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HENDRIX: The Illustrated History

HENDRIX: The Illustrated History

From its black velvet cover, the scumptious full color pictures inside and a full read on his life and career, Gillian G. Garr provides pretty much everything you need about Jimi Hendrix, in HENDRIX: The Illustrated History. Published coinciding with what would have been the master guitarist’s 75th birthday this hard cover is a loving tribute to a man who died too young, but gave rock and roll so much.

The Man Who Carried Cash by Julie Chadwick

The Man Who Carried Cash by Julie Chadwick

Coming at an iconic figure like Johnny Cash from his long-time (and in some ways long-time suffering) managers point-of-view, Julie Chadwick relates a complicated and exhilarating story of Saul Holiff, in The Man Who Carried Cash. Allowed unprecedented access to Holiff from material his son handed over to Chadwick (audio tapes, correspondence, pictures) we get a glimpse here not only into what it was like for Holiff to manage ‘The Man In Black,’ and what J.C. was really like, but what the music business was like in the nascient days of rock and roll.

Harold Bronson: My British Invasion

Harold Bronson: My British Invasion

Harold Bronson, co-founder of Rhino Records, rock and roll writer, musician, and pretty much a late 60’s/early 70’s rock and roll diarist and historian, lays everything you ever wanted to know about the music of his generation in his latest, My British Invasion.

Rush: Album By Album by Martin Popoff

Rush: Album By Album by Martin Popoff

From Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage, to “Metal Evolution,” to “Rock Icons” Martin Popoff can speak to heavy rock music and how it affects us all.

He speaks very well indeed in his new book Rush: Album-By-Album.

Kenny Aronoff: Sex, Drums, Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Hardest Hitting Man in Show Business

Kenny Aronoff: Sex, Drums, Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Hardest Hitting Man in Show Business

If you don’t know the name, Kenny Aronoff, you are sure to know this drummer extraordinaire from seeing him sit behind John Mellencamp’s band for years (he created and played the iconic drum break in “Jack & Diane” as just one example of his work with J.M), as well as from seeing him on tour with The Smashing Pumpkins, Melissa Etheridge, and John Fogerty. Aronoff is that kinetic bald-headed dude with the big wild glasses pushing along most every modern popular artist you have heard in the past three decades.

Still the One: A Rock’n’Roll Journey to Congress and Back by John Hall

Still the One: A Rock’n’Roll Journey to Congress and Back by John Hall

Still The One: A Rock’n’Roll Journey To Congress And Back is certainly entertaining read. For those interested in the liberal side of politics there are lots in this book to please you, for those interested in the beginnings of 60’s rock, there are a goodly amount of tails here and for those who want to get to know more about John Hall, this whole book is perfect for you.

The Witches, Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff

The Witches, Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff

It is a thick historic read that Stacy Schiff flies us through in her The Witches, Salem 1692. If you think you know all about this period of history, have the skinny on the rumors and historic accounting, know full well what happened to a bunch of women (and men) way back in the early days of this country, think again.

Where The Bodies Were Buried: Whitey Bulger And The World That Made Him

Where The Bodies Were Buried: Whitey Bulger And The World That Made Him

One of the most notorious American criminals of modern times, Whitey Bulger, is the subject of T. J. English wonderful new true crime tome. But if you are looking for a bio on Bulger, a man who has had plenty of bios written about him, plenty worth looking up (plenty that English even refers to in this book) Where The Bodies Were Buried is not that history. Instead, we get a specific account of Bulger’s trial, after the man has been found after years in hiding, and the fantastic, tragic and wholly corrupt story that unfolds despite it.

Live At The Fillmore East & West

Live At The Fillmore East & West

Learn about promoter Bill Graham, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Carlos Santana, The Chambers Brothers and so many others, some of whom did not survive into modern times. Meet Joshua White-who provides this near 400 page book’s forward -and learn about his Joshua Light Show. Get into the mind-set (acid addled as it was) of what exactly what happening in the mid 60’s to the beginning of the 70’s when these two concert halls thrived. Tickle across stories from house managers, band members, hanger-ons and fans who became icons themselves, like Patti Smith who offers some tidbits here of hanging around the village in NYC when the Fillmore East came into existence.

The Making Of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

The Making Of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

From the opening chapter “Journey Beyond The Stars” we as much learn about director Stanley Kubrick’s early professional life working for “Look” magazine and into this first few films…as we do in later chapters get into the full story of “2001,” a film that took three years to complete. We meet author of the story Arthur C. Clarke of course, get some insight into the back and forth he and Kubrick got into and meet all the relevant characters, some interviewed specifically for this book, some 40 odd plus years after they worked on this movie.

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