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Music Books

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

  1. neildalton

    neildalton pfm Member

  2. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Waiting for the streetcar..

  3. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Blimey, it’s a bit expensive isn’t it? I’d have taken a punt at a third of that!
  4. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Waiting for the streetcar..

    I think it's best described as 'vanity publishing'.
  5. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Surprises me, I’d have thought there would be as much market for a book by Froese as most other musos. He’s an interesting influential bloke and TD sold shed-loads of albums.
  6. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Waiting for the streetcar..

    You do get a free CD single bunged in.
  7. clogman

    clogman pfm Member

  8. Moko

    Moko pfm Member

  9. Natara

    Natara pfm Member

    I'm just reading - Art Pepper - Straight Life a great read.
    Weekender likes this.
  10. theadmans

    theadmans pfm Member

    ...that is one of my all time favourite music books.

    Shame about the price of the Froese book. Hate to think what the price is with postage !

    My next Krautrock book is likely to be this :-

    All Gates are Open - Can Book
  11. guey

    guey pfm Member

  12. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    I'll second ' White Bicycles ' by Joe Boyd. Excellent.
    If any PFM member wishes to borrow it, please PM me.
  13. Sergey72vw

    Sergey72vw Active Member

  14. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Waiting for the streetcar..

    I picked up a copy of Lol Tolhurst's autobiography 'Cured' in a charity shop today for a couple of quid. Be interesting to read about his side of the story.
  15. Mullardman

    Mullardman Moderately extreme...

    Have just scanned this thread, which has confirmed my worry that in the company of the Li'l Fishes, I am a relative musical ignoramus. But 'hey!! I know what I like.. In recent years I've found it increasingly hard to concentrate on books and tend to go for 'dip in' type books. I'm also a nerdy sort of fact geek around the music I like, so I tend to revel in trivia about which later Motown star was first heard on record in the 1950s on some Doo Wop 'One hit wonder', etc., or in seeking out the original of the original on which half of British pop was based in the 1960s.

    I bought the very large and expensive Bill Wyman limited edition signed book a few years back, but mostly as an investment which has so far showed little sign of paying off. Also have a few bits and pieces about Marley, Morrison and Dylan, plus (naturally) Guinness Book of Hit Singles (1988 edition.. nothing worthwhile since really, or in fact for many years before..;) so I don't need a later edition. ) and a Billboard US equivalent. Also the RCRRPG.

    Still regret not picking up a very comprehensive book on Motown seen at the book shop in Saltaire a year or so back and especially regret not even taking a pic of it as a reminder. This may be it.. will order it soon.
  16. neildalton

    neildalton pfm Member

    Gerri Hirshey’s Nowhere to Run is a terrific account of the Motown/Atlantic 60s scene. It has that ‘dip in’ quality you might appreciate, too. Enjoy!
    Nytechy and Mullardman like this.
  17. jackbarron

    jackbarron Chelsea, London

    Former NME journalist and BBC Radio Ulster broadcaster Stuart Bailie has written a book called Trouble Songs. It covers music and conflict in Northern Ireland since 1968. Tom Robinson called the book "astonishing" on his BBC 6 Music show last night and loves the depth and detail it goes into.

    Stuart has interviewed many people for Trouble Songs and you can hear him talking about it to Tom Robinson here, from 1.59 onwards: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b2xpp5

    Stuart has done a playlist of 105 songs for the book on Spotify. You can find them by entering Trouble Songs.

    He says he has been deliberately factual to stop bias in both the selection of music and telling of the story.

    I've know Stuart since the late '80s and he is an excellent journalist and writer. You can buy the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Trouble-So...&qid=1526218920&sr=8-1&keywords=trouble+songs

    Trouble Songs has only just been published. If Amazon run out I am sure you can probably get it sent over from Northern Ireland.

  18. ciderglider

    ciderglider pfm Member

    Glam, by Simon Reynolds. Ostensibly a book about Glam, but really an essay about Bowie, interspersed with snippets about other Glam artistes. I guess focusing on Glam gives Reynolds an excuse to ignore Bowie's post Berlin output. Reynolds spends too much time for my liking on US Glam acts like The New York Dolls and The Tubes, while ignoring The Bay City Rollers. I suppose it's easier to write about "theoretical" bands like the Dolls than it is to write about practitioners like BCR.

    He has some interesting things to say about The Rocky Horror Show phenomenon too.
  19. ciderglider

    ciderglider pfm Member

    Slight correction, it's actually called Shock And Awe.
  20. sideshowbob

    sideshowbob 47 Lab Rat

    So many favourite music books: Ian MacDonald's Revolution in the Head, Donald Fagen's Eminent Hipsters (man, can he write), Zappa's The Real Frank Zappa Book, Mingus's Beneath the Underdog, Steve Hanley's The Big Midweek, The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, Art Pepper's Straight Life, Miles Davis The Autobiography, etc etc etc

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