Top 15 Must-Read Music Books of 2024: Unveiling Melodies, Memoirs, and Musical Journeys
Author: Jez Parkinson
Music is more than just sound. It is a way of expressing ourselves, connecting with others, and exploring the world. Music can inspire us, challenge us, and transform us. Music can also tell stories, stories of artists, genres, and cultures. In this top 15 must read music books, we will introduce you to 15 that will take you on a musical journey through time and space. These books are not only about music, but also about the people who made it, lived it, and loved it. Whether you are a fan of rock, punk, pop, or Hip-Hop, you will find something to enjoy in these books. In no particular order:
Hallo Sausages: The Lyrics of Ian Dury edited by Jamima Dury is a book that celebrates the witty and clever words of one of Britain's most iconic rock stars. Jamima, Ian's daughter, has collected his lyrics and added her own insights and memories of her father. The book also features photos, drawings and notes from Ian's personal archive. This is a must-read for any fan of Ian Dury and his music.
If you ever wondered what it was like to be a groupie in the 1960s and 1970s, this book is for you. Pamela Des Barres shares her wild adventures with some of the most famous rock stars of all time, from Jim Morrison to Mick Jagger. She reveals the highs and lows of being a muse, a lover, and a friend to these icons of music. This book is a candid and colourful memoir of a woman who lived her life with passion, humour, and rock 'n' roll.
Life by Keith Richards is a candid and captivating memoir of one of the most influential rock musicians of all time. From his humble beginnings in post-war London to his rise to fame with the Rolling Stones, Richards shares his stories of music, drugs, love, and adventure with honesty and humour. He reveals the highs and lows of his legendary career, his relationships with his bandmates and other icons, and his passion for playing guitar. Life is a must-read for fans of rock and roll history and culture.
Englands Dreaming by Jon Savage is a captivating account of the rise and fall of punk rock in Britain. Savage explores the cultural, political and musical forces that shaped this explosive movement, from the Sex Pistols to the Clash, from the DIY ethos to the anarchic spirit. Englands Dreaming is not only a definitive history of punk, but also a vivid portrait of a turbulent era that changed the world.
The Tao of Wu is a book by the RZA, the founder and leader of the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. In this book, he shares his personal journey of spiritual enlightenment and how he applied the principles of Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, and other wisdom traditions to his music and life. The book is a blend of memoir, philosophy, and inspiration that reveals the secrets of the Wu-Tang Clan and the lessons RZA learned from his mentors, such as Bruce Lee, Muhammad Ali, and Sun Tzu. The Tao of Wu is a book for anyone who wants to discover their own inner power and creativity.
A Likely Lad is the memoir of Peter Doherty, a cult hero and a public enemy. He tells his story of indie rock, drugs, prison, and self-destruction with sober insight and witty humour. He reveals his influences, his relationship with Carl Barât, and his creative process. This is a book about the highs and lows of a modern-day Rimbaud.
If you are an aspiring musician, songwriter, producer, manager, or anyone else who wants to succeed in the music industry, you need this book. All You Need to Know About the Music Business is the definitive guide to the legal, financial, and creative aspects of making music. Written by Donald S. Passman, a veteran entertainment lawyer and dealmaker, this book covers everything from recording contracts and royalties to streaming services and social media. You'll learn how to negotiate deals, protect your rights, and make smart decisions for your career. Whether you are a newcomer or a seasoned professional, this book will help you navigate the ever-changing music business and achieve your goals.
If you want to learn how to produce music like a pro, you need this book! Music Production for Beginners 2024+ Edition by Tommy Swindali is the ultimate guide for aspiring musicians, DJs, and producers. You will discover the basics of music theory, sound design, mixing, mastering, and more. You will also learn how to use the latest software and hardware tools, such as Ableton Live, FL Studio, Logic Pro, and Maschine. Whether you want to make EDM, hip hop, pop, rock, or any other genre, this book will help you achieve your musical goals. Don't miss this opportunity to unleash your creativity and make amazing music with Music Production For Beginners 2024+ Edition by Tommy Swindali!
