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Next Week in Music | Dec. 21-28 • New Books

If you like Depeche Mode, The Smiths or Black Veil Brides, you're in the right place.

What do you get for the music lover who wants to know everything about Depeche Mode, The Smiths or Andy Biersack from Black Veil Brides? The answer may surprise you:


They Don’t Need to Understand: Stories of Hope, Fear, Family, Life, and Never Giving In
By Andy Biersack

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Before he was the charismatic singer of Black Veil Brides and an accomplished solo artist under the Andy Black moniker, he was Andrew Dennis Biersack, an imaginative and creative kid in Cincinnati, Ohio, struggling with anxiety, fear, loneliness, and the impossible task of fitting in. With his trademark charm, clever wit, and insightful analysis, Biersack tells the story of his childhood and adolescence. The discovery of the artistic passions that would shape his life, and his decision to move to Hollywood after his 18th birthday to make his dreams come true, even when it meant living in his car to make it all a reality. It’s the origin story of one of modern rock’s most exciting young superheroes, from building miniature concerts with KISS action figures in his bedroom to making the RIAA gold-certified single In the End and connecting with passionate fans worldwide.”

Depeche Mode FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the World’s Finest Synth-Pop Band
By Michael Christopher

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Depeche Mode FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the World’s Finest Synth-Pop Band shows how a group of schoolmates influenced by the likes of Kraftwerk, Joy Division, and mid-period David Bowie carved out their own musical niche until they became one of the most influential bands to come out of England. Depeche Mode were Europe’s best-kept secret in the early ’80s with the albums Construction Time Again and the (perhaps) tongue-in-cheek-titled Music for the Masses. They became a worldwide phenomenon as the ’90s dawned, with the landmark LP Violator, containing the smash hits Personal Jesus, Enjoy the Silence and Policy of Truth. But success came at a price as depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, and personnel departures threatened to derail the band. It wasn’t a question of whether the music of Depeche Mode would be able to withstand fickle industry changes, but rather if the members of the group themselves could make it out alive. Depeche Mode FAQ shows how they did, becoming legends in the process.”

Dead Straight Guide to The Smiths
By Mick O’Shea

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Critics have called The Smiths one of the most important bands to emerge from the British independent music scene of the ’80s. Based on the songwriting partnership of vocalist Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr, the group released four hugely influential albums via Rough Trade Records between 1984 and 1987. This easy to read guide covers everything Smiths, from their formation in 1982, through their breakup, solo careers, and on to the present day.”