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  1. 9.7 hrs • 8/16/2016 • Unabridged

    In this breathtaking cultural history filled with exclusive, never-before-revealed details, celebrated rock journalist Joel Selvin tells the definitive story of the Rolling Stones’ infamous Altamont concert in San Francisco, the disastrous historic event that marked the end of the idealistic 1960s. In the annals of rock history, the Altamont Speedway Free Festival on December 6, 1969, has long been seen as the distorted twin of Woodstock—the day that shattered the Sixties’ promise of peace and love when a concertgoer was killed by a member of the Hells Angels, the notorious biker club acting as security. While most people know of the events from the film Gimme Shelter, the whole story has remained buried in varied accounts, rumor, and myth—until now. Altamont explores rock’s darkest day, a fiasco that began well before the climactic death of Meredith Hunter and continued beyond that infamous December night. Joel Selvin probes every aspect of the show—from the Stones’ hastily planned tour preceding the concert to the bad acid that swept through the audience to other deaths that also occurred that evening—to capture the full scope of the tragedy and its aftermath. He also provides an in-depth look at the Grateful Dead’s role in the events leading to Altamont, examining the band’s behind-the-scenes presence in both arranging the show and hiring the Hells Angels as security. The product of twenty years of exhaustive research and dozens of interviews with many key players, including medical staff, Hells Angels members, the stage crew, and the musicians who were there, Altamont is the ultimate account of the final event in rock’s formative and most turbulent decade.

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    Altamont by Joel Selvin

    Altamont

    9.7 hrs • 8/16/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 5.0 hrs • 7/8/2016 • Unabridged

    Dumped by his fiancée, rising literary star Ferentz Lafargue had a chance encounter with the seminal Stevie Wonder album Songs in the Key of Life. Healed by the songs, Lafargue was inspired to look at how music has shaped his life. In this entertaining memoir, he shares recollections of Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, Kanye West, and many others.

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    Songs in the Key of My Life

    5.0 hrs • 7/8/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 7.8 hrs • 5/17/2016 • Unabridged

    Music critic Steven Hyden explores nineteen music rivalries and what they say about life Beatles vs. Stones. Biggie vs. Tupac. Kanye vs. Taylor. Who do you choose? And what does that say about you? Actually--what do these endlessly argued-about pop music rivalries say about us? Music opinions bring out passionate debate in people, and Steven Hyden knows that firsthand. Each chapter in YOUR FAVORITE BAND IS KILLING ME focuses on a pop music rivalry, from the classic to the very recent, and draws connections to the larger forces surrounding the pairing. Through Hendrix vs. Clapton, Hyden explores burning out and fading away, while his take on Miley vs. Sinead gives readers a glimpse into the perennial battle between old and young. Funny and accessible, Hyden's writing combines cultural criticism, personal anecdotes, and music history--and just may prompt you to give your least favorite band another chance.

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    Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me

    7.8 hrs • 5/17/16 • Unabridged
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    8.5 hrs • 4/12/2016 • Unabridged

    From the beloved host and creator of NPR’s All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts comes an essential oral history of modern music, told in the voices of iconic and up-and-coming musicians, including Dave Grohl, Jimmy Page, Michael Stipe, Carrie Brownstein, Smokey Robinson, and Jeff Tweedy, among others—published in association with NPR Music. Is there a unforgettable song that changed your life? NPR’s renowned music authority Bob Boilen posed this question to some of today’s best-loved musical legends and rising stars. In Your Song Changed My Life, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), St. Vincent, Jonsi (Sigur Ros), Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Cat Power, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Jenny Lewis, Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia, Sleater-Kinney), Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Sharon Van Etten, Valerie June, James Blake, and other artists reflect on pivotal moments that inspired their work. For Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, it was discovering his sister’s 45 of The Byrds’ “Turn, Turn, Turn.” A young St. Vincent’s life changed the day a box of CDs literally fell off a delivery truck in front of her house. Cat Stevens was transformed when he heard John Lennon cover “Twist and Shout.” These are the momentous yet unmarked events that have shaped these and many other musical talents, and ultimately the sound of modern music. A diverse collection of personal experiences, both ordinary and extraordinary, Your Song Changed My Life illustrates the ways in which music is revived, restored, and revolutionized. It is also a testament to the power of music in our lives, and an inspiration for future artists and music lovers. Amazing contributors include Jonsi (Sigur Ros), Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Trey Anastasio (Phish), Carrie Brownstein (Sleater Kinney, Portlandia, Wild Flag), Chan Marshall (Cat Power), Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), David Byrne (Talking Heads), Ian MacKaye, Jackson Browne, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Jenny Lewis, Smokey Robinson, Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music), Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Philip Glass, and many more.

