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Misc. Music Guides

Start and Run Your Own Record Label by by Daylle Deanna Schwartz


Start and Run Your Own Record Label Product Details: ISBN: 0823084337
Format: Paperback, 304pp
Pub. Date: November 2003
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications, Incorporated
Edition Description: Revised

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For anyone interested in starting their own record label -- because they want to make a career from scouting signing, and marketing new talent, or because they want to produce and promote their own music -- now is the time! As veteran author Daylle Deanna Schwartz reveals in this new, updated and expanded edition of Start & Run Your Own Record Label, today's market offers more opportunity than ever before to make money as an independent record label.

Start & Run Your Own Record Label is the perfect guidebook to building your own record business from the ground up. Written from the perspective of an industry insider who started and ran her own record label, and packed full of A-Z advice, tips, and solid how-to information from industry pros, this indispensable reference offers useful strategies for novices and professionals alike. Now, the successful first edition of this book has been rewritten to reflect recent changes in the music industry, and it's even more comprehensive, authoritative, and practical. Start & Run Your Own Record Label reflects interviews with over 100 industry pros. including Danny Goldberg (chairman and CEO of Artemis Records), recording artist EL-P (Definitive Jux Records). Dave Roberge (president of Everfine Records), recording artist Jonatha Brooke (Bad Dog Records), Damon Dash (founder of Roc-a-Fella records); the five top indie distributors (ADA, Navarre, Caroline, Red, Koch); as well as the editors of top music magazines, radio MDs, and industry publicists.


Customer Reviews

Fus (fustarhymes@gmail.com), Director of A&R, Indytronic Records, 08/12/2005 stars

This is a must have book for any experience level
Weather your a seasoned veteran or new to the business, this book is for you. Use it to touch up on what you already know, or use it to learn what you need to know. This book made a HUGE impact on the way our record label runs. I suggest this to ANYONE intrested in building a solid record label foundation. The book is easy to read without all the techinal jargon and terms, but not so simple that you get poor information. Not convinced? Go to your local Barns n' Noble today and give it a look.

Dale Hayes Jr., starting my own record label, 11/24/2003 stars

Starting a Label
This book is definitely required reading if you are trying to start your own label without much experience. Me, I am only 20 years old, and have no experience in the music or business areas, and this book is definitely a key to my learning foundation. It's not ALL you need to know, but it definitely will tell you a lot about exactly what the title says. It will help you 'Start and Run Your own Record Label,' and will give ANYONE a leg up. I don't care how long you've been involved in the industry, or how much you THINK you know, don't pass up the book unless you've written one yourself.

A reviewer, a gospel music lover, 09/23/2003 stars

Don't hesitate! Get this book!
This book is outstanding. I'm an aspiring gospel label owner and I was a total newbie in the music industry. After reading Schwartz's book, I understand so much more. I like the way she breaks it down and uses examples and people who are currently in the biz to emphasize important points. I highly recommend this to anyone who is in the dark about the biz. People now come to me asking me questions about the biz. It's great! Thanks so much, Daylle Schwartz. This book is just what I needed.

A reviewer (nycemusic@hotmail.com), A reviewer, 08/16/2002 stars

All you need
I read this book and was very impressed. If you have a gut feeling about the music business this is a fundamentally sound back-up to that feeling. Step by step this is all you need to get a good overview of starting your own label.

Also recommended: All you need to know about the music business. Everything you'd better know about the music business.

