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Allen Klein book coverAllen Klein: The Man Who Bailed Out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll
By Fred Goodman
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
In A Word: Businesslike

[T]he book offers a full-blooded portrait of a fascinating and, in music business terms, quite significant personality…. Goodman – who has reported on the business of music for decades – is the ideal writer to tell Klein’s story. His treatment of Klein is supremely even-handed, yet he pulls no punches.”

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Cover.How Music Got FreeHow Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy
by Stephen Witt
(Viking)
In A Word: Illuminating

“How do you make a technology story come alive? Tell it through its personalities, those crazy geeks with their compulsions, flaws and skewed views of the world…. [R]eaders will close the book with concern not only for the future of music, but for the quality of life of those who make and market it.”

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So Many Roads coverSo Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead
By David Browne
(Da Capo Press)
In A Word: Deep, man…

“[L] ess a biography than scenes from a musical marriage…. [A] smart and satisfying read.”

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Albertine book coverClothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys
by Viv Albertine
(Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press)
In A Word: Unsparing

“Viv Albertine [of The Slits] has written an honest and arresting memoir…. [A] fascinating look at the life of a musician.”

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Sound-Man3Sound Man
by Glyn Johns
(Blue Rider Press)
In A Word: Vivid

A “personable, absorbing memoir…. [R]efreshingly sensible and down-to-earth, demonstrating a self-effacing wisdom that makes it easy to understand why rock’s royalty entrusts its music to his skills.”

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FLEETWOOD - US JACKET FINAL 9.4.14Play On: Now, Then, And Fleetwood Mac
By Mick Fleetwood & Anthony Bozza
(Little Brown)
In A Word: Grooves

“[I]n the final analysis, a very touching love story about his deep and abiding affection for music, drumming, his band and its current and past players, the diverse albums and songs the group has created over the years, his ex-wives and former lovers” and more.

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Dancing With Myself
By Billy Idol
(Touchstone)
In A Word: Confessional

“The book outlines a devastating path of heroin addiction, as well as many episodes freebasing crack…. [W]orth reading in order to discover both Billy Idol, warts and all, as well as William Broad, the man behind the self-created persona.”

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