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Award-winning Music biographer Jake Brown has written 50 published books since 2001, featuring many authorized collaborations with some of rock’s biggest artists, including 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Heart (with Ann and Nancy Wilson), living guitar legend Joe Satriani, blues legend Willie Dixon (authorized w/the Estate), country music legends Merle Haggard/Freddy Powers, heavy metal pioneers Motorhead (with Lemmy Kilmister), country rap superstar Big Smo, late hip hop icon Tupac Shakur (with the estate), celebrated Rock drummer Kenny Aronoff, legendary R&B/Hip Hop Producer Teddy Riley, late Funk pioneer Rick James, and Mopreme Shakur. Brown is also author of a variety of anthology series including the superstar country music anthology ‘Nashville Songwriter’ Vol I and II; the all-star rock producers anthology ‘Behind the Boards’ Vol. 1 and 2; all-star Rock & Roll drummers’ anthology ‘Beyond the Beats,’ and the ‘Hip Hop Hits’ producers’ series among many others. Brown recently released the audio books BEYOND THE BEATS, DOCTORS OF RHYTHM and forthcoming SCIENTISTS OF SOUND Record Producers series and PRINCE IN THE STUDIO - The Hits 1977 - 1994 under a long-term deal with Blackstone Audio, and has also appeared as the featured biographer of record on Fuse TV’s Live Through This series and Bloomberg TV’s Game Changers series, in all 6-parts of the BET “The Death Row Chronicles” docu-series. His books have received national press in CBS News, The Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone Magazine, USA Today, MTV.com, Guitar World Magazine, Billboard, Parade Magazine, Country Weekly, Fox News, Yahoo News, etc and writes for regularly for Tape Op Magazine (including the 2015 cover story feature with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan). In 2012, Brown won the Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards in the category of Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research.
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Nashville Songwriter gives readers the first completely authorized collection of the true stories that inspired hits by the biggest multi-platinum country superstars of the last half centuryrecounted by the songwriters themselves. Award-winning music biographer Jake Brown gives readers an unprecedented, intimate glimpse inside the world of country music songwriting.
Featuring exclusive commentary from country superstars and chapter-length interviews with today's biggest hit-writers on Music Row, this book chronicles the stories behind smash hits such as:
Willie Nelson's "Always on My Mind"
Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying," "Southern Voice," and "Real Good Man"
George Jones's "Tennessee Whiskey"
Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take the Wheel" and "Cowboy Casanova"
Brooks & Dunn's "Ain't Nothing 'Bout You"
Lady Antebellum's "We Owned the Night" and "Just a Kiss"
Brad Paisley's "Mud on the Tires," "We Danced," and "I'm Still a Guy"
Luke Bryan's "Play It Again," "Crash My Party," and "That's My Kind of Night"
The Oak Ridge Boys's "American Made"
George Strait's "Ocean Front Property" and "The Best Day,"
Rascal Flatts's "Fast Cars and Freedom," and "Take Me There"
Kenny Chesney's "Living in Fast Forward" and "When the Sun Goes Down"
Ricochet's "Daddy's Money"
Montgomery Gentry's "If You Ever Stop Loving Me"
The Crickets's "I Fought the Law"
Tom T. Hall's "A Week in a County Jail" and "That Song Is Driving Me Crazy"
Trace Adkins's "You're Gonna Miss This"
David Lee Murphy's "Dust on the Bottle"
Jason Aldean's "Big Green Tractor" and "Fly Over States"
And many more top country hits over the past 40 years!
Part intimate profile, part detailed discography, this music compilation explores the life and work of Tori Amos, one of the most prolific alternative rock artists of the past few decades. Known for her piano-driven music and emotional, intense lyrics that delve into such topics as sexuality, religion, and personal tragedy, Amos has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide. The artistic process behind the creation of these albums is revealed through exclusive interviews with people who worked alongside her in the studioone of her producers, sound engineers, and backing band membersand included is an analysis of her choice to break away from the traditional rules of the recording industry and forge her own path and musical identity.From her days as a young piano prodigy and her first band to her many years as a solo artist and her extensive touring and recording, the in-depth research into the personal influence behind Amos’s music complements the chronicle of her professional career.
Just months ahead of his incarceration, Wayne had been on a whirlwind of touring, helping to launch the rising stars of his Young Money Records’ signees Drake and Nicki Manaj, and touring non-stop. That when word finally came down relative to his now infamous New York City illegal gun possession charge—with the facts seeming fairly cut and dry—Wayne opted to cut his losses and plead guilty to the charge. Even while incarcerated, he rallied his Young Money Records crew, to carry the torch and bang out hit records in his absence.
LIL WAYNE (An Unauthorized Biography) is a remarkable story that incorporates Lil Waynes ingenious passion for music. According to MTV, “Wayne has hit a whole new stratosphere. He’s evolved into one of the top-tier playas in his field, truly on another planet with a chosen few.” Drake was clearly inspired by Lil Wayne’s example, when he said “I don’t think there will ever be anybody like Lil Wayne ever again in hip-hop. He paralyzes a room when he walks into it—his wordplay, the excitement that he brings to his music. We all will have to work a lot harder to keep hip-hop as exciting as Lil Wayne has made it”.
LIL WAYNE (An Unauthorized Biography) chapters include: "The Rise of Cash Money Records"; "The making of “Tha Carter I, II and III"; "Superstardom;" "Family and Fatherhood"; "The Masters of Reinvention: the Second Coming of Cash Money"; and, "I am Not A Human Being";. As Lil Wayne states when asked to describe himself, “I’m a Martian. I like to be different. And what’s more different than a Martian?”
LIL WAYNE (An Unauthorized Biography) was written by Nashville-based, internationally acclaimed, music biographer, Jake Brown. Mr. Brown has written over thirty five published books, including: Lady Gaga: Born To Be Free; Lil Wayne: An Unauthorized Biography; Prince: In the Studio; Dr. Dre: In the Studio; Suge Knight: The Rise, Fall and Rise of Death Row Records; 50 Cent: No Holds Barred; Biggie Smalls: Ready to Die; Tupac: In the Studio; Jay Z and the Roc-A-Fella Records Dynasty; as well as titles on Kanye West, R. Kelly, The Black Eyed Peas and the Red Hot Chili-Peppers.