Music Books

Published on October 31st, 2016 | by Gerry Galipault

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Your Music Book Store (Nov. 1 and Beyond)

There are only 54 days left until Christmas … consider our regular roundup of music book releases as your weekly gift guide to the music lovers in your life.

Read on.

NOV. 1, 2016

AC/DC
“AC/DC: Experience the Original Monsters of Rock” (Hardcover; author: Jerry Ewing; Carlton Books)

BON JOVI
“Bon Jovi: The Story” (Hardcover; author: Bryan Reesman; Sterling)

DAVID BOWIE
“Bowie A-Z: The Life of an Icon from Aladdin Sane to Ziggy Stardust” (Paperback; author: Steve Wide; illustrator: Libby Vanderploeg; Smith Street Books)

BILL DAHL
“The Art of the Blues: A Visual Treasury of Black Music’s Golden Age” (Hardcover; University of Chicago Press)

CORRIGAN DANIEL
“Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis – The Photography of Corrigan Daniel” (Hardcover; co-author: Danny Sigelman; Minnesota Historical Society Press)

JIMI HENDRIX
“Hendrix on Hendrix: Interviews and Encounters with Jimi Hendrix” (Hardcover; edited by Steven Roby; Chicago Review Press)

LED ZEPPELIN
“Led Zeppelin: The Stories Behind Every Led Zeppelin Song” (Flexibound; author: Chris Welch; Carlton Books)

JOHN LENNON
“Lennon on Lennon: Conversations with John Lennon” (Hardcover; author: Jeff Burger; Chicago Review Press)

JAMES McBRIDE
“Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul” (Paperback; Spiegel & Grau)

METALLICA
“Metallica: Experience Heavy Metal’s Biggest Band” (Hardcover; author: Jerry Ewing; Carlton Books)

TOMMY MOTTOLA
“A New America: How Music Reshaped the Culture and Future of a Nation and Redefined My Life” (Hardcover; Kindle; Celebra)

MARC MYERS
“Anatomy of a Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop” (Hardcover; Grove Press)

NIRVANA
“Nirvana: The Biggest Rock Band of the ’90s” (Hardcover; author: Gillian G. Gaar; Carlton Books)

QUEEN
“Classic Queen” (Paperback; author: rock photographer Mick Rock; The Overlook Press)

SEASICK STEVE
“Seasick Steve: Tales of a Travellin’ Man” (Paperback; author: Matthew Wright; John Blake)

CARLY SIMON
“Boys in the Trees: A Memoir” (Paperback; Free Preview; Flatiron Books)

BRIAN TARQUIN
“Guitar Amplifier Encyclopedia” (Paperback; Kindle; Allworth Press)

U2
“U2: Past, Present, Future” (Hardcover; author: Ernesto Assante; White Star Publishers)

SPENCER VIGNES
“The Train Kept A-Rollin: How the Train Song Changed the Face of Popular Music” (Paperback; Soundcheck Books)

JIM WALSH
“Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes: Jim Walsh on Music from Minneapolis to the Outer Limits” (Hardcover; University of Minnesota Press)

THE WHO
“The Who: Experience the Band That Defined a Generation” (Hardcover; author: Chris Welch; Carlton Books)

PHARRELL WILLIAMS
“Pharrell Williams: Ultimate Fan Book” (Hardcover; author: Malcolm Croft; Carlton Publishing Group)

NEIL YOUNG
“Neil Young: Stories Behind the Songs 1966-1992” (Flexibound; auhor: Nigel Williamson; Carlton Books)

ZAYN
“Zayn” (Hardcover; a photographic journey of his life, with a collection of thoughts, inspirations, personal stories, notes and drawings; Kindle; Penguin Random House)

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NOV. 8, 2016

THE BAND
“The Band FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Fathers of Americana” (Paperback; author: Peter Aaron; Backbeat Books)

DAVID BOWIE
“David Bowie: The Last Interview and Other Conversations” (Paperback; Kindle; Melville House)

ERIN DUVALL
“Country Music Hair” (Hardcover; Kindle; Harper Design)

