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More new music books for summer (or any time) reading

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Chris Frantz's memoir "Remain in Love" is one of a number of intriguing music books publishing during the spring and early summer. Among the other worthwhile titles...

"Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer's Life in Music" as told to Greg Renoff (ECW): A legend in the music world, Templeman helmed classic works by Van Morrison, the Doobie Brothers, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Montrose and many others. His remembrances are densely packed with detail and insight, a valuable peek behind the scenes of some genuinely outstanding music.

"George Harrison on George Harrison: Interviews and Encounters," edited by Ashley Kahn (Chicago Review Press, Aug. 4): Kahn trolls the archives for some key Q&A's, including unpublished transcripts and even some of Harrison's own writings to peel back some of the veneer from the appropriately nicknamed "quiet Beatle."

"Liberty: Life, Billy and the Pursuit of Happiness" by Liberty DeVitto (Hudson Music, July 17): The Billy in question is Joel, who DeVitto played drums for over the course of 30 years and 13 albums. That Joel wrote the foreword for this memoir tempers some of the acrimony of their parting, but it doesn't prevent DeVitto from telling plenty of intriguing tales about his life in music and those he worked with, in a conversational style that feels like a chat on a Brooklyn porch stoop.

"America The Band: An Authorized Biography" by Jude Warne (Rowan & Littlefield): The "Horse With No Name" group gave full access and cooperation for this endeavor, a quote-heavy collection that's definitive, if uncritical.

"All I Ever Wanted: A Rock n Roll Memoir" by Kathy Valentine (University of Texas Press): The Go-Go's bassist's lips are unsealed as Valentine delivers an account that's both loving and lurid about the band and other aspects of her life before and after, although it leaves out some recent developments, including a lawsuit, that opens the door for a sequel.

"Anthem: Rush in the 70s" by Martin Popoff (ECW): The first of a planned trilogy, "Anthem" digs deep into the Canadian trio's early days, often through Popoff's firsthand reporting and relationship with the group. It takes us through 1978's "Hemispheres," setting up the grander breakthrough that came during the 80s.

"Echoes" by Glenn Phillips (Snow Star): Phillips and the Hampton Grease Band aren't exactly household names, but that helps make this look into "My Life, My Music and How I Stopped Having Panic Attacks" even more intriguing and relatable. And it'll certainly pique your interest in both the group's and Phillips' other work.

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