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Published on April 27th, 2021 | by Gerry Galipault

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Your Music Book Store (April 27 and Beyond)

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

Read on.

APRIL 27, 2021 RELEASES

LESLIE JORDAN
“How Y’all Doing? Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived” (Hardcover; Digital Book; William Morrow) » BUY NOW

MALCOLM McLAREN
“Malcolm McLaren: The Autobiography” (Hardcover; Red Planet) » BUY NOW

MAY 4, 2021 RELEASES

KRISTIN HERSH
“Seeing Sideways: A Memoir of Music and Motherhood” (Hardcover; Digital Book; University of Texas Press) » BUY NOW

MICK HOUGHTON
“Fried & Justified: Hits, Myths, Break-Ups and Breakdowns in the Record Business 1978-98” (Paperback; Digital Book; Faber & Faber) » BUY NOW

EARTHA KITT
“Eartha & Kitt: A Daughter’s Love Story in Black & White” (Hardcover; author: Kitt Shapiro, with Patricia Levy; Digital Book; Pegasus Books) » BUY NOW

JONATHAN TAPLIN (tour manager for Bob Dylan and The Band in the 1960s)
“The Magic Years: Scenes from a Rock-and-Roll Life” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Heyday) » BUY NOW

“Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life,” Julianna Margulies [Hardcover] »

MAY 6, 2021 RELEASES

SYD BARRETT
“The Lyrics of Syd Barrett” (Hardcover; author: Rob Chapman; Scribner) » BUY NOW

DURAN DURAN
“Duran Duran’s Rio (33 1/3)” (Paperback; author: Annie Zaleski; Merch; Bloomsbury Academic) » BUY NOW

ROXY MUSIC
“Roxy Music’s Avalon (33 1/3)” (Paperback; author: Simon A. Morrison; Merch; Bloomsbury Academic) » BUY NOW

DONNA SUMMER
“Donna Summer’s Once Upon a Time (33 1/3)” (Paperback; author: Alex Jeffery; Merch; Bloomsbury Academic) » BUY NOW

THE WHO
“A Band with Built-In Hate: The Who from Pop Art to Punk” (Hardcover; author: Peter Stanfield; Digital Book; Merch; Reaktion Books) » BUY NOW

MAY 11, 2021 RELEASES

BILLIE EILISH
“Billie Eilish” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Grand Central Publishing) » BUY NOW

PAUL MYERS & S.W. LAUDEN
“Go Further: More Literary Appreciations of Power Pop” (Paperback; Digital Book; Rare Bird Books) » BUY NOW

HOWARD PARR
“Top Rankin’: A Punk/Ska Noir Novel” (the worlds of punk, ska, crime, drugs and corruption in Los Angeles; Paperback; Rare Bird Books) » BUY NOW

FRANK SINATRA
“Sinatra and Me: In the Wee Small Hours” (Hardcover; author: Tony Oppedisano, with Mary Jane Ross; Digital Book; Scribner) » BUY NOW

“Yearbook,” Seth Rogen [Hardcover] »

“Brat: An ’80s Story,” Andrew McCarthy [Hardcover] »

MAY 14, 2021 RELEASES

MIKE KATZ & CRISIPIN KOTT
“Rock and Roll Explorer Guide to San Francisco and the Bay Area” (Paperback; Globe Pequot) » BUY NOW

MAY 15, 2021 RELEASES

PAT METHENY
“Beneath Missouri Skies: Pat Metheny in Kansas City, 1964-1972” (Hardcover; author: Carolyn Glenn Brewer; University of North Texas Press) » BUY NOW

MAY 18, 2021 RELEASES

BOB DYLAN
“The Double Life of Bob Dylan: A Restless, Hungry Feeling (1941-1966)” (Hardcover; author: Clinton Heylin; Digital Book; Merch; Little, Brown and Company) » BUY NOW

SCOTT WALKER
“Scott Walker: The Rhymes of Goodbye” (Paaperback; new edition, revised and updated; Lewis Williams; Plexus Publishing) » BUY NOW

MAY 22, 2021 RELEASES

THE BEATLES
“Those Were The Days 2.0: The Beatles and Apple” (Hardcover; author: Stefan Granados; Merch; Cherry Red Books) » BUY NOW

