Ricki and the Flash
By Jonathan Demme
Meryl Streep stars as Ricki Rendazzo, a guitar heroine who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock-and-roll stardom. Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with her family. Also starring Rick Springfield, Kevin Kline, Audra McDonald, Sebastian Stan, Joe Vitale, Rick Rosas. Rated PG-13 for mature theme and language. 101 Min. 2015.
Ricki and the Flash
Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix
By Charles Cross
DB 62315, BRC 634, Available as BARD Download
The author uses primary sources to depict the life of guitarist Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970). Describes his poverty-stricken childhood in Seattle, years on the "Chitlin' Circuit," emergence on England's music scene, success at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, and death at age twenty-seven. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2005.
Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll
By Peter Guralnick
DB 83063, Available as a BARD Download
A music historian profiles the legendary music producer. With his Memphis-based Sun Records, Phillips launched the careers of greats like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash. Phillips was instrumental in giving many African American artists a musical outlet. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain
By Danny Goldberg
DB 94636, Available as a BARD Download
Twenty-five years after Kurt Cobain's suicide, Nirvana's former manager presents a biography of the band's lead singer. Focuses on Nirvana's rise to superstardom, Cobain's relationship with Courtney Love, and the addictions he battled. Includes interviews with friends, family, and former bandmates. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
Shake It Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop From Elvis to Jay Z
By Kevin J.H. Dettmar
DB 89051, Available as a BARD Download
The author of novels including Motherless Brooklyn (DB 49231) teams up with a music journalist to present this survey of writings about rock and pop music, comprising fifty essays and works of music criticism by Amiri Baraka, Lester Bangs, Nick Tosches, Ellen Willis, Greil Marcus, and others. Some strong language. 2017.
The Sound of Our Town: A History of Boston Rock and Roll
By Brett Milano
DBM 1090, Available as a BARD Download
Milano delves deep into the history of Boston's exhilarating and diverse music scene. In this anecdotal history, not only do we learn about how Boston's most successful celebrity bands got their start, we are also given an in-depth account of the "one-hit wonders" and near-misses, and the clubs and radio stations that fueled the scene. From doo-wop and sixties soul and psychedelia, to punk, new wave and heavy metal, it's all part of "The Sound of Our Town." 2011.
This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead
By Blair Jackson
DB 83811, Available as a BARD Download
Two authorities on the seminal folk rock band the Grateful Dead collaborate on this oral history of the group. Interviews with band members, fellow musicians, and fans weave together their story, from their roots in the San Francisco area to the fiftieth anniversary concert in 2015. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
What Does This Button Do?: An Autobiography
By Bruce Dickinson
DB 91579, Available as a BARD Download
Memoir from the lead singer of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. Dickinson, who took over as front man in 1981, shares stories about his youth, songwriting, family, battle with cancer, and varied interests outside of the music business. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir
By Nicole Chung
DB 94833, BR 22560, LT 25238, Available as BARD Download
The Korean author reflects on the story of her adoption by a white family, the sacrifices her biological family made, the prejudice she faced growing up, and her curiosity about her origins. Recounts her search for her biological family while starting a family of her own. 2018.