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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.
Cole Porter: A Biography
Cole Porter
A Biography
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0306800977
"In 1933 Irving Berlin wrote to composer-lyricist Cole Porter, ”I am mad about Night and Day.” Millions of others throughout the world have been ”mad about” that Porter gem, as well as dozens of others"
Stars Don't Stand Still in the Sky: Music and Myth
Stars Don't Stand Still in the Sky
Music and Myth
Paperback      ISBN: 0814747272
Our cultural darlings make music; we make them mythic. Every musical genre begets a community of listeners, performers, and critics, and quite often those categories are blurred. From the principled punk refusal of celebrity to hip-hop's celebration of its power, the music world is self-obsessed. Stars Don't Stand Still in the Sky assembles scholars, music writers, industry workers, and musicians, who offer a range of opinions and experience of the nature of fame. The collection focuses on commerce, the crowd, performance and image, history and memory, and romance. Contributors discuss black women icons, love-songs, the legacy of the blues, the image of the tortured rock star, MTV, the politics of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the joy of line-dancing, and more. The contributors are James Bernard, Anthony DeCurtis, Katherine Dieckmann, Chuck Eddy, Paul Gilroy, Daniel Glass, Lawrence Grossberg, Jessica Hagedorn, Kathleen Hanna, James Hannaham, Dave Hickey, Jon Langford, Greil Marcus, Angela McRobbie, Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky), Barbara O'Dair, Ann Powers, Toshi Reagon, Simon Reynolds, Robert Santelli, Jon Savage, Danyel Smith, Arlene Stein, Deena Weinstein, and Ellen Willis.
Louis Armstrong: An Extravagant Life
Louis Armstrong
An Extravagant Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0767901568
A portrait of an American musical icon describes Armstrong's poverty-stricken youth, his struggle to become a successful jazz musician, his private life, and his dramatic influence on American music and culture
Small Change: A Life of Tom Waits
Small Change
A Life of Tom Waits
Paperback      ISBN: 0312045824
Traces the life and career of Tom Waits, who writes about those down on their luck, looks at his major albums, and describes his work as a motion picture actor
Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota
Fargo Rock City
A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota
Hardcover      ISBN: 0743202279
A comic memoir of growing up as a heavy metal junkie in rural North Dakota in the 1980s retraces the author's coming of age to the soundtrack of Motley Crue, Ratt, Poison, Krokus, and other hard-hitting, take-no-prisoners rock bands.
Ramones: An American Band
Ramones
An American Band
Paperback      ISBN: 0312093691
Traces the history of the popular rock group, looks at their major albums, and describes the films that have featured their music
Hot and Cold: The Works of Richard Hell
Hot and Cold
The Works of Richard Hell
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1576870820
Poems, notebooks, essays, interviews, song lyrics, photos, and drawings celebrate the life and work of creative genius Richard Hell.
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
Traces the life of visionary rock critic Lester Bangs from his childhood in Southern California to his untimely death at the age of thirty-three, describing his place in the turbulent rock music culture of the 1970s.
Mingus/Mingus: Two Memoirs
Mingus/Mingus
Two Memoirs
Paperback      ISBN: 0879101490
Two friends of the late jazz musician and composer relate their memories of him as their guide in the flamboyent literary art world of the Eisenhower/Kennedy era, and as an abiding presence in their lives