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AN EPIC HISTORY OF THE STYLE, SOUND, AND REVOLUTION OF THE ELECTRIC GUITAR
Written by BRAD TOLINSKI, ALAN DI PERNA
Foreword by CARLOS SANTANA

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 10/25/2016

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-54099-5

"Every guitar player will want to read this book twice. And even the casual music fan will find a thrilling narrative that weaves together cultural history, musical history, race, politics, business case studies, advertising, and technological discovery." —Daniel Levitin, Wall Street Journal

An unprecedented history of the electric guitar, its explosive impact on music and culture, and the players and builders who brought it to life
 

For generations the electric guitar has been an...

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MY LIFE AS A PRETENDER
Written by CHRISSIE HYNDE

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 08/09/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-91223-2

Chrissie Hynde, leader of the Pretenders, is one of the most widely imitated figures in rock: sexy, unflappable, vulnerable yet tough, a groundbreaking songwriter and performer. In these pages, Chrissie gives us her story. We see her all-American 1950s childhood in Ohio, and her teenage self falling for the rock music of the 1960s. We follow her to London, where she takes a job with NME and makes her way into the churning ’70s London punk scene, meeting Lemmy, Sid Vicious and Iggy Pop,...

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THE CHAIRMAN
Written by JAMES KAPLAN

Format: Hardcover, 992 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-53539-7

Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015 

In 2010's Frank: The Voice, James Kaplan, in rich, distinctive, compulsively readable prose, told the story of Frank Sinatra's meteoric rise to fame, subsequent failures, and reinvention as a star of live performance and screen. The story of "Ol' Blue Eyes" continues with Sinatra: The Chairman, picking up the day after Frank claimed his Academy Award in 1954 and had reestablished himself as the top recording artist in music. Frank's life post-Oscar was...

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THE BIOGRAPHY OF ICEBERG SLIM
Written by JUSTIN GIFFORD

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 08/04/2015

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-53834-3

The first and definitive biography of one of America's bestselling, notorious, and influential writers of the twentieth century: Iceberg Slim, né Robert Beck, author of the multimillion-copy memoir Pimp and such equally popular novels as Trick Baby and Mama Black Widow. From a career as a, yes, ruthless pimp in the '40s and '50s, Iceberg Slim refashioned himself as the first and still the greatest of "street lit" masters, whose vivid books have made him an icon to such rappers as Ice-T,...

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KRAUTROCK AND THE BIRTH OF A REVOLUTIONARY NEW MUSIC
Written by DAVID STUBBS

Format: Hardcover, 512 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 07/21/2015

Price: $32.00

ISBN: 978-1-612-19474-5

A sweeping history of the men and women who transformed postwar Germany—and created a musical genre that revolutionized rock and roll and gave birth to hip-hop.
 
West Germany after World War II was a country in shock: estranged from its recent history, and adrift from the rest of Europe. But this orphaned landscape proved fertile ground for a generation of musicians who, from the 1960s onwards, would develop the strange and beautiful sounds that became known as Krautrock.
 
Eschewing the...

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MUSIC IN THE CASTLE OF HEAVEN
Written by JOHN ELIOT GARDINER

Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/03/2015

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-400-03143-6

One of the Best Books of the Year
The Economist * The Christian Science Monitor * Financial Times *


Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most unfathomable composers in the history of music. How can such sublime work have been produced by a man who seems so ordinary, so opaque—and occasionally so intemperate?

John Eliot Gardiner grew up passing one of the only two authentic portraits of Bach every day on the stairs of his parents’ house, where it hung for safety during World War II. He has...

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ANATOMY OF AN OBSESSION
Written by IAN BOSTRIDGE

Format: Hardcover, 528 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 01/27/2015

Price: $29.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-96163-1

An exploration of the world’s most famous and challenging song cycle, Schubert's Winter Journey (Winterreise), by a leading interpreter of the work, who teases out the themes—literary, historical, psychological—that weave through the twenty-four songs that make up this legendary masterpiece.

Completed in the last months of the young Schubert’s life, Winterreise has come to be considered the single greatest piece of music in the history of Lieder. Deceptively laconic—these twenty-four short...

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A MUSIC MANIFESTO
Written by ANDREW DURKIN

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 11/18/2014

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-91175-9

Decomposition is a bracing, revisionary, and provocative inquiry into music—from Beethoven to Duke Ellington, from Conlon Nancarrow to Evelyn Glennie—as a personal and cultural experience: how it is composed, how it is idiosyncratically perceived by critics and reviewers, and why we listen to it the way we do. 

Andrew Durkin, best known as the leader of the West Coast–based Industrial Jazz Group, is singular for his insistence on asking tough questions about the complexity of our presumptions...

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BEETHOVEN'S FIFTH AND THE HUMAN IMAGINATION
Written by MATTHEW GUERRIERI

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/04/2014

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-804-17019-2

A TIME Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Book of 2012
A New Yorker Best Book of the Year
Los Angeles Magazine's #1 Music Book of the Year

This revelatory book of music history examines what is perhaps the best known and most-popular symphony ever written—and its famous four-note opening. Reaching back before Beethoven’s time, Matthew Guerrieri uncovers premonitions of the opening notes in the rhythms of ancient Greek poetry and the music of the French Revolution. He discusses the Fifth’s impact when...

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A RUSSIAN MUSICAL ADVENTURE
Written by STEPHEN WALSH

Format: Hardcover, 496 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 12/17/2013

Price: $37.50

ISBN: 978-0-385-35385-4

The emergence of Russian classical music in the nineteenth century in the wake of Mikhail Glinka comprises one of the most remarkable and fascinating stories in all musical history. The five men who came together in the Russian capital of St. Petersburg in the 1860s, all composers of talent, some of genius, would be—in spite of a virtual lack of technical training—responsible for some of the greatest and best-loved music ever written. How this happened is the subject of Stephen Walsh's...

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SPENDING TIME WITH JOHN LENNON AND YOKO ONO
Written by JONATHAN COTT

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 11/05/2013

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-95128-1

Jonathan Cott met John Lennon in 1968 and was friends with him and Yoko Ono until John's death in 1980. He has kept in touch with Yoko since that time, and is one of the small group of writers who understands her profoundly positive influence on Lennon. This deeply personal book recounts the course of those friendships over the decades and provides an intimate look at two of the most astonishing cultural figures of our time. And what Jonathan Cott has to say and tell will be found nowhere...

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MUSIC IN THE CASTLE OF HEAVEN
Written by JOHN ELIOT GARDINER

Format: Hardcover, 672 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 10/29/2013

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-41529-6

Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most unfathomable composers in the history of music. How can such sublime work have been produced by a man who (when we can discern his personality at all) seems so ordinary, so opaque—and occasionally so intemperate?

John Eliot Gardiner grew up passing one of the only two authentic portraits of Bach every morning and evening on the stairs of his parents’ house, where it hung for safety during World War II. He has been studying and performing Bach ever...

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