Bill Baars

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Hurricanes: A Memoir

A roller-coaster ride. Fans of Ross’s work as well as his music-making projects with some of hip-hop’s most acclaimed artists will race through this one.


Build: The Power of Hip Hop Diplomacy in a Divided World

An inspiring study of U.S. efforts to bridge cultures and collaborate around the globe, and a reminder of the power of art to unite us.

Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan

It’s been 29 years since Vaughan’s passing; this is the book fans have been waiting for.

Ruffhouse: From the Streets of Philly to the Top of the ’90s Hip-Hop Charts

Fans of these artists will love the insider information on the recording process and the trials and tribulations of getting this music out into the world

Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest

Abdurraqib evokes the sensation listeners get at the end of the last track of a wonderful recording, that recognition of having just heard something remarkable. His perceptive work will drive fans back to the original music.

Chamber Music: Wu-Tang and America (in 36 Pieces)

Not just a fascinating take on an important piece of work, this is an eye-opening offering for fans of contemporary music.

Let Fury Have the Hour

These diverse voices define our cultural, social, and political landscape and provide a blueprint for the next generation who hope to find themselves "on the right side of history." Recommended.—Bill Baars, formerly with Lake Oswego P.L., OR

Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc

Though stories of contemporary musicians occupy a crowded field, this one's a cut above the rest. Tweedy proves himself delightful company, and, as with his music, readers will hear this resonating long after they've finished.—Bill Baars, formerly of Lake Oswego P.L., OR

Serenade for Haiti

Exquisitely filmed and optimistic, this production finds the delight in the midst of turmoil and chaos. It is a wonder to watch the students find the right notes and to see teachers, parents, and children reach a place of harmony.—Bill Baars, formerly with Lake Oswego P.L., OR

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