Da Capo Press

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    The Rolling Stones' Rocky Road to Exile on Main Street

    Ain't It Time We Said Goodbye: The Rolling Stones on the Road to Exile By Robert Greenfield Da Capo Press, 196 pp. $25.99. Like estranged lovers who can't quite quilt each other, music journalist Robert Greenfield and the Rolling Stones have kept coming back together through the least ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2014

    How Little Feat Savored the Flavors of the "Houston Welcoming Committee"

    Willin': The Story of Little Feat By Ben Fong-Torres Da Capo Press, 296 pp., $26.99. As a band, their music was beloved and respected by a wide array of artists from Eric Clapton, Robert Plant and Linda Ronstadt to the Marshall Tucker Band, Bonnie Raitt and Jimmy Buffett. But the musical mad doct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    27: The Musical Club With a Grim Entry Fee

    27: A History of the 27 Club Through the Lives of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse By Howard Sounes Da Capo Press, 360 pp., $26.99 When reached for comment shortly after the world found out that Nirvana singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain had committed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    JAMerica: Scene Reveals More Than Just Hippies and Noodling

    JAMerica: The History of the Jam Band and Festival Scene By Peter Conners Da Capo Press, 320 pp., $25.99 "Hippies and noodling are lazy signifiers tossed up to fill the vacuum of word-count deadlines," Peter Conners writes about the perceptions of "jam" bands in his new book JAMerica. And it's true ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    New Runaways Bio Digs Deeper, Rocks Harder Than Hollywood's Version

    Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways By Evelyn McDonnell Da Capo Press, 342 pp., $25.99. Anyone who has seen either the Hollywood film The Runaways or the documentary Edgeplay may think they know the story of this band of five teenage girls who provided one of the more curious and cautio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    Bee Gees: A Band of Brothers More Than Just White Suits and Disco Balls

    Bee Gees: The Biography By David Meyer Da Capo Press, 416 pp., $27.50 "The Bee Gees are everywhere and in everyone's heads, and still - outside their legion of diehard fans -- don't get the respect they deserve." This is the theory that author Meyer, who penned the well-regarded Gram Parsons bio T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Rex Brown's Official Truth: Pantera's Literary Autopsy

    Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera By Rex Brown Da Capo Press, 304 pp., $15.47 Back in Pantera's '90s heyday, few fans would have guessed that the first guy to write a tell-all history of the band would be Rex Brown. Though an indivisible component of Pantera's larger-than-lif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    I Got a Name: Jim Croce's Story In a Bottle

    I Got A Name: The Jim Croce Story by Ingrid Croce and Jimmy Rock Da Capo Press, 336 pp., $25 That it's taken nearly four decades since his 1973 plane crash death at the young age of 30 for a biography of singer-songwriter Jim Croce to come out is a shame. However, while I Got A Name is an insightfu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Damn Right He's Got the Blues: Buddy Guy's Life Story

    When I Left Home: My Story Buddy Guy with David Ritz Da Capo Press, 320 pp, $26 Once the young kid in a stable of blues giants, Buddy Guy is now an elder statesmen of the genre. And in this memoir, the story of his life is also the tale of the music itself of the past 50-plus years. Born in 1936 i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Tony Iommi: Music's Other Man In Black Proves His Heavy Mettle

    ​Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath By Toni Iommi with T.J. Lammers Da Capo Press, 416 pp., $26. Imagine this passage being read in your best "Behind the Music" narration: It was in the center of a dirty, grimy sheet-metal factory in Birmingham, England, when a 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    New Queen Bio Separates Real Life From Fantasy

    ​Is This the Real Life? The Untold Story of Queen By Mark Blake Da Capo Press, 384 pp., $25. Drawing on other sources, his extensive previous interviews with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, and more than 100 new subjects, Blake (Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Syd Barrett: The Man, The Madness, The Music

    ​A Very Irregular Head: The Life of Syd Barrett By Rob Chapman Da Capo Press, 480 pp., $28. Even the casual Pink Floyd fan knows all there is to know about Syd Barrett, right? Manchild cult-figure forms the band, takes too much LSD, fries his brain out, is left to drift away, then spends near ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Paul McCartney's Life Seldom Less Than Fab

    ​Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney By Howard Sounes Da Capo Press, 634 pp., $29.95. While the Beatles and Beatle-related bookshelf is groaning beyond belief, the main thing to know about Fab is this: Howard Sounes has produced the finest, most detailed, and most up-to-date doorstop tome ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Apathy For The Devil: Adrift In The Snowblind '70s

    ​Apathy for the Devil: A 70s Memoir By Nick Kent Da Capo Press, 416 pp., $17.95. While Cameron Crowe's wonderful but fictional Almost Famous told a sanitized story of music-journalist-meets-bands in the '70s, Former New Musical Express writer Nick Kent's memoir is a warts/coke spoons/social d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Jimi Hendrix, Before He Was Experienced

    ​Becoming Jimi Hendrix By Steven Roby and Brad Schreiber Da Capo Press, 274 pp., $17.95. While the bulk of most Jimi Hendrix bios detail the post-Are You Experienced? album and Monterey Pop performance era, this is the first to concentrate solely on his pre-fame years. As a result, the autho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2007

    Get Lit: Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones, by Robert Greenfield

    It’s become a mythological moment on the rock timeline: the early ‘70s, when the Rolling Stones gathered in a luxurious French chateau to record Exile on Main Street. Heroin was floating around, as were assorted decadent and dangerous hangers-on, as were Gram Parsons, William Burroughs and John ... More >>

  • Music

    June 14, 2007

    Townes Van Zandt

    Our Mother the Mountain, Townes Van Zandt, Delta Momma Blues, Flyin' Shoes

  • News

    March 22, 2007

    Houston Hip-Hop

    Mike Watts and his stable of northside rappers take a southside legend's style to the masses