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Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph
Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph
by Jan Swafford
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Jan Swaffords biographies of Charles Ives and Johannes Brahms have established him as a revered music historian, capable of bringing his subjects vibrantly to life. His magnificent new biography of Ludwig van Beethoven peels away layers of legend to get... (read more)

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Just Kids
Just Kids
by Patti Smith
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In her memoir Just Kids, Smith chronicles her lifelong friendship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. A gifted wordsmith, she's vividly observant and sometimes painfully self-aware, with a voice possessed not only of yearning but also of experience.... (read more)

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Straight Life: The Story of Art Pepper
Straight Life: The Story of Art Pepper
by Art Pepper
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Art Pepper (1925–1982) was called the greatest alto saxophonist of the post-Charlie Parker generation. But his autobiography, Straight Life, is much more than a jazz book—it is one of the most explosive, yet one of the most lyrical, of all... (read more)

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I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like: Mostly True Tall Tales
I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like: Mostly True Tall Tales
by Todd Snider
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Acclaimed singer-songwriter Todd Sniders hilarious stories gathered in print for the first time "[Snider] combines the sly phrasing of a stoner, the perfect timing of a stand-up comedian, and a mastery of the tiny detail."—The New Yorker "Todd... (read more)

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The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band
The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band
by Motley Crue
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Whiskey and porn stars, hot reds and car crashes, black leather and high heels, overdoses and death. This is the life of MÖtley CrÜe, the heaviest drinking, hardest fighting, most oversexed and arrogant band in the world. Their unbelievable... (read more)

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Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life
Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life
by Graham Nash
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From Graham Nash—the legendary musician and founding member of the iconic bands Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Hollies—comes a candid and riveting autobiography that belongs on the reading list of every classic rock fan.   Graham Nash'... (read more)

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Face the Music: A Life Exposed
Face the Music: A Life Exposed
by Paul Stanley
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In Face the Music, Paul Stanley—the co-founder and famous “Starchild” frontman of KISS—reveals for the first time the incredible highs and equally incredible lows in his life both inside and outside the band. Face the... (read more)

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Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove
Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove
by Ahmir Thompson
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"When you live your life through records, the records are a record of your life." Drummer, DJ, producer, and cofounder of the legendary Roots crew, Ahmir "Questlove" (a.k.a. "?uestlove" and "Questo") Thompson is one of the music world's most virtuosic... (read more)

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The Beat of My Own Drum
The Beat of My Own Drum
by Sheila E
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From the Grammy Awardand#8211;nominated singer, drummer, and percussionist who has shared the stage with countless musicians and is renowned for her contributions throughout the music industry, including opening for the Purple Rain Tour, a moving memoir... (read more)

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A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, from Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man
A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, from Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man
by Holly George Warren
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The first biography of the influential musician and forebear of the indie-rock scene Alex Chiltons story is rags to riches in reverse, beginning with teenage rock stardom and heading downward. Following stints leading 60s sensation the Box Tops (“... (read more)

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Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir
Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir
by Linda Ronstadt
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and#8220;A captivating account of Linda Ronstadtand#8217;s journey from a happy childhood in a music-loving Southwestern family to international success as a Grammy Award-winning, double-platinum-selling starand#8230;Her intelligence, passion, humor, and... (read more)

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Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time
Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time
by Rob Sheffield
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Mix tapes: Stick one into a deck and you’re  transported to another time in your life. For Rob Sheffield, author of Turn Around Bright Eyes that time was one of miraculous love and unbearable grief. A time that spanned seven years, it started... (read more)

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Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road
Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road
by Willie Nelson
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You won't see no sad and teary eyes when I get my wings, and it's my time to flyJust call my friends and tell them there's a party, come on bySo just roll me up and smoke me when I die In Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, Willie Nelson... (read more)

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Through the Eye of the Tiger: The Rock 'n' Roll Life of Survivor's Founding Member
Through the Eye of the Tiger: The Rock 'n' Roll Life of Survivor's Founding Member
by Jim Peterik
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As the founding member of Survivor and co-writer of one of the most inspirational songs in rock history, Jim Peterik easily fits into the category of “rock star.” But a closer look at Peteriks life and career reveal that he is anything but... (read more)

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Dream Weaver: A Memoir; Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison
Dream Weaver: A Memoir; Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison
by Gary Wright
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Music legend Gary Wright reflects on his professional collaboration, friendship, and spiritual journey with "quiet Beatle" George Harrison, and releases for the first time a song they wrote together. Best known for his multiplatinum hits “Dream... (read more)

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Miles
Miles
by Miles Davis
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Timed to the twentieth anniversary of Miles Davis’s death, this is the classic, unfiltered, bestselling autobiography of an American legend. Even twenty years after he died, Miles Davis remains a giant of American music, and one of the most famous... (read more)

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Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen
Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen
by Al Jourgensen
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Ministry is a memoir both ugly and captivating, revealing Al Jourgensen as a man who lived a hard life his own way without making compromises. He survived prolonged drug addiction—twenty-two years of chronic heroin, cocaine, and alcohol abuse, to... (read more)

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Autobiography
Autobiography
by Morrissey
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“Practically every paragraph has a line or two that demands to be read aloud to the mirror, tattooed on foreheads, carved on tombstones.” –Rolling Stone “Morrissey is a pop star of unusual writing talent.” –The New York... (read more)

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Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story
Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story
by George Lipsitz
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[INSIDE FRONT FLAP:] Considered by many to be the godfather of R&B, Johnny Otis—musician, producer, artist, entrepreneur, pastor, disc jockey, writer, and tireless fighter for racial equality—has had a remarkable life by any... (read more)

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Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain
Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain
by Charles R. Cross
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Kurt Cobain was the voice of a generation. Twenty years after his death, why does he still matter? On April 5, 1994, twenty-seven-year-old Kurt Cobain took his own life. His desperation to kick drugs, his complicated relationship with fame, his tortured... (read more)

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