New Arrivals · Music Books

December 2, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Hip hop raised me

December 1, 2016
DJ Semtex (Disc jockey), author.
447 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
Includes index.
"With more than 1,000 illustrations in color and black and white."

George Hamlin, American singer, 1868-1923: a resumé of his career

December 18, 2016
Trott, Josephine, 1874-1950.
Denver : Printed by Nelson, 1925.
53 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm

Songwriter's market.

November 29, 2016
Cincinnati : Writer's Digest Books,
v. : ill. ; 24 cm.

Tranny : confessions of punk rock's most infamous anarchist sellout

November 29, 2016
Grace, Laura Jane, 1980- author.
New York : Hachette Books, 2016.
306 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Walking is still honest -- I was a teenage anarchist -- We're Never going home -- Borne on the FM waves -- Thrash unreal --Don't abandon me -- White crosses -- High pressure low -- Bamboo bones -- Paralytic states of dependency --Black me out -- Epilogue (or Mandatory happiness with Laura Jane Grace).
The provocative transgender advocate and lead singer of the punk rock band Against Me! provides a searing account of her search for identity and her true self.

Anatomy of a song : the oral history of 45 iconic hits that changed rock, R & B and pop

November 29, 2016
Myers, Marc, 1956-
New York : Grove Press, [2016]
xii, 323 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Lawdy Miss Clawdy / Lloyd Price -- K.C. Loving / Little Willie Littlefield -- Shout / The Isley Brothers -- Please Mr. Postman / The Marvelettes -- Runaround Sue / Dion Dimucci -- Chapel of love / The Dixie Cups -- You really got me / The Kinks -- You've lost that lovin' feelin' / The Righteous Brothers -- My girl / The Temptations -- Reach out I'll be there / The Four Tops -- Darling be home soon / John Sebastian -- Light my fire / The Doors -- Groovin' / The Young Rascals -- White rabbit / Jefferson Airplane -- Different drum / The Stone Poneys -- (Sittin' on) The dock of the bay / Otis Redding -- Fist City / Loretta Lynn -- Street fighting man / The Rolling Stones -- Stand by your man / Tammy Wynette -- Magic carpet ride / Steppenwolf -- Proud Mary / Creedence Clearwater Revival -- Oh happy day / The Edwin Hawkins Singers -- Suspicious minds / Elvis Presley -- Whole lotta love / Led Zeppelin -- Mercedes Benz / Janis Joplin -- Moonlight mile / The Rolling Stones -- Maggie May / Rod Stewart -- Carey / Joni Mitchell -- Respect yourself / The Staple Singers -- The harder they come / Jimmy Cliff -- Midnight train to Georgia / Gladys Knight and The Pips -- Ramblin' man / The Allman Brothers -- Rock the boat / The Hues Corporation -- Walk this way / Aerosmith -- Love's in need of love today / Stevie Wonder -- Deacon blues / Steely Dan -- (The angels wanna wear my) Red shoes / Elvis Costello -- Heart of glass / Blondie -- Another brick in the wall / Pink Floyd -- London calling / The Clash -- Brother John/Iko Iko / The Neville Brothers -- Big city / Merle Haggard -- Time after time / Cyndi Lauper -- Nick of time / Bonnie Raitt -- Losing my religion / R.E.M.
Believing that every great song has a fascinating backstory, Myers brings to life five decades of music through oral histories of forty-five transformative songs woven from interviews with the artists who created them.From "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" by Lloyd Price to "Losing my religion" by R.E.M., leading artists reveal the emotions, inspirations, and techniques behind their influential works. The result is a love letter to the songs that have defined generations.

A perfect union of contrary things

November 29, 2016
Jensen, Sarah, author.
viii, 274 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
In the first authorized biography of the musician best known as the lead vocalist in the bands Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer, as well as a successful vintner, gives unique insight into his history and career trajectory.