BOB DYLAN
“The Lyrics: 1961-2012” (Hardcover; Simon & Schuster)

GRATEFUL DEAD
“This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead” (Paperback; authors: Blair Jackson, David Gans; Kindle; Free Preview; Flatiron Books)

MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN
“A Perfect Union of Contrary Things” (Hardcover; co-author: Sarah Jensen; Backbeat Books)

LOU REED
“Perfect Day: A First Wife’s Intimate Portrait of Life With Lou Reed” (Paperback; author: Bettye Kronstad; Jawbone Press)

PAUL ZOLLO
“More Songwriters on Songwriting” (Paperback; Da Capo Press)

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NOV. 11, 2016

KRISTIN HERSH
“Wyatt at the Coyote Palace” (the Throwing Muses lead singer is releasing her new solo album as a hardback book, with artwork, lyrics, essays and stories; The Overlook Press)

NOV. 14, 2016

ROBERT WEBB
“The 100 Greatest Road Songs: The Ultimate Playlist” (Paperback; McNidder & Grace)

NOV. 15, 2016

KENNY ARONOFF
“Sex, Drums, Rock ‘n’ Roll! The Hardest Hitting Man in Show Business” (Hardcover; foreword by Neil Peart; Backbeat Books)

TONY BENNETT
“Just Getting Started” (Hardcover; Paperback; Kindle; co-author: Scott Simon; Harper)

JOHNNY CASH
“Forever Words: The Unknown Poems” (Hardcover; edited and introduced by Paul Muldoon; foreword by John Carter Cash; Kindle; Blue Rider Press)

CERPHE COLWELL (D.C. rock radio legend)
“Cerphe’s Up: A Musical Life with Bruce Springsteen, Little Feat, Frank Zappa, Tom Waits, CSNY, and Many More” (Hardcover; co-author: Stephen Moore; Kindle; Carrel Books)

RIKKI ERCOLI
“Legends of Punk: Photos from the Vault” (Paperback; Manic D Press, Inc.)

LITA FORD
“Living Like a Runaway: A Memoir” (Paperback; Free Preview; Dey Street Books)

JEFF GOLD
“101 Essential Rock Records: The Golden Age of Vinyl From The Beatles to the Sex Pistols” (Paperback; Gingko Pr)

LAURA JANE GRACE (of Against Me!)
“Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout” (Hardcover; co-author: Dan Ozzi; Kindle; Hachette Books)

JOHNNY MARR
“Set the Boy Free: The Autobiography” (Hardcover; Kindle; Dey Street Books)

ROBBIE ROBERTSON
“Testimony: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Life” (Hardcover; Kindle; Crown Archetype)

SIMON & GARFUNKEL
“Simon & Garfunkel: Together Alone” (Paperback; author: Spencer Leigh; McNidder & Grace)

AUGUSTUS OWSLEY STANLEY III
“Bear: The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III” (Hardcover; author: Robert Greenfield; Kindle; Thomas Dunne Books)

THE STOOGES
“Total Chaos: The Story of the Stooges – As Told By Iggy Pop” (Hardcover; author: Jeff Gold; Third Man Books)

ED WARD
“The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 1: 1920-1963” (Hardcover; Kindle; Flatiron Books)

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NOV. 22, 2016

MATTHEW ANNIS
“The Music Scene: The History of Modern Music” (Paperback; Franklin Watts)

DJ KHALED
“The Keys” (Hardcover; Kindle; Crown Archetype)

TOBIAS HANSSON / MICHAEL THORSBY
“Damn Son Where Did You Find This?: A Book about US Hiphop Mixtape Cover Art” (Hardcover; Koenig Books)

FREDDIE MERCURY
“Somebody to Love: The Life, Death and Legacy of Freddie Mercury” (Hardcover; authors: Matt Richards, Mark Langthorne; Blue Streak)

PATTI SMITH
“Patti Smith Collected Lyrics, 1970-2015” (Paperback; Ecco)

HANK WILLIAMS
“Hank: The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams” (Hardcover; author: Mark Ribowsky; Kindle; Liveright)

