Books With a Beat: New Releases on Famous Artists

Celebrate the icons of the music industry with these biographies and historical accounts that are fresh on the shelf!

Art and Music Lifestyle New Release Recommendations
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It is a great week for music and books. Within the next few days, an assortment of biographies and historical collections will be released on the icons of this century. From David Bowie to Joni Mitchel to the Bee Gees, the stories of these famous artists are not ones to miss.

Traveling: On the Path of Joni Mitchell By Ann Powers

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Ann Powers explores the life and career of the iconic singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, emphasizing her profound influence on music and culture. Powers delves into Mitchell’s journey, from her early days in the folk scene to her evolution into a genre-defying artist. The book highlights Mitchell’s innovative artistry and personal resilience, painting a vivid portrait of a musical legend.

Infinite Dreams: The Life of Alan Vega By Laura Davis-Chanin & Liz Lamere

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Authors Laura Davis-Chanin and Liz Lamere delve into the multifaceted life of Alan Vega, the pioneering frontman of the electronic proto-punk band Suicide. The book chronicles Vega’s journey from his early days in the New York art scene to his influential music career, highlighting his unyielding creativity and boundary-pushing artistry. Through intimate anecdotes and detailed narratives, the authors capture Vega’s enduring legacy and the profound impact he had on the music and art worlds.

Bowie Odyssey 74 By Simon Goddard

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Simon Goddard takes the reader to David Bowie’s transformative year of 1974, a pivotal period marked by the release of the ambitious album Diamond Dogs and the artist’s intense tour across America. The book captures Bowie’s creative evolution, his struggle with personal demons, and his growing fascination with American culture and politics. Goddard’s detailed narrative paints a vivid picture of a year that significantly shaped Bowie’s career and musical legacy.

Ultimate Beatles Collection: Your Complete Guide to the World’s Greatest Band By Contributors: Joel McIver, Dan Peel, Henry Yates, Ian Fornam, & Neil Crossley

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In this book, Joel McIver offers a comprehensive exploration of The Beatles’ legacy, from their early beginnings in Liverpool to their global superstardom. McIver delves into the band’s albums, iconic performances, and cultural impact, providing fans with detailed insights and rare anecdotes. This guide celebrates the enduring influence of The Beatles, making it an essential resource for both longtime devotees and new enthusiasts.

On Record: Exclusive Historical Accounts

If you’re looking for a broader exploration of genres like rock, pop, and R&B, there is more coming for you. With unseen photos and private interviews, G. Brown is releasing On Record – Vol. 7: 1979 , and On Record – Vol. 8: 1986. Focusing on those two pivotal years in music, G. Brown will cover everything from the resurgence of rock, to the craze of Sugar Hill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight, to the beautiful and talented, Madonna.

Honoring these individuals recognizes their profound impact as shapers of culture and creators of unity through music. These influential figures transcend mere entertainment, offering a shared language that bridges diverse communities and generations. Celebrating their contributions reminds us of the enduring power of music to connect us, elevate our spirits, and mold the social scene for future generations. Run and get these books in your hands, on your coffee table, or vinyl shelf now.


For another recently released book on a rock icon, read here.

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