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Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour

Fans will enjoy this buoyant coming-of-age narrative by one of music’s most idiosyncratic performers.
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Can’t Slow Down: How 1984 Became Pop’s Blockbuster Year

Protracted dissections of events such as the Grammys may prove tedious, but pop fans with an appetite for nostalgia will find much to like.
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The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America

Fans will likely devour this title despite its problems, and the work has crossover appeal to young adult readers, who will be stirred by Lamar’s professional and personal journey. [See Prepub Alert, 4/15/20.]
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This Thing Called Life: Prince’s Odyssey, On and Off the Record

Karlen’s writing is too often barely coherent. Even devoted fans should skip.
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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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