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  posted on 1/7/2007 at 08:15 AM
Having read many dozens, if not hundreds of music biographies over the years, (just finished 'Skydog' and Free's 'Heavy Load'), I was wondering if any of you 'Brothers or Sisters' out there had any recomendations on books I can pick up. I have about 70- 80 biographies in my music room that have been thumbed through at least 3-4 times and I still get great reading pleasure from them all. Personal faves being ' Moon', 'Crosstown Traffic', 'No One Here Gets Out Alive', 'Buried Alive' and 'Diary Of A Rock 'N' Roll Star' to name just a few. I've no real preference, I'll read books by bands I am not all that fussed on from the rock and blues fraternity.
 
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  posted on 1/7/2007 at 10:55 AM
I found Andy Summers new book [one train later] to be a very good read. his [musical journey] started long before "the Police".
 

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  posted on 1/7/2007 at 11:12 AM
Miles Davis's autobiography is really interesting, and a nice companion piece is "So What," a more formal biography of him by John Szweb.

My favorite book about music is "Fargo Rock City" by Chuck Klosterman. It is the funniest thing I have ever read, a memoir of growing up in a small town as a teen metalhead - amazing discussions of music, pop culture, media, and as I say, out and out hysterical.

 

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  posted on 1/7/2007 at 12:09 PM
The new Hendrix Bio.

Room Full of Mirrors : A Biography of Jimi Hendrix by Charles R. Cross

I really liked this one.

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  posted on 1/7/2007 at 12:12 PM
neil peart, the drummer for rush has 4 books. i have read them all and you should check out GHOST RIDER and ROADSHOW. very good books
 

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  posted on 1/7/2007 at 12:23 PM
Not exactly a band biography, but Jerry Wexler's Rhythm and the Blues is a great read.

 

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  posted on 1/7/2007 at 12:29 PM
how is skydog?
 

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  posted on 1/7/2007 at 12:47 PM
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Well, I really enjoyed it

Also check out Jan Reid's now book "Layla" about Clapton and the creation of this album

 

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  posted on 1/7/2007 at 01:59 PM
Jackson Blair author of the biography "Garcia: An American Life" has written a new book, "Grateful Dead Gear: The Band's Instruments, Sound Systems and Recording Sessions From 1965 to 1995"

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/01/07/PKG74NA0T745 .DTL&type=printable

 

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  posted on 1/7/2007 at 02:05 PM
I like Marley Brant's "Tales From the Rock and Roll Highway"....

 

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  posted on 1/7/2007 at 02:38 PM
i liked this one a lot -- Searching for the Sound: My Life with the Grateful Dead, by Phil Lesh.

 

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  posted on 1/7/2007 at 03:51 PM
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Having read many dozens, if not hundreds of music biographies over the years, (just finished 'Skydog' and Free's 'Heavy Load'), I was wondering if any of you 'Brothers or Sisters' out there had any recomendations on books I can pick up. I have about 70- 80 biographies in my music room that have been thumbed through at least 3-4 times and I still get great reading pleasure from them all. Personal faves being ' Moon', 'Crosstown Traffic', 'No One Here Gets Out Alive', 'Buried Alive' and 'Diary Of A Rock 'N' Roll Star' to name just a few. I've no real preference, I'll read books by bands I am not all that fussed on from the rock and blues fraternity.


I liked John Densmore's "Riders on the Storm" a lot. I also liked "Got a Revolution-The turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane" A LOT but can't remeber the author. You can get it from Amazon easily enough.

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  posted on 1/7/2007 at 04:04 PM
This Is your Brain on Music , an examination of neurological responses to music - what happens inside your brain when you hear music that stirs you. A lot of fun, not dry at all.

 

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  posted on 1/7/2007 at 06:43 PM
I loved :

Shakey by Jimmy McDonough
Long Strange Trip by Dennis McNally
The Beatles by Bob Spitz
Light My Fire by Ray Manzarek
Conversations with the Dead by David Gans
Close to the Edge-The Story of Yes by Chris Welch

 

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  posted on 1/7/2007 at 07:57 PM
Go get and read Bob Dylan's "Chronicles Volume One"

Don't tell anyone here, but I liked it better than Skydog....

 
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  posted on 1/7/2007 at 08:28 PM
Two of my favs are "Old Gods Almost Dead" by Stephen Davis (Rolling Stones) and "God, Guns, & Rock 'N' Roll" by Ted Nugent

 

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  posted on 1/7/2007 at 08:59 PM
on the road with bob dylan- larry(ratso)slocum-great book about the rolling thunder revue tour
true adventures of the rolling stones or dance with the devil(hard cover title)-stanley booth-a look at the last months of the 60's on the road with the stones all the way out to altamont
searching for the sound-phil lesh-have to agree with rob in NC

 

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  posted on 1/7/2007 at 10:06 PM
just read Living with the Dead by Rock Scully, some interesting tidbits in it.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 06:40 AM
Thanks guys. Looks like ''Borders'' is about to take a fair bit of cash out of my wallet in the coming weeks.
 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 07:31 AM
Long Time Gone - David Crosby

Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky- Hendrix

The Beatles -Beatles

Sky Dog - (Havent read it yet, In the middle of another Beatles book about bootlegs then I will start on this.)


 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 08:28 AM
I'm in the part of Skydog now when Duane has just become the man at Muslc Shoals. Seems like the inception of ABB is right around the corner. So far it is great reading. Also read FLEETWOOD- Mick Fleetwood's book about his life and all the crazy turns he's experienced.
 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 08:57 AM
If you're gonna read 'Long Time Gone' then you might as well pick up Crosby's new book 'Since Then'- it's a real one thing after another page turner ( what HASN'T happened to this guy? ) My two cent gripe which applies to the Layla book as well as quite a few other rock music 'historical ' titles is that they tend towards the scandalous rather than the technical ( see 'Midnight Riders ' as a prime example ) I'm less interested in illicit sex , illegal drugs and vehicular mayhem, and more interested in what brand of tubes so and so used in their amplifier on such and such date- but I realize nerdy musician trivia doesn't sell books. Working on 'From These Roots ' by Aretha Franklin right now- didn't realize her family was tight with Jesse Jackson, etc. Read the big Johnny Cash book a little while ago, and the Willie Nelson book is fun- I have one by Jerry Lee Lewis' teen bride ( now in her 60s no doubt! ) that I'll be choking down pretty soon. I'd like to see more firsthand recollections of the scene of the 60s and 70s before the folks involved get too hazy to remember anything- check out Grace Slick's 'Somebody to Love' where she had to consult JA fans to figure out which city in Europe she boffed Jim Morrison in! Or take Rod Stewart's comment about not remembering Faces shows 'cause they were always too bombed on stage!
 
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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 09:14 AM
Someone else mentioned Miles Davis........."Miles, The Autobiography" by Miles Davis w/ Quincy Troupe is a tremendous read. A great history of jazz, and Miles is very honest about his addictions, etc.

I didn't know Crosby had a new one out........what could he not have covered in "Long Time Gone"? That book has got to be the most honest rock biography ever written, right down to he and his girlfriend having seizures from freebasing.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 09:24 AM
"Living the Blues," by Fito de la Parra. great book on canned heat authored by the drummer.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2007 at 10:06 AM
Inside Out by Nick Mason
I was about half way through it when the holidays hit. It includes lots of great pictures too.


 
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