Behind the Boards II: The Making of Rock 'n' Roll's Greatest Records Revealed
The initial volume of Behind the Boards was the first definitive rock-record producer's anthology of its kind, taking music fans and those interested in sound recording inside the studio to experience the creation of life-changing music! Behind the Boards II: The Making of Rock 'n' Roll's Greatest Hits Revealed takes fans inside the creation of still more legendary rock gems, including Hotel California by the Eagles; Should I Stay or Should I Go?
by the Clash; Rocketman by Elton John; Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie; Start Me Up by the Rolling Stones; The Thrill Is Gone by B.B. King; Take a Walk on the Wild Side by Lou Reed; such Beatles classics as I Am the Walrus, Helter Skelter, and Give Peace a Chance; as well as still more hits by Def Leppard, Billy Idol, Stevie Ray Vaughan, George Thorogood, the Police, Jackson Browne, Survivor, Foo Fighters, the Stone Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Heart, Joe Satriani, Rick Derringer, Peter Frampton, Huey Lewis and the News, Tool, Jon Bon Jovi, Daughtry, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Lenny Kravitz, Tracy Chapman, Steve Miller, Simple Minds, Foreigner, and many more!
Aces: Discovering Guitar's First Heroes
Travel back in time with us to an era when guitarists played from the heart with a sophistication and style that has never been equalled – to a golden era of jazz, blues and country guitar – and learn to play like the pioneers of the fretboard who laid the foundations for a century of rock 'n' roll
The Roots Of Rock
Lonnie Johnson & Eddie Lang
Round-up: Roots Guitars
Blues Breakers & Country Gents
Style File: T-Bone Walker
Jazz Giants: Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green
The Birth Of Rock ’N’ Roll
...and loads more
Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard, and Beyond
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. Featuring personal, never-before-seen photos of Collen and his band mates on stage and off, Adrenalized is a fascinating account of the failures, triumphs, challenges, and rock-hard dedication it takes to make dreams come true.
The Emperor of Sound: A Memoir (Audiobook)
The long-anticipated inside look at the extraordinary career of the man who brought Sexy Back, the legendary producer in the pantheon of music greats as influential and groundbreaking as Motown's Berry Gordy and a memoir of the creative process.
Hailed by The New Yorker as ''the eminence grise behind half of what is great in the Top Forty these days,'' world-renowned producer Timbaland has been a fixture on the pop charts, with more top-ten hits than Elvis or the Beatles. An artist whose fans are multi-racial and multi-generational, Timbaland works with the hottest artists, from Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott to Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, Madonna, and his childhood friend, Pharrell Williams. Yet this celebrity is a uniquely private man who shuns parties, stays out of gossip columns, and rarely gives interviews. Deliberately choosing to tour by bus and conspicuously bling-free, he maintains a low-key lifestyle. If he's not at the recording studio, he is at home with his family.
In The Emperor of Sound, Timbaland offers fans an unprecedented look into his life and work, taking them backstage with 50 Cent and live on-stage with Justin Timberlake. Completely uncensored and totally honest, he reveals the magic behind the music, sharing the various creative impulses that arise while he's producing, and the layering of sounds that have created dozens of number-one hits. Cinematically written, full of revealing anecdotes and reflections from today's most popular music icons, The Emperor of Sound showcases this master's artistry and offers an extraordinary glimpse inside this great musical mind.
MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson (Audiobook)
The ultimate critical biography of the King of Pop: a panoramic, vivid, and incisive portrait of Michael Jackson that explores and celebrates his influence in music, dance, and popular culture, drawing on 400 interviews.
From the moment in 1965 when he first stepped on stage with his brothers at a local talent show in Gary, Indiana, Michael Jackson was destined to become the undisputed King of Pop. In a career spanning four decades, Jackson became a global icon, selling over 400 million albums, earning thirteen Grammy awards, and spinning dance moves that captivated the world. Songs like "Billie Jean” and "Black and White” altered our national discussion of race and equality, and Jackson’s signature aesthetic, from the single white glove to the moonwalk, defined a generation. Despite years of scandal and controversy, Jackson’s ultimate legacy will always be his music.
Rolling Stone contributing editor Steve Knopper delves deeply into Michael Jackson’s music and talent. From the artist’s early days with the Jackson 5, to his stratospheric success as a solo artist, to "Beat It” and "Thriller,” "Bad” and "The Man in the Mirror,” to his volatile final years, his attempted comeback, and untimely death, Knopper explores the beguiling and often contradictory forces that fueled Michael Jackson’s genius. Drawing on an amazing 400 interviews—ranging from Jackson’s relatives, friends, and key record executives to celebrities like will.i.am and Weird Al Yankovic—this critical biography puts all the elements of his career into perspective, and celebrates his triumph in art and music. This is a rare and panoramic view into the genius and influence of an incomparable talent.
ABCs of Rock by Print Mafia
From one of the top rock band poster artists in the country comes a collection of evocative images of 26 of rock music's most recognized icons. Starting with AC/DC's familiar lightning bolts and ending with ZZ Top's custom Ford coupe, this alphabetical retrospective of more than four decades of rock history will inspire music lovers of all ages.
Rhythm 100 Greatest Drum Heroes
A unique collection of interviews and profiles from the makers of Rhythm magazine!
The 100 drummers included in this bookazine has each brought something special to bear on the music for which they are best known. Take any of the great tracks on which our Drum Heroes played and remove their beats, replacing them perhaps with a programmed drum machine beat, and you’d lose so much of the music’s personality and enduring appeal. Drums are both the backbone and the soul of music. So it wasn’t easy to compile our list of 100 Drum Heroes for inclusion. Not because there aren’t a hundred, there are far more than that and the hardest part was deciding who to leave out. Drummers and fans of drumming all have their opinions, and you’re a discerning lot. But we hope we’ve covered a diverse array of styles and genres, as well as generations, of the greatest drummers who have ever graced a drum throne.
This is not a list of the best drummers, necessarily, it is 100 players – nearly all of whom have been interviewed in Rhythm magazine since its 1985 inception – who have inspired, and continue to inspire, players to pick up sticks and keep the art and tradition of the drumset alive and kicking. Enjoy!