AMY WINEHOUSE
“Back To Black: Amy Winehouse’s Only Masterpiece” (Paperback; author: Donald Brackett; Backbeat Books)

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NOV. 29, 2016

DAVID BOWIE
“The Complete David Bowie” (Paperback; revised and updated edition; author: Nicholas Pegg; Titan Books)

NOV. 30, 2016

THE BEATLES
“The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four” (Paperback; abridged edition; arranged alphabetically by entry, with some 360 topics ranging from “Abbey Road” to Zapple Records; author: Kenneth Womack; Kindle; Greenwood)

DEC. 2, 2016

JENNA MILES
“The Beginner’s Guide to Vinyl: How to Build, Maintain, and Experience a Music Collection in Analog” (Paperback; Adams Media)

DEC. 6, 2016

SEBASTIAN BACH
“18 and Life on Skid Row” (Hardcover; Kindle; Dey Street Books)

ADRIAN BARTOS, PETER PRUDENTE and EVAN AUERBACH
“No Sleep.: NYC Nightlife Flyers 1988-1999” (Hardcover; powerHouse Books)

THE CLASH
“The Clash FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Clash City Rockers” (Paperback; author: Gary J. Jucha; Backbeat Books)

NAOMI JUDD
“River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope” (Hardcover; co-author: Marcia Wilkie; Kindle; Center Street)

DEC. 13, 2016

THE BEATLES
“Love Me Do to Love Me Don’t: The Beatles on Record” (Paperback; author: Spencer Leigh; McNidder & Grace)

ALEX KAYNE
“L’Amour: Rock Capital of Brooklyn” (Hardcover; Rare Bird Books)

CANDI STATON
“Young Hearts Run Free: First Lady of Southern Soul” (Hardcover; Heritage Builders)

DEC. 20, 2016

AMANDA SHERIFF
“The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Concert Posters” (Paperback; Gemstone Publishing)

DEC. 31, 2016

BARNEY HOSKYNS / REUEL GOLDEN
“75 Years of Capitol Records” (Hardcover; Taschen)

JAN. 1, 2017

DAVID BOWIE
“Strange Fascination – David Bowie: The Definitive Story” (Hardcover, revised and updated edition; author: David Buckley; Chicago Review Press)

JAN. 2, 2017

WILSON PICKETT
“In the Midnight Hour: The Life & Soul of Wilson Pickett” (Hardcover; author: Tony Fletcher; Oxford University Press)

JAN. 10, 2017

DAVID BOWIE
“David Bowie: Color the Starman” (Paperback; contributors: Mica O’Herlihy, Mike Diana, Steve Krakow, Tony Millionaire; Feral House)

LEMMY KILMISTER
“Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead: Color the Ace of Spades” (Paperback; featuring the work of Joe Petagno; Feral House)

STEVE JONES
“Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol” (Hardcover; contributor: Ben Thompson: foreword by Chrissie Hynde; Kindle; Da Capo Press)

JAN. 15, 2017

MICK HOUGHTON
“Becoming Elektra: The True Story of Jac Holzman’s Visionary Record Label (Revised & Expanded Edition)” (Paperback; Jawbone Press)

JAN. 16, 2017

DAN AUTY
“Best-Selling Albums: From Vinyl Records to Digital Downloads” (Hardcover; Amber Books)

JAN. 17, 2017

PAUL “H.R.” HUDSON
“Finding Joseph I: The Journey from Bad Brains Through My Mysterious Mind – An Oral History” (Hardcover; co-authors: Howie Abrams, James Lathos; Lesser Gods)

JAN. 24, 2017

STUART BAKER
“Cuban Music in Revolution: 70 Years of Cuban Record Cover Art” (Hardcover; Soul Jazz Books)

FEB. 1, 2017

BOB DYLAN
“Light Come Shining: The Transformations of Bob Dylan” (Hardcover; author: Andrew McCarron; Oxford University Press)

FEB. 2, 2017

STEELY DAN
“Steely Dan FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About This Elusive Band” (Paperback; author: Anthony Robustelli; Backbeat Books)

