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Next Week in Music | Sept. 26 – Oct. 2 • New Books

With 28 new titles on the way, you're gonna need to make room on your bookshelves.

Sporty and Suzi. Floyd and Flying Nun. Tool and Tori. Roxy and Dexys. Bon and BSS. Plus the usual assortment of titles about John, Paul, George and Ringo. With 28 new releases on the way, you’re gonna need to make some room in your library. And in your free time. Read all about ’em:


The Sporty One: My Life as a Spice Girl
By Melanie Chisholm

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “25 years ago, The Spice Girls, a girl band that began after five women answered an ad in the paper, released their first single. Wannabe became a hit and from that moment and, almost overnight, Melanie Chisholm went from small-town girl to Sporty Spice, part of one of the biggest music groups in history. Beginning in her bedroom in the north-west of England dreaming of performing on stage, The Sporty One follows the meteoric rise of the Melanie and The Spice Girls, from the incredible highs of becoming one of the world’s most recognizable popstars — playing at Wembley, conquering the BRITs, closing the Olympics — to the difficult lows. For the first time ever, Melanie talks about the pressures of fame, the shaming and bullying she experienced, the struggles she has had with her body image and mental health, and the difficulty of finding yourself when the whole world knows your name. The Sporty One is an incredible story of resilience, hope and how you can find your power.”

Long Road: Pearl Jam and the Soundtrack of a Generation
By Steven Hyden

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Ever since Pearl Jam first blasted onto the Seattle grunge scene three decades ago with their debut album Ten, they have sold more than 85 million albums, performed for hundreds of thousands of fans around the world, and have even been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. In Long Road: Pearl Jam And The Soundtrack Of A Generation, music critic and journalist Steven Hyden celebrates the life, career, and music of this legendary group, widely considered to be one of the greatest American rock bands of all time. Long Road is structured like a mixtape, using 18 Pearl Jam classics as starting points for telling a mix of personal and universal stories. Each chapter tells the tale of this great band — how they got to where they are, what drove them to greatness, and why it matters now. Written with his celebrated blend of personal memoir, criticism, and journalism, Hyden explores Pearl Jam’s path from Ten to now. It’s a chance for new fans and old fans alike to geek out over Pearl Jam minutia — the B-sides, the beloved deep cuts, the concert bootlegs — and explore the multitude of reasons why Pearl Jam’s music resonated with so many people. As Hyden explains, “Most songs pass through our lives and are swiftly forgotten. But Pearl Jam is forever.”

The Routledge Handbook of Pink Floyd
By Chris Hart & Simon A. Morrison

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:The Routledge Handbook of Pink Floyd is intended for scholars and researchers of popular music, as well as music industry professionals and fans of the band. It brings together international researchers to assess, evaluate and reformulate approaches to the critical study and interpretation of one of the world’s most important and successful bands. For the first time, this Handbook will ‘tear down the wall,’ examining the band’s collective artistic creations and the influence of social, technological, commercial and political environments over several decades on their work. Divided into five parts, the book provides a thoroughly contextualised overview of the musical works of Pink Floyd, including coverage of performance and sound; media, reception and fandom; genre; periods of Pink Floyd’s work; and aesthetics and subjectivity. Drawing on art, design, performance, culture and counterculture, emergent theoretical resources and analytical frames are evaluated and discussed from across the social sciences, humanities and creative arts.”

Pink Floyd Live: Collected
By Alison James

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Follow the band from when they formed as students in Cambridge in 1965 and consisted of Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright, with Dave Gilmour joining in 1967. Barrett left in 1968 but remains synonymous with the group. Pink Floyd rose to become commercially successful, musically influential, and known for the some of greatest live shows in the history of popular music. We go backstage with Pink Floyd in detail telling the stories behind their incredible success from the stadium gigs to the recording sessions that made some of the world’s best-selling rock albums. Each chapter tells the story of one of their major tours with travel schedules, setlists, and amazing statistics.”

