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!
Aaliyah Biography - By Tim Footman

Aaliyah Biography – By Tim Footman

One of the most promising careers in R&B was cut short in August 2001 when Aaliyah Haughton was just twenty-two years old. During her short life, Aaliyah accomplished more than many other artists in much longer careers, and seemed a good prospect for more, for years to come. In reading...
Frank: The Voice (A Frank Sinatra Biography)

Frank: The Voice (A Frank Sinatra Biography)

This Frank Sinatra biography does not cover the entire life of Frank Sinatra. It begins ends in 1954 when Sinatra won an Academy Award for his performance in From Here to Eternity. Sinatra lived for another forty-four years after that, releasing successful albums as late as the 1980s and performing...
Shakira Biography - By Katherine Krohn

Shakira Biography – By Katherine Krohn

The Shakira biography story might look at a first glace like a novel full of ups and downs; Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoli wrote her first poem at the age of four. An early Christmas present from her father was a typewriter, given to her when she was seven, and she...
The Way I Am - An Eminem Biography

The Way I Am – An Eminem Biography

Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known as rapper extraordinaire Eminem, has sold almost 40 million albums and more than 30 million track downloads, founded his own record label and his own radio channel, and moved into acting, with one movie appearance in the wraps and three more scheduled for 2013....
No Direction Home: The Life and Music of Bob Dylan

No Direction Home: The Life and Music of Bob Dylan

Robert Shelton who wrote this Bob Dylan biography, worked as a critic with the New York Times for the decade from 1958 to 1968. While on assignment in 1961, he heard Dylan sing and play at Folk City in Greenwich Village and gave him a good review. This gave a...
Adele: The Biography

Adele: The Biography

Adele Adkins is 23 years old, which means it’s a bit early yet to be trying for any sort of comprehensive treatment of her life and career. That said, Chas Newkey Burden in his Adele biography has offered a decent first look at the young singer and composer with the...
Miles: The Autobiography

Miles: The Autobiography

Do you want to really understand one of the truly great jazz musicians of all time, or is he a hero for you and do you want to preserve that status? If the latter is true, don’t read this book. Miles is himself all through it and you will find...
Jennifer Lopez: A Biography

Jennifer Lopez: A Biography

Jennifer Lopez is the most successful Hispanic actress and singer in the history. Performing in film, dance, music, and television, she has contributed significantly to breaking down racial barriers. Her career began as a dancer on the television program In Living Color. Her first movie appearance was in the 1995...
Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga

Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga

Led Zeppelin was arguably the biggest, most successful, most influential band of any genre (rock, jazz, disco, whatever) in the 1970s. For rock music, they were almost as iconic in the ‘70s as the Beatles had been in the ‘60s. Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga is a...
Mozart: A Life ( A Mozart Biography )

Mozart: A Life ( A Mozart Biography )

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s friend and fellow-composer Joseph Haydn once wrote of him that “posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years.” He may have understated the uniqueness of his friend; although many remarkable talents have found their way into the music world in the two hundred twenty...
Heroes and Villains: The True Story of the Beach Boys

Heroes and Villains: The True Story of the Beach Boys

The Beach Boys were a band that combined contrasts. Their image was clean-cut, wholesome, white-bread and sparkling. The reality, as the band rode the roller-coaster of fame up and then down again, involved a lot of personal conflicts and business problems. Heroes and Villains: The True Story of the Beach...
Beethoven: The Universal Composer ( A Beethoven Biography )

Beethoven: The Universal Composer ( A Beethoven Biography )

Why is there such a frequent association between artistic genius and mental pathology? Over and over again we see this, and it is present again in the life of Ludwig Von Beethoven, as told in this Beethoven Biography by Edmund Morris. Beethoven was not a very nice or admirable person....
Moonwalk: A Michael Jackson Biography

Moonwalk: A Michael Jackson Biography

“I’ve always wanted to be able to tell stories, you know, stories that came from my soul. I’d like to sit by a fire and tell people stories – make them see pictures, make them cry and laugh, take them anywhere emotionally with something as deceptively simple as words. I’d...
Decoded - By Jay-Z

Decoded – By Jay-Z

“The magic of rap is in the way it can take the most specific experience, from individual lives in unlikely places, and turn them into art that can be embraced by the whole world. Decoded is a book about one of those specific lives–mine–and will show you how the things...
James Brown: The Godfather of Soul (James Brown's Autobiography)

James Brown: The Godfather of Soul (James Brown’s Autobiography)

It may be divine providence or just plain luck that Brown published this book before he got arrested in Georgia and ran into all that trouble on drug charges and stuff. His life was complex enough before, and there was plenty of story to tell. The aftermath might just have...
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...
Billie Holiday: Wishing On the Moon

Billie Holiday: Wishing On the Moon

Music critic John Bush once wrote that Billie Holiday changed the art of American pop vocals forever. It was not an achievement that came easily. Born in 1915 a black woman in a society whose blatant racism is almost unthinkable today, she was abandoned by her father and again by...
Becoming Jimi Hendrix - A Jimi Hendrix Biography

Becoming Jimi Hendrix – A Jimi Hendrix Biography

There have been few musicians in history like Jimi Hendrix. Some people are just naturals. You can usually see it happen from a young age. That’s certainly true of Hendrix, who was so attached to his guitar that he slept with it. Stories told about him remind me of the...
Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd

Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd

Combining interviews with the members of the band itself and those who knew them and worked with them, Mark Blake gives us what the title promises: the inside story of Pink Floyd, one of the truly legendary rock bands of the 1970s. This was not an easy book to write....
Catch The Beat: The Best of Soul Underground 1987-91

Catch The Beat: The Best of Soul Underground 1987-91

For four crucial and seminal years, from 1987 to 1991, years of musical birth and gestation, David Lubich told the story of a revolution in music in Britain and America in Soul Underground magazine. As house, hip-hop, trance and rave swept into existence, he was there to catch the beat...
A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album

A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album

John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme was by many measures the second-greatest jazz album of all time (after Miles Davis Kind of Blue). Ashley Kahn, having already given us a close look at Kind of Blue, now does the same for A Love Supreme. The album was quickly put together, recorded...
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...
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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....

Cash: The Autobiography

Johnny Cash was once almost disemboweled by an ostrich – his own ostrich at his own ranch. There’s a rumor that the morphine he took for the pain after the incident addicted him to narcotics. He is on record as having started a forest fire with a truck (it was the Los Padres National Forest...

Lady Gaga: Behind the Fame

In a Lady Gaga biography, what is the first thing you look for (assuming it doesn’t include a CD)? The pictures, of course! Because if there’s one thing you can count on from Lady Gaga it’s that she will make an arresting, unusual visual impression that will be talked about as much as her contralto...

Standing In the Shadow of Motown: The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson

Bass player James Jamerson was the personification of Motown, so much so that to many fans he was just “the Motown bassist,” no name necessary. Truth be told, often no name known, except in musical inner circles and among the truly informed. Heard but unseen, moving and grooving with the big names, the music needed...

Rihanna Biography

Born Robin Rihanna Fentry in Saint Michael, Barbados, and usually known by her middle name only which she uses as a stage name, Rihanna is that rarity, an R&B diva from the Caribbean. She typically blends Caribbean musical sounds into her R&B, giving it a reggae twist. In fact, initially she was marketed as a...
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