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Diary of a Madman: The Geto Boys, Life, Death, and the Roots of Southern Rap

Scarface · It Books
Pages: 223
Format: Print book

From Geto Boys legend and renowned storyteller Scarface, comes a passionate memoir about how hip-hop changed the life of a kid from the south side of Houston, and how he rose to the top-and ushered in a new generation of rap dominance. ?Scarface is the celebrated rapper whose hits include...
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So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead

David Browne · Da Capo Press
Format: Hardcover

Fifty years after they first came together and changed the sound of rock 'n' roll, the Grateful Dead remain one of rock's most beloved bands - a musical and cultural phenomenon that spans generations and paved the way for everything from the world of jam bands and the idea of independently...
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Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records

Amanda Petrusich · Scribner; Reprint edition
Format: Hardcover

The untold story of a quirky and important subculture: The world of 78rpm records and the insular community that celebrates them - by acclaimed music critic and author Amanda Petrusich, who contributes regularly to Pitchfork, The Oxford American, and The New York Times.Before MP3s, CDs,...
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Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock's Failed Revolution

Jon Fine · Viking
Format: Hardcover

* A New York Times Summer Reading List selection * A Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2015 * A memoir charting thirty years of the American independent rock underground by a musician who knows it intimately Jon Fine spent nearly thirty years performing and recording with bands...
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The Black Panthers: Portraits from an Unfinished Revolution

Bryan Shih · Nation Books
Pages: 288
Format: Print book

October 2016 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party, an organization that remains one of the most misunderstood of the twentieth century. But beyond the labels of "extremist" and "violent" that have marked the party, and behind charismatic...
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The Sci-Fi Movie Guide: The Universe of Film from Alien to Zardoz

Chris Barsanti · Visible Ink Press; Second Edition edition
Format: Paperback

Once upon a time, science fiction was only in the future. It was the stuff of drive-ins and cheap double-bills. Then, with the ever-increasing rush of new, society-altering technologies, science fiction pushed its way to the present, and it busted out of the genre ghetto of science fiction...
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Runnin' with the Devil: A Backstage Pass to the Wild Times, Loud Rock, and the Down and Dirty Truth Behind the Making of Van Halen

Noel Monk · Dey Street Books
Pages: 342
Format: Hardcover

The manager who shepherded Van Halen from obscurity to rock stardom goes behind the scenes to tell the complete, unadulterated story of David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, and the legendary band that changed rock music.Van Halen's rise in the 1980s was one of the most thrilling the music world...
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Keepers: The Greatest Films--and Personal Favorites--of a Moviegoing Lifetime

Richard Schickel · Knopf Publishing Group
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

From a legendary film critic and movie fan extraordinaire, the highlights reel of a life spent at the movies Richard Schickel has seen, by his own estimate, more than twenty thousand films. He has been a reviewer since 1965 (long for Time magazine), has written almost forty books on the subject,...
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This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information

Kyle Cassidy · Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
Pages: 240
Format: Print book

In 2014, author and photographer Kyle Cassidy published a photo essay on Slate.com called "This is What A Librarian Looks Like," a montage of portraits and a tribute to librarians. Since then, Cassidy has made it his mission to remind us of how essential librarians and libraries...
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The Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice, and Liberty City

Luther Campbell · Amistad Press
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

The raw and powerful true story of how one man invented Southern Hip-Hop, saved the First Amendment, and became a role model for his disenfranchised Miami neighborhood - living proof that one person can make a difference in the world.A rap artist, wealthy musical entrepreneur, high school...
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The House by the Lake: One House, Five Families, and a Hundred Years of German History

Thomas Harding · Picador USA
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover

A Finalist for the Costa Book AwardLonglisted for the Orwell PrizeNamed a Best Book of the Year byThe Times (London) * New Statesman (London) * Daily Express (London) * Commonweal magazine In the summer of 1993, Thomas Harding traveled to Germany with his grandmother to visit a small...
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Practical Folk Art: Create Beautiful and Decorative Pieces in the Folk Art Tradition, with 35 Projects

Stewart and Sally Walton · Lorenz Books
Format: Hardcover

A celebration of country folk art, with beautiful pieces to make for the home using traditional craft-making techniques such as punched tinware, wood carving, cross stitch and stencil painting.
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Rumours of Glory: A Memoir

Bruce Cockburn · Harper One
Pages: 530
Format: Hardcover

Following the success of I'm Your Man and Just Kids, legendary Canadian singer and songwriter Bruce Cockburn delivers his long-awaited memoir - a chronicle of faith, fear, and activism that is also a lively cultural and musical tour through the late twentieth century.Award-winning songwriter...
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Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How "The Graduate" Became the Touchstone of a Generation

Beverly Gray · Algonquin Books
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

"Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?" When The Graduate premiered in December 1967, its filmmakers had only modest expectations attached to what seemed to be a small, sexy, art house comedy adapted from an obscure first novel by an eccentric twenty-four-year-old....
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