The titles in this category are all about the different kinds of music we like. Well, mostly.

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  1. Weird Scenes Inside The Canyon

    Weird Scenes Inside The Canyon: Laurel Canyon, Covert Ops And The Dark Heart Of The Hippie Dream


    Laurel Canyon in the 1960s and early 1970s was a magical place where a dizzying array of musical artists congregated to create much of the music that provided the soundtrack to those turbulent times. Learn More
  2. Tormented Saint

    Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith


    Elliott Smith was one of the most gifted songwriters of the '90s, adored by fans for his subtly melancholic words and melodies. Learn More
  3. The Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song

    The Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song


    The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song is a rich and compelling original graphic novel that tells the story of the Carter Family—the first superstar group of country music—who made hundreds of recordings and sold millions of records. Learn More
  4. So Long, Marianne

    So Long, Marianne: A Love Story


    At 22, Marianne Ihlen travelled to the Greek island of Hydra with writer Axel Jensen. Axel wrote and Marianne kept house, until the day Axel abandoned her and their newborn son for another woman. One day while Marianne is shopping in a little grocery store, in walks a man who asks her to join him and some friends outside at their table. He introduces himself as Leonard Cohen, then a little-known writer. Learn More
  5. Nick Drake: Dreaming England

    Nick Drake: Dreaming England


    Since his death in 1974 at the age of twenty-six, singer-songwriter Nick Drake has gained a huge international audience and come to be thought of as the epitome of English romanticism. But while his small body of work has evoked poetic comparisons with Blake and Keats, closer inspection of Drake’s music reveals many global and cosmopolitan influences that confound his status as an archetypal English troubadour. Learn More
  6. The Nashville Sound

    Nashville Sound: Bright Lights and Country Music


    While on a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard, journalist and novelist Paul Hemphill wrote of that pivotal moment in the late sixties when traditional defenders of the hillbilly roots of country music were confronted by the new influences and business realities of pop music. Learn More
  7. Johnny Cash: The Life (paperback)

    Johnny Cash: The Life


    The definitive biography of an American legend. Learn More
  8. Hear My Sad Story

    Hear My Sad Story: The True Tales That Inspired "Stagolee," "John Henry," and Other Traditional American Folk Songs


    In 2015, Bob Dylan said, "I learned lyrics and how to write them from listening to folk songs. And I played them, and I met other people that played them, back when nobody was doing it. Sang nothing but these folk songs, and they gave me the code for everything that's fair game, that everything belongs to everyone." Learn More
  9. Family Tradition

    Family Tradition: Three Generations of Hank Williams


    Covering three generations of Hank Williams, Family Tradition is both unique and vast in scope. Learn More
  10. Dylan Goes Electric!

    Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties


    ne of the music world’s pre-eminent critics takes a fresh and much-needed look at the day Dylan “went electric” at the Newport Folk Festival, timed to coincide with the event’s fiftieth anniversary. Learn More
  11. Don't Suck, Don't Die

    Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt


    "Friend, asshole, angel, mutant,” singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt “came along and made us gross and broken people seem . . . I dunno, cooler, I guess." Learn More
  12. Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead

    Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead


    The Grateful Dead are perhaps the most legendary American rock band of all time. For thirty years, beginning in the hippie scene of San Francisco in 1965, they were a musical institution, the original jam band that broke new ground in so many ways. Learn More
  13. Darkest America

    Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip-Hop


    An exploration and celebration of a controversial tradition that, contrary to popular opinion, is alive and active after more than 150 years. Learn More
  14. Dance of Death

    Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist


    John Fahey is to the solo acoustic guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric: the man whom all subsequent musicians had to listen to. Learn More
  15. Buried Country

    Buried Country: The Story of Aboriginal Country Music


    It was country music that first gave Aboriginal people a voice in modern Australia, long before it was commonplace for Aboriginal dance companies to tour the world or for Central Desert “dot paintings” to sell for astronomical sums. Learn More
  16. Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World (trade paperback edition)

    Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World


    The remarkable life and times of the man who popularized American folk music and created the science of song. Learn More

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