Cured : the tale of two imaginary boys

November 23, 2016
Tolhurst, Laurence, author.
ix, 287 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I: (What It Was Like) -- The First Punks in Crawley -- The Day the Music Died -- Thirteen -- The Bridge -- The Lost Boys of Suburbia -- The Rocket -- Fiction -- Part II: (What Happened) -- Gen X -- The Holy Trinity -- Three Imaginary Boys -- Seventeen Seconds in the USA -- S.O.S. -- Faith -- Porn -- In France -- The Top -- The Head on the Door -- Kiss Me -- Part III: (What It's Like Now) -- Broken -- Disintegrate -- The Royal Courts -- Despair in the Desert -- House by the Sea -- The Palace -- Reflections -- Ghosts -- Standing on a Beach.
"A deeply moving and engaging memoir by Laurence "Lol" Tolhurst, co-founder of The Cure, detailing the origins and creation of one of the most beloved bands of all time and Tolhurst's own return from the brink of self-destruction,"

Beatles '66 : the revolutionary year

November 18, 2016
Turner, Steve, 1949- author.
454 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 24 cm
Prologue -- December 1965 -- January 1966 -- February -- March -- April -- May -- June -- July -- August -- September -- October -- November -- December -- Epilogue -- Appendix A. Chronology of events -- Appendix B. The Beatles jukeboxes.

The lyrics : 1961-2012

November 18, 2016
Dylan, Bob, 1941- author.
New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, [2016]
vi, 679 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
Bob Dylan -- The freewheelin' Bob Dylan -- The times they are a-changin' -- Another side of Bob Dylan -- Bringing it all back home -- Highway 61 revisited -- Blonde on blonde -- John Wesley Harding -- Nashville skyline -- Self portrait -- New morning -- The basement tapes -- Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid -- Planet waves -- Blood on the tracks -- Desire -- Street legal -- Slow train coming -- Saved -- Shot of love -- Infidels -- Empire burlesque -- Knocked out loaded -- Down in the groove -- Oh mercy -- Under the red sky -- Time out of mind -- "Love and theft" -- Modern times -- Together through life -- Tempest.
This collection contains Bob Dylan's lyrics, from his first album, Bob Dylan, to 2012's Tempest.

Not dead yet : the memoir

November 9, 2016
Collins, Phil, author.
371 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Not drowning but waving -- Traveling to the beat of a different drum -- "Drummer seeks band; has own sticks" -- The ballad of All things must pass -- The genesis of Genesis -- From Blue Boar to fox's head -- Lamb lies down, singer flies off -- Family man, frontman -- The divorce that roared -- Ace value -- Hello, I must be busy -- Hello, I must be busy II -- Live Aid: my part in its downfall -- The great brain robbery -- But seriously, folks -- Faxgate -- Taxgate -- Big band, big apes, big love -- Goodbye to all that -- Turn it on again, turn it off again -- Straitjacket required -- Not dead yet.
The Genesis front man and successful solo artist presents a reflective memoir that shares insights into the remarkable experiences behind many of his iconic songs and performances, discussing his early years, relationships with fellow artists, and struggles with addiction.

Play it loud : an epic history of the style, sound, and revolution of the electric guitar

November 9, 2016
Tolinski, Brad, author.
xvi, 379 pages : black and white illustrations ; 24 cm
"Timeline": pages 328-333.
Brother musician, listen to a miracle! -- The Christian crusade -- The wizard from Waukesha -- The model T. Cowboy cool : Leo Fender and the birth of the Telecaster ; Surf's up : The Stratocaster makes the scene -- The blues (and country) had a baby -- The solid-body Stradivarius -- The fab twelve -- The revolution will be amplified. A tool of capitalism? Dylan goes electric ; Machine-gun loud : from Townshend to Hendrix ; The birth of classic rock -- Eruptions -- Made in Japan -- The revenge of the nerds -- Plastic fantastic.

Live from Beach City!

November 9, 2016
Campbell, Hannah S., author.
New York, New York : Cartoon Network Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2016.
96 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Steven may have inherited his Gem powers from his mother, Rose Quartz, but there's no doubt that his love of music comes from his father, the on and only Mr. Universe. Now you can sing and play all of Steven's favorite tunes--and learn to write some of your own! Each song includes a breakdown of the vocal melody, chords, and lyrics, plus fun activities and exercises to help you flex your songwriting muscles. It doesn't matter if you're a rookie like Steven or a seasoned rocker like Greg Universe--the music is whatever you make it!