A reviewer, A reviewer, 07/12/2002 stars

EXCELLENT FOUNDATION BOOK
Daylle Deanna Schwartz wrote an excellent survey book on how to start and run a record label. It is a book for people who are interested in starting their own music label, managers, artist, etc. I would truly recommend this book to anybody who is tossing the idea around in their head about entrepeneurship in music, college students(like me), or an artist and personal manager who is sick of waiting to get signed by a major label! Her topics ranges from Distributions, copyrights, Marketing and promotion, Radio airplay, and internatinal market, among others. Schwartz also includes tips from other indpendent label owners, distributers, publicist, journalist, and Program and music directors at college and commercial radios. She emphasizes HARDWORK, PROFESSIONALISM, PERSISTENCE, MARKETING and PROMOTING your artist. Also make sure you have a great lawyer and search for the money trail (government grants, investors, loans, etc) to start up your label. After reading this book the next step you need to do if you are truly serious and ready to work HARD and SMART is research each individual topics ranging from starting a small business, to business plans, Distribution and copyrighting,MARKETING AND PROMOTION, etc!!! There is also books on internet promotion that are more up to date. The key here is to RESEARCH and not just use this one book for all the answers. Invest in going to music seminars, people. People aren't going to you, you have to go to them and get in THEIR face!!! I can't wait to read her other music book. One more thing: she was a high school teacher, but she had the faith, motivation and drive to start her own label in this shark infested and diseased industry. Schwartz REASEARCHED and worked HARD and SMART. YOU have to start somewhere!!! For all those who wrote negativly about the book: YOU TRY WRITING A BOOK ON THE MUSIC INDUSTRY FROM EXPERIENCE!! That was thoughtful she even decided to write on starting a label. People aren't willing to share ideas on staring a label in the idustry especially since it seems like a fad! Everyone has one, it's the latest craze(sarcasim)!!!



Start and Run Your Own Record Label by by Daylle Deanna Schwartz


Start and Run Your Own Record Label Product Details: ISBN: 0823084337
Format: Paperback, 304pp
Pub. Date: November 2003
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications, Incorporated
Edition Description: Revised

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For anyone interested in starting their own record label -- because they want to make a career from scouting signing, and marketing new talent, or because they want to produce and promote their own music -- now is the time! As veteran author Daylle Deanna Schwartz reveals in this new, updated and expanded edition of Start & Run Your Own Record Label, today's market offers more opportunity than ever before to make money as an independent record label.

Start & Run Your Own Record Label is the perfect guidebook to building your own record business from the ground up. Written from the perspective of an industry insider who started and ran her own record label, and packed full of A-Z advice, tips, and solid how-to information from industry pros, this indispensable reference offers useful strategies for novices and professionals alike. Now, the successful first edition of this book has been rewritten to reflect recent changes in the music industry, and it's even more comprehensive, authoritative, and practical. Start & Run Your Own Record Label reflects interviews with over 100 industry pros. including Danny Goldberg (chairman and CEO of Artemis Records), recording artist EL-P (Definitive Jux Records). Dave Roberge (president of Everfine Records), recording artist Jonatha Brooke (Bad Dog Records), Damon Dash (founder of Roc-a-Fella records); the five top indie distributors (ADA, Navarre, Caroline, Red, Koch); as well as the editors of top music magazines, radio MDs, and industry publicists.


Customer Reviews

Fus (fustarhymes@gmail.com), Director of A&R, Indytronic Records, 08/12/2005 stars

This is a must have book for any experience level
Weather your a seasoned veteran or new to the business, this book is for you. Use it to touch up on what you already know, or use it to learn what you need to know. This book made a HUGE impact on the way our record label runs. I suggest this to ANYONE intrested in building a solid record label foundation. The book is easy to read without all the techinal jargon and terms, but not so simple that you get poor information. Not convinced? Go to your local Barns n' Noble today and give it a look.

Dale Hayes Jr., starting my own record label, 11/24/2003 stars

Starting a Label
This book is definitely required reading if you are trying to start your own label without much experience. Me, I am only 20 years old, and have no experience in the music or business areas, and this book is definitely a key to my learning foundation. It's not ALL you need to know, but it definitely will tell you a lot about exactly what the title says. It will help you 'Start and Run Your own Record Label,' and will give ANYONE a leg up. I don't care how long you've been involved in the industry, or how much you THINK you know, don't pass up the book unless you've written one yourself.

A reviewer, a gospel music lover, 09/23/2003 stars

Don't hesitate! Get this book!
This book is outstanding. I'm an aspiring gospel label owner and I was a total newbie in the music industry. After reading Schwartz's book, I understand so much more. I like the way she breaks it down and uses examples and people who are currently in the biz to emphasize important points. I highly recommend this to anyone who is in the dark about the biz. People now come to me asking me questions about the biz. It's great! Thanks so much, Daylle Schwartz. This book is just what I needed.

A reviewer (nycemusic@hotmail.com), A reviewer, 08/16/2002 stars

All you need
I read this book and was very impressed. If you have a gut feeling about the music business this is a fundamentally sound back-up to that feeling. Step by step this is all you need to get a good overview of starting your own label.

