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Published on March 13th, 2017 | by Gerry Galipault

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Your Music Book Store (March 14 and Beyond)

Here’s our weekly rundown of upcoming new music book releases …

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MARCH 14, 2017

BOBBY BROWN
“Every Little Step: My Story” (Paperback; co-author: Nick Chiles; Free Preview; Dey Street Books)

CHEECH MARIN
“Cheech Is Not My Real Name … But Don’t Call Me Chong!” (Hardcover; Kindle; Grand Central Publishing)

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

MARCH 16, 2017

EARL SCRUGGS
“Earl Scruggs: Banjo Icon” (Hardcover; authors: Gordon Castelnero, David L. Russell; foreword by Béla Fleck; 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)

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

MARCH 28, 2017

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

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

APRIL 1, 2017

CYN COLLINS
“Complicated Fun: The Birth of Minneapolis Punk and Indie Rock, 1974-1984 – An Oral History” (Paperback; Minnesota Historical Society Press)

BRUCE DICKINSON
“Bruce Dickinson – Maiden Voyage: The Biography” (Paperback; author: Joe Shooman; John Blake)

OASIS
“Oasis: What’s the Story?” (Paperback; author: former Oasis manager Iain Robertson; John Blake)

APRIL 4, 2017

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

GEORGE MICHAEL
“George Michael: The Life 1963-2016” (Paperback; author: Emily Herbert; Lesser Gods)

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)

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

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

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APRIL 11, 2017

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)

RITA COOLIDGE
“Delta Lady: A Memoir” (Paperback; co-author: Michael Walker; Free Preview; Harper Paperbacks)

PRINCE
“Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince” (Hardcover; author: Ben Greenman; Kindle; Henry Holt and Co.)

APRIL 18, 2017

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

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)

MATTHEW WEST
“Hello, My Name Is: Discover Your True Identity” (Paperback; Kindle; Worthy Publishing)

APRIL 20, 2017

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

APRIL 24, 2017

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

APRIL 25, 2017

JOHN DOE
“Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk” (Paperback; co-author: Tom DeSavia; Free Preview; Da Capo Books)

VIRGINIA HANLON GROHL (mother of Dave Grohl)
“From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars” (Hardcover; Seal Press)

BILLY VERA
“Billy Vera: Harlem to Hollywood” (Hardcover; Backbeat Books)

APRIL 30, 2017

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

MAY 1, 2017

DONALD “DUCK” DUNN
“Soul Fingers: The Music & Life of Legendary Bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn” (Paperback; author: Nick Rosaci; Hal Leonard)

PHILIP LYNOTT
“Cowboy Song: The Authorized Biography of Thin Lizzy’s Philip Lynott” (Paperback; author: Graeme Thomson; Kindle; Chicago Review Press)

DOLLY PARTON
“Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton” (Hardcover; edited by Randy L. Schmidt; Kindle; Chicago Review Press)

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

MAY 2, 2017

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

RICHARD MORTON JACK
“Psychedelia: The Underground Rock Album 1966-1969” (Hardcover; Sterling)

MAY 9, 2017

THE BEATLES
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Album, the Beatles, and the World in 1967” (Hardcover; author: Brian Southall; Imagine)

JIMMY BUFFETT
“Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way” (Hardcover; author: Ryan White; Kindle; Touchstone)

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

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

GRATEFUL DEAD
“Listening for the Secret: The Grateful Dead and the Politics of Improvisation” (Paperback; author: Ulf Olsson; University of California Press)

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)

MAY 23, 2017

THE BEATLES
“In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs” (Hardcover; author: Andrew Blauner; Kindle; Blue Rider Press)

BOB DYLAN
“Bob Dylan FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Song and Dance Man” (Paperback; author: Bruce Pollock; Backbeat Books)

GUNS N’ ROSES
“Guns N’ Roses FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Bad Boys of Sunset Strip” (Paperback; author: Bruce Pollock; Backbeat Books)

MAY 30, 2017

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

JUNE 1, 2017

THE BEATLES
“Sgt. Pepper at Fifty: The Mood, the Look, the Sound, the Legacy of the Beatles’ Great Masterpiece” (Hardcover; authors: Mike McInnerney, Bill DeMain, Gillian G. Gaar; Sterling)

JUNE 6, 2017

MARVIN GAYE
“After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye” (Paperback; author: Jan Gaye, with David Ritz; Free Preview; Amistad)

JUNE 13, 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)

DAVID WEIGEL
“The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock” (Hardcover; Kindle; W.W. Norton & Company)

JUNE 20, 2017

BOB DYLAN
“Bob Dylan: A Spiritual Life” (Hardcover; author: Scott M. Marshall; BP Books)

JULY 1, 2017

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

JULIE LONDON
“Go Slow: The Life of Julie London” (Hardcover; author: Michael Owen; Kindle; Chicago Review Press)

