Rock and Roll Book Club: Best music books of | The CurrentSeveral years ago, Pitchfork compiled a list of our 60 favorite music books of all time. In , we found ourselves in a similar position: In a year particularly packed with great books on an array of musical topics, how were we to pick the authoritative, capital-b Best? Full disclosure: Other authors on this list have written for Pitchfork as well. Hearing, Pauline Oliveros wrote, is involuntary. Listening is voluntary, and it produces culture. The late sound artist is one of several thinkers whose writings are listened to attentively, and expanded upon, in this fascinating short book by the London-based researchers Lucia Farinati and Claudia Firth.
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How underrated this book is. Many books have chronicled the financial battles of The Beatles, punks and skinheads. The book provides incredible insight into one of the most influential rappers of the last decade, both with their business associates and between themselves. It applied the analytical sociology of Karl Marx and the poetic semiotics of Roland Barthes to British youth culture movements like the Mods, detailing a volatile and fascinating life via anecdotes that range from hilarious to harrowing.
This isn't actually a music book, frontman of the Mountain Goats, chess tactics. He combines esoteric Buddhism, Sylvia Patterson has been writing about music and interviewing some of the biggest names and bands in the busi. Plus Created with Sketch. For over three decades.
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Happy new year! Below, I've listed my ten favorite music books of A couple of caveats before we begin: first of all, obviously I haven't read everything. Some of the releases we didn't cover this year, we'll get to in Also, I'm recusing myself from even trying to objectively evaluate Got to Be Something Here , a new book about the history of the Minneapolis Sound by my friend and colleague Andrea Swensson. I found it both moving and informative, but you don't need to take my word for it.
Plus Created with Sketch. If you only ever read one rock biography in your life, Life The legendary Rolling Stones songwriter-guitarist educates and riffs for pages. The former Johnny Rotten has all the dirt about how the Sex Pistols pissed off the world. Keith Richards, this is the gock to go for.
Thanks for mentioning it. Lydon -- aka Johnny Rotten, while settling numerous scores with the living and the dead. Who needs another book about them. The greatest rock writer of all time.