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Published on April 16th, 2019 | by Gerry Galipault

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Your Music Book Store (April 16 and Beyond)

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

Read on.

APRIL 16 RELEASES

COCTEAU TWINS
“Stars and Topsoil: Unearthing the Cocteau Twins” (Paperback; author: Nicola Meighan; Jawbone Press)

APRIL 23 RELEASES

KEITH ELLIOT GREENBERG
“Where You Goin’ with That Gun in Your Hand?: The True Crime Blotter of Rock ‘n’ Roll” (Paperback; Backbeat Books)

APRIL 30 RELEASES

JAMES ARTHUR
“Back to the Boy” (Paperback; Digital Book; Free Preview; Hodder)

JEFF BUCKLEY
“Grace: Based on the Jeff Buckley Story” (Hardcover; author: Tiffanie DeBartolo; graphic-novel illustrators: Pascal Dizin, Lisa Reist; Paperback; Merch; First Second / MacMillan)

JAY DeMARCUS (of Rascal Flatts)
“Shotgun Angels: My Story of Broken Roads and Unshakeable Hope” (Hardcover; contributor: Timothy D. Willard; Digital Book; On Tour; Merch; Zondervan)

NOLAN GASSER
“Why You Like It: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Flatiron Books)

ROD McKUEN
“A Voice of the Warm: The Life of Rod McKuen” (Hardcover; author: Barry Alfonso; Backbeat Books)

PAUL STANLEY
“Backstage Pass” (Hardcover; Digital Book; eBay; On Tour; Merch; HarperOne)

MAY 1 RELEASES

SONNY JAMES
“Willful Shadows: The Account of Sonny James and the Southern Gentlemen” (Hardcover; author: Gary Robble; Paperback; Clovercroft Publishing)

MAY 2 RELEASES

BARON WOLMAN
“My Generation: The Classic Rock Photos of Baron Wolman” (Paperback; Omnibus Press)

MAY 7 RELEASES

COMMON
“Let Love Have the Last Word: A Memoir” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Atria Books)

ANI DiFRANCO
“No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir” (Hardcover; Digital Book; eBay; Viking)

ADAM DOLGINS
“The Big Book of Rock & Roll Names: How Arcade Fire, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Vampire Weekend, and 532 Other Bands Got Their Names” (Paperback; Digital Book; Abrams)

MIKE EVANS & PAUL KINGSBURY
“Woodstock: Three Days that Rocked the World (50th Anniversary Edition)” (Hardcover; Merch; Sterling)

VIVIEN GOLDMAN (formerly of The Flying Lizards)
“Revenge of the She-Punks: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot” (Paperback; Digital Book; University of Texas Press)

TALIB KWELI
“Vibrate Higher: A Rap Story” (Hardcover; Digital Book; MCD)

MOBY
“Then It Fell Apart” (Hardcover; Read here; Faber & Faber)

MAY 9 RELEASES

BARBRA STREISAND
On Streisand: An Opinionated Guide” (Hardcover; author: Ethan Mordden; Oxford University Press)

MAY 14 RELEASES

RANDY TRAVIS
“Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life” (Hardcover; co-author: Ken Abraham; Digital Book; Thomas Nelson)

MAY 21 RELEASES

THE WHO
“Tommy at 50: The Mood, the Music, the Look, and the Legacy of The Who’s Legendary Rock Opera” (Hardcover; authors: Chris Charlesworth, Mike McInnerney; foreword by Pete Townshend; On Tour; Merch; Apollo Publishers)

MAY 28 RELEASES

PAUL SIMON
“Paul Simon: The Life” (Paperback; author: Robert Hilburn; Free Preview; eBay; Simon & Schuster)

JUNE 4 RELEASES

JOHN DOE
“More Fun in the New World: The Unmaking and Legacy of L.A. Punk” (Hardcover; co-author: Tom DeSavia; Digital Book; Da Capo Press)

ROBERT JOHNSON
“Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson” (Hardcover; authors: Bruce Conforth, Gayle Dean Wardlow; Digital Book; eBay; Merch; Chicago Review Press)

R. KELLY
“Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly” (Hardcover; author: Jim DeRogatis, the former Chicago Sun-Times rock critic has been chasing this story of alleged sex abuse since 2000 when he got an anonymous tip about Kelly; Digital Book; Abrams Press)

JUNE 11 RELEASES

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

JULY 16 RELEASES

LEIF GARRETT
“Idol Truth: A Memoir” (Hardcover; co-author: Chris Epting; Post Hill Press)

JULY 23 RELEASES

THE JAM
“The Dead Straight Guide to The Jam” (Paperback; authors: drummer Rick Buckler, Ian Snowball; Red Planet)

QUEEN
“The Dead Straight Guide to Queen” (Paperback; author: Phil Chapman; On Tour; Merch; Red Planet)

RUSH
“RUSH Coloring Book” (Paperback; illustrator: David Calcano; Merch; Fantoons)

