Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy (Sept., $50) by Mark A. Vieira is a combination bio- and filmography.
Creating the Worlds ofStar Wars: 365 Days (Oct. $29.95) by John Knoll contains new behind-the-scenes images.
The Beatles: 365 Days (Nov., $29.95) by Simon Wells uses photos from a variety of sources to follow the Fab Four in their triumphant career arc.
Raising Hell: The Reign, Ruin, and Redemption of Run-D.M.C. and Jam Master Jay (Nov., $24.95) by Ronin Bo chronicles the career of hip-hop's first multiplatinum-selling artists. 50,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.
ANTIQUE COLLECTORS CLUB
Class Act: William Haines—Legendary Hollywood Decorator (Nov., $95) by Peter Schifando and Jean H. Mathison. Haines's post—film career gets its close-up in this photo collection of the lavish interiors he created for Hollywood's elite.
Present at the Creation, Leaping in the Dark, and Going Against the Grain: 1776, Pippin, M. Butterfly, La Bête, and Other Broadway Adventures (Nov., $22.95) by Stuart Ostrow. The producer-director-playwright pulls no punches in his professional and personal memoir. Ad/ promo. Author tour.
Second Act Trouble: Behind the Scenes at Broadway's Big Musical Bombs (Nov., $17.95) by Steven Suskin spotlights the backstage soap operas of 25 musicals that went awry. Ad/promo.
1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (Oct., $35), edited by Steven Jay Schneider, has been updated and expanded.
Cut! (Nov., $29.99) by Denise Imwold et al. Billed by the publisher as "in the tradition of Hollywood Babylon, only bigger, bolder, up-to-date and in color."
Hollywood Hoofbeats (Oct., $39.95) by Petrine Day Mitchum with Audrey Pavia chronicles the history of horses in films from 1894 to the present.
Star Wars Chronicles: The Prequels (Dec., $150) by Stephen J. Sansweet and Pablo Hidalgo. This slipcased compendium compiled from Lucasfilm archives examines every detail of Episodes I, II and III.
I'll Take You There: Pop Music and the Urge for Transcendence (Sept., $24.95) by Bill Friskies-Warren focuses on performers whose music strives for transcendence.
No Applause—Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous (Oct., $25) by Trav S.D. The author, a modern-day vaudevillian, chronicles the cultural legacy of American's only purely indigenous theatrical form. Author publicity.
Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer (Nov., $25) by Chris Salewicz charts the career of the star performer in the rock 'n' roll band the Clash.
The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics (Oct., $35), annotated by David G. Dodd, is available in time for the 40th anniversary of the group's founding.Author publicity.
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV.
Death Rays, Jet Packs, Stunts, and Supercars: The Fantastic Physics of Film's Most Celebrated Secret Agent (Nov., $25) by Barry Parker explains the basic physics behind Agent 007's cars, gadgets and stunts.
Frankly—Just Between Us: My Life Conducting Frank Sinatra's Music (Nov., $24.95) by Vincent Falcone and Bob Popyk. The conductor tells what working with Sinatra and other performers was like.
Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke (Oct., $27.95) by Peter Guralnick visits the life and accomplishments of the influential singer/songwriter. Ad/promo. 8-city author tour.
MCGILL-QUEENS UNIV. PRESS
Robert and Frances Flaherty A Documentary Life, 1883—922 (Oct., $39.95) by Robert J. Christopher. This portrait of the filmmaker who created Nanook of the North credits his wife's contributions to the project.
Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination (Oct., $30) is the official companion to the interactive exhibition created by Lucasfilm Ltd. and the Boston Museum of Science. 40,000 first printing. Author publicity.
And They All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey (Oct., $25.95) by Studs Terkel. The noted oral historian offers a half-century of previously unpublished interviews with musical legends.
Rednecks and Bluenecks: The Politics of Country Music (Oct., $25.95) by Chris Willman. An Entertainment Weekly writer delivers an up-close-and-personal take on the genre's vast political discord.
Honky-Tonk Parade:New YorkerProfiles on Show People (Oct., $27.95) by John Lahr. The eminent theater critic presents a selection of his essays on some of today's most provocative cultural icons. Author publicity.
PLAYBILL BOOKS (dist. by Applause Books)
The Playbill Broadway Yearbook: June 1, 2004—May 31, 2005 (Sept., $29.95) by Robert Viagas collects photos, memorabilia and backstage tidbits for every show that ran during the season. Ad/promo.
The World of King Kong (Dec., $35) by Peter Jackson. The Oscar-winning director looks at his forthcoming remake of King Kong.
POWERHOUSE BOOKS/ MISS ROSEN EDITIONS
Made in the UK: The Music of Attitude, 1977—1983 (Sept., $35) by Paul Smith et al., photos by Janette Beckman, celebrates the music and attitude of punk culture at a time when British music pushed every boundary.
Inventing Late Night: Steve Allen and the OriginalTonight Show (Oct., $26) by Ben Alba provides a behind-the-scenes look at an American TV institution and its creator.
Classic American Popular Song: The Second Half-Century, 1950—2000 (Nov., $34.95) by David Jenness and Donald Velsey surveys the development of popular song styles during a period that has largely been ignored.
American Sideshow: An Encyclopedia of History's Most Wondrous and Curiously Strange Performers (Sept., $19.95) by Mark Hartzman celebrates nearly 200 entertainers from the past 160 years.
THUNDERS MOUTH PRESS
Beat Generation (Oct., $18) by Jack Kerouac is a newly discovered play by the central figure in the generation he described as having an attitude of "beatness" or "weariness."
Droidmaker: George Lucas and the Digital Revolution (Oct., $34.95) by Michael Rubin is an insider's story of George Lucas.
UNIV. OF TEXAS PRESS
The Best of No Depression: Writing About American Music (Sept., $19.95), edited by Grant Alden and Peter Blackstock, collects 25 articles from the magazine of alternative country music.
UNIV. PRESS OF KENTUCKY
Secrets of the Sideshows (Sept., $32.95) by Joe Nickell reveals the methods and tricks behind sideshow performances and their history.
700 Sundays (Oct., $21.95) by Billy Crystal. Drawing on his Broadway play, the comic celebrates family, heroes and life.Ad/promo.
A Fine Romance (Oct., $45) by Darcie Denkert. An industry insider surveys the art of musicals.