Our top five music reads
October 10, 2014

To help you understand more about the world of music, these are our top 5 recommended reads.

1.  Boy about Town by Tony Fletcher

Find out what it was like to be a teenager in the 1970s with this bittersweet, amusing account of discovering the London punk and mod music scenes.  From attending gigs where he met his future musical heroes to going to football matches to gain street cred, this book transports you back to a time of huge musical creativity.

2.  Autobiography by Morrissey

Who better than one of this country’s greatest pop lyricists to write an autobiography about his time in the music business?  Witty and acerbic, it’s a wonderfully entertaining read and a must for all fans of The Smiths.

3. Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division by Peter Hook

A candid inside look at hugely influential pop group, Joy Division, who re-invented music in the post-punk era.   Written by bass player, Peter Hook, it’s a no-holds-barred tale, covering their friendships and fall-outs, their rehearsals and recording sessions and larger-than-life characters, such as record boss Tony Wilson, who influenced their success.

 4High Fidelity by Nick Hornby 

The definitive book about being a music super-fan.  Rob Fleming owns a London record shop called Championship Vinyl, where he spends his days with his employees discussing mixed tapes and their desert island “top five” tunes.   They know everything there is to know about music, but when Rob’s long-term girlfriend leaves him he has to grow up and find out about life.  This book was also made into a brilliant film starring John Cusack and Jack Black.

5. The People’s Songs by Stuart Maconie

Take a tour of seven decades of the UK’s pop music with DJ Stuart Maconie’s choice of songs that have provided the soundtrack for our changing times.  Beginning with Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again” and finishing with Dizzee Rascal’s manic track “Bonkers” it’s an affectionate celebration of the music we’ve listened to, laughed at, loved to and, often, danced to.

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You may be able to borrow these titles from your local library or from Calibre Audio library. Visit the Calibre website for more information http://www.calibre.org.uk/

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