Books by Musicians
A light in the attic
by Silverstein, Shel
From New York Times bestselling author Shel Silverstein, the creator of the beloved poetry collections Where the Sidewalk Ends, Falling Up, and Every Thing On It, comes an imaginative book of poems and drawings--a favorite of Shel Silverstein fans young and old.
Cash : the autobiography
by Cash, Johnny
At 65, the man who's been called the "quintessential American troubadour" reflects on his extraordinary life and musical career. He is the only entertainer in history in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame -- a distinction befitting a man who sang with Elvis Presley in the 1950s and with U2 in 1995. From his wild years of addiction to his loving faith in Christ, Johnny Cash embodies contradiction -- and it is that universal inner struggle, communicated with candor and simple wisdom, that has endeared him to audiences from all realms of experience. Now Cash celebrates 65 years and his remarkably varied career in this riveting autobiography, telling it straight -- in his own words. Cash reveals the inside story, from his childhood years on an Arkansas cotton farm and his well-publicized battle with drugs to his life-saving spiritual awakening, his hit TV show years and his countless musical successes and honors. Cash reflects on the family that is central to his life and recalls associations with fellow greats Jerry Lee Lewis and Bob Dylan and and with presidents from Nixon to Clinton. Full of never-before-published photos, his epic story offers the unique perspective of a legend reflecting on his life and a fascinating blend of passion, honesty, humor, insight and inspiring faith. With enormous appeal for old fans and new, Cash captures the voice of this true American icon.
by Dylan, Bob
By turns revealing, poetical, passionate, and witty, Chronicles: Volume One is a mesmerizing window on Bob Dylan's thoughts and influences. Dylan's voice is distinctively American: generous of spirit, engaged, fanciful, and rhythmic. Utilizing his unparalleled gifts of storytelling and the exquisite expressiveness that are the hallmarks of his music, Bob Dylan turns Chronicles: Volume One into a poignant reflection on life, and the people and places that helped shape the man and the art
Coat of many colors
by Parton, Dolly
A heartwarming story based on the bestselling country song by Dolly Parton. Winter is coming to Tennessee and there's no money to buy a new coat, so a little girl's mama sews one for her out of colorful rags. The little girl wears it to school proudly, and when the other children laugh, she gives them a quick lesson about what it means to be rich. Full-color illustrations
Dolly : my life and other unfinished business
by Parton, Dolly
The inspiring, tell-it-like-it-is autobiography of one of America's best-loved stars. Dolly tells the rags-to-riches story of her life as only she can--with honesty, insight, and an unfailing sense of humor. Amazingly candid, incredibly warm, wise and funny, Dolly proves over and over again why she is so loved. 32 pages of photos.
by Meloy, Colin
Giggle your way to sweet and silly dreams! A simple goodnight routine turns marvelously madcap in this cleverly rhymed picture book. Instead of settling down to sleep, Dad bakes bread, Mom fixes the roof, and Grandma plays cards with a ghost. And between the dog, the cat, Sister, and Brother, there's at least three different wars being waged! A modern classic perfect for read-aloud fun and bedtime alike.Colin Meloy is the lead singer and songwriter of The Decemberists, and the author of several children's books, including the New York Times bestselling Wildwood series. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Hamilton : the revolution : being the complete libretto of the Broadway musical, with a true account of its creation, and concise remarks on hip-hop, the power of stories, and the new America
by Miranda, Lin-Manuel
Offers a behind-the-scenes view of Hamilton the musical, detailing the many dramatic episodes in Alexander Hamilton's life.
How music works
by Byrne, David
How Music Works is David Byrne's remarkable and buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. In it he explores how profoundly music is shaped by its time and place, and he explains how the advent of recording technology in the twentieth century forever changed our relationship to playing, performing, and listening to music.
Acting as historian and anthropologist, raconteur and social scientist, he searches for patterns--and shows how those patterns have affected his own work over the years with Talking Heads and his many collaborators, from Brian Eno to Caetano Veloso. Byrne sees music as part of a larger, almost Darwinian pattern of adaptations and responses to its cultural and physical context. His range is panoptic, taking us from Wagnerian opera houses to African villages, from his earliest high schoolreel-to-reel recordings to his latest work in a home music studio (and all the big studios in between).