Bad Boy Boogie: The True Story of AC/DC Legend Bon Scott
By Jeff Apter

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Bon Scott was once asked if he was AC or DC. ‘Neither,’ he grinned, ‘I’m the lightning flash in the middle.’ And that’s how he lived his life. No one had the same skill with lyrics as Bon, who called his words ‘toilet poetry’, his ‘dirty ditties.’ He could also vividly depict life on the road, best heard in the AC/DC classics Long Way to the Top and Highway to Hell. When Bon appeared on Countdown in March 1975, the impression he left was indelible. The ugliest schoolgirl to ever grace the small screen, Bon was a mess of tattoos and pigtails, wearing an awkwardly short skirt, all the while puffing on a ciggie. His bandmates, not just the audience, were in hysterics. The video quickly became part of Oz rock folklore. Bon was always the joker in the AC/DC pack. He’d happily pose for a photograph with a joint dangling from his lips or be interviewed in cut-off shorts with a banana provocatively stuffed into his waistband. Anything to elicit a laugh. The off-stage stories surrounding Bon are legendary. After spending a lively couple of days with Bon, singer Jim Manzie said, ‘My rock ’n’ roll education was pretty much complete.’ Bad Boy Boogie is the first biography to focus on Bon’s remarkable gifts as a lyricist, frontman and rascal. In short, the real Bon Scott.”

What’s She Like: A Memoir
By Helen O’Hara

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Helen O’Hara decided she was going to be a violinist at the age of nine. Her violin was her badge of honour. She was brought up on a mix of classical and pop music, but it was pop that ruled her heart. A prodigious talent, she rose through the ranks in youth orchestras, but at seventeen she rebelled, left school and joined a progressive rock band. At 21, she was back in college studying classical violin, where she was headhunted by Dexys Midnight Runners. Declining an offer from the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, she joined Dexys instead. Weeks later Come On Eileen was No. 1 in the U.K. charts. What’s She Like provides a vivid account of the euphoric experience of recording and touring the album Too-Rye-Ay, and the tumultuous story of the making of Dexys‘ masterpiece Don’t Stand Me Down. After Dexys disbanded in 1986, Helen started a long working relationship with Tanita Tikaram and recorded two solo instrumental albums, featuring acclaimed pianist Nicky Hopkins, before taking a break from music to raise her family. The break extended for 23 years. Once her two sons had grown, driven by forces almost beyond her control, she dusted down her violin and began the hard journey to once again make music the centre of her life, honouring the commitment she had made to herself aged nine. Here, in her own words, Helen finally answers the question posed in the lead song on Don’t Stand Me Down: This is what she’s like.”

Rock N Roll Will Only Break Your Heart
By Kenward Cooper

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “When you hear that someone’s been in the music business more than 30 years, you might think they’d be a household name. Most music memoirs and autobiographies are about the artist paying their dues and then reaching the big time. In Rock N Roll Will Only Break Your Heart, there is no “big time” for the author. Instead, it’s about getting from point A to point B while still trying to find point C. And you know what? The ride is just as colorful without the platinum records. Kenward Cooper tells his story in a heartfelt way, while also finding humor in his struggles and misfortunes, tracing the time when he was at the cusp of the Las Vegas music scene, just before the success of The Killers, Panic! at the Disco and Imagine Dragons, and the grief of his marriage ending after a romantic rivalry involving a member of one of the aforementioned bands. From journalism to songwriting, performing, and screenwriting, Kenward takes on many endeavors-all with the same goal of trying to make his mark. He travels from coast to coast and internationally in a never-ending pursuit of dreams. Rock ’n’ roll will only break your heart. But it will put a smile on your face while it does it.”

Suzi Quatro In The 1970s: Decades
By Darren Johnson

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “If you talk about the ’70s, I was a hardworking artist. I did nothing but tour — recording, touring, TV, you know. I had constant jetlag. Constant black shadows under my eyes but, oh, what a ride! What a wonderful ride. And I’m still doing it now,” says Suzi Quatro. With a succession of hit singles, including eight U.K. top 20 hits and two No. 1s, sell-out tours and six studio albums, Quatro was an enduring presence throughout the 1970s, the decade that saw her move away from being part of an all-girl band in Detroit and relocate to England for a solo career that challenged old stereotypes and helped redefine the image of the female rock icon. Taking each year in turn this book takes a detailed look at her career throughout the decade where she enjoyed her greatest successes, including a comprehensive overview of each album and single released during that period, her touring schedule and her frequent media appearances, including that famous guest role in Happy Days. As well as making extensive use of press archives from the era, Suzi Quatro In The 1970s also includes personal reflections from an exclusive interview with Suzi herself.”

