A music writer chronicles 1971 as the decade's busiest, most innovative and resonant year, tracing the musical achievements of such forefront artists as David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell and many more.
The DJ and musician chronicles his life and career through the New York City club scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s, where his white, Christian, vegan and teetotaling ways were a sharp contrast to the vice-fueled hedonism of the time.
Explores the evolution of the Los Angeles punk rock movement that occured between 1977-1982, through personal essays, photographs, flyers, and the voices of the people who were there.
Traces how the author acted on a tip from a family member and embarked on a cultural journey in search of the man behind the legend of James Brown, discovering his rich musical legacy and the ongoing disputes surrounding his will as well as the complicated race, music and cultural factors that shaped his story.
The Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist-star takes readers behind the scenes of his groundbreaking hit musical, which is filled with romance, drama, violence, patriotism and adventure and details the many dramatic episodes in Alexander Hamilton's life.
A pop music critic relates how his love for soul music was fostered by records his father left behind when his parents divorced, and he explores how he tried to make sense of living in Arkansas during the 1980s and 1990s.
The prolific musician, songwriter, producer and member of the Eurythmics discusses the parties, collaborations, relationships and creativity that spanned his blockbuster career, from Tom Pettys "Don't Come Around Here No More" to Celine Dions "Taking Chances."
The Broadway star and Academy Award-winning performer best known for his iconic role as the irascible emcee in Cabaret traces his remarkable life story, documenting his Jewish-American upbringing in 1930s Cleveland, childhood roles, rise to fame and challenging losses.
The cultural and psychological roots of Groucho Marx's genius are explored, uncovering the source of the performer's outrageous intellectual acuity and hilarious insolence toward convention and authority in his early upbringing and Marx family dynamics.
Explores the history of stand-up comedy in the United States, from vaudeville through radio and late-night television, discussing how comedians have both reflected and shaped American culture over the past century.
The guitarist and vocalist of feminist punk trio Sleater-Kinney presents a candid and deeply personal assessment of life in the rock-and-roll industry that reveals her struggles with rock's double standards and her codevelopment of the comedy Portlandia. 75,000 first printing.
One of Britain's best-known screenwriters and dramatists presents a vibrant and account of becoming a writer amid the enormous flux of postwar England, taking readers through his university days at Cambridge all the way up to his success as a playwright.