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Ken Mansfield$28.00 $25.20
On a cold January day in 1969 Londoners who happened to be lucky enough to be walking down Abbey Road heard what no one had heard in about four years: live Beatle music coming from the roof of their recording studio. And yet, from the looks on their faces as they stare up towards the sky in wonder, it seems as though it had been much longer since they had heard their heroes. Ken Mansfield was there on the roof that day and in this book he tells of the events which lead to that final live performance and what it was like to be there on that very special day.
Louis Armstrong$16.95 $15.59
What must it have been like to have been in New Orleans, in the early days of the 20th century, during the birth of jazz? From what sort of magical realist scene could this art form have emerged? I used to close my eyes and pray for a glimpse of this mystery which would perhaps remain forever shrouded in the mists of time. But now I don’t have to use my imagination anymore because I have this book; and the truth is as fantastic as I had dreamt it to be. It is populated with the kind of eccentric, colorful characters that one would expect roamed the streets of Old New Orleans. Louis brings us into their world, which is sometimes dangerous, full of hard living, but always infused with the redemptive nature of good humor.
Not so much an in depth biography, as it is an amusing meditation on this strange character and his eccentric work. An entertaining read, not just for opera aficionados, but for anyone interested in pondering the meaning of music and art.
Ross W Duffin$16.95 $15.59
Bruce Springsteen$19.98 $18.38
One of the greatest lyricists of the second half of the 20th century shows here that his prose is just as powerful as his poetry. A deep thinker about all things American shares his romantic philosophy of life, never shirking from looking its difficulties directly in the face. I particularly enjoy his reminiscences and commentaries on growing up through the fifties and sixties.
Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard Fariña (Anniversary)
A fun angle into the sixties folk scene. Bob Dylan falls in love with Joan Baez, while her younger sister Mimi starts a romance with the multi-talented, charismatic beatnik Richard Farina. A good time is had by all...for a while.
Holly George-Warren$28.99 $26.09
Christoph Wolff$40.00 $36.00
Debbie Harry$32.50 $29.25
Bruce Conforth and Gayle Dean Wardlow$30.00 $27.00
This is a book that blues aficionados didn’t think would ever exist. It is an actual biography of Robert Johnson, not a life and times. The authors did an exhaustive study and finally are here to present the real facts of the life of a man, about whom so little was known, whom the national imagination had mythologized into one of the most haunting specters in American folklore.
Alicia Keys$29.99 $26.99
John Clubbe$39.95 $35.96
Hanif Abdurraqib$16.95 $15.59
Daryl Sanders$18.99 $17.47
Kathy Valentine$26.95 $24.26
Tori Amos$26.00 $23.40
Wil Haygood$20.00 $18.00