Keith Richards, "Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar" (Little, Brown, $18). The Rolling Stone who looks most like a goblin apparently needed two coauthors - Barnaby Harris and Bill Shapiro - plus daughter Theodora, who did the finely detailed drawings, to pen this sweet children's book about a kindly grandfather and learning to play "Malagueña."
Strand of Oaks. Timothy Showalter's breakthrough as Strand of Oaks, HEAL, uses the raw material of painful personal experience to make music that's powerfully uplifting. He's back home in Philly after a national tour. Wednesday at Union Transfer.
Tara Murtha's 331/3 Book Release: "Ode to Billie Joe." To celebrate her book about Bobby Gentry's 1967 Ode to Billie Joe for the 331/3 series about noteworthy albums, Philadelphia journalist Tara Murtha is throwing a party with an all-star local band playing the album, which pushed the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band off the top of the chart. Friday at Underground Arts.
Bruce Springsteen and Frank Caruso, "Outlaw Pete" (Simon & Schuster, $19.99). Not a lot of heavy lifting by the Boss on this one. Springsteen's not-really-for-children children's book sets the lyrics to a song about a diaper-and-10-gallon- hat-wearing bandit to drawings by Caruso. It's an amusing, engaging tale that works better as a book than it did as music, but beware: Baby Pete grows up, and his demons catch up with him.
Cal Schenkel's Anthropomorphic Crankcase. Philadelphia artist Calvin Schenkel met Frank Zappa while studying at the Philadelphia College of Art in the late 1960s, and the rest is album-art history. Among his finest works: the Mothers of Invention's Sgt. Pepper mock We're Only in It for the Money, and Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band's iconic Trout Mask Replica. Art show at Imperfect Gallery in Germantown opens Saturday.