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The beginnings of R.E.M are compelling told by Robert Dean Lurie.
Fans will love Matthew Cutter’s tale of their “fading captain,” Robert Pollard. New listeners may be intimidated by the sheer volume of Pollard’s material to absorb, with more than 100 albums on offer when solo and side projects are counted alongside Guided By Voices’ output. For those overwhelmed neophytes, Closer You Are is a godsend.
The history of Sub Pop – the little indie that could- is documented in World Domination.
Soulsby lets the words of his interviewees flow unedited and uninterrupted, so the sometimes clashing, sometimes complimentary testimony can illuminate the creative process behind one of rock’s most enigmatic bands.
In Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More, Adrian Harte has written a comprehensive history of Faith No More It is finally great to have the full story and congratulations to the author for his work on this well researched, enjoyable, and exhaustive read. The publication serves as an important documentation of this highly influential and unique band.
“We are treated to the very real problems of making it as an artist in the fickle world of the post 2000 music industry.”
Mike Garson was David Bowie’s favorite piano player. This is his account of a 30 year collaboration.
Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown’s wild ride is documented in this engrossing look.
Ryan H. Walsh’s vivid look at the legendary Astral Weeks recounts its creation and the town that influenced it.
Paul Hanley – former drummer for The Fall – gives the musical history of his town Manchester in looks at The Hollies to The Smiths and more. Riveting.
The essays of Hanif Abdurraqib are masterful, even if you initially don’t care about the subject.
Jason Thrasher’s luminous photography tells the tale of the beloved music mecca, Athens, GA.
For The Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records is a well written, enjoyable book, summarizing the history and impact the independent label had on establishing heavy metal across the US and globally.
Lou Reed upended popular culture. Anthony DeCurtis gives us the life and times of the brilliant – yet maddening – genius.
The Stooges only released a few albums in their heyday, but they changed the world. Read Total Chaos to find out how.
Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses and 50 Foot Wave delivers an astounding third musical novel that continues to blur the lines between melodic sound and the written word.
Steven Blush serves up a compelling history in New York Rock: From The Rise of the Velvet Underground to the Fall of CBGB.
Ben Snakepit is back with a new collection of his punk-rock life, Manor Threat.
This is, on the whole, a book about being completely in love with the music of one band and about what possibilities that could lead to.
Before they were stars, they were fans. Find out the influences behind the music.
The album serves as a kind of character in and of itself, providing consolation, comfort, commentary and even defiance when needed. It’s no wonder that Heartworm started out as a 33 1/3 series book on the aforementioned album.
Just what in the hell is Ian Svenonius going on about in Censorship Now!!?
Kristin Hersh writes of her friendship with Vic Chesnutt in the compellingly frank Don’t Suck, Don’t Die. You’ve never read anything like it.
Bill Nelson, genius behind Be Bop Deluxe and Red Noise, gives us a glimpse of his daily life with Diary of a Hyperdreamer, Vol. 2.
Bob Suren’s Crate Digger recounts a DIY life, punk rock style.
How Music Got Free is well written, engaging, and thought provoking. It speaks to the larger issues the music industry faces with its infrastructure and with the consumer.
Kim Gordon is a pioneer of American popular culture from Sonic Youth to X-Girl. Her memoir doesn’t disappoint.
Scottish novelist Alan Warner (Morvern Callar, The Deadman’s Pedal) has given us a unique and absorbing look at the great Krautrock classic Tago Mago by Can.
Herbie Hancock is a name synonymous with Jazz. In his memoir Herbie Hancock: Possibilities, the living legend takes on every facet of his career and life head on with a plainspoken zeal.