Bill Baars

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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.

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

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

We're Still Here: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited

A great second chance to revisit a passionate project from the Man in Black. The performances are lovely and heartfelt, and the mood and message linger long after the last note is played.

Bitten by the Blues: The Alligator Records Story

A fascinating look at one of the great independent record labels, and producers, of our time. For blues fans, this one has teeth.

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