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Holy Or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of ""Hallelujah"" (12 Edition)
Holy Or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of ""Hallelujah"" (12 Edition)
by Alan Light
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How did one obscure song become an international anthem for human triumph and tragedy, a song each successive generation seems to feel they have discovered and claimed as uniquely their own? Celebrated music journalist Alan Light follows the improbable... (read more)

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The Essential Ellen Willis
The Essential Ellen Willis
by Ellen Willis
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Out of the Vinyl Deeps, published in 2011, introduced a new generation to the incisive, witty, and merciless voice of Ellen Willis through her pioneering rock music criticism. In the years that followed, Willis’s daring insights went beyond... (read more)

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The Pitchfork 500: Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to the Present
The Pitchfork 500: Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to the Present
by Scott Plagenhoef and Ryan Schreiber
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If there is a more reliable outlet for cutting-edge music reviews than Pitchfork, I've yet to hear of it. Pitchfork's writers conjure up the 500 best songs of the past three decades with wit, penetrating insight, and a few surprises.... (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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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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Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984
Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984
by Simon Reynolds
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Rip It Up and Start Again is the first book-length exploration of the wildly adventurous music created in the years after punk. Renowned music journalist Simon Reynolds celebrates the futurist spirit of such bands as Joy Division, Gang of Four, Talking... (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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There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll
There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll
by Lisa Robinson
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From a legendary journalist with four decades of unprecedented access and untold stories, an insiders behind-the-scenes look at the major personalities of rock and roll.   Lisa Robinson has interviewed everyone from John Lennon to Bono to Patti... (read more)

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Rock and Roll Always Forgets: A Quarter Century of Music Criticism
Rock and Roll Always Forgets: A Quarter Century of Music Criticism
by Chuck Eddy
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Chuck Eddy is one of the most entertaining, idiosyncratic, influential, and prolific music critics of the past three decades. His byline has appeared everywhere from the Village Voice and Rolling Stone to Creem, Spin, and Vibe. Eddy is a consistently... (read more)

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The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club
The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club
by Peter Hook
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The acclaimed and wildly outlandish inside account of Englands 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... (read more)

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Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge
Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge
by Mark Yarm
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A Time Magazine Best Book of 2011, Featuring Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Mudhoney and more! Twenty years after the release of Nirvana’s landmark album Nevermind comes Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge... (read more)

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Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Bittersweet Story of 1970
Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Bittersweet Story of 1970
by David Browne
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Set against a backdrop of world-changing historical and political events, Fire and Rain tells the extraordinary story of one pivotal year in the lives and music of four legendary artists, and reveals how these artists and their songs both shaped and... (read more)

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Girl Groups, Girl Culture: Popular Music and Identity in the 1960s
Girl Groups, Girl Culture: Popular Music and Identity in the 1960s
by Jacqueline Warwick
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Then He Kissed Me, He's A Rebel, Chains, Stop! In the Name of Love all these songs capture the spirit of an era and an image of girlhood in post-World War II America that still reverberates today.While there were over 1500 girl groups recorded in the... (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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Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon
Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon
by Harvey Kubernik
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A lavishly illustrated insiders look at 80 years of music and culture in Laurel Canyon--a ZIP code with its own playlist. Sonny & Cher, the Doors, the Monkees, the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne; Crosby, Stills, Nash... (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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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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The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture
The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture
by Michael J Kramer
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In his 1967 megahit "San Francisco," Scott McKenzie sang of "people in motion" coming from all across the country to San Francisco, the white-hot center of rock music and anti-war protests. At the same time, another large group of young Americans was... (read more)

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Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution
Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution
by Sara Marcus
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“For a Second Wave feminist like myself, Girls to the Front evokes wonderfully the way the generation after mine soaked up the promise and the punishment of feminist consciousness....A richly moving story.” —Village Voice writer... (read more)

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Hits and Misses: Crafting Top 40 Singles, 1963-1971
Hits and Misses: Crafting Top 40 Singles, 1963-1971
by Robert Toft
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<p><font face="Times New Roman" size=3><em>Hits and Misses</em> examines a selection of songs and recordings through the lens of textual criticism and delineates the creative... (read more)

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