Never a Dull Moment: 1971 the Year That Rock Exploded - David Hepworth

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“1971 would turn out to be the busiest, most creative, most innovative, most interesting, and longest-resounding year of the rock era.” So begins David Hepworth’s whirlwind, month-by-month breakdown of the astonishing output and ascendancy of rock ‘n’ roll and its practitioners. In that auspicious year The Who released Who’s Next; Joni Mitchell made Blue; Zep toured the clubs in-between stadiums; Carole King put out Tapestry; Lennon killed the Beatles with Plastic Ono Band, while George Harrison put on the Concert for Bangladesh, to name just a few events. What makes this more than a collection of “golly-gee” anecdotes is Hepworth’s ability to place it all in a greater context of where the culture came from and where it was going.

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ISBN: 9781250130914
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 16th, 2017

Hamilton: The Revolution - Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeffrey Seller, Jeremy McCarter

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Over the past year, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical, Hamilton, has won a bevy of awards, sold out shows across the country, and dominated pop-culture like no other show in recent memory—or maybe ever. In Hamilton: The Revolution (Grand Central, $45), Miranda and theater critic Jeremy McCarter provide a detailed look into the show’s gestation from a single rap about the founding fathers to a full blown Broadway phenomena. The book includes detailed liner notes, deleted songs, photographs, interviews (including several with President Obama), and a guide to the show’s many hip hop references. The juicy behind the scenes details and anecdotes are sure to be catnip for theater nerds. But the insight into the multi-talented Miranda’s creative process is a fascinating read for both fans and newcomers alike.

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ISBN: 9781455539741
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 12th, 2016

Kill 'em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul - James McBride

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Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul (Spiegel & Grau, $28; paper, $17) intertwines two of author James McBride’s greatest passions and talents – writing and music – in this biography of legendary soul singer James Brown. To those of us who grew up listening to his music in the 1960s, James Brown was the Godfather of Soul and the musical father of Black Pride. He did his own version of the moonwalk in high-heeled boots! He did the splits in a suit! He had faux fainting spells! And his cape! Brown had, the author contends, as profound an influence on American social history as Harriet Tubman or Frederick Douglass. But much of his reputation and legacy became tangled up in unflattering impressions and tragic incidents from his life, too often leaving him marked and misinterpreted as more of a simple caricature than the complicated cultural icon and enormously talented artist he truly was. McBride, the 2013 National Book Award winner for fiction (The Good Lord Bird) tells Brown’s story, in one reviewer’s words, as “a furious ode.”

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ISBN: 9780812993509
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - April 5th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780812983739
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Published: Random House - November 1st, 2016