MAY 25, 2021 RELEASES

MICHELLE WILLIAMS
“Checking In: How Getting Real about Depression Saved My Life – and Can Save Yours” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Thomas Nelson) » BUY NOW

JUNE 1, 2021 RELEASES

KRAFTWERK
“Kraftwerk: Future Music from Germany” (Paperback; author: Uwe Schütte; Digital Book; Merch; Penguin Books) » BUY NOW

LUNACHICKS
“Fallopian Rhapsody: The Story of the Lunachicks” (Paperback; Digital Book; Merch; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

GRAHAM NASH
“Our House” (Hardcover; children’s picture book; Backbeat Books) » BUY NOW

SINÉAD O’CONNOR
“Rememberings” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) » BUY NOW

“TikTok For Dummies” [Paperback] »

JUNE 4, 2021 RELEASES

NICK CAVE
“Boy on Fire: The Young Nick Cave” (Hardcover; author: Mark Mordue; Digital Book; Atlantic Books) » BUY NOW

JUNE 7, 2021 RELEASES

PRINCE
“Prince and the Parade & Sign O’ the Times Era Studio Sessions: 1985 and 1986” (Hardcover; author: Duane Tudahl; foreword by Elton John; Merch; Rowman & Littlefield Publishers) » BUY NOW

JUNE 8, 2021 RELEASES

JOHNNYSWIM
“Home Sweet Road: Finding Love, Making Music & Building a Life One City at a Time” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Convergent) » BUY NOW

JIM MORRISON
“The Collected Works of Jim Morrison: Poetry, Journals, Transcripts, and Lyrics” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Merch; Harper Design) » BUY NOW

TUPAC SHAKUR
“Changes: An Oral History of Tupac Shakur” (Hardcover; author: Sheldon Pearce; Digital Book; Merch; Simon & Schuster) » BUY NOW

JUNE 9, 2021 RELEASES

MERCY FONTENOT (a co-founder of the GTOs, the Frank Zappa-produced all-female band)
“Permanent Damage: Memoirs of an Outrageous Girl” (Hardcover; written just prior to her death in 2020 with veteran music journalist Lyndsey Parker; Digital Book; Rare Bird Books) » BUY NOW

JUNE 15, 2021 RELEASES

THE DIXIE CUPS
“Chapel of Love: The Story of New Orleans Girl Group the Dixie Cups” (Hardcover; authors: Rosa Hawkins, Steve Bergsman; foreword by Billy Vera; University Press of Mississippi) » BUY NOW

AMANDA KLOOTS WITH ANNA KLOOTS
“Live Your Life: My Story of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Harper) » BUY NOW

JUNE 22, 2021 RELEASES

MILES A. COPELAND III (founder of I.R.S. Records)
“Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: My Life in the Music Business” (Paperback; Jawbone Press) » BUY NOW

THE FALL
“Excavate! The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall” (Hardcover; edited by Tess Norton and Bob Stanley; Digital Book; Faber & Faber) » BUY NOW

BOBBY RUSH
“I Ain’t Studdin’ Ya: My American Blues Story” (Hardcover; co-author: Herb Powell; Digital Book; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

JUNE 27, 2021 RELEASES

RONNIE JAMES DIO
“Rainbow in the Dark: The Autobiography” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Merch; Permuted Press) » BUY NOW

JUNE 29, 2021 RELEASES

DURAN DURAN
“Please Please Tell Me Now: The Duran Duran Story” (Hardcover; author: Stephen Davis; Digital Book; Merch; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

CHARLES FARRELL
“(Low)life: A Memoir of Jazz, Fight-Fixing, and The Mob” (Hardcover; Hamilcar Publications) » BUY NOW

WILLIE NELSON
“Willie Nelson’s Letters to America” (Hardcover; written with Turk Pipkin; Digital Book; Harper Horizon) » BUY NOW

JUNE 30, 2021 RELEASES

THE CURE
“The Cure FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Most Heartbreakingly Excellent Rock Band the World Has Ever Known”
(Paperback; author: Christian Gerard; Merch; Backbeat Books) » BUY NOW

JULY 2, 2021 RELEASES

NICK SADLER
“The Label Machine: How to start, run and grow your own independent music label” (Paperback; Velocity Press) » BUY NOW

JULY 6, 2021 RELEASES

MARY GAUTHIER
“Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting” (Hardcover; Digital Book; St. Martin’s Essentials) » BUY NOW

