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Published on November 25th, 2018 | by Darren Paltrowitz


15 New Books Worth Adding To Your Winter 2018 Reading List

With the 2018 holiday season now underway, most of us still have a few months of staying indoors ahead of us. In turn, many readers of The Hype Magazine will have more time for relaxation by way of reading. In turn, here are 15 new titles which are recommended for your reading pleasure.

Yin & Yang Nutrition For Dogs: Maximizing Health With Whole Foods, Not Drugs by Dr. Judy Morgan

This book details the importance of pet nutrition, and shows how to use food therapy to keep your dog naturally healthy. Author and holistic veterinarian Dr. Judy Morgan has a passion for healing her patients with whole foods, minimizing medications and chemicals, allowing the body to heal from within. Within this book Morgan offers a variety of different menus options and easy-to-follow recipes that can be customized for your dog’s specific health issues and even their personality type. In turn, it is ideal for anyone in your life with a canine to call their own.

Into The Light: The Music Photography of Jérôme Brunet’Photography Of Jérôme Brunet by Jérôme Brunet

Jérôme Brunet has enjoyed a formidable career within the live music industry. His iconic photographs have been published internationally in some of the world’s largest outlets including Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Time, Billboard, Variety, and The New York Times. Among his major photography subjects have been B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Slash, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Santana, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, U2, The Who, Pink Floyd, and The Rolling Stones. Into The Light is a 20-year retrospective showcasing some of Brunet’s finest work, and a portion of its proceeds will go to the Pinetop Perkins Foundation. Its Deluxe Edition includes a cloth-covered slipcase and an exclusive signed and numbered 8.5×11″ fine art print of “B.B. King live at the Fox.” More on the acclaimed photographer can be found online at

Smash!: Green Day, The Offspring, Bad Religion, NOFX,& The ’90s Punk Explosion by Ian Winwood

When the average music fan thinks of the international explosion of punk rock, odds are that they are thinking of the late 1970s. However, the reality is that punk went far more mainstream in the 1990s, thanks to bands like Green Day, The Offspring, NOFX, Rancid, and Bad Religion. In Smash!, author Ian Winwood goes into depth about all things punk, getting commentary straight from many of the musicians that helped punk go mainstream. Winwood did such a great job with this book that I would hope he takes on another scene or genre with a similarly-investigative book.

Wasn’t That A Time: The Weavers, The Blacklist & The Battle For The Soul Of America by Jesse Jarnow

The Weavers may not be a household name these days, but the hit-making folk-pop quartet had plenty of hits in the 1950s and would go on to influence Bob Dylan, Peter Paul & Mary and members of The Grateful Dead; Pete Seeger was one of its co-founding members. Unfortunately the group wound up blacklisted due to the atrocity known as the Red Scare. Author Jesse Jarnow covers the rise, fall and overall legacy of The Weavers in a comprehensive way that no one has done before in print, making this a must-read for any fan of past and/or present folk music.

Bruce Springsteen: An Illustrated Biography by Meredith Ochs

Through story, images, and removable memorabilia, Bruce Springsteen: An Illustrated Biography chronicles the life of “The Boss,” one of the biggest-selling artists in history. Springsteen’s monolithic music career spans a full half-century, has included dozens of high-profile tours and awards. This updated edition of the book includes a new chapter covering Springsteen On Broadway, a new cover, and a redesign of an envelope to deliver the interactive memorabilia. In turn, you have essential reading and viewing for any fan of Bruce, past or present.

Bring It On Home: Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin, & Beyond: The Story Of Rock’s Greatest Manager by Mark Blake

Often acknowledged as the “fifth member of Led Zeppelin,” Peter Grant is the most famous music manager of all time. However, most of what has been known about Grant has come through unverified sources. In Bring It On Home, Blake gets deeper on Grant — an actor, wrestler, and road manager for rock pioneers Chuck Berry and Little Richard prior to work his work Zeppelin — than any author has before. As Grant is no longer with us, this is likely as close as you are going to get to getting the full story of Peter Grant, which in turn teaches you a lot of new things about Led Zeppelin.

Iron Maiden: Album By Album by Martin Popoff

This new book from prolific rock journalist Martin Popoff pays tribute to the Iron Maiden’s studio discography — 16 full-length studio albums and counting — through a series of in-depth, frank, and entertaining conversations with metal journalists, authors, and musicians. Among those weighing in are musicians Marty Friedman, Mike Portnoy, Matt Heafy, Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss, Ahmet Zappa, former Maiden singer Blaze Bayley, Fozzy singer (and wrestling legend) Chris Jericho, and journalists “Metal” Tim Henderson, Rich Davenport, and Jimmy Kay. In turn, you have gripping copy that matches the bright and appealing layout of the book.

Queen: Album By Album by Martin Popoff

Also penned by Martin Popoff is an Album By Album series title on the rock band Queen. For this title, Popoff spoke with the likes of Paul McCartney, Dee Snider, Dave Ellefson, Queen producer Mack, Derek Shulman, Jeb Wright, and Daniel Nester about Queen’s 15 studio albums. Another gem from Mr. Popoff and Voyageur Press, to say the least.

