"The Twelve Books of Christmas 2015"

Starting today, we will once again count down twelve music books from the past year that we think would make awesome Christmas or holiday gifts. There was a lot to choose from this year, as it seems there was truly something for everyone. And, to make your holiday shopping a snap, you can purchase your book via Amazon with a single click  —  just click on the book!

Thanksgiving. It's 1976.

For music lovers, there are few things to be more thankful for than Thanksgiving Day, 1976. Oddly, that was the day that a legendary band of four Canadians and an Arkansan would retire from public performance. The fact that this Band would rekindle interest in American roots music is well-documented; they are, in fact, the first and last word in the music now known as ‘Americana.’ Their landmark album Music From Big Pink, shifted the psychedelic axis of music to a more intimate, pastoral worldview.

Pat Thomas, editor of "Invitation to Openness"

Today's "Five Questions" is going to talk a slightly different route and discuss the phototgraphy of jazz musician Les McCann. McCann's recently released book Invitation to Openness:The Jazz & Soul Photography Of Les McCann 1960-1980 collects his photographs of legendary musicians and documented the vibrant cultural life of jazz and soul between 1960 and 1980.


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An exhilarating and intimate account of the life of music legend Tom Petty, by an accomplished writer and musician who toured with Petty.

No one other than Warren Zanes, rocker and writer and friend, could author a book about Tom Petty that is as honest and evocative of Petty's music and the remarkable rock and roll history he and his band helped to write.