The Velvet Underground, playing music far ahead of its time in mid-60s New York, has always been more written about than actually heard.
“The reader will get an education in the formative years of a rock band, the grotty clubs, the vans, the marginal pay.”
Now here’s an interesting premise for a book: Jason Thomas Gordon, lead singer and drummer of the LA-based rock group Kingsize, interviews dozens of vocalists, some of them very prominent, about .
“a worthy part of any Beatles’ fans collection.”
The relationship between journalist and subject is an ancient one, and the ice is frequently broken with the hoisting of a glass . . . or two.
“For readers who love the magical sixties and the legendary Beatles, 1964: Eyes of the Storm is for you.”
“Long may she rock.”
Does the world need another book on Oscar Hammerstein II? Hugh Fordin’s Getting to Know Him is a solid biography.
“Definitive, highly readable, and unusually revealing, this biography gives us the remarkable Chuck Berry in full.”
“Comin’ Right at Ya is a quick, snarky, enjoyable read, especially for outliers and real Western swing music aficionados.”
“The book is a joy to read. You can dip in anywhere and swim about in Dylan’s brain.”
Folk Music is not a conventional biography, and readers hoping to find in it details of Bob Dylan’s personal life will have to search elsewhere.
Music memoirs come in many different forms, but Three Pianos by Andrew McMahon is in a small sub-genre: the self-loathing confessional.
By the time Jeremy Denk was five-and-three-quarters years old, his elementary school career was in trouble.
“Often it’s the lyrics that Cantwell judiciously quotes and expertly contextualizes; at other times it's the imaginative, unerringly precise, and never-repeated wa
Name your strongest memories.
There are celebrity autobiographies that put the author in the best possible light, with every awkward moment surgically excised.
“‘Barely had you arrived in this world that you had to leave it, sweetheart . . . Too precocious, too uncompromising, too talented.’”
“If there’s one book about music that deserves to be read cover to cover this year it’s Kelefa Sanneh’s Major Labels. It’s bound to be a contemporary classic.”
Toward the end of the 1962 western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, a character playing a newspaper man says, “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”
“Partly autobiographical, often funny, and entirely insightful from a cannabis-loving man who’s fully experienced every one of his 88 years, Willie Nelson’s Letters to America
“Drawing on Heylin’s many remarkable new discoveries in the Dylan Archive, The Double Life of Bob Dylan: A Restless, Hungry Feeling (1941–1966) makes phenomenally captivating readi
It’s not surprising that the jacket blurb compares this new memoir to Patti Smith’s Just Kids. Besides being a terrific book, that one sold really well.
This is not the first biography of David Bowie.
In Mozart: The Reign of Love musical historian Jan Swafford dispels the myths and popular lore about Mozart in Peter Shaffer’s hit play and movie Amadeus.