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Music Books

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

  1. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    The recently published series of books by David Hepworth (Never a dull moment, Nothing is real etc) are very engaging. I recently read a biography on Louis Armstrong - 'an extravagant life' which I really loved.
  2. Still

    Still he said his naim was ralph

  3. guey

    guey pfm Member

    I've just finished Playing The Bass With Three Left Hands by Will Carruthers, bassist in Spacemen 3 and Spiritualised.
    A good read, and a cautionary tale about getting involved in drugs and the music business.
  4. RBrinsdon

    RBrinsdon pfm Member

    Currently reading "Can't Stand Up for Falling Down" by Allan Jones, former MM,NME and Uncut editor. Some of it has been published before in Uncut in a shorter form. If the stories are true, then it sheds a very unfavourable light on certain stars and outs them as nasty and spoilt individuals. Some fine humour in there as well.
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  5. docstocker

    docstocker pfm Member

    'The art and science of sound recording' Alan Parsons & Julian Colbeck.
    More and more I am finding my favourite records are defined by the producer as much as the artist.
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  6. andyoz

    andyoz pfm Member

    Andy Summers "One Train Later" is an amazing read.

    It's not just about The Police either...he had a serious career well before that

    Any guitarist will devour that book.
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  7. Joe

    Joe pfm Member

    Agreed... it's also beautifully written.
  8. Andrew C!

    Andrew C! Been around a while....

    Yep. It’s one of those books that you can go read again after a while and enjoy all over again.
  9. jackbarron

    jackbarron Chelsea, London

    Andy Summers has had quite a career outside of being in the Police. I interviewed him at his house in Hampstead several decades ago. He was a founding member of Zoot Money's Big Roll Band, which mutated into Dantalian's Chariot, whose 1967 psychedelic album I must admit I don't like that much.

    Summers was influenced by Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie, who he saw gig. He took up jazz guitar and knew Hendrix. He recorded or toured with Soft Machine, Kevin Coyne, Eric Burdon and Kevin Ayres.

    At one point Summers spent five years in LA studying classical guitar and composition at California State University, Northridge. Some of his albums are great, others not so. He's been involved with quite a few film soundtracks as well.

    Andy Summers was a very amiable bloke to talk to. One Train Later should be a good read. I'll have to check it out.

  10. andyoz

    andyoz pfm Member

    Yeah, I got my hardcover secondhand thru Amazon and it turned up signed by Andy.

    I recall he sold Eric Clapton his '59 Les Paul after Eric's was stolen. I think they were literally the only two '59's available in London at the time.

    Any big thing guitar wise happening around that era and Andy was in the middle of it (along with Page, Clapton, etc)
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  11. musiclover

    musiclover themoonisaballoon

    The best music book I ever read is Sound of the City by the late great Charlie Gillett. Brilliant analysis of the history and origins of rock and roll. The definitive book.
  12. jackbarron

    jackbarron Chelsea, London

    I met him a few times and once went on his show on Capital Radio for a hour to play records. Good grief, that was three decades ago. Charlie was a really nice and incredibly knowledgeable bloke.

  13. vince rocker

    vince rocker pfm Member

    Charlie Gillett on Sunday lunchtime on Capital Radio was my musical education, as important to me as Peel. I saw Emmylou the first time she played in the UK (1974? at a theatre in Victoria, I think) and then the next day there was Charlie interviewing James Burton and Glen D Hardin on his show! Music nerd heaven! I agree about Sound of the City, and he also edited the Rock File series.
  14. I.D.C.

    I.D.C. pfm Member

    Rick James book has everything to make a fantastic movie. Best music book I have ever read it has everything and more. Had to import it from the US could not find it in the UK.
  15. Jamie

    Jamie pfm Member

    Not strictly a music book, but I have just started:
    "The Man Who Hated Walking", by Overend Watts (who is better known as the bass player of Mott The Hoople).
    Interesting start!
  16. kjb

    kjb pfm Member

    I've just finished Ian Penman's "It Get's Me Home, This Curving Track

    which is the best music book I've read for quite some time.

    Chapters on:
    James Brown
    Charlie Parker
    John Fahey
    Steely Dan

    Many of whom have been written about before but he sent me back to hear the music with a fresh perspective.

    Most, if not all, the chapters started as book review for the London Review of Books

    Beautifully written and highly recommended.

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  17. wylton

    wylton Naim and Mana member

    I have just finished reading Viv Albertine's Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. I bought my copy here on pfm. An excellent read, albeit quite harrowing in places, particularly all of her miscarriages and she goes into such detail on that stuff. She speaks quite affectionately about Sid (Vicious), which made me think that there was much more to him than the publicity machine would have us believe. Her failed marriage, affectionately hubby and then as it goes pear shaped, husband. The people that died along the way; Sid, Malcolm McLaren, Steve New, Ari Up, Poly Styrene. I loved it; 10 out of 10 for that one.
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  18. 35451

    35451 Guest

    It's currently free on Kindle Unlimited
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  19. MVV

    MVV pfm Member

    Thanks for that nice little review Mr Wylton. I got about half way through and stopped mainly because the flights weren’t long enough. I will dig it out and finish it now.
  20. Ptah

    Ptah pfm Member

    For some seriously good writing about popular (mainly 20th century) music, you could do a lot worse than read the ongoing blog by the veteran Richard Williams:
    embee67, Weekender and jackbarron like this.

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