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Next Week in Music | Aug. 15-21 • New Books

A trio of tomes that aren't about Elvis, The Beatles, The Stones, Bowie or Dylan.


And then there were three. Yep, it’s true: There are only a trio of new music tomes this week — and none of them is about Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie or Bob Dylan. What are they about? Read on:


Tegan and Sara: Modern Heartthrobs
By Melody Lau

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “A guide to the music and multifaceted career of Canadian artists and songwriters Tegan and Sara. Through interviews with Tegan and Sara, their collaborators, journalists, and fans, this book explores the multifaceted career of one of music’s most celebrated sister duos, from their start as Neil Young’s proteges to Canadian indie-rock purveyors and, making their riskiest transformation yet, into mainstream pop breakouts.”

Born in the Bronx: A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop
By Joe Conzo

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “The work of pioneering photographer Joe Conzo forms the backbone of this crucial documentary journey through hip-hop’s formative years. Curator and writer Johan Kugelberg builds on this foundation by gathering the scattered remains of a movement that had its eye on the future from day one. The energetic flyer artwork of Buddy Esquire provides another aesthetic pillar of the book and is supported by personal contributions from influential creators including Grandmaster Caz, LA Sunshine, JDL, MARE 139 and Grandwizzard Theodore. A foreword by legendary DJ and Bronx native Afrika Bambaataa and a hip-hop timeline by bestselling author Jeff Chang round out this important collection and add further context to the movement’s explosive early period.”

Punk is Dead, Punk is Everything
By Bryan Ray Turcotte

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Back by popular demand in a new paperback edition, Punk is Dead exposes the lasting impact of punk on visual culture worldwide. Hundreds of flyers, photos, set lists, vintage fashions and other ephemera from all of your favorite bands are jammed into this menacing volume. Punk is Dead is massive, featuring a wide spectrum of bands that initially ignited the scene, and later fueled its global expansion. Contributing writers such as Wayne Kramer, Arturo Vega, Kid Congo, David Yow, Annie Anxiety, Duane Peters, Marc McCoy, Tony Alva, Don Bolles, Trudie and Pat Smear flesh out the visual assault. It also features hard-hitting interviews with Ian Mackaye, one of the most respected voices of the DIY music underground, and Malcolm McLaren, likely the most impactful promoter of the early punk movement.”