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Me: Elton John Official Autobiography
by Elton John

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English

Pages

376

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<p><b>In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, from his rollercoaster lifestyle as shown in the film <i>Rocketman</i>, to becoming a living legend.</b></p><p>Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London suburb of Pinner and dreamed of becoming a pop star. By the age of twenty-three he was performing his first gig in America, facing an astonished audience in his bright yellow dungarees, a star-spangled T-shirt, and boots with wings. Elton John had arrived and the music world would never be the same again.</p><p>His life has been full of drama, from the early rejection of his work with song-writing partner Bernie Taupin to spinning out of control as a chart-topping superstar; from half-heartedly trying to drown himself in his LA swimming pool to disco-dancing with Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, and George Michael to setting up his AIDS Foundation to conquering Broadway with <i>Aida</i>, <i>The Lion King</i>, and <i>Billy Elliot the Musical</i>. All the while Elton was hiding a drug addiction that would grip him for over a decade.</p><p>In <i>Me</i>, Elton also writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father. In a voice that is warm, humble, and open, this is Elton on his music and his relationships, his passions and his mistakes. This is a story that will stay with you by a living legend.</p>
Pour Judgment
by HEATHER M ORGERON

Language

English

Pages

250

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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鈽?A TOP 15 AMAZON BESTSELLER 鈽?lt;br /><br />Korie Potter鈥檚 got goals. Goals that do not include following in her mother鈥檚 footsteps. Rock stars and the life of the rich and famous? Yeah鈥?not interested. She likes her heart in one piece, thank you very much. <br /><br />Until a weekend of booze and bad decisions at camp Pour Judgment finds her fake-engaged to country music鈥檚 most notorious bad boy, Rhett Taylor, and completely at his mercy.<br /><br />You see, Korie Potter鈥檚 also got a dream, and her new 鈥渇ianc茅鈥?just may have the connections to make it come true.
Hard to Handle: The Life and Death of the Black Crowes--A Memoir
by Steve Gorman

Language

English

Pages

369

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<b>An insider biography of the Black Crowes by drummer and cofounder Steve Gorman</b><br /><br />For over two decades, The Black Crowes topped the charts and reigned supreme over the radio waves, even as hair bands, grunge, and hip-hop threatened to dethrone them. With hits like "Hard to Handle," "She Talks to Angels," and "Remedy," their massive success launched them to stardom in the early '90s, earning them a place among rock royalty. They were on the cover of <i>Rolling Stone, </i>MTV played their videos 24/7, and Generation X re-discovered the power of classic rock and blues by digging into multi-platinum classics like <i>Shake Your Money Maker </i>and <i>The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion</i>.<br /><br /> But stardom can be fleeting. For the Black Crowes, success slowly dwindled as the band members got caught up in the rock star world and lost sight of their musical ambition. Despite the drinking, drugs, and incessant fighting between Chris and Rich Robinson--the angriest brothers in rock and roll, with all due respect to Oasis and the Kinks--the band continued to tour until 2013. On any given night, they could be the best band you ever saw. (Or the most combative.) Then, one last rift caused by Chris Robinson proved insurmountable for the band to survive. After that, the Black Crowes would fly no more.<br /><br /> Founding member Steve Gorman was there for all of it--the coke and weed-fueled tours; the tumultuous recording sessions; the backstage hangs with legends like Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and the Rolling Stones. As the band's drummer and voice of reason, he tried to keep the Black Crowes together musically--and in one piece emotionally. In his first-person history of the Black Crowes, <i>Hard To Handle</i>--the first ever account of this great American rock band's beginning, middle, and end--Gorman makes it clear just how impossible that job was. Fortunately, Gorman tells the tale with great insight, candor, and humor. They don't make bands like the Black Crowes anymore: crazy, brilliant, self-destructive, inspiring, and, ultimately, not built to last. But, man, what a ride it was while it lasted. <br /><br /><br />
Horror Stories: A Memoir
by Liz Phair

