Sellout, by Dan Ozzi

Staff Pick

Blame it on Dookie. When Green Day’s 1994 album turned the Bay Area trio into world-straddling superstars, A&R men started looking in nightclubs and college basements for the next pop-punk sensation. What happens to a guitar-slinging anarchist when a very large check is waved under their nose? Ozzi looks at Green Day and ten other bands ranging from Blink-182 to My Chemical Romance to Against Me! for the answer. It’s a warped tour of booze, drugs, hook-ups, fistfights, MySpace, and sleeping on fans’ floors. Ultimately, though, Sellout is a tribute to the bands, the labels, and fans who heard something behind the dollar signs--the music that could be their lives.

 

Sellout: The Major-Label Feeding Frenzy That Swept Punk, Emo, and Hardcore (1994–2007) By Dan Ozzi Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780358244301
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 26th, 2021

Frame of Mind by Antonia Tricarico

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An internationally known photographer specializing in music, Antonia Tricarico has more than two decades of experience, including collaborating with Dischord Records, Kill Rock Stars, and Youth Action Research Group. Focusing largely on the women of D.C’s vibrant music underground from the 1990s to today, Frame of Mind (Akashic, $32.95) features more than 150 photos of classic homegrown performers such as Fugazi, Branch Manager, and the Make-Up along with bands they became or inspired—Dead Meadow, Motorcycle Wars, the Evens, and Weird War—and visiting musicians like Dutch group the Ex and Italy’s Uzeda. The stunning images are complemented by essays by some of the top female artists of the era, including Joan Jett, Amy Farina, Tara Jane O'Neil, and more.
 

Frame of Mind: Punk Photos and Essays from Washington, DC, and Beyond, 1997-2017 By Antonia Tricarico (By (photographer)) Cover Image
By Antonia Tricarico (By (photographer))
$32.95
ISBN: 9781617757198
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Published: Akashic Books, Ltd. - June 4th, 2019

Me by Elton John

Staff Pick

In what is definitely the biggest music book of the year, Sir Elton John follows the release of his biopic Rocketman with Me (Holt, $30), his first and only official autobiography. Elton John does not need an introduction, but this book is a cathartic, no-holds-barred memoir. There are dark years of addiction and recovery, losses of friends, and a battle with cancer. The memoir was written with the help of British music critic Alexis Petridis, but John’s voice comes through clearly in the final version. He is a candid and warm narrator of his own struggles and actions, good and bad, and his passion for life, his friends, and his music shines throughout the volume. Ultimately, Me is about hardearned wisdom and life changes, and while many of us might not carry on such a star-studded dramatic existence, we can definitely appreciate recognition of mistakes and coming to face the darkest parts of our lives. This is a wonderful account of an incredible life.

Me: Elton John Official Autobiography By Elton John Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781250147608
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - October 15th, 2019

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