Hendrix enjoyed the international limelight for less than four years, but his innovative and imaginative interpretations of blues and rock continue to inspire guitarists and music lovers across ages and genre.
Inside, Seattle-based music journalist Gillian Gaar examines the guitarist’s upbringing, his service as an Army paratrooper, his role as a sideman on the chitlin’ circuit, his exile in the UK, and his eventual reemergence in the US and the fame that followed until his untimely death in 1970.
Featuring design as lavish as Hendrix’s music and carefully curated photography, posters, picture sleeves, and other assorted memorabilia, this is the ultimate Hendrix book experience.
It's a punk-roots journey told through incisive interviews and first-hand accounts that expose as much about the music scene as the band members themselves!
From their 1994 major label debut album Dookie to the award-winning American Idiot, Green Day have now successfully taken the spirit of punk into the world of stadium-rock.
Written by Gillian G. Gaar, this intimate and perceptive band biography tells exactly how they did it and reveals what success has meant to these feted Californian champions of alternative rock.
While the biography covers the musical history and achievements of the band, it also looks at what was happening in the lives of John, Paul, Geroge, and Ringo during the Beatle years, exploring their personal drives and aspirations and their relationships with each other. Readers will come away from this book with a far better appreciation of the Lads from Liverpool---and of what was really going on underneath those oh-so-controversial haircuts.
Girls Rock! explores the many ways women have defined themselves as rock musicians in an industry once dominated and controlled by men. Integrating history, feminist analysis, and developmental theory, the authors describe how and why women have become rock musicians -- what inspires them to play and perform, how they write, what their music means to them, and what they hope their music means to listeners. As these musicians tell their stories, topics emerge that illuminate broader trends in rock's history. From Wanda Jackson's revolutionary act of picking up a guitar to the current success of independent artists such as Ani DiFranco, Girls Rock! examines the shared threads of these performers' lives and the evolution of women's roles in rock music since its beginnings in the 1950s. This provocative investigation of women in rock is based on numerous interviews with a broad spectrum of women performers -- those who have achieved fame and those just starting bands, those playing at local coffeehouses and those selling out huge arenas. Girls Rock! celebrates what female musicians have to teach about their experiences as women, artists, and rock musicians.
Raising a Beatle Baby traces how the couple connected as Beatles fans and made the Fab Four the soundtrack for a quixotic family life that’s taken them to Hamburg, London and Liverpool.
With a little help from her parents, Ella befriended the elderly woman who lives in Ringo’s boyhood home. She got an answer from Yoko on why the Beatles broke up. And, at age 8, Ella met Paul – inspiring her burgeoning music career and teaching the family the value of following even the craziest of dreams.
Raising a Beatle Baby is an often humorous and occasionally touching tale about bonding through pop culture. Whether you’re a Beatlemaniac or a casual fan, you’ll relate to this story about one eccentric family’s musical mission to come together through John, Paul, George and Ringo. Every family, after all, is a magical mystery tour...
Here is the complete history of U2 told exactly as it happened in day-by-day diary format.
As well as following the mid-1970's birth of the band to the present day in journal form, U2: A Diary also includes new revelations and fresh insights into key moments of U2's development.
Through interviews and extensive research, author Matt McGee sheds light on stories.
Fully illustrated with pictures spanning the bands career, this is a fanatically detailed account of a legendary group's life!