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Next Week in Music | March 14-20 • New Books

Joplin, Johnson, Parton, and the rest of the new additions to your reading list.


Joplin and Johnson. Live metal and classic rock. Podcasts and Parton. Yep, it’s another interesting week in the book stacks. Read all about ’em:


Photographs of Janis Joplin: On the Road & On Stage
By Elliott Landy

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Celebrated photographer Elliott Landy presents an intimate look at the legendary female singer-songwriter Janis Joplin. Landy’s iconic images of Janis, both on the road and in concert, capture and preserve her pure essence as well as her onstage magnificence. Photographs of Janis Joplin: On the Road & On Stage features beautifully reproduced large-format images, many never before published. Janis’s own words, taken from recorded interviews by David Dalton, are used as extended captions and paired with photographs to provide insight into the woman behind the legend.”

Life In The Stocks
Vol. 2: Veracious Conversations with Musicians & Creatives

Vy Matt Stocks

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “In the last few years, the podcast industry has really boomed. Every journalist and celebrity worth their salt now has their own. But what makes Life In The Stocks special? Well, for one thing it’s the eclectic pool of speakers from a wide range of creative disciplines. It’s also the rawness, honesty, and vulnerability of the conversations that Matt Stocks shares with his guests: the interviews are completely candid, unchecked, and authentic. For the purpose of this book, Life In The Stocks Vol. 2, Matt collected highlights from the first 18 months of the podcast, and presented the anecdotes, musings, and observations in a new format, to tell new stories and tie them together in a way that takes the reader on an emotional journey — from early childhood memories to the dizzying heights of fame, via creative enterprises, experimentation with mind-altering substances, battles with mental health, spiritual contemplations, the meaning of life, death, and a whole lot more. Full of inspirational, entertaining, shocking, tragic, heart-warming, and hilarious tales, Life In The Stocks: Vol. 2 is much more than just a collection of interview transcripts: it is an insight into the minds of some of America’s most enduring underground artists and an exploration of the history of alternative culture in the US, filtered via the perspective of someone from the UK. In short, it’s a unique and special cultural commentary, and one you will not want to put down.”

A Meeting At The Crossroads: Robert Johnson and The Devil
By Matt Frederick

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “The story of bluesman Robert Johnson and his deal with the Devil at the crossroads is one of the core myths at the heart of both blues and rock ‘n’ roll. In A Meeting At The Crossroads, Matt Frederick explores the history and meaning of the myth, from the Mississippi Delta to the crossroads gods of ancient times.


Caravan of Pain
By Scott Alderman

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Brace yourself for a roller coaster thrill ride as you join the Tattoo the Earth 2000 summer tour of America, the most insane tour ever inflicted on a continent. Featuring 20 of metal’s biggest bands, including Metallica, Slipknot and Slayer, plus Filip Leu, Sean Vasquez, and the world’s best tattoo artists, these renegade outsiders pissed off all the wrong music business heavyweights but left delirious inked fans in their wake. Caravan of Pain is a rip-roaring music business underdog tale: Compelling, hysterical, and cautionary. Its unique peek inside the world of music festivals, metal, and tattooing gives the reader a front-row seat to a watershed time in our culture at the turn of the millennium. Told with candor and humor by the tour’s creator Scott Alderman and illustrated with memorabilia and never-before-seen photos, Caravan Of Pain is a story of inspiration, persistence, and the dark side of following a dream.”

Living Metal: Metal Scenes Around the World
By Bryan Bardine & Jerome Stueart

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “This edited volume expands the research in the field of metal studies by examining metal music communities around the world, from Dayton, Ohio, to Estonia to post-apartheid South Africa and beyond. The chapters are detailed, richly embedded in local histories and contexts, and provide important analyses of their respective scenes. The diversity of the chapters connects metal to other disciplines in the music field and a foreword by Henkka Seppälä, former bassist of the Finnish extreme metal band Children of Bodom, accompanies the essays. Living Metal is a groundbreaking contribution to the field, with much appeal for fans and scholars of metal music as well as those in the fields of anthropology, musicology, and history.”

Classic Rock Songs Revealed: Vols. 1 & 2
By Dan Reagan & Catherine LaCroix

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “In the first of these two volumes, Billy Joel, Chicago, Lovin’ Spoonful and more than 20 other songwriters and producers share what went into the writing and recording of over 270 classic rock & folk songs from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. In the second volume, Steely Dan, Eagles, Jackson Browne, Foreigner, and more than 20 other songwriters and producers share their thoughts. All interviews were personally performed and transcripted by the author, Dan Reagan, and will offer you a look into classic rock unlike anything you’ve ever seen. ”

Female Force: Dolly Parton 2 | The Sequel
By Michael Frizell & Ramon Salas

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “The sequel to the popular Dolly comic book! Dolly Parton’s voice has brought her fame, allowing her to amass a $600 million fortune — a fortune she doesn’t mind sharing. In addition, Dolly donates to a foundation in her name, has created the Imagination Library that donates books to millions of kids, and even paid students to stay in school. Her rags-to-riches story is inspiring, but her compassion and giving back have allowed others to break generational poverty, creating a lasting legacy. In this sequel to Female Force: Dolly Parton, explore her passion for giving back to a community that has given her so much. Special cover by famed comic book artist Joe Phillips.”