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After “Happily Ever After”: Romantic Comedy in the Post-Romantic Age

This work, which is aimed primarily at academics, demonstrates that the fantasy of the rom-com lives on, in the same ways and new ones.

Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop

Take out your magnifying glass and dig into these famous shots. Whether readers are familiar with or new to the music, they'll appreciate this oversize full-color tome that communicates the energy, power, culture, and images of hip-hop. [See also Mahnaz Dar's "Testifying to the Power of Hip-Hop at the New York Public Library,"]

Rap Dad: A Story of Family and the Subculture That Shaped a Generation

Myths are busted, rhymes are decoded, and lives are unpacked. The theme is ultimately love, and this work will resonate with rap lovers and memoir fans.

The First Time: Stories & Songs from Music Icons

A delight for browsers; put this eye-catching title on display and watch it fly off the shelves.—Lani Smith, Ohone Coll. Lib., Fremont, CA

Beastie Boys Book

Highly recommended for fans of the trio as well as public libraries and academic collections serving students of music, cultural, and American studies and U.S. history. [See Prepub Alert, 4/9/18.]

Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan

This inspiring book about an artist who disliked being labelled traces Vaughan's life and its intersection of music with race and gender. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/17.]

Captain Fantastic: Elton John's Stellar Trip Through the '70s

A perfectly timely look back at the Seventies and Elton John's career as he turns 70 years old.

In the Midnight Hour: The Life & Soul of Wilson Pickett

Pickett's energy, creativity, and genius shine in this book. A must-read for Pickett fans, and a promising introduction for those who need a push to hear his music and get converted.

Love for Sale: Pop Music in America

This beautifully told history of popular music, like a great pop song, is full of memorable lines. [See Prepub Alert, 4/18/16.]

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