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Me: Elton John Official Autobiography
by Elton John

Language

English

Pages

376

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<p><b>INSTANT #1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, from his rollercoaster lifestyle as shown in the film <i>Rocketman</i>, to becoming a living legend.</b></p><p>Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London suburb of Pinner and dreamed of becoming a pop star. By the age of twenty-three he was performing his first gig in America, facing an astonished audience in his bright yellow dungarees, a star-spangled T-shirt, and boots with wings. Elton John had arrived and the music world would never be the same again.</p><p>His life has been full of drama, from the early rejection of his work with song-writing partner Bernie Taupin to spinning out of control as a chart-topping superstar; from half-heartedly trying to drown himself in his LA swimming pool to disco-dancing with Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, and George Michael to setting up his AIDS Foundation to conquering Broadway with <i>Aida</i>, <i>The Lion King</i>, and <i>Billy Elliot the Musical</i>. All the while Elton was hiding a drug addiction that would grip him for over a decade.</p><p>In <i>Me</i>, Elton also writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father. In a voice that is warm, humble, and open, this is Elton on his music and his relationships, his passions and his mistakes. This is a story that will stay with you by a living legend.</p>
Unfuck Your Brain: Using Science to Get Over Anxiety, Depression,...
by Dr Faith G Harper

Language

English

Pages

192

Publication Date

November 07, 2017

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Our brains are doing our best to help us out, but they can be real assholes sometimes. Sometimes it seems like your own brain is out to get you鈥攎elting down in the middle of the grocery store, picking fights with your date, getting you addicted to something, or shutting down completely at the worst possible moments. You already told your brain firmly that it isn't good to do these things. But your brain has a mind of its own. That's where this book comes in. With humor, patience, and lots of swearing, Dr. Faith shows you the science behind what's going on in your skull and talks you through the process of retraining your brain to respond appropriately to the non-emergencies of everyday life. If you're working to deal with old traumas, or if you just want to have a more measured and chill response to situations you face all the time, this book can help you put the pieces of the puzzle together and get your life and brain back.Here's an excerpt from the book:Knowing what鈥檚 going on up in your brain is HUGE. So much of how we interact with the world around us is a completely normal response when we take into account our past experiences and how our brains work. 鈥?Freaking the fuck out 鈥?Avoiding important shit we need to take care of 鈥?Feeling pissed off all the time 鈥?Being a dick to people we care about 鈥?Putting shit in our bodies that we know isn鈥檛 good for us 鈥?Doing shit we know is dumb or pointlessNone of these things are fucking helpful. But they all make sense.Your brain has adapted to the circumstances in your life and started doing things to protect you, bless it. It鈥檚 not TRYING to fuck you over (even though it totally is, at times).As we navigate the world, nasty shit happens. The brain stores info about the nasty shit to try to avoid it in the future. Sometimes these responses are helpful. Sometimes the responses become a bigger problem than the actual problem was. It鈥檚 called a trauma reaction.And even if you aren鈥檛 dealing with a specific trauma? Adaptive coping strategies, bad habits, and funky behaviors all wire in similar ways. And research is showing that these issues are actually some of the easier ones to treat in therapy 鈥?if we address what鈥檚 really going on, rather than just the symptoms.
Acid for the Children: A Memoir
by Flea

Language

English

Pages

379

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<b><i>New York Times </i>Bestseller</b><b>A #1 <i>LA Times</i> Bestseller</b><b>A <i>USA Today</i> Bestseller</b><b>One of NPR's "Favorite Books of 2019"</b><b><br /></b><b>The iconic bassist and co-founder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers tells his fascinating origin story, complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you'd want from an LA street rat turned world famous rock star.</b><br /><br />In <i>Acid for the Children</i>, Flea takes readers on a deeply personal and revealing tour of his formative years, spanning from Australia to the New York City suburbs to, finally, Los Angeles. Through hilarious anecdotes, poetical meditations, and occasional flights of fantasy, Flea deftly chronicles the experiences that forged him as an artist, a musician, and a young man. His dreamy, jazz-inflected prose makes the Los Angeles of the 1970s and 80s come to gritty, glorious life, including the potential for fun, danger, mayhem, or inspiration that lurked around every corner. It is here that young Flea, looking to escape a turbulent home, found family in a community of musicians, artists, and junkies who also lived on the fringe. He spent most of his time partying and committing petty crimes. But it was in music where he found a higher meaning, a place to channel his frustration, loneliness, and love. This left him open to the life-changing moment when he and his best friends, soul brothers, and partners-in-mischief came up with the idea to start their own band, which became the Red Hot Chili Peppers. <br /><br /><i>Acid for the Children</i> is the debut of a stunning new literary voice, whose prose is as witty, entertaining, and wildly unpredictable as the author himself. It's a tenderly evocative coming-of-age story and a raucous love letter to the power of music and creativity from one of the most renowned musicians of our time.<br />
Born to Run
by Bruce Springsteen

