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If you want to "rock and roll all night, and party every day," you should probably stop and read these books first!  Read about crazy rock-star antics, learn how to play the guitar, and understand the rise and fall of stardom.  From Elvis to Santana, there is much to be learned!

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AC/DC

The World's Heaviest rock

Over the last two decades, AC/DC has carved out a unique niche in the rock world. Thanks to their stubborn refusal to alter their aggressive, in-your-face...

"...Over the last two decades, AC/DC has carved out a unique niche in the rock world. Thanks to their stubborn refusal to alter their aggressive, in-your-face.... Over the last two decades, AC/DC has carved out a unique niche in the rock world. Thanks to their stubborn refusal to alter their aggressive, in-your-face style that has been their stock in trade, they have emerged as one of the essential cornerstones of contemporary hard rock. Frank, humorous, and accurate, this full..."

Martin Huxley

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How to Play Guitar

Everything You Need to Know to Play the Guitar

In How to Play Guitar guitar players of all levels will find a wealth of instruction and inspiration. Whether you want to play pop, folk, country, rock, blues,...

"...In How to Play Guitar guitar players of all levels will find a wealth of instruction and inspiration. Whether you want to play pop, folk, country, rock, blues,.... In How to Play Guitar guitar..."

Roger Evans

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Classic Rock Stories

The Stories Behind the Greatest Songs of All Time

The first time on the open road with Dad's beat-up clunker and a brand-new driver's lecense. That first kiss. Practicing Steve Tyler moves in the garage. ...

"...and the radio. Classic Rock. In Classic Rock Stories, classic rockers reveal the sometimes painful, sometimes accidental, and often hilarious process of creating the songs that you can still sing aloud..."

Tim Morse

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Genesis

Chapter and Verse

The long-awaited, definitive story of one of the most creative and commercial rock groups of all time, Genesis One of the most imaginative, courageous, and...

"...in the bands line-up and musical direction, the spirit of Genesis has remained constant and undimmed..."

By Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett

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Aerosmith. Elvis Presley. Michael Jackson. Nine Inch Nails. Ozzy Osbourne. U2. What do all of these artists have in common? They're rich and rowdy rock 'n'...

"...Aerosmith. Elvis Presley. Michael Jackson. Nine Inch Nails. Ozzy Osbourne. U2. What do all of these artists have in common? They're rich and rowdy rock 'n'.... Aerosmith. Elvis Presley. Michael..."

By Margaret Moser and Bill Crawford

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Label Launch

A Guide to Independent Record Recording, Promotion, and Distribution

Whether you're in a band, a business entrepreneur or just interested in the music business, Label Launch will let you take your fantasies of holding the reigns...

"...Whether you're in a band, a business entrepreneur or just interested in the music business, Label Launch will let you take your fantasies of holding the reigns.... Whether you're in a band, a business entrepreneur or just interested in the music business, Label Launch will let you take your..."

Veronika Kalmar

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Play Electric Guitar

From Bedroom to Band in 90 Days

This interactive package (complete with a book, an instructional CD, a wall chart poster, a guitar pick and three sheets of fretboard stickers) equips the...

"...with a book, an instructional CD, a wall chart poster, a guitar pick and three sheets of fretboard stickers) equips the novice with everything he or she needs--short of an electric guitar and an amplifier--to become competent to play in a band within three months. The course is divided into twelve..."

Terry Burrows

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Nirvana

The Chosen Rejects

"Basically, this is the real thing. No rock star contrivance, no intellectual perspective, no master plan for world domination. You're talking about four guys...

"...of every Nirvana song officially released. Kurt St. Thomas and Troy Smith were an award-winning programming..."

By Kurt St. Thomas and Troy Smith

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Jews Who Rock

Foreword by Ben Stiller Afterword by Perry Farrell Jewish achievement in the sciences? Celebrated. Jews in literature? Lionized. But until now, there's...

"..., there's been no record of the massive contributions of Jews in Rock n' Roll. Jews Who Rock..."

By Guy Oseary, Ben Stiller and Perry Farrell

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Metallica: This Monster Lives

The Inside Story of Some Kind of Monster

Metallica is the most successful hard-rock band of all time, having sold more than one hundred million albums worldwide. Receiving unique, unfettered access,...

"...Metallica is the most successful hard-rock band of all time, having sold more than one hundred..."

By Joe Berlinger and Greg Milner

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Jimi Hendrix

Electric Gypsy

September 18, 1995, marks the 25th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's untimely demise. To commemorate this event, the authors have revised and updated over 200...

