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Gallons Per Minute

Gallons Per Minute (Pig Roast)

Former Arab On Radar founder Jeff Schneider follows up his fantastic band biography with Gallons Per Minute, a collection of short stories that delight and disturb, serving as both a fine introduction to a new talented and a quick fix for those already addicted to his work.

John Lennon 1980

John Lennon 1980: The Last Days In The Life (Omnibus Press)

John Lennon 1980: The Last Days In The Life chronicles the hopeful and tragic last year of the former Beatles life. It’s the story of how life can pass so quickly and how it can change in a blink of an eye.

Zeppelin Over Dayton

Zeppelin Over Dayton: Guided By Voices Album By Album (Jawbone Press)

In Zeppelin Over Dayton, writer Jeff Gomez takes on the daunting task of examining each and every proper studio album by the long-running Guided By Voices, and turns in a surprisingly loving and worthy document.

Mark Lanegan

Sing Backwards And Weep: A Memoir (Hachette)

Singer Mark Lanegan has lived through hell and back, and his new autobiography Sing Backwards And Weep is an unrelenting and harrowing tale of addiction and self destruction. It’s also one of the best rock autobiographies you’ll ever read.

Get Tusked: The Inside Story of Fleetwood Mac’s Most Anticipated Album (Backbeat)

Fleetwood Mac producer Ken Caillat has had a ringside seat to some of the most important and influential albums ever made. His new book, Get Tusked, tells the story of a tumultuous album’s creation.

Acid For The Children (Grand Central Publishing)

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has lived a remarkable and insane life, one that seemed certain to derail before hit even truly began. In the first of his memoirs, he gives a powerful, painful, poignant and occasionally funny overview of his life before the birth of his well-loved band.

Girl In A Girl Band (Rare Bird Books)

A compelling and enjoyable new book from former Dum Dum Girls bassist Malia James captures what life was like for her as an active touring musician, and serves as an interesting encapsulation of the dullness that goes into being a successful, internationally touring band.

Man In The Music: The Creative Life And Work Of Michael Jackson (Vintage Press)

Journalist Joseph Vogel’s superb examination of the creative life of Michael Jackson is greatly expanded and revised, offering a critical and non-judgmental look at one of the most polarizing and controversial pop stars of our time.

Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan (St. Martin’s Press)

The first-ever in-depth biography of the legendary Texas blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan is a rollercoaster ride through hard work, disappointments, addictions, and tragedy–yet his story, as tragic as it ends, is ultimately one of redemption and dedication to overcoming one’s demons.

Billie Holiday: The Last Interview And Other Conversations (Melville House)

Lisa Carver delves into the latest in Melville House’s fantastic The Last Interview series, a rather short but absolutely compelling historical artifacts from the doomed jazz vocalist Billie Holiday.