JESSICA HOPPER
“The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic (Revised and Expanded Edition)” (Paperback; Digital Book; MCD x FSG Originals) » BUY NOW

PAUL KELLY
“Paul Kelly: The Man, the Music and the Life In-Between” (Hardcover; author: Stuart Coupe; Hachette Australia) » BUY NOW

RICHARD MARX
“Stories to Tell: A Memoir” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Simon & Schuster) » BUY NOW

MARC WASSERMAN (musician and podcaster)
“Ska Boom! An American Ska & Reggae Oral History” (foreword by Horace Panter of The Specials; DiWulf Publishing House) » BUY NOW

JULY 20, 2021 RELEASES

GEORGE HARRISON & ERIC CLAPTON
“All Things Must Pass Away: Harrison, Clapton, and Other Assorted Love Songs” (Hardcover; authors: Kenneth Womack, Jason Kruppa; Digital Book; Chicago Review Press) » BUY NOW

THE WHO
“Before I Get Old: The Story of The Who” (Paperback; author: Dave Marsh; Plexus Publishing) » BUY NOW

AUG. 1, 2021 RELEASES

DONNA SUMMER
“I Feel Love: Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, and How They Reinvented Music” (Paperback; author: Dave Thompson; Merch; Backbeat Books) » BUY NOW

AUG. 10, 2021 RELEASES

NICO
“You Are Beautiful and You Are Alone: The Biography of Nico” (Hardcover; author: Jennifer Otter Bickerdike; Digital Book; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

AUG. 17, 2021 RELEASES

AALIYAH
“Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah” (Hardcover; author: Kathy Iandoli; Digital Book; Atria Books) » BUY NOW

JOHN LURIE (of The Lounge Lizards)
“The History of Bones: A Memoir” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Random House) » BUY NOW

AUG. 24, 2021 RELEASES

JON SAVAGE
“1966: The Year the Decade Exploded” (Paperback; Faber & Faber) » BUY NOW

SEPT. 2, 2021 RELEASES

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & HIS MAGIC BAND
“Beefheart: Through the Eyes of Magic” (Hardcover; author: drummer John French; Digital Book; The Last Music Company) » BUY NOW

SEPT. 7, 2021 RELEASES

JOHN BONHAM
“Beast: John Bonham and The Rise of Led Zeppelin” (Hardcover; author: C.M. Kushins; foreword by Dave Grohl; Digital Book; Merch; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

TIM BURGESS (of The Charlatans)
“The Listening Party: Artists, Bands and Fans Reflect on 100 Favorite Albums” (Hardcover; DK) » BUY NOW

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS
“Where the Devil Don’t Stay: Traveling the South with the Drive-By Truckers” (Hardcover; author: Stephen Deusner; Digital Book; University of Texas Press) » BUY NOW

PAUL McCARTNEY
“Paul McCartney: The Stories Behind the Classic Songs” (Hardcover; author: Mike Evans; Welbeck Publishing) » BUY NOW

DOLLY PARTON
“She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs” (Paperback; author: Sarah Smarsh; Scribner) » BUY NOW

PRINCE
“Prince: A Portrait of the Artist in Memories & Memorabilia” (Hardcover; author: Paul Sexton; Merch; Welbeck Publishing) » BUY NOW

PETE SHELLEY
“Ever Fallen in Love: The Lost Buzzcocks Tapes” (Hardcover; written with Louie Shelley; Digital Book; Merch; Cassell) » BUY NOW

MATT SORUM
“Double Talkin’ Jive: True Rock ‘n’ Roll Stories from the Drummer of Guns N’ Roses, the Cult, and Velvet Revolver” (Hardcover; written with Leif Eriksson and Martin Svensson; foreword by Billy F Gibbons; Rare Bird Books) » BUY NOW

TRACEY THORN
“My Rock ‘n’ Roll Friend” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Canongate Books) » BUY NOW

SEPT. 9, 2021 RELEASES

THE BEATLES
“The Beatles and the 1960s: Reception, Revolution, and Social Change” (Paperback; author: Kenneth L. Campbell; Merch; Bloomsbury Academic) » BUY NOW

SEPT. 14, 2021 RELEASES

JOHN HIATT
“Have a Little Faith: The John Hiatt Story” (Hardcover; author: Michael Elliott; foreword by Elvis Costello; Digital Book; Chicago Review Press) » BUY NOW