Jack White : how he built an empire from the blues

November 7, 2016
Hasted, Nick, author.
vii, 296 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Mexicantown -- Detroit Rocky City -- Golden years -- Wanting the blues -- Sister lover -- Master of all trades -- Half a world away -- Conquest -- The big room -- Elephant -- The folk singer-- Satan -- The gang -- Xanadu -- Empire.
"The first major biography of Jack White explores the wayward life of an outsider growing up in the ruined city of Detroit who was to become an idiosyncratic rock star and founder of a highly influential independent record label"--Dust jacket.

Love for sale : pop music in America

November 4, 2016
Hajdu, David, author.
307 pages ; 24 cm
The sheet music era: the zenith of the popular music craze -- The rise of records : whispering -- The Cotton Club : jungle nights in Harlem -- The charts : make-believe island -- Going west : Hollywood barn dance -- Rock and roll : they went ca-raaaaazy for it! -- The transistor : mine completely -- Singers and songwriters : potty about Dylan -- The album : a pair of twenty-minute things -- Punk versus disco : who needs love? -- Video : moonwalkers -- Hip-hop : beats want to be free -- Digitization : the immaterial world -- Coda.
From the age of song sheets in the late nineteenth century to the contemporary era of digital streaming, pop music has been our most influential laboratory for social and aesthetic experimentation, changing the world three minutes at a time. Hajdu shows how pop has done much more than peddle fantasies of love and sex to teenagers. Exhaustively researched and rich with fresh insights, Love for Sale details pop music from Eva Tanguay, who upended Victorian conceptions of feminine propriety, to Blondie, the scandal of disco; from Bessie Smith and the 'blues queens' of the 1920s to Jimmie Rodgers, a former blackface minstrel performer who created the country music sound. At every turn, Hajdu surprises and challenges readers to think about our most familiar art in unexpected ways. -- adapted from publisher website.

They're playing our song : a memoir

November 3, 2016
Sager, Carole Bayer, author.
336 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 24 cm
"A frank personal account by the Grammy and Academy Award-winning songwriter traces the story of her life in and out of the recording studio, from her formative relationships to her collaborations with some of today's leading composers and music artists,"--NoveList.

Shock and awe : glam rock and its legacy from the seventies to the twenty-first century

November 2, 2016
Reynolds, Simon, 1963- author.
New York, NY : Dey St., 2016.
xi, 687 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), facsimiles, portraits ; 23 cm
Reprint. Originally published as: Shock and awe. UK : Faber & Faber, 2016.
Boogie poet : Marc Bolan and T. Rex. John's Children ; Tyrannosaurus Rex ; T. Rex -- The London boy : Bowie's early years. David Bowie ; Anthony Newley ; Lindsay Kemp ; Oscar Wilde -- Elected : Alice Cooper and shock rock. Alice Cooper -- Teenage rampage : glitter stomp and disco rock. Slade ; The Sweet ; Mud ; Suzi Quatro ; Gary Glitter ; Junkshop glam ; Hello -- Hard to be real : David Bowie and friends conquer the world. David Bowie ; Lou Reed ; Mott the Hoople ; Iggy and the Stooges ; Jobriath -- What's the date again? The future-retro visions of Roxy Music. Roxy Music ; David Bowie's Pinups ; Bryan Ferry -- Trash city : New York Dolls and Wayne County. Wayne County ; Theatre of the Ridiculous ; The Cockettes ; John Waters and Divine ; Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey ; New York Dolls -- Let's do the time warp again : fifties flashbacks and rock'n'roll replays. Rock dreams ; Wizzard ; The Moodies ; David Essex ; Rock follies ; The Rocky Horror picture show -- Baroque 'n' roll : late glam. Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel ; Sparks ; Jet ; Queen ; Be-Bop Deluxe -- Run to the shadows : Bowie versus Los Angeles. David Bowie ; The English disco ; Silverhead ; Zolar X ; Les Petites Bonbons ; The man who fell to earth -- Ultraviolence : punk before punk. Heavy Metal Kids ; The Sensational Alex Harvey Band ; The Tubes ; The Runaways ; Doctors of Madness ; Ultravox -- Just another hero : Bowie's Berlin. David Bowie ; Iggy Pop ; Kraftwerk ; Brian Eno -- Aftershocks : a partial inventory of glam rock echoes and reflections starring. Johnny Rotten ; Poly Styrene ; Siouxsie Sioux ; Kate Bush ; Japan ; Grace Jones ; Klaus Nomi ; Steve Strange ; Adam Ant ; Bauhaus ; Prince ; Bryan Ferry ; Morrissey ; Leigh Bowery ; Hair metal ; Madonna ; Suede ; Marilyn Manson ; Electroclash ; Lady Gaga ; Kanye West ; Ke$ha ; Beyoncé ; Drake ; Nicky Minaj ; Sia ; and David Bowie.
"In Shock and Awe, Simon Reynolds takes you on a wild cultural tour through the early Seventies, a period packed with glitzy costumes and alien make-up, thrilling music and larger-than-life personas. Shock and Awe offers a fresh, in-depth look at the glam and glitter phenomenon, placing it the wider Seventies context of social upheaval and political disillusion. It explores how artists like Lou Reed, New York Dolls, and Queen broke with the hippie generation, celebrating illusion and artifice over truth and authenticity. Probing the genre's major themes--stardom, androgyny, image, decadence, fandom, apocalypse--Reynolds tracks glam's legacy as it unfolded in subsequent decades, from Eighties art-pop icons like Kate Bush through to twenty-first century idols of outrage such as Lady Gaga. Shock and Awe shows how the original glam artists'obsessions with fame, extreme fashion, and theatrical excess continue to reverberate through contemporary pop culture,"

