Spotlight on Musicians

New books about some of the most popular artists are arriving.  Coming soon is a timely new book featuring the lyrics of Bob Dylan’s songs since his win of the Nobel Prize in Literature.  Memoirs of music legends reveal remarkable songwriting careers and offer a glimpse into their personal lives.  Other titles help us remember and celebrate musicians that are no longer among us.

The Lyrics

A comprehensive volume of Dylan’s lyrics, from the beginning of his career through the present showcases his songwriting talent.

The Age of Bowie

British arts commentator, Paul Morley, recalls the life and musical legacy of David Bowie. He relates important moments in Bowie’s music career during the 70’s and relates the influences he left on pop culture.

My Life With Earth, Wind & Fire

Earth, Wind and Fire was one of the most popular acts of the late twentieth century. Band founder and Grammy award winner, Maurice White, tells about his struggles growing up and the importance of finding a refuge in music.

Some of the new titles recall the music of the twentieth century from the Forties and Fifties through the Seventies. We recall the musical ballads of Tony Bennett, the surf music of the Beach Boys, and other popular styles of folk, rock, pop and soul. Rock ‘n' Roll and Pop anthems from Bruce Springsteen and Phil Collins, and the lingering melodies of Paul Simon and Carole Bayer Sager are brought to mind.

Just Getting Started

Long time singer, Tony Bennett, reflects on the family members and fellow artists who have shaped and inspired his life and musical career. He recalls people who have enriched his life, including Charlie Chaplin, Judy Garland, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Cole Porter, Amy Winehouse, Fred Astaire, and Lady Gaga.

I Am Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson, leader and cofounder of the Beach Boys, relates his memories of the band and his personal struggles with mental illness. He reflects on his struggles with family and substance abuse. He offers insight into how he writes and what inspires his music.

Good Vibrations

Mike Love’s memoir tells about his experiences as a member of the Beach Boys. He wrote the lyrics on many of their most popular songs, including Good Vibrations.  He talks about his cousins and band mates, Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, and reveals personal issues, infighting and legal battles that broke up the band.

Traveling Soul

Curtis Mayfield’s music played a role in the civil rights movement, and some consider his song, People Get Ready, to be the black anthem of the 1960s.  He worked with many top artists, including the Staple Singers and a young Chaka Khan. An accident that left him paralyzed cut short his life and career, but his message and his music was honored with his induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Born to Run

Bruce Springsteen writes about growing up in New Jersey and the early days of his career before the rise of the E Street Band. He tells stories of being inspired by Elvis and wanting to play music.  Personal recollections of important people in his life include Patti Scialfa, Clarence Clemons, and Steven Van Zandt. He discusses being a songwriter and performer and more personal struggles with ongoing bouts of depression.

Not Dead Yet

Bestselling music artist, Phil Collins, tells the story of his career beginning as the drummer and front man of Genesis, and then moving on as a solo artist. He talks about his songs and his shows as well his personal relationships and struggles with addiction.

Homeward Bound

A biography of the life of Paul Simon relates his childhood in a musical household to a remarkable professional career that earned him several Grammy awards and induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Paul’s journey of songwriting and performing with Art Garfunkel defined the music for many during the 1960’s, and his solo career further showcased his musical talent.

They're Playing Our Song

Singer and songwriter, Carole Bayer Sager, recalls her relationship with Martin Hamlisch and the Broadway musical using her award winning song title. She tells of her marriage to Burt Bacharach and her songwriting efforts working with him and other well-known artists.

 

Tommy Mottola reminds us of the influences of Latino music and the artists that perform and embrace this type of music. And finally, a book about a major pop star written by fans for the fans of Taylor Swift.

A New America

Music executive and talent manager, Tommy Mottola relates his love for Latino music. He tells of his collaboration with Gloira and Emilio Estefan and helping to develop some very popular artists including, Ricky Martin, Shakira, and Jennifer Lopez.

 Taylor Swift

Tyler Conroy writes a tribute to Taylor Swift from a fan’s perspective. This book celebrates her life as a musical artist and collects the best writing and images from the past ten years.

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