Thursday, May 24, 2012

New Biographies

Bowie: A Biography by Marc Spitz
Bowie takes an in-depth look at the culture of postwar England in which Bowie grew up, the mod and hippie scenes of swinging London in the sixties, the sex and drug-fueled glitter scene of the early seventies when Bowie’s alter-ego Ziggy Stardust was born, his rise to global stardom in the eighties and his subsequent status as an elder statesman of alternative culture. Spitz puts each incarnation of Bowie into the context of its era, creating a cultural time line that is intriguing both for its historical significance as well as for its delineation of this rock ’n’ roll legend, the first musician to evolve a coherent vision after the death of the sixties dream.” – Publisher

Does The Noise In My Head Bother You? by Stephen Tyler
The son of a classical pianist, Steven Tyler was born to be a rock star. Weaned on Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, and his beloved Janis Joplin, Tyler tells what it's like to be a living legend and the frontman of the classic rock band Aerosmith. In this, his memoir, Tyler recounts what it's like to be a living legend in one of the world's most revered and infamous bands--the debauchery, the money, the notoriety, and more. Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?" is a backstage pass into this extraordinary showman's life. – Summary

Here’s The Deal; Don’t Touch Me by Howie Mandel
“Howie Mandel is one of the most recognizable names in entertainment–respected by his peers and beloved by audiences as the host of the enormously popular prime-time game show Deal or No Deal. With a career that spans three decades and many different show-business platforms–he’s a renowned stand-up comedian who continues to perform more than 150 sold-out shows a year, he created the award-winning TV show Bobby’s World, he’s starred in feature films and the hit TV series St. Elsewhere, and he’s also hosted his own daytime talk show–he’s one of the most versatile performers anywhere. But there are aspects of his personal and professional life he’s never talked about publicly–until now.” – Publisher

I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne and Chris Ayres
“People ask me how come I'm still alive, and I don't know what to say. When I was growing up, if you'd have put me up against a wall with the other kids from my street and asked me which one of us was gonna make it to the age of sixty, which one of us would end up with five kids and four grandkids and houses in Buckinghamshire and Beverly Hills, I wouldn't have put money on me. But here I am: ready to tell my story, in my own words, for the first time.” – Publisher

Slash by Slash
“For the first time ever, Slash tells the tale that has yet to be told from the inside: how the legendary band Guns N’ Roses came together, how they wrote the music that defined an era, how they survived insane, never-ending tours, how they survived themselves, and, ultimately, how it all fell apart. Slash is a window onto the world of the notoriously private guitarist and a seat on the roller-coaster ride that was one of history's greatest rock 'n' roll machines, always on the edge of self-destruction, even at the pinnacle of its success. Slash is everything. Slash is: funny, honest, inspiring, jaw-dropping…and, in a word, excessive.” – Publisher