Music in its Own Words

Sometimes the story behind the music we love takes on a larger life than the music itself. Here are some great reads that give you that extra level of rich context to the music you love or maybe never knew!

 

Love Goes to Buildings on Fire by Will Hermes: Fans of the intersections of music culture will enjoy this telling of all music that was created in NYC from 1973 to 1977, crossing all genres from Bruce Springsteen opening for the Ramones to the ties that bound disco and salsa to the rise of hip hop. Former NYC residents and culture nerds will appreciate the recounting of locations, down to the actual street addresses, of events held by the likes of Andy Warhol and Yoko Ono.

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Bicycle Stores by David Byrne: Less music dialogue and more travel diary, David Byrne paints literary portraits of cities around the world from his many tours over the years, all taken in from the point of view of his bicycle. Wonderful musings of the unseen sides of cities all over.

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Life by Keith Richards: You would think this would a compilation of epic rock star status, but in all actuality it is more the tale of a guitar player who meticulously worshipped and studied American Blues. Sure, there are a few “swinging from the chandelier” stories but it is Keith Richards after all. The audiobook is a must here, the first portion is read by Johnny Depp, popping in and out of a pretty great Richards impression, and the latter read by Keith himself.

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