The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.
Here are some music books to check out.
Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.
What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.
The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").
David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.
Remasters are great. Folks can renew and expand the music they've owned forever or jump into something new at a high level since these packages usual contain bonus tracks and other goodies.
This Charlie Parker album features Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Bud Powell, Duke Jordan, John Lewis and Max Roach. Click here or on the image.
Kate Bush is remastering her entire catalog on vinyl and CD. Click here Click here or on the image.
Many consider "Beggars Banquet" to be The Rolling Stones' finest studio album (though others would vote for "Sticky Fingers"). This two-disc 50th anniversary remaster includes a vinyl record. Click here or on the image.