Needles and Plastic: Flying Nun Records, 1981-1988
By Matthew Goody

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Founded in 1981 by Roger Shepherd in Christchurch New Zealand, Flying Nun Records unleashed an extraordinary wave of music that had an impact around the world. Needles and Plastic is the first comprehensive history of the early years of the label and its bands covering the critical period from 1981-1988 when many of the most influential and critically acclaimed artists emerged on Flying Nun — bands like The Clean, The Chills, The Verlaines, Straitjacket Fits and Bailter Space. The influence of the obscure label became apparent in the 1990s, when big-time indie acts like Pavement, Cat Power or Yo La Tengo started covering Flying Nun bands. Matthew Goody tells the story through the records Flying Nun released over this period. In entries on over 140 records — from The Clean’s Tally Ho! in 1981 to The VerlainesBird-Dog in 1988, the book draws on years of in-depth research to reveal the stories of the bands, the recordings, the songs, and the audience, with a host of significant characters contributing along the way — Chris Knox, Doug Hood, Hamish Kilgour and more. In this remarkable tale of creativity and chaos, do-it-yourself innovation and extraordinary attempts at world domination, Needles and Plastic tells the inside story of one the world’s great independent music labels.”

Magical Mystery Tour and Yellow Submarine
By Bruce Spizer

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “In the introductory pages of my last published book, The Beatles Finally Let It Be, I paraphrased the ending of the James Bond films from the ’60s by stating that “The Beatles Album Series Shall Return…” When I wrote those words, I thought I knew what book would be next, but when travel restrictions were imposed due to Covid, I needed to work on a book that I could research from home. I quickly determined that there was a lot of information on The Beatles’ activities during 1967 and 1968 that was available online. That led me to switch plans and produce a book covering Magical Mystery Tour and Yellow Submarine. As the songs for both projects were recorded after Sgt. Pepper and before The White Album, the pairing seemed quite natural, particularly since the four new Beatles songs appearing on the Yellow Submarine album would have made for a very small book! You will notice that, unlike the first four books published in The Beatles Album Series, the British section precedes the American section. The previous books covered albums that were essentially the same in both countries, so I started with the American records because they were the ones I grew up with and because the United States was The Beatles‘ biggest market.”

Ticket to Ride: Legendary Beatle Locations For The Day Tripper
By Angie McCartney

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Angie McCartney was part of the inner circle of Fab Fourdom in Liverpool in the ’60s, and as the stepmother to Sir Paul she has had many interactions with rockstars and royalty, pop stars and presidents, and they all have one thing in common… they’re Beatles fans. Now that Beatles tourism is a burgeoning industry, Angie’s travel-size book takes you down memory lane to Penny Lane and 85+ other points of interest on the long and winding road. You’ll be directed to spots in the Mop Top maps of Liverpool, London, Hamburg, New York and Los Angeles, you’ll discover nuggets and stories to satisfy the day tripper in you! And by scanning the QR codes with your smart-phone, you’ll be transported to a destination of fascination online, with links to tours, maps, trivia, videos, much more information than we can fit in a postcard-sized book, and a deeper dive into these tourist locations and their magical history. We hope you travel safely and create memories for a lifetime as in these legendary locations, a splendid time is guaranteed for all.”

My Date With A Beatle: Just George to Me
By Judith Kristen

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:My Date With A Beatle is a charming look back at the glory days of Beatlemania, as seen through the eyes of a loyal and devoted fan. You’ll feel as if you’re right there with Judy: At her first sighting of The Beatles at Kennedy Airport, witnessing their first press conference, sneaking into The Plaza Hotel, drooling over their first appearance on Ed Sullivan, her wild trip to The Beatles’ first American concert in Washington, D.C., and the crazy antics she pulled off, all in loving effort to meet her idol, George Harrison — and she actually made it happen! A Date with a Beatle is a hilarious, fast-paced, totally entertaining story of the magic that was created by four lovely lads from Liverpool and the dreams that can come true when tenacity and heart are headed in the same direction.”

Lennon And McCartney: Painting With Sound
By Thomas MacFarlane

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Lennon And McCartney: Painting With Sound explores the work of two of the most influential composers of the 20th century. Five decades after the breakup of The Beatles, the music of John Lennon and Paul McCartney continues to fascinate and inspire. Evidence suggests that their uniquely eclectic approach can be traced back to the Liverpool College of Art. Following on that idea, this book explores the creative dialogue between Lennon and McCartney, both with The Beatles and on their own, that grew out of that early influence. The book is presented in three sections: Stretching the Canvas considers the Liverpool College of Art as the backdrop for John and Paul’s early collaborations with painter and musician Stuart Sutcliffe. This is followed by discussions of select works created by The Beatles between 1962-’69. Extending the Space focuses on the long-distance creative dialogue between Lennon and McCartney as demonstrated in their respective solo recordings of the 1970s. New Colours considers the final works of the Lennon and McCartney creative dialogue as well as various McCartney solo projects released in the years that followed Lennon’s death in 1980. Here, the focus is on Paul’s development as a painter, its effect on his creativity, and his subsequent efforts to establish the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts as a world-class arts conservatory.”

