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Published on November 9th, 2021 | by Gerry Galipault

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Your Music Book Store (Nov. 9 and Beyond)

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

Read on.

NOV. 9, 2021 RELEASES

JESSE DAYTON
“Beaumonster: A Memoir” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

JOHN ILLSLEY
“My Life in Dire Straits: The Inside Story of One of the Biggest Bands in Rock History” (Hardcover; foreword by Mark Knopfler; Digital Book; Diversion Books) » BUY NOW

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

MARC MYERS
“ROCK CONCERT: An Oral History as Told by the Artists, Backstage Insiders, and Fans Who Were There” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Grove Atlantic) » BUY NOW

WILL SMITH
“Will” (Hardcover; written with Mark Manson; Digital Book; Read here; Penguin Press) » BUY NOW

NOV. 16, 2021 RELEASES

KELSEA BALLERINI
“Feel Your Way Through: A Book of Poetry” (Hardcover; Digital Book; On Tour, with the Jonas Brothers; Ballantine Books) » BUY NOW

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

ERIC CLAPTON
“Six-String Stories” (Hardcover; On Tour; Genesis Publications) » BUY NOW

WOODY GUTHRIE
“Woody Guthrie: Songs and Art * Words and Wisdom” (Hardcover; authors: Nora Guthrie, Robert Santelli; Chronicle Books) » BUY NOW

JOY DIVISION / NEW ORDER
“Joy Division + New Order: Decades” (Hardcover; author: John Aizlewood; Palazzo Editions) » BUY NOW

SUE KWON (photographer)
“Rap Is Risen: New York Photographs 1988-2008” (Hardcover; Testify 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

NOV. 18, 2021 RELEASES

SHANE MacGOWAN
“A Furious Devotion: The Life of Shane MacGowan” (Hardcover; author: Richard Balls; Digital Book; Omnibus Press) » BUY NOW

NOV. 29, 2021 RELEASES

ROKY ERICKSON
“True Love Cast Out All Evil: The Songwriting Legacy of Roky Erickson” (Hardcover; author: Brian T. Atkinson; forewords by Billy F Gibbons and Henry Rollins; Texas A&M University Press) » BUY NOW

NOV. 30, 2021 RELEASES

MEL BROOKS
“All About Me! My Remarkable Life in Show Business” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Ballantine Books) » BUY NOW

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS
“40×40: Bad Reputation / I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” (Paperback; a team of creators brings these albums to life as 20 vivid stories in a singular graphic novel; On Tour; Merch; Z2 Comics) » BUY NOW

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

DEC. 1, 2021 RELEASES

GARTH CARTWRIGHT & QUINTINA VALERO
“London’s Record Shops” (Hardcover; foreword by Cornershop; The History Press) » BUY NOW

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

DEC. 7, 2021 RELEASES

ANNE-MARIE
“You Deserve Better” (Hardcover; On Tour; Mobius) » BUY NOW

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

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

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

DEC. 14, 2021 RELEASES

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

DEC. 17, 2021 RELEASES

BEE GEES
“The Bee Gees in the 1960s (Decades)” (Paperback; authors: Andrew Môn Hughes, Grant Walters, Mark Crohan; Sonicbond Publishing) » BUY NOW

YES
“Yes in the 1980s (Decades)” (Paperback; authors: Stephen Lambe, David Watkinson; Sonicbond Publishing) » BUY NOW

DEC. 28, 2021 RELEASES

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

JAN. 1, 2022 RELEASES

SHAUN RYDER (of Happy Mondays and Black Grape)
“How to Be a Rock Star” (Hardcover; Atlantic Books) » BUY NOW

JAN. 4, 2022 RELEASES

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

JAN. 11, 2022 RELEASES

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

GEORGE HARRISON
“George Harrison on George Harrison: Interviews and Encounters” (Paperback; edited by Ashley Kahn; Chicago Review Press) » BUY NOW

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

VINCE STAPLES
“Vince Staples: Limbo Beach” (Paperback graphic novel; authors: Staples, Bryan Edward Hill, Chris Robinson; illustrator: Buster Moody; editor: Robinson; Read here; Z2 Comics) » BUY NOW

HARRY STYLES
“The Book of Harry: A Celebration of Harry Styles” (Hardcover; author: Charlotte McLaren; Digital Book; HarperCollins) » BUY NOW

JAN. 13, 2022 RELEASES

DAVID BOWIE
“Blackstar Theory: The Last Works of David Bowie” (Paperback; author: Leah Kardos; Merch; Bloomsbury Academic) » BUY NOW

JAN. 15, 2022 RELEASES

BILLY JOE SHAVER
“Live Forever: The Songwriting Legacy of Billy Joe Shaver” (Hardcover; author: Courtney S. Lennon; Texas A&M University Press) » BUY NOW

JAN. 18, 2022 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

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

THE ROLLING STONES
“The Rolling Stones – All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track (Expanded Edition)” (Hardcover; authors: Philippe Margotin, Jean-Michel Guesdon; Digital Book; On Tour; Merch; Black Dog & Leventhal) » BUY NOW

JAN. 28, 2022 RELEASES

GRATEFUL DEAD
“The Golden Road: The Recorded History of the Grateful Dead” (Paperback; author: John Kilbride; Merch; Sonicbond Publishing) » BUY NOW

FEB. 1, 2022 RELEASES

J DILLA
“Dilla Time: The Life and Afterlife of the Hip-Hop Producer Who Reinvented Rhythm” (Hardcover; author: Dan Charnas; Digital Book; MCD) » BUY NOW

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; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

FEB. 15, 2022 RELEASES

TRACEY MARINO & VANCE MARINO
“Hey! That’s My Song!: A Guide to Getting Music Placements in Film, TV, and Media” (Paperback; Backbeat Books) » BUY NOW

