About Music Books Reviews:

Hello, my name is Kevin and my first love is music of all kinds. My second love is reading books about significant musicians and music scenes. In this blog I want to share with you my honest reviews of some of the great music books that I have read. Happy reading!
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The Manual (How to Have a Number One the Easy Way) by Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond

One has to admire – the smiling, head-shaking, befuddled and bemused kind of admiration – the sheer chutzpah that leads an author to promise that by following the instructions in his book, you will be guaranteed to release a number one hit song on the UK charts. These guys have managed to actually do that...

Johann Sebastian Bach Biography – The Learned Musician

Perhaps the most interesting feature of this Bach biography is the comparison the author makes between the composer and the great English scientist Sir Isaac Newton. I can see the sense in that. Both approached their fields with mathematical precision and at the same time with a whiff of the arcane. Newton’s Principia Mathematica has...

A John Lennon Biography: All I Want Is the Truth

I am old enough that the Beatles were a current and very hot band when I started tuning into the radio. This was around the turning point in their music, when they stopped playing pop songs with catchy tunes and uninspired lyrics and moved into more creative and dangerous territory. Sgt. Pepper was the first...

George Harrison: Living In the Material World

This George Harrison biography, written by the former Beatle’s widow, Olivia Harrison, draws upon his collection of photographs, letters, journals, and other documentation. She follows Harrison’s life from his boyhood in Liverpool, where he grew up poor and learned to play guitar, through his incredible career with the Beatles, and on to his subsequent career...

Elvis Presley: A Biography

One of a series of biographies of musicians and performers intended for a young audience, Elvis Presley: A Biography is a solid Elvis Presley biography, covering the essential points of his life and career. Longer books have been written about the King, and more detail can be found elsewhere, but this is a good introduction....
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