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ROCK CONCERT de Marc Myers

From renowned music journalist Marc Myers comes a lively, entertaining, wide-ranging oral history of the golden age of the rock concert based on over ninety interviews with musicians, promoters, stagehands, and others who contributed to the huge cultural phenomenon that is live rock.

ROCK CONCERT: The Oral History of a Rite of Passage
by Marc Myers
Grove Press, November 2021

Wall Street Journal contributing writer and acclaimed music journalist Marc Myers dives into the fascinating history of rock ‘n’ roll in ROCK CONCERT. Myers’s Anatomy of a Song received high praise: the New York Times Book Review raved that “each story is a pleasure to read and will deepen your listening experience.” Myers raises the bar in his enthralling new book, informed by riveting interviews with influential people from the raucous rock ‘n’ roll scene through the ages.
Decades after the rise of rock music in the 1950s, the rock concert retains its allure and its power as a unifying experience—and as an influential multi-billion-dollar industry. In ROCK CONCERT, acclaimed interviewer Marc Myers sets out to uncover the history of this compelling phenomenon, weaving together ground-breaking accounts from the people who were there.
Myers combines the tales of icons like Joan Baez, Ian Anderson, Alice Cooper, Steve Miller, Roger Waters, and Angus Young with figures such as the disc jockeys who first began playing rock on the radio, like Alan Freed in Cleveland and New York; the audio engineers that developed new technologies to accommodate ever-growing rock audiences; music journalists, like Rolling Stone’s Cameron Crowe; and the promoters who organized it all, like Michael Lang, co-founder of Woodstock, to create a rounded and vivid account of live rock’s stratospheric rise.
ROCK CONCERT provides a fascinating, immediate look at the evolution of rock ‘n’ roll through the lens of live performances — spanning from the rise of R&B in the 1950s, through the hippie gatherings of the ’60s, to the growing arena tours of the ’70s and ’80s. Elvis Presley’s gyrating hips, the British Invasion that brought the Beatles in the ’60s, the Grateful Dead’s free flowing jams, and Pink Floyd’s The Wall are just a few of the defining musical acts that drive this rich narrative. Featuring dozens of key players in the history of rock and filled with colorful anecdotes, ROCK CONCERT will speak to anyone who has experienced the transcendence of live rock.

Marc Myers is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, where he writes about rock, soul, and jazz, as well as the arts. He is the author of the critically acclaimed books Anatomy of a Song and Why Jazz Happened, and posts daily at, winner of the 2015 Jazz Journalists Association’s award for Jazz Blog of the Year.

THE MOTHERLODE de Clover Hope, illustré par Rachelle Baker

An illustrated highlight reel of more than 100 women in rap who have helped shape the genre and eschewed gender norms in the process.

100+ Women Who Made Hip-Hop
by Clover Hope, illustrated by Rachelle Baker
Abrams Image, February 2021 (voir catalogue)

THE MOTHERLODE highlights more than 100 women who have shaped the power, scope, and reach of rap music, including pioneers like Roxanne Shanté, game changers like Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliott, and current reigning queens like Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and Lizzo—as well as everyone who came before, after, and in between. Some of these women were respected but not widely celebrated. Some are impossible not to know. Some of these women have stood on their own; others were forced into templates, compelled to stand beside men in big rap crews. Some have been trapped in a strange critical space between respected MC and object. They are characters, caricatures, lyricists, at times both feminine and explicit. This book profiles each of these women, their musical and career breakthroughs, and the ways in which they each helped change the culture of rap.

Clover Hope is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn. Hope’s work has appeared in the pages of Vogue, Vibe, Billboard, the New York Times, WIRED, ESPN The Magazine, Essence, and the Village Voice, among other publications. She is currently the culture editor for Jezebel.


John Lennon was one of the world’s most influential people. Mark David Chapman was one of the most invisible. Discover the true story behind the tragic death of an icon.

by James Patterson, Casey Sherman, and Dave Wedge
Little, Brown, December 2020

John Lennon achieved with the Beatles a level of superstardom that defied classification. « We were the best bloody band there was, » he said. « There was nobody to touch us. » In the summer of 1980, Lennon signs with a label and hires a top producer to recruit the best session musicians, ready to record new music for the first time in years. They are awestruck when Lennon dashes off « (Just Like) Starting Over. » Lennon is back in peak form, with his best songwriting since « Imagine. » THE LAST DAYS OF JOHN LENNON is the amazing story of John Lennon’s life and career, from his earliest days and first songs up to his last seconds. It tells the story of the most profound rock-and-roll genius of all time-and of Mark David Chapman, the consummate Nowhere Man who took him from us. Enriched by exclusive interviews with Lennon’s friends and associates, including Paul McCartney, the book is a true-crime drama about two men who changed history. One whose indelible songs still enrich our lives today-and the other who ended the beautiful music with five pulls of a trigger.

