The first sentence of Patti Smith’s follow-up to her award-winning Just Kids frames it nicely: “It’s not so easy writing about nothing.” So begins a meandering piece about dreams, travel, coffee and solitude. If you are looking for a concise, chronological telling of her later years,...
Book Genre: Music
If you enjoy books about history, philosophy or technology, this is a great read. But if you love music, consider making this book a must read! Kelly calls the creation of musical notation - "a celebration of mankind's technical achievements of the Middle Ages." However, this reader believes the...
Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood by Ice-T and Douglas Century captured my attention from start to finish. After losing both parents by the age of 12, Tracy Marrow (Ice-T) was sent to live with relatives in Los Angeles where he steered the...
I’ve loved Aretha Franklin since I was a kid and first saw her in the movie “The Blues Brothers.” My girlfriends and I made up a dancing/singing routine to the song “Respect”. She is the image of a strong woman who is a survivor and Mark Bego’s biography reinforces it.
This biography is...
Every artist has a medium. Keith’s is the guitar. But what separates him, as an artist and as one of the most iconic guitarists of all time, is his ability to manipulate that medium. The guitar is so much more than a guitar when wielded by Keef – it’s a story telling machine. And Life...
This was one of those weird instances where I saw the movie before reading the book but as soon as I finished the movie, I put myself on hold for the book. The books is written as a collection of letters that Charlie sends to a never named "Friend". These letters tell of his day to day...
The collection kicks off with a quote from Louis Armstrong. When asked to define jazz he reportedly responded, "If you have to ask, you'll never know." The poets represented provide a taste; vamping, swinging, and sharing sounds of tributes to musicians and singers who did...
I had read A Song for Bijou, another title by Josh Farrar and decided to pick this particular book up because I like how Farrar introduces elements of Caribbean diasporic culture into his works. This book deals with a sixth grader named Annabelle who has recently moved from Brooklyn, New...
If you've read either of Sheffield's earlier memoirs, you know he has a vast knowledge of music, a quirky, funny, and sweet writing style, and a way of getting to the heart of things. If you've never read Sheffield's writing before, Turn Around Bright Eyes is a fine place to start. Widowed at...
What's it like growing up, discovering your love of music, and eventually going on to become an opera singer? Mezzo soprano Laurie Rubin shares the story of her life--music competitions, water skiing with Kenny Loggins, working with world renowned singers and composers, and trying to break into...
I'll admit it--I'd never heard Gossip's music before reading this book. I'd heard of Beth Ditto--it's hard not to when your reading diet contains a healthy dose of GLBTQ focused media--and her memoir sounded intriguing. Ditto details her childhood in rural Arkansas--poor, bouncing between family...
If you're looking for an encyclopedic account of Neil Young, this is not your book. If you want rambling stories of past glory days combined with repetitive rants against the sound quality of MP3s, his ongoing work to create an electric powered vintage Lincoln Continental, and digressions...
Pirate tales of one of the great guitar players of all time, and a ringside seat to the circus that was/is the Rolling Stones. Keith Richards writes technically and passionately about his love and absolute dedication to music and the blues; musicians will appreciate the depth of his descriptions...
A tribute filled with awesome photos and excerpts from interviews over the past 30 years. My only complaint is that I wish there had been more text! Definitely worth a look, even just for the photos.
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