David P. Szatmary

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Biography of a Phantom: A Robert Johnson Blues Odyssey

McCormick conveys a wild enthusiasm for his research and the music of Robert Johnson that readers will find contagious.

Stomp and Shout: R&B and the Origins of Northwest Rock and Roll

In a tour de force, Blecha offers all music fans the definitive book about the highly significant but much neglected story of Northwestern U.S. rock.
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Blues on Stage: The Blues Entertainment Industry in the 1920s

Though this book doesn’t unearth much new material, Clark admirably assembles information about the era that will appeal to blues scholars.
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The McCartney Legacy, Vol. 1: 1969–73

Meticulously researching the topic and writing in a lively, conversational style, the coauthors have delivered the definitive work about the immediate post-Beatles times of Paul McCartney. It is likely to be too detailed for general readers but represents a treasure trove of information for Beatlemaniacs.
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Punk: The Definitive Guide to the Blank Generation & Beyond

Though not unearthing any new material or assembling the definitive guide to his subject, Weidman offers a rock-solid, well-informed overview of punk rock and its offspring for the uninitiated.

Saxophone Colossus: The Life and Music of Sonny Rollins

A memorable work that will become the standard biography of the saxophone giant and should be embraced by all jazz fans and general readers. Highly recommended.

Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story

Sometimes confessional, many times humorous, and always clever and entertaining, Bono has delivered a fascinating autobiography of a major force in popular music and world affairs for all readers.

Chuck Berry: An American Life

This account may become the standard biography that may appeal to general readers. Smith lauds Berry’s accomplishments in music but also characterizes him as a lonely, self-destructive, moody, and aggressively sexual man.
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Punk Paradox: A Memoir

The hard-driven Gaffin compellingly and eloquently describes the rewards and pitfalls of a career as successful musician and academic that will fascinate general readers.
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