PETE WAY (of UFO)
“A Fast Ride Out of Here: Confessions of Rock’s Most Dangerous Man” (Paperback; Constable)

FEB. 7, 2017

THE FACES
“Had Me a Real Good Time: The Faces: Before, During, and After” (Paperback; author: Andy Neill; Omnibus)

GEORGE JONES
“The Grand Tour: The Life and Music of George Jones” (Paperback; author: Rich Kienzle; Dey Street Books)

STUART NICHOLSON
“Jazz: A Beginner’s Guide” (Paperback; Oneworld Publications)

L.A. REID
“Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who’s Next” (Paperback; Free Preview; Harper Paperbacks)

YES
“Close to the Edge: How Yes’s Masterpiece Defined Prog Rock” (Paperback; author: Will Romano; Backbeat Books)

FEB. 9, 2017

ANGELO BADALAMENTI
“Angelo Badalamenti’s Twin Peaks (33 1/3)” (Paperback; author: Clare Nina Norelli; Bloomsbury)

THE MODERN LOVERS
“The Modern Lovers’ The Modern Lovers (33 1/3)” (Paperback; author: Sean L. Maloney; Bloomsbury)

JUSTIN WILLIAMS & KATHERINE WILLIAMS
“The Singer-Songwriter Handbook” (Paperback; Bloomsbury)

FEB. 14, 2017

TIM FALCONER
“Bad Singer: The Surprising Science of Tone Deafness and How We Hear Music” (Hardcover; House of Anansi Press)

RORY FEEK
“This Life I Live: One Man’s Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever” (Hardcover; Kindle; Thomas Nelson)

BEN RATLIFF
“Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty” (Paperback; Kindle; Free Preview; Picador)

ERIC SABLIN
“Studio Grace: The Making of a Record” (Hardcover; House of Anansi Press)

FEB. 21, 2017

DANYEL SMITH
“She’s Every Woman: The Power of Black Women in Pop Music” (Hardcover; foreword by Mick Jagger; Kindle; Dey Street Books)

FEB. 28, 2017

CYNDI LAUPER
“Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir” (Paperback; co-author: Jancee Dunn; Atria Books)

MARCH 1, 2017

RICK JAMES
“Super Freak: The Life of Rick James” (Hardcover; author: Peter Benjaminson; Chicago Review Press)

MARCH 7, 2017

BARNEY HOSKYNS
“Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock” (Paperback; Free Preview; Da Capo Press)

MIKE McCREADY
“Of Potato Heads and Polaroids” (Hardcover; powerHouse Books)

PINK FLOYD
“Pink Floyd: Giants of Rock” (Hardcover; author: Glenn Povey; Carlton Books)

THE SMITHS
“Tales of the Smiths: A Graphic Biography” (Paperback; author/artist: Con Chrisoulis; Kindle; The Overlook Press)

MARCH 9, 2017

FUNKADELIC
“Funkadelic’s Maggot Brain (33 1/3)” (Paperback; author: Matt Rogers; Bloomsbury Academic)

MARCH 14, 2017

VAN HALEN
“Runnin’ with the Devil: A Backstage Pass to the Wild Times, Loud Rock, and the Down and Dirty Truth Behind the Rise of Van Halen” (Hardcover; author: Noel Monk; Dey Street Books)

MARCH 15, 2017

THE KINKS
“The Kinks: A Thoroughly English Phenomenon” (Hardcover; author: Carey Fleiner; Rowman & Littlefield Publishers)

MARCH 21, 2017

ELTON JOHN
“Captain Fantastic: Elton John’s Stellar Trip Through the ’70s” (Hardcover; author: Tom Doyle; Kindle; Ballantine Books)

AMY WINEHOUSE
“Amy Winehouse: A Life Through the Lens” (Paperback; authors: Darren and Elliott Bloom; Omnibus)

MARCH 28, 2017

LOU REED
“Lou Reed – Chapter & Verse: New York’s Finest” (Hardcover; authors: Paul Skellett, Simon Weitzman; Wonderland Publications)

VINYL ME, PLEASE
“Vinyl Me, Please: 100 Albums You Need in Your Collection” (Hardcover; Abrams Image)

