The On Record series is an encyclopedic look at the evolution of popular music from 1978 to 1998.

Colorado Music Experience founding director and author G. Brown covered popular music at The Denver Post for 26 years, interviewing well over 3,200 musicians, including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, and Kurt Cobain, all of whom recounted their escapades and reminisced about what their time on the charts meant to them personally and musically. Over the decades, G. also amassed an archive of close to 15,000 rare promotional photos.

Each volume of the On Record series presents nearly 200 rare archival images and 100 interviews with an array of performers, from the late Jerry Garcia and Dave Matthews to Bono and Santana. Beautifully crafted, these books belong in the library of every music fan and music institute.

Proceeds from book sales benefit Colorado Music Experience.


Vol. 1: 1978

Captures classic rockers from Journey to Bruce Springsteen to the Cars, nascent new wavers such as the Police, Talking Heads and the Clash, as well as the year’s greatest releases from rock, R&B, country and jazz stars.

ISBN: 978-0991566839
10 x 10 | 340 pages

Softcover $40.00

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Vol. 2: 1984

Reflects on the biggest artists of the MTV era—Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Huey Lewis, and even “Weird Al” Yankovic—in addition to acts from Van Halen to Prince and the year’s top R&B, alternative, country and jazz releases.

ISBN: 978-0991566846
10 x 10 | 344 pages

Softcover $40.00

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Vol. 3: 1991

Mines the grunge phenomenon from Nirvana to Pearl Jam, the explosion of rap (Public Enemy, Ice Cube), superstars from Garth Brooks to Paula Abdul to Metallica, and a full complement of one-hit wonders and underground sensations.

ISBN: 978-0991566853
10 x 10 | 368 pages

Softcover $40.00

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All three volumes $100.00


“It’s always nice when the person interviewing me knows more about music than I do. Every time I’ve spoken to G. Brown over the decades, he has impressed me with his knowledge and, more importantly perhaps, his humor. I enjoy people who make me laugh, and G. does that constantly. Read his On Record books and enjoy his perspective.
Graham Nash, two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee

“I’ve always thought that the music journalists from large daily newspapers were more credible than others, if only for the fact that they saw and heard so much more music than anyone else. G. Brown, the Denver Post‘s beat writer for 26 years, proves my point with his On Record books.”
Huey Lewis, Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and actor

“For decades, nobody in Colorado had more access to the biggest stars or wrote more insightfully about music than G. Brown. Finally, with the On Record book series, he digs through his notes for exclusive interviews, digs through his garage for a lifetime of photos, and digs through his brain to craft indispensable mini-histories on all your favorite acts.”
Steve Knopper, Billboard editor at large and author of MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson