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Rod

The Autobiography

by Rod Stewart

Hardcover, 394 pages, Crown Archetype, $27, published October 23 2012 | purchase
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A personal portrait by the legendary singer recounts his life on and off the stage, from his humble British roots and riotous years on tour, to his three marriages and decades as a solo performer.

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The Carter Family

The Carter Family

Don't Forget This Song

by Frank M. Young and David Lasky

Hardcover, 191 pages, Abrams ComicArts, $24.95, published October 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Don't Forget This Song
  • Frank M. Young and David Lasky

In graphic novel format, tells the story of the Carter Family--the first superstar group of country music--revealing the family's rise to success, their struggles along the way, and their impact on contemporary music.

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Dancers Among Us

Dancers Among Us

A Celebration Of Joy In The Everyday

by Jordan Matter

Paperback, 229 pages, Workman Publishing Company, $17.95, published October 23 2012 | purchase
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  • A Celebration Of Joy In The Everyday
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Dancers Among Us presents photographs of dancers leaping and spinning in the midst of daily life: on the beach; at a construction site; in a library, a restaurant and a park.NPR Bestseller

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World on a String

World on a String

A Musical Memoir

by John Pizzarelli, Joseph Cosgriff and Jonathan Schwartz

Hardcover, 282 pages, John Wiley & Sons Inc, $26.95, published October 30 2012 | purchase
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  • A Musical Memoir
  • John Pizzarelli, Joseph Cosgriff, et al

Including first-hand stories of famous jazz greats and popular music icons such as Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Benny Goodman and Paul McCartney, a jazz guitarist, singer, raconteur, and the son of a jazz guitar legend shares the day-to-day experiences of a touring musician's life.

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All Access

All Access

The Rock 'n' Roll Photography of Ken Regan

by Ken Regan, Jim Jerome, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and James Taylor

Hardcover, 288 pages, Pgw, $75, published November 8 2011 | purchase
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The Holy or the Broken

The Holy or the Broken

Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah"

by Alan Light

Paperback, 254 pages, Pocket Books, $15, published November 19 2013 | purchase
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  • Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah"
  • Alan Light

You know the song — Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." You've probably listened to one of the many covers, sung by the likes of Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainright and Michael Bolton; odds are high you've caught some of its many appearances in film and television. But, as Alan Light writes, the anthem was not always destined for classic status. When it was first released, it was practically unheard of — but in the nearly 30 years since, it has been covered by dozens of artists, accumulating a history that's as improbable as it is unique.

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A Natural History of the Piano

A Natural History of the Piano

The Instrument, the Music, the Musicians — From Mozart to Modern Jazz, and Everything in Between

by Stuart Isacoff

Paperback, 361 pages, Vintage, $17.95, published November 20 2012 | purchase
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  • The Instrument, the Music, the Musicians — From Mozart to Modern Jazz, and Everything in Between
  • Stuart Isacoff

The award-winning founder of Piano Today magazine presents a historical tribute that evaluates the roles of forefront composers and pianists while exploring the artistic development of various genres and the influence of the piano on Western musical traditions.

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The Gershwins and Me

The Gershwins and Me

A Personal History in Twelve Songs

by Michael Feinstein

Hardcover, 351 pages, Simon & Schuster, $45, published October 16 2012 | purchase
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  • A Personal History in Twelve Songs
  • Michael Feinstein

A five-time Grammy nominee presents an illustrated tribute to the lives and legacies of the Gershwins that is presented through the stories of 12 of their most enduring songs, including "Strike Up the Band" and "Love Is Here to Stay," in a volume that is complemented by a CD of original recordings.

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The First Four Notes

The First Four Notes

Beethoven's Fifth And The Human Imagination

by Matthew Guerrieri

Hardcover, 304 pages, Knopf, $26.95, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • Matthew Guerrieri

A music critic presents a revelatory work of music history that analyzes Beethoven's iconic symphony, assessing the composer's influences and legacy while challenging popular beliefs that Beethoven was deaf at the time of the Fifth's composition.

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Zona

Zona

A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room

by Geoff Dyer

Paperback, 228 pages, Vintage, $15, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room
  • Geoff Dyer

A wide-ranging analysis of Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker describes the author's 30-year fascination with the film and evaluates how it reflects both European cinema and the deepest desires of the human psyche.

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Broadway Tails

Broadway Tails

Heartfelt Stories of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Superstars

by William Berloni, Jim Hanrahan and Bernadette Peters

Paperback, 228 pages, Globe Pequot Pr, $16.95, published June 3 2008 | purchase
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Rin Tin Tin

Rin Tin Tin

The Life And The Legend

by Susan Orlean

Paperback, 324 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published October 9 2012 | purchase
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Susan Orlean chronicles the rise of the iconic German shepherd character, sharing the stories of the real World War I dog and canine performer and exploring Rin Tin Tin's relevance in military and popular culture. NPR Bestseller

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I Want My MTV

I Want My MTV

The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution

by Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum

Paperback, 542 pages, Plume, $20, published September 25 2012 | purchase
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  • The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution
  • Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum

I Want My MTV shows how the channel grew from a radical programming concept to a defining network for a generation and a force in the worlds of music, television, sports, fashion and politics.

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Abbey Road

Abbey Road

The Best Studio in the World

by Alistair Lawrence

Hardcover, 303 pages, St Martins Press, $75, published October 16 2012 | purchase
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  • Alistair Lawrence

An oversized photographic celebration of the Abbey Road recording studio provides a history, timeline, discography of famous album covers and previously unseen images from the studio's archives that document recordings by such artists as The Beatles, Pink Floyd and John Williams.

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Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust

Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust

Off the Record With the Beatles, Bowie, Elton & So Much More

by Ken Scott and Bobby Owsinski

Hardcover, 414 pages, Alfred Music Publishing Co., $24.99, published May 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Off the Record With the Beatles, Bowie, Elton & So Much More
  • Ken Scott and Bobby Owsinski

Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust recounts Ken Scott's experience working as a recording engineer for such artists as The Beatles, David Bowie and Duran Duran.

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The Big Screen

The Big Screen

The Story of the Movies

by David Thomson

Hardcover, 595 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $35, published October 16 2012 | purchase
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  • The Story of the Movies
  • David Thomson

David Thomson traces the rise, decline and influence of the film industry on the modern world, assessing its expressions in multiple media, its capacity for imitating and idealizing life and its role in the lives of everyday viewers.

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