Also recommended: All you need to know about the music business. Everything you'd better know about the music business.

A reviewer, A reviewer, 07/12/2002 stars

EXCELLENT FOUNDATION BOOK
Daylle Deanna Schwartz wrote an excellent survey book on how to start and run a record label. It is a book for people who are interested in starting their own music label, managers, artist, etc. I would truly recommend this book to anybody who is tossing the idea around in their head about entrepeneurship in music, college students(like me), or an artist and personal manager who is sick of waiting to get signed by a major label! Her topics ranges from Distributions, copyrights, Marketing and promotion, Radio airplay, and internatinal market, among others. Schwartz also includes tips from other indpendent label owners, distributers, publicist, journalist, and Program and music directors at college and commercial radios. She emphasizes HARDWORK, PROFESSIONALISM, PERSISTENCE, MARKETING and PROMOTING your artist. Also make sure you have a great lawyer and search for the money trail (government grants, investors, loans, etc) to start up your label. After reading this book the next step you need to do if you are truly serious and ready to work HARD and SMART is research each individual topics ranging from starting a small business, to business plans, Distribution and copyrighting,MARKETING AND PROMOTION, etc!!! There is also books on internet promotion that are more up to date. The key here is to RESEARCH and not just use this one book for all the answers. Invest in going to music seminars, people. People aren't going to you, you have to go to them and get in THEIR face!!! I can't wait to read her other music book. One more thing: she was a high school teacher, but she had the faith, motivation and drive to start her own label in this shark infested and diseased industry. Schwartz REASEARCHED and worked HARD and SMART. YOU have to start somewhere!!! For all those who wrote negativly about the book: YOU TRY WRITING A BOOK ON THE MUSIC INDUSTRY FROM EXPERIENCE!! That was thoughtful she even decided to write on starting a label. People aren't willing to share ideas on staring a label in the idustry especially since it seems like a fad! Everyone has one, it's the latest craze(sarcasim)!!!



Exile on Main St.: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones by by Robert Greenfield, Dominic Tarle (Photographer)

Exile on Main St.: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones
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Product Details: ISBN: 0306814331
Format: Hardcover, 272pp
Pub. Date: November 2006
Publisher: Da Capo Press

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The shocking, decadent, true story behind the making of the Rolling Stones' beloved double album Exile on Main Street

Recorded during the blazing-hot summer of 1971 in the basement of Keith Richards's palatial mansion by the sea in the south of France, Exile on Main Street freezes forever in time a moment when the Stones and their counterculture audience found themselves at a crossroads. Groundbreaking music journalist Robert Greenfield was there.

Night after night for weeks on end while their wives, girlfriends, and a crew of assorted hangerson unrivalled in the history of rock smoked marijuana and hashish, snorted cocaine, drank whatever they could get their hands on, and injected themselves with heroin upstairs, the Stones descended like coal miners into a dank, humid basement to lay down tracks.

As Mick and Keith were writing the songs that eventually comprised Exile, a variety of celebrities, among them John and Yoko Ono Lennon and Gram Parsons, descended on the villa, and so did a sinister band of local drug dealers known to one and all as "les cowboys." While the work of recording any album is rarely joyful and the Stones themselves were already known to be perfectionists in the studio, the process that brought Exile on Main Street into the world was an exercise in extreme group dynamics unparalleled even in their own tortured history. Literally and figuratively, this was a record made in hell.

Author Biography: Robert Greenfield is the author of the classic account of the Stones' 1972 tour, S.T.P., and co-author of Bill Graham Presents, as well as Dark Star: An Oral Biography of Jerry Garcia and a forthcoming biography of Timothy Leary. He lives in Carmel, California.