FEB. 22, 2022 RELEASES

ROB CHRISTOPHER
“Boogie Down Predictions: Hip-Hop, Time, and Afrofuturism” (Paperback; Digital Book; Strange Attractor Press) » BUY NOW

FRANK ZAPPA
“Frank & Co: Conversations with Frank Zappa 1977-1993” (Paperback; author: Co de Kloet; foreword by Dweezil Zappa; Merch; Jawbone Press) » BUY NOW

MARCH 1, 2022 RELEASES

BANANARAMA
“Really Saying Something: Sara & Keren – Our Bananarama Story” (Paperback; authors: Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward; Merch; Arrow) » BUY NOW

SAMMY HAGAR
“Sammy Hagar’s Cocktail Hits: 85 Personal Favorites from the Red Rocker” (Hardcover; co-author: James O. Fraioli; foreword by Guy Fieri; Skyhorse) » BUY NOW

MARCH 7, 2022 RELEASES

PETER STANFIELD
“Pin-Ups 1972: Third Generation Rock ‘n’ Roll” (Hardcover; Reaktion Books) » BUY NOW

MARCH 8, 2022 RELEASES

PAUL MORLEY
“From Manchester with Love: The Life and Opinions of Tony Wilson” (Hardcover; biography of Factory Records co-founder and Manchester icon Tony Wilson; Faber & Faber) » 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

MARCH 10, 2022 RELEASES

KRAFTWERK
“Kraftwerk’s Computer World (33 1/3)” (Paperback; author: Steve Tupai Francis; Bloomsbury Academic) » BUY NOW

MARCH 15, 2022 RELEASES

JONATHAN TAPLIN
“The Magic Years: Scenes from a Rock-and-Roll Life” (Paperback; Heyday) » BUY NOW

MARCH 22, 2022 RELEASES

JEAN BEAUVOIR
“Bet My Soul on Rock ‘n’ Roll: Diary of a Black Punk Icon” (Hardcover; co-author: John Ostrosky; Digital Book; Chicago Review Press) » BUY NOW

MARCH 29, 2022 RELEASES

LEONARD COHEN
“Who By Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai” (Hardcover; author: Matti Friedman; Digital Book; Spiegel & Grau) » BUY NOW

GREIL MARCUS
“More Real Life Rock: The Wilderness Years, 2014-2021” (Hardcover; Yale University Press) » BUY NOW

APRIL 1, 2022 RELEASES

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

RADIOHEAD
“Radiohead: Life in a Glasshouse” (Hardcover; author: John Aizlewood; Merch; Palazzo Editions) » BUY NOW

APRIL 5, 2022 RELEASES

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

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

APRIL 7, 2022 RELEASES

KRAFTWERK
“Kraftwerk’s Computer World (33 1/3)” (Paperback; author: Steve Tupai Francis; Bloomsbury Academic) » BUY NOW

APRIL 12, 2022 RELEASES

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

ELVIS PRESLEY
“Elvis ’68 Comeback: The Story Behind the Special” (Hardcover; author: Steve Binder; foreword by Baz Luhrmann; Digital Book; Merch; Thunder Bay Press) » BUY NOW

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

JIM RULAND
“Corporate Rock Sucks: The Rise & Fall of SST Records” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

RUSH
“Driven: Rush in the ’90s and ‘In the End'” (Paperback; author: Martin Popoff; Merch; ECW Press) » BUY NOW

APRIL 19, 2022 RELEASES

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

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

MAY 1, 2022 RELEASES

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

MAY 3, 2022 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

SINÉAD GLEESON & KIM GORDON
“This Woman’s Work: Essays on Music” (Hardcover; Digital Book; Hachette Books) » BUY NOW

THE ROLLING STONES
“The Rolling Stones 1972 (50th Anniversary Edition)” (Hardcover; with two new essays by Anton Curbijn and Nikki Sixx; photographs by Jim Marshall; foreword by Keith Richards; words by Joel Selvin; Merch; Chronicle Books) » BUY NOW

RONNIE SPECTOR
“Be My Baby: A Memoir” (Hardcover; updated edition, written with Vince Waldron; Henry Holt and Co.) » BUY NOW

MAY 4, 2022 RELEASES

DAVID BOWIE
“Bowie, Cambo & All the Hype” (Paperback; author: John “Cambo” Cambridge; Digital Book; Merch; McNidder & Grace) » BUY NOW

MAY 5, 2022 RELEASES

CAT POWER
“Cat Power’s Moon Pix (33 1/3)” (Paperback; author: Donna Kozloskie; Bloomsbury Academic) » BUY NOW

KENDRICK LAMAR
“Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly (33 1/3)” (Paperback; author: Sequoia L. Maner; Bloomsbury Academic) » BUY NOW

GEORGE MICHAEL
“George Michael’s Faith (33 1/3)” (Paperback; author: Matthew Horton; Bloomsbury Academic) » BUY NOW

MAY 10, 2022 RELEASES

THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G.
“It Was All a Dream: Biggie and the World That Made Him” (Hardcover; author: Justin Tinsley; Digital Book; Merch; Abrams Press) » BUY NOW

MAY 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

MAY 17, 2022 RELEASES

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

MAY 28, 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

MAY 31, 2022 RELEASES

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

JUNE 1, 2022 RELEASES

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

JUNE 14, 2022 RELEASES

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

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

JUNE 28, 2022 RELEASES

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

SEPT. 27, 2022 RELEASES

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

OCT. 11, 2022 RELEASES

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

OCT. 15, 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

DEC. 6, 2022 RELEASES

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





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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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