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A music journalist and lifelong classic rock fanatic, Hyden takes a sentimental, occasionally quirky trip through the genre he loves, revisiting the bands that have meant the most to him and to millions of other fans. As he says, he learned more about adult relationships from Fleetwood Mac’s album Rumours than he did from his own father. Now himself a husband and father, he ponders the state of classic rock as it enters its twilight years. Will it last after all its stars have passed on? If so, what will it mean to be a fan? - Rico

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Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062657121
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Published: Dey Street Books - May 8th, 2018

Straight from the land of Shaolin comes a poignant memoir about one of the Wu-Tang Clan’s underrated members, chronicling childhood traumas, first run-ins with Wu-Tang Clan members (his young Method Man stories are insightful and hilarious), and the beginnings of the Wu-Tang. Heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud hilarious, RAW is the definitive hip-hop memoir of the year. - Gabe

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Raw: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250191168
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Published: Picador USA - March 6th, 2018

Part memoir, part snapshot of 90s Bay Area punk rock, this book offers a revelatory glimpse into the intersectional experience of a Xicana fem punk rocker creating in a homogenous cis-white scene. For those that are queer, brown, or any other oppressed identity in a punk-rock scene, this book is for you. The Spitboy Rule sparked in me a sense of belonging that I hadn’t felt in a long time. - Gabe

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The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band Cover Image
By Michelle Cruz Gonzales, Mimi Thi Nguyen (Foreword by), Martin Sorrondeguy (Afterword by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781629631400
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Published: PM Press - May 1st, 2016

While longtime admirers of Stevie Nicks won’t find any new revelations within these pages, the book is still a lovingly crafted biography about the goddess of rock. Respected music biographer Stephen Davis (who cowrote Fleetwood with Mick Fleetwood) follows all the heartbreaks, drama, drugs, and magic that fueled Nicks and her songwriting. Gold Dust Woman documents how Nicks used her talent to create the life of fame and success in which she continues to reign. - Kelly

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Gold Dust Woman: The Biography of Stevie Nicks Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250032898
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Published: St. Martin's Press - November 21st, 2017

What do you know about conductors—the women and men whose finger and baton tips somehow tie together dozens, even hundreds, of musicians to make the music we love? John Mauceri gives a breakdown of the techniques and passions of an almost undefinable art. He weaves the history of conducting into that of classical music, with stories and critiques of composition and performances that any music lover will find fascinating. - Jocelyn

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Maestros and Their Music: The Art and Alchemy of Conducting Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451494023
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - November 7th, 2017

A celebration of great vocalists—including Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, and Nat King Cole—and their greatest work! “With verve and an infectious love of music, jazz critic Friedwald tells the stories of 57 jazz and pop albums that have become benchmarks by which subsequent records have been measured…. His passionate description of each album in this indispensable guide will drive readers to listen to the albums once again, or for the first time.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307379078
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Published: Pantheon Books - November 7th, 2017

Year by year, date by date, this book collects the album drops, platinum hits, collaborations, deaths, and holograms that have formed the rich and thriving history of rap and hip-hop in the United States. With beautifully written contextualizing commentary from Chuck D and terrific art from the artist collective mADurgency, this is the perfect gift for lovers of contemporary American music. I’m now waiting for Chuck D to write a prose book…. - Jocelyn

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Chuck D Presents This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History Cover Image
By Chuck D, Shepard Fairey (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780316430975
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers - October 10th, 2017

Joni Mitchell has played with some of the greatest musicians in the world and her music has inspired even more. She’s best known for her incredible lyrics and beautiful, lilting voice (seriously, where is her Nobel Prize?), but she has lived an incredibly full life beyond her music, which David Yaffe chronicles in his new book. - Ivy

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Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374248130
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - October 17th, 2017

Singer-songwriter Dar Williams tackles the sensitive issue of rampant gentrification in the United States in her new book. Using the knowledge she has acquired over her many years touring the country and her experiences in her own community, Williams offers strategies for building a happy, healthy town. She takes the reader all over the country, telling stories from cities that have made strides toward reducing gentrification and detailing the different ways that they are doing so. - Jade

Lawrence’s account of the punk-turned-funk era of New York music is endearing and over-the-top ridiculous. From the proto-house and electro of the Bronx to the New-Waves grooves of the Lower East Side, Lawrence creates intimate portraits of the many people who have used music as a social salve. Perfect for anyone who has found love to the rhythm of a 4/4 beat. - Gabe

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Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780822362029
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Published: Duke University Press - September 30th, 2016

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