Music Biography

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  1. Book ImageSo Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley

    Roger Steffens, Linton Kwesi Johnson

    A revelatory, myth-shattering history of one of the most influential musicians of all time, told in the words of those who knew him best.More

  2. Book ImageToscanini: Musician of Conscience

    Harvey Sachs

    On the 150th anniversary of his birth comes this monumental biography of Arturo Toscanini, whose dramatic life is unparalleled among twentieth-century musicians.More

  3. Book ImageBeing Elvis: A Lonely Life

    Ray Connolly

    On the fortieth anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death comes this rocking biography of an iconic artist who fundamentally transformed American culture.More

  4. Book ImageHank: The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams

    Mark Ribowsky

    A heartbreaking and unforgettable portrait of country music’s founding father.More

  5. Book ImageDreams to Remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Transformation of Southern Soul

    Mark Ribowsky

    “Evokes the fire of Redding. . . . Ribowsky tells the story with nonstop energy, while always probing for the larger social and musical pictures.” —New York Times Book ReviewMore

  6. Book ImageWords Without Music: A Memoir

    Philip Glass

    New York Times Bestseller

    "Reads the way Mr. Glass's compositions sound at their best: propulsive, with a surreptitious emotional undertow." —Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, New York TimesMore

  7. Book ImageA Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen

    Liel Leibovitz

    Brings to life a passionate poet-turned-musician and what compels him and his work.More

  8. Book ImageLouis Armstrong, Master of Modernism

    Thomas Brothers

    Finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Biography.

    "Profoundly evocative and altogether admirable…The writing and detail are so brilliant that I found the volume revelatory." —Tim Page, Washington PostMore

  9. Book ImageGeorge Frideric Handel: A Life with Friends

    Ellen T. Harris

    An intimate portrait of Handel’s life and inner circle, modeled after one of the composer’s favorite forms: the fugue.More

  10. Book ImageBruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll

    Marc Dolan

    A vibrant biography of one of the greatest rock 'n' rollers, the America that made him, and the America he made.More

  11. Book ImageChanging Lives: Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema, and the Transformative Power of Music

    Tricia Tunstall

    “Reminds us of how arts education can change lives.” —Gary Stager, Huffington PostMore

  12. Book ImageRamblin' Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie

    Ed Cray, Studs Terkel

    The groundbreaking biography, available for the centennial of Woody Guthrie’s birth in July 2012.More

  13. Book ImageMozart at the Gateway to His Fortune: Serving the Emperor, 1788–1791

    Christoph Wolff

    ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award winner

    A fresh look at the life of Mozart during his imperial years by one of the world's leading Mozart scholars.More

  14. Book ImageNica's Dream: The Life and Legend of the Jazz Baroness

    David Kastin

    The first biography of the legendary Rothschild heiress who reigned as New York’s “Jazz Baroness.”More

  15. Book ImageArtie Shaw, King of the Clarinet: His Life and Times

    Tom Nolan

    “The two sides of Shaw . . . are at the center of . . . [this] compulsively readable biography.”—Daniel Akst, Wall Street JournalMore

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