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No Encore!: Musicians Reveal Their Weirdest, Wildest, Most Embarrassing Gigs (Post Hill Press)

The life of a touring musician has its ups and its downs. The highs are often forgettable, while the lows are the stuff of legend. Music journalist Drew Fortune’s new book compiles 61 fantastic, hilarious, and occasionally thought-provoking stories from a vast array of musicians from all musical genres.

Serving The Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain (Ecco Press)

Nirvana manager Danny Goldberg had a ringside seat as one of rock and roll’s most tumultuous bands redefined rock music and underground culture. He has a unique insight into the machinations of one of the best bands of all time. Unfortunately, this book doesn’t offer any, and feels like a missed opportunity.

Prince: The Last Interview And Other Conversations (Melville House)

The enigmatic and notoriously press-hostile Prince Rogers Nelson is the subject of an ongoing publishing series that collects a person of note’s final interview, as well as select conversations from that person’s career. Catty, mysterious, often comically combative, this volume is a fun look into a unique individual’s public thoughts.

Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob (BMG Books)

Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob is a fantastically enjoyable, often hilarious collection of dreams and fantasies involving one of America’s greatest living songwriters.

Comeback ’68 / Elvis: The Story of the Elvis Special (Meteor 17)

A fascinating and delightful picture book examines one of Elvis Presley’s career high points from the man who made it happen. It’s an enjoyable and fresh look into a well-told story.

Jessica Hopper: Night Moves (University of Texas Press)

One of our favorite writers is back with a collection of diary entries and vignettes from adulthood, and we love every minute of it.

Song Of The Day: Jerry Wick, “Love Death + Photosynthesis”

Today we examine a touching new comic dedicated to two talented lost souls from the 1990s Columbus rock scene.

The Man Who Carried Cash: Saul Holiff, Johnny Cash, And The Making Of An American Icon

This in-depth study introduces the world to a relatively unknown figure: Saul Holiff, Johnny Cash’s manager throughout Cash’s glory years, and who is partially responsible for transforming the man into the mythic figure we know today. This book shows just how hard–and thankless–that job was.

Once Upon A Time In Shaolin: The Untold Story Of Wu-Tang Clan’s Million-Dollar Secret Album, The Devaluation of Music, And America’s New Public Enemy No. 1

The untold story of Wu-Tang Clan’s album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin is one of modern music’s most interesting capers, a compelling philosophical and artistic statement, and at times a downright insane story.

Meet Me In The Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011

Much like the subject matter it documents, Lizzy Goodman’s oral history of the New York Rock Scene is a smorgasbord of gossip that’s heavy on the dish and surprisingly devoid of any real sustenance.