75 Years of the Oscar (Sept., $75) by Robert Osborne in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is the official history of the Academy Awards from their 1927 premiere to its diamond jubilee. Advertising. Author tour.
Bond Girls Are Forever (Nov., $40) by John Cork with Maryam D'Abo reveals the mystique behind the Bond women, the lives of the actresses who played them and their influence on pop culture.
Chaplin: Genius of the Cinema (Nov., $50) by Jeffrey Vance. More than 500 photographs illustrate this account of the actor's comic brilliance; coincides with the DVD release of newly restored Chaplin films, plus a film documentary by Richard Schickel.
ALLISON & BUSBY
The Encyclopedia of Classic '80s Pop (Sept., $21.95) by Daniel Blythe provides a guide to the best and worst of 1980s pop music.
Now Showing: Unforgettable Moments from the Movies (Oct., $29.95) by Joe Garner selects 25 memorable film moments from Dorothy melting the Wicked Witch of the West to Thelma and Louise flying off a cliff in their T-bird with insights, anecdotes and sidebars; includes a 90-minute DVD hosted by Dustin Hoffman.
Schmucks with Underwoods: Conversations with America's Classic Screenwriters (Oct., $22.95) by Max Wilk gathers interviews with giants of the film industry including Billy Wilder, Ernst Lubitsch, Donald Ogden Stewart and Albert and Frances Hackett. Advertising. Author publicity.
Ever After: The Last Years of Musical Theatre and Beyond (Nov., $26.95) by Barry Singer is a show-by-show history of the last quarter century in American musical theater and a look at future promising young talent. Advertising. Author publicity.
A Guitarmaker's Canvas: The Inlay Art of Grit Laskin (Oct., $49.95) by Grit Laskin features the art form of guitar inlay by its foremost expert.
Jimi Hendrix: Musician (Oct., $39.95) by Keith Shadwick is a visual celebration and musical analysis of the artist.
BARNES & NOBLE
Law & Order: Crime Scenes (Sept., $30) by Dick Wolf presents crime scene photographs from the show's most popular episodes; coincides with the show's season premiere. Advertising. Author tour.
A Century of Movie Posters: From Silent to Art House (Sept., $39.95) by Emily King focuses on individual designers, directors and all of the major film genres.
The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music: From Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues, and Hip Hop to Classical, Country, Folk, World, and More (Oct., $45), edited by Paul du Noyer, is a complete music guide.
BLACK DOG & LEVENTHAL
Four Stars: The Greatest Movies of All Time (Oct., $34.95) by Gail Kinn and Jim Piazza ranks the best films from 1 to 101 with commentary, summaries, biographies, behind-the-scenes information and photos.
Martin Guitar Masterpieces: A Showcase of Artists' Editions, Limited Editions, and Custom Guitars (Sept., $40) by Dick Boak looks at more than 100 of the Martin Guitar Company's custom-made guitars created for musicians including Sting, Eric Clapton and Elvis with the inside story on each design. Advertising. BOMC alternate.
CARROLL & GRAF
Mr. and Mrs. Hollywood: How Lew and Edie Wasserman Created a Global Entertainment Empire (Dec., $26) by Kathleen Sharp paints a portrait of Hollywood, told through the lives of the industry's most influential couple.
CHICAGO REVIEW PRESS
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Can You Feel the Silence? Van Morrison: A New Biography (Sept., $28) by Clinton Heylin takes an in-depth look at the struggles and music of this complex artist. Advertising.
Louis Armstrong: The Offstage Story of Satchmo (Oct., $39.95) by Michael Cogswell offers an intimate portrait of the legendary trumpeter through never-before-published photos, writings and recordings; coincides with the opening of the Armstrong House Museum in Queens, N.Y.
CORNELL UNIV. PRESS
For the End of Time: The Story of the Messiaen Quartet (Dec., $28.95) by Rebecca Rischin recounts the story of the composition and premiere of French composer Messiaen's quartet in a Nazi prison camp.
Rock & Roll Year by Year (Oct., $50) by Luke Crampton and Dafydd Rees details all the major events of the past 50 years in rock and roll. 60,000 first printing. Advertising.
FSG/FABER AND FABER
Orson Welles: The Stories of His Life (Oct., $25) by Peter Conrad offers a new look at one of film's most enigmatic figures.
Colored Lights: Forty Years of Words and Music, Show Biz, Collaboration, and All That Jazz (Nov., $23) by John Kander and Fred Ebb, as told to Greg Lawrence, intro. by Liza Minnelli, foreword by Hal Price, combines the memories of composer Kander and lyricist Ebb of Chicago and Cabaret fame that cover 40 years of American musicals.
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey (Oct., $27.95), edited by Peter Guralnick et al., is the companion book to the PBS series to air this fall, a seven-part documentary produced by the noted director. 125,000 first printing.
HARVARD UNIV. PRESS
Magic Circles: The Beatles in Dream and History (Oct., $27.95) by Devin McKinney studies the impact that the Beatles had on pop culture of their day.
A Kiss Is a Kiss Is a Kiss (Jan., $14.95) is a photo book of 1940s and '50s stars, beginning with Cary Grant kissing Katharine Hepburn, followed by Hepburn kissing Gary Cooper, Cooper kissing Monroe until the daisy-chain is completed, back at the beginning with Grant and Hepburn.
Jimi Hendrix: The Lyrics (Nov., $27) by Janie Hendrix. Jimi's sister gathers examples of Hendrix's handwritten lyrics. Ad/promo.
