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Music Books

Discussion in 'music' started by Fox, Apr 8, 2014.

  1. simeon

    simeon No fixed engagements

    Deke Leonard - The Twang Dynasty
    Cash: The Autobiography
    Phil Lesh - Searching for the Sound: My Life with the Grateful Dead
    Mark Lewisohn - The Beatles - All These Years: Volume One: Tune In
    Paul Rees - Robert Plant: A Life
    John Perry - Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland (33 ⅓)
    John McDermott and Eddie Kramer - Hendrix : Setting the Record Straight
    60 Years of Fender: Six Decades of the Greatest Electric Guitars
    Six Decades of the Fender Telecaster: The Story of the World's First Solidbody Electric Guitar
    The Stratocaster Guitar Book: A Complete History of Fender Stratocaster Guitars
    Gibson Guitars: 100 Years of an American Icon
    The Les Paul Guitar Book: A Complete History of Gibson Les Paul Guitars
  2. hockman

    hockman pfm Member

    I am in the middle of David Byrne's How Music Works. Absolutely eye(ear)-opening on the creative process, music composition, production etc. Totally destroyed my previously misinformed views about the creation of modern music...
  3. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Keep Music Vile

    Obvious, but Lester Bangs' 'Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung' and Art Pepper's 'Straight Life' are two books about music that are actually about a whole lot more.
  4. johnfromnorwich

    johnfromnorwich even my wife noticed the dif..

  5. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Hope no one minds but I've linked-up most of the above posts so pfm can get it's cut for advertising stuff most folk will be buying from Amazon - it all helps pay for the ongoing daftness next door in the audio room! It also adds reviews and overviews too, so is a benefit all round. I'll get to the rest a little later.

    I'm actually surprised at just how many of the above I've got / read, though some to add to the shopping basket for sure! One I'll add is The 17 by Bill Drummond. He really does have a unique and highly entertaining perspective on life, art and music.
  6. Fox

    Fox The sound of one hoof clopping

  7. formbypc

    formbypc pfm Member

  8. Singslinger

    Singslinger pfm Member

    "Horizons Touched'' - the music of ECM;

    "Mind over Matter'' - the images of Pink Floyd (Storm Thorgerson);

    "Taken by Storm'' - the album art of Storm Thorgerson;

    "Enter Night'' - Biography of Metallica;

    "Black Knight'' - Biography of Ritchie Blackmore;

    "Who I Am'' - autobiography of Pete Townshend.
  9. Steve Catterall

    Steve Catterall pfm Member

    Bass Culture - Lloyd Bradley
    Energy Flash - Simon Reynolds
  10. irons1965

    irons1965 pfm Member

  11. jimbob75

    jimbob75 pfm Member

  12. billo

    billo pfm Member

  13. Fox

    Fox The sound of one hoof clopping

    The Glenn Gould reader is a classic. I must get that.
  14. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Mate of the bloke

    Those definitely, plus:

    Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung: Lester Bangs

    The Aesthetics Of Rock: Richard Meltzer

    Shout! The True Story of The Beatles: Philip Norman
  15. Jonn

    Jonn Tons of Trouble

    Lipstick Traces, Greil Marcus's classic book on punk, Dadaism, the situationists , medieval heretics and the Knights of the Round Table (amongst others).
  16. herb

    herb music live

    Two favourites of mine are:

    Dear Boy, the life of Keith Moon by Tony Fletcher


    Schoenberg by Malcolm MacDonald

    For dipping into I enjoy Richard Taruskin's 2 books - Music in the Early Twentieth Century and Music in the Late Twentieth Century.

    Steven Mithen's The Singing Neanderthals is also fascinating.

  17. dave charlton

    dave charlton pfm member

    I love dipping into The Penguin Jazz Guide - The History of the Music in the 1001 Best Albums.
  18. johnfromnorwich

    johnfromnorwich even my wife noticed the dif..

    My copy of 'Reasons to Be Cheerful' showed up today. 'Tis a lovely thing. I knew the Hawkwind stuff, but I wasn't aware of just how many album sleeves he did in the later 70s. Very distinctive.
  19. Fox

    Fox The sound of one hoof clopping

    I read a lot about music. This thread is helpful.

    For several months, almost half a year I have stopped listening to music. At times I just pull the plug, the longest time has been when I went for three months without listening to anything other than the underscore or what's on a TV show. I wanted to hear some music along with a score, dialed some up and then switched off and just read the score.

    The music was distracting me.

    I had a realisation the other day down at the house (which is empty and silent). Music for me has becomes a theoretical issue -- I lost the ability to play bass and stick and flute so I think about music, as I get older, I find it's getting more interesting to read and read about than listen to. Which kinda bothers me -- but not that much.

    I think I am really getting interested in the other end of music, the extreme silences, the imposition of perception and ghost sounds behind the tinnitus and whistle.

    I need to re read Cage.
  20. guey

    guey pfm Member

    I've just finished Kristin Hersh's Paradoxical Undressing, which was a really good read.
    She's got a very readable style, and is very open about her struggles with mental health issues, and how they impact, positively and negatively, on her writing and performing. It certainly helped that I was a big Throwing Muses fan, as there are clues in it as to how certain songs came about.

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