Archive for Items Categorized 'Biography', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.
by Doug Ramsey
A serious, thoughtful biography of a jazz saxophonist by a jazz critic and musician who knew his subject personally. This spells real insight, and, in fact, this book ought to be a model to all biographers.
by Joe Hagan
At the best of times, Rolling Stone magazine was, and once more is, so much more than merely a chronicle of the music industry or popular culture. It showcased heavy-hitting political reporting and writers who would become literary luminaries. This masterful biography offers a look behind the curtain.
by Fred Goodman
Fred Goodman offers an account of the business end of Rock. For fans of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, he opens a window into the back rooms, the money rooms, of the music industry. The central figure, Allen Klein, is drawn fairly and in depth.
by Robin D.G. Kelly
Being an “original” usually comes at a price. Lauded by some, dismissed by others, misunderstood by most. Monk, dissonant in his music and his life, stayed true to his vision; this book explains how.
by Bill German
The author must be one of the few teens who knows exactly what he wants to do when he grows up. His elders (betters?) discouraged him; he stuck with it anyway—and so became a Stones insider.
by Peter Benjaminson
Each in its own way, the rapid rise and the long fall are emblematic of the life of the superstar who flies too close to the sun. The “Queen of Motown” lived only 49 years but helped define a new sound.
by Stacy Perman
This gripping social commentary and fine character study pins two men against each other who yearn to add the most complicated watch ever to their collections.
Introduction by Fiona MacCarthy
You’ve seen a Land Rover? A Rolls-Royce? Ever wondered about the crisp lettering of the logos? Wonder no more—Eric Gill’s your man.