The speed of sound : breaking the barrier between music and technology

November 1, 2016
Dolby, Thomas, author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2016.
viii, 277 pages ; 25 cm
The Winter of Discontent -- Skin Tension Under Leatherette -- Needle Drop -- Poetry in Motion -- Wonderland -- Like Dolphins Can Swim -- Living in a Suitcase -- Stars Explode, Fireworks Don't -- Ride the Bullet Train -- Housequake -- The Untouchables -- Step Up to the Plate -- The Apple Mafia -- Bowie Does Beatnik -- Dark Fiber -- The Nokia Waltz -- Wind Across the Tundra -- The Crocuses Are Still in Bloom.
"The 1980s New Wave star-turned-Silicon Valley entrepreneur traces his disadvantaged early years in a London bedsit, creation of the breakout hit "She Blinded Me With Science" and role in pioneering the use of MP3s in cellphones,"--NoveList.

I am Brian Wilson : a memoir

October 31, 2016
Wilson, Brian, 1942- author.
Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, [2016]
312 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Fear -- Family -- Foundation -- Home -- Fathers and sons -- Echoes and voices -- Sun -- America -- Time -- Today.
"As a cofounding member of the Beach Boys in the 1960s, Brian Wilson created some of the most groundbreaking and timeless popular music ever recorded. With intricate harmonies, symphonic structures, and wide-eyed lyrics that explored life's most transcendent joys and deepest sorrows, songs like 'In My Room,' 'God Only Knows,' and 'Good Vibrations' forever expanded the possibilities of pop songwriting. Derailed in the 1970s by mental illness, drug use, and the shifting fortunes of the band, Wilson came back again and again over the next few decades, surviving and--finally--thriving. Now, for the first time, he weighs in on the sources of his creative inspiration and on his struggles, the exhilarating highs and the debilitating lows. "--Dust jacket.

Gone 'til November

October 31, 2016
Lil Wayne, author.
159 pages ; 23 cm
The rap superstar details the circumstances that led to his year-long incarceration at Rikers Island and his experiences during his imprisonment, sharing insights into his daily rituals, interactions with other inmates, and efforts to stay positive.

