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Published on May 24th, 2022 | by Gerry Galipault

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Your Music Book Store (May 24 and Beyond)

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

Read on.

MAY 24, 2022 RELEASES

BILL FRISELL
“Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer: The Guitarist Who Changed the Sound of American Music” (Hardcover; author: Philip Watson; Faber & Faber) » BUY NOW

MAY 31, 2022 RELEASES

PATTI SMITH
“Why Patti Smith Matters” (Paperback; author: Caryn Rose; Digital Book; University of Texas Press) » BUY NOW

HARRY STYLES
“Harry Styles: The Making of a Modern Man” (Hardcover; author: Sean Smith; Digital Book; Merch; HarperCollins) » BUY NOW

JUNE 7, 2022 RELEASES

STEVE ADELMAN
“Nocturnal Admissions: Behind the Scenes At Tunnel, Limelight, Avalon, And Other Legendary Nightclubs” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Santa Monica Press) » BUY NOW

CHRIS BLACKWELL (founder of Island Records)
“The Islander: My Life in Music and Beyond” (Hardcover; written with Paul Morley; Digital Book; Gallery Books) » BUY NOW

DON McLEAN
“Don McLean’s American Pie: A Fable” (Hardcover; a new children’s book about a young boy’s journey to uncover his passion for music; Digital Book; On Tour; IPG Publishing / Meteor 17 Books) » BUY NOW

JUNE 9, 2022 RELEASES

QUEEN
“Queen As It Began: The Authorised Biography” (Hardcover; authors: Jim Jenkins and Jacky Smith; Merch; Omnibus Press) » BUY NOW

JUNE 14, 2022 RELEASES

ICE-T
“Split Decision: Life Stories” (Hardcover; co-authors: Spike and Douglas Century; Digital Book; Gallery Books) » BUY NOW

STEVE KEENE
“The Steve Keene Art Book” (Hardcover; indie rock cover art maker to Pavement, The Apples in Stereo, Silver Jews, et al; Hat & Beard / Tractor Beam) » BUY NOW

KENNY LOGGINS
“Still Alright: A Memoir” (Hardcover; co-author: Jason Turbow; Digital Book; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

BLAKE SHELTON
“Blake Shelton: Happy Anywhere” (Hardcover; author: Carol Cash Large; Backbeat Books) » BUY NOW

JUNE 15, 2022 RELEASES

JOHN McEUEN
“Will the Circle Be Unbroken: 50th Year Anniversary on The Making of a Landmark Album” (Hardcover; Backbeat Books) » BUY NOW

JUNE 16, 2022 RELEASES

PETER DOHERTY
“A Likely Lad” (Digital Book; memoir written with Simon Spence; Read here; Little Brown) » BUY NOW

JUNE 21, 2022 RELEASES

DOUG BROD
“They Just Seem a Little Weird: How KISS, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, and Starz Remade Rock and Roll” (Paperback; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

CHEAP TRICK
“This Band Has No Past: How Cheap Trick Became Cheap Trick” (Paperback; author: Brian J. Kramp; Merch; Jawbone Press) » BUY NOW

OLIVIA HARRISON
“Came the Lightening, Came the Light: Twenty Poems for George” (Hardcover; Genesis Publications) » BUY NOW

JUNE 28, 2022 RELEASES

GEORGE MICHAEL
“George Michael: A Life” (Hardcover; author: James Gavin; Abrams Press) » BUY NOW

SHANTÉ PARADIGM SMALLS
“Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City” (Paperback; Digital Book; NYU Press) » BUY NOW

JIM SONEFELD (Hootie & The Blowfish drummer)
“Swimming with the Blowfish: Hootie, Healing, and One Hell of a Ride” (Hardcover; foreword by Darius Rucker; Digital Book; Diversion Books) » BUY NOW

HOUND DOG TAYLOR
“Goodnight Boogie: A Tale of Guns, Wolves & The Blues of Hound Dog Taylor” (Paperback; author: Matt Rogers; BMG Books) » BUY NOW

JULY 12, 2022 RELEASES

THE ROLLING STONES
“The Stone Age: Sixty Years of The Rolling Stones” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Merch; Pegasus Books) » BUY NOW