MARCH 30, 2017

THE BEATLES
“Eight Arms to Hold You: 50 Years of Help! and the Beatles” (Hardcover; authors: Simon Wells, Paul Skellett; Wonderland Publications)

APRIL 4, 2017

DAVID BOWIE
“A Portrait of Bowie: A Tribute to Bowie By His Artistic Collaborators & Contemporaries” (Hardcover; editor: Brian Hiatt; Cassell)

JOHN OATES
“Change of Seasons: A Memoir” (Hardcover; co-author: Chris Epting; St. Martin’s Press)

PINK FLOYD
“Mind Over Matter: The Images of Pink Floyd” (Paperback; author: Storm Thorgerson; Omnibus)

PRINCE
“The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince” (Hardcover; author: ex-wife Mayte Garcia; Kindle; Hachette Books)

APRIL 5, 2017

THE RAINCOATS
“The Raincoats’ The Raincoats (33 1/3)” (Paperback; author: Jenn Pelly; Bloomsbury Academic)

APRIL 11, 2017

THE BEATLES
“The Beatles Collected” (Paperback; subtitled “A fan’s guide to six decades of Beatles memorabilia”; authors: Pete Nash, David Roberts, Brian Southall; Clarksdale)

JESSI COLTER
“An Outlaw and a Lady: A Memoir of Music, Life with Waylon, and the Faith that Brought Me Home” (Hardcover; co-author: David Ritz; Kindle; Thomas Nelson)

STEPHEN STILLS
“Stephen Stills – Change Partners: The Definitive Biography” (Hardcover; author: David Roberts; Red Planet)

U2
“Rock Atlas U2” (Paperback; authors: Dave Griffith, David Roberts; Clarksdale)

APRIL 16, 2017

DAN HICKS
“I Scare Myself: A Memoir” (Paperback; Jawbone Press)

APRIL 18, 2017

HARVEY KUBERNIK
“1967: A Complete Rock Music History of the Summer of Love” (Hardcover; Sterling)

MICHAEL NESMITH
“Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff” (Hardcover; Kindle; Crown Archetype)

JIMMY WEBB
“The Cake and the Rain: An Autobiography” (Hardcover; Kindle; St. Martin’s Press)

MAY 1, 2017

RUSH
“Rush: Album by Album” (Hardcover; author: Martin Popoff; Voyageur Press)

MAY 2, 2017

DAVID BYRNE
“How Music Works” (Paperback; Kindle; Three Rivers Press)

PETER E. MELTZER
“So You Think You Know Rock and Roll? An In-Depth Q&A Tour of the Revolutionary Decade 1965-1975” (Paperback; Skyhorse Publishing)

MAY 16, 2017

MOTÖRHEAD
“Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers: The Rise of Motörhead” (Paperback; author: Martin Popoff; ECW Press)

OTIS REDDING
“Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life” Hardcover; author: Jonathan Gould; Kindle; Crown Archetype)

ROLLING STONE
“50 Years of Rolling Stone: The Music, Politics and People That Changed Our Culture” (Deluxe-Edition Hardcover; Abrams)

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD
“Dusty: An Intimate Portrait of a Musical Legend” (Paperback; author: Karen Bartlett; Lesser Gods)

JULY 11, 2017

GARBAGE
“This Is the Noise That Keeps Me Awake” (Hardcover; Akashic Books)

AUG. 15, 2017

MICHAEL RUFFINO (of Unband)
“Adios, Motherfucker: A Gentleman’s Progress Through Rock and Roll” (Paperback; ABEcco)

SEPT. 19, 2017

KENT HARTMAN
“Goodnight, L.A.: Untold Tales from Inside Classic Rock’s Legendary Recording Studios” (Hardcover; Da Capo Press)

OCT. 10, 2017

EDDIE VAN HALEN
“Eruption: The Eddie Van Halen Story” (Hardcover; author: Paul Brannigan; Kindle; Da Capo Press)

JAN. 23, 2018

NAS
“It Ain’t Hard to Tell: A Memoir” (Hardcover; Kindle; Atria Books)

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