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!
Music Industry

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...

Perfecting Sound Forever: The Story of Recorded Music

In the moment when Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877, music began a trajectory of change that Edison himself never imagined. From recording the sounds of live performances for later playback, a process in which “fidelity” was key, to today’s recording studio where tracks are sliced, diced, and spliced, distorted and transformed, purified and...

The Music Business Is Burning Down, Thank God!

There’s no doubt that the entire world of art is going through a technology-driven upheaval. The Music Business Is Burning Down, Thank God! explores the ways that is impacting the music industry: the proliferation of digital downloads, the impossibility of protecting intellectual property, and the consequent impossibility of maintaining economic dominance for a few big...

John Peel: Margrave of the Marshes

John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, known in the music business as DJ John Peel, was deep into writing this book – about halfway through – when he died in 2004. It was finished by Sheila Ravenscroft, his wife, telling the life story of one of the most important DJs of all time. Peel had his own...
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