Eminent Hipsters

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ISBN: 9780143126010
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Published: Penguin Books - October 28th, 2014

The enigmatic co-founder of the band Steely Dan writes about childhood influences (science fiction books, late-night radio), college, jazz and R&B. Part memoir, part criticism and, somehow not surprisingly, not much Steely Dan. A trippy read. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

Sound Man

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Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with the Rolling Stones, the Who, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, Eric Clapton, the Faces . . . Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399163876
Published: Blue Rider Press - November 13th, 2014

This illuminating look into the life of the legendary Glyn Johns is one of my favorite music autobiographies I've ever read. While it may not be as hard-hitting or muck-raking as some others you'll find, Johns has a wonderful gift for storytelling. Every chapter is a bite-sized look at a specific moment in his long career, and the amount of talent this man worked with is staggering. You get early glimpses into the careers of the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and many more. This is a must-read for fans of classic (or modern) rock. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll

Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia [With CD (Audio)] by Fiona Ritchie - Book Review

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By Fiona Ritchie, Doug Orr, Dolly Parton (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781469618227
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - September 29th, 2014

Fascinating and so enjoyable. The history of the Scots/Irish and their journey to America, bringing their music with them! I read every word including the footnotes and enjoyed the CD repeatedly. Treat yourself to the living Thistle and Shamrock! Written by the players and scholars who bear the tradition. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

Let's Talk About Love

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ISBN: 9781441166777
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Published: Bloomsbury Academic - March 13th, 2014

Does hearing "My Heart Will Go On" make you wish you had gone down with the Titanic? You are not alone. Wilson's dissection of Celine Dion's late '90s schmaltz-a-thon wants to know why we love what we love and why we hate what we hate. A sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking look into how our tastes define who we are. ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley

Cowboys and Indies

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ISBN: 9781250043375
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - June 17th, 2014

The business of pop as told by the mavericks, hustlers and swindlers who turned hits into untold riches (and ruined a few careers on the way). With plenty of inside dope, this is a delicious trip into making it and faking it in the music biz. ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

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Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393242690
Availability: Out of Print
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 14th, 2014

Music history for anyone who ever tuned into the Top 40, spent hours reading liner notes, saved their concert ticket stubs, or learned more from a 7-inch record than they ever did in school. A book that sings like the Spotify playlist in Heaven. Essential! ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley


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