Language

English

Pages

529

Publication Date

September 27, 2016

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鈥淲riting about yourself is a funny business鈥ut in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I鈥檝e tried to do this.鈥?鈥擝ruce Springsteen, from the pages of <i>Born to Run</i><br /><br />In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl鈥檚 halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That鈥檚 how this extraordinary autobiography began.<br /> <br />Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.<br /> <br />He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as 鈥淭he Big Bang鈥? seeing Elvis Presley鈥檚 debut on <i>The Ed Sullivan Show</i>. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song 鈥淏orn to Run鈥?reveals more than we previously realized.<br /> <br /><i>Born to Run</i> will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star鈥檚 memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll.<br /> <br />Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs (鈥淭hunder Road,鈥?鈥淏adlands,鈥?鈥淒arkness on the Edge of Town,鈥?鈥淭he River,鈥?鈥淏orn in the U.S.A.,鈥?鈥淭he Rising,鈥?and 鈥淭he Ghost of Tom Joad,鈥?to name just a few), Bruce Springsteen鈥檚 autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.
The Beautiful Ones
by Prince

Language

English

Pages

278

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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<b><b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES聽</i>BESTSELLER 鈥⒙?lt;/b>The brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time, in his own words鈥攆eaturing never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets, and the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death</b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST MUSIC BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW </i>AND ONE聽OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>THE WASHINGTON POST </i>AND <i>THE GUARDIAN</i></b><br /><br /> Prince was a musical genius, one of the most beloved, accomplished, and acclaimed musicians of our time. He was a startlingly original visionary with an imagination deep enough to whip up whole worlds, from the sexy, gritty funk paradise of 鈥淯ptown鈥?to the mythical landscape of <i>Purple Rain</i> to the psychedelia of 鈥淧aisley Park.鈥?But his most ambitious creative act was turning Prince Rogers Nelson, born in Minnesota, into Prince, one of the greatest pop stars of any era.<br /><br /> <i>The Beautiful Ones</i> is the story of how Prince became Prince鈥攁 first-person account of a kid absorbing the world around him and then creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and fame that would come to define him. The book is told in four parts. The first is the memoir Prince was writing before his tragic death, pages that bring us into his childhood world through his own lyrical prose. The second part takes us through Prince鈥檚 early years as a musician, before his first album was released, via an evocative scrapbook of writing and photos. The third section shows us Prince鈥檚 evolution through candid images that go up to the cusp of his greatest achievement, which we see in the book鈥檚 fourth section: his original handwritten treatment for <i>Purple Rain</i>鈥攖he final stage in Prince鈥檚 self-creation, where he retells the autobiography of the first three parts as a heroic journey.<br /><br /> The book is framed by editor Dan Piepenbring鈥檚 riveting and moving introduction about his profound collaboration with Prince in his final months鈥攁 time when Prince was thinking deeply about how to reveal more of himself and his ideas to the world, while retaining the mystery and mystique he鈥檇 so carefully cultivated鈥攁nd annotations that provide context to the book鈥檚 images.<br /><br /> This work is not just a tribute to an icon, but an original and energizing literary work in its own right, full of Prince鈥檚 ideas and vision, his voice and image鈥攈is undying gift to the world.
Beatles '66: The Revolutionary Year
by Steve Turner

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English

Pages

464

Publication Date

October 25, 2016

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<p>A riveting look at the transformative year in the lives and careers of the legendary group whose groundbreaking legacy would forever change music and popular culture.</p><p>They started off as hysteria-inducing pop stars playing to audiences of screaming teenage fans and ended up as musical sages considered responsible for ushering in a new era. </p><p>The year that changed everything for the Beatles was 1966鈥攖he year of their last concert and their first album, <em>Revolver,</em> that was created to be listened to rather than performed. This was the year the Beatles risked their popularity by retiring from live performances, recording songs that explored alternative states of consciousness, experimenting with avant-garde ideas, and speaking their minds on issues of politics, war, and religion. It was the year their records were burned in America after John鈥檚 explosive claim that the group was "more popular than Jesus," the year they were hounded out of the Philippines for "snubbing" its First Lady, the year John met Yoko Ono, and the year Paul conceived the idea for Sgt. Pepper鈥檚 Lonely Hearts Club Band. </p><p>On the fiftieth anniversary of this seminal year, music journalist and Beatles expert Steve Turner slows down the action to investigate in detail the enormous changes that took place in the Beatles鈥?lives and work during 1966. He looks at the historical events that had an impact on the group, the music they made that in turn profoundly affected the culture around them, and the vision that allowed four young men from Liverpool to transform popular music and serve as pioneers for artists from Coldplay to David Bowie, Jay-Z to U2. </p><p>By talking to those close to the group and by drawing on his past interviews with key figures such as George Martin, Timothy Leary, and Ravi Shankar鈥攁nd the Beatles themselves鈥擳urner gives us the compelling, definitive account of the twelve months that contained everything the Beatles had been and anticipated everything they would still become. </p><p></p>
How Music Works
by David Byrne

