Books on Music and Musicians

From backstage tell-alls to touching memoirs, this new batch of music books surely has something for all music fans. Plus, there's much more in our new book section.

Click for availability and more information Abbey Road : the Best Studio in the World, by Alistair Lawrence, forward by Sir George Martin
An oversized photographic celebration and cultural history of the celebrated recording studio. The book provides a full history and timeline, a discography of famous album covers and previously unseen images from the studio's archives that document recordings by such artists as The Beatles, Pink Floyd and John Williams. 

Click for availability and more information Cyndi Lauper : a Memoir, byCyndi Lauper with Jancee Dunn
Iconic singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper offers a poignant account of the journey that led her to become an international superstar--from her years growing up in Queens, New York, to the making of enduring hits like "Time After Time," "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," and "True Colors," to becoming an actress, a mother, an outspoken activist, and maintaining a music career that has lasted more than thirty years. 

Click for availability and more information Do You Dream in Color? Insights from a Girl without Sight, by Laurie Rubin
The internationally acclaimed blind mezzo-soprano traces the story of her childhood in Southern California through the rise of her career as an opera singer, describing how she has overcome everyday and more challenging obstacles while remembering the experiences that inspired her achievements. Ms. Rubin performed at the Greenwich Library as part of the first Greenwich Reads Together Program in 2011.

Click for availability and more information The Gershwins and Me : a Personal History in Twelve Songs, by Michael Feinstein with Ian Jackman
A five-time Grammy nominee presents an illustrated tribute to the lives and legacies of the Gershwins that is presented through the stories of 12 of their most enduring songs including "Strike Up the Band" and "Love Is Here to Stay," in a volume that is complemented by a CD of original recordings.

Click for availability and more information I'm Your Man : the Life of Leonard Cohen, by Sylvie Simmons
Exploring the many facets of Cohen's life, this intimate portrait of one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time draws upon his private archives and a wealth of interviews with many of his closest associates, colleagues and other artists whose work he has inspired.

Click for availability and more information The John Lennon Letters,edited by and with an introduction by Hunter Davies
Published together for the first time, this collection of letters to family, friends, lovers and complete strangers from the beloved Beatle offers an intimate look into the true personality and mind of one of popular music's most prolific and revered artists.

Click for availability and more information Led Zeppelin : the Oral History of the World's Greatest Rock Band, by Barney Hoskyns
Think you know everything there is to know about Led Zeppelin? Think again. This new book, based on more than 200 interviews with everyone from Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones to others central to the Zeppelin story, chronicles the group's dramatic rise, fall and legacy. It takes a fresh look at the band's music, cultural significance, and legend, as well as the highs and lows of the sex, drugs, and rock and roll lifestyle on the road. It also discusses, in depth, the way the band wrote, arranged, and recorded, from how they created the stupendous sound and dynamics on "Dazed and Confused" and "Whole Lotta Love" to the group's folk-suffused acoustic side embodied in songs like "Friends" and "That's the Way." This is a nice accompaniment to the classic Zeppelin tell-all, "Hammer of the Gods: the Led Zeppelin Saga."

Click for availability and more information Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page , by Bard Tolinski
If you still crave more Zeppelin this book, based on extensive interviews conducted with the guitarist/producer over the past 20 years, encompasses Page's entire career, beginning with his early years as England's top session guitarist when he worked with artists ranging from Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, and Burt Bacharach to the Kinks, The Who, and Eric Clapton. Page speaks frankly about his decadent yet immensely creative years in Led Zeppelin, his synergistic relationships with band members Robert Plant, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones, and his notable post-Zeppelin pursuits. While examining every major track recorded by Zeppelin, including "Stairway to Heaven," "Whole Lotta Love," and "Kashmir," Page reflects on the band's sensational tours, the filming of the concert movie The Song Remains the Same, his fascination with the occult, meeting Elvis Presley, and the making of the rock masterpiece Led Zeppelin IV, about which he offers a complete behind-the-scenes account.

Click for availability and more information Rolling Stones 50 x 20 , edited by Chris Murray
Celebrates the remarkable fifty-year career of the Stones with images captured by twenty of the world's greatest music photographers. Featured are more than eighty exceptional photographs that document the longevity of one of the most influential, enduring, and controversial bands in rock history.

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