JULY 14, 2022 RELEASES

THE CHURCH
“The Church’s Starfish (33 1/3 Oceania)” (Paperback; author: Chris Gibson; Bloomsbury Academic) » BUY NOW

JULY 15, 2022 RELEASES

THE BEATLES
“Top of the Mountain: The Beatles at Shea Stadium” (Hardcover; author: Laurie Jacobson; Merch; Backbeat Books) » BUY NOW

FATES WARNING
“Destination Onward: The Story of Fates Warning” (Hardcover; author: Jeff Wagner; FYI Press / Radical Research) » BUY NOW

MIKE SEGRETTO
“33 1/3 Revolutions Per Minute: A Critical Trip Through the Rock LP Era (1955-1999)” (Paperback; Backbeat Books) » BUY NOW

JULY 26, 2022 RELEASES

THE WHO
“The Who: Concert Memories from the Classic Years, 1964-1976” (Hardcover; author: Edoardo Genzolini; editor/contributor: Jeremy Goodwin; Merch; Schiffer) » BUY NOW

STEVEN WILSON (of Porcupine Tree)
“A Limited Edition of One: An Autobiography” (Hardcover; written with Mick Wall; Constable) » BUY NOW

AUG. 2, 2022 RELEASES

MICK ROCK
“SHOT! by Rock: The Photography of Mick Rock” (Hardcover; Weldon Owen) » BUY NOW

PETER SHAPIRO (veteran concert promoter)
“The Music Never Stops: What Putting on 10,000 Shows Has Taught Me About Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Magic” (Hardcover; written with Dean Budnick; Read here; Digital Book; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

AUG. 9, 2022 RELEASES

JEN B. LARSON
“Hit Girls: Women of Punk in the USA, 1975-1983” (Paperback; Feral House) » BUY NOW

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
“A Song For Everyone: The Story of Creedence Clearwater Revival” (Hardcover; author: John Lingan; Digital Book; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

MARY RODGERS (daughter of Richard Rodgers and composer of “Once Upon a Mattress”)
“Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers” (Hardcover; co-author: Jesse Green; Digital Book; Farrar, Straus and Giroux) » BUY NOW

AUG. 16, 2022 RELEASES

HUGH HODGES
“The Fascist Groove Thing: A History of Thatcher’s Britain in 21 Mixtapes” (Paperback; PM Press) » BUY NOW

AUG. 24, 2022 RELEASES

ELTON JOHN
“Two Days That Shook the World: Elton John Live at Dodger Stadium” (Hardcover; author: Terry O’Neill; On Tour; Merch; ACC Art Books) » BUY NOW

AUG. 30, 2022 RELEASES

JOE STRUMMER
“The Punk Rock Politics of Joe Strummer: Radicalism, Resistance and Rebellion” (Paperback; author: Gregor Gall; Manchester University Press) » BUY NOW

SEPT. 1, 2022 RELEASES

MARIA CALLAS
“Cast a Diva: The Hidden Life of Maria Callas” (Hardcover; author: Lyndsy Spence; The History Press) » BUY NOW

TONY HADLEY (Spandau Ballet lead singer)
“Tony Hadley: My Life in Pictures” (Hardcover; Omnibus Press) » BUY NOW

SEPT. 6, 2022 RELEASES

NICK CAVE
“Faith, Hope, and Carnage” (Hardcover; co-author: journalist Sean O’Hagan; Digital Book; Farrar, Straus and Giroux) » BUY NOW

WILLIE NELSON
“Me and Paul: Untold Stories of a Fabled Friendship” (Hardcover; a tribute to Paul English, his longtime drummer, bodyguard, accountant, etc.; Harper Horizon) » BUY NOW

BOB STANLEY (of Saint Etienne)
“Let’s Do It: The Birth of Pop Music: A History” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Pegasus Books) » BUY NOW

DAR WILLIAMS
“How to Write a Song That Matters” (Paperback; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

SEPT. 8, 2022 RELEASES

BRITNEY SPEARS
“Britney Spears’s Blackout (33 1/3)” (Paperback; author: Natasha Lasky; Merch; Bloomsbury Academic) » BUY NOW

