Friday, December 19, 2014


Hey there, kids. The Beast has just posted our last articles for 2014 over at Los Angeles magazine's blog: #17 in our music series The United Sounds of Los Angeles and our annual gift-guide roundup of 2014's Best "Little" Music Books. Below are some more suggestions to supplement those. Happy Holidays and see you in the New Year.

The Essential Ellen Willis (Minnesota UP), ed. by Nona Willis Aronowitz
Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter (Oxford UP) by Richard Barrios 
Where the Streets Have 2 Names: U2 and the Dublin Music Scene, 1978-83 (Liberties Press) by
     Patrick Brocklebank & Sinead Moloney
Mad Music: Charles Ives, the Nostalgic Rebel (ForeEdge) by Stephen Budiansky
Metal Cats (powerHOUSE) by Alexandra Crockett
Acadian Driftwood: The Roots of Acadian and Cajun Music (Fox Music Books) by Paul-Emile    
The Flatlanders: Now It's Now Again (Texas UP) by John T. Davis
Miles Davis / 1973 (Vigliano) by Stephen Davis
The Smell of Death (Rare Bird) by Bruce Duff
King of the Queen City: The Story of King Records (Illinois UP: Reprint) by Jon Hartley Fox
Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot (Riverhead Trade) by Masha Gessen
Burning Britain: The History of UK Punk 1980–1984 (PM Press) by Ian Glasper
True Love Scars (Neumu Press) by Michael Goldberg
Strange Days: The Adventures of a Grumpy Rock 'n' Roll Journalist in Los Angeles (Outpost) by 
    Dean Goodman
Bathed in Lightning: John McLaughlin,the 60s and the Emerald Beyond (Jawbone Press) by Colin     Harper
Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music (California UP) by Nadine Hubbs
Elvis Has Left the Building: The Death of the King and the Birth of Punk Rock (Overlook) by
    Dylan Jones
Is It My Body? Selected Texts (Sternberg) by Kim Gordon, ed. by Branden W. Joseph
Austin City Limits: A History (Oxford UP) by Tracy E.W. Laird
The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field (Wolsak & Wynn:  
    Reprint) by David Lee
The Greatest Albums You'll Never Hear: Unreleased Records by the World's Greatest Artists 
    (Caseli) by Bruno MacDonald
Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop and Rap (Plexus) ed. by Evelyn McDonnell &
    Ann Powers
Staging the Blues: From Tent Shows to Tourism (Duke UP) by Paige A. McGinley
Pilgrimage to Dollywood: A Country Music Road Trip through Tennessee (Chicago UP) by Helen
Los Angeles's Central Avenue Jazz (Arcadia Publishing) by Sean J. O'Connell
Punk USA: The Rise and Downfall of Lookout! Records (Microcosm) by Kevin Prested
NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980–1990 (Bazillion Points) by Tony Rettman
Frank: The True Story That Inspired the Movie (Riverhead) by Jon Ronson
Heroes: David Bowie and Berlin (Reaktion) by Tobias Ruther
Remixology: Tracing the Dub Diaspora (Reaktion) by Paul Sullivan
Haunted Rock & Roll: Ghostly Tales of Musical Legends (Llewellyn Publications) by Matthew R.
Dance Floor Democracy: The Social Geography of Memory at the Hollywood Canteen (Duke UP)
    by Sherrie Tucker
A Different View: A Memoir - The Story of the the Father of Modern Bass Playing (BT Music) by       Bertram Turetzky
Confidence, or the Appearance of Confidence: Best of The Believer Music Interviews  
    (McSweeney's), ed. by Vendela Vita & Ross Simonini
The Auntie Em's Cookbook: A Musician's Guide to Breakfast and Brunch (Prospect) by Teresa C.
Talking 'Bout Your Mama: The Dozens, Snaps, and the Deep Roots of Rap (Oxford UP) by Elijah       Wald
Running with the Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music (Wesleyan: Reprint)       by Robert Walser
The Black Horn: The Story of Classical French Hornist Robert Lee Watt (Rowman & Littlefield)       by Robert Lee Watt
Top 40 Democracy: The Rival Mainstreams of American Music (Chicago UP) by Eric Weisbard
Huey "Piano" Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues (Louisiana State UP) by John Wirt
No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History of the Legendary City Gardens 
    (DiWulf) by Amy Yates Wuelfing & Steven DiLodovico