new country rock idiom but a new Confederacy in conflict with old Southern totems
and prejudices; based on interviews with
surviving band members.
How to Be a Man by Duff McKagan
and Chris Kornelis (May 12, hardcover,
$25.99, ISBN 978-0-306-82387-9).
McKagan shares the wisdom he gained on
the path to superstardom from his time
with Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver
to getting sober after a life of hard living,
expanding on his popular weekly columns
in Seattle Weekly, Playboy.com, and ESPN.
So Many Roads: The Life and Times
of the Grateful Dead by David Browne
(Apr. 28, hardcover, $30, ISBN 978-0-
306-82170-7). For their 50th anniversary,
this biography of rock’s greatest cult band
includes new interviews with surviving
band members and never-before-told tales.
Browne sheds new light on the band’s
beginnings, music, dynamics, and struggles
that created a culture that paved the way for
social networking, free music swapping,
and the uncompromising anticorporate
attitude of indie rock.
Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and
the Music That Made Zimbabwe by
Banning Eyre (May 22, hardcover, $34.95,
ISBN 978-0-8223-5908-1) tells the story
of Zimbabwean singer, composer and
bandleader Thomas Mapfumo, who, like
Fela Kuti and Bob Marley, represents his
country’s anticolonial struggle and cultural
identity. Eyre narrates Mapfumo’s life in
the context of Zimbabwe’s pre- and post-revolutionary history.
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Ballet by Tim Lihoreau (Apr. 1, hardcover, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-78396-044-6).
An engaging survey of the wealth of music
composed for ballet as the gateway to some
of the greatest music in the classical canon.
Ballet music is every bit as rich and involving as a fully staged production, and this
short, clear book tells the whole story.
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Ginger Baker: A Drummer’s Tale by
Ginger Baker (Mar. 1, paper, $19.95, ISBN
978-1-78281-189-3) presents artwork by
the drummer with the band Cream, who
found work that had been hidden away for
several decades, which brings back many
memories of the band.
Rimsky-Korsakov: Letters to His
Family and Friends by Tatiana Rimsky-Korsakov (June 2, hardcover, $34.99,
ISBN 978-1-57467-454-5). This rare
biography of a highly influential Russian
composer rich with correspondence and
other material available in English for the
first time is by his granddaughter Tatiana;
it features a wealth of correspondence and
photographs from family archives.
The History of Canadian Rock ’n’
Roll by Bob Mersereau (May 19, paper,
$24.99, ISBN 978-1-4803-6711-1) presents a streamlined trip through Canada’s
rich history and depth of rock talent, from
the 1950s to today, including Toronto’s
club scene, the folk rock and psychedelic
rock of the 1960s, Canadian artists who hit
major stardom in the United States, and
the challenges and reform of the Canadian
Ringo: With a Little Help by Michael
Starr (July 7, hardcover, $29.99, ISBN 978-
1-61713-120-2). This in-depth biography
traces Ringo’s remarkable life and career,
from his sickly childhood to his life as the
world’s most famous drummer, including
his triumphs, addictions, and emotional
battles following the breakup of the Beatles
as he comes to terms with
Allen Klein: The Man
Who Bailed Out the
Beatles, Made the
Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll by
Fred Goodman (June 23,
hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-0-547-89686-1)
recounts the heyday of rock and roll
through the lens of Allen Klein, the business manager, producer, and gadfly who
“broke up the Beatles” and showed the
Rolling Stones how to become the pre-eminent dynasty in popular music.
L. A. Confidential by L.A. Reid (Mar. 3,
hardcover, $29.99, ISBN 978-0-06-
227475-5). Legendary music producer L.
A. Reid—the man behind such artists as
Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, Kanye West,
Rihanna, TLC, Outkast, Pink, Justin
Bieber, and Usher—chronicles his struggles, his success, and the artists that made
him a legend.
Austin City Limits: Forty Years of
Legendary Music by Tracey Laird and
Brandon Laird, photos by Scott Newton
(Mar. 3, hardcover, $45, ISBN 978-1-
60887-496-5). Honored as a historic rock
’n’ roll landmark, Austin City Limits is the
longest-running popular music series in
American television history. This book
spans ACL’s first 40 years, with special
emphasis on legendary artists, like Johnny
Cash, Ray Charles, Leonard Cohen, and
Willie Nelson, and the most compelling
contemporary performers and bands from
the past two decades, including Coldplay,
John Mayer, Elvis Costello, Pearl Jam, and
House of Cash: The Legacies of My
Father, Johnny Cash by John Carter Cash
(Apr. 14, paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-60887-
479-8). In this insightful biography, Cash
paints a very personal portrait of his father’s
rich inner life, exploring Johnny Cash’s creative spirit, his fundamentally loving nature, and his
inspiring persistence; a
record of a deep and ongoing conversation between
father and son.
It’s a Long Story: My
Life by Willie Nelson,
with David Ritz (May 5,