Enjoy the stories about big artists such as Bob Dylan and R.E.M. Also, fantastic song books including Nick Cave and the Smiths have been added this month. Get them and play!!
The Gospel according to Bob Dylan : the old, old story for modern times / Michael J. Gilmour.
“Since the early 1960s, music fans have found Bob Dylan’s spirituality fascinating, and many of them have identified Dylan as a kind of spiritual guru. This book examines Dylan’s mystique, asking why audiences respond to him as a spiritual guide.” (Syndetics summary)
Perfect circle : the story of R.E.M. / Tony Fletcher.
“Tony Fletcher’s biography of the enigmatic quartet from Athens, Georgia, benefits not only from his long association with the band but also from the co-operation of the band itself. However, R.E.M. – being R.E.M. – were disinclined to reveal this at the time the book was first published in 1989 and Tony was thus obliged to keep this under his hat. All such restrictions have since been lifted for newer editions, of which there have been several, and this latest incarnation of the book – now retitled Perfect Circle – brings the story to its natural conclusion with R.E.M.’s decision to disband in September, 2011. Drawing on dozens of interviews with friends, associates and the band members themselves, this is not just the story of one group’s rise through cult status, but the story of American alternative rock.”(adapted from amazon.com summary)
Cher : all I really want to do / Daryl Easlea and Eddi Fiegel. “Still going strong in her 60s, Cher is one of the most enduringly successful stars of our time. She has sold more than 100 million records, topped the charts in six consecutive decades an unprecedented feat and starred in some of the most popular films of the past 30 years. Cher: All I Really Want to Do takes readers through the ups and downs of a career that spans more than 50 years in show business. Beginning with her breakthrough alongside husband Sonny Bono in the ’60s, it takes in the high highs and low lows of the ’70s, the big-screen success of the ’80s, and global superstardom in the ’90s, and continues right up to her latest comeback alongside Christina Aguilera in Burlesque.” (adapted from amazon.com summary)
Every night’s a saturday night : the rock ‘n’ roll life of legendary sax man Bobby Keys / by Bobby Keys with Bill Ditenhafer.
“Bobby Keys was just 10 years old when he first heard live rock ‘n’ roll, courtesy of Buddy Holly and his crew playing on a flatbed truck for the opening of a gas station in sleepy Slaton, Tex. Fascinated by the new sound, Keys joined the school band and took up the only instrument left-a baritone sax. Soon, he was offered a spot touring with Buddy Knox. Too young to travel on his own, the drummer for The Crickets legally adopted Keys so he could tour. It was a prophetic start; Keys would go on to play with the likes of Joe Cocker, John Lennon, and The Rolling Stones, all of which is detailed in this eminently readable memoir. Tales of debauchery abound, including a stint in a Mexican jail, filling a bathtub with French champagne and a comely accomplice, riding shotgun as Keith Richards crashes a Ferrari into a hotel lobby, and many more.” (courtesy of Publisher Weekly)
The Nick Cave chord songbook collection.
Contents: From her to eternity — Knockin’ on Joe — Tupelo — The carny — Sad waters — Your funeral, my trial — The mercy seat — Up jumped the devil — Deanna — Watching Alice — City of refuge — Foi na cruz — The good son — Lament — Sorrow’s child — Lucy — The ship song — The weeping song — Papa won’t leave — You, Henry — Christina the astonishing — Jack the Ripper — John Finn’s wife etc. (courtesy of Syndetics)
The best of the Smiths.
Contents: Bigmouth strikes again — The boy with the thorn in his side — Girlfriend in a coma — Hand in glove — The hand that rocks the cradle — Heaven knows I’m miserable now — How soon is now — Last night I dreamt that somebody loved me — Please, please, please, let me get what I want — There is a light that never goes out — This charming man — What difference does it make (courtesy of Syndetics)
Sting : the best of 25 years : piano, vocal, guitar. Contents: All this time — Desert rose — Brand new day — Demolition man — The end of the game — Englishman in New York — Fields of gold — Fortress around your heart — Fragile — Heavy cloud no rain — I was brought to my senses — I’m so happy I can’t stop crying — If I ever lose my faith in you — If you love somebody set them free — Love is the seventh wave — Mad about you — Moon over Bourbon Street — Message in a bottle — Never coming home — Russians etc. (courtesy of Syndetics)