From the Critics

Publishers Weekly
By 1971, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones and Janis Joplin were dead and Jim Morrison soon would be. Equally troubled, the Rolling Stones, those bad boy icons of the era, took their decadent circus to the French Riviera to escape British taxes and record an album. In a slang-filled present tense, Greenfield (Dark Star: An Oral Biography of Jerry Garcia) gives good gossip about the mayhem that ensued at the Villa Nellcote, the palatial mansion and supposed former Gestapo headquarters that Keith Richards rented as his getaway. Greenfield tells of who slept with whom, Keith's outlaw antics and the massive amounts of drugs consumed. The central story, however, is the struggle between Keith and Mick Jagger, who was increasingly drawn to high society, typified by his marriage to Bianca Perez-Mora. A who's who of celebs passed through Nellcote that summer, including John Lennon and Yoko Ono and Gram Parsons. In the last analysis, it's amazing that the Stones managed to record an album at all, but Exile on Main Street may well be their greatest. Greenberg's writing is cliched at times, but his account is energetic. In the end, he takes sides (Keith's mostly) and settles scores, but that only ups the entertainment value. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal
In an effort to escape their considerable British tax obligations, the Rolling Stones fled England in 1971 for Keith Richards's rented mansion in the south of France, Villa Nellcote. Aside from the band members themselves, a variety of hangers-on, celebrities, drug dealers, and local hoods passed through the estate, creating the decadent, vaguely dangerous atmosphere that prevailed while the Stones recorded their seminal double album, Exile on Main St. Greenfield, who wrote about the Stones's 1972 tour (S.T.P.), was there and leaves nothing to the imagination in this grandiose chronicle of a record and an era. Richards is introduced as "our hero" and the recently departed Brian Jones as "The Ghost." In short, this is primarily tabloid material and reads as such. Recounting in lurid detail all the drug taking, sexual dalliances, treachery, and dissipation, Greenfield purposefully avoids focusing on the music itself, which he regards as generally overrated. For that, try John Perry's Exile on Main St.: The Rolling Stones or Bill Janovitz's The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. For die-hards only.-Dave Valencia, King Cty. Lib. Syst., Seattle Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Decadence, death and, oh yeah, the making of the quintessential Stones album. Journalist Greenfield is no stranger to the Rolling Stones' camp: He penned STP: A Journey Through America With the Rolling Stones, the 1974 fly-on-the-wall account of the English rock band's '72 U.S. tour. The current volume is a sort of prequel about the making of the epochal titular two-LP set, cut in 1971-72 under unusually taxing circumstances. Adopting the amused, ironic tone of an 18th-century novelist, Greenfield recounts the aberrant birthing of the album during a blazing summer of sessions at guitarist Keith Richards's rented mansion in the south of France, where the five Stones escaped tax exile. The writer devotes a few pages to the tensions that arose between his putative "hero" Richards and lead singer Mick Jagger, as a newly detoxed Richards grappled (unsuccessfully) with his heroin addiction and Jagger wrestled with the highfalutin' demands of his jet-setting new wife Bianca. Engineer Andy Johns chimes in on the difficulties of recording in a jerry-built basement studio so hot that guitars would instantly go out of tune. But the bulk of the book is devoted to the adventures of the Stones' hangers-on (many of whom would meet dope-related demises not long after that fateful season), the machinations of the local dope-dealers ("les cowboys") and the addled antics of Richards's beautiful, deranged significant other, Anita Pallenberg. Exactly how Richards and Jagger managed to find time to write the material for their classic album amid all this madness remains obscure. What matters most to Greenfield are the plentiful sensational aspects of the tale, and the grim fates that awaited the pop stars,Grand Prix drivers and errant heiresses who serve as colorful minor players. The narrative peters out when the Stones travel to the relatively subdued environs of Los Angeles to finish their tortured masterwork. There's much sleaze to be found in these pages, but precious little about how the Stones forged their rock-'n'-roll art.




The Dark Side of the Moon: The Making of Pink Floyd's Masterpiece by John Harris

The Dark Side of the Moon: The Making of Pink Floyd's Masterpiece
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Product Details: ISBN: 0306813424
Format: Hardcover, 192pp
Pub. Date: October 2005
Publisher: Plenum Publishing Corporation

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A behind-the-scenes, in-depth look at the making of one of the greatest sonic masterpieces and most commercially successful albums of all time.

Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) is one of the most beloved albums of all time. A sonically stunning exploration into dark themes of madness, death, anxiety, and alienation, it has sold a staggering 30 million copies worldwide, and continues to sell 250,000 copies a year. Besides being perhaps the most fully realized and elegant concept album ever recorded, The Dark Side of the Moon was also one of the most technically advanced LPs of its day. It has aged remarkably well and still sounds as contemporary and cutting edge as it did on the day it was released. A perfect blend of studio wizardry and fearless innovation, The Dark Side of the Moon is illuminated by John Harris's exploration of the band's fractured history, his narrative skill, and his deft exploration of the album's legacy, such as its massive influence on bands like Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails.