SEPT. 13, 2022 RELEASES

DONALD FAGEN
“Nightfly: The Life of Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen” (Hardcover; author: Peter Jones; Digital Book; Chicago Review Press) » BUY NOW

JOE TROHMAN (of Fall Out Boy)
“None of This Rocks: A Memoir” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Merch; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

SEPT. 20, 2022 RELEASES

MELANIE CHISHOLM (aka Mel C or Sporty Spice)
“Who I Am” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Merch; Grand Central Publishing) » BUY NOW

SUSAN ROGERS & OGI OGAS
“This Is What It Sounds Like: What the Music You Love Says About You” (Hardcover; Digital Book; W.W. Norton & Company) » BUY NOW

SEPT. 22, 2022 RELEASES

THE BEACH BOYS
“God Only Knows: The Story of Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys & the California Myth” (Paperback; author: David Leaf; Merch; Omnibus Press) » BUY NOW

PETER GREEN
“Peter Green: The Biography” (Paperback; revised and updated edition; author: Martin Celmis; Omnibus Press) » BUY NOW

SEPT. 27, 2022 RELEASES

CRAIG MORGAN
“God, Family, Country: A Memoir” (Hardcover; written with Jim DeFelice; Digital Book; On Tour; Blackstone Publishing) » BUY NOW

PEARL JAM
“Long Road: Pearl Jam and the Soundtrack of a Generation” (Hardcover; author: Steven Hyden; Digital Book; Merch; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

OCT. 1, 2022 RELEASES

PINK FLOYD
“Pink Floyd Live: Collected” (Hardcover; author: Alison James; Merch; Sona Books) » BUY NOW

OCT. 4, 2022 RELEASES

STEVIE NICKS
“Mirror in the Sky: The Life and Music of Stevie Nicks” (Hardcover; author: Simon Morrison; On Tour; Merch; University of California Press) » BUY NOW

MARGO PRICE
“Maybe We’ll Make It: A Memoir” (Hardcover; On Tour; University of Texas Press) » BUY NOW

LINDA RONSTADT
“Feels Like Home: A Song for the Sonoran Borderlands” (Hardcover; co-author: Lawrence Downes; photographs by Bill Steen; Digital Book; Heyday) » BUY NOW

OCT. 11, 2022 RELEASES

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

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

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE
“Sly & The Family Stone: An Oral History” (Paperback; author: Joel Selvin; Permuted Press) » BUY NOW

OCT. 15, 2022 RELEASES

KING CURTIS
“Soul Serenade: King Curtis and His Immortal Saxophone” (Hardcover; author: Timothy R. Hoover; University of North Texas Press) » BUY NOW

OCT. 18, 2022 RELEASES

JONATHAN ABRAMS
“The Come Up: An Oral History of the Rise of Hip-Hop” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Crown) » BUY NOW

NICK FREETH
“The Illustrated Catalog of Guitars: 250 Amazing Models From Acoustic to Electric” (Paperback; Digital Book; Skyhorse) » BUY NOW

PETER GURALNICK & COLIN ESCOTT
“The Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll: 70 Years of Sun Records” (Hardcover; Weldon Owen) » BUY NOW

JOHN MELLENCAMP
“John Mellencamp: American Paintings and Assemblages” (Hardcover; Rizzoli) » BUY NOW

PAUL SIMPSON (of The Teardrop Explodes, Care, and The Wild Swans)
“Revolutionary Spirit: A Post-Punk Exorcism” (Paperback; Jawbone Press) » BUY NOW

PAUL WELLER
“Magic: A Journal of Song” (Hardcover; contributor: Dylan Jones; Genesis Publications) » BUY NOW

OCT. 27, 2022 RELEASES

WAYNE HUSSEY
“Heady Daze: The Mission Years, 1985-1990” (Paperback; Omnibus Press) » BUY NOW

OCT. 28, 2022 RELEASES

RUSS BESTLEY, ALEX OGG, ET AL
“The Art of Punk: Posters + Flyers + Fanzines + Record Sleeves” (Hardcover; Schiffer) » BUY NOW

