Music Biography

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

    Roger Steffens, Linton Kwesi Johnson

    “Reggae’s chief eyewitness, dropping testimony on reggae’s chief prophet with truth, blood, and fire.” —Marlon James, Man Booker Prize–winning authorMore

  2. Book ImageChopin's Piano: In Search of the Instrument that Transformed Music

    Paul Kildea

    The captivating story of Frédéric Chopin and the fate of both his Mallorquin piano and musical Romanticism from the early nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century.More

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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