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    Your Song Changed My Life by Bob Boilen

    Your Song Changed My Life

    8.5 hrs • 4/12/16 • Unabridged
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    8.6 hrs • 4/12/2016 • Unabridged

    High Fidelity meets Killing Yourself to Live in this memoir of one man’s search for his lost record collection. As he finds himself within spitting distance of middle age, journalist Eric Spitznagel feels acutely the loss of … something. Freedom? Maybe. Coolness? Could be. The records he sold in a financial pinch? Definitely. To find out for sure, he sets out on a quest to find the original vinyl artifacts from his past. Not just copies. The exact same records: the Bon Jovi record with his first girlfriend’s phone number scrawled on the front sleeve, the KISS Alive II he once shared with his little brother, the Replacements Let It Be he’s pretty sure, twenty years later, would still smell like weed. As he embarks on his hero’s journey, he reminisces about the actual records, the music, and the people he listened to it with—old girlfriends, his high school pals, and, most poignantly, his father and his young son. He explores the magic of music and memory as he interweaves his adventures in record culture with questions about our connection to our past, whether we can ever recapture it, and whether we would want to if we could.

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    Old Records Never Die by Eric Spitznagel

    Old Records Never Die

    Foreword by Jeff Tweedy
    Read by Ramiz Monsef
    8.6 hrs • 4/12/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 9.2 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Audio Theater

    In the 1930s, radio was still a new form of entertainment, bringing news, sports, comedy, and drama into millions of Depression-era homes throughout the country. Despite the economic conditions, Americans were still in desperate need of entertainment, and radio was there to give it to them—free, with just a flick of the switch and a turn of the dial. In this remarkable audio, you’ll have the chance to hear a rare sampling of the sort of musical shows that listeners enjoyed the most during that difficult time—everything from the sparkling dance music of the Cocoanut Grove Nightclub to the personality-driven music and variety shows that captivated audiences with memorable melodies and hilarious comedy.

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    Music of the 1930s, Volume 1

    9.2 hrs • 3/1/16 • Audio Theater
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  7. 5.5 hrs • 11/24/2015 • Unabridged

    These never-before-published interviews with Jerry Garcia reveal his thoughts on religion, politics, his past and personal life, and his creative process. Jerry on Jerry provides new insight into the beloved front man of the Grateful Dead in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the band. Released by his estate and made available to the public for the first time, these are some of the most candid and intimate interviews with Jerry Garcia ever published. Beginning in 1973, Dennis McNally, the Dead’s publicist and biographer, recorded seven hours of unedited tape on which Jerry speaks, opening up about everything from his euphoric encounter with early R&B to hating himself for voting for Johnson in the ’64 election. Jerry on Jerry distills the most poignant, unguarded, astute moments of these conversations, showing a side of Jerry that even his biggest fans have not known.

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    Jerry on Jerry

    5.5 hrs • 11/24/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 19.2 hrs • 10/27/2015 • Unabridged

    Beyoncé Knowles is a woman who began her career at the age of eight performing in pageant shows and talent contests, honing her craft through her teenage years until, at the age of sixteen, she had her first number one record with Destiny’s Child. That hit-making trio launched Beyoncé‘s successful solo career, catapulting her, as of 2014, to #1 on Forbes annual list of most wealthy celebrities—the same year she made the cover of Time. Becoming Beyoncé is not only the story of struggle, sacrifice, and what it takes to make it in the cut-throat record industry, it’s the story of the great rewards of such success and the devastating toll it often takes on the human spirit.

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    Becoming Beyoncé

    19.2 hrs • 10/27/15 • Unabridged
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    6.8 hrs • 10/27/2015 • Unabridged

    A revelatory and redemptive memoir from the lead guitarist of the legendary band Def Leppard—the first book ever written by one of its members—chronicling the band’s extraordinary rise to superstardom and how they’ve maintained it for three decades. Meet Phil Collen. You may know him as the lead guitarist in Def Leppard, whose signature song “Pour Some Sugar on Me” is still as widely enjoyed as when it debuted in 1988. Maybe you’ve heard of him as the rock star who gave up alcohol and meat more than twenty-five years ago. Most likely you’ve seen him shirtless—in photos or in real life—flaunting his impeccably toned body to appreciative female fans. But it wasn’t always like this. Collen worked his way up from nothing, teaching himself guitar from scratch as a teenager by imitating his heroes. He slogged it out in London-based pub bands for years, long before Def Leppard formed and transformed from unknowns to icons (all thanks to a little album called Pyromania), from playing openers in near-empty arenas to headlining in those same stadiums and selling them out every night. But as Collen discovered, true overnight success is a myth. Like the other band members, he had to struggle and fight his way to the top; in the end, he says, “our work ethic saved us.” Just as it still does. This is Collen’s story, starting with his first real taste of success and wild rock and roll excess as a member of the seminal glam rock outfit Girl. But once he joins Def Leppard, it’s also an amazing underdog tale featuring a bunch of ordinary working-class lads who rose to mega-stardom, overcoming incredible obstacles—such as drummer Rick Allen losing an arm in a car crash and the tragic death of guitarist Steve Clark, Phil’s musical soul mate, who lost his fight with alcoholism. Adrenalized is a fascinating account of the failures, triumphs, challenges, and rock-hard dedication it takes to make dreams come true.