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Paul McCartney

Many Years From Now

During the past year Paul McCartney has been in the public's eye more than at any time since the peak of Beatlemania over thirty years ago. His fans have been...

"...During the past year Paul McCartney has been in the public's eye more than at any time since the peak of Beatlemania over thirty years ago. His fans have been.... During the past year Paul McCartney..."

Barry Miles

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Modest Mouse

A Pretty Good Read

THE BEST WAY TO BECOME A ROCK STAR IS SOMETIMES THE WORST WAY TO BECOME A ROCK STAR Unruly and antagonistic, the Washington State rock trio Modest Mouse...

"...Mouse trashed the Behind the Music mold and created their own unique version of the rocknroll, rags..."

Alan Goldsher Alan Goldsher

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Redemption Song

The Ballad of Joe Strummer

The Clash was--and still is--one of the most important groups of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Indebted to rockabilly, reggae, Memphis soul, cowboy justice,...

"...  "REDEMPTION SONG is the epic tale of rock & roll's unlikely, complicated rebel hero. Chris Salewicz..."

Chris Salewicz Chris Salewicz

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Positively 4th Street

The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard Fariña

When twenty-five-year-old Bob Dylan wrecked his motorcycle near Woodstock in 1966 and dropped out of the public eye, he was already recognized as a genius, a...

David Hajdu David Hajdu

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The Beatles

The True Beginnings

The Casbah Coffee Club, which opened in Liverpool on August 29, 1959, was the brainchild of Mona Best, the mother of Pete Best. It is well known that Pete Best...

"...and Hamburg. But less well known is that The Beatles’ origins were in fact at Pete’s mother’s club..."

By Roag Best, Pete Best and Rory Best

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The Beatles, Popular Music and Society

A Thousand Voices

The Beatles' evolution from a Liverpool rock and roll group into one of the 20th century's defining images has been repeatedly chronicled but rarely analyzed;...

"...The Beatles' evolution from a Liverpool rock and roll group into one of the 20th century's defining images has been repeatedly chronicled but rarely analyzed;.... The Beatles' evolution from a Liverpool rock and roll group into one of the 20th century's defining images has been repeatedly chronicled but rarely analyzed; a critical appreciation of their music and career, and the issues..."

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Fool the World

The Oral History of a Band Called Pixies

It’s the 1980s and the rock landscape is littered with massive hair, synthesizers, and monster riffs, but there is an alternative being born in the sleepy East...

"...their toll: Pixies broke up just as bands were singing their praises as the rocknroll innovators..."

By Josh Frank, Caryn Ganz and Chas Banks

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Run Like an Antelope

On the Road with Phish

One journalist's wild summer on the road with the world's most popular cult rock band, Phish. Despite their enormous success and their status as America's...

Sean Gibbon

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Pink Floyd: In the Flesh

The Complete Performance History

From gigs in tiny church halls in the mid-sixties to multimillion-selling albums and spectacular stadium shows all around the world, the Pink Floyd story is a...

"..., a detailed listing of every single Pink Floyd show with a biographical account of the band's collective..."

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Nine Inch Nails

Sound, throb, and a long low wail of pure, hard pain...Nine Inch Nails. The world's most disturbing rock band is in effect one man singer and songwriter...

"...Sound, throb, and a long low wail of pure, hard pain...Nine Inch Nails. The world's most disturbing rock band is in effect one man singer and songwriter.... Sound, throb, and a long low wail of pure, hard pain...Nine Inch Nails. The world's most disturbing rock band is in effect one man singer..."

Martin Huxley

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Elvis Lives!

and Other Anagrams

Jon Agee presents another installment of witty wordplay with Elvis Lives!, a book of over sixty anagrams (words or phrases rearranged to form new words or...

"...Jon Agee presents another installment of witty wordplay with Elvis Lives!, a book of over sixty anagrams (words or phrases rearranged to form new words or.... Jon Agee presents another installment of witty wordplay with Elvis Lives!, a book of over sixty anagrams (words or phrases rearranged to form new words or phrases), each hilariously illustrated by the author. An IRA-CBC Children's Choice A Parents' Choice Recommended Book. "Be prepared for a little giggling in the library w..."

Jon Agee Jon Agee

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Carlos Santana

Back on Top

Carlos Santana took the music world by storm back in 1969 with his thrilling performance at the Woodstock festival. He was the first guitarist to skillfully...

"...signed on the Santana Blues Band and they began in earnest to work on an album that would include..."

Marc Shapiro Marc Shapiro

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The Rock Musician

15 Years of the interviews - The best of Musician Magazine

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