5 musical tomes

On Some Faraway Beach: The Life and Times of Brian Eno by David Shepard (2009) - An absolute must for Eno-philes. After an unnecessarily detailed look at his childhood years, things really take off once Mr. Eno enters art school. From there, it's a thoroughly engaging hop, skip, and a jump to Roxy Music, David Bowie, Talking Heads, and a little thing called ambient music. Full of fun facts and juicy gossip, the author writes about music in such a way that he makes you want to hear it - or in this case, hear it again. Insight is provided on the ideas and techniques of this visionary polymath by the man himself, culled from various interviews.

Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys by Viv Albertine (2014) - The first half is a punk rock memoir, the rest is what happened since those heady days of the Sex Pistols, the Clash, and of course her own band, the Slits. A straight-forward account by a singular woman.

Is That All There Is? The Strange Life of Peggy Lee by James Gavin (2014) - Speaking of singular women, here's an in-depth look at the valium-voiced songbird which dishes the dirt for a fascinating read. Strange life, indeed!

Just Kids by Patti Smith (2010) - An ode to an era, a city, a man. Patti Smith recounts her time in NYC with Robert Mapplethorpe in this surprisingly sweet and poignant memoir. A modern classic.

Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD by Martin Aston (2013) - Meticulously researched and thoughtfully written, this book is mandatory reading for those rarefied individuals interested in the glory days of the legendary record label and its enigmatic founder, Ivo Watts-Russell. Spoiler Alert: everyone was on drugs!

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