David Bowie and Romanticism
By James Rovira

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:David Bowie and Romanticism evaluates Bowie’s music, film, drama, and personae alongside 18th- and 19th-century poets, novelists, and artists. These chapters expand our understanding of both the literature studied as well as Bowie’s music, exploring the boundaries of reason and imagination, and of identity, gender, and genre. This collection uses the conceptual apparata and historical insights provided by the study of Romanticism to provide insight into identity formation, drawing from Romantic theories of self to understand Bowie’s oeuvre and periods of his career. The chapters discuss key themes in Bowie’s work and analyze what Bowie has to teach us about Romantic art and literature as well.”

Switched On: Bob Moog And The Synthesizer Revolution
By Albert Glinsky

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “The Moog synthesizer bent the course of music forever. Bob Moog, the man who did that bending, was a lovable geek with Einstein hair and pocket protectors. He walked into history in 1964 when his homemade contraption unexpectedly became a sensation ― suddenly everyone wanted a Moog. The Beatles, The Doors, The Byrds and Stevie Wonder discovered his synthesizer, and it came to be featured in seminal film scores including Apocalypse Now and A Clockwork Orange. The Moog’s game-changing sounds saturated ’60s counterculture and burst into the disco party in the ’70s to set off the electronic dance music movement. Bob had singlehandedly founded the synth industry and become a star in the process. But he was also going broke. Imitators copied his technology, the musicians’ union accused him of replacing live players, and Japanese competitors started overtaking his work. He struggled to hang on to his inventions, his business, and his very name. Bob’s story upends our notions of success and wealth, showing that the two don’t always go together. In Switched On, author Albert Glinsky draws on exclusive access to Bob Moog’s personal archives and his probing interviews with Bob’s family and a multitude of associates, for this first complete biography of the man and his work. Switched On takes the reader on a roller coaster ride at turns triumphant, heart-breaking, and frequently laugh out loud absurd ― a nuanced trip through the public and private worlds of this legendary inventor who altered the course of music.”

Roxy Live: Under Exposed: One Fan’s Unseen Concert Photos
By Jocelyn Fiske

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “2022 marks the 50th anniversary of Roxy Music’s eponymous debut album, which the band are celebrating with a North America and U.K. tour, their first in over a decade. To coincide with this milestone, we are proud to present a one-of-a-kind historical document and celebration of one of the most beloved and enduring bands of our times. Documenting the band from their heyday in 1973 right up to Roxy’s last live performance in 2019 — more often than not from the photographer’s pit — and punctuated by rare memorabilia, priceless memories and cheeky anecdotes, Roxy Live is the book Roxy fans have been waiting for.”

Music in the ’80s
By Lynn Goldsmith

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Over the past 50 years, Lynn Goldsmith has photographed hundreds of musicians in studio portrait sessions, at live concerts, on the road and at home. Her new book, Music In The ’80s, showcases an incredible range of artists during a decade when many new forms of music were gaining popularity: New wave, electronica, rap, metal and ska had chart topping success, as did R&B and pop. Michael Jackson, Philip Glass, Run DMC, Miles Davis, Judas Priest — these are but a few of the names that during this period became icons. The ’80s were a time like no other in history, and the photographs chosen for this book are as diverse in their style as the music and dress of the decade. The book also features quotes from many of the people featured in Goldsmith’s photographs —including Iggy Pop, Tina Turner, Keith Richards, Alice Cooper, Elvis Costello and more — as well as those who were influenced by the tremendous cultural importance of the decade, proving that Music In The ’80s is sure to hit the right note for all lovers of music.”

Free Jazz
By Jeff Schwartz

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “In the late 1950s, free jazz broke all the rules, liberating musicians both to create completely spontaneous and unplanned performances and to develop unique personal musical systems. This genre emerged alongside the radical changes of the 1960s, particularly the Civil Rights, Black Arts and Black Power movements. Free Jazz is a new and accessible introduction to this exciting, controversial, and often misunderstood music, drawing on extensive research, close listening, and the author’s experience as a performer. More than a catalog of artists and albums, the book explores the conceptual areas they opened: freedom, spirituality, energy, experimentalism, and self-determination. These are discussed in relation to both the political and artistic currents of the times and to specific musical techniques, explained in language clear to ordinary readers but also useful for musicians.”

