Turn up the Volume on Your Coffee Table

A trio of new music books.

Bob Marley: Portrait of the Legend

Curated by Ziggy Marley

In honor of Bob Marley’s 75th birthday, this oversize book collects more than 150 photographs that celebrate the life and influence of the forefather of reggae and one of the greatest musical and sociopolitical icons of 20th-century pop culture. Drawing exclusively on photos in the Marley family archives, the book mixes the iconic and the intimate—bringing together striking images of Marley as a performer onstage with unseen glimpses into his creative process in and out of the studio and his family life in Jamaica. Making the most of its large pages, the book is designed as a monument to his influence.

The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present

By Paul McCartney and Paul Muldoon (editor)

A work that combines candor and beauty, The Lyrics celebrates the creative life and musical genius of Paul McCartney through 154 of his most meaningful songs.

From his early Liverpool days through the historic decade of The Beatles to his band Wings and long solo career, The Lyrics pairs the definitive texts of McCartney’s songs with first-person commentaries on his life and music. Spanning two alphabetically arranged volumes, these commentaries reveal how the songs came to be and the people who inspired them.

Beastie Boys Book

By Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz

Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip-hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. With a style as distinctive and eclectic as one of their albums, Beastie Boys Book upends the typical music memoir. Alongside the band narrative, readers will find rare photos, original illustrations, a cookbook by chef Roy Choi, a graphic novel, a map of Beastie Boys’ New York, mixtape playlists and pieces by guest contributors.

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