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Library Newsletter: Current: July/August 2017

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Muscial Summer Reads

We're well-versed in Musical Biographies! Grab a book by or about one of your favorites, and tune in to their stories ...



See the full bibliography for all display titles. Selected favorites with Publishers' descriptions are listed below. All books described are available at the Monroe College Library in the Bronx. 

Bronx Library Information


Thomas P. Schnitzler Library
Jerome Hall (lower level)
2468 Jerome Avenue
Bronx, NY

(646) 393-8333

SPRING 2017 

Monday - Thursday:
8:00 am - 8:30 pm

Friday - Saturday:
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

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New Rochelle, NY 10801

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Musical Biographies Booklist

  Selected Music Biographies at Bronx Library:

Ambrose, J. (2002). Gimme danger: the story of Iggy Pop. London: Omnibus Press.

Bergner, D. (2016). Sing for your life: A story of race, music, and family. New York: Little Brown & Co.

Braxton, T. (2014). Unbreak my heart: A memoir. New York: Harper Collins.

Brooks, D. (2002). Michael Jackson: An exceptional journey : the unauthorised biography in words and pictures. New Malden: Chrome Dreams.

Brown, J. M. (2002). James Brown, the godfather of soul. New York: Tunder's Mouth Press.

Chuck D. & Jah, Y. (1997). Fight the power: Rap, race, and reality. New York, N.Y: Delacorte Press.

Farley, C. J. (2002). Aaliyah: More than a woman. London: Simon & Schuster.  

Franklin, A., & Ritz, D. (2000). From these roots. New York: Random House.

Fricke, J., Ahearn, C., & George, N. (2002). Yes yes y'all: The experience music procject: An Oral History of hip-hop's first decade. Cambridge, MA: Da capo Press.

Gueraseva, S. (2005). Def Jam, Inc: Russell Simmons, Rick Rubin, and the extraordinary story of the world's most influential hip hop label. New York: One World Ballantine. 

Hajdu, D. (1996). Lush life: A biography of Billy Strayhorn. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux.

Jay-Z, . (2011). Decoded. New York: Spiegel & Grau.

Love, D., & Hoerburger, R. (1998). My name is Love: The Darlene Love story. New York: Morrow.

Margolick, D. (2001). Strange fruit: The biography of a song. New York: Ecco Press.

Marley, R., & Jones, H. (2004). No woman, no cry: My life with Bob Marley. New York: Hyperion.

Nathan, D. (1999). The soulful divas: Personal portraits of over a dozen divine divas, from Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin & Diana Ross to Patti LaBelle, Whitney Houston & Janet Jackson. New York: Billboard Books.

Moore, S., & Marsh, D. (1998). Sam and Dave: An oral history. New York, N.Y: Avon Books.

Nuzum, E. D. (2004). Parental advisory: Music censorship in America. New York, NY: Perennial.

Pendergrass, T., & Romanowski, P. (1999). Truly blessed. New York: Putnam.

Ro, R. (1998). Have gun will travel: The spectacular rise and violent fall of Death Row Records. New York: Doubleday.

Ross, D. (2002). Diana Ross: Going back. New York: Universe.

Seymour, C. (2004). Luther: The life and longing of Luther Vandross. New York: HarperEntertainment.

Stubbs, D. (2003). Jimi Hendrix: The stories behind every song. London: Carlton.

Sullivan, R. (2002). LAbyrinth: A detective investigates the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, the implication of Death Row Records' Suge Knight, and the origins of the Los Angeles Police scandal. New York: Grove Press. 

Taj Mahal & Foehr, S. (2002). Taj Mahal: Autobiography of a bluesman. London: Sanctuary.

Thorson, S., Thorleifson, A., & Liberace, . (2013). Behind the candelabra: [the outrageous true story of life with Liberace]. London: Head of Zeus Ltd.

Washburne, C., & Maiken, D., eds. (2004). Bad Music: The music we love to hate. New York: Routledge.

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