Do redneck women read books? Or buy them? Gretchen Wilson is about to find out. In November, Warner Books will release her opus, I'll Tell You What a Redneck Woman Is. But wasn't that what the song did? The pride of Pocahontas, Ill., co-wrote the class analysis with Allen Rucker.
It's going to be a great fall and winter for music fans, with books on the way about Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Courtney Love and dozens of others. CMT.com has gleaned the following music titles through Publishers Weekly.
Coming in September: Johnny Cash: The Biography, Michael Streissguth (De Capo Press); Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Country Music in America, edited by Paul Kingsbury and Alanna Nash (DK); Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship With Elvis Presley, Jerry Schilling (Gotham Books); U2: An Irish Phenomenon, Visnja Cogan (DuFour Editions); Paula Abdul: All the Right Moves, Paula Abdul (Virgin Books); Roadshow: Landscape With Drums -- A Concept Tour by Motorcycle, Neal Peart [of Rush] (Rounder Books); From Pieces to Weight, 50 Cent (Pocket Books/MTV Books); 33 1/3 Greatest Hits, David Barker (Continuum); and The Velvet Underground, Richard Witts (Indiana University Press).
Arriving on shelves in October: U2 by U2, U2 and Neil McCormick (Harper Entertainment); Let There Be Rock: Story of AC/DC, Susan Masino (Omnibus Press); One Train Later, Andy Summers [guitarist for the Police] (St. Martin's/Thomas Dunne); The Rolling Stones: 365 Days, Simon Wells and Getty Images (Abrams); Rolling Stone: 1,000 Covers -- A History of the Most Influential Magazine in Pop Culture, introduction by Jann S. Wenner (Abrams); Greetings From E Street: The Story of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Robert Santelli (Chronicle); Tougher Than the Rest: 100 Best Bruce Springsteen Songs, June Skinner Sawyers (Omnibus Press); The Sound of Music Companion: From Stage to Screen and Back Again, the Really Useful Group (Pavilion); Mamma Mia! How Can I Resist You? The Inside Story of Mamma Mia! And the Songs of ABBA, Benny Andersson and others (Weidenfeld & Nicholson); The Life and Times of Dr. Dre: Out of Compton ... Into the Streets -- The Studio Years (1985-2006) , Jake Brown (Amber/Colossus Books); 1001 Songs: The Great Songs of All Time and the Artists, Stories and Secrets Behind Them, Toby Creswell (Thunder's Mouth); and The Essential Rock Discography Martin Strong (Canongate).
Among November's offerings: Pat Boone's America: A Pop Culture Treasury From the Last Fifty Years, Pat Boone with Donny York (Broadway Books); A Shot in the Dark: Making Records in Nashville, 1945-1955, Martin Hawkins (Vanderbilt University Press); Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love, Courtney Love, (Faber & Faber); Graceland: An Interactive Pop-Up Tour, Chuck Murphy, foreword by Priscilla Presley (Quirk Books); Alive at the Village Vanguard: My Life In and Out of Jazz Time, Lorraine Gordon as told to Barry Singer (Hal Leonard); The Soul of Tone: Celebrating 60 Years of Fender Amps, Tom Wheeler, foreword by Keith Richards (Hal Leonard); Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert and a Life, Elliot Tiber with Tom Monte (Square One); and Across the Great Divide: The Band and America, Barney Hoskyns (Hal Leonard).
Closing out the year with December publication dates are American Popular Music: Country by Richard Carlin (Checkmark Books) and Money for Nothing: A History of the Music Video From the Beatles to the White Stripes by Saul Austerlitz (Continuum).
Now put away those beach books.