Grace Under Pressure: Passing Dance Through Time (Jan., $32.50) by Barbara Newman looks at the state of dance, primarily ballet, in our time through interviews with teachers, choreographers and dancers including Helgi Tomasson, Mark Morris and Violette Verdy.
MANIC D PRESS
Legends of Punk: Photos from the Vault (Sept., $19.95) by Rikki Ercoli features more than 150 b&w shots of punk rock titans including the Sex Pistols, Clash and Ramones. Advertising.
Cold Mountain: A Portrait of the Film (Nov., $30), edited by Dan Auiler, intro. by Anthony Minghella, features text and photos from the upcoming film starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Renée Zellweger; official tie-in to Miramax Films' December release. Advertising.
NORTHEASTERN UNIV. PRESS
The Girl Who Fell Down: A Biography of Joan McCracken (Oct., $30) by Lisa Jo Sagolla is the first portrait of dancer-actress McCracken, a star of ballet, Broadway, Hollywood and television from the 1930s through the 1950s, and one-time wife of Bob Fosse.
The Open Circle: The Theater Environment of Peter Brook (Nov., $35) by Andrew Todd and Jean Guy Lecat covers the career of the legendary theater director.
Cinema Today (Sept., $69.95) by Edward Buscombe is a comprehensive survey of world cinema since 1970 and includes more than 1,000 film references.
Six Feet Under: Life Stories (Nov., $30), edited and with an intro. by Alan Ball, takes fans behind the scenes of the characters' complex lives and expands on ideas only hinted at on the show.
Pictures (Oct., $45), photos by Jeff Bridges, text by Peter Bogdanovich. Actor Bridges displays his photos, a personal and professional diary. $40,000 ad/promo.
Caesar's Hours: My Life in Comedy, with Love and Laughter (Nov., $26) by Sid Caesar with Eddy Friedfeld. The legendary TV star tells backstage stories from his career. Advertising. Author publicity.
RCR CREATIVE PRESS
Notes on Directing (Sept., $19.95) by Frank Hauser and Russell Reich is a guidebook to the director's craft. Stage & Screen Book Club alternate.
Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (Oct., $29.95) by Patrick McGilligan defines the oft-misunderstood film director. 35,000 first printing.
American Nightmare, American Dream (Nov., $24.95) by Suge Knight. The controversial founder of Death Row Records tells it like it is. Ad/promo.Author publicity.
Nureyev (Oct., $45) by Valeria Crippa. Organized by ballet, this book offers a look at the famous dancer through photos by Ralph Fase.
Jerry Herman: The Lyrics (Sept., $35) by Jerry Herman and Ken Bloom collects all of the lyrics to the shows of the celebrated Broadway composer plus personal reminiscences. Advertising.
Ticket to Ride: Inside the Beatles' 1964 Tour that Changed the World (Sept., $22.95) by Larry Kane captures an intimate look at the Beatles based on Kane's travels with the Fab Four during their North American tour. 60,000 first printing. Author tour. TV satellite tour.Lucy & Desi: A Real-Life Scrapbook of America's Favorite TV Couple (Oct., $40) by Elizabeth Edwards. This interactive book contains a collection of family-authorized, never-before-seen memorabilia from Lucy and Desi's scrapbooks. 50,000 first printing. Author tour.
Lost Highway: The True Story of Country Music (Sept., $26.95) by Colin Escott covers the history of country music with more than 100 rare or previously unseen photographs.
We All Want to Change the World: Rock and Politics from Elvis to Eminem (Oct., $24.95) by Tom Waldman evaluates the impact on world politics of post-WWII commercial music.
Tina Turner: Break Every Rule (Nov., $25) by Mark Bego is a personal portrait of the singer born Anna Mae Bullock.
Voices from the Federal Theatre (Oct.; $45, paper $19.95) by Bonnie Nelson Schwartz and the Educational Film Center, documents the Federal Theatre Project of the 1930s and includes interviews with Arthur Miller and Studs Terkel; includes a DVD of the fall PBS special Who Killed the Federal Theatre? An Investigation.
Cruise Control (Oct., $24.95) by Wensley Clarkson. This Tom Cruise biography delves into the actor's personal demons and need for total control. A John Blake Book.
Whitney Houston: The Biography (Oct., $24.95) by James Robert Parish follows the trajectory of the pop diva's life and career, from her rapid rise to her public fall from grace. An Aurum Press Book.
The Country Music Pop-Up Book (Oct., $45) by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum staff is filled with essays, pop up images and a sound chip to enjoy country music culture.
Elvis Fashion: From Memphis to Vegas (Nov., $45) by Julie Mundy surveys the King's costumes, photographed separately and while he wore them.
UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA PRESS
Is He Dead? A Comedy in Three Acts (Oct., $24.95) by Mark Twain. This three-act play by Twain is a social satire of the world market in art and has never previously appeared in print or on stage.
UNIV. OF TEXAS PRESS
Henry Bumstead and the World of Hollywood Art Direction (Oct., $29.95) by Andrew Horton presents analysis and interviews with the art director of films including To Kill a Mockingbird, Vertigo and The Sting.
UNIV. PRESS OF KENTUCKY
It's the Cowboy Way! The Amazing True Adventures of Riders in the Sky (Nov., $29.95) by Don Cusic features band members Ranger Doug, Woody Paul, Too Slim and Joey "the CowPolka King" from Nashville to their Grammy wins.