James Patterson is one of the world’s bestselling authors. The creator of Alex Cross, he has produced more enduring fictional heroes than any other novelist alive. He lives in Florida with his family.
Casey Sherman is a New York Times bestselling author of eleven books including The Finest Hours and Hunting Whitey. He’s an award-winning journalist who’s written for the Washington Post, Esquire, and the Boston Herald.
Dave Wedge is a New York Times bestselling author of four books, including Boston Strong and Hunting Whitey. He’s an award-winning journalist who’s written for the Boston Herald, Vice, and Esquire.


A legendary record-producer–turned–brain-scientist explains why you fall in love with music.

What the Music You Love Says About You
by Dr. Susan Rogers & Dr. Ogi Ogas
W.W. Norton, September 2022
(via Levine Greenberg Rostan)

When you listen to music, do you prefer lyrics or melody? Intricate harmonies or driving rhythm? The “real” sounds of acoustic instruments or those of computerized synthesizers? Drawing from her successful career as a music producer (engineering hits like Prince’s “Purple Rain”), professor of cognitive neuroscience Susan Rogers reveals why your favorite songs move you. She explains that we each possess a unique “listener profile” based on our brain’s reaction to seven key dimensions of any record: authenticity, realism, novelty, melody, lyrics, rhythm, and timbre. Exploring this profile will deepen your connection to music, refresh your playlists, and uncover aspects of your personality. Rogers takes us behind the scenes of record-making, using her insider’s ear to illuminate the music of Prince, Frank Sinatra, Lana Del Rey, and many others. Told in a lively, inclusive style, this book will change the way you listen to music.

« A revelation. Susan Rogers and Ogi Ogas offer extraordinary insights about music, emotion, and the brain and they deliver them with great flair and flow. For all I thought I knew about these subjects, I learned a lot from this book―and was entertained at every turn, both by the ideas and the poetry of their expression. An instant classic, THIS IS WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE should be read by anyone who has ever been moved by a piece of music―in other words, everyone. » ― Dr. Daniel J. Levitin, New York Times bestselling author of This Is Your Brain on Music and The Organized Mind

Susan Rogers, PhD, is a cognitive neuroscientist and a professor at Berklee College of Music, as well as a multiplatinum record producer. She resides in Boston, Massachusetts.
Ogi Ogas, PhD, was a Department of Homeland Security Fellow at the Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems at Boston University and a research fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He coauthored Dark Horse, The End of Average, and Shrinks, which was longlisted for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.

RHYME & REASON de Anthony Bozza

RHYME & REASON will pick up where Anthony’s prior work on Eminem, WHATEVER YOU SAY I AM (Crown US/Transworld UK, 2003) left off

The Evolution of Eminem
by Anthony Bozza
Blink Publishing (UK), TBA

In 1999, a former dishwasher from Detroit became the most significant and polarizing musical artist in the world. He was a fish out of water, a white artist creating viable art in a black medium, telling stories with such verbal dexterity, nimble wit and shocking honesty that he resonated universally, obliterating the skepticism of the die-hards questioning his legitimacy while engaging those who had yet to grasp the value of rap and hip hop. In short, Eminem changed the landscape of music and pop culture as we know it. Marshall Bruce Mathers III is, quite simply, the most forthright and fascinating American musician alive. His achievements since 1999 speak for themselves: 198 million albums sold globally, 15 Grammys won, the only artist in history to debut eight straight albums at #1 on the Billboard charts, and over $1 billion dollars earned touring. His social media platform numbers rank in the double-digit millions, yet, in an age when the famous and infamous are accessible via one app or another, the notoriously private rapper remains a mystery. He is an icon who spends his off hours raising three young girls, only one of them his daughter, the other two his adopted progeny (one his ex-wife’s daughter by another man and the other her deceased sister’s). His public and private lives are simultaneously a study in lower middle-class America and the rarefied rags-to-riches American dream.

Anthony Bozza is the author of several New York Times and London Sunday Times bestsellers, including his first book “Whatever You Say I Am: The Life and Times of Eminem” which was a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic.