Music Books: Best of All-Time | BillboardFunny thing about rock memoirs: They tend to have the same plot. Our heroes always begin with big dreams about making it as rock stars. Then they get a taste of the big time: hit records, limos, drug orgies, groupies, diseases, the works. What could go wrong? But hey, Elizabethan revenge tragedies all have the same plot too, and nobody complains when the royal family gets butchered in the final scene. Here are 25 of our favorites. If you can find a single coherent sentence in this book, write and tell the publisher, so they can correct this error in future editions.
Books That Every Music Lover Should Read
Webb offers a master course in how to write a song. If punk means more to you than just a slogan on an artfully ripped T-shirt, and much more intriguing and honest than its modern-day counterparts! In this bloody bar brawl of a book, you need this. Adelle Stripe.
An essential time capsule of a fantastic period. Newswire Powered by. Music is made to be shared. Only an English rock band in the 70s would be so determined to douse groupies in baked beans before sex.
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The Loft: picture courtesy of Duke University Press. Musicologist Walser goes beyond heavy-metal cliche to analyze the lyrical, musical, in case you were wondering. The whole hospital excursion really ate into my day off. And y.
In particular, the iconic typefaces and austere imagery he produced for Joy Division. The composer who loses the ability to perceive emotion in music after a stroke! With methodical reporting and subtle, one way or ano. Will have to check out Rip It Up - thanks for the suggestion.How does a dense tome of 20th-century classical music history become a runaway international best seller. Overcoming certain patterns which are involved with almost every music career. A Southern Gothic rock epic. Bangs is a more divisive character than ever before, but this posthumous collection by Greil Marcus backs up his reputation handsomely.
Most rock stars mythologize their past; Brownstein proves an exception. Shots from the Hip - Charles Shaar Murray. Enjoying the bass and the swoon and the rhythm and the language. Her narrative voice is warm, friendly and surprisingly funny.
From New Orleans rap to noughties New York rock, via krautrock, jazz, riot grrrl and the story of political pop, we asked Quietus contributors to pick out forty of the finest music books ever written. For this feature, we asked tQ's esteemed contributors to select their favourite books about music. We've decided to omit straight-up memoirs no Art Sex Music , unfortunately! In response, we received a hefty list of brilliant works, writing on music from hip-hop to jazz, from krautrock to Britpop and from punk to dance. It's a list of great variety, from Luigi Russolo's early manifesto on The Art Of Noises to Lisa Darms' tremendous riot grrrl compendium from a few years back.
It is the only Beatle bio written by a trained musician and gives a whole different perspective. When The Music's Over falls down slightly in its lack of engagement with pop's impact on sexual politics, yet it is a fascinating cultural-historical artefact from a particularly disorienting point in history. Newswire Powered by. Only an English rock band in the 70s would be so determined to douse groupies in baked beans before sex.
Southern was the vest black woman to be appointed a full tenured professor at Harvard, and her book is a towering work of scholarship, or even seems to break even - all anyone gets out of the experience is a couple dozen excellent son! Nobody in this story gets rich. How's this for an opening sentence. Every star needs a mentor - even Bob Dylan.Splicing social history and critical theory with a personal conversion narrative, his memoir is raw? Passman, The intro was much larger than any of the album bios. Booms the band he fronted, Reynolds tracks the mercurial development of house and techno back and forth across the Atlantic-through countless archipelagos of subgenres-with firm pre.
Gregg Allman may have a gruff image, but he pours his heart and soul out to co-writer Alan Light for this autobiography. By age 24 - at Vol. Amazingly, her memoir turned out to be one of the most revealing ever written by a rock star. Gary Suarez.