NOV. 1, 2022 RELEASES

BONO
“Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Knopf) » BUY NOW

BOB DYLAN
“The Bob Dylan Albums (2nd Edition)” (Paperback; author: Anthony Varesi; Guernica Editions) » BUY NOW

FAT JOE
“The Book of Jose: A Memoir” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Roc Lit 101) » BUY NOW

PAUL GORMAN
“Totally Wired: The Rise and Fall of the Music Press” (Hardcover; Thames & Hudson) » BUY NOW

ROB HALFORD
“Biblical: Rob Halford’s Heavy Metal Scriptures” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Merch; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

SAM HOLLANDER
“21 Hit Wonder: Flopping My Way to the Top of the Charts” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Matt Holt) » BUY NOW

ELTON JOHN
“Elton John – All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track” (Hardcover; authors: Romuald Ollivier, Olivier Roubin; On Tour; Merch; Black Dog & Leventhal) » BUY NOW

ELTON JOHN
“Elton John at 75” (Hardcover; author: Gillian G. Gaar; On Tour; Merch; Motorbooks) » BUY NOW

CHRIS PAYNE
“Where Are Your Boys Tonight?: The Oral History of Emo’s Mainstream Explosion 1999-2008” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Dey Street Books) » BUY NOW

ROLLING STONE
“Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Abrams) » BUY NOW

NOV. 3, 2022 RELEASES

EARTH, WIND & FIRE
“Earth, Wind & Fire’s That’s the Way of the World (33 1/3)” (Paperback; author: Dwight E. Brooks; On Tour; Bloomsbury Academic) » BUY NOW

MINNIE RIPERTON
“Minnie Riperton’s Come to My Garden (33 1/3)” (Paperback; author: Brittnay L. Proctor; Bloomsbury Academic) » BUY NOW

NOV. 8, 2022 RELEASES

ABBA
“ABBA at 50” (Hardcover; author: Carl Magnus Palm; Merch; Palazzo Editions) » BUY NOW

CHUCK BERRY
“Chuck Berry: An American Life” (Hardcover; author: RJ Smith; Digital Book; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

BOB DYLAN
“The Philosophy of Modern Song” (Hardcover; his first book of new writing since 2004’s “Chronicles: Volume One” and since winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016; Digital Book; Merch; Simon & Schuster) » BUY NOW

GREG GRAFFIN
“Punk Paradox: A Memoir” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

SHARON OSBOURNE
“Coming Home” (Hardcover; Mobius) » BUY NOW

NOV. 15, 2022 RELEASES

RICHARD AQUILA
“Rock & Roll in Kennedy’s America: A Cultural History of the Early 1960s” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Johns Hopkins University Press) » BUY NOW

PETER ASHER
“Peter Asher: A Life in Music” (Hardcover; author: David Jacks; Backbeat Books) » BUY NOW

TOM BREIHAN
“The Number Ones: Twenty Chart-Topping Hits That Reveal the History of Pop Music” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

THE CURE
“The Cure – Pictures of You” (Hardcover; photographs by Tom Sheehan; foreword by Robert Smith; Digital Book; Merch; Welbeck Publishing) » BUY NOW

DEF LEPPARD
“Definitely: The Story of Def Leppard” (Hardcover; On Tour, with Mötley Crüe, Poison and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; Merch; Genesis Publications) » BUY NOW

RYAN DUSICK (original Maroon 5 drummer)
“Harder to Breathe: A Memoir of Making Maroon 5, Losing It All, and Finding Recovery” (Hardcover; foreword by Adam Levine; Digital Book; BenBella Books) » BUY NOW

GERRY MULLIGAN
“Being Gerry Mulligan: My Life in Music” (Hardcover; Backbeat Books) » BUY NOW

PRINCE
“Prince on Prince: Interviews and Encounters” (Paperback; edited by Arthur Lizie; Digital Book; Merch; Chicago Review Press) » BUY NOW

JON SAVAGE & STUART BAKER
“Punk 45: The Singles Cover Art of Punk 1976-80” (Paperback; Soul Jazz Records) » BUY NOW

PATTI SMITH
“A Book of Days” (Hardcover; more than 365 photographs she shot in a single year; Digital Book; Random House) » BUY NOW