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    Adrenalized

    By Phil Collen, with Chris Epting
    Read by Phil Collen
    6.8 hrs • 10/27/15 • Unabridged
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    13.1 hrs • 7/14/2015 • Unabridged

    On their fiftieth anniversary comes a groundbreaking rock-and-roll memoir by one of the founding members of the Grateful Dead. The Grateful Dead are perhaps the most legendary American rock band of all time. For thirty years, beginning in the hippie scene of San Francisco in 1965, they were a musical institution, the original jam band that broke new ground in so many ways. From the music to their live-concert sound systems and fan recordings, they were forward-thinking champions of artistic control and outlaw artists who marched to the beat of their own drums. Bill Kreutzmann, one of their founding members and drummer for every one of their over 2,300-dd concerts, has written an unflinching and wild account of playing in the greatest improvisational band of all time. Everything a rock music fan would expect is here, but what sets this apart is Bill’s incredible life of adventure, which was at the heart of the Grateful Dead experience. This was a band that knew no limits, and Bill lived life to the fullest, pushing the boundaries of drugs, drums, and high times, through devastating tragedy and remarkable triumph. But at this book’s beating heart is the music—theirs and others. Some of the greatest musicians and concerts were a part of the Grateful Dead’s career, from sharing the stage with Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, and the Who, to playing in the Acid Tests, the Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock, and Altamont. Bill’s life is a chronicle of American music and pop-culture history, and his epic personal journey is one of sonic discovery and thrilling experiences.

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    Deal by Bill Kreutzmann

    Deal

    By Bill Kreutzmann, withBenjy Eisen
    13.1 hrs • 7/14/15 • Unabridged
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  11. 11.8 hrs • 6/30/2015 • Unabridged

    Allen Klein was like no one the music industry had seen before. The hard-nosed business manager became infamous for allegedly catalyzing the Beatles’ breakup and robbing the Rolling Stones, but the truth is both more complex and more fascinating. As the manager of the Stones and then the Beatles—not to mention Sam Cooke, the Who, Donovan, the Kinks, and numerous other performers—he taught young soon-to-be legends how to be businessmen as well as rock stars. In so doing, Klein made millions for his clients and changed music forever. But Klein was as merciless with his clients as he was with anyone else, earning himself an outsize reputation for villainy that has gone unchallenged until now. Through unique, unprecedented access to Klein’s archives, veteran music journalist Fred Goodman tells the full story of how the Beatles broke up, how the Stones achieved the greatest commercial success in rock history, and how the music business became what it is today.

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    Allen Klein

    11.8 hrs • 6/30/15 • Unabridged
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  12. 15.5 hrs • 4/28/2015 • Unabridged

    The Grateful Dead’s long, strange trip has been the subject of countless books—but none like So Many Roads. Drawing on new interviews with surviving members and people in their inner circle, along with previously unknown details gleaned from the group’s extensive archives, David Browne, acclaimed music journalist and contributing editor at Rolling Stone, lends the Dead’s epic story the vivid feel of a novel. He sheds new light on the band’s beginnings, music, dynamics, and struggles since Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995. No longer dismissed as relics of the hippie era, a new generation has lionized the Dead for creating a culture that paved the way for social networking, free music swapping, and the uncompromising anticorporate attitude of indie rock. Now, fifty years after the band first began changing rock ’n’ roll—both sonically and psychically—So Many Roads paints the most vivid portrait yet of the Grateful Dead, one of the most enduring institutions in American music and culture.

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    So Many Roads

    15.5 hrs • 4/28/15 • Unabridged
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  13. 39.0 hrs • 1/5/2015 • Unabridged

    Jan Swafford’s biographies have established him as a revered music historian, capable of bringing his subjects vibrantly to life. His magnificent new biography of Ludwig van Beethoven peels away layers of legend to get to the living, breathing human being who composed some of the world’s most iconic music. Swafford mines sources never before used in English-language biographies to reanimate the revolutionary ferment of Enlightenment-era Bonn, where Beethoven grew up and imbibed the ideas that would shape all of his future work. Swafford then tracks his subject to Vienna, capital of European music, where Beethoven built his career in the face of critical incomprehension, crippling ill health, romantic rejection, and “fate’s hammer,” his ever-encroaching deafness.

