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Unknown Pleasures: The Best Music Books You’ve Never Read
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Virtually any paragraph written about its theory, its history, its analysis, its ethics or its science will be met with a hailstorm of contradiction and outrage, so I am nervous suggesting any books about music since such a list would undoubtedly infuriate as much as intrigue. The music itself can be enough, without comment, of course. But how boring life would be without the debate. The 10 books I've chosen here are simply ones that I have enjoyed reading about the subject I adore; they do not cover the subject comprehensively or even fairly, they are just ways of looking through the kaleidoscope at different angles. Mostly, these authors come at it from the perspective of preferring one type of music over another: yes, they are as opinionated and tribal as all of us fellow listeners. So explore and enjoy. I am not sure how the deft Prof Cook manages to squeeze so much intelligence, cultural reference and perspective into so short a book.
Turns out: Rock stars can write! Guest writers noted below. Niven mixes his experiences in the UK industry during its final-days-of-Rome period with the satirical ultraviolence of American Psycho.
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Looking for a gift for a music fan or just something decent to get your teeth into? There's no shortage of books shining a spotlight on both the glamour and grit of the rock 'n' roll world. If you only ever read one rock biography in your life, this is the one to go for. View Deal. If punk means more to you than just a slogan on an artfully ripped T-shirt, you need this book. Once called the greatest book ever written about the 60s, Stanley Booth's masterpiece is an inside view of life inside the Stones at their peak in Booth alternates chapters: one strand of the story follows the rise of the Stones and climaxes with the death of Brian Jones, the other is Booth's more personal tale as he falls in love, takes too many drugs, and struggles to keep up with Keith Richards as the band travels towards impending doom at Altamont.
Too much? Makes sense. Much better to launch into a story about one of these 50 must-read books about music. His girlfriend, Laura, has just left him for the guy upstairs, and Rob is both miserable and relieved. After all, could he have spent his life with someone who has a bad record collection? This passionate, profound story of love and obsession brings us back and forth in time, as a narrative is assembled from the emotions, hopes, fears, and deep realities of black urban life. It is a perfect evening—until a band of gun-wielding terrorists takes the entire party hostage.
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