The Story Behind the Music

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Chronicles: Volume One by Bob DylanChronicles: Volume One by Bob Dylan
Utilizing his unparalleled gifts of storytelling and the exquisite expressiveness that are the hallmarks of his music, Bob Dylan turns Chronicles: Volume One into a poignant reflection on life, and the people and places that helped shape the man and the art.

This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History by Chuck DThis Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History by Chuck D
A comprehensive, chronological survey of rap and hip-hop from 1973 to the present is based on the author’s long-running show on Rapstation.com and details the most iconic moments and relevant songs from the genre’s recorded history.

Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story by Chuck KlostermanKilling Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story by Chuck Klosterman
From the Chelsea Hotel to the swampland where Lynyrd Skynyrd’s plane went down to the site where Kurt Cobain blew his head off, Chuck explored every brand of rock star demise. He wanted to know why the greatest career move any musician can make is to stop breathing…and what this means for the rest of us.

Born to Run by Bruce SpringsteenBorn to Run by Bruce Springsteen
Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

 

John Lennon: The Life by Philip NormanJohn Lennon: The Life by Philip Norman
A biography of the controversial, outspoken member of the Beatles whose extraordinary songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney changed the world of rock music forever.

 

Girl in a Band by Kim GordonGirl in a Band by Kim Gordon
A founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon and role model for a generation of women, now tells her story–a memoir of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence and as one of the first women of rock and roll.

The Rose that Grew From Concrete by Tupac ShakurThe Rose that Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur
Here now, newly discovered, are Tupac’s most honest and intimate thoughts conveyed through the pure art of poetry — a mirror into his enigmatic life and its many contradictions.

The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex RossThe Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross
Music critic Alex Ross shines a bright light on the secret world or modern music, taking us from Vienna before the First World War to Paris in the twenties, from Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia to New York in the sixties and seventies.

Heavier than Heaven: Biography of Kurt Cobain by Charles R. CrossHeavier than Heaven: Biography of Kurt Cobain by Charles R. Cross
Based on more than four hundred interviews; four years of research; exclusive access to Cobain’s unpublished diaries, lyrics, and family photos; and a wealth of documentation, Heavier Than Heaven traces Cobain’s life from his early days in a double-wide trailer outside of Aberdeen, Washington, to his rise to fame, success, and the adulation of a generation.

Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd by Nick MasonInside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd by Nick Mason
Always candid, by turns poignant and funny, Nick’s own memories are augmented with extensive research and interviews, making Inside Out a comprehensive history of one of the most brilliant and imaginative bands the world has known and a masterly memoir of rock and roll.

David Bowie: A Life by Dylan JonesDavid Bowie: A Life by Dylan Jones
Drawn from over 180 interviews with friends, rivals, lovers, and collaborators, some of whom have never before spoken about their relationship with Bowie, this oral history weaves a hypnotic spell as it unfolds the story of a remarkable rise to stardom and an unparalleled artistic path.

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie BrownsteinHunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
Accessibly raw, honest and heartfelt, this book captures the experience of being a young woman, a born performer and an outsider, and ultimately finding one’s true calling through hard work, courage and the intoxicating power of rock and roll.