David P. Szatmary

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The Notebooks of Sonny Rollins

Illuminating diary entries by a jazz legend; highly recommended reading for fans, musicians, and general audiences.
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American Hair Metal: Can’t Get Enough!

Largely rehashing material from the first edition, this book once again captures the rock ’n’ roll characteristics of hair metal for general readers and fans alike.
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Fade Away and Radiate: The Chrysalis Records Story

A compelling, fascinating account of the history behind Chrysalis Records that spans from the late ’60s to the aughts. Will appeal mostly to rock fans.

50 Oscar Nights: Iconic Stars & Filmmakers on Their Career-Defining Wins

In only four pages of text for each award winner, the book captures the strong feelings of camaraderie among the tight-knit film community, the tension-filled waiting period, the elation of victory, and the after-party giddiness or loneliness that the interviewees experienced. Highly recommended.

Loaded: The Life (and Afterlife) of the Velvet Underground

An informed narrative interspersed with quotes, this book paints a page-turning picture of the legendary Velvet Underground. Will appeal to general readers and rock aficionados.
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Lamestains: Grunge, Sub Pop and the Music of the Loser

A solid analysis, but it omits grunge’s impact and some of its icons.
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Elvis Remembered: Intimate Interviews from the Elvis International Archives, with the People Who Knew Him Best

In an oversized volume lavishly illustrated with dozens of photos, Powers successfully portrays Presley as a down-to-earth, generous, caring, and eventually lonely and drug-addicted icon and never bows to the usual sensationalism of most Presley accounts; general readers will find it refreshing, entertaining, and interesting.

The Amplified Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana

Readers might sometimes find there’s too much arcane minutia in this retrospective edition, but Azerrad has written a poignant afterword that makes this expanded version worth the shelf space. Nirvana fans will want to read it.

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Backstage & Beyond, Volume 2: 45 Years of Classic Rock Chats & Rants

Though not entirely filled with fresh information, the book includes enough new material to make the second volume of this set worthwhile for readers interested in more recent rock.
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