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Mercury and Me
by , Tim Wapshott

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English

Pages

229

Publication Date

March 03, 2015

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With a new introduction by Jim Hutton’s co-writer Tim Wapshott, Mercury and Me is the story of rock’s oddest couple. The relationship between Freddie Mercury and Jim Hutton evolved over several months in 1984 and 1985. Even when they first slept together Hutton had no idea who Mercury was, and when the star told him his name it meant nothing to him. Hutton worked as a barber at the Savoy Hotel and retained his job and his lodgings in Sutton, Surrey, for two years before moving in with Mercury, and then worked as his gardener. He was never fully assimilated into Mercury's jet-setting lifestyle, nor did he want to be, but from 1985 until Mercury's death in 1991 he was closer to him than anyone and knew all Mercury's closest friends: the other members of Queen, Elton John, David Bowie and Phil Collins to name a few. Ever present at the countless Sunday lunch gatherings and opulent parties, Hutton has a wealth of anecdotes as well as a deep understanding of, Mercury's life. He also nursed Mercury through his terminal illness, often held him throughout the night in his final weeks, and was with him as he died. No one can tell the story of the last few years of Mercury's private life - the ecstasies and the agonies - more accurately or honestly than Jim Hutton.
Beastie Boys Book
by , Adam Horovitz

Language

English

Pages

572

Publication Date

October 30, 2018

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER </b>• <b>A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself—by band members ADROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more.</b><br /> <br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>Rolling Stone </i>• <i>The Guardian </i>• <i>Paste  </i></b><br /><br />Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam “ADROCK” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the debut album that became the first hip hop record ever to hit #1, <i>Licensed to Ill</i>—and the album’s messy fallout as the band broke with Def Jam; their move to Los Angeles and rebirth with the genre-defying masterpiece <i>Paul’s Boutique; </i>their evolution as musicians and social activists over the course of the classic albums <i>Check Your Head, Ill Communication, </i>and <i>Hello Nasty </i>and the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits conceived by the late Adam “MCA” Yauch; and more. For more than thirty years, this band has had an inescapable and indelible influence on popular culture.<br /> <br />With a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album, <i>Beastie Boys Book </i>upends the typical music memoir. Alongside the band narrative you will find rare photos, original illustrations, a cookbook by chef Roy Choi, a graphic novel, a map of Beastie Boys’ New York, mixtape playlists, pieces by guest contributors, and many more surprises.<br /><b><br />Praise for <i>Beastie Boys Book</i></b><br /><br /> “A fascinating, generous book with portraits and detail that float by in bursts of color . . . As with [the band’s] records, the book’s structure is a lyrical three-man weave. . . . Diamond’s voice is lapidary, droll. Horovitz comes on like a borscht belt comedian, but beneath that he is urgent, incredulous, kind of vulnerable. . . . Friendship is the book’s subject as much as music, fame and New York.”<b>—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><br /> “Wild, moving . . . resembles a Beastie Boys LP in its wild variety of styles.”<b>—<i>Rolling Stone</i></b> <br /><br /> “As nutty, irreverent, and fun as you think it would be.”<b>—<i>Vogue</i></b><br /><br /> “As freewheeling and funny as their albums . . . a beautifully messy (and large) talisman containing within it many of the great joys and surprises that come with listening to the Beastie Boys”<b>—<i>The AV Club</i></b>
Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock
by Steven Hyden

