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!
Alternative/Indie

Please Kill Me: The Unlicensed Oral History of Punk

Told in “oral history” format – a series of quotes from people who were there on the scene rather than a conventional book – Please Kill Me tells the story of punk rock from its obscure origins in the 1960s to the modern day, with emphasis on the heyday of the late ‘70s and early...

Loser: The Real Seattle Music Story

Anyone with an interest in the Seattle scene, grunge, and the whole Pacific Northwest raintown music revolution will find Loser: The Real Seattle Music Story a good starting point. You’ll find many of the bands, those that made it and those that didn’t, covered in detail that you won’t find elsewhere. Not just Nirvana, Pearl...

Exotica – By David Toop

Now this is interesting, as the out-of-the-ordinary and unusual has to be, right? Exotica explores, well, the musically exotic: the use of experimental, avant-garde, and unconventional sounds and sights in the making of music. Jungle drums, crashing cars, dolphin sounds; leopard-skin leotards, bared breasts, fruit-salad headdresses. From Stravinsky to Josephine Baker to Burt Bacharach to...
Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain

Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain

The music of Kurt Cobain was a code for his private life and Heavier Than Heaven is where the code is broken. I found a lot of stuff in here: over 400 interviews, including lengthy footage from Cobain’s widow Courtney Love, excerpts from Cobain’s own private writing, and a Nirvana song never before released. Among...
24-Hour Party People: What the Sleeve Notes Never Tell You

24-Hour Party People: What the Sleeve Notes Never Tell You

The story of one of the most unusual, progressive, innovative, and important record labels in the history of music, Factory Records, is told in this first-hand account by Tony Wilson, the label’s founder and legendary ex-owner of the Haçienda club in Manchester, England. The story itself goes like this. In 1976, Wilson found himself inspired...
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