Biography & Autobiography - Composers & Musicians

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Tori Amos: Piece by Piece

Tori Amos

An unusual foray into the world of autobiographical self-examination, singer-songwriter Tori Amos and writer Ann Powers's collaborative effort PIECE BY PIECE explores the artist's family background, including her Cherokee heritage and...

Published: Jan 2006

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Disc...

Thad Carhart

Thad Carhart never realized there was a gap in his life until he happened upon Desforges Pianos, a demure little shopfront in his Pairs neighborhood that seemed to want to hide rather than advertise its wares. Like Alice in Wonderlan...

Published: Mar 2002

Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir

Linda Ronstadt

In this memoir, iconic singer Linda Ronstadt weaves together a captivating story of her origins in Tucson, Arizona, and her rise to stardom in the Southern California music scene of the 1960s and '70s.Tracing the timeline of her remar...

Published: Sep 2014

Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and T...

Ralph Stanley

A legend looks back on his six decades in music. Ralph Stanley was born in 1927 in a corner of Virginia known as Big Spraddle Creek, a place where music echoed from the ridge tops, was belted out by workers in the fields, and resona...

Published: Nov 2010


Michka Assayas

A portrait of the Grammy Award-winning lead singer of U2 discusses how his life and achievements defy rock-star clichTs, describing his transformation from a post-punk band singer to one of the industry’s most famous figures, hi...

Published: Apr 2006

Never Say No to a Rock Star: In the S...

Glenn Berger

In 1974, at the age of seventeen, author Glenn Berger served as "Schlepper" and apprentice to the legendary recording engineer Phil Ramone at New York City's A&R Studios, and was witness to music history on an almost daily a...

Published: Jul 2016

Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and T...

Stanley Crouch

Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker is the first installment in the long-awaited portrait of one of the most talented and influential musicians of the twentieth century, from Stanley Crouch, one of the foremost...

Published: Oct 2014

Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen C...

Randy L. Schmidt

Little Girl Blue is an intimate profile of Karen Carpenter, a girl from a modest Connecticut upbringing who became a Southern California superstar.            Karen was the instantly recognizable lead singer of the Carpente...

Published: Sep 2011

His Way: The Unauthorized Biography o...

Kitty Kelley

This is the book Frank Sinatra failed to stop,  the unauthorized biography of one of the most  elusive public figures of our time. Celebrated  journalist Kitty Kelley spent three years researching  government documents (Mafia-...

Published: Dec 2010

Life on Planet Rock: From Guns N' Ros...

Lonn Friend

A leading music journalist and editor of RIP magazine chronicles the heyday of heavy metal and grunge rock music, furnishing revealing portraits of Kurt Cobain, Gene Simmons, Alice Cooper, Axl Rose, Elvis Costello, and other notable a...

Published: Jul 2006

My Way: An Autobiography

Paul Anka

A teen idol of the 1950s who virtually invented the singer/songwriter/heartthrob combination that still tops pop music today, Paul Anka rocketed to fame with a slew of hits—from "Diana" to "Put Your Head on my Shoulde...

Published: Apr 2014

Once Upon a Time: The Lives of Bob Dy...

Ian Bell

Written with an intelligence and verve rarely found in rock biography, the mysterious artist that is Bob Dylan is illuminated through the cultural history of his time.Half a century ago, a youth appeared from the American hinterland a...

Published: Oct 2014

Nirvana: A Tour Diary: My Life on the...

Andy Bollen

Afforded the kind of access a journalist can only dream of, Andy Bollen gives fans a new story focusing on the real Kurt Cobain—not the angst-ridden, troubled rock star of folklore, the kind and humorous Kurt the world seldom saw...

Published: Apr 2013

This Is a Call: The Life and Times of...

Paul Brannigan

This Is a Call, the first in-depth, definitive biography of Dave Grohl, tells the epic story of a singular career that includes Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, and Them Crooked Vultures. Based on ten years of original,...

Published: Jan 2013

Composed: A Memoir

Rosanne Cash

"One of the best accounts of an American life you'll likely ever read." -Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune As moving, disarming, and elusive as one of her classic songs, Composed is Rosanne Cash's testament to the power of art, ...

