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There Goes Gravity

There Goes Gravity

A Life in Rock and Roll

by Lisa Robinson

Hardcover, 361 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published April 22 2014 | purchase
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A longtime music columnist presents an insider's assessment of major rock 'n' roll personalities while tracing her career and the genre's evolution over the past four decades.

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Let's Talk About Love

Let's Talk About Love

Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste

by Carl Wilson

Paperback, 303 pages, Bloomsbury USA Academic, $19.95, published March 13 2014 | purchase
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A View from a Broad

A View from a Broad

by Bette Midler

Hardcover, 140 pages, Simon & Schuster, $29.99, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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In this re-release of her 1980 memoir, Grammy Award-winning performer Bette Midler reflects on her early career, her fear of flying and the wisdom she learned along the way.

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Five Came Back

Five Came Back

A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War

by Mark Harris

Hardcover, 511 pages, Penguin Group USA, $29.95, published February 27 2014 | purchase
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  • A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War
  • Mark Harris

Traces the World War II experiences of five legendary directors including John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra and George Stevens to assess the transformative impact of the war and period beliefs on Hollywood.

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Mad As Hell

Mad As Hell

The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies

by Dave Itzkoff

Hardcover, 287 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $27, published February 18 2014 | purchase
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  • The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies
  • Dave Itzkoff

This behind-the-scenes look at the making of the iconic 1976 movie features interviews with cast and crew, notes from the screenwriter, and a discussion of the film's lasting impact on broadcast television and pop culture.

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I'll Take You There

I'll Take You There

Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom's Highway

by Greg Kot

Hardcover, 308 pages, Simon & Schuster, $26, published January 21 2014 | purchase
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Greg Kot recounts the life and achievements of the lead singer of the Staple Singers, revealing how her family fused diverse musical genres to transcend racism and oppression through song.

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Beat Box

Beat Box

A Drum Machine Obsession

by Joe Mansfield

Hardcover, 205 pages, Gardners Books, $74.95, published January 16 2014 | purchase
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Autobiography

Autobiography

by Morrissey

Paperback, 480 pages, Gardners Books, $15.85, published October 17 2013 | purchase
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English pop singer and Smiths co-founder Morrissey tells his life story.

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Words Will Break Cement

Words Will Break Cement

The Passion of Pussy Riot

by Masha Gessen

Paperback, 256 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published January 8 2014 | purchase
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On February 21, 2012, five young women entered the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow and performed a "punk prayer" beseeching the "Mother of God" to "get rid of Putin." They were quickly shut down, arrested and tried. Two were sentenced to a remote prison colony. Journalist Masha Gessen tells their story through interviews with the band members, their families and their associates.

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Wild Tales

Wild Tales

A Rock & Roll Life

by Graham Nash

Hardcover, 360 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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A founding member of the iconic bands Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the Hollies shares the story of his life from his youth in post-war England, through his creative relationship with Joni Mitchell and his enduring career as a solo musician and political activist.

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The Storm King

The Storm King

Stories, Narratives, Poems: Spoken Word Set to a World of Music

by Pete Seeger and Jeff Haynes

CD/Spoken Word, 2 audio discs (2 hr. 20 min.), Hachette Audio, $19.98, published April 16 2013 | purchase
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Pete Seeger recounts stories, narratives and poems in the music-filled audiobook.

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Kansas City Lightning

Kansas City Lightning

The Rise And Times Of Charlie Parker

by Stanley Crouch

Hardcover, 448 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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Kansas City Lightning is the first of two volumes tracing the life of one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Crouch draws on interviews with family, peers and collaborators to reveal Charlie Parker's Depression-era childhood and his early career in Kansas City and New York.

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