Drawing on original, new interviews with every member of the band-bassist and chief songwriter Roger Waters, guitarist Dave Gilmour, keyboardist Rick Wright, and drummer Nick Mason-The Dark Side of the Moon is a must-have for the millions of devoted fans who desire to know more about one of the most timeless, compelling, commercially successful, and mysterious albums ever made.

Author Biography: John Harris, author of Britpop!: Cool Britannia and the Spectacular Demise of English Rock, has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo, Q, The Independent, NME, Select, and New Statesmen. He lives in Hay on Wye, England.


From the Critics

Read Magazine
"Provide[s] interesting insight...Offers new and candid interviews...A good read...Contains a load of great photos."

Brain Damage 8/9/05
"A fascinating read, full of interviews done specifically for the book."

Publishers Weekly
Harris (Britpop!) provides a meticulous if rather circumscribed account of the talented people behind an enigmatic album that has sold so many copies (30 million) that, Harris notes, one British magazine speculated it was "virtually impossible that a moment went by without it being played somewhere on the planet." The author triumphs at using research and interviews with the Pink Floyd members to bring to life the dilemmas they faced while making the 1973 album, including the incapacitating mental illness of original leader Syd Barrett and the arrival of new member David Gilmour. Given Pink Floyd's dramatic, often challenging music and its undeniable air of mystery, the book also excels in humanizing the musicians through candid portrayals of their everyday highs and lows while The Dark Side of the Moon evolved. But for all the wealth of perspective from those in and around the band regarding the album's creation, the book doesn't explain why Dark Side has endured. With the album's poignant exploration of themes like insanity, human divisiveness and greed set to innovative sounds, Dark Side's staggering (and continuing) sales are fascinating. As it stands, the book is richly detailed but hardly revelatory. 50 b&w photos. (Nov. 15) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.




The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia by Michael Gray

The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia
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Product Details: ISBN: 0826469337
Format: Hardcover, 832pp
Pub. Date: June 2006
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
Edition Description: BK&CD-ROM

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The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia is one of the most wide-ranging, informed, entertaining, provocative, and compulsively readable books ever written about popular music. It's the culmination of over thirty years of dedicated research and scholarship by Michael Gray.

Inside these pages, you'll find a world of ideas, facts, and opinions. It's a world in which Baudelaire flows on from the Basement Tapes and A.S. Byatt looks out at the Byrds; in which Far from the Madding Crowd follows Ezekiel and Bob Geldof introduces Jean Genet; and in which Hank and William Carlos Williams stand side by side while J.R.R. Tolkien trails the Titanic. Most of all, of course, it's a world in which everyone and everything interconnects, in endlessly fascinating ways, with one of our greatest living artists: Bob Dylan.


From the Critics

Library Journal
If any popular musician merits an 800-plus page encyclopedia, it is Bob Dylan. This massive effort covers many of his songs, albums, and film work, as well as just about every personality associated with the folk singer/rock star. But this is no dry reference tome: Dylan expert Gray (Mother: The Frank Zappa Story; Song and Dance Man III: The Art of Bob Dylan) writes in the brash and opinionated style often associated with the British popular music press (he is, after all, a Briton). For example, writing of Dylan's onetime lover Joan Baez, he notes the "strident gauchery of her rigid delivery." While he praises Robbie Robertson's "intelligent, never-faltering, beguiling guitar work," he chides the "ego and domination" of his takeover of the Band in the post-Dylan years. Entries also cover diverse influences from Bertold Brecht to T.S. Eliot to Blind Willie Johnson. Bottom Line Gray freely quotes from a variety of sources, in addition to relying on his own considerable knowledge, helpfully including source notes at the end of most entries. Overall, this is an amazingly well-researched and surprisingly readable work. Recommended for larger public and all music libraries. [The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland will host an exhibit on Bob Dylan through September; Gray will speak at the museum on August 30. Ed.] Dave Valencia, King Cty. Lib. Syst., WA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.




A Hard Day's Write: The Stories Behind Every Beatles Song by Steve Turner

A Hard Day's Write: The Stories Behind Every Beatles Song
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Product Details: ISBN: 0060844094
Format: Paperback, 224pp
Pub. Date: October 2005
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Edition Description: NEW&UPDTD

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A lavishly illustrated, rollicking account of the real people and events that inspired the Beatles' lyrics.


