Read any good music books lately? Or some all-time favorites?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Tim Wilson, Sep 2, 2014.

  1. elaterium

    elaterium Forum Resident

    How Bluegrass Music Destroyed My Life-John Fahey. I recommend it to everybody even if you don't know his music. Very funny, surreal and entertaining short stories.
     
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  2. Astralweeks

    Astralweeks Active Member

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    Any 33 1/3 Book, they're simply fascinating reads.
    Dylan: Disc by Disc
    The Dylanologists
    The Beatles (Hunter Davies, I'd fight any man who says it isn't the best Beatles book out there)
    100 Best Beatles Songs
    The Mammoth Book of the Rolling Stones
     
  3. drasil

    drasil Forum Resident

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    I can't in good conscience blanket recommend the 33 1/3 series. some of the volumes are fantastic. many of them are plagued with factual errors, opinions expressed as facts, and seriously questionable writing.

    there's some discussion on the series and various individual installments throughout this thread.
     
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  4. screechmartin

    screechmartin Well-Known Member

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    Yes, it started as a great idea, and then went downhill.
     
  5. Stuggy

    Stuggy Well-Known Member

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    Ireland
    Started the Alex Chilton biography A man Called Destruction which seems pretty good. Only got as far as him joining the Devilles who haven't got as far as renaming themselves so far.



    Also reading How To Talk Dirty And Influence People the Lenny Bruce autobiography which is really really good and I don't know why I haven't read it before. Not chancing on it I guess.
     
  6. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    JOe Boyd -White Bicycle
    Great read if your a Nick Drake fan.
     
  7. Tanx

    Tanx Forum Resident

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    Washington, DC
    Recently finished the new Phil Collins autobiography. I'm not even a fan, but it was fascinating reading. I found the early bits about the London music scene and the '80s stories most interesting. Even though he was a constant hitmaker, it seems as though he always felt like the odd guy out (including in Genesis).
     
  8. Seagull

    Seagull Well-Known Member

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    Hampshire,England
    Julian Cope's autobiographies Head On and Repossessed. Fascinating insights into late 70s and 80s music/drugs/toy cars scene from someone who was there. Cope is a very funny writer, highly recommended.
     
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  9. Daryl M

    Daryl M Forum Resident

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    Just got Shep Gordon's book from the library today. Didn't even know he had a book
    out - saw the movie a while back.
     
  10. Matthew Tate

    Matthew Tate Forum Resident

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    willie nelsons newest book is really good. Its clear the pre 1970 years are very important to him and I enjoyed hearing about what shaped his career
     
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  11. Matthew Tate

    Matthew Tate Forum Resident

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    one thing I want to say about willie's book, IT'S A LONG STORY: MY LIFE, was that he skipped talking about the albums he released in the 90's and 00's that were on indie labels. thought that was a little weird. he mentioned pretty much every album he released except the ones that weren't on major labels or on the lost highway label. no idea why.
     
  12. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    I haven't read it, but here's a very complimentary review of Graeme Thomson's George Harrison: Behind the Locked Door. Thomson wrote the definitive biography of Kate Bush Under The Ivy, and also did an excellent one on Phil Lynot.
     
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  13. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Reynard The Fox.

    A talented dude, for sure !!!
     
  14. ssmith3046

    ssmith3046 Forum Resident

    I finished Testimony by Robbie Robertson last week and thoroughly enjoyed it.
     
  15. RiRiIII

    RiRiIII Forum Resident

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    Norman Granz biography:

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  16. Brother Maynard

    Brother Maynard Forum Resident

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    "Dishearteningly, readers find out that “Something” – perhaps the Beatles’ greatest love song and one of rock’s finest – was written not for Boyd but for God! Harrison purportedly altered the lyrics for “he” to “she” lest anybody think him a poof."

    Without having read this book yet, I'm guessing this is George's own revisionism circa '73-'75 if he actually said it. I've considered picking this book up but I'd like to know there's a little more to it than the usual synopsis of his life presented in the review.
     
  17. sixelsix

    sixelsix Forum Resident

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    I finished the Kim Gordon book not too long ago. Enjoyed it thoroughly, and I'm only mildly a fan of Sonic Youth.
     
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  18. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    Given the depth and thoroughness of his Kate Bush book, I can only assume that was the reviewer being a nitwit.
     
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  19. GuidedByJonO)))

    GuidedByJonO))) Forum Resident

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    Evanston
    I'm sure a lot of folks around here have already read it, but I'm currently diving into Clinton Heylin's Still On The Road. I'm enjoying the deep dive into the 70s and beyond, but this is my first exposure to Heylin and it's taking some getting used to his quirks. The most obnoxious ones are the digs at other artists that sneak out of nowhere, so far The Dead (twice!), the Eagles and one other I'm blanking on have been rudely dismissed. Does he just not like any other artist?
     
  20. ohnothimagen

    ohnothimagen PORKCHOPS! Productions

    Behind The Locked Door is pretty good, probably the best Harrison bio I've read. It isn't perfect, mind ya, and doesn't present as "George Harrison As God" by any means (I hate those kinds of biographies!) but well worth the read. And I'm sure that "Something" quote was related to something George might have said in retrospect...he certainly upended -that is to say, cheapened the sentiment- of the song on the 1974 tour ("Something in the way she moves it"..."If there's something in the way, remove it!" and so on)
     
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