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Hey folks, I thought It would be cool to have a thread where we recommend books about music that we've enjoyed reading, so I'll kick things off. . . .
A while back I got the book 'Things The Grandchildren Should Know' by Mark Oliver Everett (E from eels). He's been through some heavy stuff but it was a fascinating read. In fact it's given me a new appreciation for eels. I bought their first 3 albums back in the day and for some reason didn't keep up as there were so many other bands I was into. Since reading the book I've been trying to get my hands on everything they've done since. I'm now loving 'Daisies of the Galaxy' despite not being a huge fan when it came out. I've been playing 'Blinking Lights and Other Revelations' and 'Live at Town Hall' a lot. The book adds meaning to the songs - for example 'I Like Birds' is about E deciding to put up a birdfeeder in his garden to feel close to his Mum after she had passed away, as she used to enjoy feeding the birds. It's a very honest and heartwarming book which I'd recommend whether you're a fan of eels or not. If you're a lapsed fan like me, it might rekindle your affection for them!
I recently bought 'Last Shop Standing', a book about the sad demise of independant record shops in recent years, I got a signed copy but haven't read it yet. I also have 'Goodbye 20th Century - A Biography of Sonic Youth', the Morrissey autobiography, and haven't started them yet either (I buy more books than I have time to read yet am asking for recommendations!).
Peter Hook's book 'Unknown Pleasures' about his time in Joy Division is essential for fans of the band, again a fascinating read.
The series of short 33 & 1/3 books, written about 'classic' albums is a great idea. I've read the Spiderland and Wowee Zowee ones and have several I want to get.
Want to get the Sonic Youth book 'No Setlist; Pieces of a Sonic Life' by Jenn Benningfield but its out of print and impossible to find, and also the Kim Gordon book 'Girl in a Band'.