Alyson Books

From Star Wars to Jackass: 101 Movies for the Whatever Generation (Apr., $15.95) by Nathan Lee. The Village Voice film critic surveys movies from the post-’80s video era.

Amber Books

Black Eyed Peas: An Unauthorized Biography (June, $16.95) by Jake Brown recounts the story of the rap group that has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.

BBC Books

(dist. by Trafalgar Square/IPG)

The Peel Sessions: A Story of Teenage Dreams and One Man’s Love of New Music (Apr., $15) by Ken Garner examines DJ John Peel’s contributions to the British music scene.

Chicago Review Press

(dist. by IPG)

Pretty Vacant: A History of UK Punk (Apr., $16.95) by Phil Strongman traces the roots of the punk scene from 1976 London to New York and Detroit.

The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns, and Ham Sandwiches (May, $22.95) by Jeremy Simmonds records how rock stars died.

Cider Mill Press

(dist. by Sterling)

The Jimmy Buffett Concert Handbook: An Unofficial Guide (June, $12.95) by Elizabeth and John Encarnacion. This handbook for a Parrothead preconcert tailgate party includes how to dress and the recipe for a perfect margarita.

Continuum Publishing

I Shot a Man in Reno: A History of Death by Murder, Suicide, Fire, Flood, Drugs, Disease, and General Misadventure, as Related in Popular Song (May, $18.95) by Graeme Thomson.

America’s Film Legacy: A Guide to the Library of Congress National Film Registry (May; $24.95, cloth $95) by Daniel Eagan provides synopses for all 450 films.

Ivan R. Dee

(dist. by NBN)

Film on Paper (Apr., $18.95) by Richard Schickel contributes appraisals of Hollywood’s major players and more in this collection of essays on Books about film.

Del Rey

The Complete Making of Indiana Jones (May, $35) by J.W. Rinzler and Laurent Bouzereau takes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the films in the Indiana Jones franchise.

Faber and Faber

Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins: A Play (July, $13) by Nick Flynn marks the dramatic debut of the poet and author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City .

Hampton Roads

Exploring the World of Indiana Jones: An Unofficial Guide (May, $15.95) by George Beahm looks at history and myth in the Indiana Jones movies. 25,000 first printing.

Iconic Press

(dist. by IPG)

The Future of Modern Music (Apr., $19.95) by James L. McHard summarizes the life and musical ideas of more than 100 composers.

Indiana Univ. Press

Bob Dylan (Apr., $19.95) by Keith Negus presents a music-driven analysis of Dylan.

Elvis Costello (Apr., $19.95) by Dai Griffiths takes a thematic approach to Costello’s life and work.

Insight Editions

(dist. by Random House)

The Force Unleashed: Art of the Game (Mar., $29.95) by Haden Blackman and Brett Rector chronicles the four-year development of the video game developed by LucasArts. 50,000 first printing.

Kamera Books

(dist. by Trafalgar Square/IPG)

The Western (Apr., $16.95) by David R. Carter analyzes the film genre along with the great western actors and directors.

Limelight Editions

Pulitzer Prize Plays: The First Fifty Years, 1917—1967 (Apr., $19.95) by Paul Firestone studies how these plays relate to American culture.

Mainstream Publishing

(dist. by Trafalgar Square/IPG)

Guns, Cash and Rock ’n’ Roll: The Managers (Apr., $19.95) by Steve Overbury features band managers who became almost as famous as their clients.

Meriwether Publishing

Young Women’s Monologues from Contemporary Plays II: More Professional Auditions for Aspiring Actresses (Apr., $15.95), edited by Gerald Lee Ratliff.

MIT Press

Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture (May, $29.95), edited by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky: That Subliminal Kid. The hip-hop musician looks at how music, art and literature have blurred the lines between artist and composer; includes CD.

Newmarket Press

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Aug.; $19.95, cloth $29.95) by Rob Cohen is the official illustrated movie tie-in to the third installment in the supernatural adventure series. Ad/promo.


(dist. by Sterling)

Fear of Music: The Greatest 261 Albums Since Punk and Disco (Mar., $14.95) by Garry Mulholland offers insights into albums by Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Eminem et al.

Pocket Books

Lost Journals of Indiana Jones (May, $25) by Henry Jones. This movie tie-in chronicles the artifacts and folklore of the fictional character’s adventures.

Quirk Books

The Encyclopedia Shatnerica: An A to Z Guide to the Man and His Universe (June, $16.95) by Robert Schnakenberg covers the Emmy-winner’s career from Alfred Hitchcock Presents through Star Trek to Boston Legal.

Rutgers Univ. Press

A Short History of Film (Apr., $24.95) by Wheeler Winston Dixon and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster examines major movements, directors and genres from the 1880s to the present.

Soft Skull

(dist. by PGW)

X-Films: True Confessions of a Radical Filmmaker (June, $17.95) by Alex Cox. This autobiography from the director and co-writer of Sid and Nancy examines the craft and future of filmmaking.

Stone Bridge Press/Heian

(dist. by Consortium)

Pop Goes Korea: Behind the Revolution in Movies, Music, and Internet Culture (July, $19.95) by Mark James Russell explores the growth of Korea’s entertainment business; includes 100 photos.

Texas A & M Univ. Press

The History of Texas Music (Apr.; $19.95, cloth $45) by Gary Hartman analyzes the origins and influences of the genre and profiles key musicians.

Theatre Communications Group

Conversations with Anne (Aug., $18.95) by Anne Bogart documents the theater director’s interviews with JoAnne Akalaitis, Tony Kushner and other artists at her West Side Manhattan studio.


Play: The Nylon Book of Music (May, $27.50) by the editors of Nylon magazine spotlights the style preferences of performers and fans of today’s music.

Univ. of North Carolina Press

The Book of Salsa: A Chronicle of Urban Music from the Caribbean to New York City (Mar.; $20, cloth $59.95) by César Miguel Rondón tells the story of salsa’s roots in Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic and how they developed in the U.S.

Univ. of Texas Press

Diva: Defiance and Passion in Early Italian Cinema (Mar.; $34.95, cloth $70) by Angela Dalle Vacche argues that the diva in Italian cinema in the silent era was unlike other female stars in Hollywood or Europe.

Univ. Press of Colorado

Antonio Buero-Vallejo: Four Tragedies of Conscience (Apr.; $21.95, cloth $59.95) by Antonio Buero-Vallejo. Patricia O’Connor translates four plays by the Spanish dramatist; includes photos from European productions.

Univ. Press of Florida

The Fosse Style (Mar.; $34.95, cloth $59.95) by Debra McWaters explains Bob Fosse’s dance technique for teachers and dancers.


Guitars (May, $13.95) by David Schiller celebrates guitars and players in text and more than 400 color photos.