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Published on November 21st, 2016 | by Gerry Galipault

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Your Music Book Store (Nov. 22 and Beyond)

How many people can boast of being a “Beatles scholar” on their résumé? Kenneth Womack, for one.

The English professor and dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University has written “Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles” (2007), “The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles” (2009) and “The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four” (2014). And next summer, he’s releasing “Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin (The Early Years: 1926-1966).”

He also managed to find time to finish up an abridged edition of “The Beatles Encyclopedia,” arriving Nov. 30. The 621-page paperback book is arranged alphabetically by entry, with some 360 topics ranging from “Abbey Road” to Zapple Records.

From me to you, here are Womack’s email replies to a few Pauseandplay.com questions.

P&P: For the abridged version of your book, did you learn anything new about the Fab Four that you felt had to be included this time?

Womack: “Every new Beatles project presents a fresh opportunity to dive into their incredible story. But it also affords me with the chance to bring the enumeration of their lives and works up to date with the present day. But just as importantly, it allows me to make a few corrections along the way to reflect the most current trends of Beatles scholarship. This new version of the encyclopedia also presented the opportunity to update Sir George Martin’s story, which came to a close last March, as well as to account for new Beatles output since the publication of the original edition back in 2014.”

P&P: When people meet you and find out you’re a Beatles scholar, what is the first question they always ask you or want to know about the group?

Womack: “The typical question that I get involves identifying my favorite Beatle. Even just recently at a party, I was asked to share my pick. And my answer is always the same: I need ’em all. The Beatles are the sum of the parts. Lennon and McCartney needed each other, and they benefited enormously from the likes of Harrison and Starr, who, more often than not, gave them the requisite creative space to bring their imaginations to life in the studio.”

P&P: Do you think we’ll ever see the likes of the Beatles again?

Womack: “In my heart of hearts, I would love to see another pop explosion of the Beatles’ magnitude, if only to enjoy more great, time-eclipsing music. But I doubt that it’s in the stars, given key demographic and distribution shifts. The Beatles came along at a most fortuitous moment when most major U.S. markets had, at most, three television channels. There was no such thing as 24-hour cable networks, sports networks of every possible stripe, and the Internet. In short, there was hardly any competition standing in the Beatles’ way. Today, the world is pocked with competing diversions. I’m not sure that any pop phenomenon, no matter how compelling, could stand a chance in today’s fickle and wide-ranging environment.”

P&P: I know it’s going to be hard, but name your favorites: Beatles song, album, and most overlooked song.

Womack: “My favorite Beatles song is ‘Happiness Is a Warm Gun,’ which is a melange of styles and textures. It’s the wicked dark heart at the center of ‘The White Album,’ which is my favorite Beatles long-player. It’s a dazzling, eclectic mix that never ceases to amaze my senses. For my money, the Beatles’ most overlooked song may be “Baby’s in Black.’ It’s all there, a tragic story, a heart-rending middle-eight, and those killer Lennon-McCartney harmonies.”

Read on.

NOV. 22, 2016

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

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

RICHARD EHRLICH
“Richard Ehrlich: Face the Music” (Hardcover; Steidl)

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

PRINCE
“Prince: Purple Reign” (Hardcover; author: Mick Wall; Kindle; Free Preview; Trapeze)

STEPHEN M. SHUTTS
“Raiders of Rock: The Pursuit of Rock and Roll Memorabilia in America” (Hardcover; Heritage Builders)

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. 24, 2016

IAN GILLAN
“Ian Gillan: The Autobiography of Deep Purple’s Lead Singer” (Paperback; Music Press Books)

NOV. 28, 2016

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

NOV. 29, 2016

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

ROBERT JOHNSON
“Love In Vain: Robert Johnson 1911-1938, The Graphic Novel” (Hardcover; author: J.M Dupont; illustrator: Mezzo; Kindle; Faber & Faber)

THE STOOGES
“Total Chaos: The Story of the Stooges – As Told By Iggy Pop” (Hardcover; author: Jeff Gold; Third Man 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. 1, 2016

BRUCE WEXLER
“The History of Rock in Fifty Guitars” (Paperback; The History Press)

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)

DAVID BOWIE
“The Complete David Bowie (Revised and Updated 2016 Edition)” (Paperback; author: Nicholas Pegg; Kindle; Free Preview; Titan Books)

BOB DYLAN
“Counting Down Bob Dylan: His 100 Finest Songs” (Paperback; author: Jim Beviglia; Rowman & Littlefield Publishers)

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

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

DAVID BOWIE
“David Bowie: The Golden Years” (Hardcover; author: Roger Griffin; Kindle; Free Preview; Overlook-Omnibus)

ARI HERSTAND
“How To Make It in the New Music Business: Practical Tips on Building a Loyal Following and Making a Living as a Musician” (Hardcover; Kindle; Liveright)

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

JAN. 3, 2017

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

DAVID BOWIE
“Spider from Mars: My Life with Bowie” (Hardcover; author: drummer Woody Woodmansey, the last surviving member of Bowie’s band The Spiders from Mars; foreword by Tony Visconti; Kindle; St. Martin’s Press)

JAN. 4, 2017

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

JAN. 10, 2017

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

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. 13, 2017

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

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

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)

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)

ELVIS PRESLEY
“Being Elvis: A Lonely Life” (Hardcover; author: Ray Connolly; Liveright)

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. 23, 2017

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

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

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

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 1, 2017

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

JULY 11, 2017

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

AUG. 1, 2017

SIR GEORGE MARTIN
“Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin (The Early Years: 1926-1966)” (Hardcover; author: Kenneth Womack; Chicago Review Press)

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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Gerry Galipault debuted Pause & Play online in October 1997. Since then, it has become the definitive place for CD-release dates — with a worldwide audience.



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