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Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector
By Blackstone Audio, Inc.
4.8 out of 5 stars with 61 reviews
Phil Spector, born in the Bronx in 1940, grew up an outsider despised by his peers. Yet after his family moved to California, he learned everything he could about music, formed a band, and had a number-one hit with ''To Know Him Is to Love Him''. He quickly became the top producer of early rock and roll and the originator of such girl groups as the Ronettes. He was a millionaire by age 21 and owned his own record label by 22. Hit followed hit, and for all of them he used a new recording style
In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea
4.1 out of 5 stars with 75 reviews
Danny Goldberg's new book is a subjective history of 1967, the year he graduated from high school. It is, he writes in the introduction, ''an attempt at trying to remember the culture that mesmerized me, to visit the places and conversations I was not cool enough to have been a part of.'' It is also a refreshing and new analysis of the era; by looking at not only the political causes, but also the spiritual, musical, and psychedelic movements, Goldberg provides a unique perspective on how and
Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry
By Blackstone Audio, Inc.
4.9 out of 5 stars with 95 reviews
Cowboys and Indies is the definitive record-business bible, chronicling the pioneers who set the stylus on the most important labelsand musical discoveries of the last century. The narrative follows all the musical trends and developments from the phonograph to the Internet age as it delves behind the big business of corporate hit machines and the diligent industry of small, curated labels. Drawing from memoirs, archives, and over 100 exclusive interviews with legends of the record industry -
Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Style, Sound, and Revolution of the Electric Guitar
4.4 out of 5 stars with 108 reviews
By a pair of veteran music writers, an unprecedented history of the electric guitar, its explosive impact on music and culture, and the people who brought it to life.
For generations the electric guitar has been an international symbol of freedom, danger, rebellion, and hedonism. In Play It Loud, Brad Tolinski and Alan di Perna bring the history of this iconic instrument to roaring life. It's a story of inventors and iconoclasts, of scam artists, prodigies, and mythologizers as varied and
Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of Life
4.9 out of 5 stars with 44 reviews
Music critic Steven Hyden explores 19 music rivalries and what they say about life.
Beatles vs. Stones. Biggie vs. Tupac. Kanye vs. Taylor. Who do you choose? And what does that say about you? Actually - what do these endlessly argued about pop music rivalries say about us?
Music opinions bring out passionate debate in people, and Steven Hyden knows that firsthand. Each chapter in Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me focuses on a pop music rivalry, from the classic to the very recent, and draws
Me, the Mob, and the Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James and the Shondells
4.9 out of 5 stars with 74 reviews
Now in paperback, after five hardcover printings, Tommy James’s wild and entertaining true story of his career—part rock & roll fairytale, part valentine to a bygone era, and part mob epic—that “reads like a music-industry version of Goodfellas” (The Denver Post).Everyone knows the hits: “Hanky Panky,” “Mony Mony,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion.” All of these songs, which epitomize great pop music of the late 1960s, are
This Land That I Love: Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, and the Story of Two American Anthems
By Blackstone Audio, Inc.
4.8 out of 5 stars with 62 reviews
A narrative history of the writing of ''This Land Is Your Land'' and ''God Bless America'' that uncovers the conflicts and common groundbetween two classic patriotic songs.
February, 1940. After a decade of worldwide depression, World War II had begun in Europe and Asia. With Germany on the march and Japan at war with China, the global crisis was in a crescendo. America's top songwriter, Irving Berlin, had captured the nation's mood a little more than a year before with his patriotic hymn
Whatever You Say I Am: The Life and Times of Eminem
4.9 out of 5 stars with 69 reviews
On assignment for his first cover story for
Rolling Stone, the very first national cover story on Eminem, Anthony Bozza met a young blond kid, a rapper who would soon take the country by storm. But back in 1999, Eminem was just beginning to make waves among suburban white teenagers as his first single, ''My Name Is,'' went into heavy rotation on MTV.
Who could have predicted that in a mere two years, Eminem would become the most reviled and controversial hip-hop figure ever? Or that twelve
There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll
4.8 out of 5 stars with 85 reviews
From a legendary music journalist with four decades of unprecedented access, an insider's behind-the-scenes look at the major personalities of rock and roll.
Lisa Robinson has interviewed the biggest names in music - including Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Patti Smith, U2, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Jay Z and Kanye West. She visited the teenage Michael Jackson many times at his Encino home. She spent hours talking to John Lennon at his Dakota apartment - and in recording studios just
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