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  • Queenby Nadine Cohodas

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 28.50

    Queen is the landmark biography of the brief, intensely lived life and soulful music of the great Dinah Washington. A gospel star at fifteen, she was discovered by jazz great Lionel Hampton at eighteen, and for the rest of her life was on the road, playing clubs, or singing in the studio--making music one way or another. Dinah's tart and heartfelt... more...

  • Chopin's Funeralby Benita Eisler

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 15.95

    Frédéric Chopin?s reputation as one of the Great Romantics endures, but as Benita Eisler reveals in her elegant and elegiac biography, the man was more complicated than his iconic image. A classicist, conservative, and dandy who relished his conquest of Parisian society, the Polish émigré was for a while blessed with genius, acclaim, and the love... more...

  • Sinatraby Anthony Summers; Robbyn Swan

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 22.00

    Packed with revelations, this is the first complete account of a career built on raw talent, sheer willpower--and criminal connections. Anthony Summers--bestselling author of Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe --and Robbyn Swan unveil stunning new information about Sinatra?s links to the Mafia, his crowded love life and his tangled relationships... more...

  • A Long Strange Tripby Dennis Mcnally

    Crown/Archetype 2007; US$ 22.00

    The complete history of one of the most long-lived and legendary bands in rock history, written by its official historian and publicist?a must-have chronicle for all Dead Heads, and for students of rock and the 1960s? counterculture. From 1965 to 1995, the Grateful Dead flourished as one of the most beloved, unusual, and accomplished musical entities... more...

  • The Adventures of Grandmaster Flashby Grandmaster Flash; David Ritz

    Crown/Archetype 2008; US$ 22.95

    A no-holds-barred memoir from the primary architect of hip hop and one of the culture's most revered music icons?both the tale of his life and legacy and a testament to dogged determination. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five fomented the musical revolution known as hip hop. Theirs was a groundbreaking union between one DJ and five rapping MCs.... more...

  • Higher Groundby Craig Werner

    Crown/Archetype 2007; US$ 14.95

    In Higher Ground , one of our most insightful music writers brilliantly reinterprets the lives of three pop geniuses and the soul revolution they launched. Soul music is one of America's greatest cultural achievements, and Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and Curtis Mayfield are three of its most inspired practitioners. In midcentury America it was... more...

  • For the Musicby Jo Sgammato

    Random House Publishing Group 2008; US$ 15.00

    TO LOVE MUSIC IS TO LOVE VINCE GILL His pure tenor voice, amazing guitar playing, and superb songwriting skills have earned Vince Gill eleven Grammies and seventeen Country Music Association Awards--making him the biggest CMA winner of all time. But it's the man behind the music who inspires so much love and devotion from his fans and his peers. Humble,... more...

  • We'll Be Here For the Rest of Our Livesby Paul Shaffer; David Ritz

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 15.95

    Paul Shaffer?born and bred music junkie and longtime leader of David Letterman?s Late Show band?opens up in this candid, endearing, hilarious, and star-studded memoir.  From playing seedy strip joints in Toronto, to being the first musical director of Saturday Night Live and helping to form the Blues Brothers, to being onstage every night with... more...

  • Before the Legendby Christopher Farley

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 7.99

    Bob Marley was a reggae superstar, a musical prophet who brought the sound of the Third World to the entire globe. Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley goes beyond the myth of Marley to bring you the private side of a man few people ever really knew. Drawing from original interviews with the people closest to Marleyincluding his widow, Rita,... more...

  • The Facts of Lifeby Willie Nelson; Larry Mcmurtry

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 15.00

    If you had to give America a voice, it?s been said more than once, that voice would be Willie Nelson?s. For more than fifty years, he?s taken the stuff of his life-the good and the bad-and made from it a body of work that has become a permanent part of our musical heritage and kept us company through the good and the bad of our own lives. Long before... more...