New Release Books by Bob Spitz

Bob Spitz is the author of Led Zeppelin (2022), Reagan (2019), Barefoot in Babylon (2014), Dearie (2013), The Beatles (2012), The Saucier's Apprentice: One Long Strange Trip Through the Great Cooking Schools of Europe (2009) and other 4 books.

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Led Zeppelin

release date: Jan 01, 2022
Led Zeppelin
From the author of the definitive New York Times bestselling history of the Beatles comes the authoritative account of the group Jack Black and many others call the greatest rock band of all time, arguably the most successful, and certainly one of the most notorious. Rock stars. Whatever those words mean to you, chances are, they owe a debt to Led Zeppelin. No one before or since has lived the dream quite like Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham. In Led Zeppelin, Bob Spitz takes their full measure, for good and sometimes for ill, separating the myth from the reality with the connoisseurship and storytelling flair that are his trademarks. From the opening notes of their first album, the band announced itself as something different, a collision of grand artistic ambition and brute primal force, of delicate English folk music and hard-driving African-American blues. That record sold over 10 million copies, and it was the merest beginning; Led Zeppelin''s albums have sold over 300 million certified copies worldwide, and the dust has never settled. Taken together, Led Zeppelin''s discography has spent an almost incomprehensible ten-plus years on the album charts. The band is notoriously guarded, and previous books shine more heat than light. But Bob Spitz''s authority is undeniable and irresistible. His feel for the atmosphere, the context--the music, the business, the recording studios, the touring life, the radio stations, the fans, the whole ecosystem of popular music--is unparalleled. His account of the melding of Page and Jones, the virtuosic London sophisticates, with Plant and Bonham, the wild men from the Midlands, into a band out of the ashes of the Yardbirds, in a scene dominated by the Beatles and the Stones but changing fast, is in itself a revelation. Spitz takes the music seriously, and brings the band''s artistic journey to full and vivid life. The music is only part of the legend, however: Led Zeppelin is also the story of how the 60''s became the 70''s, of how playing in clubs became playing in stadiums and flying your own jet, of how innocence became decadence. Led Zeppelin may not have invented the groupie, and they weren''t the first rock band to let loose on the road, but they took it to an entirely new level, as with everything else. Not all the legends are true, but in Bob Spitz''s careful accounting, what is true is astonishing, and sometimes disturbing. Led Zeppelin gave no quarter, and neither has Bob Spitz. Led Zeppelin is the full and honest reckoning the band has long awaited, and richly deserves.

Reagan

release date: Oct 01, 2019
Reagan
From New York Times bestselling biographer Bob Spitz, a rich biography of an epic American life, capturing what made Ronald Reagan so beloved and so transformational. More than five years in the making, based on hundreds of interviews and access to previously unavailable documents, and infused with irresistible storytelling charm, Bob Spitz''s Reagan stands fair to be the first truly post-partisan biography of our fortieth president, and thus a balm for our own bitterly divided times. It is the quintessential American triumph, brought to life with cinematic vividness: A young man is born into poverty and raised in a series of flyspeck towns in the Midwest by a pious mother and a largely absent father. Severely nearsighted, the boy lives in his own world and finds his first brush with popularity as a young lifeguard. Thanks to the example of his first love, he makes the extraordinary leap to go to college, a modest school by national standards, but an audacious presumption in the context of his family''s station. From there, the path is only dimly lit, but it leads him to a solid career as a radio sportscaster, and then, astonishingly, fatefully, to Hollywood. And the rest, as they say, is history. Bob Spitz''s Reagan is a richly detailed chronicle of the full arc of Ronald Reagan''s epic life--giving full weight to the Hollywood years, his transition to politics and his rocky but ultimately successful run as California governor. His iconic presidency, from Iran-Contra to "Tear down this wall!" to an assassination attempt, receives a balanced reckoning in the form of an absorbing, even revelatory narrative.

Barefoot in Babylon

release date: Jul 29, 2014
Barefoot in Babylon
The perfect gift for music fans and anyone fascianated by Woodstock, Barefoot in Babylon is an in-depth look at the making of 1969’s Woodstock Music Festival—one of Rolling Stone’s “50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.” “Mr. Spitz feeds us every riveting detail of the chaos that underscored the festival. It makes for some out-a-sight reading, man.”—The New York Times Book Review Fifty years ago, the Woodstock Music Festival defined a generation. Yet, there was much more than peace and love driving that long weekend the summer of 1969. In Barefoot in Babylon, journalist and New York Times bestselling author Bob Spitz gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Woodstock, from its inception and the incredible musicians that performed to its scandals and the darker side of the peace movement. With a new introduction, as well as maps, set lists, and a breakdown of all the personalities involved, Barefoot in Babylon is a must-read for anyone who was there—or wishes they were.

Dearie

release date: Jan 01, 2013
Dearie
Draws on the iconic culinary figure''s personal diaries and letters to present a one-hundredth birthday commemoration that offers insight into her role in shaping women''s views and influencing American approaches to cooking.

The Beatles

release date: Jun 25, 2012
The Beatles
As soon as The Beatles became famous, the spin machine began to construct a myth--one that has continued to this day. But the truth is much more interesting, much more exciting, and much more moving. In this bestselling book, Bob Spitz has written the biography for which Beatles fans have long waited. 32 pages of b/w photos.

The Saucier's Apprentice: One Long Strange Trip Through the Great Cooking Schools of Europe

release date: May 04, 2009
The Saucier's Apprentice: One Long Strange Trip Through the Great Cooking Schools of Europe
Recounts how the author, in the aftermath of his fiftieth birthday, a divorce, and a love affair gone wrong, visited some of Europe''s foremost cooking schools, where he experienced comic misadventures in the face of hot-tempered chefs, local personalities, and memorable recipes. By the author of The Beatles.

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

release date: Oct 01, 2007
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
It starts in the housing projects and school playgrounds of Liverpool, where four boys would discover themselves--and a new form of music called rock ''n roll. It takes us from the famous first meeting between John and Paul, to the clubs of Liverpool and Germany when George and Ringo join the band, down Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields, to America and the height of the Beatles'' success--when they were still teenagers. In Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!, Spitz recreates the thrills, tears and magic of his New York Times bestselling adult biography, but in a style and format that''s accesible for young readers. This book includes photos, sidebars and graphic elements. It''s a book about teens who changed the world.

TIME The Beatle Invasion!

release date: Jan 07, 2014
TIME The Beatle Invasion!
The Beatles'' first excursion to the United States, from February 7 to February 21, 1964, was an epochal moment in American culture. It was a musical earthquake that defined music going forward and a cultural youth quake that defined generations to come. That fourteen day window not only solidified the Beatles'' careers, it reshaped our culture, and nothing thereafter was ever the same. It was as if someone flipped a switch, and from February 7 on, the Beatles dictated how we looked, felt, thought, and acted. Now, Bob Spitz, the New York Times bestselling author of The Beatles: The Biography takes readers through those dizzying four days - from "The Ed Sullivan Show," to Carnegie Hall, you get a sense of how America fell in love with the Beatles and moved from the button-down Eisenhower era to the go-go Sixties almost overnight.

Beatles Pbk

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Beatles Pbk
Presenting a biography of the Beatles, this book tells the story of their entire career, tour by tour, gig by gig, with a narrative drive. It also casts light on many aspects of a story which most people might assume has been done to death.

Dylan: A Biography

release date: Sep 17, 1991
Dylan: A Biography
"No other book captures it so well, understands so well.... "—Greil Marcus
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