Language

English

Pages

325

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<p><strong>Named one of <em>Rolling Stone's </em>Best Music Books of 2018</strong></p><p><strong>One of <em>Newsweek's </em>50 Best Books of 2018</strong></p><p><strong>A <em>Billboard </em>Best of 2018</strong></p><p><strong>A <em>New York Times Book Review </em>"New and Noteworthy" selection</strong></p><p><strong>“A wise meditation on why classic rock stars keep trucking, both on the road and in our dreams. Every page is an irresistible argument starter.”—Rob Sheffield, <em>Rolling Stone</em></strong></p><p>The author of the critically acclaimed <em>Your Favorite Band is Killing Me</em> offers an eye-opening exploration of the state of classic rock, its past and future, the impact it has had, and what its loss would mean to an industry, a culture, and a way of life.</p><p>Since the late 1960s, a legendary cadre of artists—including the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Black Sabbath, and the Who—has revolutionized popular culture and the sounds of our lives. While their songs still get airtime and some of these bands continue to tour, its idols are leaving the stage permanently. Can classic rock remain relevant as these legends die off, or will this major musical subculture fade away as many have before, Steven Hyden asks.</p><p>In this mix of personal memoir, criticism, and journalism, Hyden stands witness as classic rock reaches the precipice. Traveling to the eclectic places where geriatric rockers are still making music, he talks to the artists and fans who have aged with them, explores the ways that classic rock has changed the culture, investigates the rise and fall of classic rock radio, and turns to live bootlegs, tell-all rock biographies, and even the liner notes of rock’s greatest masterpieces to tell the story of what this music meant, and how it will be remembered, for fans like himself.</p><p><em>Twilight of the Gods</em> is also Hyden’s story. Celebrating his love of this incredible music that has taken him from adolescence to fatherhood, he ponders two essential questions: Is it time to give up on his childhood heroes, or can this music teach him about growing old with his hopes and dreams intact? And what can we all learn from rock gods and their music—are they ephemeral or eternal?</p>
Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me
by , Penny Junor

Language

English

Pages

354

Publication Date

May 27, 2008

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An iconic figure of the 1960s and ’70s, Pattie Boyd breaks a forty-year silence in <i>Wonderful Tonight</i>, and tells the story of how she found herself bound to two of the most addictive, promiscuous musical geniuses of the twentieth century and became the most famous muse in the history of rock and roll. <br /><br />She met the Beatles in 1964 when she was cast as a schoolgirl in <i>A Hard Day’s Night</i>. Ten days later a smitten George Harrison proposed. For twenty-year-old Pattie Boyd, it was the beginning of an unimaginably rich and complex life as she was welcomed into the Beatles inner circle—a circle that included Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Jeff Beck, and a veritable who’s who of rock musicians. She describes the dynamics of the group, the friendships, the tensions, the musicmaking, and the weird and wonderful memories she has of Paul and Linda, Cynthia and John, Ringo and Maureen, and especially the years with her husband, George. <br /><br />It was a sweet, turbulent life, but one that would take an unexpected turn, starting with a simple note that began “dearest l.” <br /><br />I read it quickly and assumed that it was from some weirdo; I did get fan mail from time to time.... I thought no more about it until that evening when the phone rang. It was Eric [Clapton]. “Did you get my letter?”... And then the penny dropped. “Was that from you?” I said....It was the most passionate letter anyone had ever written me.<br /><br />For the first time Pattie Boyd, former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, a high-profile model whose face epitomized the swinging London scene of the 1960s, a woman who inspired Harrison’s song “Something” and Clapton’s anthem “Layla,” has decided to write a book that is rich and raw, funny and heartbreaking—and totally honest and open and breathtaking. Here is the truth, here is what happened, here is the story you’ve been waiting for.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
Dirty Like Me: A Dirty Rockstar Romance (Dirty, Book 1)
by Jaine Diamond

