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Postby Spec » 20 Aug 2006, 16:36

Happiness Stan wrote:Sounds great, thanks Bhoy.
In the interests of keeping this thread alive a little longer, any other recommendations?

I nearly said Ambient books as well but these have probably covered that fairly well:

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Ambient Century

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Ocean of Sound


I'm reading and enjoying Toop's Haunted Weather. Lot of it goes over my head but entertaining nonetheless.

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Postby John_K » 20 Aug 2006, 16:49

Can anybody recommend some books on Jazz?
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Postby Kenji » 20 Aug 2006, 17:06

John_K wrote:Can anybody recommend some books on Jazz?


It has mistakes and artists who should be there, but I think it's a good book:

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Postby Magilla » 21 Aug 2006, 07:41

John_K wrote:Can anybody recommend some books on Jazz?


John Szwed - Space Is The Place. This is a superb biography of Sun Ra. Even if you don't like Sun Ra's music, it's still a superb insight into a most astonishing life.

John Szwed - So What? As above quality-wise, but this time about Miles Davis.

Ashley Kahn - A Love Supreme. An outstanding book about John Coltrane, with special focus on the landmark A Love Supreme album.

Ashley Kahn - Kind Of Blue. As above, but this time about Miles Davis's classic, etc.
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Postby Magilla » 21 Aug 2006, 07:55

Sutekh wrote:Here's one I can recommend but not in a good way. It's bloody awful but worth getting hold of a cheap (very cheap) second hand copy if you come across it, just to marvel at it's sheer crapness.

It's written by some bloke called Jim DeRegotis. He shouldn't have bothered. Really.

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DeRogatis is actually not a bad writer, but this is certainly a turkey compared to what else he's written. As I'm sure most of you know, DeRogatis (then a high school student) was the last person to interview Lester Bangs.
A couple of years' ago he wrote Let It Blurt: The Life And Times Of Lester Bangs, a very well-written, detailed, lively account of Bangs.

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Postby Spec » 21 Aug 2006, 08:09

Magilla wrote:
John_K wrote:Can anybody recommend some books on Jazz?


John Szwed - Space Is The Place. This is a superb biography of Sun Ra. Even if you don't like Sun Ra's music, it's still a superb insight into a most astonishing life.

John Szwed - So What? As above quality-wise, but this time about Miles Davis.

Ashley Kahn - A Love Supreme. An outstanding book about John Coltrane, with special focus on the landmark A Love Supreme album.

Ashley Kahn - Kind Of Blue. As above, but this time about Miles Davis's classic, etc.


Second the two Ashley Kahn books.

Also Richard Cook's Encyclopedia of Jazz.

The Charles Mingus autobio is supposed to be excellent but I've never read it.

But the best Jazz book for me (and one of my top 10 books ever) is:

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Dyer creates a series of short stories around jazz figures from the 50s/60s and creates a superb blend of fact and fiction blurring the line between the two. The writing is excellent and very evocative. Highly recommended to anyone, jazz fan or not.

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Postby secondhandsocks » 01 Oct 2006, 15:14

Bump.

It's that time again, the other half's mum (not officially my mother-in-law yet) always gets me book tokens for my birthday, it's become a tradition over the last few years.

Any new recommendations on the music book front?

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Postby Diamond Dog » 01 Oct 2006, 15:30

This is an excellent read:

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About the seven main songwriting partnerships at the Brill Building - fabulous to see the interplay and rivalries between them. Available from amazon for about a tenner.
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Postby sloopjohnc » 01 Oct 2006, 16:30

Sea Of Tunes wrote:Greil Marcus: 'Ranters And Crowd Pleasers'. Collection of essays, eminently readable, and better than the pretentious 'Lipstick Traces'

It has a different title in America, so if you are interested, think of this.


Thanks for the recommendations. Lipstick Traces had me rolling my eyes and shaking my head, thanking God I'd never met Greil Marcus in person.
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Postby Spec » 01 Oct 2006, 17:04

Happiness Stan wrote:Bump.

It's that time again, the other half's mum (not officially my mother-in-law yet) always gets me book tokens for my birthday, it's become a tradition over the last few years.

Any new recommendations on the music book front?


Just get the Geoff Dyer.

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Postby Still Baron » 01 Oct 2006, 17:11

John aka Josh wrote:
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Raul Castro wrote: the Art Pepper biography, "Straight Life."


Someone else told me that was an amazing read. Must pick it up some time.



It is astonishing - a remarkably honest book I would think - it includes his peeping tom habits for instance.


I've never heard a bad thing about this book other than it's pretty harrowing and probably a bit of a downer.
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Postby Diamond Dog » 26 Dec 2008, 12:08

So any additions to this over Xmas?
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Postby hookfinger » 26 Dec 2008, 14:17

Straight Life is simply one of my favorite books of any genre. Peppers life was out of control rollercoaster that simply piled up at the end. It (the book) is brutally honest but also contains a bit too much braggadicio.

Same with Mingus' Beneath the Underdog - but to a much greater degree. Another biography of his - Myself When I am Real - is a decent read.

I also highly recommend Anita O'Day's "High Times, Hard Times"


Another I like is Ellington's Music Is My Mistress, but don't expect Duke to dish any dirt.
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Postby Mr Maps » 26 Dec 2008, 14:35

Has anyone read this...?
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Postby the hesitant weasel » 26 Dec 2008, 16:04

Handel's Mapssiah wrote:Has anyone read this...?
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Yep and as a Sabs fan loved it, can I also recommend the recent Warren Zevon warts and all Bio - a classic, makes 'the Dirt' read like the Watchtower..............
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Postby Bungo the Mungo » 26 Dec 2008, 18:31

i've gone on a bit about this:

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it really is one of the best books i've read about the rolling stones, and some of the stories are laugh out loud funny. gives as real an insight into the stones characters as any book i've read.

a joyful read.

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Postby toomanyhatz » 12 Aug 2017, 19:59

Hey, anybody wanna talk about MUSIC BOOKS?
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Postby toomanyhatz » 12 Aug 2017, 20:25

I'll recommend one. A friend of mine wrote it:

https://www.amazon.com/Together-Through ... 1941519954

Better than the album it's named after by miles.
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Postby Toby » 13 Aug 2017, 09:44

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This is on my to read pile. I've enjoyed his other books on the genre.

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Postby Tactful Cactus » 13 Aug 2017, 10:39

toomanyhatz wrote:I'll recommend one. A friend of mine wrote it:
https://www.amazon.com/Together-Through ... 1941519954
Better than the album it's named after by miles.


Is your friend aware that he shares a name with a subversive and brilliant British comedian?

Good on him for taking on the mantle of a Bob Dylan book - a fresh angle here must be a hell of a challenge for any writer