Soccer FAQ

Soccer FAQ

All That’s Left to Know About the Club,

the Players, and the Rivalries

by Dave Thompson

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“For as long as man has had feet to kick with, he has kicked things.”

So Dave Thompson begins his latest contribution to the Backbeat Books FAQ series, Soccer FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Clubs, the Players, and the Rivalries (March 2015, 24.99). It is also the first book in the series to look beyond the world of music and into the wider world of pop culture. Future Pop Culture FAQ titles, to be released this spring and fall, include Cocktails FAQ, Pro Wrestling FAQ, Dracula FAQ, The Beat Generation FAQ, and Haunted America FAQ.

Soccer FAQ is a fast, furious, and opinionated guide to all that has made soccer the world’s most popular sport, an all-encompassing history that introduces readers to the biggest clubs, the greatest games, the finest players, and the fiercest rivalries. From Sunderland to Seattle, from Berlin to Buenos Aires, Soccer FAQ delves into every aspect of the sport, tracing its development from a victorious Anglo-Saxon army kicking the heads of their fallen enemies around a field to the multibillion-dollar industry of today. Along the way, Thompson devotes chapters to soccer songs, soccer quotations, and, as he describes it, “the unfathomable joy of being the underdog.”

Record breakers and giant killers alike file through the pages of Soccer FAQ, illustrating the beautiful game as it is played at every level, from the World Cup Final to the village green, with fully updated commentary on all the world’s major competitions, including the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

No matter what shape you like your footballs, you’ll find much to enjoy in Soccer FAQ.

March 10, 2015
$24.99
Paperback Original
6″ x 9″
400 pages
9781617135989
Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dave Thompson has been writing about soccer for more than 30 years, contributing to the magazines Football Monthly, USA Soccer News, Total Football, Programme Monthly, and others. He is also the author of the acclaimed English soccer trilogy Those We Have Loved. He Lives in Newark, Del.

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AC/DC FAQ

AC/DC FAQ

All That’s Left to Know About the

World’s True Rock ‘n’ Roll Band

 by Susan Masino | foreword by Chad Smith

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In his foreword to AC/DC FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the World’s True Rock ‘n’ Roll Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith perfectly captures what has made AC/DC the masters of pure rock and roll for more than four decades. “I prefer my rock bands to the dangerous type,” Smith wrote. “The music that thrills me . . . is the kind that teeters on insanity.”

AC/DC FAQ captures that danger and that insanity. Rock journalist and author Susan Masino spans AC/DC’s 40-year career, starting from the band’s inception in 1973 and covering everything from their earliest days in Australia to their first tour of England and the United States. It also includes personal experiences, stories, conversations, and interviews by Masino, who has known the band since 1977.

Featuring 37 chapters, AC/DC FAQ chronicles the personal history of each of the band members, all their albums, tours, and various anecdotes. Rebounding from the tragic loss of their singer Bon Scott in 1980, AC/DC hired Brian Johnson and went on to record Back in Black, which is now one of the top five biggest-selling albums in music history. Taking a seven-year break after their album Stiff Upper Lip, the band came back in the fall of 2008 with a new album, Black Ice, and a tour that ran from 2008 through the summer of 2010. Once again breaking records, AC/DC saw the Black Ice Tour become the second-highest-grossing tour in history.

From the story behind Angus’s schoolboy uniform to the effect Beavis and Butthead had on the group’s popularity and their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, AC/DC FAQ provides the deepest look into the band available anywhere.

March 31, 2015
$24.99
Paperback Original
6″ x 9″
364 pages
9781480394506
Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susan Masino has been a rock journalist for more than 30 years and has written six books, including Family Tradition: Three Generations of Hank Williams, published by Backbeat Books, and The Story of AC/DC: Let There Be Rock, which has now been published in 11 languages. She also appears in the Van Halen DVD The Early Years and the movie AC/DC: Let There Be Rock. She lives in Madison, Wis.

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The Gretsch Electric Guitar Book

The Gretsch Electric Guitar Book

60 Years of White Falcons, 6120s, Jets, Gents, and more!

 by Tony Bacon

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The Gretsch Electric Guitar Book is the latest book in Tony Bacon’s bestselling guitar series: A carefully researched text partnered with a gallery of full-color pictures of great guitars, rare memorabilia, and of famous Gretsch players from Chet Atkins to Eddy Cochran, Billy Duffy, Duane Eddy, and Brian Seltzer.

Gretsch electric guitars have a style all their own – a glitzy, wacky, retro charm that over the years has drawn players from unknown teens to timeless stars playing all kinds of popular music. No two old Gretsch guitars sound or feel alike: inconsistent crazy gadgetry – cool beauty – weird tone – stylish glamour.

