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  1. 15.1 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    Mike Love tells the story of his legendary, raucous, and ultimately triumphant five-decade career as the front man of the Beach Boys, the most popular American band in history—timed to coincide with the Fiftieth anniversary of “Good Vibrations.” As a founding member of the Beach Boys, Mike Love has spent an extraordinary fifty-five years and counting as the group’s lead singer and one of its principal lyricists. The Beach Boys, from their California roots to their international fame, are a unique American story—one of overnight success and age-defying longevity; of musical genius and reckless self-destruction; of spirituality, betrayal, and forgiveness—and Love is the only band member to be part of it each and every step. His own story has never been fully told, of how a sheet-metal apprentice became the quintessential front man for America’s most successful rock band, singing in more than 5,600 concerts in twenty-six countries. Love describes the stories behind his lyrics for pop classics such as “Good Vibrations,” “California Girls,” “Surfin’ USA,” and “Kokomo,” while providing vivid portraits of the turbulent lives of his three gifted cousins, Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson. His partnership with Brian has few equals in American pop music, though Mike has carved out a legacy of his own—he cowrote the lyrics to eleven of the twelve original Beach Boy songs that were top ten hits while providing the lead vocals on ten of them. The band’s unprecedented durability also provides a glimpse into America’s changing cultural mores over the past half century, while Love himself has experienced both the diabolical and the divine—from Charles Manson’s “family” threatening his life to Maharishi instilling it with peace. A husband, a father, and an avid environmentalist, Love has written a book that is as rich and layered as the Beach Boy harmonies themselves.

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    Good Vibrations

    15.1 hrs • 9/13/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 6.3 hrs • 6/28/2016 • Unabridged

    From comedian, Esquire contributor, and former MTV VJ Dave Holmes, the hilarious memoir of a music geek and perpetual outsider fumbling his way toward self-acceptance, with the music of the ‘80s, ‘90s, and ‘00s as his soundtrack Dave Holmes has spent his life on the periphery, nose pressed hopefully against the glass, wanting just one thing: to get inside. Growing up, he was the artsy kid in the sporty family. At his high school and Catholic college, he was the closeted gay kid surrounded by crush-worthy straight guys. And in his twenties, in the middle of a disastrous career in advertising, he accidentally became an MTV VJ overnight when he finished second, naturally, in the Wanna Be a VJ contest, opening the door to fame, fortune, and celebrity—you know, almost. But despite all the close calls, or possibly because of them, he just kept trying, and if (spoiler alert) he never quite succeeded, at least he got some good stories out of it. In Party of One, Dave tells the hilariously painful and painfully hilarious tales—in the vein of Rob Sheffield, Andy Cohen, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Paul Feig, and Augusten Burroughs—of an outsider desperate to get in, of a misfit constantly changing shape, of a guy who finally learns to accept himself. Structured around a mix of hits and deep cuts from the ‘80s, ‘90s, and ‘00s—from Bruce Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart” to Wilson Phillips’s “Impulsive” to En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind” and beyond—and punctuated with interludes like “So You’ve Had Your Heart Broken in the 1990s: A Playlist,” this book is for anyone who’s ever felt like a square peg, especially those who found their place in the world, as we often do, around a band, an album, or a song. It’s a laugh-out-loud funny, deeply nostalgic story about never fitting in, never giving up, and listening to good music along the way.

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    Party of One

    6.3 hrs • 6/28/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 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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    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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  5. 5.7 hrs • 11/20/2012 • Unabridged