Language

English

Pages

263

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<b>The two-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter behind the groundbreaking album聽<i>Exile in Guyville聽</i>traces her life and career in a genre-bending聽memoir in stories about the pivotal moments that haunt her.</b><br /><br />When Liz Phair shook things up with her musical debut,聽<i>Exile in Guyville</i>鈥攎aking her as much a cultural figure as a feminist pioneer and rock star鈥攈er raw candor, uncompromising authenticity, and deft storytelling inspired a legion of critics, songwriters, musicians, and fans alike. Now, like a Gen X Patti Smith, Liz Phair reflects on the path she has taken in these piercing essays that reveal the indelible memories that have stayed with her.<br />聽<br />For Phair, horror is in the eye of the beholder鈥攊n the often unrecognized universal experiences of daily pain, guilt, and fear that make up our humanity. Illuminating despair with hope and consolation, tempering it all with her signature wit,聽<i>Horror Stories</i>聽is immersive, taking readers inside the most intimate junctures of Phair鈥檚 life, from facing her own bad behavior and the repercussions of betraying her fundamental values, to watching her beloved grandmother inevitably fade, to undergoing the beauty of childbirth while being hit up for an autograph by the anesthesiologist.<br />聽<br /><i>Horror Stories</i>聽is a literary accomplishment that reads like the confessions of a friend. It gathers up all of our isolated shames and draws them out into the light, uniting us in our shared imperfection, our uncertainty and our cowardice, smashing the stigma of not being in control. But most importantly, the uncompromising precision and candor of聽<i>Horror Stories聽</i>transforms these deeply personal experiences into tales about each and every one of us.<br /><br /><b>Advance praise for </b><i><b>Horror Stories</b></i><br /><br />鈥淟iz Phair鈥檚 songwriting has always had the rare quality of being short-story-like. Damn good short stories, too.聽<i>Horror Stories</i>聽has that unique Liz Phair ability to make you look at something you鈥檇 rather not, but once you do you鈥檙e glad you did鈥攍ike any form of honest art. This is why Liz Phair still is, and always will be, a threat.鈥?lt;b>鈥擝en Folds</b>
Broken Music: A Memoir
by Sting

Language

English

Pages

450

Publication Date

October 10, 2009

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<b>鈥淪ting鈥檚 gift for prose and reverence for language, nearly the equal of his musical gifts, shine on every page. Even when聽<i>Broken Music</i>聽addresses the quixotic life of an aspiring rock & roller, it reads like literature from a more rarified time when adults didn鈥檛 condescend to the vulgarities of pop culture.鈥澛犫€?lt;i>Rolling Stone</i></b><br /><br />Having been a songwriter most of my life, condensing my ideas and emotions into short rhyming couplets and setting them to music, I had never really considered writing a book. But upon arriving at the reflective age of fifty, I found myself drawn, for the first time, to write long passages that were as stimulating and intriguing to me as any songwriting I had ever done.<br /><br /> And so <i>Broken Music</i> began to take shape. It is a book about the early part of my life, from childhood through adolescence, right up to the eve of my success with the Police. It is a story very few people know.<br /><br /> I had no interest in writing a traditional autobiographical recitation of everything that鈥檚 ever happened to me. Instead I found myself drawn to exploring specific moments, certain people and relationships, and particular events which still resonate powerfully for me as I try to understand the child I was, and the man I became.
Between The Lines: My Stories as a Conductor And Tennis Umpire
by Stanley Sperber

Language

English

Pages

161

Publication Date

October 14, 2019

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<h3><b>Extraordinary events described by a man who combined his two passions into one remarkable career.</b></h3><p>Go on a truly unique ride with Stanley Sperber, the only conductor in the world who is also an internationally certified tennis umpire, as he describes true incidents from his unusual dual career.</p><p>These stories include poignant and sometimes hilarious encounters with such famous personalities as Leonard Bernstein, Danny Kaye, Daniel Barenboim and Zubin Mehta on the musical stage, as well as Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe on the tennis court.</p><p>You will have a chance to join him as he conducts the London Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and as he umpires at the U.S. Open and Davis Cup matches.</p>
On Time: A Princely Life in Funk
by Morris Day

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English

Pages

225

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<b>A memoir by Morris Day of The Time centering around his lifelong relationship and association with Prince.</b><br />Brilliant composer, smooth soul singer, killer drummer, and charismatic band leader, Morris Day, has been a force in American music for the past four decades. In <i>On Time</i>, the renowned funkster looks back on a life of turbulence and triumph. He chronicles his creative process with an explosive prose that mirrors his intoxicating music. Morris' story is a fast-paced page-turner replete with unexpected twists and shocking surprises. <br /><br /> A major and fascinating theme is his lifelong friendship and years of musical partnership with Prince, from their early days on the Minneapolis scene to selling out stadiums and duking it out as rivals in <i>Purple Rain</i>. Eventually, Morris went on to release four albums with a new band of his very own, the legendary Time. He battled his addictions and came out victorious. But not before increasing tensions and embittered rivalry between Prince and the Revolution and Morris Day and the Time led the two performers towards separate paths. Through the years, the fierce brotherly love between Morris and Prince kept bringing them back together, over and over again-until pride, ego, and circumstance interfered. Two months before Prince's untimely death, the two finally reconnected and started to make amends. But Morris could've never imagined it would be the last time he'd ever see his friend again.<br /><br /> This is Morris Day's singular story in which the magic of music is the ultimate healer. <i>On Time</i> is also a deep meditation on friendship, Morris' poetic method of reconciling the loss of his close friend and longtime collaborator, and a way to commemorate an incendiary life cut short. But this book is more than just a walk down memory lane-it's a metaphorical means to bring Prince back to life. Throughout the narrative, Morris allows Prince's "voice" to protect his own legacy, to counter Morris's interpretations of events, and to essentially breathe new life into a tale as old as time-of two brothers, two bands, and a musical culture that even today pulsates with fresh energy. <br /><br />
High School
by , Tegan Quin

