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READs: Biographies: Music

Real People's Stories

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Clapton: the autobiography

The legendary guitarist recounts the story of his life and his career. 343 pages.

Born to Run

Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star's memoir. This is a book for anyone who has ever wanted to baptized in they holy water of rock 'n' roll. 510 pages.


48 pages.

Sinatra: the chairman

979 pg.s Look for other books on Frank Sinatra at 782.42164 in the stacks.

Bands & Genres - click cover to view

Love becomes a funeral pyre : a biography of The Doors

"Spanning the entire history of the Doors, this book will long remain the definitive biography of a band that forever changed popular music. But it's not the story you think you know," 408 pages.


Autobiography of the guitarist, songwriter, singer, and founding member of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards. 856 pages.

How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll

This book traces the evolution of popular music through developing tastes, trends and technologies to give a fuller, more balanced account of the broad variety of music that captivated listeners over the course of the twentieth century.

On Highway 61

The book is going to search for the deeper roots of American cultural and musical evolution for the past 150 years by studying what the Western European culture learned from African American culture in a historical progression that reaches from the minstrel era to Bob Dylan.


The Real Seattle Music Story How does a clutch of musicians and fans - self described losers' no less - get transformed into a myth of implausible proportion? Written with an insider's insight, this revealing book tells how the 'loser' ethos influenced the shambling look, feel, and sound of Seattle rock. 

All Music Guide to the Blues

Authoritative and fully updated to reflect today's revitalized blues world, the latest edition of this guide is any blues fan's lifeline to the best music, past and present. 

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