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Photo: Leon Russell | By Paul Sexton, Hachette Books | Hachette Books has announced the March 14 publication of Leon Russell: The Master Of Space And Time’s Journey Through Rock & Roll History. The comprehensive new biography of the hugely influential and revered artist, writer, frontman, collaborator, producer, and arranger is by the acclaimed author and founding member of Buffalo Tom, Bill Janovitz.

The new volume has the support of Russell’s estate and tells the story of a sometimes underappreciated musician, whose work across six decades impacted a swathe of rock history and earned him induction in 2011 into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. His classic, endlessly-covered “A Song For You” entered the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2018, two years after his death at the age of 74.

The vast list of collaborators and beneficiaries of Russell’s work includes Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, Phil Spector, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Delaney and Bonnie, Willie Nelson, Rita Coolidge, Dave Mason, Freddie King, JJ Cale, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bonnie Raitt, and many more.

Janowitz wrote 2005’s The Rolling Stones Exile On Main St. and 2014’s Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell The Story Of The Rolling Stones. His most recent work has appeared in the Cambridge Companion series, Cambridge University Press, The Observer,, Rock and Roll Globe, and Post Road.

Among plaudits for the new biography, film director and author Cameron Crowe says: “Get ready to truly meet Leon Russell – one of music’s most unforgettable, colorful, and supremely gifted characters. Thanks to Bill Janovitz’s thoroughly captivating storytelling, here’s the definitive portrait as lively and essential as Russell himself.”
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Pre-order Leon Russell: The Master Of Space And Time’s Journey Through Rock & Roll History, which will be published on March 14.
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