Music That's Shaped Us

The Grand ole opry : the making of an American icon

Colin Escott ; Brenda Colladay, photo editor.


This official guide chronicles the story of the birthplace of country music as told by the people who were there. Escott presents the official inside history of the home of country music, offering fans an exclusive look into the heart and soul of country music. Full color.

Cash : the autobiography

Johnny Cash with Patrick Carr


The real Frank Zappa book

by Frank Zappa with Peter Occhiogrosso.


The brash and outrageously funny autobiography of music legend Frank Zappa--now in trade paperback. Here is the real story of how he became the state of the art in weirdness, as only he can tell it: wild rock 'n' roll road stories, confrontations with bureaucratic idiocy, and more. Black-and-white photographs and line drawings throughout.

Can't be satisfied : the life and times of Muddy Waters

Robert Gordon ; foreword by Keith Richards


The epic, rollicking, up-and-down life of Muddy Waters, who went from Mississippi farmhand to musical legend, who invented electric blues and created the template for the rock-and-roll band and its wild lifestyle, is brought into sharp focus in this widely acclaimed biography. photos.


Bob Dylan.


So writes Bob Dylan in Chronicles: Volume One, his remarkable book exploring critical junctures in his life and career. Through Dylan's eyes and open mind, we see Greenwich Village, circa 1961, when he first arrives in Manhattan. Dylan's New York is a magical city of possibilities - smoky, nightlong parties; literary awakenings; transient loves and unbreakable friendships. Elegiac observations are punctuated by jabs of memories, penetrating and t...


Slash ; with Anthony Bozza.


The memoir from the legendary Guns N Roses guitarist reveals, with raw-edged candor, his life and times. As raucous and edgy as his music, this book sets the record straight and tells the real story as only Slash can. Photos throughout.

Body piercing saved my life : inside the phenomenon of Christian rock

Andrew Beaujon.


Body Piercing Saved My Life is the first in-depth, journalistic account of a musical phenomenon that has exploded in recent years: Christian rock. Christian pop culture is booming, with numerous rock bands and everything from extreme teen Bibles to skateboarding ministries, from Christian tattoo parlors and paintball parks to Christian coffeehouses and nightclubs, all of them encouraging kids to form their own communities apart from the mainstrea...

Distill this!

Matt Diehl.


Music journalist Diehl traces the history of Rnew punkS and exposes how this once cult sound became a mainstream phenomenon.

Last train to Memphis : the rise of Elvis Presley

Peter Guralnick


Last Train to Memphis was hailed on publication as the definitive biography of Elvis Presley. Peter Guralnick's acclaimed book is the first to set aside the myths and focus on Elvis' humanity, as it traces Elvis' early years, from humble beginnings to unprecedented success. At the heart of the story is Elvis himself, a poor boy of great ambition and fiery musical passions, who connected with his audience and the age in a way that has yet to be du...

Led Zeppelin crashed here : the rock and roll landmarks of North America

Chris Epting


Journey through America's rich rock 'n' roll history with the musical landmarks detailed in this extensive collection. Nearly 600 locations, including birthplaces, concert locales, hotel rooms, and graves, are neatly compiled and paired with historical tidbits, trivia, photographs, and backstage lore.