Language

English

Pages

384

Publication Date

May 02, 2017

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<i><b>*Updated with a new chapter on digital curation*</b><br /><br />How Music Works</i> is David Byrne鈥檚 incisive and enthusiastic look at the musical art form, from its very inceptions to the influences that shape it, whether acoustical, economic, social or technological. Utilizing his incomparable career and inspired collaborations with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and many others, Byrne taps deeply into his lifetime of knowledge to explore the panoptic elements of music, how it shapes the human experience, and reveals the impetus behind how we create, consume, distribute, and enjoy the songs, symphonies, and rhythms that provide the backbeat of life. Byrne鈥檚 magnum opus uncovers ever-new and thrilling realizations about the redemptive liberation that music brings us all.<br /><br /><br /><i><br /></i>
The Beatles from A to Zed: An Alphabetical Mystery Tour
by Peter Asher

Language

English

Pages

265

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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<p><b>A legendary record producer and performer takes readers on an alphabetical journey of insights into the music of the Beatles and individual reminiscences of John, Paul, George, and Ringo.</b></p><p>Peter Asher met the Beatles in the spring of 1963, the start of a lifelong association with the band and its members. He had a front-row seat as they elevated pop music into an art form, and he was present at the creation of some of the most iconic music of our times.</p><p>Asher is also a talented musician in his own right, with a great ear for what was new and fresh. Once, when Paul McCartney wrote a song that John Lennon didn鈥檛 think was right for the Beatles, Asher asked if he could record it. 鈥淎 World Without Love鈥?became a global No. 1 hit for his duo, Peter & Gordon. A few years later Asher was asked by Paul McCartney to help start Apple Records; the first artist Asher discovered and signed up was a young American singer-songwriter named James Taylor. Before long he would be not only managing and producing Taylor but also (having left Apple and moved to Los Angeles) working with Linda Ronstadt, Neil Diamond, Robin Williams, Joni Mitchell, and Cher, among others. </p><p><i>The Beatles from A to Zed </i>grows out of his popular radio program 鈥淔rom Me to You鈥?on SiriusXM's The Beatles Channel, where he shares memories and insights about the Fab Four and their music. Here he weaves his reflections into a whimsical alphabetical journey that focuses not only on songs whose titles start with each letter, but also on recurrent themes in the Beatles鈥?music, the instruments they played, the innovations they pioneered, the artists who influenced them, the key people in their lives, and the cultural events of the time.</p><p>Few can match Peter Asher for his fresh and personal perspective on the Beatles. And no one is a more congenial and entertaining guide to their music.</p>
Waking Up Married: A Rock Star Rom Com
by Lisa Suzanne

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English

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Publication Date

December 09, 2019

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<b><i>Bestselling author Lisa Suzanne's newest standalone romantic comedy features rock stars, a best friend's older brother, and an accidental Vegas wedding.</i></b><br /><br />I've never seen Emily Clarke as anything more than my little sister's best friend.<br /><br />One drunken mistake later, she's my wife.<br /><br />My first thought is how to get out of this, except our wedding video has gone viral and record sales are skyrocketing. My manager thinks following the newlyweds on the second season of my band's reality show will keep up the momentum.<br /><br />I just have to get Emily to agree to faking this marriage for six months, and then we can quietly divorce.<br /><br />Right?<br /><br />Wrong.<br /><br />Nothing is quite that simple when feelings blur the line between a contract and reality.<br /><br />I ended up with more than just a hangover when I found myself waking up married.
The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 1: 1920-1963
by Ed Ward

Language

English

Pages

417

Publication Date

November 15, 2016

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<p>Ed Ward covers the first half of the history of rock & roll in this sweeping and definitive narrative鈥攆rom the 1920s, when the music of rambling medicine shows mingled with the songs of vaudeville and minstrel acts to create the very early sounds of country and rhythm and blues, to the rise of the first independent record labels post-World War II, and concluding in December 1963, just as an immense change in the airwaves took hold and the Beatles prepared for their first American tour. <i>The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 1 </i>shines a light on the far corners of the genre to reveal the stories behind the hugely influential artists who changed the musical landscape forever.</p><p>In this first volume of a two-part series, Ward shares his endless depth of knowledge and through engrossing storytelling hops seamlessly from Memphis to Chicago, Detroit, England, New York, and everywhere in between. He covers the trajectories of the big name acts like Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, and Ray Charles, while also filling in gaps of knowledge and celebrating forgotten heroes such as the Burnette brothers, the 鈥?鈥?Royales, and Marion Keisker, Sam Phillips鈥檚 assistant, who played an integral part in launching Elvis鈥檚 career.</p><p>For all music lovers and rock & roll fans, Ward spins story after story of some of the most unforgettable and groundbreaking moments in rock history, introducing us along the way to the musicians, DJs, record executives, and producers who were at the forefront of the genre and had a hand in creating the music we all know and love today.</p>

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