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  1. 9.7 hrs • 2/2/2016 • Unabridged

    In this long-awaited memoir the groundbreaking record producer chronicles his struggles, his success, and the celebrated artists that made him a legend. Legendary music producer L. A. Reid—the man behind artists such as Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, Kanye West, Rihanna, TLC, Outkast, Pink, Justin Bieber, and Usher—changed the music business forever. Now, he tells his story, taking fans on an intimate tour of his life. Sing to Me is a fascinating journey from Reid’s small-town R&B roots in Cincinnati, Ohio, and his work as a drummer to his fame as a Grammy Award–winning music producer and his gig as a judge on the hit reality show, The X Factor. Reid takes readers behind the scenes of the music industry, charting his rise to fame and sharing stories of the countless singers he’s met, nurtured, and molded into stars. Part music memoir, part inspirational business guide, this engrossing memoir showcases Reid’s trademark passion and ingenuity and introduces a multifaceted genius who continues to shape pop culture today.

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    Sing to Me

    9.7 hrs • 2/2/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 9.2 hrs • 6/16/2015 • Unabridged

    What happens when an entire generation commits the same crime? How Music Got Free is a riveting story of obsession, music, crime, and money, featuring visionaries and criminals, moguls and tech-savvy teenagers. It’s about the greatest pirate in history, the most powerful executive in the music business, a revolutionary invention, and an illegal website four times the size of the iTunes music store. Journalist Stephen Witt traces the secret history of digital music piracy, from the German audio engineers who invented the mp3, to a North Carolina compact-disc manufacturing plant where factory worker Dell Glover leaked nearly two thousand albums over the course of a decade, to the high-rises of midtown Manhattan where music executive Doug Morris cornered the global market on rap, and, finally, into the darkest recesses of the Internet. Through these interwoven narratives, Witt has written a thrilling book that depicts the moment in history when ordinary life became forever entwined with the world online—when, suddenly, all the music ever recorded was available for free. In the page-turning tradition of writers like Michael Lewis and Lawrence Wright, Witt’s deeply-reported first book introduces the unforgettable characters—inventors, executives, factory workers, and smugglers—who revolutionized an entire art form, and it reveals for the first time the secret underworld of media pirates that transformed our digital lives. An irresistible never-before-told story of greed, cunning, genius, and deceit, How Music Got Free isn’t just a story of the music industry—it’s a must-listen history of the Internet itself.

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    How Music Got Free

    9.2 hrs • 6/16/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 8.0 hrs • 5/5/2015 • Unabridged

    A passionate memoir and fearless behind-the-scenes look at the personal lives of the biggest reggae stars in the world Doctor Dread has committed his life to producing reggae music and releasing it on his label, RAS Records. He has become one of the world’s foremost reggae producers and has worked with almost all the genre’s icons: Bunny Wailer, Black Uhuru, Ziggy and Damian Marley, Gregory Isaacs, and others. This book, full of behind-the-scenes stories, has shocking chapters that reveal aspects of reggae never before explored.

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    The Half That’s Never Been Told by Doctor Dread

    The Half That’s Never Been Told

    Introduction by Bunny Wailer
    Produced by Buck 50 Productions
    Read by Cary Hite
    8.0 hrs • 5/5/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 15.1 hrs • 6/17/2014 • Unabridged

    Cowboys and Indies is the definitive record-business bible, chronicling the pioneers who set the stylus on the most important labels and musical discoveries of the last century. The narrative follows all the musical trends and developments from the phonograph to the Internet age as it delves behind the big business of corporate hit machines and the diligent industry of small, curated labels. Drawing from memoirs, archives, and over one hundred exclusive interviews with legends of the record industry—including the founders and CEOs of Virgin, United Artists, Atlantic, and A&M Records—this book reveals the secrets behind the hit-making craft. Cowboys and Indies focuses on the game changers—the indie founders, talent scouts, legendary A&R men—believers who understood the music business was two distinct parts: first music, then business. An industry insider himself, Gareth Murphy culls numerous behind-the-scenes anecdotes to bring together a clear genealogical map of the record industry’s 130-year international history. Among its revelations, Cowboys and Indies highlights the remarkable similarities between the industry crash of the 1920s and ’30s and the recent CD crash. Witty and evocative, Cowboys and Indies offers a fresh panoramic view of the cycles and grooves of pop music and is sure to top the charts with music industry classics like Hitmaker and The Mansion on the Hill.

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    Cowboys and Indies

    15.1 hrs • 6/17/14 • Unabridged
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    22.6 hrs • 2/19/2013 • Unabridged

    In this star-studded autobiography, Clive Davis shares a personal, candid look into his remarkable life and the last 50 years of popular music as only a true insider can do. In the history of popular music, no one looms as large as Clive Davis. His career has spanned more than 40 years, and he has discovered, signed, or worked with a staggering array of artists: Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Dionne Warwick, Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, Alicia Keyes, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Aretha Franklin, to name a few. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, and hosted the world’s highest-profile parties. In this personal account, Davis tells all, from becoming an orphan in high school and getting through college and law school on scholarships to being falsely accused of embezzlement and starting up his own record company, J Records. His wealth of experiences offers valuable insight into the evolution of the music business over the past half-century and into the future. Told with Davis’ unmatched wit, frankness, and style, The Soundtrack of My Life exposes a trove of never-before-heard stories—some hilarious, others tragic, all revealing—that will captivate and inspire all music lovers. 

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    The Soundtrack of My Life

    By Clive Davis, with Anthony DeCurtis
    22.6 hrs • 2/19/13 • Unabridged
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    13.2 hrs • 5/1/2012 • Unabridged

    Best known as a founding member and principal songwriter of the iconic band Talking Heads, David Byrne has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the insightful How Music Works, Byrne offers his unique perspective on music—including how music is shaped by time, how recording technologies transform the listening experience, the evolution of the industry, and much more.

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    How Music Works

    13.2 hrs • 5/1/12 • Unabridged
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  7. 9.0 hrs • 5/7/2008 • Unabridged

    For twenty years, Merge Records has remained true to their belief that you can sign bands because you love their music and respect what they’re trying to do. As giant corporate labels struggle for survival, Merge has, in the unlikeliest of times, garnered a loyal group of artists and a secure and growing fan base and, most important, has brought us some of the best music of our time. Our Noise tells the story of how Merge did it and continues to do it, through the eyes of cofounders Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance, their fellow band members, friends, and the bands who signed on with them. It includes interviews with and profiles of Superchunk, Butterglory, Neutral Milk Hotel, Lambchop, Spoon, the Magnetic Fields, and Arcade Fire.

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    Our Noise by John Cook

    Our Noise

    By John Cook with Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance
    Read by Ray Porter
    9.0 hrs • 5/7/08 • Unabridged
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