The Gretsch Electric Guitar Book is an absorbing tale that takes the reader from the introduction of Gretsch’s first proper electrics, through to the famous Chet Atkins models and the White Falcon, and on to the recent guitars and the Fender era. Tony Bacon draws both from fresh and archived interviews with Gretsch players:

“Gretsch put together a prototype to show to Atkins, probably early in 1954. In a similar way to Les Paul and Gibson, Atkins had little input to the original design of his signature model. The label inside identified the sample guitar as a Streamliner Special, although it was more like a Country Club: it had a Melita bridge, a second DeArmond single-coil at the bridge, and Gretsch’s two-pickup control layout (four knobs plus one selctro). ‘That’s the first one I received,’ Atkins explained when he showed it to me in the 90s. ‘They sent it over and said: how about this? But I wanted a Bigsby vibrato on it and I especially didn’t like the f-holes, and later on we changed those.'”

The book tells the story through the people who design, make, and sell them – back then as well as right now. The book closes with a useful reference section with all the information a collector might want on original models, reissues, new guitars, artist models, serial number, and production details for every significant model, new and old, of this most enigmatic and revered brand.

$29.99
8.5″ x 11″
160 pages
9781480399242
Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Tony Bacon writes about musical instruments, musicians, and music. He is a co-founder of Backbeat UK and Jawbone Press. Tony’s books include The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book, The Ultimate Guitar Book, and History Of The American Guitar. He lives in Bristol, England.

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Pro Wrestling FAQ

Pro Wrestling FAQ

All That’s Left to Know About

the World’s Most Entertaining Spectacle

 by Brian Solomon

An entertaining and comprehensive look at 150 years of professional wrestling – inside and outside the ring – and its cultural impact.

Website

Sport? Entertainment? Art form? Perhaps a bit of all three, with a certain intangible extra something thrown in for good measure, making professional wrestling a truly unique entity unto itself. From its origins in carnivals and sideshow attractions of the 19th century, right up to the multimillion-dollar, multimedia industry of the present day, and all the bizarre, wild, and woolly points in between, Pro Wrestling FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the World’s Most Entertaining Spectacle by Brian Solomon (June 2015, Backbeat Books, $29.99) delves into the entire history and broad scope of one of popular culture’s most enduring yet ever-changing spectacles.

Pro Wrestling FAQ is the second book from the Backbeat Books FAQ series to look beyond the world of music and into the wider world of pop culture. Soccer FAQ will be published in March. Future Pop Culture FAQ titles include Cocktails FAQ, Dracula FAQ, The Beat Generation FAQ, and Haunted America FAQ.

With chapters devoted to the many fascinating eras in the history of the business, as well as capsule biographies of some of its most memorable and important figures, Pro Wrestling FAQ is the ultimate one-volume reference guide for both long-time wrestling nuts and initiates to the grappling phenomenon.

Revisit the legendary 1911 “Match of the Century” pitting World Champion Frank Gotch against archrival George Hackenschmidt, “the Russian Lion”; experience wrestling’s TV golden age in the 1950s, a time of such colorful personages as Gorgeous George and Antonino Rocca; relive the glory days of Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant, when WWF impresario Vince McMahon took the business mainstream; and get the lowdown on recent favorites, such as John Cena, CM Punk, and others who have taken the business boldly into the 21st century.

Solomon also takes time to explore the roots of professional wrestling in Mexico and Japan; the vital role of the wrestling manager; as well as the referees, commentators, and ring announcers, whose contributions must never be overlooked.

If you’ve ever called yourself a fan of the most popular form of sports/entertainment/performance art that has ever existed, Pro Wrestling FAQ is the book for you!

June 24, 2015
$29.99
Paperback Original
6″ x 9″
400 pages
9781617135996
Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Brian Solomon is a former editor and writer for WWE, having worked on such publications as WWERaw, and SmackDown!, which he launched during his surreal seven-year tenure with the company. He is the author of WWE Legends (2006) and has also contributed to Pro Wrestling Illustrated. He speaks publicly on his experience in the business as part of New York’s acclaimed Kevin Geeks Out series. He lives in Bridgeport, Conn.

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Morrissey FAQ

Morrissey FAQ

All That’s Left to Know About This Charming Man

 by D. McKinney

An in-depth look at the life and career of one of rock’s most

glamorous, mysterious, poetic, and adored front men.

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“Whenever I meet people and Morrissey comes up in conversation, I find that there are two kinds of people,” writes D. McKinney in her Introduction to Morrissey FAQ. “Morrissey Lovers and Morrissey Haters.”

