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Jul 27

Music Notes: Tune in to these musical biographies

Posted on July 27, 2017 at 5:15 PM by Elizabeth Land

Notes from the Music Staff logoStaff Note: Notes from the Music Staff is a series of posts discussing what the library offers music fans. From our widely varied collection of music CDs to our nonfiction and fiction books covering all aspects of music, we've got something for everyone and we want to share our love of music with you!

The Notes from the Music Staff column endeavors to share some interesting facts about music while highlighting some of our music collection. But we aren’t just fans of our musical offerings. We also love to read books about music, especially biographies of some of the fascinating musicians whose music we carry. This month, tune in to these recent and new biographies of your favorite musicians.

  • Book cover for George Harrison Behind the Locked DoorGeorge Harrison: Behind the locked door by Graeme Thomson — Draws on interviews to track the Beatle through his many changes and conflicts, from schoolboy guitarist to global superstar, and examines his struggle to walk a spiritual path while avoiding the temptations of fame.
  • MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson by Steve Knopper — The ultimate critical biography of the King of Pop: a panoramic, vivid, and incisive portrait of Michael Jackson that explores and celebrates his influence in music, dance, and popular culture, drawing on 400 interviews.
  • Gone 'til November by Lil Wayne — 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.
  • The Most Beautiful: My life with Prince by Mayte Garcia — A candid assessment of the iconic musician's personal and professional life by his first wife traces their long-distance courtship, marriage, and creative partnership as well as the challenges that compromised their romance.
  • Book cover for Born to Run by Bruce SpringsteenBorn to Run by Bruce Springsteen — Traces the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's life from his childhood in a Catholic New Jersey family and the musical experiences that prompted his career to the rise of the E Street Band and the stories behind some of his most famous songs.
  • The Only Pirate at the Party by Lindsey Stirling — A classically trained musician gone rogue, Lindsey Stirling is the epitome of independent, millennial-defined success: after being voted off the set of America's Got Talent, she went on to amass more than ten million social media fans, record two full-length albums, release multiple hits with billions of YouTube views, and tour sold-out venues across the world. Lindsey is not afraid to be herself. In fact, it's her confidence and individuality that have propelled her into the spotlight. But the road hasn't been easy.
  • Hank: The short life and long country road of Hank Williams by Mark Ribowsky — After he died in the backseat of a Cadillac at the age of twenty-nine, Hank Williams — frail, flawed man who had become country music's most compelling and popular star — instantly morphed into its first tragic martyr. Tracing the singular rise of a music legend, this biography reintroduces us to an American original whose legacy, like a good night at the honkytonk, promises to carry on and on.
  • In Search of Pharrell Williams by Paul Lester — Pharrell Williams is one of the biggest names on today's top 40 charts. Pharrell's music is inescapable, but his story — his life and influences — has been largely left unreported. In this first major biography of Williams, Paul Lester draws on interviews with Williams and his family and friends to show fans the man behind the music.
  • I am Brian Wilson: A memoir by Brian Wilson — The memoirs of the legendary co-founder of the Beach Boys offer insights into his difficult relationship with his father, the women in his life, his parenting experiences, and the events that inspired his music.