    A moving and inspiring memoir from one of the greatest musical artists of all time “My given name is Anthony Dominick Benedetto, and Benedetto in Italian means ‘the blessed one.’ I couldn’t say it any better than that.”—Tony Bennett Legendary singer, artist, and performer, Tony Bennett has been one of the world’s most beloved entertainers for more than six decades. From the 78 to the LP to the digital age, Tony has done it all and is still at the top of his game. Decade after decade, this artistic icon—who has won seventeen Grammys, sung for ten presidents, and performed for royalty—has refused to compromise his vision or values. His unwavering commitment to quality has helped him stay true to his classic sound and is the reason his music continues to endure. Mentored by such legends as Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nat King Cole, Bennett has only gotten better with age, and his popularity continues to grow as each new generation discovers his timeless songs and incredible voice. In this entertaining and thoughtful memoir, a collection of soulful reflections and philosophies from his life and career, Bennett shares stories of friends and family and the essential lessons they have taught him: the value of hard work and of creating art that continues to inspire; perseverance and a dedication to excellence; the necessity of humility, love, respect, and, most important, gratitude. Bennett cherishes the passion and insatiable thirst for knowledge that have shaped his life and made each day a journey of discovery. He pays tribute to all the remarkable talents he has had the honor to work with and to learn from, including Luciano Pavarotti, Judy Garland, Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse, Willie Nelson, Lady Gaga, David Hockney, and K. D. Lang, to name a few. A magnificent testament to an extraordinary man and his art, Life Is a Gift is a work that will captivate, delight, and be cherished by music lovers of all ages.

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    Life Is a Gift

    Foreword by Mitch Albom
    Read by Joe Mantegna
    5.7 hrs • 11/20/12 • Unabridged
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  6. 12.7 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    Everyone knows Michael Jackson—the myth. This is the revealing true story of Michael Jackson—the man. To Frank Cascio, Michael Jackson was many things—second father, big brother, boss, mentor, and teacher, but most of all he was a friend. Though Cascio was just a few years old when he first met Jackson in 1984, at the peak of the pop star’s career, Jackson was at the center of his life for the next twenty-five years, allowing Cascio to observe firsthand the greatest entertainer the world had ever seen. In that time, he became the ultimate Michael Jackson insider, yet remained publicly silent about his experiences—until now.  In My Friend Michael, Cascio refutes the rumors, lies, and accusations that have accumulated over the years, providing a candid look at the Michael Jackson he knew for more than two decades. Offering an uplifting and definitive account of the legend, Cascio details how he grew up alongside Jackson, traveling the world with him on concert tours and eventually working for him. Through this lens, Cascio captures Jackson’s most private and tumultuous moments, while also setting the record straight on the entertainer’s notorious and misunderstood lifestyle, from his Peter Pan reality and his sexuality to the false allegations against him. As Cascio shows, there was a great deal more to Michael Jackson than the headlines about him have suggested. Cascio reveals his friend in all his complexity, bringing to light his passions and joys as well as his flaws and eccentricities. Including stories about Jackson that have never before been made public, Cascio creates a balanced, human look at the pop star, one that shows Jackson as the very real person he was, a lively friend with an endearingly juvenile sense of humor. What emerges is a clear-eyed yet deeply respectful portrait of Jackson, a man who was at times unremarkably average but also terribly scarred by his life in the spotlight. Packed with new anecdotes and insights, My Friend Michael is a trove of Michael Jackson lore that both celebrates his life and redefines our understanding of the man behind the myth.

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    My Friend Michael

    12.7 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  7. 8.4 hrs • 5/1/2006 • Unabridged

    Laurel Canyon was the neighborhood perched above the clubs and record companies of Sunset Strip where Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, Graham Nash, Cass Elliot, Carole King, Don Henley, and Peter Tork, just to name a few, lived and collaborated to make an indelible mark on our music and our culture. Starting with The Byrds in 1965, these musicians began combining the effusive harmonies of folk music with the sounds of the British rock invasion. From their song craft was born the singer-songwriter movement and a new style of American pop that thrives on. This is not only a history of an important period in rock music but also the story of what happened to the peace and love philosophy of the sixties, as hard drugs and easy sex began to take their toll and the gruesome Wonderland murders signaled the end of the era. Listen to Lysa William's interview of the author, Michael Walker! Learn more about Laurel Canyon at www.laurelcanyonthebook.com

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    Laurel Canyon by Michael Walker

    Laurel Canyon

    8.4 hrs • 5/1/06 • Unabridged
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