Forever Nerdy: Living My Dorky Dreams & Staying Metal by Brian Posehn

Forever Nerdy is the first memoir by popular comedian, actor and writer Brian Posehn. To put it simply, Forever Nerdy is a celebration of growing up nerdy and different. It is a collection of stories about Posehn’s past, many of which seeming sad at the time, but showing how he ultimately was led down the path of success by being himself. A fine follow-up to Posehn’s 2013 album The Fartist.

CRASH: The World’s Greatest Drum Kits From Appice To Peart To Van Halen by David Frangioni

As its subtitle would suggest, CRASH is the definitive Illustrated history of the drum kits of rock legends. Featuring images from live concerts, outdoor festivals, and private recording sessions, this spectacular collection captures the personal connection between artist and instrument. Along with the makes and models, each kit is accompanied by commentary about the history of the kit, its special characteristics, as well as its significance to rock history. It includes photographs of Rush’s Neil Peart, ELP’s Carl Palmer, Cream’s Ginger Baker, The Who’s Keith Moon, Ringo Starr, and many more. On top of that, author David Frangioni himself is an award-winning pioneer in digital audio and video technology whose credits include Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Elton John, Cher, Journey, Bryan Adams and Sting.

My Ramones by Danny Fields

A legendary manager, publicist, journalist and record label executive, Danny Fields was at the heart of every significant movement in rock music for two decades. Fields has also been credited with introducing punk to America. He was a significant player in launching the careers of The Doors, The Ramones, The MC5 and The Stooges, among other influential recording artists. Danny first saw The Ramones play a 15-minute set at CBGBs in New York in 1974, and he instantly offered to manage them, also setting them up with a record deal. Originally published in a rare limited edition, My Ramones features over 225 photographs from Danny’s personal collection of one of the most loved and well-known bands from the last four decades. Danny managed the band from the ground up, accompanying them across Europe and America, while also photographing them at work, with fans and during more informal moments. Taken between 1975 and 1977, Danny’s photographs offer a rare insight into the lives of The Ramones on-tour, backstage and recording their first album.

Johnny Cash At Folsom & San Quentin photographs by Jim Marshall

Carefully curated with full access to the Jim Marshall Archive, this stunning coffee-table book offers the definitive view of Johnny Cash’s legendary prison concerts at Folsom in 1968 and San Quentin in 1969. Cash had known photographer Jim Marshall since the early 1960s and personally requested him to record the prison concert; Marshall was the only official photographer present, and was granted unlimited access. Marshall’s “JC Flippin’ the Bird at San Quentin Prison” has become one of the most iconic and most-copied photographs of the 20th century and came about when Marshall asked Cash to express what he thought about the prison authorities: “John, let’s do a shot for the warden.” Cash was one of Jim Marshall’s favorite subjects, which truly show within this book. As with the aforementioned My Ramones title, yet another flawless title published by Reel Art Press.

World Domination: The Sub Pop Records Story by Gillian G. Gaar

From Seattle grunge to swamp blues and all points in between, BMG Books’ new RPM series gives fans an inside look at the independent record labels that made their mark on music history. Sized at 7″x7″ to mimic the dimensions of a 45 RPM record, all of the RPM titles feature a photo insert that helps brings the story to life with rare and unseen photographs. Author Gillian G. Gaar, a longtime Seattle-based writer, draws on firsthand interviews, deep research, and her years of covering that city’s scene as a music journalist to bring together the first in-depth historical narrative of one of America’s most influential independent record labels. Gaar is the author of more than 15 books, including Return Of The King: Elvis Presley’s Great Comeback and Entertain Us: The Rise Of Nirvana. She was a senior editor at the Seattle music paper The Rocket and has also written for Mojo, Rolling Stone, Goldmine, and Seattle’s Museum Of Popular Culture. Gaar also served as a project consultant on Nirvana’s With The Lights Out box set. In turn, who better to write a book about the history of the very-influential, Seattle-based record label Sub Pop Records than Gaar?

Shake Your Hips: The Excello Records Story by Randy Fox

Also part of BMG Books’ new RPM series is Randy Fox’s Shake Your Hips: The Excello Records Story. Excello was one of the largest mail-order record retailers in the world and its releases — including titles by Slim Harpo, Arthur Gunter, Lightnin’ Slim, and Lazy Lester — would go on to inspire the likes of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Eric Clapton. Fox’s extensive research and interviews help chronicle the tale of one of the most unusual labels to emerge from the 1950s. The Nashville-based Fox is a co-founder of independent, free-form radio station WXNA-FM and has written for Vintage Rock, Country Music, Record Collector, and The Journal Of Country Music.

Positively Unstoppable: The Art Of Owning It by Diamond Dallas Page

I’m not sure if there has been a more inspiring person within the history of professional wrestling than Diamond Dallas Page. He started wrestling at the age of 35 — an age when most wrestlers seem to be winding down their careers — and went onto to a be a main-eventing world champion a few years after that. When he seemed to be at the top of his game, Page suffered an in-ring back injury that would have ended most careers. Instead of taking his doctor’s advice to hang up his boots, Page created a fitness system that not only healed his injuries, but got him into the best shape of his life. That system — now known as DDP YOGA — has since been done by hundreds of thousands of people of all ages, backgrounds and athletic skill levels. Positively Unstoppable: The Art Of Owning It chronicles Page’s post-wrestling journey, and explains how you too can live a healthy, productive and fulfilling life, no matter your current state of living.

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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