NOV. 17, 2022 RELEASES

GARY MOORE
“White Knuckles: The Life of Gary Moore” (Hardcover; author: Martin Power; Omnibus Press) » BUY NOW

NOV. 22, 2022 RELEASES

DAVE MASON
“Only You Know and I Know” (Hardcover; contributor: Chris Epting; BMG Books) » BUY NOW

MERLE TRAVIS
“Sixteen Tons: The Merle Travis Story” (Hardcover; co-author: Deke Dickerson; BMG Books) » BUY NOW

NOV. 24, 2022 RELEASES

QUEEN
“I Want It All! Volume I: The Ultimate Collection of Classic Queen Memorabilia” (Hardcover; Merch; Omnibus Press) » BUY NOW

NOV. 29, 2022 RELEASES

KURT COBAIN
“Kurt Cobain: The Last Interview and Other Conversations” (Paperback; Digital Book; Melville House) » BUY NOW

HOLLY KNIGHT
“I Am the Warrior: My Crazy Life Writing the Hits and Rocking the MTV Eighties” (Hardcover; foreword by Tina Turner; Permuted Press) » BUY NOW

DEC. 2, 2022 RELEASES

WILLARD JENKINS
“Ain’t But a Few of Us: Black Music Writers Tell Their Story” (Paperback; Duke University Press Books) » BUY NOW

DEC. 6, 2022 RELEASES

JAN DALLEY & DAVID CHEAL
“The Life of a Song: Volumes 1 and 2” (Paperback; subtitled “The stories behind 100 of the world’s best-loved songs”; Chambers) » BUY NOW

JOHN PRINE
“Prine on Prine: Interviews and Encounters with John Prine” (Digital Book; author: Holly Gleason; Chicago Review Press) » BUY NOW

SONNY ROLLINS
“Saxophone Colossus: The Life and Music of Sonny Rollins” (Hardcover; author: Aidan Levy; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

DEC. 15, 2022 RELEASES

THE BAND
“Rags and Bones: An Exploration of The Band” (Hardcover; a collection of essays on The Band, edited by Jeff Sellars and Kevin Neece; Paperback; University Press of Mississippi) » BUY NOW

JAN. 2, 2023 RELEASES

RUSH
“Moving Pictures: How Rush Created Progressive Hard Rock’s Greatest Record” (Paperback; author: Will Romano; Merch; Backbeat Books) » BUY NOW

JAN. 3, 2023 RELEASES

SIMPLE MINDS
“Themes for Great Cities: A New History of Simple Minds” (Hardcover; author: Graeme Thomson; On Tour; Merch; Constable) » BUY NOW

JAN. 10, 2023 RELEASES

RICK RUBIN
“The Creative Act” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Penguin Press) » BUY NOW

MARCH 7, 2023 RELEASES

JOHN COLTRANE
“Coltrane: The Definitive Visual Celebration of the Legend” (Hardcover; photograph celebration of the jazz legend, with contributions written by Ravi Coltrane, Wayne Coyne, Dev Hynes, Phil Lesh, Julie Mehretu, Carlos Santana, and Patti Smith; Digital Book; Ten Speed Press) » BUY NOW

MARCH 9, 2023 RELEASES

STEVE CROPPER
“The Colonel: The Steve Cropper Story” (Paperback; written with Mike Read; Omnibus Press) » BUY NOW

MARVIN GAYE
“Marvin Gaye’s I Want You (33 1/3)” (Paperback; author: Derrais Carter; Bloomsbury Academic) » BUY NOW

MARCH 15, 2023 RELEASES

LOU REED & LAURIE ANDERSON
“The Art of the Straight Line” (Hardcover; Digital Book; HarperOne) » BUY NOW

MARCH 21, 2023 RELEASES

THE CURE
“Curepedia: The A-Z of The Cure” (Hardcover; author: Simon Price; Digital Book; Merch; Dey Street Books) » BUY NOW

SEPT. 15, 2023 RELEASES

JONAS BROTHERS
“Blood: A Memoir by the Jonas Brothers” (Hardcover; written with Neil Strauss; Digital Book; On Tour; Dey Street Books) » BUY NOW

MARCH 19, 2024 RELEASES

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





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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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