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Me: Elton John Official Autobiography
by Elton John

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English

Pages

376

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<p><b>INSTANT #1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, from his rollercoaster lifestyle as shown in the film <i>Rocketman</i>, to becoming a living legend.</b></p><p>Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London suburb of Pinner and dreamed of becoming a pop star. By the age of twenty-three he was performing his first gig in America, facing an astonished audience in his bright yellow dungarees, a star-spangled T-shirt, and boots with wings. Elton John had arrived and the music world would never be the same again.</p><p>His life has been full of drama, from the early rejection of his work with song-writing partner Bernie Taupin to spinning out of control as a chart-topping superstar; from half-heartedly trying to drown himself in his LA swimming pool to disco-dancing with Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, and George Michael to setting up his AIDS Foundation to conquering Broadway with <i>Aida</i>, <i>The Lion King</i>, and <i>Billy Elliot the Musical</i>. All the while Elton was hiding a drug addiction that would grip him for over a decade.</p><p>In <i>Me</i>, Elton also writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father. In a voice that is warm, humble, and open, this is Elton on his music and his relationships, his passions and his mistakes. This is a story that will stay with you by a living legend.</p>
How Music Works
by David Byrne

Language

English

Pages

384

Publication Date

May 02, 2017

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<i><b>*Updated with a new chapter on digital curation*</b><br /><br />How Music Works</i> is David Byrne鈥檚 incisive and enthusiastic look at the musical art form, from its very inceptions to the influences that shape it, whether acoustical, economic, social or technological. Utilizing his incomparable career and inspired collaborations with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and many others, Byrne taps deeply into his lifetime of knowledge to explore the panoptic elements of music, how it shapes the human experience, and reveals the impetus behind how we create, consume, distribute, and enjoy the songs, symphonies, and rhythms that provide the backbeat of life. Byrne鈥檚 magnum opus uncovers ever-new and thrilling realizations about the redemptive liberation that music brings us all.<br /><br /><br /><i><br /></i>
Acid for the Children: A Memoir
by Flea

Language

English

Pages

379

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<b><i>New York Times </i>Bestseller</b><b><br /></b><b>The iconic bassist and co-founder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers tells his fascinating origin story, complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you'd want from an LA street rat turned world famous rock star.</b><br /><br />In <i>Acid for the Children</i>, Flea takes readers on a deeply personal and revealing tour of his formative years, spanning from Australia to the New York City suburbs to, finally, Los Angeles. Through hilarious anecdotes, poetical meditations, and occasional flights of fantasy, Flea deftly chronicles the experiences that forged him as an artist, a musician, and a young man. His dreamy, jazz-inflected prose makes the Los Angeles of the 1970s and 80s come to gritty, glorious life, including the potential for fun, danger, mayhem, or inspiration that lurked around every corner. It is here that young Flea, looking to escape a turbulent home, found family in a community of musicians, artists, and junkies who also lived on the fringe. He spent most of his time partying and committing petty crimes. But it was in music where he found a higher meaning, a place to channel his frustration, loneliness, and love. This left him open to the life-changing moment when he and his best friends, soul brothers, and partners-in-mischief came up with the idea to start their own band, which became the Red Hot Chili Peppers. <br /><br /><i>Acid for the Children</i> is the debut of a stunning new literary voice, whose prose is as witty, entertaining, and wildly unpredictable as the author himself. It's a tenderly evocative coming-of-age story and a raucous love letter to the power of music and creativity from one of the most renowned musicians of our time.<br />
I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen
by Sylvie Simmons

Language

English

Pages

597

Publication Date

September 18, 2012

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<p>Singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen is one of the most important and influential musical artists of the past fifty years鈥攁nd one of the most elusive. In <em>I鈥檓 Your Man</em>, journalist Sylvie Simmons, one of the foremost chroniclers of the world of rock 鈥檔鈥?roll and popular music, explores the extraordinary life and creative genius of Leonard Cohen.</p><p><em>I鈥檓 Your Man</em> is an intimate and insightful appreciation of the man responsible for 鈥淪uzanne,鈥?鈥淏ird on a Wire,鈥?鈥淗allelujah,鈥?and so many other unforgettable, oft-covered ballads and songs.聽 Based on Simmons鈥檚 unparalleled access to Cohen鈥攁nd written with her hallmark blend of intelligence, integrity, and style鈥?lt;em>I鈥檓 Your Man</em> is the definitive biography of a major musical artist widely considered in a league with the great Bob Dylan.</p><p>Readers of <em>Life</em> by Rolling Stone Keith Richards and Patti Smith鈥檚 phenomenal <em>Just Kids</em> will be riveted by this fascinating portrait of a singular musical icon.</p>
The Beautiful Ones
by Prince

