Standing in the Shadows of Motown: The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson

(Guitar Book). Bassist James Jamerson was the embodiment of the Motown spirit and groove the invisible entity whose playing inspired thousands. His tumultuous life and musical brilliance are explored in depth through hundreds of interviews, 49 transcribed musical scores, two hours of recorded all-star performances, and more than 50 rarely seen photos in this stellar tribute to behind-the-scenes Motown. Features access to 120-minutes of audio! Allan Slutsky’s 2002 documentary of the same name is the winner of the New York Film Critics “Best Documentary of the Year” award! Songs include: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough * Ain’t Nothing like the Real Thing * Ain’t That Peculiar * Bernadette * Come ‘Round Here (I’m the One You Need) * Darling Dear * Don’t Mess with Bill * For Once in My Life * Home Cookin’ * How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone * How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) * I Heard It Through the Grapevine * I Was Made to Love Her * I’m Gonna Make You Love Me * My Guy * Nowhere to Run * Reach Out I’ll Be There * What’s Going On * You Can’t Hurry Love * and many more excerpts and riffs. The audio is accessed online using the unique code inside each book and can be streamed or downloaded. The audio files include PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right.

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  • Standing in the Shadows of Motown Book/CD
  • James Jamerson was the embodiment of the Motown spirit and groove – the invisible entity whose playing inspired thousands
  • His tumultuous life and musical brilliance are explored in depth through hundreds of interviews, 49 transcribed musical scores, 2 hours of recorded all-star performances, and more than 50 rarely seen photos
  • Features a 120-minute CD! James Jamerson was the embodiment of the Motown spirit and groove – the invisible entity whose playing inspired thousands
  • His tumultuous life and musical brilliance are explored in depth through hundreds of interviews, 49 transcribed musical scores, 2 hours of recorded all-star performances, and more than 50 rarely seen photos

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Janis: Her Life and Music

Longlisted for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence

This blazingly intimate biography of Janis Joplin establishes the Queen of Rock & Roll as the rule-breaking musical trailblazer and complicated, gender-bending rebel she was.

Janis Joplin’s first transgressive act was to be a white girl who gained an early sense of the power of the blues, music you could only find on obscure records and in roadhouses along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast. But even before that, she stood out in her conservative oil town. She was a tomboy who was also intellectually curious and artistic. By the time she reached high school, she had drawn the scorn of her peers for her embrace of the Beats and her racially progressive views. Her parents doted on her in many ways, but were ultimately put off by her repeated acts of defiance.

Janis Joplin has passed into legend as a brash, impassioned soul doomed by the pain that produced one of the most extraordinary voices in rock history. But in these pages, Holly George-Warren provides a revelatory and deeply satisfying portrait of a woman who wasn’t all about suffering. Janis was a perfectionist: a passionate, erudite musician who was born with talent but also worked exceptionally hard to develop it. She was a woman who pushed the boundaries of gender and sexuality long before it was socially acceptable. She was a sensitive seeker who wanted to marry and settle down—but couldn’t, or wouldn’t. She was a Texan who yearned to flee Texas but could never quite get away—even after becoming a countercultural icon in San Francisco.

Written by one of the most highly regarded chroniclers of American music history, and based on unprecedented access to Janis Joplin’s family, friends, band mates, archives, and long-lost interviews, Janis is a complex, rewarding portrait of a remarkable artist finally getting her due.

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Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music

Crafting smash hits with Van Halen, The Doobie Brothers, Nicolette Larson, and Van Morrison, legendary music producer Ted Templeman changed the course of rock history

This autobiography (as told to Greg Renoff) recounts Templeman’s remarkable life from child jazz phenom in Santa Cruz, California, in the 1950s to Grammy-winning music executive during the ’70s and ’80s. Along the way, Ted details his late ’60s stint as an unlikely star with the sunshine pop outfit Harpers Bizarre and his grind-it-out days as a Warner Bros. tape listener, including the life-altering moment that launched his career as a producer: his discovery of the Doobie Brothers.

Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music takes us into the studio sessions of No. 1 hits like “Black Water” by the Doobie Brothers and “Jump” by Van Halen, as Ted recounts memories and the behind-the-scene dramas that engulfed both massively successful acts. Throughout, Ted also reveals the inner workings of his professional and personal relationships with some of the most talented and successful recording artists in history, including Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Lowell George, Sammy Hagar, Linda Ronstadt, David Lee Roth, and Carly Simon.

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The Southern Comfort Food Diabetes Cookbook: Over 100 Recipes for a Healthy Life

Enjoy the Southern foods you love with a diabetic cookbook that loves you back.

Head down South with a diabetic cookbook that helps you transform classic Southern comfort foods using diabetes-conscious ingredients. Discover over 100 variations on favorite dishes like fried chicken, mac and cheese, and Hoppin’ John, and learn how to make them with flavorful substitutions like alternative grains and flours, garlic, onion, and chives, instead of so much starch and salt.

With this diabetic cookbook, you’ll prepare hearty, comforting meals that balance the trademark bright acidity and satisfying heat of Southern cooking―but are designed with ADA guidelines in mind. Every recipe includes the nutrition information you need at a glance, and you’ll even find lists of key pantry staples to keep on hand.

Discover a Southern-style diabetic cookbook with:

  • Nothing to lose―Healthy ways to braise, barbeque, smother, and air fry all your favorites.
  • Condiment creations―Make your own brines, rubs, sauces, and seasonings.
  • What’s in a serving size?―Tips for knowing what a serving size looks like for different food groups, and the nutritional value they contain.

You can have it both ways, thanks to a diabetic cookbook that lets you keep your health and keep the flavor.

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PIANO LESSONS: Reflections from a Life in Music

Vladimir Feltsman presents insights drawn from a lifetime of devotion to music: as a student, a teacher, a performer, and a recording artist. Beginning with his early days studying the piano in the Special School for Music in Moscow, he writes compellingly about his experience of becoming a professional musician and passing along what he learned to the next generation. Along the way, he sheds fascinating light on what it was like to pursue his vocation in the former Soviet Union, including eight years of artistic exile after he was refused permission to emigrate.

In addition to these personal reflections, the book reproduces the highly informative “liner notes” Feltsman provided for many of the recordings in his extensive discography, ranging from Bach’s Goldberg Variations to the 20th-century compositions of Soviet Russia’s “forgotten” composers.

A final inclusion is the text that Feltsman, a renowned Bach specialist, wrote to accompany a performing edition of The Well-Tempered Clavier, offering both an expansive overview and detailed analysis of each of the preludes and fugues.

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Cruel to Be Kind: The Life and Music of Nick Lowe

The definitive biography of singer-songwriter Nick Lowe, best-known for “Cruel to Be Kind” and “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding”

Described as “Britain’s greatest living songwriter,” Nick Lowe has made his mark as a pioneer of pub rock, power-pop, and punk rock and as a producer of Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, the Damned, and the Pretenders. He has been a pop star with his bands Brinsley Schwarz and Rockpile, a son-in-law to Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, and is the writer behind hits including “Cruel to Be Kind” and “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding.” In the past decades, however, he has distinguished himself as an artist who is equally acclaimed for the second act of his career as a tender yet sharp-tongued acoustic balladeer.

Biographer Will Birch, who in addition to being a music writer was a drummer and tour manager himself, has known Lowe for over forty years and melds Lowe’s gift as a witty raconteur with his own authoritative analysis of Lowe’s background and the cultural scenes he exemplifies. Lowe’s parallel fame as one of the best interviews in the business will contribute to this first look into his life and work–and likely the closest thing fans will get to an autobiography by this notoriously charming cult figure.
This is not an authorized biography, but Lowe has given it his spiritual blessing and his management and label are fully on board. Cruel to Be Kind will be the colorful yet serious account of one of the world’s most talented and admired musicians.

