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Introduction by Anthony DeCurtis (hardcover) $50.00  This tribute tome is packed with artwork, outtakes, memorabilia, and archival photos, an altogether eye-pleasing volume that chronicles the bands’ influence on rock music, art, design, fashion, photography, and filmmaking. New commentary from Jagger, Richards, Watts, and Wood, plus Anthony DeCurtis’ expansive essay examines the band’s history and success, and contributions by Don Was, Martin Scorsese, Anna Sui, John Varvatos, Buddy Guy and many others take on various aspects of the Stones’ impact on pop culture. A comprehensive compendium on the musical career and creative life of the “greatest rock & roll band in […]

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By Jay Jay French and Steve Farber (hardcover) $26.99 In this self-described “bizoir” (part memoir and part business primer), Twisted Business chronicles how guitarist French developed Twisted Sister into a global brand with multiple revenue streams, building it into one of the most licensed metal bands in history. French offers honest, funny, heartfelt, entertaining in-the-rock-band-trenches stories, as well as unique, hard-earned tips and advice to anyone hoping to create their own brand, re-invent themselves, grow a business or simply love what they do.

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By Harvey Kubernik and Kenneth Kubernik (hardcover) $30.00 Acclaimed journalists Harvey and Kenneth Kubernik celebrate the iconic guitarist with a multi-voice narrative that includes fascinating contributions from musicians of the time, including previously unpublished excerpts from interviews with the recording, producing, and engineering principals from Hendrix’s career, with a focus on his music. Along with stunning photos (Henry Diltz…!) and memorabilia, the book is the ultimate keepsake for Hendrix fans. The authors, who specialize in this kind of deep-dive rock & roll exploration, pull off another pleasure-filled page-turner with this one. 

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By Gina Schock (hardcover) $40.00 Go-Go’s drummer Gina Schock takes fans behind the scenes for a look at her personal photos documenting her band’s wild journey to the heights of fame and stardom. Featuring posters, photographs, Polaroids, and other memorabilia from her archives, Made In Hollywood also includes stories from each member of the band, along with other cultural luminaries like Kate Pierson, Jodie Foster, Dave Stewart, Martha Quinn and Paul Reubens.

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By Bobby Borg & Michael Eames (paperback) $34.00 Worth every penny this is a down-to-earth new book written by two musicians and industry pros (and Music Connection contributors) with decades of experience. They’ve organized it into seven clearly written sections that will help musicians, students, songwriters, beat makers and others save time and avoid getting screwed. Topics include the basics of copyrights, types of publishing income, publishing companies and types of deals, creative matters of music publishing, and things you need to know about music publishing’s future.

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By Marc Myers (hardcover) $30.00 There’s plenty of fascinating information to glean from Myer’s oral history examination of the evolution of the rock concert business, from the wild west ‘50s to the corporatized ‘80s. Myers does it with insightful statements from prominent insiders (including Seymour Stein, George Wein, Henry Diltz, Marshall Chess, Michael Lang), performers (Ian Anderson, Todd Rundgren, Alice Cooper) and the fans in the stands, with special attention to milestone events such as Woodstock, Altamont and Live Aid.

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By Mike Cidoni Lennox & Chris May (hardcover) $35.00 This biography of one of the most enduring and endeared recording artists in history—the Carpenters—is told for the first time from the perspective of Richard Carpenter, through more than 100 hours of exclusive interviews and some 200 photographs from the artist’s personal archive, many never published. This nicely illustrated book takes you through the multimillion-selling, Grammy-winning duo’s formative years right up through their 1970s stardom and Karen’s unfortunate end.

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By Dave Grohl (hardcover) $29.99 Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has penned a vivid memoir that conveys both the ordinary and the extraordinary moments and events of his life. Standouts include some harrowing incidents with Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain as well as heartfelt moments with Grohl’s wife and kids. Experiences with Pantera, John Fogerty, Tom Petty, Iggy Pop, John Paul Jones, Paul McCartney and others make this autobiography a satisfying read.

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By Andrew McMahon (hardcover) $27.95 The Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin frontman delivers an engrossing memoir about the challenges and triumphs of his childhood and career, as seen through the lens of his personal connection to three pianos. McMahon not only recounts his grueling efforts to make it as an indie artist, but also how he dealt with––and triumphed over––a bout with leukemia at age 23.

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By Andy Summers (hardcover) $45.00 Musician, composer, photographer, guitarist and now author Andy Summers has written short stories ever since he became a member of The Police, and they prove to be as smart, witty and unexpected as his music and photography. Containing 45 short tales, Fretted and Moaning reveals a cast of characters drawn from the world of music, chief among them guitarists. Every tale has at its heart music or a guitar and a person whose inner qualities are revealed in uncanny, funny and unexpected ways.

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