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The Beatles: The Biography
The Beatles
The Biography
Hardcover      ISBN: 0316803529

Challenging popular myths attributed to the Beatles, an extensively researched band portrait traces their individual experiences of rising from young, angry rock-and-roll musicians to fame."

Classic Rock Covers
Classic Rock Covers
Paperback      ISBN: 3822855405
James Taylor -- Greatest Hits: Authentic Guitar Tab
James Taylor -- Greatest Hits
Authentic Guitar Tab
Paperback      ISBN: 0897240766

Includes: Something in the Way She Moves * Carolina in My Mind * Fire and Rain * Sweet Baby James * Country Road * You've Got a Friend * Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight * Walking Man * How Sweet It Is * Mexico * Shower the People * Steamroller.

170 Christmas Songs and Carols: A Treasury of Great Music
170 Christmas Songs and Carols
A Treasury of Great Music
Paperback      ISBN: 0769264360

Contains all the favorites, with highlights in both sacred and secular music. Titles: Angels from the Realms of Glory * Lovely Sky of Christmas Eve * What Can I Give Him * Sleep, O Sleep, My Lovely Child * Patapan * The White World of Winter * The Christmas Tree with Candles Glowing * Winter Wonderland * and more.

Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung: The Work of a Legendary Critic: Rock'n'roll as Literature and Literature as Rock 'n'roll
Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung: The Work of a Legendary Critic
Rock'n'roll as Literature and Literature as Rock 'n'roll
Paperback      ISBN: 0679720456

Vintage presents the paperback edition of the wild and brilliant writings of Lester Bangs--the most outrageous and popular rock critic of the 1970s--edited and with an introduction by the reigning dean of rack critics, Greil Marcus.

Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina, and Richard Farina
Positively 4th Street
The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina, and Richard Farina
Paperback      ISBN: 086547642x

When twenty-five-year-old Bob Dylan wrecked his motorcycle near Woodstock in 1966 and dropped out of the public eye, he was already recognized as a genius, a youth idol with an acid wit and a barbwire throat; and Greenwich Village, where he first made his mark, was unquestionably the center of youth culture.
In "Positively 4th Street," David Hajdu recounts the emergence of folk music from cult practice to popular and enduring art form as the story of a colorful foursome: not only Dylan but also his part-time lover Joan Baez -- the first voice of the new generation; her sister Mimi -- beautiful, haunted, and an artist in her own right; and Mimi's husband, Richard Farina, a comic novelist ("Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me") who invented the worldly-wise bohemian persona that Dylan adopted -- some say stole -- and made his own.
A national bestseller in hardcover, acclaimed as "one of the best books about music in America" (Jonathan Yardley, "The Washington Post"), "Positively 4th Street" is that rare book with a new story to tell about the 1960s -- about how the decade and all that it is now associated with were created in a fit of collective inspiration, with an energy and creativity that David Hajdu has captured on the page as if for the first time.

Cole Porter
Cole Porter
Paperback      ISBN: 0679727922

In his life and in his music, Cole Porter was the top--the pinnacle of wit and sophistication. From the 1910s through the '50s, from Yale pep rallies through the Broadway triumphs of Anything Goes and Kiss Me, Kate, he delighted audiences with a glittering torrent of song: "I Get a Kick Out of You." "Night and Day," "Love for Sale," and "Just One of Those Things." The bright surface of these gems--their catchy melodies and ingenious lyrics--made them instant pop hits. Their more subtle qualities and their musical and emotional depth have made them lasting standards, among the greatest glories of the American songbook.

In Cole Porter, William McBrien has thoroughly captured the creator of these songs, whose life was one not only of wealth and privilege but also of tragedy, secrecy, and courage. A prodigal young man, Porter found his aesthetic and emotional anchor in a long, loving, if sexless marriage, while continuing to maintain many discreet affairs with men. In 1937, at the height of his success, he suffered a near-fatal riding accident; his last eighteen years were marked by pain, drugs, and repeated operations on his legs, years of physical agony but unstinting artistic achievement. Here is the book that Porter's fans have long hoped for--a life that informs the great music and lyrics though illuminating glimpses of the hidden, complicated, private man.
Electro Shock!
Electro Shock!
Paperback      ISBN: 0879305827

This compelling book explores the innovative performers of the past three decades who have used synthesizers to create new music that inspired and influenced the masses. The book treats fans to conversations with some of the biggest electronic hitmakers since the '70s: Chemical Brothers, Trent Reznor, Aphex Twin, and others. Each profile spotlights the artist's most prized electronic gear with a photo, historical details, and specifications. Includes an essential electronica listening guide and 50 black & white photos. 240 pages, 7 3/8' x 9 1/4'

Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America's Greatest Rock Critic
Let It Blurt
The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America's Greatest Rock Critic
Paperback      ISBN: 0767905091
Let It Blurt is the raucous and righteous biography of Lester Bangs (1949-82)--the gonzo journalist, gutter poet, and romantic visionary of rock criticism. No writer on rock 'n' roll ever lived harder or wrote better--more passionately, more compellingly, more penetratingly. He lived the rock 'n' roll lifestyle, guzzling booze and Romilar like water, matching its energy in prose that erupted from the pages of Rolling Stone, Creem, and The Village Voice. Bangs agitated in the seventies for sounds that were harsher, louder, more electric, and more alive, in the course of which he charted and defined the aesthetics of heavy metal and punk. He was treated as a peer by such brash visionaries as Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Richard Hell, Captain Beefheart, The Clash, Debbie Harry, and other luminaries.

Let It Blurt is a scrupulously researched account of Lester Bangs's fascinating (if often tawdry and unappetizing) life story, as well as a window on rock criticism and rock culture in their most turbulent and creative years. It includes a never-before-published piece by Bangs, the hilarious "How to Be a Rock Critic," in which he reveals the secrets of his dubious, freeloading trade.
Lennon Remembers
Lennon Remembers
Hardcover      ISBN: 1859846009

Published on the 20th anniversary of his death, and containing substantial new material never before seen in print, Lennon Remembers presents a portrait of a complex musician at the height of his career.