Language

English

Pages

406

Publication Date

November 02, 2016

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<b>A gorgeous rock star. An indecent proposal. How can a girl resist?</b><br /><br />Struggling barista Katie Bloom doesn’t even know who Jesse Mayes is until she inadvertently wins the coveted role of sex kitten in his hot new music video. But by the time she’s in bed with him, she knows his reputation.<br /><br />Love maker. Heartbreaker.<br /> <br />Making out with a stranger in front of a camera crew isn’t how Katie imagined herself getting over a broken heart, but when Jesse touches her, sparks fly. The sex is fake but the chemistry is real, and soon the steamy video is blazing up the charts.<br /><br />Then Jesse makes Katie an irresistible offer: act as his girlfriend for six weeks while he promotes his new album. The only catch? Their sizzling make-out sessions will be for the cameras only.<br /><br />Which is fine with Katie, since she's not about to trust her heart to rock's most legendary lover. Her body? Maybe…<br /><br /><i><b>Dirty Like Me</b> is the first full-length novel in the <b>Dirty</b> series—a rockstar romance series about the members of the rock band Dirty and the women and men who love them.</i><br /><br /><i>Novels in the Dirty series are interconnected standalones, each with an HEA; other books (novella/story collection) are not HEA, but are essential pieces of the overall story arcs. (There are ongoing storylines that develop throughout the series; reading them in order is not crucial but is HIGHLY recommended.)</i><br /><br /><i>Reading order:</i><br /><i><b>Dirty Like Me</b> (Dirty #1)</i><br /><i><b>Dirty Like Us</b> (Dirty #0.5) (novella)</i><br /><i><b>Dirty Like Brody</b> (Dirty #2)</i><br /><i><b>A Dirty Wedding Night</b> (Dirty #2.5)(story collection)</i><br /><i><b>Dirty Like Seth</b> (Dirty #3)</i><br /><i><b>Dirty Like Dylan</b> (Dirty #4)</i><br /><i><b>Dirty Like Jude</b> (Dirty #5)</i><br /><i><b>Dirty Like Zane</b> (Dirty #6)</i>
Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite: My Story
by Roger Daltrey

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English

Pages

253

Publication Date

October 23, 2018

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<p><b>The frontman of one of the greatest bands of all time tells the story of his rise from nothing to rock 'n' roll megastar, and his wild journey as the voice of The Who.</b></p><p>“It’s taken me three years to unpack the events of my life, to remember who did what when and why, to separate the myths from the reality, to unravel what really happened at the Holiday Inn on Keith Moon’s 21st birthday,” says Roger Daltrey, the powerhouse vocalist of The Who. The result of this introspection is a remarkable memoir, instantly captivating, funny and frank, chock-full of well-earned wisdom and one-of-a-kind anecdotes from a raucous life that spans a tumultuous time of change in Britain and America. </p><p>Born during the air bombing of London in 1944, Daltrey fought his way (literally) through school and poverty and began to assemble the band that would become The Who while working at a sheet metal factory in 1961. In Daltrey’s voice, the familiar stories—how they got into smashing up their kit, the infighting, Keith Moon’s antics—take on a new, intimate life. Also here is the creative journey through the unforgettable hits including<i> My Generation, Substitute, Pinball Wizard</i>, and the great albums, <i>Who’s Next, Tommy, </i>and<i> Quadrophenia</i>. Amidst all the music and mayhem, the drugs, the premature deaths, the ruined hotel rooms, Roger is our perfect narrator, remaining sober (relatively) and observant and determined to make The Who bigger and bigger. Not only his personal story, this is the definitive biography of The Who.</p>
Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discordi...
by Jeff Tweedy

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English

Pages

303

Publication Date

November 13, 2018

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<b>*A Rolling Stone Best Music Books of 2018 selection*<br />*<b>A Pitchfork Pick: Best Music Books of 2018</b>*<br /><br />The singer, guitarist, and songwriter—best known for his work with Wilco—opens up about his past, his songs, the music, and the people that have inspired him.</b><br /><br />Few bands have inspired as much devotion as the Chicago rock band Wilco, and it's thanks, in large part, to the band's singer, songwriter, and guiding light: Jeff Tweedy. But while his songs and music have been endlessly discussed and analyzed, Jeff has rarely talked so directly about himself, his life, and his artistic process.<br /><br />Until now. In his long-awaited memoir, Jeff will tell stories about his childhood in Belleville, Illinois; the St. Louis record store, rock clubs, and live-music circuit that sparked his songwriting and performing career; and the Chicago scene that brought it all together. He'll also talk in-depth about his collaborators in Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, and more; and write lovingly about his parents, wife Susie, and sons, Spencer and Sammy. <br /><br />Honest, funny, and disarming, Tweedy's memoir will bring readers inside both his life and his musical process, illuminating his singular genius and sharing his story, voice, and perspective for the first time.
Somebody to Love: The Life, Death and Legacy of Freddie Mercury
by , Matt Richards

