The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones

Rich Cohen enters the Rolling Stones epic as a young journalist on the road with the band and quickly falls under their sway—privy to the jokes, the camaraderie, the bitchiness, the hard living. Inspired by a lifelong appreciation of the music that borders on obsession, Cohen’s chronicle of the band is informed by the rigorous views of a kid who grew up on the music and for whom the Stones will always be the greatest rock ’n’ roll band of all time.

The story begins at the beginning: the fateful meeting of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on a train platform in 1961—and goes on to span decades, with a focus on the golden run—from the albums Beggars Banquet (1968) to Exile on Main Street (1972)—when the Stones were prolific and innovative and at the height of their powers.Read More »

The Drumset Musician

This beginning- to intermediate-level book contains hundreds of practical, usable beats and fills. It teaches how to apply a variety of patterns and grooves to the actual performance of songs. The CD includes demos and 14 play-along tracks covering rock, blues and pop styles, with detailed instructions on how to create exciting, solid drum parts. It’s the most realistic and fun! way to learn drums.

Each chapter of this Awesome Book teaches you a variety of beats and also introduces several new songs for you to play along with. The chapters get progressively more complicated, but the authors explain the role of the drummer in these more complex songs.Read More »

Guitar Aerobics: A 52-Week

From the former editor of Guitar One magazine, here is a daily dose of vitamins to keep your chops fine tuned for a full 52 weeks. The guitar exercises cover several musical styles including rock, blues, jazz, metal, country, and funk. Techniques taught include alternate picking, arpeggios, sweep picking, string skipping, legato, string bending, and rhythm guitar. These exercises will increase your speed and improve your dexterity and pick- and fret-hand accuracy the more you practice them.Read More »

Guitar Fretboard Workbook

Navigate the guitar neck better than ever before with this easy-to-use book! Designed from Musicians Institute core curriculum programs, it covers essential concepts for players of every level, acoustic or electric. A hands-on guide to theory, it will help you learn to build any scale or chord on your own and unleash creativity.

 

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Jimmy Page

Jimmy Page: Magus, Musician, Man is the first-ever biography of Led Zeppelin‘s legendary guitarist and producer. Never before has the story been told in such sharp detail, leaving no stone unturned, from the heady days of swinging London in the 1960s when Jimmy Page was lighting up the scene as an incendiary session man through the bombast, beauty, and blues that is Led Zeppelin (not to mention the wanton sex and drug orgies that would come to define rock excess). Here is the story of rock’s most enigmatic and influential icon.Read More »

Elvis Costello

A chronicler of the complete emotional range, a lyricist of range and depth and a creator of soul-capturing melodies, Elvis Costello has been partnered and praised by figures as diverse as Paul McCartney, Tricky and Burt Bacarach. He is the only rock star of the past three decades to have continuously maintained his credibility, in the eyes and ears of both critics and fans.

He has successfully managed to avoid stereotyping, drawn on a wide range of musical sources, and utilised love, hate, romance, and repression throughout his song writing career. Now, it is time for his fascinating story to be told.

In 1977 Elvis Costello recorded his debut album during a series of ‘sick’ days from work. My Aim Is True introduced him to the public and the rock media as a cold, calculating cuckold with one leg in the bedroom and the other in the kitchen. Read More »

Rock Hard: Bad Boy, Rock Star

Alex

He’s cocky, arrogant, and a total player. So why do I find him so irresistible?

I’m a good girl, not one of those groupie, bimbos that are constantly throwing themselves at him.

Is it the rock hard abs? His rugged good looks and the way he’s so sure he’s going to make me his — or is it our secret past?

Not many people know, but Tommy King had a crush on me back in high school, when he was Tommy McPherson. He asked me to the dance and then disappeared, formed his band and went on the road, leaving me to wonder for years. Read More »

Angels Dance and Angels Die

Revised for 2007! This softcover edition examines the turbulent relationship between legendary Doors front man Jim Morrison and his common-law wife, Pamela Courson, tracing the lives of Courson and Morrison before their fateful meeting in 1965, their lives together until Morrison’s death in 1971, and Courson‘s life without Morrison, including her fight to gain the rights to his estate until her death from a heroin overdose on April 25, 1974.

This is not a “fairytale”. This is a book Ms. Butler obviously did a lot of research on. There’s an extensive SOURCES section at the end of the book. For each chapter, everyone she interviewed, every source, is listed. Ray and Dorothy Manzarek, Robby Krieger, Julia Densmore-Negron, Bill (former Doors manager) Siddons, and many otheres in the Doors camp, too many to list here, are interviewed.Read More »

Scars of Sweet Paradise

Janis Joplin was the skyrocket chick of the sixties, the woman who broke into the boys’ club of rock and out of the stifling good-girl femininity of postwar America. With her incredible wall-of-sound vocals, Janis Joplin was the voice of a generation, and when she OD’d on heroin in October 1970, a generation’s dreams crashed and burned with her. Alice Echols pushes past The Legary Joplin-the red-hot mama of her own invention-as well as the familiar portrait of the screwed-up star victimized by the era she symbolized, to examine the roots of Joplin’s muscianship and explore a generation’s experiment with high-risk living and the terrible price it exacted.Read More »

My Voice

Angie Martinez is a bestseller book in Rap & Hip – Hop Biographies.  Angie Martinez is The “Voice of New York.” 

In her current reign at Power 105.1 and for nearly two decades at New York’s Hot 97, Angie Martinez has had one of the highest rated radio shows in the country. After working her way up as an intern, she burst on the scene as a young female jock whose on-air “Battle of the Beats” segment broke records and became a platform for emerging artists like a young Jay Z. Angie Martinez quickly became known for intimate, high-profile interviews, mediating feuds between artists, and taking on the most controversial issues in hip hop. At age twenty-five, at the height of the East Coast/West Coast rap war, Angie was summoned by Tupac Shakur for what would be his last no-holds-barred interview—which has never aired in its entirety and which she’s never discussed in detail—until now.  Read More »