From Our Editors

The Barnes & Noble Review
Was there really a Polythene Pam? Where are Strawberry Fields? What connection does the actor Peter Fonda have with the song She Said She Said? In this book music journalist Steve Turner shatters some well-worn myths and reveals many unknown stories behind every Beatle Song, from "I Saw Her Standing There" to Abbey Road's "The End." The lyrics that have been etched in our collective memories take on new meaning as the ordinary people and events behind each song are revealed. Arranged chronologically by album and packed with color and black and white photographs and illustrations, A Hard Day's Write is hard to put down. Look up one song and you find yourself stopping to read about the others as the mini-stories recount how private incidents influenced the Beatles, collectively and as individual artists. A longtime Beatles admirer, Turner tracked down and interviewed the real-life subjects of the songs, probed public records, and newspaper archives, and spoke in depth to the personalities closest to the Beatles. The result is a book no Beatles fan should be without.


Albums

500 Greatest Albums of All Times by Joe Levy (Editor), Rolling Stone Magazine Editors (Editor)

500 Greatest Albums of All Times
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Product Details: ISBN: 1932958614
Format: Hardcover, 224pp
Pub. Date: October 2006
Publisher: Wenner Books
Edition Description: REPRINT

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From the editors of Rolling Stone magazine comes a new book, The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time a tribute to the finest popular music of all time. Whether you're looking for advice to round out your music collection or just inspiration for a heated argument, Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time is the essential guide to the best music of modern times from the world's greatest music magazine. The albums included in this comprehensive book were chosen by 273 of the world's pre-eminent musicians and critics ranging from Fats Domino to Moby. From the Beatles' Sgt. Peppers to Nirvana's Nevermind, Ray Charles' The Birth of Soul to the White Stripes Elephant, this book is packed with classics. Behind-the-scenes stories of the making of these albums are included, as well as rare photos of legendary recording studios including Abbey Road and Muscle Shoals. Topping the list of 500 are Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (the Beatles, 1967), Pet Sounds (the Beach Boys, 1966), Revolver (the Beatles, 1966), Highway Revisited (Bob Dylan, 1965), Rubber Soul (the Beatles, 1965), What's Going On (Marvin Gaye, 1971), Exile on Main Street (the Rolling Stones, 1972), London Calling (the Clash, 1980), Blonde on Blonde (Bob Dylan, 1966 ), and The White Album (the Beatles, 1968 ).

Joe Levy is a deputy managing editor of Rolling Stone Magazine where he has overseen the magazine's music coverage since 1997. A former editor at Details, Spin and the Village Voice, he is also a frequent on-air contributor to VH1 and MTV.
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Customer Reviews

Roger (rajrocks@cox.net), a album list junkie, 02/20/2006 4 out of 5
Adds to the original
Those of you thinking this is a carbon copy of the Rolling Stone issue it came out of are wrong. The albums reviews are straight from the magazine. However, the editors have deleted or changed some of the greatest hits collections. This added changed about 10-20 albums that were not in the magazine. That reason alone made this a must-have for a list junkie like myself. Also enjoyable were the vibrant color prints of the album covers.



1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery (Editor)

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

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Product Details: ISBN: 0789313715
Format: Hardcover, 960pp
Pub. Date: February 2006
Publisher: Rizzoli

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1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die is a highly readable list of the best, the most important, and the most influential pop albums from 1955 through 2003. Carefully selected by a team of international critics, each album is a groundbreaking work seminal to the understanding and appreciation of music from the 1950s to the present. Included with each entry are production details and credits as well as reproductions of original album cover art. Perhaps most important of all, each album featured comes with an authoritative description of its importance and influence. Among the critics involved in selecting the list are some of the best known music reviewers and commentators, including Theunis Bates (music writer for Time and urban editor at worldpop.com), Jon Harrington (staff writer at MTV), Seth Jacobson (writer for Dazed & Confused), as well as many others.


