With so many great books that came out this year, it’s hard to pick the best of the bunch. Here are a few worth your time:
Elvis Costello – Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink
He’s the fifth most famous musician from Liverpool and has a catalogue of songs that’s up there with the best of the best. Elvis uses the same verbal gymnastics that add colour to his lyrics to tell us the tales, both tall and small, that have filled his incredible career.
John Fogerty – Fortunate Son – My Life, My Music
As the singer and songwriter of Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty, between 1967 -1972 was the most prolific songwriter on the planet. Find out what inspired and drove him to this unsustainable height, the refusal for years to play his own songs, and the miraculous comeback the was Centrefield.
Nick Offerman – Gumption
The actor/humourist’s follow up to his autobiographical debut book, How To Paddle Your Own Canoe, finds him focusing on the accomplishments of 21 extraordinary individuals or as he calls them, “America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers”, including, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Carol Burnett, Conan O’Brien, Willie Nelson, and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy.
P.F. Sloan – What’s Exactly The Matter With Me – Memoirs of a life in music
Though virtually unknown to the mainstream, P.F. Sloan was one of the most fascinating figures of the 60s -70s. As a songwriter he penned scores of hits for Johnny Rivers, The Turtles, the Grass Roots and wrote the most famous protest song of the era: 1965’s “Eve Of Destruction” that went to #1 for Barry Mcguire and resonates as loudly today as it did then. Here we hear the story of his mysterious life in the rock ‘n’ roll fast lane.
…And coming soon
Johnny Marr – Autobiography (Fall 2016)
While Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr is having a blast as a solo artist these days after guest stints with Electronic, The Pretenders, The The, and Modest Mouse, it was his magical jangling guitar and sense of melody and arrangement that brought Morrissey’s worlds to life. We heard Morrissey’s version of things this year, now it’s Marr’s turn to tell his story of the Smiths and how he and REM guitarist Peter Buck, on different sides of the pond, created the music that made a generation rock.