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Updated February 23, 2024
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George Harrison: The Reluctant Beatle
Philip Norman
From the premiere Beatles biographer--author of the New York Times bestseller John Lennon: The Life and Shout!: The Beatles in Their Generation--a rare and "absorbing biography" (Wall Street Journal) of George Harrison, the most misunderstood and mysterious Beatle,...
Lou Reed: The King of New York
Will Hermes
"The only Lou Reed bio you need to read." --The Washington Post A Rolling Stone best music book of 2023 | One of Pitchfork's ten best music books of 2023 | A Variety best music book of the year | A Kirkus Reviews best nonfiction...
Snoop Dogg Presents Goon with the Spoon
Snoop Dogg
Following the breakout success of his first cookbook, From Crook to Cook, Snoop Dogg returns with this new collection of recipes in collaboration with his friend and iconic Bay Area rapper E-40. Drawing inspiration from both rappers' musical catalog, Snoop's VH1 show with Martha, and E...
Scattershot: Life, Music, Elton, and Me
Bernie Taupin
**NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER** An evocative, clear-eyed, and revealing memoir by Bernie Taupin, the lyrical master and long-time collaborator of Elton John "I loved writing, I loved chronicling life and every moment I was cogent,...
Into the Void: From Birth to Black Sabbath--And Beyond
"Geezer" Butler
A rollicking, effusive, and candid memoir by the heavy metal musician and founding member of Black Sabbath, covering his years as the band's bassist and main lyricist through his later-career projects, and detailing how one of rock's most influential bands formed and prevailed.  With...
World Within a Song: Music That Changed My Life and Life That Changed My Music
Jeff Tweedy
What makes us fall in love with a song? What makes us want to write our own songs? Do songs help? Do songs help us live better lives? And do the lives we live help us write better songs? After two New York Times bestsellers that cemented and expanded his legacy as one of America's best-loved...
Burn It Down: Power, Complicity, and a Call for Change in Hollywood
Maureen Ryan
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER An NPR Best Book of the Year In this spectacular, newsmaking exposé that has the entertainment industry abuzz and on its heels, Vanity Fair's Maureen Ryan blows the lid off patterns of harassment and bias in Hollywood,...
BROTHERS AND SISTERS the Allman Brothers Band and the inside story of the album that defined the '70s /
Paul, Alan,
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER New York Times bestselling author Alan Paul's in-depth narrative look at the Allman Brothers' most successful album, and a portrait of an era in rock and roll and American history. The Allman Brothers Band...
Abbey Road: The Inside Story of the World's Most Famous Recording Studio
David Hepworth
The incredible history of how Abbey Road became the most famous recording studio in the world.    "There are certain things that are mythical. Abbey Road is mythical."--Nile Rodgers Many people will recognize the famous crosswalk....
PARACHUTE WOMEN Marianne Faithfull, Marsha Hunt, Bianca Jagger, Anita Pallenberg, and the women behind the Rolling Stones /
Winder, Elizabeth,
The Rolling Stones have long been considered one of the greatest rock-and-roll bands of all time. At the forefront of the British Invasion and heading up the counterculture movement of the 1960s, the Stones' innovative music and iconic performances defined a generation, and fifty years later,...
BOGIE & BACALL The Surprising True Story of Hollywood's Greatest Love Affair
Mann, William J.
From the noted Hollywood biographer and author of The Contender comes this celebration of the great American love story--the romance between Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart--capturing its complexity, contradictions, and challenges as never before. In Bogie & Bacall, William Mann offers a...
FREAKS, GLEEKS, AND DAWSON'S CREEK How Seven Teen Shows Transformed Television
Glassman, Thea/ Armstrong, Jennifer Keishin (FRW)
The untold stories of seven revolutionary teen shows (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, My So-Called Life, Dawson's Creek, Freaks and Geeks, The O.C., Friday Night Lights, and Glee) that shaped the course of modern television and our pop cultural...
Charlie Chaplin vs. America: When Art, Sex, and Politics Collided
Scott Eyman
The "shocking" (The Wall Street Journal), must-read story of Charlie Chaplin's years of exile from the United States during the postwar Red Scare, and how it ruined his film career, from bestselling biographer Scott Eyman. Bestselling Hollywood biographer and film...
Madonna: A Rebel Life
Mary Gabriel
New York Times Editors' Choice, One of NPR's Best Books of the Year In this "infinitely readable" biography, award-winning author Mary Gabriel chronicles the meteoric rise and enduring influence of the greatest female pop icon of the modern era: Madonna (...
Elvis and the Colonel: An Insider's Look at the Most Legendary Partnership in Show Business
Greg McDonald
A fresh biography of legendary entertainment manager Colonel Tom Parker, with a contrarian and corrective point of view. Colonel Tom Parker, often reviled in his time, led the strategy from the earliest days of Elvis's career. Together, they built the most legendary...