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Lee Miller: A Life with Food, Friends and Recipes

More than a recipe book exploring Miller’s life through the influence of food & how it ascends to the creative vehicle that she swaps her camera for & uses to build bridges & empower other women. 95 recipes, table presentations & mood images with original recipe facsimiles

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Eat Happy: Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Carb Recipes Made from Real Foods For A Joyful Life

Eat Happy has 154 delicious grain-free, gluten-free recipes that are also free of any processed sugars.  There are meats, fish, sides, soups, starters, casseroles, slow cooker recipes, breakfast dishes, and even desserts to satisfy any sweets craving you might have, all with virtually no sugar.  If you are low carb, paleo, are wanting to keep autoimmune issues at bay, or just want to lose extra weight, Eat Happy gives you comfort food where you wont miss the sugars or grains so your body and brain can feel happy from eating real foods. 


In 2012, after almost ten years of being gluten free due to celiac, Anna Vocino found she was gaining weight faster than a tick on a labradoodle.  Turns out the culprit wasnt overeating or too much fat in the diet, but the pesky sugars and grains in all those gluten free comfort foods.  When Anna started podcasting with Fitness Confidential author Vinnie Tortorich, she adapted her entire way of eating to go what Tortorich coined: NSNGNo Sugars No Grains.  Sure enough, the weight dropped off, the inflammation due to celiac finally calmed down, and for the first time in her life, she learned what it meant to be truly happy about food.


All of Annas recipes are delicious, easy to make, and so satisfying, you wont even know youre eating healthy.  Craving rich, decadent chocolate pots with fresh cream that are delicious but not fattening?  Wanna make a grain-free pizza crust that actually helps you lose weight?  Dying for pancakes, but youve committed to avoiding carbs?  How about hearty shepherds pie, tater tots, sizzling ginger rice, all made with cauliflower instead of high carb rice and potatoes?  Eat Happy offers low carb comfort foods to please the entire family.

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Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits

Academy Award–winning actress, producer, and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon invites you into her world, where she infuses the southern style, parties, and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm.

Reese Witherspoon’s grandmother Dorothea always said that a combination of beauty and strength made southern women “whiskey in a teacup.” We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we’re strong and fiery.

Reese’s southern heritage informs her whole life, and she loves sharing the joys of southern living with practically everyone she meets. She takes the South wherever she goes with bluegrass, big holiday parties, and plenty of Dorothea’s fried chicken. It’s reflected in how she entertains, decorates her home, and makes holidays special for her kids—not to mention how she talks, dances, and does her hair (in these pages, you will learn Reese’s fail-proof, only slightly insane hot-roller technique). Reese loves sharing Dorothea’s most delicious recipes as well as her favorite southern traditions, from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honky-tonks.

It’s easy to bring a little bit of Reese’s world into your home, no matter where you live. After all, there’s a southern side to every place in the world, right?

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Slowhand: The Life and Music of Eric Clapton

From the bestselling author of Shout!, comes the definitive biography of Eric Clapton, a Rock legend whose life story is as remarkable as his music, which transformed the sound of a generation.

For half a century Eric Clapton has been acknowledged to be one of music’s greatest virtuosos, the unrivalled master of an indispensable tool, the solid-body electric guitar. His career has spanned the history of rock, and often shaped it via the seminal bands with whom he’s played: the Yardbirds, John Mavall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominoes. Winner of 17 Grammys, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame’s only three-time inductee, he is an enduring influence on every other star soloist who ever wielded a pick.

Now, with Clapton’s consent and access to family members and close friends, rock music’s foremost biographer returns to the heroic age of British rock and follows Clapton through his distinctive and scandalous childhood, early life of reckless rock ‘n’ roll excess, and twisting & turning struggle with addiction in the 60s and 70s. Readers will learn about his relationship with Pattie Boyd–wife of Clapton’s own best friend George Harrison–the tragic death of his son, which inspired one of his most famous songs, “Tears in Heaven,” and even the backstories of his most famed, and named, guitars.

Packed with new information and critical insights, Slowhand finally reveals the complex character behind a living legend.

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