JOHN MELLENCAMP
“Mellencamp” (Hardcover; author: Paul Rees; Digital Book; Atria Books) » BUY NOW

SEPT. 21, 2021 RELEASES

JAY JAY FRENCH (Twisted Sister guitarist)
“Twisted Business: Lessons from My Life in Rock ‘n’ Roll” (Hardcover; co-written with Steve Farber; Merch; RosettaBooks) » BUY NOW

RICHARD RUSSELL (producer and owner of the British record label XL Recordings)
“Liberation Through Hearing: Rap, Rave & The Rise of XL Recordings” (Paperback; Digital Book; White Rabbit) » BUY NOW

SEPT. 23, 2021 RELEASES

LED ZEPPELIN
“Evenings With Led Zeppelin: The Complete Concert Chronicle (Revised and Expanded Edition)” (Hardcover; authors: Dave Lewis, Mike Tremaglio; Merch; Omnibus Press) » BUY NOW

SEPT. 28, 2021 RELEASES

ANDRÉ DARLINGTON & TENAYA DARLINGTON
“Booze & Vinyl: A Music-and-Mixed-Drinks Matching Game” (card-pairing game and recipe book; RP Studio) » BUY NOW

STEVIE VAN ZANDT
“Unrequited Infatuations: A Memoir” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

OCT. 1, 2021 RELEASES

THE BEATLES
“Those Were The Days 2.0: The Beatles and Apple” (Hardcover; author: Peter Chrisp; Merch; Sona Books) » BUY NOW

MICHAEL BRECKER
“Ode to a Tenor Titan: The Life and Times and Music of Michael Brecker” (Hardcover; author: Bill Milkowski; Backbeat Books) » BUY NOW

HARRY STYLES
“Harry Styles: Adore You: The Illustrated Biography” (Hardcover; author: Carolyn McHugh; Sona Books) » BUY NOW

OCT. 5, 2021 RELEASES

CARPENTERS
“Carpenters: The Musical Legacy” (Hardcover; authors: Mike Cidoni Lennox and Chris May, drawing from exclusive interviews with Richard Carpenter; Princeton Architectural Press) » BUY NOW

DAVE GROHL
“The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Dey Street Books) » BUY NOW

B.B. KING
“King of the Blues: The Rise and Reign of B.B. King” (Hardcover; author: Daniel de Vise; Digital Book; Grove Press) » BUY NOW

ELVIS PRESLEY
“Christmas with Elvis: The Official Guide to the Holidays from the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” (Hardcover; author: Robert K. Elder; Digital Book; Merch; Running Press) » BUY NOW

EDDIE VAN HALEN
“Eruption: Conversations with Eddie Van Halen” (Hardcover; authors: Brad Tolinski, Chris Gill; Digital Book; Merch; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

AMY WINEHOUSE
“Amy Winehouse: Beyond Black” (Hardcover; featuring newly shot lyric sheets, sketches, and ephemera together with contextual photographs and video stills, including album, single, and promotional artworks and outtakes, interspersed with reflections from major artists; author: Naomi Parry; Abrams) » BUY NOW

OCT. 12, 2021 RELEASES

LEONARD COHEN
“Leonard Cohen – Untold Stories: From This Broken Hill, Volume 2” (Hardcover; author: Michael Posner; Digital Book; Simon & Schuster) » BUY NOW

ROBBY KRIEGER
“Set the Night on Fire: My Many Lives and Deaths as the Guitarist of The Doors” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Merch; Little, Brown and Company) » BUY NOW

QUESTLOVE
“Music Is History” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Abrams Image) » BUY NOW

OCT. 19, 2021 RELEASES

KELEFA SANNEH
“Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Penguin Press) » BUY NOW

DAVID BOWIE
“We Could Be … Bowie and His Heroes” (Hardcover; author: Tom Hagler; consultant editor: Tony Visconti; Merch; Cassell) » BUY NOW

JOY DIVISION
“Joy Division: Juvenes” (Hardcover; expanded edition of the 2007 photograph book, with new interviews with Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris; photography by Kevin Cummins; Digital Book; Merch; Cassell) » BUY NOW

OCT. 26, 2021 RELEASES

BOB DYLAN
“Bob Dylan All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track (Expanded Edition)” (Hardcover; authors: Philippe Margotin, Jean-Michel Guesdon; Digital Book; Free Preview; Merch; Black Dog & Leventhal) » BUY NOW