Opposable Thumbs: How Siskel & Ebert Changed Movies Forever
Matt Singer
Once upon a time, if you wanted to know if a movie was worth seeing, you didn't check out Rotten Tomatoes or IMDB. You asked whether Siskel & Ebert had given it "two thumbs up." On a cold Saturday afternoon in 1975, two men (who had known each other for eight...
Head Over Heels: Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman: A Love Affair in Words and Pictures
Melissa Newman
Their love story is the stuff of Hollywood legend. Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman became not only movie stars and stage actors, but also artistic collaborators, political activists, and philanthropists whose legacies are expansive and enduringly modern. This visually immersive...
THE GOLDEN GIRLS a cultural history /
Giacomazzo, Bernadette,
"This book is a much-needed addition to the growing body of scholarship around this beloved sitcom. An essential read for The Golden Girls fans and media studies scholars alike." -- Library Journal, Starred Review Over the course of seven years and 180 episodes, The Golden Girls altered...
The book of James : the power, politics, and passion of LeBron /
Babb, Valerie,
The unique social, cultural, and political life of the incomparable LeBron James   LeBron James is the hero in two very American tales: one, a success story the nation loves; the other, the latest installment in an ongoing chronicle of American antiblackness. He...
Surely You Can't Be Serious: The True Story of Airplane!
David Zucker
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COMEDY BOOKS OF 2023 AT VULTURE Surely You Can't Be Serious is an in-depth and hysterical look at the making of 1980's comedy classic Airplane! by the legendary writers and directors of the hit film. Airplane!...
The Amplified Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana
Michael Azerrad
A downright revolutionary 30th-anniversary deluxe edition of the iconic bestselling biography of Nirvana, updated with exclusive new content exploring the personal and cultural forces that inspired the music, the author's friendship with Kurt Cobain and why multiple generations remain fascinated...
Daughter of the Dragon: Anna May Wong's Rendezvous with American History
Yunte Huang
Born into the steam and starch of a Chinese laundry, Anna May Wong (1905-1961) emerged from turn-of-the-century Los Angeles to become Old Hollywood's most famous Chinese American actress, a screen siren who captivated global audiences and signed her publicity photos-with a touch of defiance-...
THE MASTERS Conversations With Dylan, Lennon, Jagger, Townshend, Garcia, Bono, and Springsteen
Wenner, Jann S.
From New York Times bestselling author and Rolling Stone founder comes "a visit to the Mount Olympus of rock" in this remarkable collection of new and collected interviews with some of the greatest rock stars and cultural icons of our time (Kirkus Reviews). During...
Out There: The Science Behind Sci-Fi Film and TV
Ariel Waldman
Explore the science behind some of your favorite popular science fiction tropes--from escaping a black hole to riding a space elevator to the stars--in this illustrated guide from NASA advisor and host of the popular Tested podcast Offworld. 
LeBron
Jeff Benedict
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From the #1 bestselling author of The Dynasty and Tiger Woods--the "definitive...fantastic" (Sports Illustrated) biography of basketball superstar LeBron James, based on three years of exhaustive research and more than 250 interviews....
Toxic: The Story of Nine Famous Women in the Tabloid 2000s
Sarah Ditum
A scathing reexamination of the lives of nine female celebrities in the 2000s--Britney, Paris, Lindsay, Aaliyah, Janet, Amy, Kim, Chyna, and Jen--and the sexist, exploitative culture that let them down Welcome to celebrity culture in the early aughts: the reign of Perez Hilton,...
Leon Russell : the master of space and time's journey through rock & roll history /
Janovitz, Bill,
New York Times Bestseller The definitive biography of legendary musician, composer, and performer Leon Russell, a profound influence on countless artists, including George Harrison, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty,...
Sixty-One: Life Lessons from Papa, On and Off the Court
Chris Paul
Instant New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller! A powerful and unexpected memoir of family, faith, tragedy, and life's most important lessons. The day after future NBA superstar Chris Paul signed his letter of...
Talk of champions : stories of the people who made me : a memoir /
Smith, Kenny,
A revealing, humorous, behind-the-scenes memoir from Kenny "The Jet" Smith--superstar basketball commentator, host of the top-rated show, Inside the NBA, and two-time NBA champion. Smith reveals memorable inside stories of his playing and broadcasting careers, focusing on...
And don't f&%k it up : an oral history of RuPaul's drag race (the first ten years) /
Fernandez, Maria Elena,
A definitive history and celebration of the groundbreaking show RuPaul's Drag Race in its first decade, from a Burbank basement set all the way to the Emmy's, and every weave in-between, as told by its stars, producers and fans. Told over the first ten years...

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