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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!
"We're talking about creating a brand-name from nothing, and where it normally takes years and years and years, within a year and a half Jasmin was a known brand name in porn."
- CHARLIE FRY, FORMER MANAGER
"Love her or hate her, there is only one Jasmin."
"Within the porn community especially, Jasmin will always hold a certain distinct notoriety. Jasmin was very smart with the gang-bang, because she was the first one to make it a career move. She saw how it had put Annabelle Chong into the lime light, and Jasmin did her own gangbang in a much more calculating way to launch herself into stardom - from the advertising to all the press she got out of it, because of the crowd that was there to witness it, to everything else it led to for her professionally. So everyone that went after her more or less followed the Jasmin St. Claire guidelines and technique, and the model she had set. What made Jasmin so special - and always will-is that when she did anything, whether it be porn, or wrestling, or whatever else, she stands out."
- RON JEREMY
"She's one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen. Obviously she's talented enough to succeed outside of porn, she had her wrestling career, and I think
could have done anything she wanted."
- MOTORHEAD FRONTMAN LEMMY KILMISTER
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.
Born on March 28, 1986, in Yonkers, New York, to Cynthia and Joseph Germanotta, Lady Gaga is a pop artist and cultural icon whose antics, onstage and in video, and wild fashions have earned her attention worldwide. Her hits, Bad Romance, Poker Face and Love Game have sold millions of copies.
With never before seen photos and interviews that bring you deep into the heart and soul of this extraordinary talent, destined to rule the world, author Jake Brown, will take you on a journey beginning in Yonkers, New York, crisscrossing throughout the United States and traversing around the world.
Lady Gaga is recognized for her flamboyant, diverse, and outre contributions to the music industry through her fashion, performances, and music videos. She had sold an estimated 26 million albums and 127 million singles worldwide and her singles are some of the best-selling worldwide. Her achievements include five Grammy Awards and 13 MTV Video Music Awards.
Gaga has consecutively appeared on Billboard Magazine's Artists of the Year, ranked fourth in VH1's list of 100 Greatest Women in Music, is the fourth best selling digital singles artist in US, according to RIAA; is regularly placed on lists composed by Forbes magazine, including The World's 100 Most Powerful Women from 2010 to 2013, and was named one of the most influential people in the world by Time Magazine.
LADY GAGA: BORN TO BE FREE—An Unauthorized Biography chapters include: “Gaga from Birth”, “76 Stanton Street”, “F.A.M.E”, “Little Monsters”, “The Fame Monster E.P.”, “Born This Way”, “Gaga Takes Over the World”, “Life as a Fashion Show”, “ARTPOP” and "2014 and Beyond".
LADY GAGA: BORN TO BE FREE—An Unauthorized Biography was written by Nashville-based music biographer Jake Brown who has published thirty five books, including other Colossus Books titles: Kanye West: The Rise of Kanye West and the Chicago Rap Scene: Jay Z and the Roc-A-Fella Record Dynasty; 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; as well as titles on R. Kelly; The Black Eyed Peas and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.