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Music Books

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

  1. John C

    John C pfm Member

    Four Lives in The bebop business: AB Spellman. Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Nichols, Jackie McLean. Really recommended for an insight into the sheer difficulty and at time despair of the jazz life in America. The Taylor section is particularly good.
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  2. RBrinsdon

    RBrinsdon pfm Member

    The lockdown is giving me a chance to finally read some of the "must get around to's" that have accumulated in recent years. Without a doubt 4 of the best have been:-

    "Jack Bruce - Composing Himself" by Harry Shapiro. A magnificent tale of underrated skills, success found and lost and personal tragedy / triumph. It is also going to cost me a lot in back catalogue purchases from Music Magpie!

    "Totally Wired - Post Punk Interviews" by Simon Reynolds. Some of the most intelligent Q & A sessions I have ever read. You can sense that the interviewees were enjoying the sessions as being a change from the normal sex/drugs/RnR questions. Will try his other volumes one day.

    "Kind of Blue" by Ashley Kahn. A much praised tome and it is easy to understand why. Probably the most well written and researched music volume I have ever read. Obviously it helps to really know the LP.

    "Renegade" Mark E Smith. As a long term fan of The Fall, I was not sure about reading this as I thought it would be too biased towards MES's viewpoints and it is BUT he does give some valid reasoning behind his sometimes strange calls.

    A couple I was not blown away by:-

    "Listening to Van Morrison" by Greil Marcus. I expected to learn a lot more about the songs from such a prestigious writer.

    "Born to Run" - Bruce. He makes the point many times in the book that he never finished school or went to Uni and some of the prose is just too flowery - as if someone has given him a Thesaurus and said to use 5 syllable words instead of two's. Good background to the albums though.

    As a music collector and hoarder for over 50 years, I still have a lot of back cataloguing to catch up on.

    Stay safe.
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  3. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    Love Goes to Buildings on Fire by Will Hermes.
    1973-1978 and the music in New York - Jazz, Latin, Disco, Hip Hop, Punk and Rock.
  4. stephen bennett

    stephen bennett Mr Enigma

    If you're a lover of the album, the book is a must.

  5. guey

    guey pfm Member

    I thoroughly enjoyed that; and learnt a few things
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  6. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member was very well researched I thought...the writer's personal experience of the time adding to the feel as well.
  7. ciderglider

    ciderglider pfm Member

    Ooh, didn't know about this, will have to investigate...
  8. ciderglider

    ciderglider pfm Member

    I have just finished Elton John's autobiography. I was worried my interest would flag after Blue Moves, but he manages to keep the interest up all the way to the present. I would have liked a bit more coverage of the music. He doesn't take himself too seriously, and his descriptions of his addictions are insightful and funny.
  9. claire.foxx

    claire.foxx Trans lives matter more than cis feelings

    Got this from Blackwells


    Ratio of pictures to words is about right for me.
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  10. Dogberry

    Dogberry pfm Member

    Biog of the big man coming out in July.
    John Martyn.
  11. guey

    guey pfm Member

    Oooh, that's got me writ large all over it - ta
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  12. RBrinsdon

    RBrinsdon pfm Member

    Who is writing this one fama?
  13. Dogberry

    Dogberry pfm Member

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  14. RBrinsdon

    RBrinsdon pfm Member

    Thanks for that link, excellent article
  15. Dozey

    Dozey Air guitar member

    Really enjoying Jan Swafford's biography of Beethoven at the moment. Learning a lot about European history at the same time - e.g. the Congress of Vienna.
  16. claire.foxx

    claire.foxx Trans lives matter more than cis feelings

    Just got me a new punk history book. It’s a shame it’s been printed on fairly shitty paper, but I guess it lends a sort of authenticity to the xeroxed source material. It’s however 500 pages of useful.

    Big pix: not sorry

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  17. vince rocker

    vince rocker pfm Member

    Those RAR / ANL Carnival posters by David King were great. I remember this one, I was on one of several coaches from Leeds for the day. There were so many people marching I didn't get to Victoria Park until The Clash were well into their set, but it didn't matter. Good to see some of that spirit back again now!
  18. andrew d

    andrew d pfm Member

    I got there on a coach from Liverpool. Still have the ANL poster as shown above! Pity the Clash aren't on it.
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  19. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    I am ploughing my way through the Ken Burns Jazz book that accompanied the series. It is an excellent tome with some wonderful insights.
  20. RBrinsdon

    RBrinsdon pfm Member

    Hello Woodface, I watched the highly informative PBS series and then bought the 5 cd boxset which has the usual sort of printed narrative but I cannot recall seeing an accompanying book. An Amazon search did not show any KB Jazz books so am wondering what it is you are referring to - I imagine it would be as you suggest an excellent tome.

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