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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, in an account that endeavors to provide balanced coverage of all four members. 300,000 first printing.
Bessie Smith
Bessie Smith
Paperback      ISBN: 1899791701
Beneath the Underdog: His World As Composed by Mingus
Beneath the Underdog
His World As Composed by Mingus
Paperback      ISBN: 0679737618
The legendary jazzman recounts his life and career, from his childhood in Watts and his apprenticeship with jazz musicians, to his recordings with Duke Ellington and others, and more
Electro Shock: Groundbreakers of Synth Music
Electro Shock
Groundbreakers of Synth Music
Paperback      ISBN: 0879305827
Offers interviews with the artists and groups behind electronica music, including Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Bjork, Kraftwerk, and others, along with background and technical details on the equipment they use.
Five Against One: The Pearl Jam Story
Five Against One
The Pearl Jam Story
Paperback      ISBN: 0140276424
Traces the rise of the rock band Pearl Jam to the top of the burgeoning Seattle music scene and on to superstardom, focusing on the band's confrontational singer, Eddie Vedder
Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley
Last Train to Memphis
The Rise of Elvis Presley
Hardcover      ISBN: 0316332208
A fresh portrait of Elvis Presley, based on hundreds of interviews and a decade of research, emerges in the first volume of a two-part biography of the King, covering Elvis's life up to his Army induction. 100,000 first printing. Tour.
Bowie: Loving the Alien
Bowie
Loving the Alien
Paperback      ISBN: 0306808544
"Based on interviews with family members, colleagues, lovers, and the previously silent William Burroughs, this unsparing yet evenhanded biography guides the reader through the many personas, crises, a"
Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music
Songs in the Key of Z
The Curious Universe of Outsider Music
Paperback      ISBN: 1556523726
Outsider musicians can be the product of damaged DNA, alien abduction, drug fry, demonic possession, or simply sheer obliviousness. This book profiles dozens of outsider musicians, both prominent and obscure—figures such as The Shaggs, Syd Barrett, Tiny Tim, Jandek, Captain Beefheart, Daniel Johnston, Harry Partch, and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy—and presents their strange life stories along with photographs, interviews, cartoons, and discographies. About the only things these self-taught artists have in common are an utter lack of conventional tunefulness and an overabundance of earnestness and passion. But, believe it or not, they’re worth listening to, often outmatching all contenders for inventiveness and originality. A CD featuring songs by artists profiled in the book is also available.
Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley
Last Train to Memphis
The Rise of Elvis Presley
Paperback      ISBN: 0316332259
A prize-winning biography draws on almost a decade of research to recreate, in vivid detail, the beginning of the King's career. Reprint. National ad/promo. NYT.
Open Sky: Sonny Rollins and His World of Improvisation
Open Sky
Sonny Rollins and His World of Improvisation
Paperback      ISBN: 0306809885
Now in paperback: The first-ever biography of one of the legends of modern jazz, written with his full cooperation