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  • Reading Jazz

    A Gathering of Autobiography, Reportage, and Criticism from 1919 to Now

    "Comprehensive and intelligently organized. . . . Jazz aficionados . . . should be grateful to have so much good writing on the subject in one place."--The New York Times Book Review"Alluring. . . . Capture[s] much of the breadth of the music, as well as the passionate debates it has stirred, more vividly than any other jazz anthology to date."--Chicago TribuneNo musical idiom has inspired more ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • W.A.R.

    The Unauthorized Biography of William Axl Rose

    by Mick Wall ...
    A journalist who had unprecedented access to Guns n' Roses at their peak delivers a big, brash history of the band's charismatic, fantastically talented and idiosyncratic leader—W. Axl RoseEven in the world of rock and roll, a figure like Axl Rose doesn't come along very often. Mercurial and brilliant, deluded and imperious, Rose defies easy description or analysis. Few people have studied Rose as ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • The Dirt

    Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band

    NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL MOVIE STARRING MACHINE GUN KELLY, DANIEL WEBBER, DOUGLAS BOOTH, AND IWAN RHEON, DIRECTED BY JEFF TREMAINE.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 Mötley Crüe. Fans have gotten glimpses into the band's crazy world of backstage scandals, celebrity ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Miss O'Dell

    My Hard Days and Long Nights with The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and the Women They Loved

    by Chris O'Dell ...
    CHRIS O’DELL WASN’T FAMOUS. SHE WASN’T EVEN ALMOST FAMOUS. BUT SHE WAS THERE.* She was in the studio when the Beatles recorded The White Album, Abbey Road, and Let It Be, and she sang in the “Hey Jude” chorus.* She lived with George Harrison and Pattie Boyd and unwittingly got involved in Pattie’s famous love story with Eric Clapton.* She’s the subject of Leon Russell’s “Pisces Apple Lady.”* She ... Read more

    $7.99 USD

  • Reading Like a Writer

    A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them

    In her entertaining and edifying New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Francine Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and tricks of the masters to discover why their work has endured. Written with passion, humour and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart – to take pleasure in the long ... Read more

    $10.79 USD

  • Shaped Notes

    How Ordinary People with Extraordinary Gifts Influenced My Life and Career

    Larnelle Harris is one of the most renowned Christian vocalists of our generation. Aside from his numerous accolades in the recording industry, Larnelle has been a stalwart figure of integrity, choosing to always put his marriage and children above his career. In his first memoir, Larnelle honestly shares some of the most difficult moments of his life – from losing his voice for a year to being ... Read more

    $8.69 USD

  • Beethoven's Hair

    An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Scientific Mystery Solved

    The basis for the movie of the same name, an astonishing tale of one lock of hair and its amazing travels--from nineteenth-century Vienna to twenty-first-century America.When Ludwig van Beethoven lay dying in 1827, a young musician named Ferdinand Hiller came to pay his respects to the great composer, snipping a lock of Beethoven's hair as a keepsake--as was custom at the time--in the process. For ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Boys in the Trees

    A Memoir

    by Carly Simon ...
    The Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller**A People Magazine Top Ten Book of the Year!"Intelligent and captivating. Don't miss it." - People Magazine**"One of the best celebrity memoirs of the year." -The Hollywood ReporterRock Star. Composer and Lyricist. Feminist Icon. Survivor.Simon's memoir reveals her remarkable life, beginning with her storied childhood as the third da... ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Ashes to Ashes

    The Songs of David Bowie, 1976-2016

    by Chris O'Leary ...
    A comprehensive exploration of the final four decades of David Bowie’s musical career—covering every song he wrote, performed, or producedIn Ashes to Ashes, the ultimate David Bowie expert offers a song-by-song retrospective of the legendary pop star's musical career from 1976 to 2016.Starting with Low, the first of Bowie's Berlin albums, and finishing with Blackstar—his final masterpiece released ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Rat Girl

    A Memoir

    by Kristin Hersh ...
    The founder of a cult rock band shares her outrageous tale of growing up much faster than planned.In 1985, Kristin Hersh was just starting to find her place in the world. After leaving home at the age of fifteen, the precocious child of unconventional hippies had enrolled in college while her band, Throwing Muses, was getting off the ground amid rumors of a major label deal. Then everything ... Read more

    $8.99 USD

  • Temptations

    Revised and Update

    by Otis Williams ...
    The Temptations were the most commercially successful and critically lauded male vocal group of the Sixties and early Seventies. Through the years, the group's trademark razor-sharp choreography, finely tuned harmonies, and compelling vocals made them the exemplars of the Motown style. This is the frank, revealing story of the legendary supergroup, told by its founder. ... Read more

    $13.09 USD

  • Skylark

    The Life and Times of Johnny Mercer

    by Philip Furia ...
    Skylark is the story of the tormented but glorious life and career of Johnny Mercer, and the first biography of this enormously popular and influential lyricist. Raised in Savannah, Mercer brought a quintessentially southern style to both his life in New York and to his lyrics, which often evoked the landscapes and mood of his youth ("Moon River", "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening"). Mercer ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • My Own Devices