By Fiona McQuarrie

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Mixtape is a journey through one of the most exciting eras of popular music. Each chapter covers a song released between 1975 and 1985, and features in-depth research, critical assessment, and the occasional dose of snark. Some of these 21 songs will be familiar, others not so familiar, but all of them have fascinating stories to tell. Mixtape is a great read for fans of music and popular culture, and for anyone who wants to revisit the sounds of that exhilarating decade.”

Halo: The Story Behind Depeche Mode’s Classic Album Violator
By Kevin May & David McElroy

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Recorded in England, Denmark and Italy between May and September 1989, Depeche Mode’s seventh studio album Violator was a landmark record beloved by fans and universally regarded as the band’s creative highpoint. Eventually selling 7.5 million copies following its release in March 1990, Violator gave the cult British band — Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher and Alan Wilder — the critical acclaim they finally deserved. The adventurous, highly experimental approach that the band took for Violator recording sessions also yielded two of the band’s most recognisable and successful singles in Personal Jesus and Enjoy The Silence. Produced by the band with the influential studio guru Flood and mixed by the legendary François Kevorkian, Violator is viewed as a hugely groundbreaking body of work by countless musicians and DJs, such was its progressive synthesis of electronic, rock, dance and pop music. More than an album biography, Halo goes deep behind the scenes of the band’s Violator period. The book takes the form of a detailed oral history from those who were there in the studio with the band, working behind the cameras, designing sleeves and appearing in the videos; support acts, tour managers, publicists and fans. With Halo, authors Kevin May and David McElroy have produced an essential guide for Depeche Mode fans and anyone inquisitive about the making of a classic, genre-defining album.”

Tool: Every Album, Every Song
By Matt Karpe

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Music may not have been the designated career path for the members of Tool when they each relocated to Los Angeles in the 1980s, but the quartet would soon find one another and join forces to become one of the most unique acts in the history of rock and metal. Tool: Every Album, Every Song documents all of the band’s studio releases — from their raw and unapologetic 1991 demo tape to their 2019 epic, Fear Inoculum, a record 13 years in the making and an album that would solidify Tool as one of the greatest progressive rock bands of all time. Something of an enigma but an extremely complex and intelligent band, this book goes into great detail as it uncovers the stories behind Tool’s engrossing back catalogue. Extensively researched in order to create a valuable reference book that all Tool fans can delve into at their leisure, the formulations of pivotal songs such as Sober, Ænema, Schism, Lateralus and Rosetta Stoned have become stories of legend. Also focusing on the band members’ various side-projects and selected guest appearances, as well as acting as a comprehensive biography, this is the most comprehensive book on the band yet written.”

How to Drink Like a Rock Star: Recipes for the Cocktails and Libations that Inspired 100 Music Legends
By Apollo Publishers

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Have you longed for a taste of the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle without the trashed hotel rooms, constrictive leather pants, and weeks lost on a cramped tour bus? Whether you want to know what fueled Ozzy Osbourne’s bat-biting Prince of Darkness persona, quaff a Jack and Coke like Motörhead’s Lemmy, or learn Madonna’s recipe for a perfect dirty martini, How To Drink Like A Rock Star will delight fans of all genres of rock and roll and anyone searching for the perfect cocktail. From AC/DC to ZZ Top, this lavish illustrated follow-up to How To Drink Like A Writer offers 100 spirited drink recipes, fascinating rock star profiles, a special sections dedicated to epic rock clubs to drink, dance, and perform in, and even unusual hangover cures and favorite food pairings, all accompanied by original illustrations of ingredients and finished cocktails, and a wealth of photographs. This remarkable book, the result of a deep dive into interviews, backstage tour riders, and much more, is sure to inspire, impress, and inebriate. Sure, becoming a rock legend takes dedication, connections, and talent, but it also takes vodka, gin, tequila, and whiskey.”

Gathering of the Tribe: Acid: A Companion to Occult Music On Vinyl Volume 1
By Mark Goodall

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “The records discussed in Gathering Of The Tribe: Acid explore the key aspects of the acid experience, these being principally the way in which psychedelic drugs intensify sensory impressions (sound and vision); the ability to experience different dimensions simultaneously and mystical dimensions where the individual feels unified with the cosmos. This music also explores aspects of the infamous ‘bad trip’ or the ‘terror that was wrong,’ where positive feelings are replaced by paranoia, depression, anxiety and disturbing flashbacks, the ‘other side of anguish’. Gathering Of The Tribe is an on-going series about the mysterious power of sound and tone, with each book devoted to reviewing records that reveal divine and cosmic laws, voyages to other worlds or use sound as a tool for transformation. While highly selective, the series offers a practical guide to the ultimate occult record collection.”