JULY 4, 2017

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

JULY 11, 2017

BILLY BRAGG
“Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World” (Hardcover; Faber & Faber)

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

AUG. 1, 2017

ELVIS PRESLEY
“Elvis: The Legend – The Authorized Book from the Graceland® Archives” (Hardcover; author: Gillian G. Gaar; Carlton Books)

AUG. 1, 2017

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
“Electric Light Orchestra: Song by Song” (Paperback; author: John Van der Kiste; Fonthill Media)

AUG. 25, 2017

CHRISTOPHER HILL
“Into the Mystic: The Visionary and Ecstatic Roots of 1960s Rock and Roll” (Paperback; Park Street Press)

AUG. 29, 2017

AL GREEN
“Soul Survivor: A Biography of Al Green” (Hardcover; author: Jimmy McDonough; Kindle; Da Capo Press)

ELTON JOHN
“Elton John FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Rocket Man” (Paperback; author: Donald Gibson; Backbeat Books)

JONI MITCHELL
“Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell” (Hardcover; author: David Yaffe; Kindle; Sarah Crichton Books)

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

SEPT. 1, 2017

THE BEATLES
“The Beatles Book” (Paperback; author: Hunter Davies, the only ever authorized biographer of the Fab Four; Ebury Press)

IAN HOWARTH
“Rock ‘n’ Radio: When DJs and Rock Music Ruled the Airwaves” (Paperback; Véhicule Press)

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

THE 1975
“The 1975: Love, Sex, Magic” (Paperback; author: David Nolan; John Blake)

CHRIS PARTON
“The Little Book of Country Music Wisdom” (Hardcover; Lyons Press)

THE WHO
“The Who on The Who: Interviews and Encounters” (Hardcover; editor: Sean Egan; Chicago Review Press)

SEPT. 19, 2017

BEE GEES
“Staying Alive: The Disco Inferno of the Bee Gees” (Paperback; author: Simon Spence; Jawbone Press)

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

GORDON LIGHTFOOT
“Lightfoot” (Hardcover; author: Nicholas Jennings; Kindle; Viking)

LINDISFARNE
“We Can Swing Together: The Story of Lindisfarne” (Paperback; author: John Van der Kiste; Fonthill Media)

SEPT. 21, 2017

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
“Born to Run” (Paperback; Simon & Schuster)

SEPT. 26, 2017

ART GARFUNKEL
“What Is It All But Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man” (Hardcover; Knopf)

OCT. 3, 2017

DAVID BOWIE
“David Bowie: A Life” (Hardcover; author: Dylan Jones; Kindle; Crown Archetype)

RAY PADGETT
“Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Time” (Hardcover; Sterling)

JONI MITCHELL
“Joni: The Anthology” (Hardcover; edited by Barney Hoskyns; Picador)

OCT. 5, 2017

BJÖRK
“Björk’s Homogenic (33 1/3)” (Paperback; author: Emily Mackay; Bloomsbury Academic)

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

OCT. 7, 2017

PAUL McCARTNEY
“Conversations with McCartney” (Paperback; author: Paul Du Noyer; The Overlook Press)

OCT. 24, 2017

BILL BENTLEY
“Smithsonian Rock and Roll: The People’s Pictures” (Hardcover; Smithsonian Books)

DAVID BOWIE
“Earthbound: David Bowie and The Man Who Fell To Earth” (Paperback; author: Susan Compo; Jawbone Press)

CHARLIE DANIELS
“Never Look at the Empty Seats: A Memoir” (Hardcover; Kindle; Thomas Nelson)

WILL FRIEDWALD
“The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums” (Hardcover; Kindle; Pantheon)

PINK FLOYD
“Pink Floyd – All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track” (Hardcover; authors: Philippe Margotin, Jean-Michel Guesdon; Kindle; Black Dog & Leventhal)

PAUL SIMON
“Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon” (Paperback; author: Peter Ames Carlin; St. Martin’s Griffin)

NOV. 7, 2017

THE BEATLES
“Beatles ’66: The Revolutionary Year” (Paperback; author: Steve Turner; Ecco)

BON SCOTT
“Bon: The Last Highway – The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC’s Back in Black” (Paperback; author: Jesse Fink; ECW Press)

NOV. 14, 2017

RICKIE LEE JONES
“Memoir” (Hardcover; Grove Press)

GENE SIMMONS
“On Power” (Hardcover; Dey Street Books)

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

ED WARD
“The History of Rock & Roll, Volume One 1920-1963” (Paperback; Flatiron Books)

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

NOV. 21, 2017

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
“Florence! Foster!! Jenkins!!! The Life of the World’s Worst Opera Singer” (Paperback; author: Darryl W. Bullock; The Overlook Press)

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

STEVIE NICKS
“Gold Dust Woman: A Biography of Stevie Nicks” (Hardcover; author: Stephen Davis; St. Martin’s Press)

OCT. 2, 2018

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

OCT. 16, 2018

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)

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