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English

Pages

449

Publication Date

November 22, 2016

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For the first time, the final years of one of the world's most captivating rock showman are laid bare. Including interviews from Freddie Mercury's closest friends in the last years of his life, along with personal photographs, Somebody to Love is an authoritative biography of the great man.<br /><br />Here are previously unknown and startling facts about the singer and his life, moving detail on his lifelong search for love and personal fulfilment, and of course his tragic contraction of a then killer disease in the mid-1980s.<br /><br />Woven throughout Freddie's life is the shocking story of how the HIV virus came to hold the world in its grip, was cruelly labelled 'The Gay Plague' and the unwitting few who indirectly infected thousands of men, women and children - Freddie Mercury himself being one of the most famous.<br /><br />The death of this vibrant and spectacularly talented rock star, shook the world of medicine as well as the world of music. Somebody to Love finally puts the record straight and pays detailed tribute to the man himself.
Fail Until You Don't: Fight Grind Repeat
by Bobby Bones

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English

Pages

225

Publication Date

June 19, 2018

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<p><strong>#1 <em>NEW YORK TIMES</em> BESTSELLER</strong></p><p><strong>Winner of ABC's <em>Dancing with the Stars </em>(Season 27)</strong></p><p>The #1 <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author of <em>Bare Bones</em>, host of the marquee morning program “The Bobby Bones Show,” comedian and dedicated philanthropist delivers an inspirational and humorous collection of stories about his biggest misses in life and how he turned them into lessons and wins.  </p><p>Bobby Bones is the youngest inductee ever into the National Radio Hall of Fame alongside legends Dick Clark, Larry King, and Howard Stern. As "the most powerful man in country music" (<em>Forbes</em>), he has reached the peak of his profession and achieved his childhood dreams. Each weekday morning, more than five million fans tune in to his radio show. </p><p>But as Bobby reveals, a lot of what made him able to achieve his goals were mistakes, awkward moments, and embarrassing situations—lemons that he turned into lemonade through hard work and humility. In this eye-opening book, he’ll include ideas and motivations for finding success even when seemingly surrounded by impossible odds or tough failures. He also includes anecdotes from some of his famous friends—Andy Roddick, Chris Stapleton, Charlamagne Tha God, Charles Esten, Brooklyn Decker, Walker Hayes and Asa Hutchinson—who open up about their own missteps. </p><p>Bobby’s mantra is Fight. Grind. Repeat. A man who refuses to give up, he sees failure as something to learn from—and the recollections in this funny, smart book, full of Bobby’s brand of self-effacing humor, show how he’s become such a beloved goofball.</p>
Born to Run
by Bruce Springsteen

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English

Pages

529

Publication Date

September 27, 2016

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“Writing about yourself is a funny business…But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.” —Bruce Springsteen, from the pages of <i>Born to Run</i><BR><BR>In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl’s halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That’s how this extraordinary autobiography began.<BR> <BR>Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.<BR> <BR>He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as “The Big Bang”: seeing Elvis Presley’s debut on <i>The Ed Sullivan Show</i>. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song “Born to Run” reveals more than we previously realized.<BR> <BR><i>Born to Run</i> will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star’s memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll.<BR> <BR>Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs (“Thunder Road,” “Badlands,” “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” “The River,” “Born in the U.S.A.,” “The Rising,” and “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” to name just a few), Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.

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