From the Critics

Library Journal
Many reference works are highly enjoyable to browse, and some are downright addictive! Case in point: these two delightful compilations of all the awesome albums to hear and books to read before departing Planet Earth. Organized chronologically (Albums are sorted by decade and Books by century), the two volumes devote a page-long entry to each album and/or book summarizing what makes it exceptional. Quibbles naturally abound, but the point here is not to agree but to simply have fun leafing through the glossy pages. You need not order these for your library, but you probably wouldn't mind keeping them for yourself. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.




Top Pop Singles 1955-2002 by Joel Whitburn

Top Pop Singles 1955-2002

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Product Details: ISBN: 0898201551
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: June 2004
Publisher: Record Research, Incorporated

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A full 48 years in the making, Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2002 (10th Edition) is by far the biggest and best edition of our bestseller we've ever published. From vinyl 45s to CD singles to album tracks, here - and only here - are the more than 25,000 titles and 6,000 artists that appeared on Billboard's Pop music charts from January, 1955 through December, 2002. Painstakingly researched and brimming with basic chart facts, detailed artist and title data, plus great new features and format changes that make it more useful than ever!



Vinyl Hayride by Paul Kingsbury, Country Music Hall of Fame (Manufactured by)

Vinyl Hayride

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Product Details: ISBN: 0811835723
Format: Paperback, 128pp
Pub. Date: April 2003
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC

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A kaleidoscope of rhinestones, flashy cars, boots, and guitars, Vinyl Hayride proudly exhibits the classic album covers that define country music's look and style. From the cartoon illustrations of the 1940s to the glamour shots of the 1980s, this is a one-of-a-kind collection of more than 250 classic album covers. Author Paul Kingsbury painstakingly unearthed the best from deep in the vaults of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, home to the world's most complete country music record collection. A visual history of the genre, Vinyl Hayride revels in both the charm and the humor inherent in the country music attitude. It's album-sized and heavy on the twang—in other words, a must-have for fans of classic album graphics, country music, and hillbilly style.



Mastering Engineer's Handbook by Bobby Owsinski, Sally Englefried, Sally Englefried

Mastering Engineer's Handbook

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Product Details: ISBN: 0872887413
Format: Paperback, 288pp
Pub. Date: January 2001
Publisher: Course Technology, Inc.

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Everything you've always wanted to know about the art of music mastering is now available in one book! Peek into a top-flight mastering house and see the tools of the trade, explore the secrets of making hot masters, and learn rules for frequency balancing and dither. Learn how CDs work and how they're made, and relive mastering history with a separate chapter on mastering for vinyl and how records are pressed. This book extensively covers stereo mastering and also looks into the future with an expansive section on surround mastering and multi-channel delivery. Features interviews with such mastering giants as Bernie Grundman, Bob Ludwig, Glenn Meadows, Doug Sax and others.



Rockin' Down the Highway The Cars and People that Made Rock Roll by Paul Grushkin, Mike Ness (Foreword by)

Rockin' Down the Highway: The Cars and People that Made Rock Roll

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Product Details: ISBN: 0760322929
Format: Hardcover, 234pp
Pub. Date: November 2006
Publisher: MBI Publishing Company

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In the world of music, a car is inspiration, a symbol of freedom and style, and often a way to hit the road and get to the gig. From Robert Johnson's "Terraplane Blues" to rapper Xzibit's hit MTV show, "Pimp My Ride," from pink Cadillacs and L'il Deuce Coupes and Roadrunners, cars have been a constant theme in rock-n-roll. Perhaps it's because references to cars in American song are so pervasive that no one has ever attempted the daunting task of exploring the connection . . . until now. In this beautifully produced volume, best-selling music writer Paul Grushkin draws on renowned photographers, lauded poster artists, and top private archives to present a thematic illustrated examination of the remarkable 50-plus-year synergy between rock music and motoring, from early R&B to surf to metal to punk to hip-hop. The result is astounding. Dozens of acclaimed photographers (including Steve Coonan, Jim Marshall, Henry Diltz, Glen E. Friedman, and Pamela Springsteen), illustrators (Stanley Mouse, Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, Darrell Mayabb, and Coop, among them), and poster artists (including Mark Arminski, Stainboy, and Kathleen Judge) have participated. Rockers like Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton, the Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, Snoop Dogg, and Billy F Gibbons are just a few of the hundreds of artists whose associations with automobiles are celebrated here. The book is replete with anecdotes and commentary from famous musicians, as well as "ordinary" rock-n-rollers who've loved rock and cars equally with a passion.