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    Beethoven

    39.0 hrs • 1/5/15 • Unabridged
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  14. 1.1 hrs • 11/25/2014 • Unabridged

    Singing greats celebrate the art of the duet from live broadcasts of A Prairie Home Companion. Duet singing continues to be one of the hallmarks of A Prairie Home Companion, America’s favorite live radio variety show. Following in the grand tradition of the original A Prairie Home Companion Duets collection, Duets 2 gathers even more outstanding performances from the show’s archives, revealing the magic that occurs when two voices meet in front of a live audience. Duets 2 features performances from some of the greatest names in the music world, including Garrison Keillor and Sara Watkins, The Every Brothers, Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler, Robin and Linda Williams, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele, Suzy Bogguss and Steve Wariner, The Civil Wars, The Cactus Blossoms, Storyhill, Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur, Heather Masse and Aoife O’Donovan, and many more!

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    A Prairie Home Companion: Duets 2

    1.1 hrs • 11/25/14 • Unabridged
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  15. 15.9 hrs • 10/28/2014 • Unabridged

    For nearly sixty years, Jerry Lee Lewis has been a monumental figure in American life. The wildest and most dangerous of the early rock and rollers, he electrified the world with hit records such as “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Great Balls of Fire,” and “Breathless.” His music was raucous, exuberant, slyly sexual, and his wailing vocals were grounded by the locomotive force of his pumping piano. But his persona and performing style were what changed the world. Whipping his long hair back, he would pound the keyboard like a coal-fired steam engine, then kick back the bench, climb atop the piano, and work the audience like the Pentecostal preacher he almost became. Poised to steal the crown from Elvis Presley, he seemed unstoppable—until news of his marriage to his thirteen-year-old cousin broke during his first British tour, nearly ending his career. Now for the first time, Lewis’ story is told in full as he shared it over a two-year period with Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Rick Bragg. In a narrative rich with atmosphere and anecdote, we watch Jerry Lee emerge from the fields and levees of depression-era Louisiana, blazing a path across Bible colleges and nightclubs en route to international fame. He shared bills with Johnny Cash and Chuck Berry, toured Australia with Buddy Holly and Paul Anka, and went Cadillac for Cadillac with Elvis on the streets of Memphis—even as both of them struggled with the conflict between their faith and their music. After a decade in the wilderness, he returned as the biggest star in country music, but his victory lap became a marathon of excess—a time of guns, pills, and Calvert Extra. He crashed Rolls-Royces and Lincolns, including one he drove into the gates of Graceland; suffered the deaths of wives and loved ones; and nearly met his maker twice himself. Yet after six marriages, a long spell without a recording contract, and a bruising battle with the IRS, he overcame a crippling addiction, remarried, and scored his biggest hit records since the 1970s. As he approaches his eightieth year, he continues to electrify audiences around the world. The story of Jerry Lee Lewis has inspired songs, articles, books, and film. But in these pages, Rick Bragg restores a human complexity missing from other accounts. The result is a story of fire, faith, and resilience, informed by Rick Bragg’s deep understanding of the American spirit and rich with Jerry Lee’s own unforgettable voice.

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    Jerry Lee Lewis

    15.9 hrs • 10/28/14 • Unabridged
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  16. 7.5 hrs • 9/9/2014 • Unabridged

    August 2014 marks fifty years since Bob Dylan released his fourth album, Another Side of Bob Dylan. Recorded in one night, in the middle of a turbulent year in his life, the music marked a departure from Dylan’s socially conscious folk songs and began his evolution toward other directions. During the years they spent together, few people outside of Dylan’s immediate family were closer than Victor Maymudes, who was Dylan’s tour manager, personal friend, and travelling companion from the early days in 1960s Greenwich Village through the late’90s. Another Side of Bob Dylan recounts landmark events including Dylan’s infamous motorcycle crash; meeting the Beatles on their first US tour; his marriage to Sara Lownds, his romances with Suze Rotolo, Joan Baez, and others; fellow travelers including Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Wavy Gravy, Dennis Hopper, The Band, The Traveling Wilburys; memorable concerts; and insights on Dylan’s songwriting process. On January 26, 2001, after recording more than twenty-four hours of taped memories in preparation for writing this book, Victor Maymudes suffered an aneurysm and died. His son Jacob has written the book, using the tapes to shape the story. The result is a vivid, firsthand account of Dylan as an artist, friend, and celebrity and told by an engaging raconteur who cut his own swathe through the turbulent counterculture.

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    Another Side of Bob Dylan

    7.5 hrs • 9/9/14 • Unabridged
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