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Published on May 21st, 2019 | by Gerry Galipault

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Your Music Book Store (May 21 and Beyond)

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

Read on.

MAY 21 RELEASES

SAMMY SADLER
“A Hit with a Bullet: A True Story of Corruption, Greed, and the Real Murder on Music Row” (Paperback; Indigo River Publishing)

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

THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE
“Keep Music Evil: The Brian Jonestown Massacre Story” (Paperback; author: Jesse Valencia; Digital Book; Free Preview; Jawbone Press)

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 2 RELEASES

CARPENTERS
“Carpenters: An Illustrated Discography” (Hardcover; author: Randy L. Schmidt; Mascot 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)

AUG. 27 RELEASES

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

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. 9 RELEASES

ARETHA FRANKLIN
“The Queen Next Door: Aretha Franklin, an Intimate Portrait” (Hardcover; author: Linda Solomon; foreword by Burt Barachach; Digital Book; Wayne State University 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)

TEGAN & SARA
“High School” (Hardcover; Digital Book; On Tour; Merch; MCD)

OCT. 1 RELEASES

MICHAEL HUTCHENCE
“Michael: My Brother, Lost Boy of INXS” (Paperback; author: Tina Hutchence, with Jen Jewel Brown; Digital Book; Allen & Unwin)

OCT. 8 RELEASES

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

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

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

OCT. 15 RELEASES

THE ASSOCIATION
“Along Comes The Association: Beyond Folk Rock and Three-Piece Suits” (Hardcover; authors: founding member Russ Giguere, Ashley Wren Collins; Rare Bird Books)

MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
“Guitar King: Michael Bloomfield’s Life in the Blues” (Hardcover; author: David Dann; Digital Book; University of Texas Press)

JEFF BUCKLEY
“Jeff Buckley: His Own Voice” (Hardcover; editors: Mary Guibert, David Browne; Digital Book; Da Capo Press)

TED GIOIA
“Music: A Subversive History” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Basic Books)

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

ELTON JOHN
“Elton John: Fifty Years On – The Complete Guide to the Musical Genius of Elton John and Bernie Taupin” (Paperback; authors: Stephen Spignesi, Michael Lewis; On Tour; Merch; Post Hill Press)

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)

KATHY IANDOLI
“God Save the Queens: The Essential History of Women in Hip-Hop” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Dey Street Books)

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

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)

CARLY SIMON
“Touched by the Sun: My Friendship with Jackie” (Hardcover; “Jackie” is Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

MARK WEISS
“The Decade That Rocked: The Photography of Mark ‘Weissguy’ Weiss” (Hardcover; author: Richard Bienstock, with Daniel Siwek; foreword by Rob Halford; 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)

DONALD S. PASSMAN
“All You Need to Know About the Music Business: 10th Edition” (Hardcover; Simon & Schuster)

MARTIN POPOFF
“Satisfaction: 10 Albums That Changed My Life” (Paperback; foreword by Heart’s Nancy Wilson; Krause Publications)

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)

OCT. 30 RELEASES

ERIC CLAPTON
“Slowhand: The Life and Music of Eric Clapton” (Hardcover; author: Philip Norman; Little, Brown and Company)

NOV. 5 RELEASES

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

FLEA
“Acid for the Children: A Memoir” (Hardcover; foreword by Patti Smith; Digital Book; On Tour; Merch; Grand Central Publishing)

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)

NOV. 12 RELEASES

THE BEATLES
“The Beatles from A to Zed: An Alphabetical Mystery Tour” (Hardcover; author: Peter Asher; Digital Book; Merch; Henry Holt and Co.)

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

COLE PORTER
“The Letters of Cole Porter” (Hardcover; editors: Cliff Eisen, Dominic McHugh; )

THE 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS
“13th Floor Elevators: A Visual History” (Hardcover; author: Paul Drummond; Anthology Editions)

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)

DEC. 3 RELEASES

DAVE BRUBECK
“Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time” (Hardcover; author: Philip Clark; Digital Book; Da Capo Press)

JAN. 2, 2020 RELEASES

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

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