BRIAN JOHNSON
“The Lives of Brian: AC/DC, Me, and the Making of Back in Black” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Merch; Dey Street Books) » BUY NOW

DAN OZZI
“Sellout: The Major Label Feeding Frenzy That Swept Punk, Emo, and Hardcore 1994–2007” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) » BUY NOW

GINA SCHOCK
“Made In Hollywood: All Access with the Go-Go’s” (Hardcover; foreword by Kathy Valentine; Digital Book; Merch; Black Dog & Leventhal) » BUY NOW

NOV. 2, 2021 RELEASES

DAVID BOWIE
“David Bowie – All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track” (Hardcover; author: Benoît Clerc; Merch; Black Dog & Leventhal) » BUY NOW

LEONARD COHEN
“Leonard Cohen: The Mystical Roots of Genius” (Hardcover; author: Harry Freedman; Bloomsbury Continuum) » BUY NOW

LIL’ KIM
“The Queen Bee” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

PAUL McCARTNEY
“The Lyrics” (Hardcover; two-volume, 900-plus page “self-portrait in 154 songs” based on conversations he had with prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon; Read here; Liveright) » BUY NOW

JONI MITCHELL
“Joni Mitchell: Backstage Pass” (Hardcover; author: Michael A O’Neill; Merch; Danann Books) » BUY NOW

NOV. 9, 2021 RELEASES

LED ZEPPELIN
“Led Zeppelin: The Biography” (Hardcover; author: Bob Spitz; Digital Book; Merch; Penguin Press) » BUY NOW

RAEKWON
“From Staircase to Stage: The Story of Raekwon and the Wu-Tang Clan” (Hardcover; co-author: Anthony Bozza; Digital Book; Gallery Books) » BUY NOW

NOV. 15, 2021 RELEASES

U2
“U2’s The Joshua Tree: Planting Roots in Mythic America” (Hardcover; author: Bradley Morgan; Merch; Backbeat Books) » BUY NOW

NOV. 16, 2021 RELEASES

AVICII
“Tim: The Official Biography of Avicii” (Hardcover; author: Måns Mosesson; Merch; Mobius) » BUY NOW

MERLE HAGGARD
“The Hag: The Life, Times, and Music of Merle Haggard” (Hardcover; author: Marc Eliot; Digital Book; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

LENNY KAYE
“Lightning Striking: Ten Transformative Moments in Rock and Roll” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Ecco) » BUY NOW

WILL SERGEANT
“Bunnyman: Post-War Kid to Post-Punk Guitarist of Echo and the Bunnymen” (Paperback; Third Man Books) » BUY NOW

NOV. 23, 2021 RELEASES

BILL LICHTENSTEIN
“WBCN and the American Revolution: How a Radio Station Defined Politics, Counterculture, and Rock and Roll” (Hardcover; The MIT Press) » BUY NOW

GARY NUMAN
“(R)evolution: The Autobiography” (Paperback; Constable) » BUY NOW

DEC. 7, 2021 RELEASES

JOHNNY CASH
“Citizen Cash: The Political Life and Times of Johnny Cash” (Hardcover; author: Michael Stewart Foley; Merch; Basic Books) » BUY NOW

THE ROLLING STONES
“Parachute Women: Marianne Faithfull, Marsha Hunt, Bianca Jagger, Anita Pallenberg, and the Women Behind the Rolling Stones” (Hardcover; author: Elizabeth Winder; Digital Book; Merch; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

JAN. 11, 2022 RELEASES

QUINCY JONES
“12 Notes: On Life and Creativity” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Abrams Image) » BUY NOW

JAN. 18, 2022 RELEASES

MAC MILLER
“Most Dope: The Extraordinary Life of Mac Miller” (Hardcover; author: Paul Cantor; Digital Book; Merch; Abrams Press) » BUY NOW

FEB. 1, 2022 RELEASES

WHITNEY HOUSTON
“Didn’t We Almost Have It All: In Defense of Whitney Houston” (Hardcover; author: Gerrick Kennedy; foreword by Brandy; Digital Book; Abrams Press) » BUY NOW

DANYEL SMITH
“Shine Bright: A Personal History of Black Women in Pop” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Roc Lit 101) » BUY NOW





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