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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>