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Let's Go (So We Can Get Back) by Jeff Tweedy

Jeff Tweedy—best known as the frontman for the bands Wilco and Uncle Tupelo—has had a long and storied career in the Chicago alternative rock scene. Let’s Go covers Tweedy’s life, from his childhood in Belleville, Illinois, to his musical start in St. Louis, to his move to Chicago and becoming part of Wilco. A must-read for any Wilco fan! -Stuart

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ISBN: 9781101985267
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Published: Dutton - November 13th, 2018

My Own Devices by Dessa

This memoir-in-essays showcases a powerful musician turning an extended metaphor into a literal reality. Dessa works with neuroscientists to physically erase the feeling of love from her neurological landscape. In the mix, she writes about her family, about who she has been, and who she is becoming after the experiment. These autobiographical snapshots were alternatively anarchist, divine, measured, anxious, eloquent and brave. - a.c.

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ISBN: 9781524742294
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Published: Dutton - September 18th, 2018

Twilight of the Gods by Steven Hyden

A music journalist and lifelong classic rock fanatic, Hyden takes a sentimental, occasionally quirky trip through the genre he loves, revisiting the bands that have meant the most to him and to millions of other fans. As he says, he learned more about adult relationships from Fleetwood Mac’s album Rumours than he did from his own father. Now himself a husband and father, he ponders the state of classic rock as it enters its twilight years. Will it last after all its stars have passed on? If so, what will it mean to be a fan? - Rico

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ISBN: 9780062657121
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Published: Dey Street Books - May 8th, 2018

RAW: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang by Lamont U-God Hawkins

Straight from the land of Shaolin comes a poignant memoir about one of the Wu-Tang Clan’s underrated members, chronicling childhood traumas, first run-ins with Wu-Tang Clan members (his young Method Man stories are insightful and hilarious), and the beginnings of the Wu-Tang. Heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud hilarious, RAW is the definitive hip-hop memoir of the year. - Gabe

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ISBN: 9781250191168
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Published: Picador - March 6th, 2018

The Spitboy Rule by Michelle Cruz Gonzalez

Part memoir, part snapshot of 90s Bay Area punk rock, this book offers a revelatory glimpse into the intersectional experience of a Xicana fem punk rocker creating in a homogenous cis-white scene. For those that are queer, brown, or any other oppressed identity in a punk-rock scene, this book is for you. The Spitboy Rule sparked in me a sense of belonging that I hadn’t felt in a long time. - Gabe

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By Michelle Cruz Gonzales, Mimi Thi Nguyen (Foreword by), Martín Sorrondeguy (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9781629631400
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Published: PM Press - May 1st, 2016

Gold Dust Woman by Stephen Davis

While longtime admirers of Stevie Nicks won’t find any new revelations within these pages, the book is still a lovingly crafted biography about the goddess of rock. Respected music biographer Stephen Davis (who cowrote Fleetwood with Mick Fleetwood) follows all the heartbreaks, drama, drugs, and magic that fueled Nicks and her songwriting. Gold Dust Woman documents how Nicks used her talent to create the life of fame and success in which she continues to reign. - Kelly

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ISBN: 9781250032898
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Published: St. Martin's Press - November 21st, 2017

Maestros and Their Music by John Mauceri

What do you know about conductors—the women and men whose finger and baton tips somehow tie together dozens, even hundreds, of musicians to make the music we love? John Mauceri gives a breakdown of the techniques and passions of an almost undefinable art. He weaves the history of conducting into that of classical music, with stories and critiques of composition and performances that any music lover will find fascinating. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780451494023
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Published: Knopf - November 7th, 2017

The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums by Will Friedwald

A celebration of great vocalists—including Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, and Nat King Cole—and their greatest work! “With verve and an infectious love of music, jazz critic Friedwald tells the stories of 57 jazz and pop albums that have become benchmarks by which subsequent records have been measured…. His passionate description of each album in this indispensable guide will drive readers to listen to the albums once again, or for the first time.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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ISBN: 9780307379078
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Published: Pantheon - November 7th, 2017

Chuck D Presents This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History by Chuck D

Year by year, date by date, this book collects the album drops, platinum hits, collaborations, deaths, and holograms that have formed the rich and thriving history of rap and hip-hop in the United States. With beautifully written contextualizing commentary from Chuck D and terrific art from the artist collective mADurgency, this is the perfect gift for lovers of contemporary American music. I’m now waiting for Chuck D to write a prose book…. - Jocelyn

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By Chuck D, Shepard Fairey (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780316430975
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - October 10th, 2017

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe

Joni Mitchell has played with some of the greatest musicians in the world and her music has inspired even more. She’s best known for her incredible lyrics and beautiful, lilting voice (seriously, where is her Nobel Prize?), but she has lived an incredibly full life beyond her music, which David Yaffe chronicles in his new book. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9780374248130
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - October 17th, 2017

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