Summer’s here and the time is right…for reading! With the hazy, lazy days upon us, a great way to relax is with a good book. Here’re some faves from past and present you may enjoy.
Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell The Story Of The Rolling Stones by Bill Janovitz (2013)
Bill Janovitz has spent more than 20 years as front man for indie rock heroes Buffalo Tom, but he’s spent twice as long as a fan of the Stones. With a unique insight to the recording process of 50 of the Stones best songs and an in-depth look at the evolution of the band off stage, Rocks Off tells the story of the Stones in a way you’ve never heard it before.
Getting High: The Adventures Of Oasis by Paolo Hewitt (1997)
Where were you when they were getting high? With the 20th Anniversary Deluxe Reissue of Oasis’ debut LP Definitely Maybe just released, here’s the perfect opportunity to revisit the magical times of the mid 90s Brit Pop Explosion. British music writer Paolo Hewitt was right there with the Gallagher brothers, taking it all in. From the parties to the press, but most of all the music, it’s all explained and why their songs live forever.
Here Comes Everybody: The Story Of The Pogues by James Fearnley (2012)
In the mid 1980s the Pogues were responsible for creating and popularizing the mix of punk spirit and Celtic music, that lives on today. This first hand account of the trials and tribulations of dealing with Shane MacGowan, one of rock and roll’s greatest poets of the 20th century, by the bands accordion player James Fearnley, is a non-stop trip around the world from the first practice to a last call that never seems to come
Ryan Adams: Losering, A Story Of Whiskeytown by David Menconi (2012)
Ryan Adams is considered one the top song writings talents of his generation and an enigmatic personality. From his roots in the North Carolina punk scene to the breakthrough of his alt country band Whiskeytown and the twist and turns of his solo career, acclaimed Raleigh, NC music writer David Menconi shares with us his personal relationship with Adams and the musings and usings that make him tick.
Americana – The Kinks, The Riff, The Road: The Story by Ray Davies (2013)
The quintessential British songwriter, Ray Davies of the Kinks, brings us up to date with his account on how his lifelong fascination with all things American effected his art and his life. As entertaining and humorous as the man himself, and perfect timing if reunion rumours are true.