But even they agree that Morrissey is one of the best lyricists and charismatic front men in music history. That leaves plenty of other things to argue about: his mysterious personal life, his pompous attitude, and the history and meaning behind his biggest hits.

In Morrissey FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About This Charming Man (May 2015, Backbeat Books, $24.99) readers from both sides of the fence will learn about the singer’s passions, his weaknesses, the people who love him, the people who hate him, and the people who want to be him. Not since Elvis have fans been so obsessed with a singer; they fight with each other at concerts, they rush and tackle him onstage, they dress and act like him, and they even build shrines dedicated to him. Liking Morrissey isn’t just liking his music – it’s a way of life.

Morrissey is known for his over-the-top lyrics, his stage antics, his philosophies, and his whining. But after reading this book and digging deeper into the brooding mystique that is Morrissey, you’ll also start whining.. for more Moz!

May 26, 2015
$24.99
Paperback Original
6″ x 9″
388 pages
9781480394483
Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

D. McKinney is the author of the charmingly crude novels Welcome to Slumberland and Overbite. A writer, music lover, and record collector from a young age, she began publishing her first magazine in 1997 covering the local Southern California music scene. She also created the humor blogs Smokers Hack and Meat is Myrtle. She lives in Riverside, Calif.

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The Eagles FAQ

The Eagles FAQ

All That’s Left to Know About Classic Rock’s Superstars

 by Andrew Vaughan

The fascinating story of the hugely successful American band that defined life in the fast lane.

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If the Beatles wrote the soundtrack of the swinging ’60s, then the Eagles did the same for the cynical ’70s.

The story of the Eagles is also the story of most artists of their time – the drugs, the music, the excesses, and the piles of cash, but, as music critic Andrew Vaughan writes in The Eagles FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About Classic Rock’s Superstars (February 2015, Backbeat Books, $24.99), the Eagles took it to the limit. And in Don Henley and Glenn Frey they had two songwriters who intuitively understood and accurately portrayed the changing America they lived in. They perfected the California sound, shifted power from record company to artist, and pioneered album-oriented rock. Eagles songs of the period are as memorable as any ever written, and their most popular album, Hotel California, became a timeless record of the 1970s decadence.

In The Eagles FAQ, Vaughan brings an insider’s view into the many chapters of the group’s fascinating history. He shows how they blended the best folk, rock, and country sounds of the ’60s into a worldwide soundtrack of the ’70s while challenging the industry status quo with a new business model.

The Eagles FAQ is the story of their rise, fall, and rebirth – their mega-selling smashes, their tensions and breakups, the band members’ solo work, and their triumphant reunion and continued place at the top of the rock-and-roll tree.

March 10, 2015
$24.99
Paperback Original
6″ x 9″
352 pages
9781480385412
Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Andrew Vaughan is a British-born writer and an authority on country music and country rock. He is the author of the acclaimed illustrated biography The Eagles: An American Band and the best-selling Shania: Feel Like a Woman, as well as books on Beyoncé and Taylor Swift. Vaughan has been a record industry consultant and editorial director for the Nashville-based American Music Channel since 2002. He lives in Franklin, Tenn.
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Quentin Tarantino FAQ

Quentin Tarantino FAQ

Everything Left to Know About the Original Reservoir Dog

 by Dale Sherman

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Quentin Tarantino is a man who came to Hollywood and didn’t break the rules so much as make plain that he didn’t even notice them.

Making the films he wanted to see, Tarantino broke through with Reservoir Dogs in 1992 and then cemented his reputation in 1994 with the release of Pulp Fiction. As his fame grew, he spread his love for movies that are far from commonplace through his promotion of older films and theaters and by reviving the stalled careers of actors such as John Travolta, Pam Grier, and David Carradine.

Quentin Tarantino FAQ by Dale Sherman (March 2015, Applause Books, $24.99) examines the movies directed by Tarantino, the influences on his work, and the inspiration he gave to others. Sherman also devotes chapters to certain recurring elements in his films, from fake “product placement” to the music, actors, and even cinematic moments used. The book also reviews his work in television, the articles written about him or by him over the years, his acting career, his public battles, and some of the projects he abandoned along the way.

It all comes together to tell the story of a man who forged his own unique path and helped shape the way movies are made today.

March 10, 2015
$24.99
Paperback Original
6″ x 9″
400 pages
9781480355880
Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dale Sherman, like Quentin Tarantino, is a child of the 1970s who grew up fascinated by the films of the drive-in theaters and the grindhouses. A collector of such films, as well as a fan of Tarantino’s film work, Sherman is the author of eight previous books about music and the movies, including KISS FAQ, published by Backbeat Books, and Armageddon Films FAQ, published by Applause Books. He lives in Louisville, KY.

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