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Peter Hook’s Hacienda, Todd Snider and Legendary Music Journalist Lisa Robinson In New Books

Posted by on Apr.28, 2014, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

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Available for the first time in the US, The Hacienda: How Not To Run A Club by Peter Hook is stirring up buzz on our shores.  Hook, who’s book Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division was a best seller last year, impresses again with tales of The Hacienda club, written with an inclusive tone that makes you feel like you’re there with him every step of the way,  The Hacienda is a funny, horrifying, and outlandish story of success, idealism, naiveté and greed.

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Fans of Todd Snider won’t be disappointed with his new book I Never Met A Story I Didn’t Like: Mostly True Tall Tales which collects Snider’s stories in print for the first time.  Snider has an original and unique view that will intrigue even those readers unfamiliar with his music.

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Take a trip backstage with legendary music journalist Lisa Robinson, who shares over four decades of her music insider stories in There Goes Gravity: A Life In Rock And Roll.  Robinson has interviewed some of the biggest names in the business including Led Zeppelin, Patti Smith and Jay Z, but this is the first time she has allowed others into her exclusive world.

Punk, “Punk” And A Happy New Year!

Posted by on Dec.21, 2012, under News No Comments

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We’re about to take off for the holidays, but we want to wish you all peace, glad tidings and happy new year before we do.  Also, here’s a little bit of news before we go.

– This week, Patti Smith announced she will be writing a sequel to Just Kids.

-It’s the 25th anniversary of Green Day and the complete history of the band is bound in this cool new book  Green Day: The Ultimate Unauthorized History.

– 2012 goes out with a bang in the form of the ridiculously incredible Punk: The Best Of Punk Magazine.  Here’s what Vanity Fair had to say. There’s lots more on Punk Rock Magazine’s website here.

See you in 2013!!

Nikki Sixx’s Heroin Diaries Book To Broadway And More Book News

Posted by on Nov.19, 2012, under News No Comments

-In the “Is This An Onion Headline?” category- Nikki Sixx announced that his Heroin Diaries book will be adapted for Broadway.

- Peter Wrench submitted a proposal for a Van Morrison book to 33 1/3 books that was rejected, but he went ahead and wrote it anyway. Very cool of 33 1/3 to let us know. Check it out here.

-Congratulations to Kristin Hersh who announced this week via twitter that there will be new printings of Rat Girl and Paradoxical Undressing. See Kristin talk to us about the books.

-Out December 4th, Alan Light will dissect Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah in a new book The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah”

-One hundred cultural icons including musicians Patti Smith, Thurston Moore and Roseanne Cash contributed to the new book My Ideal Bookshelf .

Richard Hell will be publishing his memoir I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp next March and it’s now available for pre-order. Also,  33 1/3 books will be publishing  a look at Richard Hell and The Voidoid’s Blank Generation from Peter Astor.  Here’s an interview with Astor.

Neil Young, Rod Stewart, Pete Townsend And John Taylor Battle For Fall Memoir Crown

Posted by on Aug.01, 2012, under News No Comments


Since the success of Keith Richards’s My Life and Patti Smith’s Just Kids, publishers have been clamoring for the next best-selling rock memoir, and with the potential for a big bucks payday, more artists than ever are willing to share their story.

This weekend the New York Times published a fantastic article titled “Warts and All In New Pop Memoirs” that further explains the phenomenon, and cited memoirs by Gregg Allman, Tony Iommi and Carole King as recent examples.

When the much anticipated memoirs of Neil YoungRod StewartPete Townsend and John Taylor of Duran Duran all hit stores within weeks of each other this fall, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top and how they’ll get there; by spilling long untold secrets, rewriting their own history, or a compelling combination of both.

Interview: Caryn Rose “B-Sides and Broken Hearts”

Posted by on Sep.21, 2011, under Current Shows Comments Off

“Joey Ramone is dead” is the first line from Caryn Rose’s debut novel, “B-Sides and Broken Hearts”, and the catalyst for the the title character, Lisa Simon, to take stock of her life.  Music has always been important to Lisa, but now,  she’s not so sure about the relationship she’s currently in or the ones she thought she’d reconciled.  Music is what drives this funny, well-written and so-much-more-than “chick-lit” book.  It’s a “High Fidelity” for women. And while this is a work of fiction,  Rose’s personal passion for music is evident throughout the book.

Currently the director of product development for Billboard digital, in the past, Rose  has also worked for Warner/Elektra/Atlantic records and written for many outlets, including the legendary Seattle music magazine “Backfire”.

In this interview, Rose shares more about her musical heroes, her involvement with the new Replacements documentary, “Color Me Obsessed” (including a fantastic story that is not in the movie) and her favorite B-side of all time.

Buy “B-SIDES AND BROKEN HEARTS”. Follow Caryn on Twitter.  Check out “B-Sides” on Facebook. Hear a special playlist created for the book on Spotify.