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Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s
Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s
by Lori Majewski
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Mad World is a highly entertaining oral history that celebrates the New Wave music phenomenon of the 1980s via new interviews with 35 of the most notable artists of the period. Each chapter begins with a discussion of their most popular song but leads to... (read more)

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Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon--And the Journey of a Generation
Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon--And the Journey of a Generation
by Sheila Weller
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A groundbreaking and irresistible biography of three of America's most important musical artists -- Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon -- charts their lives as women at a magical moment in time. Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon... (read more)

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Rock and Roll Year by Year
Rock and Roll Year by Year
by Luke Crampton
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From Abba to ZZ Top, from the birth of rock and roll in the 50's to the unpredictable music of the present day, Rock & Roll Year By Year is the definitive guide to the music that influenced generations and helped shaped history. Meticulously written to... (read more)

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The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah"
The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah"
by Alan Light
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In the nearly 30 years since Leonard Cohen first recorded "Hallelujah," it has gone from a largely overlooked album track to one of the most covered songs in recent history. Rock editor and journalist Alan Light traces the improbable trajectory of this... (read more)

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Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century
Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century
by Greil Marcus
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This is a secret history of modern times, told by way of what conventional history tries to exclude. Lipstick Traces tells a story as disruptive and compelling as the century itself. "Hip, metaphorical and allusive"...--Gail Caldwell, Boston Sunday Globe.... (read more)

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Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music
Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music
by Ellen Willis
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In 1968, the New Yorker hired Ellen Willis as its first popular music critic. Her column, Rock, Etc., ran for seven years and established Willis as a leader in cultural commentary and a pioneer in the nascent and otherwise male-dominated field of rock... (read more)

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You Don't Know Me But You Don't Like Me: Phish, Insane Clown Posse, and My Misadventures with Two of Music's Most Maligned Tribes
You Don't Know Me But You Don't Like Me: Phish, Insane Clown Posse, and My Misadventures with Two of Music's Most Maligned Tribes
by Nathan Rabin
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When memoirist and head writer for The A.V. Club Nathan Rabin first set out to write about obsessed music fans, he had no idea the journey would take him to the deepest recesses of both the pop culture universe and his own mind. For two very curious... (read more)

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What You Want Is in the Limo: On the Road with Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, and the Who in 1973, the Year the Sixties Died and the Modern Rock Star Was Born
What You Want Is in the Limo: On the Road with Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, and the Who in 1973, the Year the Sixties Died and the Modern Rock Star Was Born
by Michael Walker
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An epic joyride through three history-making tours in 1973 that defined rock and roll superstardom — the money, the access, the excess — forevermore. The Who’s Quadrophenia. Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy. Alice Cooper’s... (read more)

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The Chitlin' Circuit: And the Road to Rock 'n' Roll
The Chitlin' Circuit: And the Road to Rock 'n' Roll
by Preston Lauterbach
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"A well-researched valentine to a lost world of seedy con men, promoters and club owners, the power brokers and hustlers who made the 'circuitry spark.' "--Eddie Dean, Wall Street Journal "Lauterbach spins the tale with enormous vitality and it's... (read more)

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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
by Jim Derogatis
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Parental Advisory: Music Censorship in America
Parental Advisory: Music Censorship in America
by Eric Nuzum
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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Music Your Parents Never Wanted You To Hear Believe it or not, music censorship in America did not begin with Tipper Gore's horrified reaction to her daughter's Prince album. The vilification of popular music... (read more)

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I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution
I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution
by Craig Marks
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SLIMED! An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age tells the surprisingly complex, wonderfully nostalgic, and impressively compelling story of how Nickelodeon -- the First Kids' Network -- began as a DIY startup in the late 70s, and forged ahead... (read more)

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Rock Venom
Rock Venom
by Susan Black
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The world of celebrity and entertainment thrives on scandal, intrigue and plain bad behaviour Competition is fierce, and a headline-grabbing anecdote or snarling comment has the power to fill gossip columns and keep the savvy star at the forefront of all... (read more)

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Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music
Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music
by Marisa Meltzer
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In the early nineties, riot grrrl exploded onto the underground music scene, inspiring girls to pick up an instrument, create fanzines, and become politically active. Rejecting both traditional gender roles and their parents brand of feminism, riot... (read more)

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Sex & Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll
Sex & Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll
by Chris Charlesworth
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A bumper collection of photographs, mostly of rock and pop stars in situations where in hindsight, they would probably have preferred the cameramen to be elsewhere at the time. It is also a collection of shots in which sex has been used to sell the... (read more)

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Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Life
Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Life
by Elliot Tiber
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This is the movie tie-in edition. Directed by Ang Lee, starring Emile Hirsch and Demetri Martin, Taking Woodstock celebrates the Woodstock, and author Elliot Tiber's coming of age and his relationships with Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams and Robert... (read more)

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The Rolling Stone Interviews
The Rolling Stone Interviews
by Jann Wenner
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The greatest interviews with the greatest rock stars, movie stars, and cultural icons--uncensored and unfiltered--are published together in one remarkable volume in celebration of "Rolling Stones" 40th anniversary.... (read more)

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Rock Connections: The Complete Family Tree of Rock 'n' Roll
Rock Connections: The Complete Family Tree of Rock 'n' Roll
by Bruno Macdonald
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Who put the bop in the bop-she-bop-she-bop? In Rock Connections: The Complete Family Tree of Rock ‘n' Roll, music writers Robert Dimery and Bruno MacDonald (co-authors of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and Rock & Roll Heaven) deliver... (read more)

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Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story
Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story
by Chuck Klosterman
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For 6,557 miles, Chuck Klosterman thought about dying. He drove a rental car from New York to Rhode Island to Georgia to Mississippi to Iowa to Minneapolis to Fargo to Seattle, and he chased death and rock 'n' roll all the way. Within the span of twenty... (read more)

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A Rocket in My Pocket: The Hipster's Guide to Rockabilly Music
A Rocket in My Pocket: The Hipster's Guide to Rockabilly Music
by Max Decharne
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Rockabilly had its roots in country, blues, folk, hillbilly, R&B, boogie-woogie and most other indigenous Deep South forms of popular song that you could strum three chords along to or howl down a cheap microphone. It was young people's music, made... (read more)

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