Musician Lives in Books

Mick Jagger, Jim Croce, The Beach Boys and Neil Young are just a few of the names that are the inspiration for several memoirs and biographies popping up this summer and being published this fall. The library has some titles already and will be acquiring many more upon release. Listed below are a few you will want to check out. Later this fall stay tuned for Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir, Bruce: The Innocence, the Darkness, the Rising (Bruce Springsteen), The Troublemaker: A Story of Faith, Redemption, and Staying True to Your Deepest Beliefs (Willie Nelson), The Soul of It All (Michael Bolton), Life is a gift: The Zen of Bennett (Tony Bennett), Luck or Something Like It (Kenny Rogers), The John Lennon Letters (John Lennon), Waging Heavy Peace (Neil Young), Who I Am: A Memoir (Pete Townsend), and Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story (Wyclef Jean).

IS he Jumpin’ Jack Flash? A Street Fighting Man? A Man of Wealth and Taste? All this, it turns out, and far more. By any definition, Mick Jagger is a force of nature, a complete original—and undeniably one of the dominant cultural figures of our time. Swaggering, strutting, sometimes elusive, always spellbinding, he grabbed us by our collective throat a half-century ago and—unlike so many of his gifted peers—never let go. For decades, Mick has jealously guarded his many shocking secrets—until now. As the Rolling Stones mark their 50th anniversary, journalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Christopher Andersen tears the mask from rock’s most complex and enigmatic icon in a no-holds-barred biography as impossible to ignore as Jagger himself.

Revealing and intimate, based on more than 100 interviews with key figures in his life, this is the definitive biography of Queen front man Freddie Mercury, one of pop music’s best-loved and most complex figures. As lead vocalist for the iconic rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury’s unmatched skills as a songwriter and flamboyant showmanship made him a superstar, and Queen a household name. But few people ever really glimpsed the man behind the glittering faÇade.

The summer of 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of one of the world’s most beloved bands The Beach Boys, and for the first time, they have reformed with the three surviving original members for a 50 date international tour and a studio album. Reflecting on the long and fascinating history of the 60’s super group, 50 Sides of The Beach Boys chronicles the story behind 50 of the band’s greatest songs from the perspective of band members, collaborators, fellow musicians and notable fans.

Jim Croce, singer-songwriter of the #1 hits Bad Bad Leroy Brown andTime in a Bottle, was at the height of his career when his life was cut short in a plane crash while on tour. Just 30 years old on September 20, 1973, Jim was revered by an adoring audience for his gentle melodies and everyman demeanor. Now, for the first time, this memoir reveals the man behind the denim jackets and signature mustache, a hard-working, wry charmer who was also beset with exhaustion at the sheer magnitude of his own success. I Got a Name, told with full access to everyone who knew and loved Jim Croce, is at once a revealing portrait of a great artist and a moving love story.

Imagine a world without “Blue Moon” or “My Funny Valentine.” Not possible, and arts journalist Marmorstein (Hollywood Rhapsody) gives a full-scale account of the lyricist, infusing his text with plenty of Harts own magical words. An unforgettable portrait of an exuberant yet troubled artist who so enriched the American songbook. Gary Marmorstein’s revelatory biography, A Ship Without a Sail,  includes many of the lyrics that define Hart’s legacy—those clever, touching stanzas that still move us or make us laugh.

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