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Richie Unterberger's Books

White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day-By-Day
Jun.01.2009
White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day-By-Day is by far the most comprehensive book on the Velvet Underground ever published. The 368-page, 8 1/2" X 11"-sized book details the group's recording sessions, record releases, concerts, press reviews, and other major events shaping their career with both thorough detail and critical insight. Drawing on about 100...
The Rough Guide to Shopping with a Conscience
Mar.01.2007
Sweatshops, fair trade, climate change, ethical investment, organic food...shopping can sometimes feel like a moral minefield. Which companies and products should we support or avoid? And which claims of social responsibility can we trust? The Rough Guide to Shopping with a Conscience cuts through the greenwash to answer these and many other questions.
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Oct.15.2006
The Unreleased Beatles: Music and Film details the incredible wealth of music the Beatles recorded that they did not release, as well as musical footage of the group that hasn't been made commercially available. The 400-page, 8 1/2" X 11"-sized, illustrated book examines all unreleased studio outtakes, BBC radio recordings from 1962-65, live concert performances, home...
Eight Miles High
Jun.01.2003
The second half of the two-volume history of 1960s folk-rock, which saw the movement branch off into folk-rock-psychedelia, singer-songwriters, country-rock, a distinctively British form of folk-rock, and more. While the Byrds, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, and other folk-rock originals continued to blaze innovative paths, space also opened for new talents like Joni Mitchell,...
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Jul.15.2002
Turn! Turn! Turn!: The 1960s Folk-Rock Revolution is the first volume of the first comprehensive history of one of the greatest movements in rock music, drawing upon interviews with more than 100 musicians, producers, managers, and journalists involved in the music. The book covers the birth and growth of folk-rock through mid-1966; its sequel, Eight Miles High, covers the branches...
Urban Spacemen & Wayfaring Strangers: Overlooked Innovators and Eccentric Visionaries of '60s Rock
Dec.01.2000
Urban Spacemen and Wayfaring Strangers: Overlooked Innovators & Eccentric Visionaries of '60s Rock is a 300-page book with in-depth profiles of nineteen fascinating cult artists of the 1960s, in all cases including first-hand interview material with the artists themselves and/or their close associates. Lost British Invaders, psychedelic pioneers, rock funnymen, blue-eyed...
Music USA: The Rough Guide
May.01.1999
The 500-page Music USA: The Rough Guide surveys the regional popular music of the United States, with chapters on the evolution of styles throughout the twentieth century in these areas: New York, Philadelphia, Appalachia, Nashville, Chapel Hill, Athens, Miami, Muscle Shoals, Louisiana, Mississippi, Memphis, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, Texas, The Southwest, Los...
Unknown Legends of Rock'n'Roll: Psychedelic Unknowns, Mad Geniuses, Punk Pioneers, Lo-Fi Mavericks & More
Jun.01.1998
Unknown Legends of Rock'n'Roll is a 422-page book with in-depth profiles of sixty of the most interesting overlooked cult rock artists of all time, in all cases including first-hand interview material with the artists themselves and/or their close associates. The book also includes a 12-song, 45-minute CD with rare tracks by a dozen of the acts covered in the volume. The text is...