Amanda Westfall

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Sing Backwards and Weep: A Memoir

Told in a distinctively heavy voice, this warts-and-all account of addiction’s effect on one’s body and self-worth comes with heft and hits like a ton of bricks.
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Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture

This exhaustive history will please fans of obscure indie movements, though readers with a more general interest in the groups should try Robert Dean Lurie’s Begin the Begin.
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Doomed To Fail: The Incredibly Loud History of Doom, Sludge, and Post-Metal

Anselmi’s conversational tone, fervid storytelling, and passion for his subject combine for a fascinating piece of music history that the obsessive cult of metal fans will devour.
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Not Afraid: The Evolution of Eminem

Bozza’s eloquent tribute to Eminem will resonate with fans of hip-hop and enthusiasts of popular music biographies.

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Acid for the Children: A Memoir

Readers will find much to relate to in Flea’s life story and will hope that this isn’t the only entry in his writing career. [See Prepub Alert, 5/5/19.]
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It’s Garry Shandling’s Book

It’s fitting that a comic whose best-known role deconstructed the late night talk show host should have a book that obsessively deconstructs him. Shandling’s determination to pursue authenticity through his work will appeal to comedy fans and mindfulness practitioners. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/19.]
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Gilmore Girls: A Cultural History

Gilmore Girls is a worthy subject for this series, but only readers with a serious enthusiasm for the show will want a book-length study of the its themes.

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Blue: The Color of Noise

Despite its flaws, this account of an artist’s rise will touch readers who also discovered community and solace in music.

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A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons

Folds’s memoir is much like his songwriting-straightforward, wickedly smart, and with a heavy dose of self-deprecating humor.

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