Ronnie Wood is a rock legend, a painter, a survivor and a storyteller. In his autobiography, he shares his life story with honesty, humour and passion. From his humble beginnings in London to his rise to fame with the Rolling Stones, he reveals the highs and lows of his career, his relationships, his struggles with addiction and his recovery. He also gives an insider's view of the music industry, the art world and the celebrity scene. Ronnie Wood is a man who has lived many lives, and in this book, he invites you to join him on his amazing journey.
5 STAR RECCOMENDATION
I loved this book; it was hilarious and relatable (in some ways). Ronnie takes us on a wild ride with his vivid stories of hanging out with The Beatles, Eric Clapton and other legends of the 60s. The prank that The Beatles pulled on Ronnie and his friend, trapping them in a tiny bathroom for two days, had me laughing out loud.
If you are an aspiring musician, songwriter, producer, or manager, you need to read this book: How to Make it in The Music Business by Ari Herstand. This book is a comprehensive guide to the modern music industry, covering everything from recording, distributing, and promoting your music, to building your fanbase, booking gigs, and making money. You will learn how to navigate the digital landscape, leverage streaming platforms, and use social media to grow your audience. You will also discover the secrets of successful independent artists, who have achieved their dreams without compromising their artistic vision. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, this book will inspire you, inform you, and empower you to make it in the music business.
If you love hip-hop, you need to read this book. Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation by Jeff Chang is a fascinating and comprehensive account of how hip-hop emerged from the streets of New York, Los Angeles, and other cities in the 1970s and 1980s, and how it transformed the culture, politics, and identity of a generation. Chang explores the origins, influences, and innovations of hip-hop, from DJ Kool Herc to Public Enemy, from graffiti to breakdancing, from the Bronx to Compton. He also examines the social and historical forces that shaped hip-hop, such as racism, poverty, violence, and activism. This book is not only a celebration of hip-hop, but also a critical analysis of its impact and legacy. Can’t Stop Won’t Stop is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the history and culture of hip-hop.
Britpop! Cool Britannia And The Spectacular Demise of English Rock is a must-read for anyone who loves the music and culture of the 1990s. This book tells the story of how bands like Oasis, Blur, Pulp and Suede rose to fame and challenged the dominance of American rock. It also explores the social and political context of the Britpop era, from the rise of New Labour to the death of Princess Diana. This book is full of insights, anecdotes and interviews with the key players of the scene. If you want to relive the glory and drama of Britpop, this book is for you!
This book gives you an insider's view of the legendary band, from their humble beginnings to their meteoric rise to stardom. You'll read about their wild and crazy adventures, their experiments with drugs and sex, and their unforgettable music. You'll also witness the dark side of fame, as the band faces violence, betrayal, and tragedy on their 1969 tour that culminates in the infamous Altamont concert. This book is a must-read for anyone who loves the Rolling Stones or wants to know the truth behind the myths.
This book is a fascinating biography of Led Zeppelin, one of the most influential bands in history. You will learn about their origins, their musical achievements, their personal lives, and their wild adventures. You will discover how they created their unique sound, their iconic symbols, and their legendary songs. You will also witness their rise and fall, their triumphs and tragedies, and their legacy and influence. Hammer of the Gods is a thrilling and captivating book that will make you feel like you are part of the rock and roll saga of Led Zeppelin.
If you're looking for a wild ride, look no further than The Dirt: Motley Crue with Neil Strauss. This book is the ultimate rock 'n' roll memoir, written by the members of one of the most notorious bands in history. The Dirt tells the story of how Motley Crue rose from the streets of Hollywood to the heights of fame and fortune, and how they survived the drugs, sex, violence, and scandals that came with it. You'll get to hear the truth behind their legendary exploits, their feuds with other bands, their personal struggles, and their epic comeback. The Dirt is a must-read for any fan of rock music, or anyone who loves a good tale of excess and redemption.