Language

English

Pages

352

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<p><b>From the iconic musicians Tegan and Sara comes a memoir about high school, detailing their first loves and first songs in a compelling look back at their humble beginnings</b><br /><i></i><br /><i>High School</i> is the revelatory and unique coming-of-age story of Sara and Tegan Quin, identical twins from Calgary, Alberta, who grew up at the height of grunge and rave culture in the nineties, well before they became the celebrated musicians and global LGBTQ icons we know today. While grappling with their identity and sexuality, often alone, they also faced academic meltdown, their parents鈥?divorce, and the looming pressure of what might come after high school. Written in alternating chapters from both Tegan's and Sara鈥檚 points of view, the book is a raw account of the drugs, alcohol, love, music, and friendship they explored in their formative years. </p><p>A transcendent story of first loves and first songs, <i>High School </i>captures the tangle of discordant and parallel memories of two sisters who grew up in distinct ways even as they lived just down the hall from each another. This is the origin story of Tegan and Sara.</p>
Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical G...
by Rakim

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English

Pages

236

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<p><strong>On the heels of Kendrick Lamar鈥檚 Pulitzer Prize, as the world begins to recognize the creative side of Hip-Hop,聽comes a writing guide from a musician and "The greatest MC of all time," Rakim.</strong></p><p>The musician and Hip Hop legend鈥攈ailed as 鈥渢he greatest MC of all time鈥?and compared to Thelonious Monk鈥攔eimagines the writing handbook in this memoir and guide that incorporates the soulful genius, confidence, and creativity of a master artist.<br /><br />When he exploded on the music scene, musical genius Rakim was hailed for his brilliant artistic style, adding layers, complexity, depth, musicality, and soul to rap. More than anyone, Rakim has changed the way MCs rhyme. Calm on the mic, his words combine in a frenzy of sound, using complicated patterns based on multisyllabic rhymes and internal rhythms. Rakim can tell a story about a down-on-his-luck man looking for a job and turn it into an epic tale and an unforgettable rhyme. He is not just a great songwriter鈥攈e鈥檚 a great modern writer. </p><p>Part memoir, part writing guide, <em>Sweat the Technique</em> offers insight into how Rakim thinks about words, music, writing, and rhyming as it teaches writers of all levels how to hone their craft. It is also a rare glimpse into Rakim鈥檚 private life, full of entertaining personal stories from his youth on Long Island growing up in a home and community filled with musiciansto the clubs of New York and the studios of Los Angeles during his rise to the top of popular music. Rakim celebrates the influences that shaped his development, including the jazz music of John Coltrane and the spirituality of the streets, and shares anecdotes spotlighting personalities such as L. L. Cool J. and Dr. Dre, among others.</p><p>Filled with valuable lessons for every writer, <em>Sweat the Technique</em> reveals the heart and mind of an artist and his love for great storytelling, and always, the words. </p>
The Smith Tapes: Lost Interviews with Rock Stars & Icons 1969-197...
by Princeton Architectural Press

Language

English

Pages

417

Publication Date

November 03, 2015

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The 1960s were a period of radical cultural, social, and political upheaval in the United States and around the globe; yet in just three years, between 1969 and 1972, <em>Village Voice</em> "Scenes" columnist, WPLJ FM radio host, and cult figure Howard Smith got to the heart of it all by talking it out鈥攂oth on and鈥攐ff the record. As famous as those who passed through the airwaves, Smith encapsulated the end of an era through personal conversations and hard-hitting interviews with Mick Jagger, Frank Zappa, Andy Warhol, Buckminster Fuller, leaders of the feminist movement and the Gay Liberation Front, a NARC agent, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and scores of other iconic and influential personalities, including musicians, artists, filmmakers, actors, writers, politicians, and social activists, from countercultural luminaries to everyday revolutionaries and everyone in between.<br /><br /><em>The Smith Tapes</em> transcribes, for the first time ever, sixty-one of those recorded sessions, from an archive of more than one hundred fifty reels unearthed after more than forty years. Edited by documentary film writer and director/producer Ezra Bookstein, this book reveals the time capsule that Smith ingeniously captured, and contains raw and unscripted talks that take you right into the midst of a transformative cultural and musical explosion.

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