    True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love

    by Dessa ...
    **“I love the way Dessa puts words together. In her songs, in her poetry, in her short stories, and now in this beautiful and candid memoir. Wanna be an artist? Get this book.”--Lin-Manuel Miranda"Dessa writes beautifully about a wide range of topics, including science, music, and the pain that comes with being in love; it's a surprising and generous memoir by a singular voice."--NPR, Best Books ... Read more

    $6.99 USD

  • Substance

    Inside New Order

    by Peter Hook ...
    Includes full set lists not included in the physical edition.In this final installment of his internationally bestselling three-part memoir—including The Hacienda and Unknown Pleasures—British rocker Peter Hook focuses on the 1980s New Wave and Dance Punk scene and the rise of one of the most influential bands of the Second British Invasion: New Order.Resurrected from the ashes of Joy Division ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Puccini Without Excuses

    A Refreshing Reassessment of the World's Most Popular Composer

    Puccini is the most beloved composer of opera in the world: one quarter of all opera performances in the U.S. are of his operas, his music pervades movie soundtracks, and his plots have infiltrated our popular culture. But, although Puccini’s art still captivates audiences and the popularity of such works as Tosca, La Bohéme, and Madama Butterfly has never waned, he has long been a victim of ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Never-Ending Present

    The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip

    The #1 National BestsellerShortlisted for the 2019 Speaker’s Book AwardNominated for the 2019 Heritage Toronto Book Award“Barclay combines his admiration of the band with his knowledge of the music industry to make a clever, touching, and very informative book that may well be the definitive work on an important piece of Canadian pop culture.” —, starred reviewTh... ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • David Bowie

    The Oral History

    by Dylan Jones ...
    Dylan Jones’s engrossing, magisterial biography of David Bowie is unlike any Bowie story ever written. Drawn from over 180 interviews with friends, rivals, lovers, and collaborators, some of whom have never before spoken about their relationship with Bowie, this oral history weaves a hypnotic spell as it unfolds the story of a remarkable rise to stardom and an unparalleled artistic path.Tracing ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Walk to Beautiful

    The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way

    * NEW YORK TIME BEST SELLER*Imagine yourself a thirteen-year-old hundreds of miles away from home, in a strange city, and your mom leaves you at a bus station parking lot and drives off into the night with her lover.That’s the real life story of country music star Jimmy Wayne. It’s a miracle that Jimmy survived being hungry and homeless, bouncing in and out of the foster care system, and sleeping ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Maestro

    A Surprising Story About Leading by Listening

    A conductor reveals powerful leadership lessons by explaining the inner workings of a symphony orchestraRoger Nierenberg, a veteran conductor, is the creator of The Music Paradigm, a unique program that invites people to sit INSIDE a professional symphony orchestra as the musicians and conductor solve problems together.He captures that experience in Maestro: A Surprising Story about Leading by ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Memory of All That

    "George Gershwin, Kay Swift, and My Family's Legacy of Infidelities

    The Memory of All That is Katharine Weber’s memoir of her extraordinary family.Her maternal grandmother, Kay Swift, was known both for her own music (she was the first woman to compose the score to a hit Broadway show, Fine and Dandy) and for her ten-year romance with George Gershwin. Their love affair began during Swift’s marriage to James Paul Warburg, the multitalented banker and economist who ... Read more

    $7.99 USD

  • Street Player

    My Chicago Story

    The inside story of Chicago, one of the most successful and enduring rock bands everWith their distinctive blending of soulful rock and horn-infused urban jazz, Chicago has thrilled music fans for more than forty years with their lyrical brilliance. In this no-holds-barred memoir, legendary rocker Danny Seraphine shares his dramatic—and often shocking—experiences as the popular supergroup's ... Read more

    $14.39 USD

  • Unmasked

    A Memoir

    "You have the luck of Croesus on stilts (as my Auntie Vi would have said) if you’ve had the sort of career, ups and downs, warts and all that I have in that wondrous little corner of show business called musical theatre."One of the most successful and distinguished artists of our time, Andrew Lloyd Webber has reigned over the musical theatre world for nearly five decades. The winner of numerous ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The One

    The Life and Music of James Brown

    by RJ Smith ...
    The definitive biography of James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, with fascinating findings on his life as a Civil Rights activist, an entrepreneur, and the most innovative musician of our timePlaying 350 shows a year at his peak, with more than forty Billboard hits, James Brown was a dazzling showman who transformed American music. His life offstage was just as vibrant, and until now no biographer ... Read more

    $7.99 USD

  • The Hacienda

    How Not to Run a Club

    by Peter Hook ...
    The acclaimed and wildly outlandish inside account of England’s most notorious music club, The Hacienda, from Peter Hook, the New York Times bestselling author of Unknown Pleasures and co-founder of Joy Division and New Order—a story of music, gangsters, drugs, and violence, available for the first time in the United States.During the 1980s, The Hacienda would become one of the most famous venues ... Read more

    $9.49 USD