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David Bowie Rainbowman: 1967–1980

Will impress music fans in any library and also appeal to those doing academic studies of Bowie and his era.

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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Folk Music: A Bob Dylan Biography in Seven Songs

An informative, if impressionistic, reflection on one of the 20th century’s greatest artists, by one of his biggest advocates.
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Lawrence Tierney: Hollywood’s Real-Life Tough Guy

A sad look at a promising career derailed and how the Hollywood establishment dealt with it.

The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man: A Memoir

Readers will want to savor the stories in this oral history-turned-autobiography and undoubtedly be motivated to watch or rewatch Newman’s many films.
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Straight Lady: The Life and Times of Margaret Dumont, “the Fifth Marx

While comedy fans will enjoy the reprised storylines and biographical vignettes, this multileveled work also offers media scholars a deeper look into Marx Brothers films in which Dumont was epochal and reflective of the era’s gender standards and mannerisms.
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Jimi

Legions of Jimi Hendrix fans will enjoy this lushly illustrated tribute. Recommended for all popular-music collections.
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Don Rickles: Merchant of Venom

A fun biography that should appeal to Don Rickles fans and those interested in the history of stand-up comedy.

The Pirate’s Wife: The Remarkable True Story of Sarah Kidd

Engaging and well-paced. While geared toward a general audience, this work is well-grounded in scholarly research and will likely appeal to many: the armchair historian and those with an interest in the golden age of piracy, colonial New York, and social and women’s histories.
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