Kentucky traveler : my life in music
by Skaggs, Ricky
In Kentucky Traveler, Ricky Skaggs, the music legend who revived modern bluegrass music, gives a warm, honest, one-of-a-kind memoir of forty years in music--along with the Ten Commandments of Bluegrass, as handed down by Ricky's mentor Bill Monroe; the Essential Guide to Bedrock Country Songs, a lovingly compiled walk through the songs that have moved Skaggs the most throughout his life; Songs the Lord Taught Us, a primer on Skaggs's most essential gospel songs; and a bevy of personal snapshots of his musical heroes.
by Malerman, Josh
"In the thrilling sequel to Bird Box, the inspiration for the record-breaking Netflix film that starred Sandra Bullock and "absolutely riveted" Stephen King, New York Times bestselling author Josh Malerman brings unseen horrors to life. The film adaptation of Malerman's first novel, Bird Box, was watched by over forty-five million Netflix accounts in the first week, the best first seven days ever for a film on the platform. Countless more came to know the story through social media. The image of Sandra Bullock's character, Malorie, blindfolded--as she's led through a terrifying near-future apocalypse by the trained ears of her children--has become synonymous with a new generation of horror. Now from the mind of a true master of suspense comes the next chapter in the riveting tale. This time, Malorie is front and center, and she will confront the dangers of her world head-on"-- Provided by publisher.
Me & Patsy, kickin' up dust : my friendship with Patsy Cline
by Lynn, Loretta
Loretta Lynn and the late Patsy Cline are legends--country icons and sisters of the heart. For the first time ever Loretta tells their story: a celebration of their music and their relationship up until Patsy's tragic and untimely death.
More myself : a journey
by Keys, Alicia
As one of the most celebrated musicians in the world, Alicia Keys has enraptured the globe with her heartfelt lyrics, extraordinary vocal range, and soul-stirring piano compositions. Yet away from the spotlight, Alicia has grappled with private heartache--over the challenging and complex relationship with her father, the people-pleasing nature that characterized her early career, the loss of privacy surrounding her romantic relationships, and the oppressive expectations of female perfection.
Mozart speaks : views on music, musicians, and the world : drawn from the letters of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and other early accounts
by Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Much ink has been shed over the life and times of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, purportedly revealing the real human being behind the masterful music. Now, Mozart speaks for himself, in this tapestry of letters, documents, contemporary accounts, and insightful commentary. At once an intimate diary, a musical companion, and a revealing guide to the artistic tastes and intellectual fashions that profoundly affected Mozart's life, this book reveals that -- from sex to politics to music to God -- Mozart had something to say on almost every subject.
Run, Rose, run
by Parton, Dolly
"A thriller from America's most beloved superstar and it's greatest storyteller: A young singer-songwriter on the rise and on the run is determined to do whatever it takes to survive. Every song tells a story. She's a star on the rise, singing about the hard life behind her. She's also on the run. Find a future, lose a past. Nashville is where she's come to claim her destiny. It's also where the darkness she's fled might find her. And destroy her. Run, Rose, run is a novel glittering with danger and desire - a story that only America's #1 beloved entertainer and its #1 bestselling author could have created." -- dust jacket.
The English roses
The English Roses is a story of rivalry and friendship among schoolgirls in contemporary London. Four little girls--Nicole, Amy, Charlotte, and Grace--are eleven years old and the very best of friends. They have sleepovers, picnics and ice-skating parties that exclude Binah, a beautiful girl whose seemingly perfect life makes them "green with envy." However, when a feisty, pumpernickel-loving fairy godmother takes them on a magical journey, they learn to their great surprise that Binah's life is not nearly as enviable as it had seemed. The English Roses is an inspiring story about the importance of compassion and the rewards of friendship
by Darnielle, John
Life in a small town takes a dark turn when mysterious footage begins appearing on VHS cassettes at the local Video Hut. So begins Universal Harvester, the haunting and masterfully unsettling new novel from John Darnielle, author of the New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award Nominee Wolf in White Van
Where is Joe Merchant? : a novel tale
by Buffett, Jimmy
Where is Joe Merchant? That’s what his sister Trevor Kane, the hemorrhoid ointment heiress, wants to know. For South Seas psychic Desdemona, Merchant is the missing link needed to connect her with other worlds. And the mystery of the presumed dead but often-sighted rock star’s disappearance is turning renegade seaplane pilot Frank Bama’s life upside down. Jimmy Buffet fans will be enchanted with this modern-day pirate tale.
Where the sidewalk ends : the poems & drawings of Shel Silverstein.
by Silverstein, Shel.
Shel Silverstein, the New York Times bestselling author of The Giving Tree, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, and Every Thing On It, has created a poetry collection that is outrageously funny and deeply profound. Come in . . . for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins.
You'll meet a boy who turns into a TV set, and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist.
Wolf in white van : a novel
by Darnielle, John
Welcome to Trace Italian, a game of strategy and survival! You may now make your first move. Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of seventeen, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined. As the creator of Trace Italian--a text-based, role-playing game played through the mail--Sean guides players from around the world through his intricately imagined terrain, which they navigate and explore, turn by turn, seeking sanctuary in a ravaged, savage future America.