Homeward bound : the life of Paul Simon

October 28, 2016
Carlin, Peter Ames, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
xii, 415 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Real and assumed -- The tailor -- Our song -- Nowhere to go but up! -- Two teenagers -- The Freedom Criers -- What are you searching for, Carlos Dominguez -- The voice of the now -- He was my brother -- It means nothing to us -- Some dream of what I might be -- Bookends -- So long already, Artie -- I'd rather be -- That's it, that's the groove -- Through no fault of my own -- Swallowed by a song -- What did you expect? -- There are the roots of rhythm -- I've got nothing to apologize for -- The whole world whispering -- Phantom figures in the dust -- The teacher -- See what's become of me.
To have been alive during the last sixty years is to have lived with the music of Paul Simon. The boy from Queens scored his first hit record in 1957, just months after Elvis Presley ignited the rock era. As the songwriting half of Simon & Garfunkel, his work helped define the youth movement of the sixties. On his own in the seventies, Simon made radio-dominating hits. He kicked off the eighties by reuniting with Garfunkel to perform for half a million New Yorkers in Central Park. Five years later, Simon's album Graceland sold millions and spurred an international political controversy. And he's not finished: Simon's latest album, Stranger to Stranger, debuted at No.3 on the Billboard album charts when it was released in June 2016. The grandchild of Jewish emigrants from Galicia in the Austro-Hungarian empire, the 75-year-old singer-songwriter has sold more than one hundred million records, won fifteen Grammy awards, and been installed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. Simon has also played significant, often controversial, roles in many major events of the last sixty years: from Tin Pan Alley to Spotify; from the civil rights era to the antiapartheid movement; from the Monterey Pop Festival to Saturday Night Live, Woody Allen's Annie Hall, the rebirth of the modern Broadway musical, and beyond. A life story with the scope and power of an epic novel, Peter Ames Carlin's Homeward Bound reveals one of the most influential popular artists in American history as he has never been seen before: as a boy and a man, an artist and a businessman, a lover and husband, and the living animation of America's ever-changing definitions of personal and cultural identity.--From dust jacket.

Moscow nights : the Van Cliburn story : how one man and his piano transformed the Cold War

October 25, 2016
Cliff, Nigel, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016.
viii, 452 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
First movement: sognando. The prodigy ; Room 412 ; The successor ; Van Cliburn Days ; The secret speech ; The red moon -- Second movement: volante. To Russia, with love ; "Vanya, Vanyusha!" ; "We are in orbit" ; "American Sputnik" ; The last romantic ; "He played the piano and the world was his" ; "He's better than Elvis by far!" ; In the heat of the kitchen ; Khrushchev in the capitalist den ; Back in the USSR ; Sole diplomacy ; Endgame -- Third movement: pianoforte. America's pianist ; Great expectations ; The summit -- Coda.
A dramatic account of the life of Cold War pianist Van Cliburn describes his early years as a musical prodigy in Texas and the ways he charmed both American and Russian audiences, helping to ease tensions between the two nations.

