I know this is somewhat off-topic, but more on topic than what I've seen in the Off-Topic forum....but I really love good music books, and am always looking for more. I've been on something of buying binge this summer, and have come up with some real gems. Kooks, Queen Bitches and Andy Warhol: The Making of David Bowie's Hunky Dory I first heard about it in this very forum, and wrote some notes about it on one of those threads, here. It's a super-fast read (only 100 pages), but packed with stuff I've never heard before, from interviews with pretty much anyone connected to the album, sans Dave, who's included via archival interviews. I just finished it, and am already dipping back in. David Bowie: Any Day Now by Kevin Cann. I got this just before the one above, covering his years in London (basically up through 1974). He has worked with Bowie a couple of times over the years, and this is a really engaging, lushly illustrated book that's both a fantastic read and visually compelling, large-ish format book that'd look dandy on a lot of coffee tables. (There are two other Bowie books coming in the next two months, including one focused solely on the 70s, which is where I'd most want any Bowie centered. How can that not have happened before? And who knows? That might wind up on this list too.) This Ain't the Summer of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk by Steve Waksman. As you might guess from the title, it's a scholarly work, built around a striking premise: some of the most popular rock of the sixties also came to be highly regarded by the end of the decade, including in scholarly circles, but in the early 70s, much of the most popular music was critically reviled. Despite some strong antipathies between punk and heavy metal musicians and fans, Waksman looks specifically at the ways that both genres were "OUR music," and actively embraced their rejection by the critical establishment. It's incredibly well-documented, even for a scholarly work, and really, really fun to read. Autobiography, by Morrissey. Yeah, he's full of himself, and nothing is ever his fault...but dang, can he write! Just as a literary experience, it's magnificent. But it's also hilarious and moving, and hey, one of things we love about him is that he's a blowhard too, right? Not quite done yet, but this is one that I'm re-reading parts of as I go, just because it's so beautiful. I haven't finished this one either, but Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk, 1978-1984 by Simon Reynolds is shaping up to be one of my very favorites, maybe ever. The link is to the UK paperback, which you can get in the US for $12-ish, and this is definitely the one to get. The American publisher ripped out 200 pages, reorganized it in goofy ways, and generally mucked it up. I love this period in music, and I really enjoy Reynold's style and approach. I've actually bought some others this summer that I haven't gotten to at all yet, including some new Dylan titles...but no kidding, I'm on a music book bender, and will happily take more recommendations....with a note that as the discussion shifts to all-time favorites, I have plenty more recommendations to add too.