Staff Picks - Music Books

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I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306823060
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Published: Da Capo Press - October 11th, 2016

You’ve heard all the gossip, now read Brian’s side of the story! Talks a lot about the early years, the Landy years, and his struggles to become healthy and stable. Sort of sad and strange, but still funny at times, and very Brian. Recommended for any Beach Boys fan. - Kat

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Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802125361
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Published: Grove Press - July 10th, 2016

From the filth and the fury of the Bowery and beyond, straight from the mouths of those responsible, comes the most authentic history of punk – possibly ever written. REQUIRED READING! - Krombie

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Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399184765
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 25th, 2016

Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia relates both the heart-breaking and empowering moments from her enthralling life – from D.I.Y. punk to second wave feminist icon. Perfect for anyone who rolls their eyes at “What’s it like to be a woman in x?” - Andy

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Mozart: A Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143126065
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Published: Penguin Books - November 25th, 2014

Paul Johnson’s life of Mozart is wonderful – he died young! Short and eventful.

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Haddon Hall: When David Invented Bowie Cover Image
By Néjib
ISBN: 9781910593264
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Published: SelfMadeHero - February 14th, 2017

Heartwarming and lovely and fun, the story of Bowie’s early career in the late 60s, as told from the perspective of his house. - Kat

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Songwriters On Songwriting: Revised And Expanded Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780306812651
Published: Da Capo Press - June 19th, 2003

Weirdly fascinating interviews with all kinds of writers. From years of meticulous editing (Leonard Cohen) to simply being a conduit for the voice of God (Jackson Browne?). Truly. Ends up a rangy exploration of the craft.

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Just Kids Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060936228
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Published: Ecco - November 2nd, 2010

Though she focuses more on her undying love for Robert Mapplethorpe than on herself or her career, I have found this beautifully composed memoir to be very inspirational. – Kat