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Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250202116
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Published: St. Martin's Essentials - July 6th, 2021

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Beaumonster: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780306846748
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Published: Hachette Books - November 9th, 2021

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Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975 Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781616208950
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 6th, 2021

Willie Nelson's Letters to America Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780785241546
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Published: Harper Horizon - June 29th, 2021

Broken Horses: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593237243
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Published: Crown - April 6th, 2021

Bessie Smith: A Poet's Biography of a Blues Legend Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780593314272
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Published: Vintage - September 28th, 2021

She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781982157296
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Published: Scribner - September 7th, 2021

The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501141737
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Published: Scribner - November 19th, 2019

Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9781797205090
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 17th, 2020

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A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984801197
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Published: Random House - March 30th, 2021

John Prine Beyond Words Cover Image
$34.98
ISBN: 9780692740163
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Published: Oh Boy Records - April 18th, 2017

Hip-Hop (And Other Things) Cover Image
By Shea Serrano, Arturo Torres (Illustrator)
$27.00
ISBN: 9781538730225
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Published: Twelve - October 26th, 2021

Led Zeppelin: The Biography Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780399562426
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Published: Penguin Press - November 9th, 2021

Nina Simone's Gum Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780571365623
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Published: Faber & Faber - October 19th, 2021

Set the Night on Fire: Living, Dying, and Playing Guitar With the Doors Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316243346
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 12th, 2021

The Magic Years: Scenes from a Rock-And-Roll Life Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781597145251
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Published: Heyday Books - May 4th, 2021

Americanaland: Where Country & Western Met Rock 'n' Roll (Music in American Life #1) Cover Image
By John Milward, Margie Greve (By (artist))
$29.95
ISBN: 9780252043918
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Published: University of Illinois Press - August 3rd, 2021

Last Chance Texaco Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780802127129
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Published: Grove Press - April 6th, 2021

Year of the Monkey Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984898920
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Published: Vintage - September 1st, 2020

Music Is History Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781419751431
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Published: Abrams Image - October 19th, 2021

The Spirit of Music: The Lesson Continues Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593081662
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Published: Vintage - February 2nd, 2021

The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063076099
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 5th, 2021

Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives (American Music Series) Cover Image
By Holly Gleason (Editor)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781477322581
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Published: University of Texas Press - October 5th, 2021

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Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525559597
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Published: Penguin Press - October 5th, 2021

Three Pianos: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781648960208
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - October 26th, 2021

Girl in a Band: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062295903
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Published: Dey Street Books - December 1st, 2015

Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062463708
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Published: Dey Street Books - June 12th, 2018

Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593132951
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Published: Random House - June 11th, 2019