PHIL SWERN
“Sounds of the Sixties: The Ultimate Sixties Music Companion” (Paperback; Red Planet)

JULY 30 RELEASES

BEN FOLDS
“A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons” (Hardcover; Digital Book; On Tour; Merch; Ballantine Books)

SEPT. 3 RELEASES

RICK ROSS
“Hurricanes: A Memoir” (Hardcover; co-author: Neil Martinez-Belkin; Hanover Square Press)

SEPT. 5 RELEASES

POLY STYRENE
“Dayglo: The Poly Styrene Story” (Hardcover; authors: Celeste Bell, Zoe Howe; Omnibus Press)

SEPT. 10 RELEASES

RUSH
“Rush: The Making of A Farewell to Kings (The Graphic Novel)” (Hardcover; authors: David Calcano, Lindsay Lee; illustrators: Juan Riera, Ittai Manero; Fantoons)

NEIL YOUNG
“To Feel the Music: A Songwriter’s Mission to Save High-Quality Audio” (Hardcover; co-author: Phil Baker; Digital Book; BenBella Books)

SEPT. 17 RELEASES

WILCO
“Wilco-pedia: A Comprehensive Guide to the Music of America’s Best Band” (Paperback; author: Daniel Cook Johnson; On Tour; Jawbone Press)

SEPT. 24 RELEASES

BREAD
“Bread: A Sweet Surrender – The Musical Journey of David Gates, James Griffin & Co.” (Paperback; author: Malcolm C. Searles; Post Hill Press)

STEVE GORMAN (drummer for The Black Crowes)
“Hard to Handle: The Life and Death of the Black Crowes – A Memoir” (Hardcover; contributor: Steven Hyden; Digital Book; Merch; Da Capo Press)

OCT. 8 RELEASES

ANDREW RIDGELEY
“WHAM!, George Michael, and Me: A Memoir” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Dutton)

OCT. 15 RELEASES

ELTON JOHN
“Me” (Hardcover; his first autobiography; Digital Book; On Tour; Merch; Virgin EMI)

JANIS JOPLIN
“Janis: Her Life and Music” (Hardcover; author: Holly George-Warren; Digital Book; Simon & Schuster)

THE MISFITS
“Scream With Me: The Enduring Legacy of the Misfits” (Hardcover; authors: Tom Bejgrowicz, Jeremy Dean; Digital Book; Abrams)

FRANK ZAPPA
“The Hot Rats Book: A Fifty-Year Retrospective of Frank Zappa’s Hot Rats” (Hardcover; author: Bill Gubbins; Backbeat Books)

OCT. 22 RELEASES

LAMONT DOZIER
“How Sweet It Is: A Songwriter’s Reflections on Music, Motown and the Mystery of the Muse” (Hardcover; co-author: Scott B. Bomar; BMG Books)

JONI MITCHELL
“Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs & Drawings” (Hardcover; handwritten lyrics and watercolor paintings, originally handcrafted as a holiday gift to her friends in 1971, now released to the public for the first time; Merch; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

RUSH
“RUSH: Wandering the Face of the Earth – The Official Touring History” (Hardcover; authors: Skip Daly, Eric Hansen; Merch; Insight Editions)

OCT. 29 RELEASES

BOOKER T. JONES
“Time Is Tight: An Autobiography” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Little, Brown and Company)

ALLISON MOORER
“Blood: A Memoir” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Da Capo Press)

PRINCE
“The Beautiful Ones” (Hardcover; 288-page project combines the late pop star’s unfinished manuscript with never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets; Read here; Digital Book; Random House)

BEBE WINANS
“Born for This: My Story in Music” (Hardcover; Digital Book; FaithWords)

NOV. 5 RELEASES

JOHNNY CASH
“Trains, Jesus, and Murder: The Gospel According to Johnny Cash” (Paperback; author: Richard Beck; Digital Book; Merch; Fortress Press)

MORRIS DAY
“On Time: A Princely Life in Funk” (Hardcover; contributor: David Ritz; Digital Book; Da Capo Press)

WHITNEY HOUSTON
“A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston” (Hardcover; author: Robyn Crawford; Digital Book; Dutton)

ALICIA KEYS
“More Myself: A Journey” (Hardcover; contributor: Michelle Burford; Digital Book; Flatiron Books)

LIZ PHAIR
“Horror Stories: A Memoir” (Hardcover; Digital Book; On Tour; Random House)

NOV. 15 RELEASES

PRINCE
“I Wonder U: How Prince Went Beyond Race and Back” (Paperback; author: Adilifu Nama; Merch; Rutgers University Press)

NOV. 19 RELEASES

ED WARD
“The History of Rock & Roll, Volume II: 1964–1977: The Beatles, the Stones, and the Rise of Classic Rock” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Flatiron Books)

JAN. 2, 2020 RELEASES

RUSH
“RUSH: Song By Song” (Paperback; author: Alex Body; Merch; Fonthill Media)

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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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