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More Than Just Music!

Music Moguls Write About Their Life Experiences

From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon a Time in Southside, Queens by 50 cent and Ex, Kris

This New York Times bestseller From Pieces to Weight, rap mogul, 50 cent, shares with the reader his life story. From the murder of his mother when he was only twelve, to hustling on the streets; from the assassination attempt that nearly killed him which ultimately propelled him to his meteoric rise to the top of hip hop. 

Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money and God by Russell Simmons and Nelson George

Russell Simmons, the original and eternal hip-hop mogul, is one of the most innovative and influential figures in modern American business and culture.  When no one outside of inner-city New York had even heard of hip-hop, Simmons saw the seeds of a global force that would change the way people talk, dress, listen to music, and choose the heroes they hang on their walls.  Today, he oversees a sprawling, multi-million dollar empire of culture-defining business in everything from music to fashion, advertising to film, and media to visual art.  Life and Def is a remarkable journey with Russell Simmons as he talks about the culture he's transformed and been transformed by. 

Decoded by Jay-Z

Decoded is the autobiography and memoir of rapper Jay-Z.  The book combines lyrics, their explanations, anecdotes, reflections, and autobiographical information.  Jay-Z explains in the book that the three reasons he wanted to write the book were to make a case for hip-hop lyrics as poetry, to tell a story of his generation, and to show how hip-hop is a story that everyone can relate to.

Sing to Me; My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic and Searching for Who's Next by L.A. Reid

Now for the first time, Reid tells his story, taking fans on an intimate tour of his life. He chronicles the journey from his small-town R&B roots in Cincinnati, Ohio, to his work as a drummer, and his fame as a Grammy Award-winning music producer and judge on the hit reality show, The X Factor.  Reid discusses his rise to fame and shares stories of the countless artist he's met, nurtured, and molded into stars.

Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones by Quincy Jones

Musician, composer, producer, arranger, and pioneering entrepreneur Quincy Jones has lived large and worked for five decades alongside superstars of music and entertainment. These names include such icons as Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, Ray Charles, Will Smith, and dozens of others.  Q is his glittering and moving life story, told with the style, passion, and no-holds-barred honesty that are his trademarks.