Published: Jul 2011

Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Musi...

Judy Collins

A vivid, highly evocative memoir of one of the reigning icons of folk music, highlighting the decade of the '60s, when hits like "Both Sides Now" catapulted her to international brSweet Judy Blue Eyes is the deeply ...

Published: Sep 2012

I Saw the Light: The Story of Hank Wi...

Colin Escott

The book that inspired the major motion picture I Saw the Light. Originally published as Hank William: The Biography.In his brief life, Hank Williams created one of the defining bodies of American music. Songs such as "Your Cheat...

Published: Nov 2015

Mozart (A Life)

Peter Gay

The National Book Award-winning author of The Enlightenment chronicles the life and work of the great composer, from child prodigy to mature musical genius, and assesses his seminal influence on the history of Western music. Reprint. ...

Published: Sep 2006

No One Here Gets Out Alive

Jerry Hopkins

Here is Jim Morrison in all his complexity: singer, philosopher, poet, delinquentthe brilliant, charis-matic, and obsessed seeker who rejected authority in any form, the explorer who probed the bounds of reality to see what would happ...

Published: Apr 2006

I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and...

Jennifer Hudson

A personal and inspirational memoir from Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, focused on her amazing transformation as she embraced a healthy lifestyle and lost over eighty pounds. Soulful and sultry, Jennifer Hudson wowed the wor...

Published: Dec 2012

Ministry: The Lost Gospels According ...

Al Jourgensen

Ministry: The Lost Gospels is both ugly and captivating, revealing a character who has lived a hard life his way, without compromise. Jourgensen, one of the most innovative and prolific artists ever to pick up a guitar, mandolin, harm...

Published: Aug 2015

Blues All Around Me: The Autobiograph...

B. B. King

B. B. King has the blues running through his blood. Growing up in the rural poverty of the Mississippi Delta, King first experienced the blues at nine years old, when his mother passed away. The man of the house before the end of hi...

Published: Mar 2011

Secret Lives of Great Composers: What...

Elizabeth Lunday

In the fine tradition of 'Secret Lives of Great Authors' and 'Secret Lives of Great Artists' comes the latest entry in Quirk's successful series: 'Secret Lives of Great Composers'. You've heard their scores in countless movies, from '...

Published: Sep 2009

Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ra...

Marky Ramone

The "entertaining and enlightening" (Stephen King) final word on the genius and mischief of the Ramones, told by the man who created the beat behind their iconic music and lived to tell about it.When punk rock reared its spi...

Published: Jan 2016

Bob Marley: The Untold Story

Chris Salewicz

What was it about Bob Marley that made him so popular in a world dominated by rock 'n' roll? How is it that he not only has remained the single most successful reggae artist ever but also has become a shining beacon of radicalism and ...

Published: Jun 2011

Kentucky Traveler

Ricky Skaggs

In Kentucky Traveler, Ricky Skaggs, the music legend who revived modern bluegrass music, gives a warm, honest, one-of-a-kind memoir of forty years in music—along with the Ten Commandments of Bluegrass, as handed down by Ricky's ment...

Published: Jul 2014

Rod: The Autobiography

Rod Stewart

The extraordinary life and career of music legend Rod Stewart, in his own words for the first time. With his soulful and singular voice, narrative songwriting, and passionate live performances Rod Stewart has paved one of the most ic...

Published: May 2013

George Jones: King of Broken Hearts


George Jones has been called one of country music's greatest singers. Jones' voice "held the bracing power, the sweetness and the burn of an evening's final pull from a bourbon bottle," as Tennessean music columnist Peter Co...

Published: Jun 2013

So Much to Say: Dave Matthews Band - ...

Nikki Van Noy

Still Here Dancing is a comprehensive bio of the Dave Matthews Band and the fans who obsessively follow them, timed to the group's 20th anniversary.

Published: Jun 2011

Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart,...

Ann Wilson

The story of Heart is a story of heart and soul and rock 'n' roll. Since finding their love of music and performing as teenagers in Seattle, Washington, Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson, have been part of the American rock music landscape....

Published: Sep 2013
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