Irish American Civil War Songs: Identity, Loyalty, and Nationhood
By Catherine V. Bateson

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Irish-born and Irish-descended soldiers and sailors were involved in every major engagement of the American Civil War. Throughout the conflict, they shared their wartime experiences through songs and song lyrics, leaving behind a vast trove of ballads in songbooks, letters, newspaper publications, wartime diaries, and other accounts. Taken together, these songs and lyrics offer an underappreciated source of contemporary feelings and opinions about the war. Catherine V. Bateson’s Irish American Civil War Songs provides the first in-depth exploration of Irish Americans’ use of balladry to portray and comment on virtually every aspect of the war as witnessed by the Irish on the front line and home front. Bateson considers the lyrics, themes, and sentiments of wartime songs produced in America but often originating with those born across the Atlantic in Ireland and Britain. Her analysis gives new insight into views held by the Irish migrant diaspora about the conflict and the ways those of Irish descent identified with and fought to defend their adopted homeland. Bateson’s investigation of Irish American song lyrics within the context of broader wartime experiences enhances our understanding of the Irish contribution to the American Civil War. At the same time, it demonstrates how Irish songs shaped many American balladry traditions as they laid the foundation of the Civil War’s musical soundscape.”

Pantera: Vulgar Display of Power
By Various Writers & Illustrators

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “In the grand tradition established by Z2, the Vulgar Display of Power 30th Anniversary graphic novel unites famous fans of the band throughout comics and music to team up on adaptations of all eleven of the album’s tracks. Creators including Alan Robert (Life of Agony), Eric Peterson (Testament), Keith Buckley (Every Time I Die), Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Ryan J. Downey (MTV News), Tony Lee (Dr. Who) and illustrators Paul Booth, Erik Rodriguez, Ryan Kelly, Steve Chanks, Kevin Mellon, John Pearson and Danijel Zezelj will each offer a unique interpretation inspired by the lyrics and music to create a whole new way to experience this landmark work of heavy art.”

One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer: Three Tales of John Lee Hooker
By Gabe Soria & John Lee Hooker

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Spanning several decades of the American experience, One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer tells three tales of John Lee Hooker’s storied life through the perspective of those who lived within his massive orbit, weaving textured and interpretative stories that rise to the lofty creative heights of his music and fall to the gritty reality of trying to thrive in several unforgiving eras.”

Broken Social Scene Presents: You Forgot It In People
By Z2 Comics, Lonnie Nadler & Justin Peroff

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Z2 Comics celebrates the most crucial indie album of the new millennium with Broken Social Scene Presents: You Forgot It In People, The Graphic Novel. Paralleling the confluence that led a community of Toronto musicians to craft a winding audio epiphany, this project unites one writer and and 13 artists to create a series of intertwining vignettes inspired by the 2003 record, You Forgot It In People, on its 20th anniversary. Overseen by Broken Social Scene’s Justin Peroff and Brendan Canning, writer Lonnie Nadler (X-Men, Black Stars Above) joins Eric Orchard, Ray Fawkes, Mike Feehan, Diana Nguyen, and more artists to be announced for a fully Canadian sequential art jam session. Within these pages, a collection of seemingly disparate strangers’ lives weave in and out each others’ orbits, touched equally by the mundane and unexplainable. The meta of music and people and ideas harmonizing together shifts to a new medium for this touching and ambitious graphic novel.”

Tori Amos: Little Earthquakes
By Rantz Hoseley

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “The official graphic novel celebrating 30 years of Tori Amos’s breakout album: Little Earthquakes. The landmark release that established her iconic thematic voice, as well as her live intensity behind the keys with unflinching lyrics and songs that would inspire generations of artists and musicians. This graphic novel demonstrates the lasting influence of this defining work with 24 stories inspired by the 12 songs on the album, as well as the 12 B-sides that accompanied the album and its associated singles. With star writers such as Neil Gaiman and Margaret Atwood being assembled by Z2 editor Rantz Hoseley, who previously edited the multi-award-winning Comic Book Tattoo, and who painted the cover for her recent Christmastide EP.”

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