Taylor Swift : this is our song

October 25, 2016
Conroy, Tyler, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
xiv, 287 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Part One: The early years -- Twelve-year-old performs at 76ers game / Jeremy Carroll -- A review of Taylor Swift / Rick Bell -- 20 questions with Taylor Swift / -- My music, MySpace, my life / Jon Caramanica -- Prodigy : the rise of Taylor Swift / Sasha Frere-Jones -- A review of Fearless / Robert Christgau -- Taylor Swift : growing into superstardom / George Hatza -- The unabridged Taylor Swift / Austin Scaggs -- The very pink, very perfect life of Taylor Swift / Vanessa Grigoriadis -- The Tao of Tay / Taylor Swift -- Part Two: Crossover -- A review of Speak Now / Rob Sheffield -- Princess crossover / Chris Willman -- A review of Speak Now / Robert Christgau -- You belong with me / Lizzie Widdicombe -- A review of Red / Robert Christgau -- If you listen closely, Taylor Swift is kind of like Leonard Cohen / Brad Nelson -- Taylor Swift in wonderland / Brian Hiatt -- Just kidding, love sucks / Tavi Gevinson -- Platinum underdog / Jody Rosen -- Taylor Swift : girl detective / Larissa Zageris and Kitty Curran -- Part Three : 1989 and beyond -- To apple, love Taylor / Taylor Swift -- A review of 1989 / Robert Christgau -- Taylor Swift: "Sexy? Not on my radar" / Hermione Hoby -- A review of 1989 / Robert Christgau -- Taylor Swift : a Socratic dialogue / Jared Smith -- A reasonable conversation about Taylor Swift's new album, which is the best album ever / Jane Hu and Jen Vafidis -- "Anything that connects": a conversation with Taylor Swift / Melissa Block -- On the road with best friends Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss / Jada Yuan -- No blank space, baby: Taylor Swift is the soul of Ryan Adams / Ann Powers -- Taylor Swift on "Bad Blood", Kanye West, and how people interpret her lyrics / Chuck Klosterman -- I'm sorry, Taylor Swift / Maggie Shipstead -- Taylor Swift as you've never seen her before / Jason Gay.
Ten years ago, an unknown sixteen-year-old released a self-titled debut country album. A decade later, Taylor Swift has reached record-breaking, chart-topping heights. A ten-time Grammy winner, Swift has been hailed for her songwriting talent, crossed effortlessly from country to pop, and established herself as a musician who can surprise, delight, and inspire, all while connecting with her fans in a way that only she can. Amazingly, after all these years, there is no great, comprehensive book about Swift for her fans--until now. This book, a fan-generated celebration of Swift's first decade as an artist, collects the best writing and images from the past ten years in one gorgeous volume. From prefame interviews in local Pennsylvania newspapers to major profiles; from album reviews by top critics to essays by beloved novelists; from album-themed crossword puzzles and adult coloring pages to profiles of Taylor's biggest fans; from an excerpt of the soon-to-be-published novel Taylor Swift: Girl Detective to a "book within a book" of Swift's most inspiring quotations titled (naturally) The Tao of Tay, this book is the vital collection of all things Taylor.--Adapted from dust jacket.

T Bone Burnett : a life in pursuit

October 19, 2016
Sachs, Lloyd, author.
viii, 260 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Opening chorus : on top of the world (or close) -- Sound citizen -- The outsider -- Player in the band -- Alpha male -- Spiritual gumshoe -- Master builder -- Co-conspirator -- Seeker -- Svengali -- Imagist -- Native son -- Mentor -- Hit man -- Reluctant artist -- Starmaker -- Company man -- Coen brother -- Soundtrack auteur -- Minimalist -- Lead actor -- Alchemist -- Jazz man -- Blues man -- Senior adviser -- Audio activist -- Dylanologist -- Televisionary -- Back to the futurist.

New York rock : from the rise of the Velvet Underground to the fall of CBGB

October 19, 2016
Blush, Steven, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2016.
xiii, 480 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction. To the five boroughs -- Funky but chic : the New York rocker -- Alchemy : the Precedents -- Waiting for the man : the Velvet Underground -- Looking for a kiss : glitter rock -- Faster & louder : punk/new wave -- Too many creeps : post-punk/no wave -- Blood, sweat & no tears : New York hardcore -- Headkick facsimile : East Village noise rock, scum rock + anti-folk -- Drums along the Hudson : proto-alt/garage revival -- Psycho-head blowout : East Village biker rock, jam bands, Black Rock Coalition, goth/industrial -- Now I got worry : indie rock -- Degenerated : 90s punk revival + '00s New York rock revival -- Here today, gone tomorrow : fall of CBGB -- Ask the angels : epilogue.

Conversations with McCartney

October 13, 2016
Du Noyer, Paul, interviewer, author.
xv, 352 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Things he said today -- Rocker with a lolly ice -- How to become a Beatle -- The toppermost -- It started to be art -- My dark hour -- Rage against the machine -- The astronaut and the moon -- Starting from scratch -- Soaring -- Wings folded -- Of frogs and firemen -- That's a great idea, Eddie! -- British light music -- John -- Unfinished business -- Apollo C. Vermouth -- A pot of gold -- This magic experiment -- Beyond the smile -- Living is easy with nice clothes -- Heaven and earth -- Punks and rivals -- If I were not upon the stage -- Another wide prairie -- More cowbell -- Do it now -- Fallibility -- Linda -- Love -- Finale: fifty favourites.
An intimate portrayal of the musical icon, largely in his own words, draws on years of meetings between McCartney and the author and includes candid discussions of the artist's inspirations, creative process, beliefs, and achievements.

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