Language

English

Pages

278

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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<b><b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES聽</i>BESTSELLER 鈥⒙?lt;/b>The brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time, in his own words鈥攆eaturing never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets, and the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death</b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST MUSIC BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW </i>AND ONE聽OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>THE WASHINGTON POST </i>AND <i>THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS</i></b><br /><br /> Prince was a musical genius, one of the most beloved, accomplished, and acclaimed musicians of our time. He was a startlingly original visionary with an imagination deep enough to whip up whole worlds, from the sexy, gritty funk paradise of 鈥淯ptown鈥?to the mythical landscape of <i>Purple Rain</i> to the psychedelia of 鈥淧aisley Park.鈥?But his most ambitious creative act was turning Prince Rogers Nelson, born in Minnesota, into Prince, one of the greatest pop stars of any era.<br /><br /> <i>The Beautiful Ones</i> is the story of how Prince became Prince鈥攁 first-person account of a kid absorbing the world around him and then creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and fame that would come to define him. The book is told in four parts. The first is the memoir Prince was writing before his tragic death, pages that bring us into his childhood world through his own lyrical prose. The second part takes us through Prince鈥檚 early years as a musician, before his first album was released, via an evocative scrapbook of writing and photos. The third section shows us Prince鈥檚 evolution through candid images that go up to the cusp of his greatest achievement, which we see in the book鈥檚 fourth section: his original handwritten treatment for <i>Purple Rain</i>鈥攖he final stage in Prince鈥檚 self-creation, where he retells the autobiography of the first three parts as a heroic journey.<br /><br /> The book is framed by editor Dan Piepenbring鈥檚 riveting and moving introduction about his profound collaboration with Prince in his final months鈥攁 time when Prince was thinking deeply about how to reveal more of himself and his ideas to the world, while retaining the mystery and mystique he鈥檇 so carefully cultivated鈥攁nd annotations that provide context to the book鈥檚 images.<br /><br /> This work is not just a tribute to an icon, but an original and energizing literary work in its own right, full of Prince鈥檚 ideas and vision, his voice and image鈥攈is undying gift to the world.
A Mersey Killing: When Liverpool Rocked, And The Music Died (Mers...
by Brian L. Porter

Language

English

Pages

282

Publication Date

July 07, 2015

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<p><i><strong>Over 100,000 copies sold in the series.</strong></i></p><p><strong>A skeleton and a missing woman. A doomed romance. A mystery spanning two generations.</strong></p><p>Liverpool, 1961. A group of young men come together seeking fame and fortune, as the fledgling sounds of the Swinging Sixties take root in the city. Soon, Liverpool becomes synonymous with the music that shapes a generation.</p><p>Liverpool, 1999. Skeletal remains found in the docklands lead Detective Inspector Andy Ross and Sergeant Izzie Drake into a journey through time, as the investigation takes them back to early days of the Mersey Beat.</p><p>Whose bones laid beneath the mud of the River Mersey for over thirty years, and what links them to a young woman, missing for the entire time?</p><p>Praise:</p><p><i><strong>鈽呪槄鈽呪槄鈽?- "Had me hooked from the beginning."</strong></i></p><p><i><strong>鈽呪槄鈽呪槄鈽?- "Brilliant plot... mystery writing at its best."</strong></i></p><p><i><strong>鈽呪槄鈽呪槄鈽?- "A trip across time... well done, Mr. Porter."</strong></i></p><p><i><strong>鈽呪槄鈽呪槄鈽?- "Solid crime series with likable protagonists and a great story."</strong></i></p>
JAY-Z: Made in America
by Michael Eric Dyson

Language

English

Pages

240

Publication Date

November 26, 2019

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<p><b>NOW A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i>, </b><b><i>USA TODAY</i></b><b>, AND</b> <b><i>PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY</i></b> <b>BESTSELLER</b><br /><b></b><br />"Dyson writes with the affection of a fan but the rigor of an academic. ... Using extensive passages from Jay-Z鈥檚 lyrics, 'Made in America' examines the rapper鈥檚 role as a poet, an aesthete, an advocate for racial justice and a business, man, but devotes much of its energy to Hova the Hustler." 鈥?lt;b>Allison Stewart, <i>The Washington Post</i></b></p><p>"Dyson's incisive analysis of JAY-Z's brilliance not only offers a brief history of hip-hop's critical place in American culture, but also hints at how we can best move forward."<b> 鈥擰uestlove</b></p><p><i>JAY-Z: Made in America</i> is the fruit of Michael Eric Dyson鈥檚 decade of teaching the work of one of the greatest poets this nation has produced, as gifted a wordsmith as Walt Whitman, Robert Frost and Rita Dove. But as a rapper, he鈥檚 sometimes not given the credit he deserves for just how great an artist he鈥檚 been for so long. </p><p>This book wrestles with the biggest themes of JAY-Z's career, including hustling, and it recognizes the way that he鈥檚 always weaved politics into his music, making important statements about race, criminal justice, black wealth and social injustice. As he enters his fifties, and to mark his thirty years as a recording artist, this is the perfect time to take a look at JAY-Z鈥檚 career and his role in making this nation what it is today. </p><p>In many ways, this is JAY-Z鈥檚 America as much as it鈥檚 Pelosi鈥檚 America, or Trump鈥檚 America, or Martin Luther King鈥檚 America. JAY-Z has given this country a language to think with and words to live by.</p><p>Featuring a Foreword by Pharrell</p>
A Little Like Destiny
by Lisa Suzanne

