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'Smash!: Green Day, The Offspring, Bad Religion, NOFX, + the '90s Punk Explosion'

Ian Winwood's story of how punk rock music came to be so popular in the '90s is sewn together like a patchwork quilt of unlikely rises to fame and the ordinary people whose dedication made it possible.

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Jimmy Page: Magus Musician Man -- An Unauthorized Biography by George Case

Case provides no illumination beyond what most Page fans already heard in hushed and stoned tones from their older siblings during middle school.

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Cat Power: A Good Woman by Elizabeth Goodman

Even at her worst, Cat Power is worthy of attention, a fact she has learned to respect. But it doesn't mean she wanted this book to be written.

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Ultimate Hendrix by John McDermott

As engineer Eddie Kramer laments, too many Hendrix recording sessions ended up as parties, with hangers-on, groupies, and various other revelers packed into the studio to witness the Hendrix magic.

Guy Crucianelli
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Hot Burritos: The True Story of the Flying Burrito Brothers by John Einarson with Chris Hillman

It seems like Einarson was more eager to include multiple perspectives, no matter how much they overlapped, than he was to craft a flowing narrative.

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Coltrane: The Story of a Sound by Ben Ratliff

Ratliff eschews the typical trappings of routine biography to plumb more profound ideas of musical language, identity, and influence.

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I Want to Take You Higher by Jeff Kaliss

Although the Viscaynes had disbanded by the time their music hit the airwaves, Stone had solidified his decision to continue pursuing a career in the music industry.

Andrew Zender
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Dusty! Queen of the Postmods by Annie J. Randall

As Randall thoroughly explores, Dusty Springfield's physical transfiguration and visual impact were only the tip of her transformation.

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Who Are You: The Life of Pete Townshend by Mark Wilkerson

There is a significant amount of information about the Who, but it doesn’t tell an obsessive fan anything she doesn’t already know.

Rachel Balik
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Things the Grandchildren Should Know by Mark Oliver Everett

"To all the crazy girls I loved before: thank you, but I'm just too tired now."

Diane Leach
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Smart Blonde: Dolly Parton, by Stephen Miller

The frisson between the dual natures of Parton’s appeal, that of a serious musician versus that of a dumb blonde, have made her an enigma.

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Girls Like Us by Sheila Weller

Trailblazing women of the '60s: Journalist Sheila Weller traces three enduring songwriters who defined -- and gave voice to -- a generation.

Howard Cohen
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Willie Nelson: An Epic Life by Joe Nick Patoski

New Willie Nelson biography light on revelations, but fans will relish intimate details.

Mario Tarradell
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Storms by Carol Ann Harris

But is Harris describing isolated, drug-fuelled incidents that seem endemic of the time and culture she was living in -- or serial, criminal abuse?

John Bergstrom
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Nirvana by Everett True

One of the author's major assertions, expressed through quotes of others, is that Nirvana remains a powerful entity owing much to the fact that Kurt Cobain is gone.

Leslie Joseph
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Ill Sleep When Im Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon by Crystal Zevon

Warren Zevon's ex-wife portrays him as a genius -- and a tyrant.

Howard Cohen
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Inside the Music of Brian Wilson by Philip Lambert

It's the ultimate in the band A = band B + band C style of music criticism, and it grows old quickly.

Adam Bunch

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