David P. Szatmary

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The Beatles: Get Back

This work illuminates both the camaraderie and growing dissatisfaction among the creative Beatles. Because the book is so in-depth, casual music fans likely won’t pick it up, but Beatlemaniacs will find it a strong companion to the upcoming three-part documentary Get Back by director Peter Jackson, who also contributes the book’s foreword.
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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: My Life in the Music Business

Entertaining, straightforward, and honest, Copeland offers an engaging look at the fascinating acts he worked with and the inner workings of the music business during the past 50 years. Rock fans and general readers alike will be delighted.
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Eruption: Conversations with Eddie Van Halen

Fans and guitar enthusiasts will appreciate this fresh look at the legendary Van Halen, with an emphasis on his technical wizardry; their work will supplement other books about the Van Halen legacy.
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Neil Young on Neil Young: Interviews and Encounters

This fascinating account of a wildly productive, sometimes brilliant, sometimes self-absorbed rock icon will supplement Jimmy McDonough’s well-received Shakey: Neil Young’s Biography and Young’s autobiography, Waging Peace: A Hippie’s Dream.

The Blues Dream of Billy Boy Arnold

Arnold’s heartfelt, honest, insider’s view of Chicago blues from the 1940s onward will be essential to anyone interested in blues and the origins of rock and roll.
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Beast: John Bonham and the Rise of Led Zeppelin

Though he unearths little new material, Kushins builds upon previous Zeppelin books and brother Mick Bonham’s account (John Bonham: The Powerhouse Behind Led Zeppelin). Die-hard fans and readers who aren’t already familiar with Zeppelin lore will find this a well-written, lively, and balanced biography.

King of the Blues: The Rise and Reign of B. B. King

With this fast-moving, informative, evenhanded, and exhaustive biography, de Visé vividly captures King’s life.

Immortal Axes: Guitars That Rock

Rock’s popularity has lately been eclipsed by rap and electronic dance music, but Johnson enthusiastically reminds readers about the dominance of raging, explosive electric guitars and the fiery guitarists who helped define music during the last half of the 20th century.
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Dead Man’s Curve: The Rock ’n’ Roll Life of Jan Berry

A comprehensive, accurate, and balanced account of a rock icon who was talented, impulsive, and driven, though sometimes difficult and dismissive. Crammed with minutia and drawn-out stories, this work will appeal to rock fans.
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