Language

English

Pages

280

Publication Date

August 31, 2017

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<b> #1 Bestselling Rock Music Book</b><br /><br /><i>A LITTLE LIKE DESTINY is a contemporary forbidden romance from bestselling author Lisa Suzanne that pits a rock star against his business executive brother.聽</i><br /><br /><i></i>Reserved and responsible Reese Brady refuses to miss her chance with bad boy rock star Mark Ashton. After one steamy night, she's convinced the emotional connection they shared was just a figment of her imagination. After all, he's a womanizer whose affairs are highly publicized.<br /><br />Reese strives to leave that night behind her after a handsome business mogul asks her to dinner. Her relationship with Brian Fox quickly escalates into something meaningful, but she never expects the secret that emerges when he finally invites her to his penthouse.<br /><br />She fell in love with a rock star the last time she was there. How could she know she'd fall in love with his brother next?<br /><br />This is the first book in a trilogy that must be read in order:<br /><i>A Little Like Destiny<br />Only Ever You<br />Clean Break </i>
Hard to Handle: The Life and Death of the Black Crowes--A Memoir
by Steve Gorman

Language

English

Pages

369

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<b>An insider biography of the Black Crowes by drummer and cofounder Steve Gorman</b><br /><br />For over two decades, the Black Crowes topped the charts and reigned supreme over the radio waves, even as hair bands, grunge, and hip-hop threatened to dethrone them. With hits like "Hard to Handle," "She Talks to Angels," and "Remedy," their massive success launched them to stardom in the early '90s, earning them a place among rock royalty. They were on the cover of <i>Rolling Stone, </i>MTV played their videos 24/7, and Generation X re-discovered the power of classic rock and blues by digging into multi-platinum classics like <i>Shake Your Money Maker </i>and <i>The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion</i>.<br /><br /> But stardom can be fleeting. For the Black Crowes, success slowly dwindled as the band members got caught up in the rock star world and lost sight of their musical ambition. Despite the drinking, drugs, and incessant fighting between Chris and Rich Robinson--the angriest brothers in rock and roll, with all due respect to Oasis and the Kinks--the band continued to tour until 2013. On any given night, they could be the best band you ever saw. (Or the most combative.) Then, one last rift caused by Chris Robinson proved insurmountable for the band to survive. After that, the Black Crowes would fly no more.<br /><br /> Founding member Steve Gorman was there for all of it--the coke and weed-fueled tours; the tumultuous recording sessions; the backstage hangs with legends like Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and the Rolling Stones. As the band's drummer and voice of reason, he tried to keep the Black Crowes together musically--and in one piece emotionally. In his first-person history of the Black Crowes, <i>Hard To Handle</i>--the first ever account of this great American rock band's beginning, middle, and end--Gorman makes it clear just how impossible that job was. Fortunately, Gorman tells the tale with great insight, candor, and humor. They don't make bands like the Black Crowes anymore: crazy, brilliant, self-destructive, inspiring, and, ultimately, not built to last. But, man, what a ride it was while it lasted. <br /><br /><br />
Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust-Instruments of Hope and...
by James A. Grymes

Language

English

Pages

339

Publication Date

August 12, 2014

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<p>A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, <em>Violins of Hope</em> tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, and the Israeli violin maker dedicated to bringing these inspirational instruments back to life.</p><p>The violin has formed an important aspect of Jewish culture for centuries, both as a popular instrument with classical Jewish musicians鈥擩ascha Heifetz, Yehudi Menuhin, Itzhak Perlman鈥攁nd also a central factor of social life as part of the enduring Klezmer tradition. But during the Holocaust, the violin assumed extraordinary new roles within the Jewish community. For some musicians, the instrument was a liberator; for others, it was a savior that spared their lives. For many, the violin provided comfort in mankind鈥檚 darkest hour, and, in at least one case, helped avenge murdered family members. Above all, the violins of the Holocaust represented strength and optimism for the future.</p><p>In <em>Violins of Hope</em>, music historian James A. Grymes tells the amazing, horrifying, and inspiring story of the violins of the Holocaust, and of Amnon Weinstein, the renowned Israeli violinmaker who has devoted the past twenty years to restoring these instruments in tribute to those who were lost, including 400 members of his own family. Juxtaposing tales of individual violins with one man鈥檚 harrowing struggle to reconcile his own family鈥檚 history and the history of his people, it is a poignant, affecting, and ultimately uplifting look at the Holocaust and its enduring impact.</p>

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