Customer Reviews

janeeskilson@comcast.net, a real rock & roll kinda gal!, 11/27/2006  
great, great book about cars and rock & roll
I got this book for my husband. He's a car guy, and he loves to listen to rock & roll in his Trans-Am (and so do I, 'cause I grew up on classic rock). So when I saw this book had just been published, I jumped on it. I took a look at it before I stashed it away for him for Christmas, and I was floored. TONS of great photos, art, and historical pieces like rare records. And I spent some time reading a few of the stories too. The author did a great job. My husband will be blown away, I just know.

Richard D. Whiteford (Savebiosphere3@Verizon.net), A reviewer,
11/19/2006  
Rockin' Down the Highway
Rockin’ Down the Highway by Paul Grushkin on Voyageur Press is a superb book about cars. It’s about rock & roll songs about cars, and rock & roll stars and their relationship to their cars. Packed with fabulous photos of stars like Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Randy Newman, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, The Jackson Five, The Four Tops, Janis Joplin, and so many more that there isn’t enough room here to list, this book takes you on a fantastic back-stage tour of the stars and their cars. If you are more motor-head than rock & roller you won’t be disappointed. From the little deuce coup to Elvis’ gold Cadillac to Springsteen’s broken down GMC pickup truck to Cadzzilla, to the Dodge Demon this book displays some of the hottest and most creative vehicles that rock & rollers drove and sang about. Paul Grushkin’s book is a brilliant combination of the two most important icons of the rock & roll era, cars and stars. The brilliant photos, posters and memorabilia along with the stunning art work rates this book five stars in my book. It is a must have. Richard D. Whiteford Rock & roll talent agent at International Creative Management in the 70’s.



Art of Modern Rock by Paul Grushkin, Dennis King

Art of Modern Rock

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Product Details: ISBN: 081184529X
Format: Hardcover, 492pp
Pub. Date: October 2004
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC

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Authoritative, eye-popping, and massive, Art of Modern Rock is the first and last word on contemporary concert posters. An art form that has grown hand-in-hand with the independent music scene, heralding small and large gigs alike, the posters have emerged from visually creative street-level notices to prized collectibles rendered in a variety of styles and media. Today's poster artists combine the expressive freedom pioneered in the poster revolution of the 1960s with the attitude and the do-it-yourself approach of the punk scene, creating an unprecedented surge of innovative poster production on an international scale. Featuring over 1,600 exemplary rock posters and flyers from over 200 international studios and artists, Art of Modern Rock is the long-anticipated sequel to coauthor Paul Grushkin's The Art of Rock. Profiles and quotes from the pioneers in the field and their emerging heirs share nearly 500 gloriously packed pages of poster after mind-blowing poster. As brash and colorful as the burgeoning scene it documents, Art of Modern Rock is the must-have book for music and poster fans and collectors.

Author Biography: Paul Grushkin is the author of the best-selling The Art of Rock: Posters from Presley to Punk and an acknowledged expert in rock merchandise. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dennis King is a premier collector and dealer of rock posters and memorabilia. He lives in Berkeley, California. Wayne Coyne is the lead singer and primary video director and poster artist for the Grammy-nominated band the Flaming Lips. He lives in Oklahoma.

Customer Reviews

Mimi, a lover of art, 02/08/2005  
Art of Modern Rock, ROCKS!
I loved the compilation in this book. All the rock icons that I adore have posters in this book. A wonderful addition in my collection!

Joe Blitz (rockmus@comcast.net), A reviewer,
11/14/2004  
beautiful rock & roll artbook
What a spectacular book! All the great modern rock posters. Nearly two thousand of 'em. I bought it, then couldn't put it down. A couple hours went by. Man, such talented artists. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone who loves rock & roll, and poster art. Number one with a bullet!



Rock & Roll Triviologies by Aleken Games

Rock & Roll Triviologies

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Product Details: ISBN: 0641729359
Format: Other
Pub. Date: June 2006
Publisher: Aleken Games

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Explore the different decades of Rock and Pop music, the artists and their relationships, different music venues and a vast treasure of music trivia.

Play the game and show your rock and roll iq!

You can play Rock and Roll Triviologies™ with 2 or more players, individually or in teams.

Assemble a five-piece band by landing on and answering questions from the decade or music category spaces.


 


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