Monday, November 3, 2014

10 New Release Books About Your Favorite Musicians That You NEED to Read

If you're the ultimate fan to your favorite artist, you'll appreciate the provocative, intimate look at their lives that only books about them can truly accurately capture.

1. "Weird Al Yankovic: The Kindle Singles Interviews" by Mara Altman
The man who basically invented the music video parody as we know it somehow continues to keep it fresh and inventive. He's at the top of his game and from what I've heard, a super fun and kind guy. With the interviews conducted by humor writer Mara Altman, the banter is bound to be hilarious, witty, and fun. A quick read but a delightful one.

2. "Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970's" by Tom Doyle
"Man on the Run" is a portrait of McCartney in a time little discussed. The 1970's had begun, and the Beatles were over. He was back in England without any clear direction in his life, adrift from goals and direction. However, what he then thought to be the end of his career, but it ended up being a turning point towards simply a new artistic direction.

3. "One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brother's Band" by Alan Paul 
Written by music journalist Alan Paul, who has followed the band since their formative years, this one gets it all out about the classic band. An incredibly in-depth look at the entire history of the band, this should be your go-to for all things Allman.

4. "Please Be With Me, A Song for My Father, Duane Allman" by Galadrielle Allman
Another about the Allman brothers, but such a different portrait. Galadrielle Allman, the daughter of Allman Brothers founder and legendary guitarist, Duane Allman, was 2 years old when Duane was killed at the young age of 24 in a tragic motorcycle accident. However, Galadrielle has always wanted to hear the stories of her father, to be able to fully understand her own. She published the stories she learned here.

5. "Dancing With Myself" by Billy Idol
Come on, how do you see a title like that and not know immediate that it is going to be fascinating as heck. It's Billy Idol, who only comes in "bold and spicy" flavor.

6.  "Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell the Story of The Rolling Stones" by Bill Janovitz
More of a listening guide and walk through history than an exposing novel, the book represents a fan's love for his favorite band, coupled with thoughtful research and fascinating insight. A fun time and a celebration of the fan experience.

7. "Wild Tales: A Rock and Roll Life" by Graham Nash
The legend of the Hollies, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash finally got around to writing an autobiography. Refreshingly, the book isn't just a little black book of nights gone crazy, but more of a love story between a man and music.

8. "Joni Mitchell - In Her Own Words" by Malka Marom
A journalist recounts the interviews over the course of years that developed into a close understanding and friendship between her and Joni Mitchell. An intimate and creative portrait of the singer, revealed through her own words and conversation.

9. "Turn Around Bright Eyes" by Robert Sheffield
Sheffield, granted, is not a musician. But the renowned music writer has become a voice so entwined with the music industry, that it would be criminal not to include his book. Sheffield has a fascinating story - a young aimless widower who found solace to his loneliness through the local karaoke bar, a solace that eventually turned into a deep passion for music. A music nerd's proud anthem.

10. "Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in his Final Days" by Bill Whitfield
A bittersweet tribute to remembering the man without the controversy as how his loved ones knew him. A devoted father, a brilliant artist, and an incredibly caring man. Fans of Jackson adore this version celebrating the life of the man who brought us so many wonderful musical moments.

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