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  • Working Class Mysticby Gary Tillery

    Quest Books 2012; US$ 15.95

    John Lennon called himself a working class hero. George Harrison was a working class mystic. Born in Liverpool as the son of a bus conductor and a shop assistant, for the first six years of his life he lived in a house with no indoor bathroom. This book gives an honest, in-depth view of his personal journey from his blue-collar childhood to his role... more...

  • Whole Lotta Ledby Ralph Hulett; Jerry Prochnicky

    Kensington 2011; US$ 13.29

    In September 1968, four English lads gathered together for the first time in a small, stuffy London rehearsal room in a basement filled with wall-to-wall amplifiers. It was their first big tryout as musicians, and each of them was nervous. Would they come together as a band? Or would they crash and burn, becoming nothing but a rock footnote? Then the... more...

  • 98 Degrees...by Kristin Sparks

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 8.99

    Drew, Jeff, Nick and Justin. They're four fine guys who are taking the music world by storm with their winning combination of R&B and pop. Where did they come from? Where do they see themselves going? What inspires their fabulous songs? And what's going on in their personal lives? Find out the sizzling inside story on this scorchingly sexy band! more...

  • The Chieftainsby John Glatt

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 8.99

    Since their humble beginnings in the folk clubs and bars of Ireland in the early '60s, The Chieftains have built a worldwide reputation and following based on their brilliant musicianship, their rediscovery and reinvention of traditional Irish music, and their own original music and Oscar-winning soundtracks. Based on exclusive interviews with all... more...

  • Commandoby Johnny Ramone

    Abrams 2012; US$ 24.95

    Raised in Queens, New York, Johnny Ramone founded one of the most influential rock bands of all time, but he never strayed from his blue-collar roots and attitude. He was truly imbued with the angry-young-man spirit that would characterize his persona both on and off stage. Through it all, Johnny kept the band focused and moving forward, ultimately... more...

  • Virgil Thomsonby Virgil Thomson

    Library of America 2016; US$ 9.99

    Virgil Thomson was a gifted composer and one of the nation?s foremost cultural critics. The best-selling autobiography Virgil Thomson (1966) is his gossipy telling of his own extraordinary progress from unteachable smart aleck to revered elder statesman. It recounts his artistically precocious Kansas City boyhood, demanding Harvard education, apprenticeship... more...

  • A Stray Cat Strutsby Slim Jim Phantom

    St. Martin's Press 2016; US$ 26.99

    In June 1980, 19-year-old James McDonnell (known as Slim Jim Phantom) boarded a plane from New York City to London with his childhood friends and bandmates Brian Setzer and Lee Rocker. In less than a year, they went from being homeless, hungry, and living in punk rock squats to the toast of the London music scene. The Stray Cats developed a signature... more...

  • Come a Little Bit Closerby Ian Wilson

    Affirm Press 2013; US$ 19.99

    Ian ?Peewee? Wilson has been singing bass doo-wop with iconic vocal group The Delltones since the 1950s and the First Wave of Australian pop. In this breezy and brilliant memoir, Peewee recalls the highs and inimitable lows of life fronting Australia?s longest-performing vocal group. Beyond the stage door he reveals the secret to his longevity:... more...

  • The Train in the Nightby Nick Coleman

    Counterpoint 2013; US$ 25.99

    For thirty years Nick Coleman immersed himself in music, from rock?n?roll to pro rock,? jazz to classical, until one morning as he sat up in bed, his right ear went stone deaf. His left earas though to compensatestarted to make horrific noises like the inside of an old fridge hooked up to a half-blown amplifier.? The Train in the Night explores... more...

  • Sweet Dreams and Flying Machinesby Mark Ribowsky

    Chicago Review Press 2016; US$ 28.99

    In 1970 a scraggly, antiheroic young man from North Carolina by way of Massachusetts began  presenting a comforting new sound, a kind never heard before. Within a year, when young ears sought a new sound, there was "Fire and Rain" and "You've Got a Friend," and a new Southern California-fed branch of pop music. Taylor was its reluctant leader. Remarkably,... more...