 and began working on various entertainment and sporting assignments. In early 1975, Michael travelled with the band on their rented luxury jet, a Boeing 720B known as The Starship. He was then in close proximity for their show on January 31,1975 at Detroit's Olympia Stadium. San Francisco based former Rolling Stone magazine chief photographer Baron Wolman was in attendance to capture what would turn out to be the Led Zeppelin's final performances in America. In front of 50,000 fans each day they performed in the open air at the Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland California, on the afternoons of July 23 and 24,1977. Baron's chronicling of the band in stark daylight offers a unique portrayal of their final appearances in a large stadium setting. Fifty years on from their formation in 1968, Led Zeppelin's legacy continues to inspire admiration and awe. The timeless photos presented in this book accurately capture Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham in all their on stage glory during their latter era. Compiled and edited by world renowned Led Zeppelin authority Dave Lewis, Led Zeppelin Live 1975 -1977 chronicles the period when Led Zeppelin could rightly claim to be the greatest live rock attraction on the planet. Here's the lasting photographic proof...