Music Books to Watch Out For in Sept 2016
Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
“Writing about yourself is a funny business … But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.” – Bruce Springsteen, from the pages of Born to Run.
For Boss fans [Disclaimer: Me], this one is the biggie. After over forty years in the business, Bruce has finally decided to put his life story on paper. According to the blurb, “With disarming candour, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song ‘Born to Run’ reveals more than we previously realized.” So it seems we’re in for a treat.
Metallica: Back to the Front – Matt Taylor
Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” album was a landmark in heavy metal music. The subsequent tour – while hugely successful – was marred by tragedy: the death of bassist Cliff Burton in a tour bus accident.
“For the first time, Metallica: Back to the Front tells the fully authorized story of the creation of the “Master of Puppets” album and the subsequent tour. Featuring new and exclusive interviews with band members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett, this is the definitive account of the most venerated period of Metallica’s history, from the incredible highs of touring in support of Ozzy Osbourne to the lows of losing a key member of the band and crucial part of the Metallica sound.
Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys – Lol Tolhurst
And here’s one for all you aging Goths!
“Cured is a memoir by Lol Tolhurst, one of the founding members of The Cure, who met Robert Smith when they were five. Lol threads the genesis of The Cure through his schoolboy years with Smith, the iconic leader of the group, and the band’s most successful era in the 1980s. He takes us up to the present day, a riveting forty years since the band’s inception.
Cured highlights those parts of the creative journey that are not normally revealed to fans, incorporating many first-hand recollections around Lol’s personal odyssey. From suburban London to the Mojave desert, Cured brings an acute eye for the times to bear on a lifelong friendship, with tales of addiction and despair along the way.”
Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap – Ben Westhoff
A perfect time for this book, with the renewed interest in N.W.A. following the “Straight Outta Compton” movie.
“Amid rising gang violence, the crack epidemic, and police brutality, a group of unlikely voices cut through the chaos of late 1980s Los Angeles: N.W.A. Led by a drug dealer, a glammed-up producer, and a high school kid, N.W.A gave voice to disenfranchised African Americans across the country. And they quickly redefined pop culture across the world. Their names remain as popular as ever–Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube. Ben Westhoff explores how this group of artists shifted the balance of hip-hop from New York to Los Angeles. He shows how N.W.A.’s shocking success led to rivalries between members, record labels, and eventually a war between East Coast and West Coast factions.”
Simon & Garfunkel: Together Alone – Spencer Leigh
“Early on in their relationship Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel realised two things. Firstly, the world liked them working together. Secondly, they did not. With exclusive interviews with fellow musicians, promoters and those who knew him, and with much unique material, this will be the definitive account of Simon and Garfunkel and their careers.”
Expect lots of dirt-dishing with this one. Also, what the hell was going on with Art’s hair in that picture!?
David Brent Songbook – David Brent
Yes, this is a thing! (And almost worth the price just for that cover photo.)
“After leaving Wernham-Hogg, David Brent has been working as a rep selling cleaning (and ladies personal hygiene) products up and down the country, but he hasn’t given up his dream of becoming a rock star – or, more specifically, songwriter and lead vocalist for rock band Foregone Conclusion.”
Released to coincide with the movie “David Brent: Life on the Road”, now you too can play such Brent classics as “Free Love Freeway” and “Equality Street”. What’s not to love?
Derek Flynn runs Writing.ie's SongBook blog, and is an Irish writer and musician. He has a Masters in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. He’s been published in a number of publications, including The Irish Times, and his fiction was featured in 'Surge', an anthology of new Irish writing published by O’ Brien Press with the aim of showcasing “the very best of the next generation of Irish authors”. Online he can be found at his writing/music blog – ‘Rant, with Occasional Music’ – and on Twitter as @derekf03